Bulldog Blast

Wednesday, January 18th, 2023

This Week & Looking ahead:

đź““ JOIN US! The next Community Check-In hosted by Ms. Urbano (Community Coordinator), Ms. Lozandieu (Lower School Counselor K-4), and Mr. Whitlatch (Upper School Counselor 5-8) will be on Wednesday, January 25th from 8:00-8:30 am in the Upper School STEAM classroom (#121). The topic is Northwood's bullying policy. The check-in will be facilitated by school administrators. All NACS parents/guardians are welcome to attend.

đź““ Interim reports will be distributed on 1/24

đź““ 8th Grade Families: The new District HS admissions decision date is January 31st. In the meantime please make sure you have applied to at least 15 charter HSs. The deadline to complete the charter HS application is January 23rd! Reach out to Mr. Whit for additional questions.

đź““ TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14th: NACS will Wear RED to raise awareness for the #1 and #5 killers - heart disease and stroke.

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Community Corner:

Did you know Philadelphia is home to one of the largest Chinatowns on the East Coast?

Every year, the City of Philadelphia comes alive in celebration of the Lunar New Year. From authentic Chinese cuisine, traditional lion dances, family-friendly festivals, and a parade, the city has it all.

The Year of the Rabbit:

In Chinese culture, the rabbit symbolizes longevity, peace, and prosperity. Anyone born during the year of the rabbit is said to be vigilant, witty, and quick-minded. The kind and resilient animal is also a representation of patience and treating others with respect.

CULTUREFEST: Lunar New Year, 1/21/23

The Penn Museum’s annual daylong Lunar New Year celebration — held in partnership with Northeast Philly’s American Chinese Museum — includes traditional Chinese dances, storytelling, musical performances featuring traditional Chinese instruments, and a lion dance finale from The University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Lions dance troupe.

A pop-up marketplace in the museum’s Asia galleries features paper art and crafting activities to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit. Lunar New Year events and festivities are included in regular museum admission.

When? Saturday, January 21, 2023, | 10 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Where? Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

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15th Police District PSA1 Community Safety Meeting: THURSDAY, 1/26, 7 PM:

The next local 15th Police District PSA1 Community Safety Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 26th at 7:00 pm inside St Mark's Church (4442 Frankford Ave.) As always, they will be discussing community safety and quality of life concerns, prevention solutions, and scheduled events. Parking is available in the parking lot area via Griscom Street's rear entrance.

Stay informed and stay alert!

Text "ReadyPhila" to 888-777 to receive free text updates about excessive cold advisories from the City, including info on public safety and municipal services.

More tips on how to #StayWarmPHL https://bit.ly/2NsDP8a

Parent Corner:

7th and 8th-grade incentive update:

Dear Parents/ Guardians:

The Seventh and Eighth Grade will be going on our first incentive trip of the school year to Rolling Thunder Skating Center. Rolling Thunder is a family-friendly Roller Skating Rink and Entertainment Center located in Northeast Philadelphia. Students are invited to participate in the incentive based on the number of merit points that they earn up until January 19, 2023. Students must earn at least 50 merit points and must have not served a suspension during the month of January.

  • Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2023

  • Where: Rolling Thunder Skating Center, 7017 Roosevelt Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19149

  • Cost: The cost for the trip is $10.00 per person and is due on or before 1/18/2023.

  • Time: We will leave school at 9:30 am and return by 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

  • Uniform: Students will wear the regular Northwood Uniform (Khakis and Polo Shirt.)

Please remind your child that the same rules that apply in school are in effect during all field trips. If you are interested in chaperoning, please reach out to curbano@northwoodcs.org. Chaperones must have all clearances in place and be confirmed by January 18, 2023.


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 who have direct contact with children to obtain clearances (child abuse history clearance and state and federal criminal history checks).

If interested, reach out to Ms. Urbano (curbano@northwoodcs.org) for a step-by-step guide to completing your clearances.

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BULLDOG SPOTLIGHT: We want to hear from you!

If you have something you would like to share with our NACS community, or would like to nominate your child for our Bulldog Spotlight, please email curbano@northwoodcs.org.

Photos must be submitted no later than noon on Tuesday to be shared in the upcoming Wednesday issue.

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) Update:

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) is handling all P-EBT inquiries and families or households should submit their inquiry via the following form link from a computer:


If using a mobile device, go to www.compass.state.pa.us, and select “What We Offer” from the drop-down menu. Select the “2021-2022 Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer” option on the lower right side.

If families or households would prefer to call, the P-EBT Hotline Number is 1-877-343-0179. PDE, DFN is also unable to assist families and households with inquiries.

NACS is encouraged to GO RED on 2/14!

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools has partnered with the American Heart Association to bring awareness of heart to this critical topic for our students, staff, families, and leaders. Northwood is registered to participate by dressing down in the color red on February 14, 2023. This month, we encourage you to BE WELL and STRESS LESS! Regular physical activity, such as brisk walking, can improve your quality of life and relieve stress, tension, anxiety, and depression. Starting the week of 1/6 Ms. Urbano will be sharing tips and additional online resources for wellness in the Bulldog Blast for NACS families. In addition, one school will be selected by random drawing to receive Dr. Clark's Candy Store. The PCPCS Team will come to the winning school with a candy store for all students and staff. The drawing will be held on February 1, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. live on Zoom.

