Northwood Notes

Royal Oak Schools: A Community of Excellence- 1/14/22

MLK Day Community Celebration

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday

A day on; not a day off.

Virtual Keynote & Presentation

On Monday, January 17, 2022, the community is invited to honor Dr. King through learning and action. The commemoration, “A Day On, Not a Day Off,” will begin with a virtual presentation hosted on the Berkley Schools and Royal Oak Schools Facebook pages at 9:30 AM. The virtual event will include a keynote speech by Dr. Kim Martin, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator for Royal Oak Schools, a performance by the Detroit Youth Choir, messages from both school superintendents, and more.

Freedom Walk

At 10:30 AM, the community is invited to gather at Royal Oak Middle School (back of ROMS), 709 N Washington Ave, Royal Oak, MI, for a freedom walk in the ROMS neighborhood as well as a donation drive. The first 200 guests will receive an event t-shirt. All ages and members of the community are invited to attend. The walk will kick off at 11 AM with a live greeting via Zoom from Governor Whitmer.


How has Dr. King's legacy affected you? Feel free to record a testimonial about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his legacy, or his speeches in our Testimonials Tent. These will be included in our program after the event. (booth will be on site)

Donation Drive

The event committee will also be collecting the following donations 10:30 - Noon to support the following groups:

  • Redford Brightmoor Initiative
  • Cass Community Social Services
  • Judson Center
  • Gleaners Community Food Bank

Items that we'd like to collect that day are listed below:

  • Toiletries & Cleaning Supplies (toilet paper, paper towel, soap, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, cleaning products, baby wipes, deodorant, feminine products)
  • DVDs (new or used)
  • Non-perishable foods (including canned meat and fish)
  • Diapers (newborn to size 6)
  • Baby wipes
  • Laundry detergent

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New Covid Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

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Royal Oak Parent Advisory Committee- January 19th, 6:30-8:00 PM, RO Board Office (and Virtual)

The RO PAC is made up of parents of children with disabilities. The PAC advises the Intermediate School District (ISD, Oakland Schools) on the special education programs and services it provides. PACs have a positive impact on special education programs and policies. Our Royal Oak PAC is a group of parents passionate about the education and the well being of our children. The ROPAC sincerely welcomes any parent with a student(s) in Royal Oak Schools to join us in our mission to make our schools a destination for students receiving special education services to thrive. We are committed to promote inclusivity for all. We believe students of all abilities deserve respect, support and resources. For more information, please contact PAC President Elizabeth DeLorean at

DK/K Information Night

If you have an incoming Kindergarten student or know of any families that do, our Kindergarten Information Night is on Wednesday, January 26, from 7:00-8:00 p.m.This meeting will be held virtually. Our staff will be providing important information to help families prepare for starting school and share the Kindergarten curriculum.

DK/K Registration

If you or anyone you knows has an incoming Kindergarten student planning on attending Upton next year, please review the information below:

Kindergarten/developmental kindergarten enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year has begun. Royal Oak Schools processes new student enrollments online at Click on the "Enrollment" tab and then "How to Enroll" to begin this process. Once you have completed the online enrollment, including step 5 which is uploading the required enrollments, our enrollment staff will process the enrollment and send a confirmation email. If you are not able to do so at home, please contact Gina Harwood, Enrollment Coordinator at to schedule an appointment for assistance.

Michigan State Law stipulates that a child must be 5 years of age on or before September 1 in order to enroll in kindergarten or developmental kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year. If a child is not 5 by the September 1 enrollment eligibility date, but will be 5 no later than December 1, an option for parents or guardians to enroll their child in kindergarten/developmental kindergarten is available by completing an Age Waiver form which is available on the website.

Internal Elementary Transfer Request forms are also available on the website. If a parent wishes to request their child attend a school other than their attendance boundary school, a completed form must be submitted to the Enrollment Office in person by February 28th at 4:00 p .m. in order to have priority consideration. Receipt of a completed transfer form is not a guarantee that your child will receive a spot. Further information is available in the Transfer Request Guidelines document on the website.

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Reflections Update and Another Opportunity

Thank you to the 35 Northwood students who participated in the National PTA Reflections Art Program by creating artwork in line with the 2021-22 theme, "I WILL CHANGE THE WORLD BY…" We received some very inspiring and creative entries that will be proudly displayed at the Media Center later this week. Blind judging is in its final stages. Winning Northwood artists (2 students per age division and art category) that will go on to compete at the State level will be announced on the NBS news and via e-mail next week.

Did your student miss the opportunity to participate in the Reflections Art Program and is looking for another opportunity to create and compete? If so, please consider participating in Governor Whitmer’s search for a K-12 student to design the 2022 State of the State program cover following the theme, WHY DO YOU BELIEVE IN MICHIGAN? Students can use crayon, marker, paint, or any other material to highlight what makes Michigan so special to them. All artwork must be uploaded online by Sunday, January 16th at 11:59 PM to be considered. Click here for more information. If you’re in need of free art supplies, please contact Julie Farhat at
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Michigan Animal Rescue League Donations

Dear Northwood community:

My name is Ellie Fish, I am a former Northwood student and currently a senior at Royal Oak High School. In our senior year, we get to construct a Senior Service Project and give back to our community. For my project, I will be working with an amazing organization located in Pontiac called the “Michigan Animal Rescue League” or MARL.

MARL prides itself on being “a different breed of shelter” and from the short time I’ve spent there, I can see why. Unlike a lot of other animal shelters, MARL offers sanctuary to abandoned animals for as long as they need it, whether that be until they are adopted, or for the rest of their life. They take in so many animals and strive to give them the highest quality of care they can. However, that's not always easy.

It is the unfortunate truth that most animal shelters are underfunded and understaffed. Due to this they struggle bringing in more animals in need, and with providing the animals with the level of care they need to become suitable for adoption. For my project I will be volunteering at MARL, along with this, I am hoping to collect any goods they need to maintain the level of care they provide the animals. This is where I need your help.

Located in Northwood there are three empty dog houses, our goal is to fill them by the end of January. Below there is a list of the items MARL needs, there is also a QR code that will take you to an Amazon wishlist full of supplies. Anything helps and everything is appreciated. Thank you so much for your time, if you have any questions or would like any additional information please feel free to contact me by text, call, or email. My phone number is

(248) 820-1755 and my email is Thank you again!


Ellie Fish

● Fleece blankets

● Dog toys or chews (any kind)

● New or gently used dog harnesses, collars, and leashes (all sizes)

● Cat toys (any kind)

● Paper towel

● Cat food (wet and dry)

● Dog food (wet and dry)

All brands for food and any additional things needed are specified on the Amazon wish list linked to the QR code below.

Donation boxes in the vestibule until 1/19/22

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Important Dates

January 17: No School

January 19: Parent Advisory Committee @ 6:30 @ the Board Office

January 21: Hearing Screening DK, K, 2nd, 4th

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Dr. Kim Martin's Corner- Check it out!

Coordinator for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Special Education News

Take a look at what's happening for students and parents in the Special Education department. Including important dates!

Medication form

If you have prescription medication to be administered at school click link and complete form. Doctor needs to sign the form. Medication must be in original container. Drop the form/meds by the office the week of 8/30 from 8:00-4:00

Royal Oak Literacy Website

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PTA Corner

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Mission Statement

Northwood Elementary School will provide higher-level learning opportunities for all students to maximize their potential in a safe, nurturing, respectful, and diverse environment.