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.
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
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.
• 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.
Principal | Northwood Elementary School
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.