Bulldog Blast

March 17, 2021

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Saint Patrick’s Day is a popular holiday celebrated on March 17. The holiday honors Saint Patrick, the man who brought Christianity to Ireland. Saint Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland. Yet people in the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, and other countries enjoy the holiday, too. Many people celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day by wearing green clothing or clothing with shamrocks ☘️(three-leafed clovers) a symbol of good luck. Some people eat certain foods, including corned beef and cabbage.


Check out these books at your local library to celebrate the day:

  • The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School by Laura Murray (ages 5-6)
  • The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing (ages 5-8)
  • St. Patrick's Day from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler (ages 7-11)

B-I-N-G-O!

Wednesday, March 24th at 7:00 pm, we will host another fun Northwood Family Virtual Bingo Night! Families will have a chance to play bingo and win prizes. This is a free event - the first 300 devices to log in to the Zoom will be allowed in.

RSVP by Tuesday, March 23rd! You will receive the zoom link when you RSVP.


Below is a site where you can generate your own electronic bingo boards.

https://bingobaker.com/play/1228516?fbclid=IwAR3FQ5sc2zOMwpxBk6B3MExVr2wYI3WcGhxI2vVIXrldlt2z1R4We3vDzwA


You can use as many boards as you’d like, as long as you can keep up with the numbers being called.


**8th-grade parents and guardians are invited to log onto the zoom 20 minutes early (6:40 PM) to chat with other fellow 8th grade parents. Take this opportunity to catch up, share experiences of this year and learn where your kids will be attending next year.

Calling all Brave Girls!

Join the National Women's History Museum and illustrator Marissa Valdez for a very special Brave Girls Virtual Storytime reading of author Meena Harris' Ambitious Girl on Wednesday, March 24th at noon. Bring your lunch and your curious minds! Marissa will be answering questions live from the audience after the reading of the book with us.


When? Wed, March 24th, 12:00-1:00 PM

Register here!

REPORT CARD CONFERENCES


If you have not already done so, please reach out to your child's teacher to sign up for a slot to discuss their progress for this reporting period. Please note, second-trimester report cards are on an as-needed basis and are NOT mandatory, but you are welcome to sign up for one if you would like.


You will receive an electronic copy of your child’s report card at this conference. We believe that it is vital for teachers and parents to work together as a team to discuss student progress at Northwood. As a reminder, conferences will take place on Thursday, March 25th (3:00-5:45 pm), and Friday, March 26th (9:00 am-3:00 pm). Conferences will be 15 minutes in duration. All report card conferences will be held on these two days.


Report card conferences will be held again in a virtual format via Zoom. You will receive a Zoom link from your child’s teacher. Please be prompt so that you and all families have equal opportunity to discuss their child’s progress.

Attention. 5th-8th grade girls, meet TechGirlz!

TechGirlz is a nonprofit program of Creating IT Futures that inspires middle school girls to explore the possibilities of technology to empower their future careers. TechGirlz is accomplishing its mission through the creation of free, fun, interactive “TechShopz” led by industry professionals, community leaders, and students. Be on the lookout for ongoing free workshops called TechPodz: A TechGirlz Virtual Program.


Next workshop (ages 5-8th grade): 'Internet Safety: How To Stay Safe Online'

When? March 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Register here!

Event run by Huron Women in Tech.

Event summary: You’ve been online a lot! Do you know the ins and outs of staying safe? Let’s go over some of the rules and some ideas to help you. Learn how to be a good digital citizen as well as a cautious one on various forms of social media. Learn how to recognize and respond to cyberbullying, phishing, and suspicious behavior, as well as how to set up passwords and privacy settings to keep your data, your identity, and your family and friends safe.

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH at the National Constitution Center

“How Women Won the Vote” features some of the many women who transformed constitutional history—including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, and Ida B. Wells—and will allow visitors to better understand the long fight for women’s suffrage. With nearly 100 original artifacts—including a ballot box used to collect women’s votes in the late 1800s, a letter from jail written by a White House picketer—explore the historical context of the fight for the right to vote over 70 years.


