Word From The Woods

Bishop Woods School Newsletter - 5.16.21

Greetings Bishop Woods Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, and enjoyed the beautiful weather. This week will be a full week of school for all students. All mid-term progress reports for marking period 4 are now ready for you to view in PowerSchool. Hard copies will be mailed home this week as well.

I am excited to share that our New Haven Public School district has been granted funding from the federal government to help transform education post-Covid. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ARP ESSER) will allow for a portion of the funding to be given to each school; in turn, we must come with a plan on how we will use this funding to best address the needs of our Bishop Woods community. In order to gather feedback from families on the use of this funding, I am holding a parent/guardian roundtable on Thursday, May 20th at 5pm. This meeting will be virtual, and I invite everyone to join to share their ideas. The Zoom link for this session is below. If you plan to attend, please fill out the RSVP as well, so I can ensure I have an appropriate number of facilitators. If you are unable to attend, you are still able to provide feedback on the RSVP form at the link below.

Join Zoom Meeting:


Meeting ID: 813 2311 0341

Passcode: myP4Vm

RSVP Form:


This week is the last week of state testing for our middle school students. Students in grades 6-8 will take the math portion of the Smarter Balanced Assessment on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9:45 - 11am. Please remember the importance of your child coming to school well-rested and on time, and that they bring their school-issued Chromebook fully charged with them. Remote students will have asynchronous work posted during this time block, and should refer to their Google Classroom stream for their schedule each day. While our 6th grade students will follow their normal schedule, all 7th and 8th graders (in person and remote) will have their specials class starting at 8:35am. Homeroom will take place at 9:20, and remote students should log in to homeroom for attendance at this time.

School pictures are scheduled for May 24th or May 27th. All details are below. I will be sending out the schedule for in person and remote students in an email this week.

Our last fundraiser for the year will be the sale of Bishop Woods t-shirts for children and adults. Congratulations to 6th grade student Joanna H. whose design was chosen from our school-wide design contest! Please see below for more information on how to order.

Lastly, if you have not done so already, please complete the Family-School Relationship Survey. The link is provided below. We will also be sending paper copies home on Monday. All paper versions must be returned to the school so we can mail them in.

Family-School Relationship Survey Link:


Looking forward to a wonderful week ahead,

Mrs. Natalino

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Sunday, May 16th - Maite J. (Grade K), Jeila M. (Grade 4), Elijah T. (Grade 5), Tiona W. (Grade 8)

Monday, May 17th - Elijah D. (Grade 4), Melany P. (Grade K), Jason V. (Grade 7), Dynasty W. (Grade 8)

Tuesday, May 18th - Jenzen G. (Grade 6), Ian S. (Grade K)

Wednesday, May 19th - Jalien H. (Grade 5), Kiara L. (Grade 8). Ms. Lavorgna (Special Education Teacher)

Friday, May 21st - Ms. Wade (Special Education Teacher)

Bishop Woods T-Shirt Fundraiser!

You voted and now they are available! Our final school fundraiser is Bishop Woods T-Shirts designed by none other than our 6th grade student Joanna H.! All sizes are $15 (with the exception of XXL and XXXL at $20). They are single sided!

Get your orders in! They are due next Friday, May 21st! Cash or checks made out to Bishop Woods School!

Flyers were sent home in hard copy, or can be printed from the link below:


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New Basketball Opportunity for 10-14 Year Olds!

Please see flyers below and direct any questions to New Haven Parks and Recreation.
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SBA Testing Reminders - Grade 6-8 Students

In Person Students:

  • Please be sure your child comes to to come to school ON TIME, gets a good night’s sleep, and that their Chromebooks are fully charged (and that they bring their charger to school!)

  • Do not stress your child out with this test! Just remind them to do their best, and that there will be questions that may be too hard for them because they may not have learned this information yet.

  • All students need a school device. No personal devices can be used for testing. Put in a ticket if student does not have a device. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc7A2LDwny5LqWJ2ORtjMRKGiD7qCBZnBN4IiDYsP7Nk1EKtw/viewform

  • All students need to KNOW their username and password; please practice. Student will have to log out for testing and back in after testing.

