Word From The Woods

Bishop Woods School Newsletter - 1.3.2021

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Greetings Bishop Woods Families,

I hope that everyone had a restful break and enjoyable holiday season. As we return to school for the 2021 school year, we must reflect on our many accomplishments this year, and continue to work together as a home-school team.

This week, there will be no school on Wednesday, January 6th, in celebration of Three King's Day. I hope everyone that celebrates enjoys the holiday!

I know that you all received a message from Dr. Tracey stating the following:

We are preparing for a limited return of students to a hybrid learning model beginning Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

The groups that will be returning to in-person instruction include:

  • All students in Pre-K through 5th Grade;

  • Specialized special education classroom

  • Students participating in the New Arrivals program at Fair Haven and Barnard Schools

We are very excited about the possibility of having some of our students back in the building this month! Bishop Woods has had a plan in place for a hybrid opening since the start of the school year. Many details of our plan were already shared with families. This week, I will be reviewing this plan with our staff and making any necessary revisions. We will then hold sessions with families to review this plan and gather additional feedback. I will be sending out a schedule of meeting times ASAP. Please look for this information in a separate email.

While I do not believe a district survey will be sent out, we will be providing an updated survey for our school, as I am aware that some of you may have changed your mind since the original return to school survey was issued. There is no need to call the school to share if you are changing your plan at this time. I will be providing more details and requesting this information from you shortly.

As we we enter 2021, let us continue to remain positive and work together as a Bishop Woods family. While this year is not what we signed up for, we are accomplishing so much. Getting some of our students back into the building, and navigating the hybrid model, will be another challenge that we will accomplish as a home school team. Thank you in advance for your continued support.

Lastly, the link below was sent out in an email before break. I am including it below in case you overlooked it. This video is our THANK YOU to all parents, guardians, and caretakers, for your hard work this year ensuring your children remain engaged in remote learning, collaborating with teachers and support staff, and helping in so many different ways! Special thanks to Ms. Torello for organizing and putting this video together for all of you.

Video Link:


Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything.


Mrs. Natalino

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Sunday, 1/3 - Brayana H. (Grade 1), Brandon M. (Grade 4)

Monday, 1/4 - Jensiel D. (Grade 1), Nova'Lei R. (Grade 1)

Tuesday, 1/5 - Henry B. (Kindergarten)

Wednesday, 1/6 - Christian J. (Grade 3), Frank M. (Grade 5), Adeilanis O. (Grade 6), Ms. Sahin (Health Teacher)

Thursday, 1/7 - Samantha P. (Grade 7)

Saturday, 1/9 - Sha' Kayla H. (Grade 5), Jessica L. (Grade 8)

Gersch Grrrls Science You Tube Channel

Students in Action! (Newsletter Contributions)

Please share any videos, images, quotes, or successes with remote learning each week to our Padlet!

  1. Click the link to the Padlet: https://padlet.com/cara_campo/58q8knqx4rgib18q
  2. Click the plus sign in the bottom right hand corner of your screen.
  3. Please be sure to add your child's first name, last initial, and grade level to the title of the Padlet. (i.e. Londyn A., Grade 1)
  4. You will have the option to upload or add anything you would like to share with the Bishop Woods school community!
  5. Please submit all entries by Thursday of each school week so we can share in our Sunday Newsletter!


Community Learning Hubs

Community Learning Hubs are safe spaces for children to go during the school day for supervised distance learning with high-speed internet access, social support, and enrichment, in a small cohort of no more than ten children. Children eligible to attend a Hub must be New Haven residents in 1st through 9th grades, registered for the New Haven Public Schools, and demonstrate high need. Space is extremely limited and families with the greatest need will receive priority, so if you are interested, apply ASAP. There is no cost to families.

Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe2W7k5DCjjLr2OQiIlaxf9gVLl849pMLYVGk6X5xVGsPpJxQ/viewform

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Young King's Boys Group - Middle School Males (Grades 6-8)

Starting soon, Mr. Ray Wallace will be offering online Zoom groups to boys in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. His group, The Young Kings, has been offered in the past at Bishop Woods as a place for students to gain confidence, connection, and leadership and life skills through group discussion, volunteering, visits from guest speakers, and ongoing mentorship. These groups will be offered during lunch, so as not to impede on academic activities.

6th Grade Boys: Mondays - 11:15-11:45 am
7-8th Grade Boys: Tuesdays - 11:40 am -12:10 pm

I hope our young men can take advantage of the is mentorship opportunity, and time to socialize with their peers. If you give permission for your child to participate in this offering, please fill out the form below at the link below. Thank you!

Young King's Permission Form:


New Haven School Lunch Challenge...We Need ALL Families!

Take the "NHPS School Lunch Challenge" -- looking to recognize all who take part, every student, every family, the class with the most orders, the school with the most orders -- everyone please get involved...our school lunch program depends on it!

School lunches are for children 18 and under - teachers can pick up meals for their children too!

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS - We challenge you to get as many people out to the schools daily to get lunch and breakfast OR to order a meal box by calling: 475-220-1612.

THEN, repost this and ADD YOUR PICTURE of you, your family, AND/OR your Zoom classroom eating your lunch -- remember the more we eat, the stronger we get, and the more money we receive to feed everyone -- every student can do it! HELP OUR MEAL PROGRAM! It's easy.


Virtual After School Program - Register Now!

Any family interested in the Boys & Girls Club After School Program should fill out the application at the following link: https://forms.gle/3fXDtPHsQzwy5mMG6
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Homework Help Hotline: NHPS Students and Families

NHPS has started a Homework Help Line to support students. The Homework Help Line is a collaboration effort with Yale University. If your child is having a problem understanding their homework assignment , they can connect to https://meet.google.com/iur-dbux-zsm

The line is open from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday to Thursday.


SSST Referral Information

We are very much hoping that you and your family are healthy and doing well!

We also want to provide you with just a bit of information. Bishop Woods has a Student and Staff Support Team (SSST). This team is made up of professionals who can provide support or strategies for students who are experiencing significant challenges (such as learning, social, behavioral, or emotional challenges). Typically, students who do not receive special education services can be referred to the SSST. If you would like more information or to make a referral, please contact the following:

Stephanie Willis, School Social Worker

Sarah Northrop, School Psychologist

Maria Nuterangelo, School Counselor

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:


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