The museum is open Fridays–Sundays from 10 am–3 pm, and advance reservations are required. If you can’t make it to the museum, you can view highlights of the exhibit online, or even book a live virtual tour of the exhibit via Zoom. Additional resources can be found on the Constitution Center’s Women’s History Month landing page, including videos, educational materials, and more.

Tracking COVID-19 in Pennsylvania / Philadelphia

We remain in a low SUBSTANTIAL transmission level in Philadelphia County (Incidence Rate-104.5 and PCR-5.3%). As we mentioned last week, the PA Department of Health recommendation now includes a hybrid option at this level. This recommendation change is a result of vaccination access and school transmission and data. This upcoming Monday puts us in the countdown window for our anticipated opening date of April 19th and will be critical in our decision-making process.


Again, we will track the data with the goal of remaining in LOW/MODERATE for three consecutive weeks. We will report this information via a REMIND on Tuesdays and also include the metrics in our Wednesday Bulldog Blast. Click on each of the charts below to go to the data tracking pages compiled by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Policy Lab. Keep a lookout for a TOWN HALL Meeting in April to address any and all questions.


Finally, please note ALL hybrid and virtual cohorts have been established. At this time we are not able to make any changes. Thank you for understanding.


Additional questions or concerns? Info@northwoodcs.org

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Free Meals Pickup 🍽️🥪🥣

We are continuing to give out frozen meals that last up to a month in the freezer, so extra meals can be stocked and saved for the weekends or a much later date! Pickup for multiple meals traditionally takes place at our cafeteria (Adams Ave. entrance) on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.


We hope families continue to take advantage of this cost-saving and nutritional convenience.

Giant Animatronic Dinosaurs Coming to the Philadelphia Zoo

This spring, the Philadelphia Zoo will host 24 life-size animatronic dinosaurs in a new and exciting experience that’s sure to be a must-do for any little dino-lover in your family. Big Time: Life in an Endangerous Age will take guests through the Age of Dinosaurs through to the present day, showing the powerful changes and challenges that caused them to become extinct—and how other creatures survived. Big Time opens on March 29 (will run through September 30), and tickets are on sale now. It’s like Jurassic Park, but only the happy parts!


Open from 9:30 am to 5 pm daily.

Advance tickets are required due to high demand and reduced capacity.

Tickets are $6 above admission price, so it’s definitely a bargain for Zoo members. Social distancing and masks will continue to be required for guests ages 2 and older.

GoGuardian Software Information

If you have not read our memo regarding our newly adopted service, GoGuardian, please do so at the following link: GoGuardian Parent Letter.


To summarize, GoGuardian provides the following benefits to students and teachers:

  • Helps in protecting students against harmful and inappropriate online material

  • Helps students stay “scholarly” and more focused when learning online

  • Helps in assessing students’ progress towards class assignments

  • Facilitates communication between teachers and students during class time


Please reach out to our Technology Coordinator with any questions at dleimer@northwoodcs.org.

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!

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Materials & Chromebook Pick-up

For those who were not able to come by the school during previous months' pickup windows, you may stop by and check-in at the front desk on Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00am and 2:00pm to do so.


Please wear a mask and practice social distancing as you wait. All items will be prepared in advance and ready to go in a Northwood canvas bag.

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Chromebooks are also still available for pickup during these days/times.


*Please note*: This is only for students who have not yet received a school-issued Chromebook or if your school-issued Chromebook is not working. If your child has received an iPad from us, exchanges must be made in order to receive your Chromebook. If you are planning to swap a device, you must also bring the charger in order to do the exchange.

WIFI Issues Submission

If you do not have reliable high speed internet, or are experiencing connectivity issues, please feel out this form.

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.

Important Dates on the Horizon

Friday, March 19th- 8th-grade pictures

Thursday, March 25th - Report Card Conferences

Friday, March 26th - Report Card Conferences

Monday, March 29th to Monday, April 5th- Spring Recess