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December 22, 2020

Free Meals Pickup - Holiday Schedule!

Over Winter Recess, we are giving out a week's worth of meals on Monday, December 21st and a week's worth of meals on Monday, December 28th. 🍽️🥪🥣 Pickup for multiple meals on these two days will take place at our cafeteria (Adams Ave. entrance) from 10:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

We hope families take advantage of this cost-saving and nutritional convenience during the holidays.

Note: there will be no Thursday meal pick-up during these two weeks.

December 23rd Schedule + Pajama Day!

Tomorrow (Wednesday) is a half-day, and class will be on the synchronous schedule below:

8:30 - Homeroom

8:45-9:15 - Cycle 1

9:15-9:45 - Cycle 2
9:45-10:00 - Break
10:00-10:30 - Cycle 3
10:30-11:00 - Cycle 4
11:00 - Student Dismissal

Don't forget: students are encouraged to dress in their comfiest and most favorite pajamas on this day as we get ready to kick-off Winter Recess!

Updated Remote Learning Schedule

Beginning January 4, 2021, we have made some improvements to our instructional plan and will be following a slightly modified schedule. The major shifts are:

  • The day begins 15 minutes earlier at 8:15am

  • Reading and math blocks are longer in K-3 (45 mins rather than 30 mins)

  • The school-wide lunch period was shifted to 12:00-12:30. This allows K-3 teachers to pull a small group before lunch. We hope that this increases participation in small groups for students who have not been logging back on after lunch and specials.

  • Specialists will see one grade at-a-time rather than two

The full schedule for each grade can be viewed at the following link:

Updated Remote Learning Schedule


Weekday after-school clubs and Friday morning electives will begin after the New Year, and today is the final day that registration will be open!

The following are the after-school clubs being offered:

  • Drawing Club: Grades K-3 (just added!)
  • All About Animal Club: Grade 2
  • Salsa Club: Grades 3-4 (recently added/guest instructor!)
  • Fun & Games Club: Grade 4
  • Hip Hop Club: Grades 5-6 (recently added/guest instructor!)
  • Dungeons and Dragons Club: Grades 5-8
  • Sewing Club: Grades 5-8
  • Mixed Media Explorations / Fine Arts Club: Grade 6
  • Step Club: Grades 6-8
  • Book Club: Grades 7-8
  • Cooking Club: Grade 8

The following are the Friday morning electives being offered:

  • Fitness: Grades K-2
  • Yoga: Grades K-2
  • Sing-Along: Grades K-2
  • Fitness: Grades 3-5
  • Painting: Grade 3-5
  • Sphero: Grades 3-5
  • Choir: Grades 3-8
  • Fitness: Grades 6-8
  • Painting: Grade 6-8
  • Graffiti Art: Grades 6-8
  • 3D Printing: Grades 7-8
  • Chat with Coach Lark: Grades 7-8

Northwood is using a platform called FamilyID for club registration. Upon clicking on the registration links below, if you don't already have a FamilyID account, you will be prompted to set one up (this only takes a minute).

Prior to signing up for multiple clubs and electives, please check the meeting times to ensure that the days and times do not overlap.

Sign-ups are due before the end of the day, so select your child's activit(ies) of choice as soon as possible!

Materials Pick-up

For those who were not able to come by the school during last week's pickup windows, after Winter Recess, you may stop by and check-in at the front desk on Monday, January 4th through Thursday, January 7th between the hours of 9:00am and 2:00pm to do so. To ensure that your child does not fall behind on class lessons and assignments, please pickup materials by Thursday, January 7th.

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.


The breakdown of items for each grade is as follows:

Writing Journal
Go Math Book Volume 2

1st Grade
Writing Journal
Go Math Book Volume 2
Reading Book Volumes 4 and 5 (Mrs. Donohue’s and Mrs. DeVito’s classes ONLY)

2nd Grade
Reading Books (5 total)

(Mrs. Krajci's group in 2nd grade will also have materials to pick up - they will be notified separately by email)

3rd Grade
Reading Book Vol. 2
Go Math Book Vol. 2
White board marker

4th Grade
Novel “Rules”
Novel “Maniac Magee”

5th Grade
Novel “The Bridge to Terabithia”
Go Math book Volume 2

6th Grade
Novel “One Crazy Summer”
Novel “Among the Hidden”
Science Book: “Earth’s Structure”

7th Grade


8th Grade


All Grades

Blank Paper for Art and Character classes – please take a stack if needed!

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Please join us in congratulating our students who earned recognition for Honor Roll during the first trimester. Their dedication to achieving academic success has certainly paid off!

Meritorious Honors

Distinguished Honors


As we prepare for the pause of Winter Recess, there are a number of reminders and updates that we want our families and the Northwood community to take note of.

If you have not already done so, please read the following memo so that you are fully informed as we approach the New Year in the weeks ahead: December 16, 2020 Parent Letter

Tracking COVID-19 in Pennsylvania / Philadelphia

Following the recommendation of the PA Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, it is our intent to remain remote in January.

In order to change to a Hybrid Model, we must 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.

2021-2022 School Lottery

Are you a family with more than one child? Does your second child not yet attend Northwood, but you would like to enroll them in our school? If the answer to both of these questions is YES then you must fill out an application for this sibling.

Just go to applyphillycharter.org, create an account and fill out your family profile, check the box next to our school, and then submit the application.

Do you know someone else who wants their child to attend our school? Tell them to go to applyphillycharter.org to apply today for the 2021-22 school year!

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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

Tuesday, December 22 - Deadline for 2nd Trimester Club/Elective Sign-ups

Wednesday, December 23 - Half Day of School / Winter Recess Eve / Pajama Day!

Thursday, December 24 through Friday, January 1 - School Closed / Winter Recess

Monday, January 4 - School Resumes