Saturday Literacy Experience Program with Read to Succeed!

Register today! This is a great FREE resource for Kindergarten-3rd grade students. CHECK IT OUT!

Read to Succeed Philadelphia 2022-2023 Saturday Literacy Experience Interest Form

Literacy instruction and literacy experiences are facilitated by experienced, certified teachers. Each registered student receives a R2S kit that includes books, literacy activities, and supplies.

The Read 2 Succeed Philly Program will start on January 21st.

Please read the below message from YouthCOR:

Although COVID-19 is slowly leaving our lives, the effects of the pandemic remain. The mental health of our youth and the growing needs of our students consumes our work every day. The CEO of CORA, AnnMarie McDowell, has developed one agency-wide CORA Holiday for CORA staff – a recognition day to rest, care for their own individual needs, and care for their family. On Monday, March 20, 2023, nearly three years from our last day of typical operations before the pandemic we are observing this CORA Mental Health Day. As a result of this holiday, all YouthCOR programs will be closed.

We will resume operation on Tuesday, March 21st, 2023.

Thank you for understanding and supporting all we do at CORA.

Healthy habits:

Check out the below tips from the American Heart Association:

Try these tips to get out of stress fast-

  1. Count to 10 before you speak or react.
  2. Take a few slow, deep breaths until you feel your body unclench a bit.
  3. Go for a walk, even if it’s just to the restroom and back. It can help break the tension and give you a chance to think things through.
  4. Try a quick meditation or prayer to get some perspective.
  5. If it’s not urgent, sleep on it and respond tomorrow. This works especially well for stressful emails and social media trolls.
  6. Walk away from the situation for a while, and handle it later once things have calmed down.
  7. Break down big problems into smaller parts. Take one step at a time instead of trying to tackle everything at once.
  8. Chill out with music or an inspirational podcast to help you rage less on the road.
  9. Take a break to pet a dog, hug a loved one or help someone out.
  10. Work out or do something active. Exercise is one of the best antidotes for stress.

Physical & Mental Health for children from the American Heart Association:

See below for tips on prioritizing healthy routines to help your child feel better now and get on the right track for years to come.

Healthy Behaviors:

Set small, achievable, short-term goals to re-prioritize three key areas:

Physical Activity

  • Preschool-age children about 3 hours per day of a variety of activities
  • School-age kids and teens at least 60 minutes per day of moderate-to-vigorous intensity activity


  • Consume a variety of foods daily, increase intake of vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairies, lean vegetable or animal protein, and fish
  • Minimizes the intake of trans fats, processed meats, refined carbohydrates, and sweetened beverages

Screen Time:

  • Less is better
  • No more than 1 to 2 hours of TV/computer/video games a day; separating leisure screen time and school screen time.

For more information visit heart.org/kids.

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DYK? Did you know...

Did you know that on Character Education Day (the first Wednesday of each month), 2 selected Upper School (5th-8th grade) homerooms facilitate assemblies to teach the character trait of the month?

One selected Upper School homeroom will facilitate an assembly in the cafeteria, and the other Upper School homeroom will facilitate an assembly in the gym. Shout out to Ms. Glover and Ms. Howard's homeroom for hosting this month! The trait for the month of January is Citizenship.

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Community Corner:

Please Touch Museum: Pixar’s Inside Out Exhibit January 27 – May 7, 2023

The first-ever museum exhibition based on Disney and Pixar’s movie Inside Out comes to Please Touch Museum! Explore emotions including Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear through hands-on interactives, including glowing memory spheres, a train of thought, emotion blocks and mirrors, and more. Access to Emotions at Play is included with museum admission. The exhibition visits the Please Touch Museum through May 7, 2023, and was developed by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios. CLICK HERE for more information.

About Inside Out:

Pixar’s hit animated feature Inside Out is the story of 11-year-old Riley, who like all of us, is guided by her emotions — Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco as Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive. Inside Out was released in 2015.

Location: Please Touch Museum 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA

Calling all K-6 Students! Submit to the Litter Hawk Youth Award Program

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is announcing its Litter Hawk Youth Award Program, a recognition program for students in Kindergarten through 6th Grade to share their hope, optimism, and concerns about litter and inspire others to care for their communities through art, words, or video.

In response to Pennsylvania’s new anti-littering education campaign, PA Fights Dirty: Every Litter Bit Matters, 2023's theme is: Show Us How Every Litter Bit Matters to You.

Projects include:

Kindergarten through 4 – Poster

Grades 5 and 6 – Essay or video

Two entries will be selected as winners

in each grade level.

The first place will receive a $50 gift card.

The first runner-up will receive $25 gift card.

All participants will be recognized with certificates.

