Bulldog Blast

Wednesday, January 19th, 2022

Good Afternoon Northwood,


We are aware that there is a possibility for some wintry weather tomorrow morning. We will be monitoring the track of the storm throughout the night. We will make the call and alert everyone by 5:30 AM, if not sooner.

This week & Looking ahead:

Please continue to keep your child home if he or she is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. These symptoms include:
    • ​​Fever or chills

    • Cough

    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

    • Fatigue

    • Muscle or body aches

    • Headache

    • New loss of taste or smell

    • Sore throat

    • Congestion or runny nose

    • Nausea or vomiting

    • Diarrhea


Students need to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth throughout the school day. Periodic mask breaks are permitted, including during student lunch periods. Please email CovidResponseTeam@northwoodcs.org with any updates such as positive test results or vaccination status.


The COVID-19 quarantine period will continue to be 10 days from the date of a positive test result. This is subject to change as we receive additional guidance from the Department of Health. Upon receipt of a positive test, you will receive an email from the Covid Response Team with the date your child can return to school.


📓 Please note, we have updated our water fountains within the building. Students are permitted and encouraged to bring their own water bottles to school.


❄️ A reminder that any WEATHER RELATED school closures, delays, or early dismissals will be reported through the school website and local media outlets, as well as Remind Alerts. Any time there are questionable weather conditions, log onto KYW1060.com (Our school closing number is 735) or myfoxphilly.com for specific information. Check out our Inclement Weather Page for more information. Please note: If Philadelphia public schools are closed, Northwood is closed.


📓 THIS THURSDAY, we will be hosting a FREE afterschool COVID-19 vaccination clinic alongside Tang Pharmacy. Please see below for all additional details.


📓 Upcoming Schedules:

Wednesday, 1/19 - Noon Dismissal - no letter day

Thursday, 1/20 - D schedule

Friday, 1/21 - A schedule


📓 Gloves and Winter Coat Collection:

We are collecting clean, gently-used gloves and winter coats of all sizes for students in need. If you have gloves and winter coats you would like to donate, please send them in with your child.

Vaccination clinic TOMORROW, Thursday @ NACS

We will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic alongside Tang Pharmacy on Thursday, January 20th, 2022.

WHERE: NACS Cafeteria

WHEN: 3:30-6:30 (doors close at 6:20pm)

Pediatric vaccines, the first dose, second dose, and boosters are available for those who are eligible.


Please see the flyer below for more information. Thank you!

Big picture

Parent Corner:

Future Technology Skills Workshop- SURVEY ATTACHED

We are in the process of organizing a FREE series for Northwood Academy CS Parents & Guardians in partnership with the non-profit, 'You're beautifully made, Inc.' for the month of February.


Parents and guardians can sign up for one, or more, 90-minute classes to learn how to better navigate the digital landscape and support their student's learning. There will be 5 classes offered in total. We are asking NACS parents and guardians to please complete the attached short survey so we can better serve you and your needs. Thank you!


>>'Technology Skills Workshop' survey <<

COMMUNITY CORNER

Northwood Park Winter Clean-up

'Friends of Northwood Park' will be hosting a winter clean-up in the park this SATURDAY, January 22nd, 1-3 pm (Castor Ave and Foulkrod St Philadelphia, PA 19124)


The event will focus on removing trash from the park. It's been very wet and windy and two months since their last large-group clean. Please do not attend if you are covid positive, are waiting on test results, or have symptoms. Supplies provided, just dress warmly. Thank you!


Friends of Northwood Park is a community-based Park Friends Group affiliated with the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation. We exist to support and advocate for Northwood Park to be a safe, clean and welcoming green space in our Neighborhood.

Lunar New Year 2022: Year of the Tiger

People living in China and in Chinese communities throughout the world annually celebrate the Chinese New Year. It is a 15-day festival that begins with the new moon that occurs sometime between January 21 and February 20 according to Western calendars. Festivities last until the full moon. The holiday is sometimes called the Lunar New Year because the dates of celebration follow the phases of the moon.


Home to the second-largest Chinatown on the East Coast and a vibrant Asian population, it’s no surprise that Philadelphia has many Lunar New Year celebrations each year. Check out the Lunar New Year at Dilworth Park: Saturday, January 29, 2022 | 5-7 p.m. Dilworth Park is the spot for traditional lion dances, ice skating, and a special Lunar New Year menu in the Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin. Before or after the event, explore all the winter happenings that make up this year’s Winter at Dilworth Park programming. Where: Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street

Big picture

APPLY PHILLY CHARTER: APPLY FOR SEPTEMBER 2022 BY JANUARY 24, 2022.

**APPLY FOR NEXT YEAR**

The application for September 2022 deadline is approaching.

CLICK HERE to get started on your application.

Review our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about this year’s process.

Big picture

Mighty at Home Workshops Winter / Spring 2022

All Mighty at Home workshops happen on Zoom. Be sure to sign up with an email address that you will use & be able to access. The workshop leader sends out the Zoom link 30 min. prior to class starting. Workshops are available for ages 5+.


CLICK HERE to view all workshops available.


Mighty Writers is a class 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2009. One hundred percent of the programs we offer are free. We serve communities in and around Philadelphia, PA, as well as in Camden, Newark, and Atlantic City, NJ. We also run writing workshops in Washington Heights, NYC.

Stewards of Children Training- FREE, NEXT TUESDAY

In partnership with Philadelphia Children's Alliance,

St. Mark's Church, Frankford is pleased to offer this FREE evidence-informed, award-winning two-hour training that teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Participants will learn practical actions they can take to reduce instances of child sexual abuse in their organizations, families, and communities. Registration is required.


When? NEXT, TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2022 AT 6:30 PM

Location: 4442 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19124


Please message St. Mark's Church, Frankford, in advance with your contact information.

Facebook: @StMarksChurchFrankford

Questions? (215) 535-0635. cristina.mancini@yahoo.com


**EVENT FLYER is attached below**

Big picture

Jurassic Quest: Jan. 15-23, 2022

Jurassic Quest, Philadelphia’s Premier Dinosaur Event, now playing Pennsylvania’s Premier Convention Center!


The largest and most realistic dinosaur exhibit in North America is back, BIGGER and BETTER than EVER. Jurassic Quest is coming to the Pennsylvania Convention Center for two weeks, Jan. 15-23, 2022. See over 100 life-size animatronic dinosaurs including the incredible 50-foot long Megalodon, 60 ft. high, sky-scraping Spinosaurus, the 80 ft. Apatosaurus and our Gigantic LIFESIZE T-Rex.


Jurassic Quest is the only place to experience the largest rideable dinosaur rides, giant fossil digs, inflatables, Raptor training experience, interactive baby dinosaurs, walking dinos, real fossils & MORE!


Visit https://www.jurassicquest.com/events/philadelphia-pa to guarantee your timeslot.

Winter/Inclement Weather

Check out our *NEW* Inclement Weather Information Center on our Northwood school website!


Our goal is to lay out our process and answer some of your most frequently asked questions here, so you can be more informed on the how, what, when, and why of our inclement weather decisions.

Covid-19 Corner:

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

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.

Big picture

Important Dates on the Horizon

Wednesday, January 19th, Board Meeting

Monday, February 14th, Valentine's Day

Wednesday, February 16th, Board Meeting

Monday, February 21st, Presidents 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.

Big picture