Northwood News September 24, 2023

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Growing Greatness

Dear Northwood Community,

Our Hispanic Heritage Month on Friday was a huge success! Thank you to our student M.C's Matthew and Emma, the MacArthur High School Ballet Folklorico group and Soberano Mariachi Group for their performances and Ms. Petrutsas and her committee for putting all together. This is one of the many events that our PTA helps support and fund! Thank you all!.

We are excited to kick off our annual Fun Run this week! We will have an exciting assembly with our representatives from Boosterthon to give us all the information about how we can raise funds this year to help support special classroom, projects, student incentives, field trips and more! This year we are having a "Glow Run" that will take place in the gym on Oct. 6. We will need a few parent volunteers to help us mark laps, so be on the lookout for a sign up. It is always a lot of fun and we appreciate your support!

There are a lot of fun activities happening at Northwood and a lot of information to share about the special events that are coming up. Please scroll all the way to the end of the newsletter so you don't miss anything.

If you ever have any questions or need any thing, don't hesitate to reach out.

Have a great week and thank you for your support!

Mrs. Harper

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Northwood Library News

Click the THIS link to for some news from our wonderful Northwood librarian, Ms. Lussier.
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News from PTA

G.R.O.W. Spotlight: "Growing Greatness" is our 2023-2024 theme.
Our newsletters will feature a "G.R.O.W. Spotlight" with tips for fostering greatness at home,
focusing on goal orientation, respect, staying on task, and willpower.

A note about “goal orientation” from

Children are more likely to develop motivation if they set their own goals rather than having it assigned to them.

Volunteer for Art: Attention parents, or any guardian who loves creating art, we do not have an art teacher at Northwood and for our children to have the important subject we rely on volunteers. If you would like to volunteer to help, please make sure you have your required DPS clearance, and email Katie Dolan at and let her know your interest. There are multiple times available and all grades that need support.

Thursday, September 28

4th grade

Hackett - 8:30-9:30

Lockett - 9:30-10:30

Gates - 1:30-2:30

Friday, September 29

3rd grade

Howe - 7:40-8:40

Graydon - 8:45-9:45

Gloege - 12:30-1:30

Friday, October 6

2nd grade

Petrutsas - 9:15-10:15

Bills - 10:30-11:30

Posados - 1:00-2:00

Thursday, October 12

1st grade

Luetkenhaus - 8:25-9:25

Johnstone - 12:00-1:00

Marhofer - 1:30-2:30

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. 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:

September 26 Boosterthon Kick-off

September 26 Early Dismissal @ 12:30/Staff Dev.

September 29 PTA Officers/Board Mtg. (@ 1:45)

October 3 PTA General Meeting 6:00 pm - 5th grade performs

October 4 National Walk to School Day

October 6 Fun Run

Need the district calendar? Bookmark this link.

School Absences

Our goal is for all of our students to maintain outstanding attendance (at least 95%). Our current rate is 95.5%. Let's keep up the good work!

The best way to learn is by being present at school and on time, ready to learn at 7:30 am every day! If your child needs to be absent due to illness, please be sure to send a note to school the day they return explaining the reason for the absence. Absences for illness and medical appointments will be excused with a written note.

Family Engagement Liaison

We are very fortunate to welcome Ms. Sabrina Lara as the MacArthur Cluster Family Engagement Liaison that will be serving the Northwood Community. She will be offering free workshops and resources for families. Please click HERE to find out more about Ms. Lara and how she can help you!