Deadline: January 31. Winners will be announced in April. STUDENTS APPLY HERE


Power Kids: Pennsylvania's Electronic Library

Do you know about Power Kids, Pennsylvania's electronic library? With Power Kids, you and your child can access things like:

  • BookFlix: Watch videos and read books
  • CyberSmarts: Learn how to be a safe, responsible, and smart citizen with eBooks
  • TrueFlix: Learn about people, places, nature, history, and science from videos and eBooks
  • Chat with a Librarian

In addition, many libraries throughout Pennsylvania offer their members access to downloadable or streaming eBooks and audiobooks through Axis 360 and Hoopla. Enjoy new bestsellers and old favorites on your compatible digital device! Check with your library for additional info.



1. Applebee's: The restaurant offers a freebie for the birthday kid. Because the chain operates as a franchise, the freebie varies from location to location. Expect to nab a free appetizer, entree, or (most likely) dessert.

2. Denny's: Denny's Rewards members get "a delicious birthday gift" when they sign up to be a member. Free drinks and kids eat free rewards also apply throughout the year

3. Red Robin: Add your child's ages 17 and under to your Red Robin Royalty account to receive a free gourmet burger on their birthday. You get one on yours, too!

4. Baskin Robbins: An adult must register and then add additional family members. But this one's not just for kids—family members receive free ice cream coupons on their birthdays.

5. Auntie Anne's: Does your child have a smartphone? They can get a free pretzel their birthday month by signing up with the Pretzel Perks rewards program.

6. Dunkin' Donuts: It's time to eat the donuts. Kids 13 and up can get a free beverage on their birthday for registering with the rewards program.

Free Museums and Free Museum Days in Philly:

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Bounce Back Philly: Nutrition Tips

Practicing healthy eating habits during your isolation or quarantine (safe separation) period for COVID-19 can be a great way to spend your time.

CLICK HERE for a booklet covering four tips for healthy eating that can be practiced in isolation or quarantine.

Food Banks & Other Resources:

Everyone Deserves Food Philadelphia has many resources for finding healthy food for free. Below there a map of food banks in the NE. Please visit HERE for a map of different Philadelphia regions across the city.

Next to the map, you will find a list of addresses, food pick-up times, phone numbers, and requirements for each food bank.

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January 2023 Creek Care Days: Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed

Let’s clean Tacony Creek Park and its gateways! Join your neighbors and TCP Keepers for weekly Wednesday cleanups and more this month:

Wednesday Creek Care Days (3pm to 5pm)

January 11 - I St. & Ramona Ave., Phila, 19124

January 18 - Garland St. & E Tabor Rd., Phila, 19124
January 25 - Whitaker Ave. and Loudon St., Phila, 19120

Saturday Creek Care Day: Philly (10am to 12pm)

January 14 - Garland St. & E Tabor Rd., Phila, 19124

MLK Day Cleanup (10am to 12pm)

Monday, January 16 - Whitaker Ave. and Loudon St., Phila, 19120

All tools and supplies will be provided, including work gloves, snacks, and water. Restrooms are not available. Please bring a reusable water bottle if you have one.

TTF Watershed. follows Philadelphia guidelines & will provide masks. Pre-registration required.

Contact Alex Rosario at Alex@ttfwatershed.org or 215-744-1853.

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Northwood Academy Charter School Child Find Policy and Procedures (Annual Notice)

Hello Northwood Families,

You will find a copy of our Annual Child Find Notice here outlining the procedures and protocols for Northwood's monitoring of all of our students and identification of students with special needs. This will also be able to be referenced on our website, via social media, and in local news publications. For further information, please contact the Director of Special Education, Kate Crossett at 215-289-5606.


The Child Find Policy (Annual Notice) Policy and Procedures for Students with Disabilities at Northwood Academy Charter School aim to ensure that all students with disabilities who are eligible to enroll in the school will have available to them a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. CLICK HERE for the complete policy.


If you and your family lack fixed, regular, or adequate housing (for example, living in a shelter, transitional home, or even doubled-up with other people) due to loss of housing or economic hardship, you may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which ensures educational stability for students experiencing homelessness.

To learn more about the rights of eligible families, click here for a brief video.

If you qualify for rights under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, contact Lower School Counselor and Northwood's Homelessness Liaison Ms. Lozandieu at mlozandieu@northwoodcs.org for more information.

Are you or someone you know 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

Sunday, January 22nd- Lunar New Year

Tuesday, January 24th- Rolling Thunder Skating Center (Grades 7-8) Incentive Trip

Wednesday, January 25th- Monthly Community Check-In (8:00-8:30 am, Rm. 121)

Friday, January 27th- Holocaust Remembrance Day

February- African American/Black History Month

Friday, February 3rd- 100th day of school

Monday, February 20th- School Closed - President's Day

March- National Women’s History Month

Tuesday, March 7th- 8th grade pictures

April- National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM)

Monday, April 3rd – Monday, April 10th- School Closed - Spring Recess

May- Asian/Pacific Heritage Month

Monday, May 29th- School Closed - Memorial Day

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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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