Bulldog Blast

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

This week & Looking ahead:

Our school will be closed on 11/25 & 11/26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Wishing our Northwood Academy Family a safe and joyful upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

💻Report Card Conferences will be held Wednesday, December 15th, and Thursday, December 16th, VIRTUALLY. More information will be shared after Thanksgiving break.

🗓️ December Calendar Change:

As of last Wednesday's board meeting, please note the below-approved calendar adjustment:

Wednesday, December 22nd will be a regular half day.

Thursday, December 23rd will be a virtual half-day for students (7:45-12:00).

Safer Ways to Celebrate Holidays

At NACS, we are grateful to have families and staff who have embraced and respected our comprehensive health and safety protocols. To continue doing so, we need your help to keep everyone safe.

Throughout the holiday season, we ask that you keep reinforcing the same safety measures we are using inside of the school to help stop the spread of COVID. This includes watching your distance, wearing a mask, and washing your hands frequently. For more information and guidance about how to celebrate the holidays during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC has guidance available by clicking here: Safer Ways to Celebrate Holidays

Check our these read alouds and videos for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

Taylor The Thankful Turkey by Mr. Boom Boom's Music Room | Educational Videos for Kids

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell and illustrated by Frané Lessac

Ways to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month With your Kids

November is National Native American Heritage Month, a chance to honor the history and continuing culture of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Get your kids involved! Each week we will share family-friendly ideas to celebrate and learn about Indigenous peoples of the United States.

Here's an idea: Sample authentic Native American food.

This is an excellent way to get kids involved in the kitchen! See what you can learn about local tribes, and the food they traditionally ate. (Hint: For many Indigenous peoples in America, the three staples are corn, beans, and squash.) Then plan a special meal to feature them.

For recipes, try First Nations Development Institute, which shares popular dishes like fry bread and Wojapi, and Powwows.com, which lists 25 favorites.

Looking for ways to keep our kids learning and growing after NAHM?

Check out these children’s books with Native American characters, such as We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell and illustrated by Frané Lessac; If You Lived During the Plimouth Thanksgiving by Chris Newell and illustrated by Winona Nelson; Children of Native America Today by Yvonne Wakim Dennis and Arlene Hirschfelder; and We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom and illustrated by Michaela Goade. Many read alouds are available on youtube.

Hanukkah 2021

Hanukkah 2021 will begin on the evening of Sunday, 11/28, and ends on the evening of Monday, 12/6.

"Hanukkah" means dedication in Hebrew, and the Jewish holiday, also known as The Festival of Lights, represents joy. It's punctuated by an eight-night display of dancing flames atop candles held in intricate menorahs, conveying warmth, comfort, and in Hanukkah's case, a miracle.

Check out these Hanukkah videos and read alouds for kids:

Find activities, recipes, gift guides, and more on PJ Library's Hanukkah page.

Girls 🏀Basketball 🏀Team UPDATE 🏀

To family members of the Girls Northwood Basketball Team, please see the below link for our Spectator policy for the upcoming Basketball season. Thank you!



To promote our school’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) program:

Northwood will be hosting a food drive from Monday, 11/29 to Friday, 12/3, students can bring the attached food items to school. Donations will go to Philabundance. *Please note, participation is appreciated but not mandatory*

Additionally, on Friday, 12/3, students and staff may wear a red shirt to school. Red Shirt Day is a state-wide event to recognize children and youth homelessness. Questions? Please reach out to Ms. Lozandieu (mlozandieu@northwoodcs.org) with any questions. 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.**

Parent Corner:

School Picture Retakes, 12/17/21

Please note: School picture retakes will be Friday, December 17th, 2021. Students will need to be dressed in their Northwood polo and khaki pants.

Picture Day forms can be downloaded online here, https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/. (Picture Day ID: EVTPPKZNT)


Mark your calendars! Wednesday, December 22nd at 7:00 pm, we will virtually host a Northwood Family Fun Bingo Night!

Families will have a chance to play bingo and win prizes.

This is a free event - RSVP to curbano@northwoodcs.org by 12/20. Zoom link information will be sent closer to the event date.

Make sure to download your BINGO card(s) ahead of time. You can use as many boards as you’d like, as long as you can keep up with the numbers being called. CLICK HERE can generate your own electronic bingo boards. Let's have a fun night of BINGO before we are all head into Winter Break next week.

Get Social!

