Bulldog Blast

June 9th, 2021

Hey Northwood Family!

Happy Last Week of School!! CLICK HERE to read our CEO, Mrs. Amy Hollister's statement on the ending of our academic school year.

What you need to know this week:

  • Please take a moment to read the attached letter regarding the return procedure for all school-issued devices.

  • 8th Grade Closing Ceremony: The Thursday, June 10th ceremony will begin at 2:00 pm and will be live-streamed for all additional guests. Please read the attached letter from Mrs. Herschberger for all day of information. LIVE STREAM LINK

  • Report Cards will be distributed via email on Friday, June 11th.

  • Transportation Request 2021-2022: If your child requires transportation for the upcoming school year, please complete the form below. A form MUST be filled out for each child. Students in 7th and 8th grade will be provided Transpasses. Please note, this is only a REQUEST. If you are approved you will be notified by the School District over the summer. Routing is done using the student's home address. https://forms.gle/dhXqeS6sQ8yoUH2X9

  • Student Summer Practice Pages will be sent home with your child and also posted on our school website.

  • Summer Front School Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 am-1:00 pm

Congratulations Class of 2021!

Check out all the incredible high schools our Northwood 8th graders will be attending in the Fall. WAY TO GO! We are so proud of you!

Celebrating our Leadership!

This past week our CEO, Amy Hollister was honored by The University Of Pennsylvania as the first recipient of the Dr. Priscilla Dawson Alumni Award.

This award is named for the former Director of the School Leadership Program and is presented to the alum whose work reflects the values that are in line with principles that Dr. Dawson holds high: mentoring, supporting, and empowering school leaders to make a difference in underserved communities. Congratulations, Mrs. Hollister!

Parent Corner:

School District of Philadelphia Transportation Services- deadline June 18th

ATTENTION: The School District of Philadelphia Transportation Services will continue to offer households that opt-out of bus service a monthly flat-rate payment of $150 for the 2021-22 school year. Letters to families currently enrolled in the flat rate program were mailed on May 25, 2021. The deadline for families to register for the 2021-22 school year is June 18, 2021.

New sign-ups for the Parent Flat Rate Program opened on Monday, June 7, 2021, and registrations are due June 25, 2021. Please CLICK HERE to sign up. Any questions, please call 215-400-4000 and ask for transportation.

Looking Ahead...

  • Mid- August you will receive a letter from your child's incoming teacher in your email.

  • MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Back to School Night is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, September 9th, from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm.

  • APPROVED 2021-2022 CALENDAR: Click here to view our 2021-2022 academic calendar 📅 for all important school-related dates for next year.

  • PSSA testing for grades 4-8 will take place September 8th, 9th, 10th, 13th, and 14th.

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).

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, clearances submitted within 24 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.

Surviving the Summer-

Want to make sure your child is engaging in educational activities throughout the summer? Look no further than your local library. With tons of genres and options, there’s something for everyone to read. Most libraries also offer summer reading lists depending on your child’s age. Look here to find a library near you.

Additionally, check out these wonderful online resources for Pre-K- 8th-grade students to stay engaged during the summer:


  • Read & Learn with Simon Kids is a new video series hosted on the Simon Kids YouTube channel. Parents and educators can find self-shot videos by Simon & Schuster authors and illustrators, including read-alouds, drawing tutorials, and more.
  • Story Online features actors — including Lily Tomlin, Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, and more — reading children’s books alongside illustrated videos.


  • PBS Kids provides games, activities, and tips for emotions and self-awareness, social skills, character, literacy, math, science, and arts for ages 2 through 8.
  • Mystery Science is offering a starter list of K-5 science classes free, without requiring users to sign up or log in.


  • GoNoodle offers videos to get kids moving, including dancing, stretching, running, jumping, and more. The channel has an app that’s recommended for kids 5 and up.
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga offers free yoga on YouTube for young children ages 3 and up. There are countless classes, from 3 mins. to 3 hrs., featuring storytelling (themes: “Frozen,” and “Moana”), singing, and of course yoga with a yogini Jaime Amor.


