Bulldog Blast

Wednesday, March 23rd 2022

Principal's Corner:

Please read the below reminders and updates from Principal Henry:


Report Card Conferences - March 30th and 31st

We would like you to join your child’s teacher to discuss his/her progress for this reporting period. 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 Academy. We are expecting 100% participation from our families.


Conferences will take place on Wednesday, March 30, from 12:00 to 5:45 pm, and Thursday, March 31, from 12:00 to 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 on an as-needed basis only (parent or teacher request). Conferences will be held in a virtual format via Zoom OR in-person (this is up to the parent). You will receive a Zoom link from your child’s teacher. Please be prompt so that you and all families have an equal opportunity to discuss their child’s progress.


If you are interested in meeting with a specialist teacher, please email them individually to set up a conference. Thank you for your ongoing support of our program!

Picture highlights from our mini multiplication battle with 4th grade last Thursday!

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In-school event: 4th Grade College Day last Friday, 3/18

To promote college and career readiness, our 4th graders participated in College Day at Northwood last Friday!


Through fun competition, guest presentations, and video highlights, students learned from staff and current college students (mainly NACS alumni) how to get into college, the opportunities offered at college, and how to be successful in college.

Check out some fun photo highlights below!

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Summer Art Camps for kids ages 4-15:


🎨Allens Lane Art Center, 601 West Allens Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119:

With classes for children ages 5-13, Allens Lane Art Center offers both physical and virtual camps this summer. Campers can expect classes in ceramics, crafts, and theater as well as time outdoors for sports and play. Space is limited to due capacity restrictions. https://allenslane.org/



🎨Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts - Art Camp, 128 N. Broad Street, Historic Landmark Building, Philadelphia, PA 19102: PAFA’s Summer Art Camp is for budding young artists ages 6 to 14. This year's award-winning camp is offered virtually with a combination of live zoom and off-screen hands-on activities. Registration and weekly schedules are coming soon. For more information visit pafa.org/camp, email artcamp@pafa.org, or call 215-972-2054. https://www.pafa.org/museum/education/family



🎨Portside Arts Center - Summer Arts Camp, 2531 E. Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125: Campers 4-13 can expect weekly sessions such as Murals and Public Art, Nature and Mindfulness, The Art of Music, Theater Arts, Art Around the World, and The Basics of Sculpture. Siblings discounts, payment plans, and scholarships are available. https://www.portsideartscenter.org/



🎨Power of Paint Art Academy, 4919 Pentridge Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143: Geared to kids ages 5-15, Camp P.O.P allows campers to explore art and wellness through a variety of fun activities. Tweens and teens can participate in Senior Camp while Junior Camp is designed for kids from 5-10. https://popartacademy.org/

Enrollment for YBM, Inc. summer programming opens April 2022!

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Parent Corner:

District-Wide Survey

Northwood parents that participate in the parent survey will be entered into a raffle to receive a gift card and NACS swag. Please note: Once you start the survey you must complete it all at once. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

https://webapps1.philasd.org/parentsurvey/

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VOLUNTEER POLICY INFORMATION

Important Volunteer/ Chaperone Information In order to volunteer in any capacity (including chaperoning trips) you must fulfill the following directives which are part of the Child Protective Law:


The law requires all school employees, contractors, and volunteers to have direct contact with children to obtain clearances (child abuse history clearance and state and federal criminal history checks).



Spring/Summer is a perfect time to make sure you have your PA Clearances updated and ready to go for the Fall. If you need assistance please contact the main office.


PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

  • Clearances submitted within 48 hours of an impending trip will not be processed in time for that individual to chaperone that particular trip. While we encourage everyone to complete clearances, we cannot honor last-minute requests.
  • ALL required documents must be submitted together at one time. We will not hold your documents until they are all complete and accounted for.
  • Copies of the required clearances must be printed and handed in to the front school office or classroom teacher. We can not accept clearances forwarded to us via email. Thank you for your support of our program, safety as always is a priority for all our students and their families.

COMMUNITY CORNER

Join Snider Hockey for a FREE Skate and Open House planned for this Thursday, March 24th at Scanlon Ice Rink. Flyers with more details are attached below.
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Play-A-Palooza: Sat Mar 26, 2022

As “spring fever” spreads, Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse celebrates Play-A-Palooza, its seasonal playground grand-opening party.


Saturday, 3/26, 12 pm-4 pm families can enjoy a lineup that includes music and dance, a bookmobile, games, relay races, science experiments, an obstacle course, food trucks, and unstructured nature-based play across Smith's 6.5 acres. Play-A-Palooza 2022 will also host an on-site vaccine clinic. **The rain date is March 27th**


For ages 12 and under


Price: Children $10; Free for Smith members and ACCESS cardholders


Location: Smith Memorial Playground 3500 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19121

Tarken Ice Rink & Rec. Center: FREE PROGRAM

If you have a teenager between the ages of 13-17 and you’re looking for a safe space for them to socialize while gaining life skills then Tarken has a program for you!


Join them every Thursday from 6:30-8:00 PM for their brand new teen activities program. Activities include community service projects, teen building exercises, mentorship, 2K tournaments, and more! See the above flyer for more details!

**NO SIGN-UPS NECESSARY**

CALLING ALL BULLDOGS: BULLDOG SPOTLIGHT!

We love receiving photos of our Bulldogs with big smiles and having fun! If you have more pictures to share that highlight a fun part of your child's day, whether it is participating in an activity or enjoying the outdoors, send them over to curbano@northwoodcs.org to be featured in our next Bulldog Blast 📰

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.

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Important Dates on the Horizon

Wednesday, March 30th, and Thursday, March 31st, Report Card Conferences

Monday, April 11th- Monday, April 18th, Spring Recess

World Autism Awareness Month

Wednesday, April 20th, Board Meeting

Friday, April 22nd, Earth Day

Tuesday, May 3rd, School Closed in observance of Eid-al-Fitr

Monday, May 30th, School is closed in observance of Memorial 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.

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