Bulldog Blast

Wednesday, March 9th, 2022

This week & Looking ahead:

✏️ Tomorrow, Thursday, March 110h, come support Northwood Academy at the Book Fair at Barnes & Noble Store at the Neshaminy Mall (300 Neshaminy Mall, Bensalem, PA 19020). The event starts at 4:00 pm. A percentage of the proceeds from the event will benefit Northwood. You are also welcome to shop online the day of your book fair through 5 days after the instore bookfair and enter the unique book fair number on the payment page to make sure NACS receives credit. Book Fair Code: 12625000


✏️ On Friday, March 11th we will be having an optional dress-down day at school to support Ukraine. If interested please send your child a donation of a $1.00 and dressed in blue or yellow for the colors of the Ukrainian National Flag. All proceeds will be sent to humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.


✏️ 8th Grade Pictures will be taking place in the school gym on Wednesday, March 16th. Please see below for more information.


✏️ Report Card Conferences have shifted down to Wednesday, 3/30, and Thursday, 3/31. More information will be shared from your child's teacher closer to mid-March, thank you.


✏️ If you have not done so already please take a moment to read the enclosed letter from our Interim Principal, Mrs. Henry.

Principal's Corner:

Please read the below reminders and updates from Principal Henry:


Starting March 9th, students and staff can choose whether or not they want to wear a mask in school and on school buses. Some will continue to wear them while others will not. Our administrative team will work together so that all are prepared to talk with students about respecting family choices related to masking. Please thoughtfully consider your personal situation and family circumstances, and do what is best for you or your child – and respect everyone else’s right to do the same, even if their choice differs from yours. Masks are not required, but those who have symptoms or are exposed to someone with COVID should wear a mask. Please note, we will continue to have masks for students who request them while supplies last.


Drop Off

Reminder Regarding Drop Off - Students can be dropped off at the blacktop starting at 7:10 am. There is no staff present to supervise students before this time. Please have your child exit your vehicle in a timely manner so traffic can keep moving on Adam’s Ave at drop-off.


Early Dismissals

Students will not be called down from their classrooms for dismissal until a parent/authorized adult arrives to pick them up.


Late Students

ALL entry doors will be closed promptly at 7:45 a.m. Students arriving after that time must be escorted to the Castor Avenue main entrance and receive a late note.


Bus Dismissal

All students, K-8 are dismissed by 3:00 pm (12:00 pm on half days). Buses pull off at 3:10 pm.


Meetings with Administration

Many families come up to the school building requesting an immediate meeting with the school administration. As much as we would like to accommodate these, schedules often do not permit us to do so. Please email pchirinos@northwoodcs.org if you would like to schedule meetings with the school administration.

'Hear the Pennsylvania Crunch!'

Alongside Feeding PA Northwood is celebrating 'Hear the Pennsylvania Crunch!'


This year, the “Hear the Pennsylvania Crunch!” campaign is focused on ensuring kids have enough to eat year-round – and that starts with extending child nutrition flexibilities. Right now, schools and community meal sites can safely feed kids thanks to flexible policies that started during the pandemic. But for some schools, those policies are about to expire. Feeding PA needs our help to tell Congress to extend those policies and make sure kids get the nutrition they need – no matter whether the school is in session or not. #HearPACrunch

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Upcoming in-school event: 4th Grade College Day, 3/18

To promote college and career readiness, our 4th graders will participate in College Day at Northwood on Friday, March 18th.


Through fun competition, guest presentations, and video highlights, students will learn from staff and current college students how to get into college, the opportunities offered at college, and how to be successful in college. Students are encouraged to dress down and wear a college-themed shirt on College Day. Questions? Please email, mlozandieu@northwoodcs.org

Holi: Festival of Colors, 3/18/22

🌈 WHAT IS HOLI?

Holi is a Hindu festival that celebrates the end of winter (white), the beginning of spring (colorful), and the victory of good over evil. It's a great opportunity to play, laugh, forgive and repair relationships. People all over India get together to throw colored powder on each other in the streets to celebrate.


🌈 Holi is only one day a year and is celebrated on the last full moon of the lunar month. The night before Holi is celebrated with bonfires and friends. Holi is celebrated by Hindus mainly in India. This year, Holi will be observed on Friday, March 18, 2022.


🌈 Celebrate Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors, at the Please Touch Museum with special workshops and programs all weekend long!


Schedule includes:

Colorful Powder Workshop: 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm

Colorful Expressions Open Studio: 1-4pm

Storytime: 11am and 2pm

Age: 8 and under Price: $19-$22 depending on the day


Location: Please Touch Museum 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Check out some Kindergarteners in Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Sandoval's class celebrating International Women's Day on Tuesday, 3/8!

Parent Corner:

8TH GRADE PICTURES: 3/16/22

8th Grade Pictures will be taking place in the school gym next Wednesday, March 16th.


