Word From The Woods

Bishop Woods School Newsletter - Week of 9.20.2020

Greetings Bishop Woods Families,

Happy Rosh Hashanah and Welcome Autumn! We are also celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15th - October 15th! Please see the link below for many opportunities to celebrate Hispanic Heritage that the district is offering. We will also be celebrating at the school level...stay tuned!


At this time, we are well under way with ensuring technology is working for all of our students. Please remember to fill out the tech issue form if any problems arise (the link is in the Family Resource section of this newsletter).

We have two events happening at Bishop Woods this week. Meet the Teacher Night will take place on the evening of Wednesday, September 23rd and our Supply Distribution Event will take place on the morning of Thursday, September 24th. All details are highlighted below.

Based on parent and teacher feedback, we have made some changes to our schedules which will take effect this week. Please note that students will now have an hour for lunch & recess. This will allow parents that need to pick up lunch from food distribution sites time to do so. There will also be a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning throughout the entire school day (8:45am - 2:50pm). Revised schedules will be reviewed at Meet the Teacher Night.

Once again, our main form of communication this year will be through email. If you are not receiving emails from the school, please contact our main office to let us know: 475-220-7300

If you have not already done so, please be sure to sign up for Remind texts! I have created a second account in order to accommodate even more families. Here is the link to join: http://remind.com/join/bwfam2

Please reach out to your child's homeroom teacher as your initial contact if you are having any problems with remote learning, or have questions that you need addressed. The contact information for each teacher is on their presentation, on their Google Classroom, and on our webpage.

Lastly, please note that our newsletter can be translated to many different languages by selecting translation at the top of the screen.

Have a wonderful week ahead.

Your Proud Principal,

Mrs. Natalino

Events This Week

VIRTUAL Meet the Teacher Night - Wednesday, September 23rd

Our Meet the Teacher Night event will be held using Zoom. There will be two sessions offered - 5:30pm or 6:30pm. This is not a drop-in event...please be on time for the session you choose! We are offering two sessions for your convenience, and so that parents with multiple children can attend multiple sessions. If you have 3 or more children at Bishop Woods, please feel free to reach out to the teachers of any sessions you miss to be filled in on the information that was shared.

I will be sending ZOOM links out in a separate email this week.

Supply Distribution Event - Thursday, 9/24 from 9am - 12pm

We will be distributing school supplies (including hard copies of appropriate workbooks) to all grade levels on Thursday, 9/24 from 9am - 12pm. Please enter through the bus loop. Supplies will be distributed outside at the back of the building...and you will need to sign off on receipt. Please be sure to wear a mask. We hope you all can make it!

New Information

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.

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Birthdays This Week!

Sunday, 9/20 - Osoquaye A. (Grade 7), Jordan L. (Grade 5)

Monday, 9/21 - Madison M. (Grade 2), Zion M. (Grade 7), Ziyah R. (Grade K), Zoila R. (Grade K)

Tuesday, 9/22 - Zoe C. (Grade 2), John M. (Grade 7), Mia R. (Grade 4), Khris R. (Grade 4)

Wednesday, 9/23 - Jhosemar H. (Grade 5)

Thursday, 9/24 - Josue A. (Grade 2), Joshua C. (Grade 8), Terrance P. (Grade1)

Friday, 9/25 - Dr. Gersch (Middle School Science Teacher)

Saturday, 9/26 - Kevin R. (Grade 2)

Sarah O., Grade 1 - Welcome Fall!

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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

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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