Word From The Woods

Bishop Woods School Newsletter - 10.4.2020

Greetings Bishop Woods Families,

I hope this message finds you well. We have officially completed one month of remote learning. Congratulations to all on your hard work and support of your children as we navigate this new learning model! Please note that we are hard at work planning to reopen with our hybrid model in November. The district is recommending Covid testing for all students and staff prior to the return. The link to free Covid testing sites is below. Please stay tuned for more information....

Free Covid Testing Sites: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dXxcKKrNKGUABTAP-PZep_XbxHwkv21s/view?usp=sharing

Please continue to make sure your child is logging on to all live instruction each day. If your child attends homeroom, but is not present for live classes, he/she will be marked absent. Grades will be issued for marking period 1, and mid-term progress reports will be ready in PowerSchool on Wednesday, October 14th.

The best part of each school day continues to be the moments I am able to enter Google Meet and see all of your children's faces. I am in awe of how much they have grown since March! Their smiling faces and excitement on screen make my day! We have not been receiving many learning from home pictures for our newsletter. If you take photos or videos, please send them my way! Details on how to do so are below.

This week will be a full week of remote learning. There will be no school on Monday, October 12th in recognition of Indigenous People's Day.

As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Your Proud Principal,

Mrs. Natalino

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Birthdays This Week!

Sunday, 10/4 - Jacob E. (Grade 3), Jayce S. (Grade 3)

Tuesday, 10/6 - Jaydeen R. (Grade 4)

Thursday, 10/8 - Taliyah A. (Grade 8), Rowel J. (Grade 2), Jaylene R. (Grade 2)

Friday, 10/9 - Zhamyah T. (Grade 2)

Saturday, 10/10 - Sally A. (Grade 5), Emilio P. (Grade 8), Ms. DePalma (6th Grade Teacher)

Gersch Grrrls Science - You Tube Channel!

Our very own Dr. G, along with science stars Maya & Maddie, now have their own You Tube Channel! You can access these science videos, which provide many ideas for home science experiments, at any time! This channel will be a weekly feature in our newsletter. Thank you Dr. G, Maya & Maddie!

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!


Remote Learning Reminders

  • The expectation is that every student logs in to Google Meet with their homeroom teacher at 8:45am every morning (Monday - Friday). The Google Meet link can be found in the banner of the Google Classroom under the Stream tab. Attendance is taken through homeroom. The schedule for the day is also shared at this time.

  • Remember that your child is attending school. He/she should be dressed appropriately, and seated to access instruction. Students should not be attending class while lying in bed!

  • We encourage that your child's camera is on. It is helpful for teachers and students to see one another.

  • Please be cognizant that your child's mic is on, and we can hear what is going on in the background. Even if you think your child's mic is off, it may have been turned on by your child or his/her teacher.

  • The Google Meet links may not be visible when the class is not in session. Teachers activate the meet link during their teaching block, and deactivate on off hours. If you can not find the link outside of scheduled class time, that may be why.

  • Parents should not be present in the video or talking to teachers during instructional time. If you have questions or comments, please contact your child's teacher during his/her office hours.

Attendance - Excused Absences

During remote learning, if your child is ill and unable to access Google Classroom and/or Google Meet, please be sure to email our attendance clerk, Ms. Jacinta Dabney, and Cc your child's homeroom teacher. Ms. Dabney's email is below:


It is important that all excused absences are in writing. A phone call will not suffice.

Thank you for adhering to this protocol.

Opportunities from Our Community Partners!

Arte Inc. Opportunities for Students & Families

Please check out the link for multiple opportunities for students & families, including contests and challenges with CASH PRIZES, workshops and informational sessions! Copycat Art Contest runs 9/7 - 10/15!

Family Resources

FREE Covide-19 Testing Sites

As we near the reopening of school, New Haven Public Schools is recommending COVID-19 testing for all staff and students. We encourage you to utilize the free COVID-19 Testing Sites that are located throughout our City.

September Meal Distribution

Click on the button for information on meal distribution across the city

Bishop Woods Tech Issue Form

Please document any technical issues you are experiencing, and a member of the Bishop Woods team will be in touch to support you!

Remote Learning Parent Feedback Form

Please take a moment to complete our feedback form to let us know how remote learning is going for your child. We are working to make modifications based on the experiences of our students and families.

Bishop Woods Website

You can access orientation and teacher presentations on the home page. We will also be posting additional resources to support families!

NHPS Orientatation Forms - BE SURE TO COMPLETE!

These are PAST DUE! Please take time to complete TODAY if you have not done so already. Thank you!

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