Be sure to follow Northwood Academy Charter School INSTAGRAM for all additional school and community updates in real-time.



Are you passionate about helping all students✏️learn in a collaborative environment? Northwood is currently looking for substitute 🍎 teachers. Please share this with any interested family and friends. All candidates can email Mrs. Carey at, ccarey@northwoodcs.org. Payment is $150 a day. Thank you!

Bulldog Spotlight: Nyla Ricks

Congratulations to Northwood student, Nyla Ricks whose cheerleading team made it to Disney World for the next cheerleading competition! Way to go!

CALLING ALL BULLDOGS: We love receiving photos of our Bulldogs with big smiles and having fun! If you have 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 Ms. Urbano, curbano@northwoodcs.org to be featured in our next Bulldog Blast 📰

Online Parent Resources:



10 ways to give back in Philadelphia this Thanksgiving, from delivering turkeys to donating baby clothes.

BioDiversity Winter Institute Student Recruitment: Grades 3-8

Please see the flyer below for more information about this 12-week afterschool program beginning January 13th.

New Student Application Link: https://forms.office.com/r/7ssjscjjhS

Returning Student Application Link: https://forms.office.com/r/FzePNPTWez


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Rolling Thunder Skating Center Lessons

Looking for family skate lessons?

Check out Rolling Thunder EVERY Saturday!

Where? 7017 Roosevelt Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19149

*Please see the attached flyer for more information*

FREE 1-act musical: Step Kids

STEP KIDS is free to stream (until 12/5) on-demand on First Stage’s YouTube channel and can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9R_Es4t4Z0&t=5s (about 30 minutes long).

A one-act musical by Tyrone L. Robinson and Postell Pringle Directed by Christopher Gilbert

"A group of seemingly unconnected high school students find common ground in the most unlikely of places – the audition for their school’s competitive step dance team. As the students become unified through the power of rhythm and dance, experience the joy of finding your tribe in this energetic performance. Suggested for families with young people ages 10+."

Vaccine-related literature:

It’s understandable that some parents want more information before getting their young children vaccinated against COVID-19, so this month’s CHOP feature article aims to address three factors to assist parents’ decision-making. CLICK HERE to read, '3 Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccination of 5- to 11-year-old Children'

Check out this new children’s book to help kids prepare & understand the vaccine:

Helping Our World Get Well: COVID Vaccines is a new children’s book aimed at young children. Written by Beth Bacon, the book, which was released Nov. 16th, talks about the new things children did during the pandemic. But, of all the new things being asked, the main character has one thing they don’t want to do — get the COVID-19 vaccine. After talking with several people, including their friend Wesley who can’t get vaccinated due to a health condition, the main character decides to get vaccinated, realizing that by working together, vaccinated people can protect vulnerable people, like Wesley, in their school, community and the world.

Help your young family members feel more confident when they get the vaccine with this new book. Available on Amazon.

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road! ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Exhibit Opens at Please Touch Museum!

Enjoy the Please Touch Museum (PTM) The Wizard of Oz Educational Exhibit while reliving the story (or perhaps learning about it for the first time), kids can travel from Dorothy’s farm to the Land of Oz with activities, lessons, and imaginative play.

In this exhibit, visitors can:

  • Learn about how tornados form and create your own tornado
  • Discover the storyline and characters of The Wizard of Oz, and even view a pair of Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers
  • Make your way through a tunnel on the Cowardly Lion’s “Courage Crawl”
  • Test your brainpower like the Scarecrow with brainteasers and a cornfield maze
  • Climb a bouldering wall to capture the Wicked Witch’s broomstick
  • Ride Miss Gulch’s bicycle to reveal the hidden picture on a praxinoscope
  • Manipulate light to recreate some of the special effects used by the “great and powerful Oz”

Located at 4231 Avenue of the Republic in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park now until January 16, 2022. In order to keep the PTM experience safe, online reservations are required. The museum is open Wednesdays – Sundays from 9 am –4:30 pm.


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

Thursday, November 25th- Sunday, November 28th, School Closed due to Thanksgiving Holiday

Sunday, November 28- Monday, December 6th, Hanukkah

Wednesday, December 15th, Board Meeting

Wednesday, December 15th and Thursday, 12/16, VIRTUAL Report Card Conferences

Friday, December 17th, School Picture Retakes

Wednesday, December 22nd, VIRTUAL Family BINGO, 7:00 pm

Thursday, December 23rd will be a virtual half-day for students (7:45-12:00)

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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