September 23, 2022

Building Excellence Successfully Together

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Key News for Explorer Families

As you know the week of September 12-16 was our PTA Enrichment Fund week! When you spend an entire week dancing, singing, and greeting students and families at carpool and bus drop off in inflatable pig suits, you know you are ALL IN for students! Thank you to Lauren Caldwell, Angie Claeys and the NWES PTA enrichment week crew for organizing a great week! Enjoy the photos if you didn't get to see the dancing pigs live. Thank you also to all the families that supported the coin drive and sent in online donations. Our PTA does so much for our students and staff – every single penny is appreciated!

I also wanted to thank all Northwood parents for continuing to partner with us. The welcoming, positive school climate here was evident to me even prior to the first day of school. I am joyfully reminded of how wonderful our school is when I greet students each morning and say goodbye to them each afternoon. I get to watch our students in action throughout the school day and so enjoy witnessing the positive relationships and connections our students have with the staff members. The special connections extend beyond homeroom teachers too; sparks are ignited by multiple staff members throughout the school day - many times even before and after the school bells ring.

We’ve officially entered the fall season and with that the hope of matching fall temperatures. Enjoy this weekend, hopefully outdoors, with your families.

With gratitude,

Heather Rucker



September 29 - PTA Dining for Dollars - Marlow's Tavern (4-10 PM)

October 10 - Columbus Day (No School)

October 11 - Professional Development Day (Students Off)

October 12 - Teacher Work Day (Students Off)

October 14 - All Pro Dad (7:10 - 7:40 AM)

October 19 - PTA Reflection Entries Due

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We’ve been having a super time in second grade so far! The children are really enjoying learning about the states of matter through hands-on investigations. Our little mathematicians have been sharpening their addition skills and practicing various strategies to use when solving 2-digit and 3-digit addition/subtraction problems. We’ve also wrapped up our realistic fiction writing unit and are working on an expository piece on bats. Halloween is just around the corner and excitement is in the air.

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Is Your Third Grader Too Dramatic?

Third graders spent time in ELA learning about Dramas. A drama is a play that tells a story through dialogue and action. Students had fun in small groups practicing different roles. The focus was on reading fluently and with expression. It was fun practicing silly voices and sounds with our classmates. So if you think your third grader is being too dramatic, you can blame it on the drama!

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The PTA's Piggy Palooza Enrichment Fundraiser last week was a huge success! They raised approximately $8,500 in standard donations; with more than $4,500 from the spare change drive. Kudos to Kindergarten for filling those piggy banks and winning the popsicle party. We are so grateful for our phenomenal PTA for leading this event; and our amazing parents, community, and students for such an outstanding job!


Awards are one of the many wonderful ways we have to recognize and celebrate our Explorers at Northwood. Here is a link to this month's award recipients. Congratulations!

Awards August 22.docx


The school day ends at 2:20 p.m. Please avoid early checkouts as instruction goes on until 2:15 p.m.; however, if your child must be checked out early, do so before 2:00 p.m. After 2:00 p.m., students will be sent using normal dismissal procedures so as not to interfere with the school-wide dismissal process. We appreciate your cooperation and consideration.

A message from the Fulton County School Nutrition Department


To receive free or reduced price meal benefits for students each household must complete a new application every year. If your household has not reapplied for SY 2022-2023, there has been an interruption in your student’s benefits. The household is responsible for payment of meals until the Free and Reduced Application is approved. Household must complete an online application at or have a paper application turned in to the school cafeteria manager. Be sure to list all the students in the household on the application. Keep in mind, paper applications may take up to 10-days to process. If you have any questions, please call the Fulton County School Nutrition Program – Meal Eligibility Desk at (470)254-2220.


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Have You Joined Infinite Campus Parent Portal?

The Infinite Campus Parent Portal provides quick and easy access to information for all enrolled students in their household. Find grades, attendance, assignments, schedules, ID numbers, school announcements and more. If you haven't already joined, please do so today as Fulton County Schools is transitioning to managing everything via the portal.

For more information, access the Parent Portal Booklet for Infinite Campus here.

Student Code of Conduct & Discipline Handbook: PLEASE REVIEW & SIGN OFF

Each year Fulton County Schools asks families and students to read and discuss the Student Code of Conduct & Discipline Handbook; and then sign off that you have read it. Please follow the steps below to access the handbook, and then sign off electronically in your Infinite Campus Parent/Student Portal Account.

  • Please read and review the Code of Conduct with your student(s). There are also paper copies available for your convenience in the office.


Parents, please encourage your students to check regularly for lost items in the Lost and Found. Please mark all student belongings clearly with the child’s name so that it can be identified. Unclaimed items are donated to local charities after the last school day of every month. September’s date is Thursday, September 29th.


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Cluster Program News

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Greetings Centennial Cluster Families,

It is Homecoming week at Centennial, and we want to invite all of the Centennial Cluster schools to our Friday festivities!

Friday will kick off with our homecoming parade featuring Centennial organizations as well as organizations from Centennial cluster schools. The parade will begin at 6:00pm and will take place on Centennial’s campus. Parade spectators can be on any of the sidewalks around Centennial’s front entrance, front parking lot, and bus lanes. All spectators should remain on the sidewalks and off any parking areas at all times. All parking for parade spectators will be in the Kohls parking lot across the street from Centennial.

After the parade, head over to our Stadium to get ready for our Homecoming Game against the Kell Longhorns. Kickoff is at 7:30pm. Some notes for the game:

  • No bags or balls will be permitted inside the stadium
  • No outside food or drink
  • All students that are Middle School and below must be accompanied by an adult for entry and during the game.
  • There is no exit and re-entry to the stadium at any time.

Centennial Athletics events are cashless and you can pre-purchase your tickets through GoFan.

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The Dining 4 Dollars crew is back with another opportunity to send 15% of every purchase back to Northwood! Kick back and let Marlow's do the work! Dine in and carry out are available for families who elect for that experience. As always, we thank you for being a part of the Northwood community.

Please share this email when you order or carry out!

  • WHERE: Marlow's Tavern - 3719 Old Alabama Rd Building 200, Johns Creek, GA 30022
  • TIME: Thursday. September 29th, 4:00PM-10:00PM
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Get your yearbook like, now! Use the QR code or click here to order.

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Young artists get involved through their local PTA or PTSA. A student may submit an entry in any of six arts areas. Only original works of art are accepted. The six art areas are: Visual Arts Photography, Literature, Music Composition, Dance Choreography, and Film Production.

That's why the Reflections Program provides an excellent opportunity for students of all ages to:

  • Unleash their creative talents and be inspired
  • Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork
  • Experience the joy and fun of making art
  • Tap into critical thinking skills to create art inspired by the annual theme
  • Receive positive recognition for their original works of art

Call for entries! Entries due October 19th. Email for more information!

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