Bulldog Blast

April 28th, 2021

Hello Northwood Community,

Happy second week of in-person instruction! Please see below for all class schedule reminders and expectations.

Friendly reminders, parents of students in-person MUST fill out the RUVNA screening every morning. If there is an issue, please contact Mrs. Dugan right away. Additionally, THIS FRIDAY, April 30th is also asynchronous for staff PD (professional development).

Student Corner:

April is National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month!

Meet poet, Naomi Shihab Nye! Nye is the author of numerous books of poems, most recently Cast Away: Poems for Our Time (Greenwillow Books, 2020). Her other books of poetry include The Tiny Journalist (BOA Editions, 2019); Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners (Greenwillow Books, 2018); Transfer (BOA Editions, 2011); You and Yours (BOA Editions, 2005), which received the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award; and 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East (Greenwillow Books, 2002), a collection of new and selected poems about the Middle East.

Read 2020’s most-read poem, Naomi Shihab Nye’s “Kindness,”


Coming soon:

*NEW* Northwood swag dropping this week!

Be sure to check the school website and upcoming Bulldog Blast for all the details!

Parent Corner:

Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA):

8th Grade students will be taking the PSSA and Keystone assessments during the month of May!

Please note the following:

TEMPLE Hybrid Group and LA SALLE Virtual Students with the last initial of A-M:

Monday, May 3 (8:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Tuesday, May 4 (8:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Monday, May 10 (8:00 am - 10:00 am)

Monday, May 17 (8:00 am - 10:00 am)

Tuesday, May 18 (8:00 am - 10:00 am)

Monday, May 24 (Algebra students only)

Tuesday, May 25 (Algebra students only)

DREXEL Hybrid Group, and LA SALLE Virtual Students with the last initial of N-Z:

Thursday, May 6 (8:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Friday, May 7 (8:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Friday, May 14 (8:00 am - 10:00 am)

Thursday, May 20 (8:00 am - 10:00 am)

Friday, May 21(8:00 am - 10:00 am)

Thursday, May 27 (8:00 am - 10:00 am - Algebra students only)

Friday, May 28 (8:00 am - 10:00 am - Algebra students only)

Additional information will be emailed to you from Mrs. Herschberger. Any students who are participating in testing should report to school no later than 7:45.

The doors open at 7:10.


  • Students should be in Northwood uniform (polo or t-shirt, khakis, or sweatpants) and wear a mask throughout testing.
  • Breakfast will be provided.
  • Students can bring a light snack to eat when they complete their testing. They should also bring a book to read quietly as classmates are still testing.
  • Parents should report to the main office to pick up their child when they are finished testing.
  • Parents will also receive information about Ruvna health screenings - please make sure these screenings are complete before students enter the building each day.

Community Corner:

Community Spotlight: The Free Library of Philadelphia

Meet the Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP)!

Whether you are looking for a new direction, education, or a fun diversion, the FLP's Library programs can help you take the first step. They offer something special for every age and interest.

Fun Fact: There are 55 branches located in the city of Philadelphia!

Click here to find the closest branch near you.


free outdoor event with cora services

CORA is hosting a Clinical Services Open House event NEXT Thursday, May 6th, from 6:00-8:00 in the parking lot of CORA.

Families are invited to come meet CORA's staff and learn more about their clinical programs. The event will also include behavioral health screenings, free food, giveaways, crafts, games with prizes, and live performances!

We do all we can to ensure our kids are happy, healthy, safe, and STRONG.

Having high-quality, low-cost health insurance helps make that possible. With CHIP, your child can have medical, dental, eye care, and more for a free or low cost. No family makes too much for CHIP. Whether you’re self-employed, unemployed, or your employer benefits are just too expensive, CHIP is there for you to help your child be strong.

Learn more, apply or renew your coverage today at 800-986-KIDS or go to CHIPcoversPAkids.com.

Hacemos todo lo posible para que nuestros hijos estén felices, saludables, seguros y FUERTES.

Tener un seguro médico de alta calidad y bajo precio permite que esto sea posible. Con CHIP, sus hijos pueden recibir atención médica, dental, oftalmológica y más, de forma gratuita o a bajo costo. Ya sea que trabaje por cuenta propia, esté desempleado o que los beneficios que le ofrece su empleador sean demasiado costosos, CHIP está ahí para ayudar a su hijos a ser niños fuertes. Solicite el seguro o renuévelo hoy mismo llamando al 800-986-5437 o ingresando en CHIPcoversPAkids.com.

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!

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Derek Chavin Trial

Last Tuesday's guilty verdict, for many, signals a potential turning point in our judicial system- one that can begin to move to a more just system that holds accountable those in power who continue to oppress, abuse, and murder. Together we can acknowledge this current beacon of hope, while not dismissing the ongoing uphill journey of systematic reform.

As a school, we are here to play our role and continue with our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work to seek understanding and delve deeper as a community of educators, and humans, who seek more for those who need us most.

Click here for Tuesday night's CEO message.

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

TODAY, Wednesday, April 28- Picture Day (K-7th grade re-takes and 8th-grade graduation pictures)

Friday, April 30 - Asynchronous Day for all students (No in-person learning for the Drexel cohort)
Thursday, May 13 - Eid al-Fitr - School Closed
Monday, May 31 - Memorial Day - School Closed
Tuesday, June 8 - Last day of in-person learning for Temple cohort
Friday, June 11 - Last day of in-person learning for Drexel cohort / Last day of school for all students

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