Northwood News Dec. 12-16

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Thank you for Choosing Northwood!

Dear Northwood Community,

We are entering our final week before the winter break and end of our 2nd nine week grading period. Your students have been working so hard and learning so much this first semester of school and we all are about ready for a well deserved break.

This week we will be having some special events and dress up days to celebrate the season and the end of the semester.

  • Tuesday - Reindeer Day (dress like a reindeer)
  • Wednesday - Pajama Day (everyone is invited to wear school appropriate pajamas with tennis shoes. We will also be watching a holiday movie on this day)
  • Friday - School Wide Sing-a-Long (1:00pm) and classroom holiday parties (1:45-2:45).

Our room parents have been hard at work coordinating the classroom parties. Please be sure to talk to your child's teacher or room parent to see how you can help. We ask that only volunteers come on the day of the party to help out. All volunteers must have DPS clearance. Please fill out the form on THIS LINK to let us know you are coming so that we can pre-print your volunteer badge. You will still be required to show an ID.

Our Northwood Choir and Musicorns have been hard at work too. They will get to show off their talents this week at Brookdale Senior Living on Tuesday at 4:00 pm and at San Antonio Zoo Lights on Thursday at 6:30 pm. Thank you to Mrs. Rodriguez for making these events possible.

This year Northwood is bringing back The Spelling Bee! Students in grades 3-5 will be bringing home a study list this week. They will take a written test the first week in January to qualify for the school wide spelling bee. The top two spellers in each class will compete on February 6 at Northwood.

It certainly is a busy time so please be sure to read all the way to the end of the newsletter to find out about everything that is going on at Northwood and for important reminders.

Have a great week, a wonderful holiday break and thank you for your support!

Mrs. Harper

Life In the Library

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News and Upcoming Events

Gift Wrapping For Northwood Staff: Join us and lend a holiday helping hand to our Northwood staff! Grab your scissors and tape (wrapping paper provided) and come help wrap gifts for their families! PTA will be gift wrapping for the staff on December 12th and 13th on stage in the cafeteria. We would love your help! Any time donated is greatly appreciated! Check out the following link to sign up for a shift! Gift Wrapping for Staff

5th Grade Art: Attention 5th grade parents, or any parent or guardian who loves creating art. We’ll be doing our next art lesson on Friday, December 16th. If you would like to volunteer to help, please make sure you have your required DPS clearance, and email Amanda Bennett at (not Gmail) and let her know which class(es) you would like to help with! Mrs. Hildebrand's class will be from 8:00-9:00 and Mrs. Lussier’s class from 9:00-10:00.

After Hours Homework Help: NEISD is once again offering after hours homework help. It is offered every Monday - Thursday from 6:00-8:00 pm virtually through Google Meet. Click on THIS link for everything you need to know. This a great opportunity to have a NEISD teacher to help you when your child is "stuck"

Coats for Kids: We are going into the colder months & want to ensure children in our school community have a coat to keep them warm. Do you have coats that have been outgrown? If so, we would love for you to donate them to our coat drive! We will be collecting new and gently used coats ongoing through the winter months. Please look for the large donation box next to the green Northwood bench by the main entrance during school hours. Please contact our school counselor Johna Adams at 210.407.5400 or if you have a specific need for your child.

Unicorn Watch: Watch Dogs is now Unicorn Watch! If you would like to volunteer please use the following link: Unicorn Watch Sign Up . You will also need to order a Unicorn Watch shirt which can be purchased using this link: Unicorn Watch Shirts . If you would like to volunteer, please make sure that your DPS clearance is current. You can do that here: DPS Clearance There will be no orientation meeting this year. If you have any question please email them to

Join PTA: When you join the PTA, you join a community that encourages student achievement and builds a partnership between our families and our school. PTA organizes teacher appreciation, provides classroom grants, supports student enrichment programs, and so much more. We believe that together we can help our children be successful. Go to and sign up online or submit cash or check to the front office. Payment envelopes are available. The membership fee is $7.00 per person and there is an additional $1.50 transaction fee for joining online. Consider having both parents, grandparents and even your child join! If you have not already joined, please join today.

Upcoming Dates:

December 12 & 13 - PTA Gift Wrapping for Staff

December 13 - Reindeer Day

December 14 - Pajama Day

December 16 - Preschool Story Time @ 10:30

December 16 - Class Holiday Parties

December 19 - January 2 - Winter Holidays

January 3 - Students Return to School

January 5 - College Shirt Day

January 11 and 12 - Early Dismissal for Parent/Teacher Conferences

January 13 - Group Picture Day

January 16 - School Holiday (MLK Day)

Visitors on Campus

All visitors to campus will be required to present an ID and receive a visitors badge through the Raptor system in order to come into the building during the school day. We understand that this may not be convenient, but it is necessary in order to ensure safety.