Bishop Woods Weekly News!

From the Home Office of Mrs. Natalino - Week of 3.29.2020

Greetings Bishop Woods Families,

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying some time with your children. While our focus as an institution is education, our focus as a family is everyone's health and well-being. That is what comes first. As you are aware, this Monday, March 30th, we will transition to online learning. Our goal is to continue to engage our students in learning, and to alleviate as much stress as possible on parents that are working hard to support their children at home.

Please know that even though we are not physically in the school building, education is continuing for Bishop Woods. The learning curve is steep for all of us as we transition to a different platform for engaging your children. Our teachers have been working so hard to learn new online tools, and we even engaged in our first virtual staff meeting! We also distributed 323 devices to prepare your children for the start of online learning, so it is evident our families are committed to this process as well...thank you!

Below are some highlights of what you can expect for week one of online learning:

  • Check-Ins: Bishop Woods staff will be contacting families to check in...we are most concerned about your well-being! Please let us know if there is anything you need. Please note that breakfast and lunch will continue to be distributed from 9-12 each weekday at Bishop Woods and most other New Haven Schools. You can pick up from whichever location is closest to your home.
  • Google Classroom Codes: Teachers will be sharing Google Classroom codes and explaining how to access this tool. I have also included some guides for parents in the next section of this newsletter.
  • Teacher Support: Teachers will be available from 9am-1pm to support students and parents each weekday. Contact information will be posted on Google Classroom.
  • Morning Announcements: School-wide announcements and morning meeting with homeroom teachers will take place at 9am each day. This is an opportunity for your child to start his/her school day in a familiar way, and for the class to engage in discussion with one another. As often as possible, have your child sign in to Google Classroom with their homeroom teacher at 9am.
  • Imperfection!: There will be mistakes and that is okay! The learning curve will be steep for our staff, students and parents. We must all have patience. We will get better with practice! We are all in this together and we will make it work best! I do not want any of us to have extra stress added at an already difficult time.

Lastly, if you have any trouble with your device, please reach out to our technology facilitator, Ms. Sirico at or 860-391-6297. Please be patient, as there are many families asking for assistance, and just one Ms. Sirico (who we are very lucky to have!)

Stay in & stay well,

Mrs. Natalino

Parents' Guides to Google Classroom - English & Spanish Versions

Please use this brief presentation to assist you with understanding Google Classroom. Our teachers will be using this tool to provide instruction as we engage in online learning.

Pictures of the Week!

Please continue to send pictures of your children and families engaging in learning from home! There were so many great entries this week that I created a slide show to share! CLICK ON THE BUTTON BELOW to see all of the pictures of our beautiful Bishop Woods family:)
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Birthdays this Week!

March 29th - Quinton R. (Grade 8)

March 30th - Mirakel R. (Grade 8), JJ P. (Grade 7), & Jayden R. (Grade K)

March 31st - Abigail C. (Grade 6), Alexandra C. (Grade 6) & Anakin S. (Grade 2)

April 1st - Juan R. (Grade 7)

April 3rd - Prince G. (Grade 3), Stephanie G. (Grade 1), Noah P. (Grade K), and Ms. Rolfe (Speech-Language Pathologist)

April 4th - Brandon C. (Grade 8) & Camren G. (Grade 6)

Click HERE to Vote for our Newsletter Title!

Thanks to everyone that entered ideas! Click on the button above for a Google form to cast your vote! Students, staff and parents are all invited to participate! WINNER will be announced next week!

Staff Spotlight

Welcome Back Ms. Seiden! Thank You Ms. DePalma!

Ms. Seiden, our 5th grade reading and social studies teacher, is returning back from leave after the birth of her beautiful son, August Dean! Ms. were missed! We are so happy to have you back!

Special thanks to Ms. DePalma for doing such an amazing job as the permanent sub in Ms. Seiden's classroom! Ms. DePalma will continue to be a part of our Bishop Woods family, as she will take over for Ms. Rivellini next month when she goes on maternity leave.

Welcome to the Bishop Woods Family, Xavier Luqueno!

Mrs. Luqueno, our English Language Learner teacher, gave birth to a baby boy on Wednesday, March 25th! Congratulations to the Luqueno family!
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Good-Bye Ms. Michelle Calus

Our Clifford Beers Clinician and school family member, Ms. Michelle Calus, has transitioned to new position. Ms. Michelle had a positive impact on the lives of so many of our students, and will be deeply missed. We wish her the best of luck in her new role!
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Tune In...Story Time with Mrs. Stevens!

Just search Story Time with Mrs Stevens on Facebook to check out last week's read-alouds! To watch LIVE, tune in at 12:30 each school day! Check out Mrs. Steven's son, Sammy, sharing a book that may be read!
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Hands on Science with Dr. G!

Check out the science demonstration below - brought to you by Dr. Gersch and his daughter, Maya!

The Big Question is: What is it about plastic that allows this to work at all?

Email your wonderings to Dr. G at He will respond to your comments in a future post!

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Student Art Gallery

Check out some of the beautiful art work created by our students last week! Thank you to Ms. Crosby and the families that submitted art to share!

Free Resource for Learning from Home!

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Resources from our Community Partners - Check these out!!

Newsletter Contributions!

Please continue to send pictures and student work to be shared with our Bishop Woods family each week! In order for your submission to make it in to the newsletter for the current week, please have it to me by Friday afternoon; otherwise, I will post your contribution the following week. You can share through Remind text or email Thank you to all of the students and families that contributed this week!

Contact Information

Home Office #s:

Mrs. Natalino, Principal- 203-654-9533

Ms. Crisci, Assistant Principal - 475-221-1633