Bulldog Blast

December 9, 2020

Materials Pick-up: Next Week

Mark your calendar to come by the school during one of the following days/time brackets to pick up another round of student materials:

Monday, December 14

9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, December 15

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Wednesday, December 16

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Please come to the back cafeteria doors, 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.


The breakdown of items for each grade is as follows:

Writing Journal
Go Math Book Volume 2

1st Grade
Writing Journal
Go Math Book Volume 2
Reading Book Volumes 4 and 5 (Mrs. Donohue’s and Mrs. DeVito’s classes ONLY)

2nd Grade
Reading Books (5 total)

(Mrs. Krajci's group in 2nd grade will also have materials to pick up - they will be notified separately by email)

3rd Grade
Reading Book Vol. 2
Go Math Book Vol. 2
White board marker

4th Grade
Novel “Rules”
Novel “Maniac Magee”

5th Grade
Novel “The Bridge to Terabithia”
Go Math book Volume 2

6th Grade
Novel “One Crazy Summer”
Novel “Among the Hidden”
Science Book: “Earth’s Structure”

7th Grade


8th Grade


All Grades

Blank Paper for Art and Character classes – please take a stack if needed!

2nd Trimester Extracurricular Activities - Sign Up Today!

Weekday after-school clubs and Friday morning electives will begin after the New Year, and sign-ups are live!

The following are the after-school clubs being offered:

  • All About Animal Club: Grade 2
  • Fun & Games Club: Grade 4
  • Dungeons and Dragons Club: Grades 5-8
  • Sewing Club: Grades 5-8
  • Mixed Media Explorations / Fine Arts Club: Grade 6
  • Step Club: Grades 6-8
  • Book Club: Grades 7-8
  • Cooking Club: Grade 8

The following are the Friday morning electives being offered:

  • Fitness: Grades K-2
  • Yoga: Grades K-2
  • Sing-Along: Grades K-2
  • Fitness: Grades 3-5
  • Painting: Grade 3-5
  • Sphero: Grades 3-5
  • Choir: Grades 3-8
  • Fitness: Grades 6-8
  • Painting: Grade 6-8
  • Graffiti Art: Grades 6-8
  • 3D Printing: Grades 7-8
  • Chat with Coach Lark: Grades 7-8

Northwood is using a platform called FamilyID for club registration.* Upon clicking on the registration links below, if you don't already have a FamilyID account, you will be prompted to set one up (this only takes a minute).

Prior to signing up for multiple clubs and electives, please check the meeting times to ensure that the days and times do not overlap.

Sign-ups are due before Winter Recess on Tuesday, December 22nd. Spots will fill up fast, so select your child's activit(ies) of choice as soon as possible!

*All families should have received an email invitation through FamilyID with registration information as well.

Report Card Conferences

If you have not already done so, please reach out to your child's teacher to sign up for a slot to discuss their progress for this reporting period.

You will receive an electronic copy of your child’s report card at this conference. We believe that it is vital for teachers and parents to work together as a team to discuss student progress at Northwood. We are expecting 100% participation from our families.

As a reminder, conferences will take place on Thursday, December 17, from 3:00 to 5:45 pm and Friday, December 18, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Conferences will be 15 minutes in duration. All report card conferences will be held on these two days.

Report card conferences will be held in a virtual format via Zoom. You will receive a Zoom link from your child’s teacher. Please be prompt so that you and all families have equal opportunity to discuss their child’s progress.

If you are interested in meeting with a specialist teacher, please email them individually to set up a conference.

Resources & Fun from the Magic Workshop

We were happy to see all K-2 grades' active participation in the interactive magic show last week! Our hosts wanted to pass along the resources below, which are appropriate for children in every grade:

The following links contain FREE PDF versions of hands-on magic books:

  • Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic by Mark Wilson: The ultimate book of magic for kids from a world-famous magician, complete with photographs for easy to follow instructions.
  • Now You See It, Now You Don't by Bill Tarr: A new and simple learn-by-picture method that makes it easy for kids to perform all the classic sleights just as they are done by the world's greatest professional magicians.
If your family would like to see a magician perform a formal show locally, Smoke and Mirrors Magic Theater was recommended. They are located in Huntingdon Valley and they are offering limited socially distanced seating (due to COVID-19) for live shows which are also live-streamed so that you have the option of attending in person or virtually. Their website is https://smokeandmirrorstheater.com

Last but not least, be dazzled by second-grader Gloria Melone making a coin disappear!

Grades 3-5 and 6-8 Assemblies: December 16th

Assemblies for our middle and upper grades are happening next week! Both of the following interactive engagements will take place on Wednesday, December 16th at 1:30 pm.

Grades 3-5: The bGreat Show

Through magic, comedy, story-telling, and audience participation, students will learn about Anti-Bullying, Trustworthiness, Fairness, Respect, Responsibility, Caring, and Citizenship.

Grades 6-8: Diversity of Dance

Students will be exposed to the impact of globalization and the power of embracing cultural diversity through dance. Students will be taken on a journey of dance through Jamaica, South Korea, Latin America, and India, learning about the creation and transformation of hip-hop throughout the world.

*Bulldog Spotlight* Theme: Holiday Happiness

With the winter holiday season right around the corner, festive delights are now starting to fill the air. Even while keeping a safe distance this year, the colorful sights, cheerful sounds, and comforting smells will still bring a special spark to the crisp city air.

This month, we want to know: what is your child's favorite part of the holiday season?

Is it the taste of freshly baked gingerbread cookies, straight out of the oven? Or maybe it's building the first snowman of the season? Send their answer and a photo of their smiling face (feel free to get creative here to incorporate the theme) to Mrs. Smith at jsmith@northwoodcs.org. The most stand-out submissions will be featured in the Bulldog Blast sent out during the last week before Winter Recess.

Tracking COVID-19 in Pennsylvania / Philadelphia

Following the recommendation of the PA Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, it is our intent to remain remote in January.

In order to change to a Hybrid Model, we must see 3 consecutive weeks of data in the Low or Moderate category in the COVID-19 Dashboard, accompanied by 3 weeks of the CHOP PolicyLab projections on a steady decline. We will continue to share these data points with you through this newsletter each week.

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.

2021-2022 School Lottery

Submitting an application for your child to attend our school has never been easier! Just go to applyphillycharter.org, create an account and fill out your family profile, check the box next to our school, and then submit the application.

Do you know someone else who wants their child to attend our school? Tell them to go to applyphillycharter.org to apply today for the 2021-22 school year!

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Chromebook Pickup

Devices are available for pickup on Monday through Friday at the front office from 9 am to 2 pm.

*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.

Reminder: 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! We hope families continue to take advantage of this cost saving and nutritional convenience. Pickup for multiple meals takes place at our cafeteria (Adams Ave. entrance) during the following days/times:

Mondays and Thursdays

10:00 am to 12:00 pm and

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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

Monday, December 14 through Wednesday, December 16 - Student Material Pickup

Thursday, December 17 & Friday, December 18 - Report Card Conferences

Tuesday, December 22 - Deadline for 2nd Trimester Club/Elective Sign-ups

Wednesday, December 23 - Half Day of School / Winter Recess Eve / Pajama Day!

Thursday, December 24 through Friday, January 1 - School Closed / Winter Recess