Bulldog Blast

March 10, 2021

Daylight Savings Time (DST) 2021

Hi Northwood! Please note, this Sunday, March 14 at 2 AM we “spring ahead," which means you will need to set your clocks forward one hour before you fall asleep on Saturday, March 13 (most apple/android products adjust automatically). Below are 2 helpful suggestions to help your family adjust to the time change.


1. Tire yourself out. The weather predicted for the days before DST is perfect for hitting the playground, and some activity helps to advance our body clocks. Even if the weather isn’t the greatest, get outside and play!


2. Get out of bed. No matter how tempted you are, don’t sleep in. If you snooze, so will your kids and you’ll all pay the price later when everyone is awake at midnight. So bite the bullet and go make breakfast.


Lastly, don’t forget to take this opportunity to check the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Celebrate Women's History Month

Become inspired by stories of perseverance and accomplishment this Women's History Month, by taking a moment to learn the names Gertrude Bustill Mossell, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, and Carrie S. Burnham in the article from The Free Library of Philadelphia.

Community Meeting with Northwood Civic Association (in-person event)

The Northwood Civic Association (NCS) will be hosting a vaccine information session on March 16th at 7th at St. James Church (on Castor Avenue & Pratt Street). Organizers from FEMA will be bringing laptops to help folks interested in the vaccine register. The goal of this event is to assist the community with signing up if you are experiencing trouble registering on your own. There will also be a medical professional present to answer any vaccine-related questions or concerns.


Questions? Please contact Mari Carrasquillo, President of NCS, 267-231-8165

Please note, this is an in-person event.

Cooking Club with Mrs. Parico

Mrs. Parico's 8th grade Cooking Club wrapped last week and they wanted to share their recipes with all of you. The group favorites were the alfredo and chicken wings- YUM! We hope you enjoy them as much as they did!


Click here to see all the incredible recipes!

Attention. 5th-8th grade girls, meet TechGirlz!

TechGirlz is a nonprofit program of Creating IT Futures that inspires middle school girls to explore the possibilities of technology to empower their future careers. TechGirlz is accomplishing its mission through the creation of free, fun, interactive “TechShopz” led by industry professionals, community leaders, and students.


Be on the lookout for UPCOMING free workshops called TechPodz: A TechGirlz Virtual Program.

Tracking COVID-19 in Pennsylvania / Philadelphia

Unfortunately, we have moved back into the SUBSTANTIAL transmission level in Philadelphia County (Incidence Rate-102.68 and PCR-4.5%). This resets our calendar but does not prevent us from our anticipated opening date of April 19th. This date allows for post-Spring Break quarantine and teacher preparation time.


Again, once at a moderate level, we will track the data with the goal of remaining in LOW/MODERATE for three consecutive weeks. We will report this information via a REMIND on Tuesdays and also include the metrics in our Wednesday Bulldog Blast. Click on each of the charts below to go to the data tracking pages compiled by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia PolicyLab.Keep a lookout for a TOWN HALL Meeting in April to address any and all questions.


Lastly, please note ALL hybrid and virtual cohorts have been established. At this time we are not able to make any changes. Thank you for understanding. Additional questions or concerns? Info@northwoodcs.org

Free Meals Pickup 🍽️🥪🥣

We are continuing to give out frozen meals that last up to a month in the freezer, so extra meals can be stocked and saved for the weekends or a much later date! Pickup for multiple meals traditionally takes place at our cafeteria (Adams Ave. entrance) on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.


We hope families continue to take advantage of this cost-saving and nutritional convenience.

Transportation Services Request 🚌

If you would like to request transportation services for your child, please fill out the below form.

https://forms.gle/2CyQpQ1VfqFtUzTn7


Please note, this is only for students in grades 1 through 6 who have never received busing. Please fill out the form and you will receive notification from the school district if you are approved. For all remaining questions please email, kdugan@northwoodcs.org.

Career Day- Thursday, May 6th

Hey Northwood Fam! We are looking for parent volunteers for our upcoming 'Virtual Career Day' this Spring! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to help briefly teach our students about your career by sharing your knowledge and experiences.


Time commitment: 30 minutes

When: Thursday, May 6th- time slot TBD

Interested? email curbano@northwoodcs.org

Bulldog Spotlight: Lucy Richards

This week's Bulldog Spotlight is 7th grader Lucy Richards! Lucky took part in a royalty event this past weekend for a pageant system that she competes in. Lucy won the title of Pennsylvania 12-13-year-old Division Queen. She will compete for a national title at their pageant in April. Congratulations, Lucy, and good luck in April!

Don't miss out on this PUBLIC virtual event!

Do you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine? Join our friends at Freire Schools for a COVID-19 Vaccine Open Forum via Zoom on Tuesday, March 16 @ 6 PM.


Freire Schools has connected with a number of medical professionals to serve on their Vaccine Panel and help answer questions from community members. This event is open to the public and all are welcome! Please RSVP using the link on the flyer.

GoGuardian Software Information

If you have not read our memo regarding our newly adopted service, GoGuardian, please do so at the following link: GoGuardian Parent Letter.


To summarize, GoGuardian provides the following benefits to students and teachers:

  • Helps in protecting students against harmful and inappropriate online material

  • Helps students stay “scholarly” and more focused when learning online

  • Helps in assessing students’ progress towards class assignments

  • Facilitates communication between teachers and students during class time


Please reach out to our Technology Coordinator with any questions at dleimer@northwoodcs.org.

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!

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Materials & Chromebook Pick-up

For those who were not able to come by the school during previous months' pickup windows, you may stop by and check-in at the front desk on Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00am and 2:00pm to do so.


Please wear a mask and practice social distancing as you wait. All items will be prepared in advance and ready to go in a Northwood canvas bag.


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Chromebooks are also still available for pickup during these days/times.


*Please note*: This is only for students who have not yet received a school-issued Chromebook or if your school-issued Chromebook is not working. If your child has received an iPad from us, exchanges must be made in order to receive your Chromebook. If you are planning to swap a device, you must also bring the charger in order to do the exchange.

WIFI Issues Submission

If you do not have reliable high speed internet, or are experiencing connectivity issues, please feel out this form.

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.

Important Dates on the Horizon

Friday, March 12th - Common Lottery Acceptance Date

Thursday, March 25th - Report Card Conferences

Friday, March 26th - Report Card Conferences

Monday, March 29th to Monday, April 5th- Spring Recess