Northwoods News

A Message from Principal Nixon--Week of December 9, 2019

Dear Northwoods Families,


It's hard to believe, but we are just a couple of weeks away from winter break, which means that 2019 is rapidly coming to a close! Please take a minute to read over the information below. This will be the last newsletter you receive until we return from winter break. On behalf of the Northwoods staff, I'd like to wish you all a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season!

The Specialist Connection

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Other News and Information

Retirement News

Coach Cuffe, our long-time PE teacher will be retiring at the end of December. Please join me in thanking him for his service to our school and local community. We will certainly miss him!


Congratulations to Mrs. Inagaki and Mr. Robinson

I would like to recognize Mrs. Inagaki (1st Grade Teacher) for obtaining her National Board Certification. National Board Certified Teachers are proven to be among the most effective teachers across the country. National Board Certification is the most respected certification that a licensed teacher can obtain. Please join me in congratulating her for this major achievement.


Additionally, I would also like to recognize Mr. Robinson (Special Education Teacher). Mr. Robinson recently completed his school administration degree program and has earned his license to become a school administrator. Please join me in congratulating him for this major achievement.


Food Drive

I would like to thank everyone who has donated to our annual food drive. We really appreciate your help and commitment to the Northwoods Community. All food items we collect will be assembled into packages and distributed to families in need throughout our school community. For those of you that would like to participate, please know that we are still accepting donations. Friday, December 13th is the last day to donate food items.


December 20th Make-up Day

This is a friendly reminder that December 20th is now a full instructional day for students.


Spirit Week--December 16th-20th


  • Monday--Color Day (wear all one color from head to toe)
  • Tuesday--Dress to Impress/Fancy Day (wear your nice clothing, but bring sneakers for recess/PE)
  • Wednesday--Pajama Day
  • Thursday--Throwback Thursday (dress up like you are from the past (for example, wear bright neon colors like you are from the 1980's)
  • Friday- Holiday Wear Day


New Furniture

As many of you have already noticed, we've added some new furniture to our front entrance, conference room, and front office spaces. I'm excited to announce that this is just one of several planned upgrades that will be happening at Northwoods over the coming months. To honor our commitment to provide each child with a clean, welcoming, and safe school environment, we will be working to clean, paint, and reimagine existing spaces to better accommodate student needs and interests.

Northwoods Elementary PTA Information

Happy Birthday to our lunchroom composting program! In October 2018, Northwoods students switched from polystyrene to paper trays. Through support from a nonprofit called Every Tray Counts, trays from our school go to a large composting facility, not a landfill. Our cafeteria staff also separate fruit and vegetable waste from the meals they prepare. Together, we have kept 4,125 pounds of trays out of the landfill and created 1,031 pounds of compost! Thank you to students, teachers and cafeteria staff for making our program a model for other schools that want to reduce waste.


Thanks to our PTA funded Cultural Arts program, all the students in ECS1 and ECS2 will participate in a special outreach program from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences called Meet the Animals.


On Friday December 13th, these student will have the opportunity to get up close and acquainted with some of the Museum’s animal ambassadors, learn about their characteristics, adaptations, and the roles they play in our environment.

Students will get the chance to touch live animals and ask questions from a Museum animal expert.


Make sure to ask your students about their favorite in-class animal experience next week-end!


This performance is just one of several PTA sponsored Cultural Arts activities scheduled throughout the year. Please click on the link below to learn more about the current 2019-2020 Cultural Arts schedule and PTA Cultural Arts program.

Remember to check-in for updates throughout the year as more activities are being planned. https://www.northwoodspta.com/cultural-arts/

Helpful Links for the 2019-2020 School Year