Please note the following:

- Gowns are provided by Lifetouch Studios. Caps are not worn in graduation pictures.

- Pictures will be available for purchase.

- Picture Day ID: EVTBSFBTM


*Please note, there is not an 8th-grade picture retake day available at this time.

VOLUNTEER POLICY INFORMATION

Important Volunteer/ Chaperone Information In order to volunteer in any capacity (including chaperoning trips) you must fulfill the following directives which are part of the Child Protective Law:


The law requires all school employees, contractors, and volunteers to have direct contact with children to obtain clearances (child abuse history clearance and state and federal criminal history checks).



Spring/Summer is a perfect time to make sure you have your PA Clearances updated and ready to go for the Fall. If you need assistance please contact the main office. Please note, clearances submitted within 48 hours of an impending trip will not be processed in time for that individual to chaperone that particular trip. While we encourage everyone to complete clearances, we cannot honor last-minute requests.

COMMUNITY CORNER

Women's History Month 2022

March is National Women’s History Month! Schools and communities all over the country celebrate and commemorate the amazing things that women have accomplished all over the world! Each morning during announcements we will be highlighting different women in politics, arts, sports, and science!

Play-A-Palooza: Sat Mar 26, 2022

As “spring fever” spreads, Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse celebrates Play-A-Palooza, its seasonal playground grand-opening party.


Saturday, 3/26, 12 pm-4 pm families can enjoy a lineup that includes music and dance, a bookmobile, games, relay races, science experiments, an obstacle course, food trucks, and unstructured nature-based play across Smith's 6.5 acres. Play-A-Palooza 2022 will also host an on-site vaccine clinic. **The rain date is March 27th**


For ages 12 and under


Price: Children $10; Free for Smith members and ACCESS cardholders


Location: Smith Memorial Playground 3500 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19121

TTF Watershed Partnership Upcoming Events:

Maple Sugaring: From Tree to Table Tacony Creek Park

Saturday, March 12th from 1pm-2:30p join TTFWP in Tacony Creek Park! Learn about the Native American legends about how maple sugaring started and enjoy a hands-on maple sugar-making demonstration. Enjoy a delicious waffle with syrup, too!


Where? I Street and Ramona Ave. Philadelphia 19124


**Register here**

FREE family program for all ages

'Ya Fav Trashman' Cleanup in Tacony Creek Park:

Join TTFWP (Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed) for a Tacony Creek Park Cleanup with our new best friend forever, Ya Fav Trashman! Let’s show our love for this special green space and Circuit trail.


WHEN? Saturday, March 19, 10am-12pm

Whitaker Ave & Loudon St., Philadelphia 19120


* Register here *

* Learn more here *

Keeping Your Child Healthy

Did you know there are vaccine-preventable diseases you can protect your young child? You may have almost forgotten about diseases like Diphtheria, Chickenpox, Mumps, Whooping Cough (Pertussis), and others because of vaccines. It's still important for your child to have vaccines though! While these diseases are preventable, they can still exist and infect those who are not vaccinated. Vaccines can help keep your child healthy, and vaccines may be required for your child to attend a school or an early learning program. Find out which vaccines your child should receive and when.


For children without insurance, PA CHIP may be able to help. CHIP is short for the Children's Health Insurance Program, Pennsylvania's program to provide health insurance to uninsured children who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance. Regardless of the reasons your children might not have health insurance, CHIP may be able to help you.

Visit www.chipcoverspakids.com.

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Tarken Ice Rink & Rec. Center: FREE PROGRAM

If you have a teenager between the ages of 13-17 and you’re looking for a safe space for them to socialize while gaining life skills then Tarken has a program for you!


Join them every Thursday from 6:30-8:00 PM for their brand new teen activities program. Activities include community service projects, teen building exercises, mentorship, 2K tournaments, and more! See the above flyer for more details!

**NO SIGN-UPS NECESSARY**

CALLING ALL BULLDOGS: BULLDOG SPOTLIGHT!

We love receiving photos of our Bulldogs with big smiles and having fun! If you have more pictures to share that highlight a fun part of your child's day, whether it is participating in an activity or enjoying the outdoors, send them over to curbano@northwoodcs.org to be featured in our next Bulldog Blast 📰

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

Wednesday, March 9th, Hoodie Day

Sunday, March 13th, Daylight Saving Time

Wednesday, March 16th, Board Meeting

Thursday, March 17th, St. Patrick's Day

Friday, March 18th, Holi 2022

Wednesday, March 30th, and Thursday, March 31st, Report Card Conferences

Monday, April 11th- Monday, April 18th, Spring Recess

World Autism Awareness Month

Wednesday, April 20th, Board Meeting

Friday, April 22nd, Earth Day

Tuesday, May 3rd, School Closed in observance of Eid-al-Fitr

Monday, May 30th, School is closed in observance of Memorial Day

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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