Northwoods News

A Message from Principal Nixon--Week of January 4, 2021

Dear Northwoods Families,


Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful winter break and that it was a time of rest and rejuvenation for you and your families. Here's hoping that 2021 will be a kinder, gentler, and more stable year for everyone!


Please take a few minutes to read through the information and updates below.


Respectfully,


Joe Nixon

Principal

Virtual Counseling Slips

Fill out this form if your student needs to speak with a counselor!

Check out our website at www.nescounseling.com for resources/information about our program! Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns!

Parents of Current 3rd Grade VA Students

In an effort to meet state testing requirements, all 3rd grade students who participate in Virtual Academy during the spring semester will be offered the opportunity to complete the Beginning of Grade (BOG3), CogAT/IOWA, and/or ACCESS assessments at school.


By state mandate, all standardized assessments must be administered in the school building. Participating students will be given a health screening and are expected to adhere to all recommended health/safety protocols before, during, and after the assessment and until they leave school grounds. Transportation services (yellow bus) are available for any family who may need assistance with drop-off or pick-up from school.


Please complete the survey (linked below) for each currently enrolled 3rd grade student in your household. Your responses will help us determine how many testing sessions to schedule over the coming weeks. Dates for each assessment will be announced at a later date.

Important School Information

Quarter 2 Report Cards:

Quarter 2 report cards will be issued on Friday, January 22nd. Families participating in Virtual Academy will receive the report card via email while families participating in face-to-face instruction will receive a printed copy.


Start of Spring Semester:

As a reminder, spring semester will begin on January 20th. Students will remain with their currently assigned teacher until that date.


Spring Semester Asynchronous Days:

Remote Learning (Asynchronous) Days will not continue to be weekly in the spring semester. Instead, they will be spaced strategically throughout the spring semester. Please see the list of currently scheduled asynchronous days for the spring semester.


  • February 3rd
  • February 24th
  • March 10th
  • March 11th
  • April 14th
  • May 5th
  • May 26th


Spring Semester Teacher Assignments:

I'm happy to announce that, in most cases, students will NOT have a change in teacher for the spring semester unless he/she is moving to or from Virtual Academy. Families of students that are moving to and from Virtual Academy will be notified of their child's teacher assignment on Wednesday, January 13th.


Spring Semester Before-School Care:

Beginning January 20th, the Taylor Family YMCA will be offering on-site (at Northwoods) before-school care for students participating in face-to-face instruction during the spring semester. The earliest drop-off time for the before-school care program is 7:00AM. To register your child, please visit: https://www.ymcatriangle.org/schools/northwoods-elementary-after-school-0


Quarter 3 Student Materials:

Student materials (alignment lessons, manipulative kits, EL books, t-shirts, pictures, etc.) for Quarter 3 will be distributed on January 14th and 15th. Please see the flyers below for more information. We are need of paper grocery bags for the distribution. Donations are greatly appreciated and may be dropped off at the main entry doors.


Fall Pictures Have Arrived:

If you ordered fall pictures, you may pick them up from the school on January 14th and 15th during our material distribution event.


Stay Home When Sick:

Effective immediately, if a WCPSS student or employee does not pass the health screening or if they stay home or are sent home because they are experiencing a symptom of any illness, their household members must also stay home. This means that any WCPSS student or employee living in the same house must quarantine for 14 days. The household members may return sooner than 14 days if the person experiencing a symptom of illness receives confirmation of an alternate diagnosis or a negative PCR/Molecular test.

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