Bulldog Blast

Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

This week & Looking ahead:

✏️ 2022-2023 NACS Lottery: Due to ongoing COVID-19 regulations, Northwood Academy will be holding our 2022-2023 lottery via ZOOM. The lottery will be held TODAY, Wednesday, February 9th, at 1:30 pm. Please CLICK HERE for the link. More information can be found HERE.


✏️Please continue to keep your child home if he or she is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. Please email CovidResponseTeam@northwoodcs.org with any updates such as positive test results or vaccination status.


✏️Be advised that virtual learning is only available for COVID-related illness and quarantine. You will be given directives from the Northwood Covid Response Team if quarantine and virtual learning are necessary. Students are not eligible for virtual learning under any other circumstances - i.e, illness that is not Covid-related, family travel, etc. Our usual attendance policies will remain in place for these circumstances.


✏️Coming soon.: TWOsday happening on 2/22/2022! NACS is celebrating TWOSday! Northwood students and staff can dress up as Twins! Link up with a classmate or teacher to get together your most creative matching outfits! Prizes for those who are TWINNING the most**


✏️ We will be holding our follow-up vaccination clinic on Thursday, February 24th. Please see the flyer below for all additional details. Thank you!

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FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH!

In celebration of Black History Month, our NACS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee have developed an engaging mix of activities and assemblies for every grade to take part in. There will be lessons around notable historical and current figures, as well as a special virtual game show at the end of the month to review everything we have learned.


Our NACS teachers are excited to bring conversations around civil rights and social justice into the classrooms.

Some of our NACS students celebrating 100 days of school!

Parent Corner:

Gloves and Winter Coat Collection:

We are continuing to collect clean, gently-used gloves and winter coats of all sizes for students in need. If you have gloves and winter coats you would like to donate, please send them in with your child.

Black History Month Books For Teens and Young Adults

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas- Thomas' blockbuster debut novel (subsequently made into a movie) follows Starr, a 16-year-old Black girl who witnesses the police killing of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, and its aftermath. Starr is forced to grow up quickly and—along with readers—confront the inequities of the system that works against her.


Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice by Bryan Stevenson- Another before-it-was-a-movie pick, Just Mercy, is Stevenson's story of helping to free the wrongly convicted in Alabama, and has been described as To Kill a Mockingbird for modern times.

March: Book One, Book Two, Book Three by John Lewis with Andrew Aydin- From Congressman John Lewis, this trio of books details his life as a civil rights leader, working to end segregation. Told in graphic novel form, it offers a poignant look at the "good trouble" Lewis was known for.

Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin- The Harlem, New York-born and bred writer's first entree into the literary world is this 1953 classic, which is said to be semi-autobiographical. Another Baldwin bestseller, If Beale Street Could Talk, is also a worthy addition.

COMMUNITY CORNER

The 30th Annual African American Children's Book Fair

The 30th Annual African American Children's Book Fair – LIVE IN PERSON - will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th Arch Street on Saturday, February 26, 2022, from 1:00 to 4 p.m. EST. Hosted by the African American Children’s Book Project, the book fair is one of the oldest and largest single-day events for children's books in the country! For more information call (215) 878-2665.


>> REGISTER HERE <<

African American Historical Sites Near Philly:

African American Museum of Bucks CountyLanghorne: Exhibitions, events, and educational programs at the African American Museum of Bucks County share the history of the Black experience through the stories of African Americans from the Philadelphia region and beyond. Visitors to the museum can discover art and artifacts.


Octavius V. Catto Memorial City Hall: As a free Black man living in Philadelphia in the 19th century, Octavius Catto was a teacher and scholar, accomplished athlete, and civil rights, activist. A Quest for Parity is the name of the 12-foot bronze statue representing Catto at City Hall.


Johnson House Historic SiteGermantown: This former home of the Quaker abolitionists was a stop on the Underground Railroad. The Johnson family worked with other abolitionists in Philadelphia during the 19th century to secure freedom for enslaved people by offering them safe passage during their attempts to escape. The house is intact and open for tours.

Coming soon... TWOsday happening on 2/22/2022

Tuesday, 2/22/2022 NACS is celebrating TWOSday!


Northwood students and staff can dress up as Twins! Link up with a classmate or teacher to get together your most creative matching outfits!


**Prizes for those who are TWINNING the most**

Mental Health School Supplies with crisistextline.org

Parents, students, and educators are stretched thin. School is stressful any year but this year can spark a special kind of anxiety-inducing spiral. As students, caregivers, and educators, it’s essential to keep mental health at the forefront of your school planning. In a world of managing to-do lists, relationships, and post-COVID stress, Crisis Text Line is here to help you keep your mental health top of mind. Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 mental health support to anyone in crisis. VISIT HERE for free mental health resources for students, parents, and educators.


Anyone in crisis can text SCHOOL to 741741 to reach a volunteer Crisis Counselor.

Upcoming events at Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed (TTFWP):

CALLING ALL BULLDOGS: BULLDOG SPOTLIGHT!

We love receiving photos of our Bulldogs with big smiles and having fun! If you have more pictures to share that highlight a fun part of your child's day, whether it is participating in an activity or enjoying the outdoors, send them over to curbano@northwoodcs.org to be featured in our next Bulldog Blast 📰

Tarken Ice Rink & Rec. Center: FREE PROGRAM

If you have a teenager between the ages of 13-17 and you’re looking for a safe space for them to socialize while gaining life skills then Tarken has a program for you!


Join them every Thursday from 6:30-8:00 PM for their brand new teen activities program. Activities include community service projects, teen building exercises, mentorship, 2K tournaments, and more! See the above flyer for more details!

**NO SIGN-UPS NECESSARY**

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Covid-19 Corner:

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MCKINNEY-VENTO ACT: NORTHWOOD IS HERE TO HELP

If you live in a shelter, motel, or even doubled up with other people due to loss of housing for economic hardship, you may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act. A full definition of what constitutes homelessness can be found below.


If you believe you may be eligible, contact Lower School Counselor (K-4) Ms. Lozandieu at mlozandieu@northwoodcs.org or Upper School Counselor (5-8) Mr. Whitlatch at awhitlatch@northwoodcs.org to find out what services and supports may be available!


CLICK HERE to watch a video (created by Kevin Lofton) for families in Philadelphia to understand their rights under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. This ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for students experiencing homelessness. Check it out now!


If you or a family member are in need of housing, food, health, and safety services, please check out these resources from Project HOME: Where To Turn Guide.

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Important Dates on the Horizon

Monday, February 14th, Valentine's Day

Wednesday, February 16th, Board Meeting

Monday, February 21st, Presidents Day

Parent Resource Center

This is on Northwood''s home page and includes an Instructional, Technology, and Community Hub. The Student/Parent Technology Help Desk is located within the Technology Hub.

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