Bulldog Blast

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

This week & Looking ahead:

Hello Northwood Community,


If you have not done so already please take a moment to read the attached letter from Mrs. Carey and Mrs. Dugan. Thank you.

Por favor lea la carta adjunta de la Sra. Carey y la Sra. Dugan. La versión en español está en la página 2. ¡Gracias!

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, 11/18

Join us TOMORROW at 6 pm for a VIRTUAL NACS Parent/Guardian Town Hall. Following the recent Pfizer vaccine approval for children 5 years old and up, and with the growing trend of misinformation, we would like to create a space for our Northwood families to learn facts and ask questions so you can make an informed decision for their children.


Please note, following the event a transcription will be shared in Spanish and Creole Haitian.


ZOOM DETAILS: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83774553716

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Ways to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month With your Kids

November is National Native American Heritage Month, a chance to honor the history and continuing culture of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Get your kids involved! Each week we will share family-friendly ideas to celebrate and learn about Indigenous peoples of the United States.


Here's an idea: Connect with the land-

Indigenous peoples have a special relationship with the natural world. This month, find ways for your child to deepen their own love for the land. Take a walk in one of our beautiful surrounding parks (Pennypack Park, Tacony Creek Park, Overington Park, etc.) Make a craft with fall leaves. Help clean up a neighborhood park. Take time to appreciate and give back to Mother Earth.

CALLING ALL FUTURE SUBS!

Are you passionate about helping all students✏️learn in a collaborative environment? Northwood is currently looking for substitute 🍎 teachers. Please share this with any interested family and friends. All candidates can email Mrs. Carey at, ccarey@northwoodcs.org. Payment is $150 a day. Thank you!

Last Wednesday the 1st Grade Celebrated the "50th Day of School"

SCHOOL FOOD DRIVE

To promote our school’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) program:


Northwood will be hosting a food drive from Monday, 11/29 to Friday, 12/3, students can bring the attached food items to school. Donations will go to Philabundance. *Please note, participation is appreciated but not mandatory*


Additionally, on Friday, 12/3, students and staff may wear a red shirt to school. Red Shirt Day is a state-wide event to recognize children and youth homelessness. Questions? Please reach out to Ms. Lozandieu (mlozandieu@northwoodcs.org) with any questions. If you or a family member are in need of housing, food, health, and safety services, please check out these resources from Project HOME: Where To Turn Guide.**

Safer Ways to Celebrate Holidays

At NACS, we are grateful to have families and staff who have embraced and respected our comprehensive health and safety protocols.


To continue doing so, we need your help to keep everyone safe.


Throughout the holiday season, we ask that you keep reinforcing the same safety measures we are using inside of the school to help stop the spread of COVID. This includes watching your distance, wearing a mask, and washing your hands frequently. For more information and guidance about how to celebrate the holidays during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC has guidance available by clicking here: Safer Ways to Celebrate Holidays

Parent Corner:

School Picture Retakes, 12/17/21

Please note: School picture retakes will be Friday, December 17th, 2021. Students will need to be dressed in their Northwood polo and khaki pants.


Picture Day forms can be downloaded online here, https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/. (Picture Day ID: EVTPPKZNT)

YOU'RE INVITED- NACS Virtual Family BINGO!

Mark your calendars! Wednesday, December 22nd at 7:00 pm, we will virtually host a Northwood Family Fun Bingo Night!


Families will have a chance to play bingo and win prizes.

This is a free event - RSVP to curbano@northwoodcs.org by 12/20. Zoom link information will be sent closer to the event date.


Make sure to download your BINGO card(s) ahead of time. You can use as many boards as you’d like, as long as you can keep up with the numbers being called. CLICK HERE can generate your own electronic bingo boards. Let's have a fun night of BINGO before we are all head into Winter Break next week.

Get Social!

Be sure to follow Northwood Academy Charter School Instagram for all additional school and community updates in real-time.


@NACSlife

COMMUNITY CORNER

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Vaccine-related literature:

It’s understandable that some parents want more information before getting their young children vaccinated against COVID-19, so this month’s CHOP feature article aims to address three factors to assist parents’ decision-making. CLICK HERE to read, '3 Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccination of 5- to 11-year-old Children'


Check out this new children’s book to help kids prepare & understand the vaccine:

Helping Our World Get Well: COVID Vaccines is a new children’s book aimed at young children. Written by Beth Bacon, the book, which was released Nov. 16th, talks about the new things children did during the pandemic. But, of all the new things being asked, the main character has one thing they don’t want to do — get the COVID-19 vaccine. After talking with several people, including their friend Wesley who can’t get vaccinated due to a health condition, the main character decides to get vaccinated, realizing that by working together, vaccinated people can protect vulnerable people, like Wesley, in their school, community and the world.

Help your young family members feel more confident when they get the vaccine with this new book. Available on Amazon.

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Don’t have a doctor?

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road! ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Exhibit Opens at Please Touch Museum!

Enjoy the Please Touch Museum (PTM) The Wizard of Oz Educational Exhibit while reliving the story (or perhaps learning about it for the first time), kids can travel from Dorothy’s farm to the Land of Oz with activities, lessons, and imaginative play.


In this exhibit, visitors can:

  • Learn about how tornados form and create your own tornado
  • Discover the storyline and characters of The Wizard of Oz, and even view a pair of Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers
  • Make your way through a tunnel on the Cowardly Lion’s “Courage Crawl”
  • Test your brainpower like the Scarecrow with brainteasers and a cornfield maze
  • Climb a bouldering wall to capture the Wicked Witch’s broomstick
  • Ride Miss Gulch’s bicycle to reveal the hidden picture on a praxinoscope
  • Manipulate light to recreate some of the special effects used by the “great and powerful Oz”

Located at 4231 Avenue of the Republic in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park now until January 16, 2022. In order to keep the PTM experience safe, online reservations are required. The museum is open Wednesdays – Sundays from 9 am –4:30 pm.

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!


CLICK HERE to watch a video (created by Kevin Lofton) for families in Philadelphia to understand their rights under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. This ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for students experiencing homelessness. Check it out now!


If you or a family member are in need of housing, food, health, and safety services, please check out these resources from Project HOME: Where To Turn Guide.

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Important Dates on the Horizon

Monday, November 15th- 19th, American Education Week

Wednesday, November 18th, Board Meeting

Wednesday, November 18th, Battle of Vertieres

Thursday, November 25th- Sunday, November 28th, School Closed due to Thanksgiving Holiday

Sunday, November 28- Monday, December 6th, Hanukkah

Friday, December 3rd, Red Shirt Day

Wednesday, December 15th, Board Meeting

Friday, December 17th, School Picture Retakes

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.

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