  • On YouTube, Moovlee offers yoga and meditation exercises for kids that are led by a cartoon monkey.
  • GoZenOnline offers anxiety relief songs, relaxation exercises, and tips for parents on its YouTube channel.

YouthCOR @ Simpson Recreation Center- 7/1-8/6

This summer program is available for Northwood students enrolled in NACS’ Summer Bridge Program. YouthCOR is partnering with Northwood Academy Charter School to offer a full-day summer program for rising 1st-6th grade students.

Please see the attached flyer for more information. This is a free program.

TO REGISTER please email sleonard@coraservices.org or CALL (215) 685-1223.

Student Corner:

STEM Student Advisory Council

Check out this great opportunity for current 7th - 11th graders to get involved as a Student Advisory Council Member for the Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective!

Applications are now open through June 14th, 2021. APPLY HERE

What is The Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective (PSEC)? A $10 million, 10-year commitment by a global healthcare company, GSK, focused on increasing the number of women, Black/African American, and Latinx Philadelphia students to overcome obstacles to their pursuit of careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The PSEC, established in January 2020, will work hand-in-hand with schools, out-of-school time providers, universities and colleges, employers, local government, and the philanthropic community using a collective impact model to identify and close gaps confronting children from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM.


Community Corner:

Upcoming TTF Watershed Partnership Block Parties! Free!

Join the Tacony Creek Park neighbors to connect with our local creek, green space, and trail!

Learn about our creeks & river

Relax with yoga - Register here

Read a book along the Story Trail

Take a nature tour, bird walk, or bike ride

Play games with our Creekmobile

Enjoy our photo gallery & art activities - Pick up a recycling bin & more!


Tuesday, June 15, I St & Ramona Ave, 19124

Wednesday, June 16, Whitaker Ave & Loudon St, 19120

Thursday, June 17, Tabor Rd & Olney Ave, 19120

Rain dates: June 22, 23, 24.

Questions? 215-744-1853 or susan@ttfwatershed.org

Read-a-long Story Trails: Free Books!

Keep an eye out for a new addition to the Tookany/ Tacony- Frankford Watershed Partnership, Inc. trail this month! They are partnering with the Frankford Library and Greater Olney Library for StoryTrails, a read-a-long walk experience for young readers.

Each week, find pages of a new nature book along the trail. When you're done, head over to the Frankford or Greater Olney Library for a free copy to take home! Questions? susan@ttfwatershed.org

Youth Workshop: Beatmaking 101- AGES 12-16

Scribe Video Center is hosting 5 Sessions — Thursday, June 17, 24, July 1, 8 & 15 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM this summer!

For teens (ages 12-16) interested in crafting and publishing their own beats, this workshop will introduce you to the basics of composing and publishing your own audio sequences. Using accessible and free cloud-based audio applications, participants will be instructed on basic beat structures and concepts to beatmaking. Students will leave with knowledge of how to export a final song and how to release it on streaming services. Cost: $40, $25 Scribe members and family

Instructor bio.:

Nelson Nance is a fearless artist who combines the courageous cacophony of the DaDa art movement with remnants of futurism and Funk. Recently he has contributed as a writer, director, and composer on the critically acclaimed HBO series Random Acts of Flyness created by his brother Terence Nance.

Contact Email Address: inquiry@scribe.org Contact Phone Number: 215-222-4201

More information can be found HERE. Scribe Video Center History & Mission


Bulldog Blast Translation Feature

  • While viewing the newsletter on your phone, select "Translate Newsletter" at the top of the screen and select the language you wish to read it in.
  • If you are viewing the newsletter on your laptop, look at the top right side of the newsletter at the Accessibility Bar and click on the "Translate Newsletter" option.

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.

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.


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!

Big picture
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, June 11th - Last day of in-person learning for Drexel cohort / Last day of school for all students

Monday, August 30th, First of Scool Day for Grades K- 8

Thursday, September 9th- Back to School Night

Summer Front School Office Hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Big picture