Northwoods News

A Message from Principal Nixon--Week of May 18, 2020

Dear Northwoods Families,


I hope this message finds you and your families doing well! As of today, we are a mere 3 weeks away from the end of the school year. We have a lot yet to accomplish but we are committed to finishing strong!


I'm happy to announce that last Wednesday, WCPSS released guidelines to principals for allowing families to pick-up student materials. After taking some time to review those guidelines and meet with other principals across the district, I can now share that information with you.


Please read through the information below carefully. Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me or your child's teacher.

Important End-of-Year Information

Pick-Up Process for Student Belongings

The Northwoods staff will be conducting curb-side pick-ups for student belongings, beginning June 1, 2020. All families have been assigned a specific date, according to your last name (see below). To better accommodate working families, we have scheduled two pick-up windows on each pick-up date. Simply stop by during the window that works best for your family.


To make pick-up time more efficient, our staff are in the process of placing each child's belongings (classroom materials, artwork, yearbooks, etc.) into bags that will be labeled with each child's name. Rest assured; staff are required to handle student materials while wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


So that we can more effectively limit potential exposure between individuals, the school building will only be accessible for families who need to pick-up medications. Otherwise, staff members will assist with locating and retrieving student belongings on pick-up days. Please read through the following pick-up procedures:


  • Families will follow the yellow highlighted route (pictured below) when picking up student belongings on their assigned date. Parents may only pick up items for their children. A photo ID is required for pick-up.
  • Families picking up student belongings will use the carpool line and will stay in their car. Pick-up stations will be set-up under the front awning. Staff will locate and retrieve student materials and bring them to cars.
  • Families will have the opportunity to drive around to the bus loop and park to browse the Lost & Found items.
  • Families needing to pick up medications will park in the front parking lot and enter through the front office.


Anyone needing to enter the building is REQUIRED by WCPSS to wear a face covering and maintain social distancing. It is strongly recommended that individuals wear gloves.


Students who will NOT return to a WCPSS school next year should return all library books, EL books/materials, borrowed Chromebooks, and hotspots. Stations to return those items will be available during pick-up days.


All other students who will be returning to a WCPSS school (even middle school) should not return library books, borrowed Chromebooks, or hotspots at this time. Directions for returning those items will be provided at a later date.

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Other News & Information

Year-End Report Cards

Year-end report cards will be emailed to parents, via confidential email, on June 5th between 11:00 - 1:00pm. Please ensure that your child's teacher has the correct email address for you on file. Students whose parents do not have a working email address on file will have their report cards mailed, via US Mail, on Friday, May 29th.


Promotion & Retention

By state law, any student who was not being considered for retention prior to March 13th cannot be retained by school officials. As such, please know that all students at Northwoods will be promoted to the next grade level unless I have made direct contact with you to discuss options. Additionally, students who have a documented Tier 3 reading and/or math plan will be "promoted with interventions," which means he/she will continue to the next grade level with existing intervention structures in place.


Yearbooks

All yearbooks that were pre-ordered have been distributed to teachers and will be available for pickup with your child's belongings, beginning June 1st. For those still needing to purchase a yearbook, the PTA will have a table set up at the front of the school on Saturday June 6th starting at 9am. We will have 60 books available and they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The yearbooks are $20, and we will accept exact cash or check made out to Northwoods PTA. Sorry we cannot make change at this time.


Memorial Day Holiday

Monday, May 25th is Memorial Day, which is a school holiday for students and staff. As such, there will not be any Remote Learning on the 25th. Enjoy the day off!


Food Distribution Canceled on Memorial Day
In observance of Memorial Day, food distribution services will be canceled on Monday, May 25. Extra food will be distributed on Friday, May 22 for students and families for the holiday weekend. Most weekend food service sites will still operate on a normal schedule Memorial Day Weekend. Please make arrangements now to secure additional food for your family, if needed, on Memorial Day. You can view a list of sites, dates, and times at wcpss.net/food


Zscaler Notices for Students on Devices

Our district uses an Internet filter called Zscaler to block inappropriate websites while students use their WCPSS account. If students see this message, they need to log in with their full WCPSS WakeID (e.g., johndoe@students.wcpss.net) and follow the on-screen prompts.


Reminder: Please take a quick survey on your remote learning experience

We would like for families to provide feedback on their students’ remote learning experience so far. This will be the first of two surveys designed to gather information that will be used to help us improve remote learning for students. Please complete the survey by May 20.

Northwoods Elementary PTA Information

PTA UPDATE:

Reminder! Our PTA, like so many organizations, has moved entirely online & virtual for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. We will be holding a call-in/video conference General Membership Meeting on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 6:30pm. Once we have the conferencing information, we will post it on the Northwoods Calendar as well as on our PTA website at: https://www.northwoodspta.com/


The PTA Nominations Committee is still looking for many volunteers to fill roles and positions for PTA programs for next school year, but we will not be able to "elect" the executive positions/make them official until an in-person General PTA Meeting can be held. Stay tuned for more info as we have it, and please contact northwoodsnominations@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering in any way for the 2020-2021 school year!


Thank you all for your continued support of our school community, and we can't wait until we can see you again!