Bulldog Blast

Wednesday, November 16th, 2022

Happy National Native American Heritage Month!

Looking ahead:

📓 Thursday, November 24th, and Friday, November 25th school will be closed due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

📓 We will be hosting a Flu Shot/ COVID-19 Booster Clinic alongside Tang Pharmacy for our Northwood Academy families on Wednesday, November 30th from 12:15-3:15 pm.

Please find the FAQs below.

  • What type of booster will it be? Moderna, Pfizer, and Kid's Pfizer bivalent boosters are available.
  • Are you able to get the booster if your original vaccine was a different brand than what you will be providing on 11/30? Yes, they can provide booster vaccines regardless of the initial vaccination.
  • Other than their insurance information do our families need to provide anything else? Please bring vaccination cards, (if you do not have one the pharmacist will do their best to lock up immunization records).
  • Are the vaccines/boosters safe for expecting mothers? Expecting mothers may receive boosters.
  • What is the youngest age for the flu vaccine and booster? Tang Pharmacy can do vaccines for 3 and up, and Boosters for 5 and up.


🍎 No Parking in the BUS LANE: You are not to park in the bus/fire lane during Morning Drop Off 7-8 am and Afternoon Dismissal from 2:30-3:15 PM. This is imperative for student safety and our bus riders.

🍎 Early Dismissal: Per the NACS Student Handbook, no early dismissals are permitted after 2:30 pm.

🍎 The Adams Ave. Drop-Off Lane: Please DO NOT drop your child off on the through-traffic lane.


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 the Indigenous peoples of the United States.

Here's an idea: Take a deeper dive into Native American heritage sites.

Spend some time on the National Park Service’s Native American Heritage Month website, which makes it easy to discover important people and stories.

There, you and your child will also learn about the U.S. parks, memorials, and historic sites that honor Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.


To promote our school’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) program, we’re having a food drive! Until NOVEMBER 30TH, students can bring these food items to school. Donations will go to Philabundance.

1st Grade celebrates the 50th Day of School!

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Parent Corner:

What is i-Ready?

i-Ready is an online program for reading and/or mathematics that will help your student’s teacher(s) determine your student’s needs, personalize their learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows your teacher(s) to meet your student exactly where they are and provides data to increase your student’s learning gains. i-Ready consists of two parts: Diagnostic and Personalized Instruction.

The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your student’s needs. Each item a student sees is individualized based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier questions.

i-Ready Personalized Instruction provides students with lessons based on their individual skill levels and needs, so your student can learn at a pace that is just right for them. These lessons are fun and interactive to keep your student engaged as they learn.

Spanish Translation: ¿Qué es i-Ready?

Haitian Creole Translation: Kisa ki i-Ready a?

Understanding your student's i-Ready Diagnostic video.


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Community Corner:

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Frankford Pause Park: Turkey Giveaway, 11/18

There will be a Turkey Giveaway Friday at the Frankford Pause Park. To register, contact Christine DeJesus by phone at (215) 743-6580 ext 103 or by email at CDeJesus.FCDC@gmail.com

Councilman Isaiah Thomas's annual Turkey Giveaway is Saturday November 19th, 10am until 12pm. While supplies last. They are giving away Turkeys and Sides.

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November 19th Thanksgiving Food giveaway: 1300 Ruan Street

This Saturday our good friends over at The Ray of Hope Project will be sponsoring a Thanksgiving Food giveaway beginning at 10 am on the 1300 block of Ruan Street. This event is less than a mile from NACS.

They will be giving away turkeys, fresh produce, cakes, and pies. Many thanks to Raymond Gant and his wonderful team of volunteers for their service to the community!

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If you live in Northwood and are having issues that need attention then please consider attending the below meeting.

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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.


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).

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

November- National Native American Heritage Month

Thursday, November 24th, and Friday, November 25th- School closed- Thanksgiving holiday

Wednesday, December 21st- Board of Trustees Monthly Meeting

Friday, December 23rd – Tuesday, January 3rd- School Closed - Winter Rece

Monday, January 16th- School Closed - Martin Luther King Day

February- African American/Black History Month

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

March- National Women’s History Month

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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