• November 9, 2017


    Dear Northwood Families,
    November is always a busy month at school. With Daylight Savings Time, Veterans' Day, Progress Reports,
    Parent-Teacher Conferences, and the Thanksgiving holiday, the calendar can feel discombobulated. Thanks
    for supporting students and teachers with regular attendance and consistent school routines for your child.

    Outdoor Clothing and Lost-and-Found

    • Please help your children dress for the weather. Except in the event of extreme weather, students will
    go out to recess each day. Please help them be prepared with appropriate footwear and jackets that
    suit the weather.
    • Are you wondering where that new hoodie or jacket went? Try checking in the Northwood Lost-andFound.
    We have a very healthy collection of lost jackets, sweaters, lunch boxes, water bottles,
    sunglasses, and toys. If you haven't found your missing item before conferences, please swing
    through the hallway by the main office on your way to or from your child's conference to see if you
    can find what you seek.

    Before and After School
    Student safety is a priority at Northwood, and this includes before and after the school day. Students should
    not arrive on campus prior to 9:00a.m., and we ask that they leave campus directly following dismissal at
    3:45p.m.. We do not have supervision for students before or after these times, and students cannot stay on
    campus to play with friends after the bell. We find that when students do not follow the family plan to go home
    after school, parents get worried about their children's whereabouts.

    Playground Safety
    We have had some challenges on the playground with kids getting overly physical during play. In particular,
    football, soccer, handball, and various tag games have all seen their share of too much physical contact
    resulting in occasional student injury and hurt feelings. Our playground rules include a focus on safe bodies
    and safe play, and we appreciate any conversations you could have with your kids to reinforce their safe
    choices.

    Mindfulness and Character Trait
    As part of our Social Emotional Learning program, Northwood students are given a weekly Mindfulness
    Challenge. To support this challenge and practice at home, check out the challenge on the Mindfulness Page
    of our website.
    This month, our focus character trait is Perseverance. In our work with students, we share the
    following: Perseverance is the ability and self control that pushes you to work through challenges. Having
    perseverance means that when you are facing a challenge, you use your mind and your body to overcome it.
    Perseverance means you are able to wait and work through difficulties, whether they have to do with your
    mind, your body, or your emotions. This month, practice perseverance. When something seems like it is too
    hard, keep going. Ask for help. If you don’t get something right the first time, try again.

    Upcoming Events:

    • 11/10 - Veterans' Day - NO SCHOOL
    • 11/13 - 12:00 Noon Release - Teacher Progress Report Preparation
    • 11/13-11/16 - 5th Graders to Islandwood
    • 11/14 - MISD PEP Curriculum Night
    • 11/17 - Progress Reports available on Skyward @ 5:00pm
    • 11/20-11/22 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL
    • 11/23-11/24 - Thanksgiving Holiday - NO SCHOOL
    • 11/30 - Hearing and Vision Screening Day
    • 12/5 - Northwood PTA Membership Meeting @ 7:00pm
    • 12/6 - Northwood Music Assembly @ 6:30pm

    • 12/13 - Childfind @ 10:30am-12:30pm
    • 12/18-1/1 - Winter Break


    Have a great weekend.


    Respectfully,
    Aimee Batliner-Gillette
    Principal | Northwood Elementary School


    Nondiscrimination Notification
    The Mercer Island School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age,
    veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, marital status, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and
    provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

Last Modified on November 9, 2017