Remote Students

  • Live specials classes will take place first block for students in grades 7 & 8 at 8:35am; All students should log in to homeroom at 9:20.
  • Grade 6 will follow their regular schedule.
  • Teachers will prepare asynchronous work for remote students in grades 6-8 from 9:45 - 11 on Monday, May 10th and Tuesday, May 11th. There will be a normal schedule Wednesday - Friday.
  • Remote learners will also be taking the SBA. We will have more details for this plan over the next couple of weeks.

Spring School Pictures - Save the Dates!

Picture Schedule

  • Monday, May 24th: Grades K-2; Grades 6 & 7 - Cohort A

  • Thursday, May 27th: Grades 3-5; Grades 6 & 8 - Cohort B


  • We will only be taking individual photos this year.

  • You MUST pay by cash, money order or check. If you are paying with cash, you must have EXACT amount (no change will be issued)

  • All package information will be shared electronically for remote families; picture envelopes will be sent home with in person learners

  • Remote learners will receive scheduled times to come in to take pictures if they chose.

  • You can pay in advance online through the website: https://dp-customers.com/ Our TAG # will be sent out this week.

Family-School Relationship Survey!

It's that time of year again! We are asking for you to take a moment to complete our Family-School Relationship Survey. We value your feedback in helping to make Bishop Woods School the best in the city!

We want to know: “What do you think?” Please fill out the online survey to tell us about your experience with Bishop Woods School– where are we doing a good job, and where can we do better? . Your feedback is valued and the results of the survey are used to improve the learning environment. The survey is voluntary and confidential. Your answers will be summarized with other parents’ surveys and you will remain completely anonymous. We strongly encourage you to take the survey online at the following link:


Bishop Woods Dress Code

Grades K – 4 Uniforms:

  1. Hunter green long or short sleeved shirt with a collar

  2. Khaki pants, skirts or jumpers

  3. Closed toed shoes with rubber soles

  4. Gym Uniform – gray sweatshirt and sweatpants

Grades 5 – 8 Uniforms:

  1. Navy blue long or short sleeved shirt with a collar

  2. Khaki pants, skirts or jumpers

  3. Closed toed shoes with rubber soles

  4. Gym Uniform – gray sweatshirt and sweat pants

Dress Code:

  1. NO shirts or pants with any in appropriate writing or pictures

  2. NO baggy pants hanging below the waist

  3. NO ripped or torn pants or jeans

  4. NO revealing tank tops (spaghetti straps), NO belly shirts, NO short shorts, NO muscle shirts

  5. NO hats, caps, do-rags, bandanas or coats worn (during the day)

  6. NO heavy jewelry or markings that may be identified as gang related

  7. NO flip flops, open toe shoes, or shoes that may be a safety hazard

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Support Autism Awareness

The ASRC Walk for Autism is May 23rd and our Bishop Woods 8th grade student, Anthony Palluzzi, has his own team! If you would like to join the walk (at 11am) or give a donation, check out the link for his team page: https://p2p.onecause.com/walkforautism2021/tricia-a-palluzzi

Important Reminders for Parents of Hybrid Students

  • Remember to charge your child's device EVERY evening and to send it to school the next day.
  • Do not forget to pack your child a water bottle and supplies.
  • We will be going outside daily (especially now that the snow has melted), so please be sure to dress your child appropriately.
  • Please remember to pre-screen your child before sending him/her to school. If you need to give your child any kind of medicine due to how they are feeling in the morning, you must keep them home.
  • Your child can log in as a remote learner if they are feeling well enough to join class, and will be marked remote present for the day.
  • Please be sure to complete the Bishop Woods Student Absence Form if your child is not in school so that we have record of the reason, and whether or not our school nurse needs to reach out: https://forms.gle/6DZy4s7nWkxMHqc86

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Healthy & Safety Protocols

You MUST pre-screen your child prior to sending him/her to school (Please see forms below). If you are keeping your child home, you MUST fill out the sick day for at the link below prior to 10am. If we do not hear from you, someone from our main office will be contacting you to check in.

Student Absence Form:


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Family Resource Padlet

Rather thank keeping all of this information on the newsletter each week, I have created a Bishop Woods Family Resource Padlet to house all of the important information and resources I have been sharing. The link is below: