Bulldog Blast

February 24, 2021


March is Women’s History Month! Inspired by the inauguration of our first female Vice President, this 4-week series is an opportunity for students to learn from the stories of powerful women--past and present--who have paved the way for our students to be strong, smart, and bold.


  • Open to 3rd & 4th Graders

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays from March 2-25 (8 sessions total)

  • Zoom at 3:00-3:30pm

  • Maximum capacity: 20 students

Our Lower School Counselor, Ms. Lozandieu, is running this Special Series!

Registration is taking place through FamilyID at the following link: Special Series: HERstory.

If you don't already have a FamilyID account, you will be prompted to set one up (this only takes a minute).

Sign-ups are due by THIS Friday, February 26th. Please reach out to Ms. Lozandieu at mlozandieu@northwoodcs.org with any questions.

Upgraded Playgrounds around Philly ⛲

Suffering from cabin fever? Check out this article on all the Philly Playgrounds That Received Upgrades in 2020-21!

These playgrounds received a makeover through Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and a City program called Rebuild. This initiative invests funds raised from the Philadelphia Beverage Tax to improve spaces such as playgrounds, libraries, and rec centers for the community.

Referenced parks closest to NACS:

- Disston Recreation Center

- Franklin Delano Roosevelt Playground

- Moss Playground

Kids in the Kitchen👨🏽‍🍳👩🏻‍🍳👨🏿‍🍳

Looking for an activity to do inside these days?

Try incorporating the little ones in the kitchen. Enjoy this easy recipe to try with your kids. Here’s how to make ants on a log:

  • Start with your celery. Wash and cut celery stalks in half lengthwise.
  • Add peanut butter. Take a spoonful of peanut butter and spread it on the cavity of the celery.
  • Add the “ants”. Grab some raisins and press them into the peanut butter. Enjoy!

As you can see, 'ants on a log' is a super easy snack for kids that sneaks a vegetable in too! If you have a known peanut allergy substitute PB with Cream Cheese.

Bulldog Spotlight: Aalia Hinton

There's snow place like home❄️

Aalia Hinton missing her NACS family- and we miss you! We can't wait until we can all safely see each other again!

We loved continuing to receive photos of our Bulldogs with big smiles and having fun!

If you have more pictures to share that highlight a fun part of your child's day, whether it is participating in an activity or enjoying the outdoors, send them over to curbano@northwoodcs.org to be featured in next week's Bulldog Blast📰

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Tracking COVID-19 in Pennsylvania / Philadelphia

SUMMARY: We will prepare to move into a Hybrid Model only after 3 consecutive weeks of data in the Low or Moderate category in the PDH COVID-19 Dashboard. You will receive a Remind alert on the Tuesday of the first week that we move into the Low or Moderate category. After that point in time, you will continue to receive these alerts each Tuesday moving forward.


While we recognize that the Pennsylvania Department of Education recommendation now includes the option of Full Remote or Hybrid Model for elementary schools, in keeping with the current recommendations, we remain steadfast in our direction to remain remote until we see 3 consecutive weeks of data in the Low or Moderate category in the COVID-19 Dashboard, accompanied by 3 weeks of the CHOP PolicyLab projections on a steady decline. We will continue to share these data points with you through this newsletter each week.

Click on each of the charts below to go to the data tracking pages compiled by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia PolicyLab.

It is worthy of note that the most recent documented 7-day period reported a decrease in cases where Philadelphia County remains below a 10% PCR positivity rate; however, the incidence rate is still greater than 100 people per 100,000 residents. We will not consider the level of community transmission to be in the Moderate/Low category until both the incidence rate and PCR percent positivity rate are at the recommended levels.

Free Meals Pickup 🍽️🥪🥣

We are continuing to give out frozen meals that last up to a month in the freezer, so extra meals can be stocked and saved for the weekends or a much later date! Pickup for multiple meals traditionally takes place at our cafeteria (Adams Ave. entrance) on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

We hope families continue to take advantage of this cost-saving and nutritional convenience.

GoGuardian Software Information

If you have not read our memo regarding our newly adopted service, GoGuardian, please do so at the following link: GoGuardian Parent Letter.

To summarize, GoGuardian provides the following benefits to students and teachers:

  • Helps in protecting students against harmful and inappropriate online material

  • Helps students stay “scholarly” and more focused when learning online

  • Helps in assessing students’ progress towards class assignments

  • Facilitates communication between teachers and students during class time

Please reach out to our Technology Coordinator with any questions at dleimer@northwoodcs.org.


If you live in a shelter, motel, or even doubled up with other people due to loss of housing for economic hardship, you may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act. A full definition of what constitutes homelessness can be found below.

If you believe you may be eligible, contact Lower School Counselor (K-4) Ms. Lozandieu at mlozandieu@northwoodcs.org or Upper School Counselor (5-8) Mr. Whitlatch at awhitlatch@northwoodcs.org to find out what services and supports may be available!

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2-1-1 is a free hotline that connects individuals and families with important services and resources in our local community.

2-1-1 provides referrals to:

  • Basic Human Needs Resources: Food banks, shelters, rent, and utility payment assistance.

  • Physical and Mental Health Resources: Crisis intervention services, support groups, counseling.

  • Employment Support: Financial assistance, job training, education programs.

  • Support for Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities: home-delivered meals, transportation, health care.

  • Youth and Child Care Programs: after-school programs, summer camps, mentoring, protection services.

  • Regional Disaster Preparation.


When calling, dial 2-1-1 and press option 1. You will be connected with a resource navigator. Families can expect a brief survey to help 211 resource navigators understand their needs. The hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and available in over 150 languages.

Materials & Chromebook Pick-up

For those who were not able to come by the school during previous months' pickup windows, you may stop by and check-in at the front desk on Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00am and 2:00pm to do so.

Please wear a mask and practice social distancing as you wait. All items will be prepared in advance and ready to go in a Northwood canvas bag.


Chromebooks are also still available for pickup during these days/times.

*Please note*: This is only for students who have not yet received a school-issued Chromebook or if your school-issued Chromebook is not working. If your child has received an iPad from us, exchanges must be made in order to receive your Chromebook. If you are planning to swap a device, you must also bring the charger in order to do the exchange.

WIFI Issues Submission

If you do not have reliable high speed internet, or are experiencing connectivity issues, please feel out this form.

Parent Resource Center

This is on Northwood''s home page and includes an Instructional, Technology, and Community Hub. The Student/Parent Technology Help Desk is located within the Technology Hub.

Important Dates on the Horizon

Friday, March 12th - Common Lottery Acceptance Date

Friday, March 19th - Graduation Pictures

Thursday, March 25th - Report Card Conferences

Friday, March 26th - Report Card Conferences

Monday, March 29th to Monday, April 5th- Spring Recess