• November 4, 2019
    Dear Northwood Families,

    We seem to have flown through September and October to arrive in November.  November brings with it lots of change and activity: Daylight Savings/Standard Time, Veterans’ Day, Progress Reports, Parent-Teacher Conferences, and the Thanksgiving Holiday. These changes to routine can be challenging for children (and families) to navigate. We can work together to support students through these changes by sticking as much as is possible to regular routines and attendance at school.

    This message contains the following:

    • Conferences
    • Social Emotional Learning Night
    • Outdoor Clothing and Lost and Found
    • Social Emotional Learning & the Regulation Room – Did you know?
    • Global Reading Challenge – Attention 4th and 5th Grade Readers
    • Character Traits and Mindfulness
    • Upcoming Events


    We believe that the connection between school and home is vital for the success of students.

    One of the important ways that we nurture this connection is through annual Parent-Teacher Conferences. These conferences are seen as so important that we interrupt school to provide 3 days for the conferences (November 25, November 26, and November 27, this year). These 3 days are work days for teachers, and if they will not be here during this time they must take them off as personal leave. It is a burden for teachers to provide conferences outside of these 3 days. Many of our teachers do their best to accommodate family traveling schedules, but please be aware that this is a hardship on them. If you plan to be away during our conference days, please consider a phone or skype conference (during the 3 work days), rather than asking teachers to meet before or after the designated conference days.

    We know that there can be extraordinary circumstances that may require a teacher to meet before or after the conference time (a death or illness in the family, etc.) but when 30% or more of our families are making this request, it becomes very difficult to accommodate. If you haven’t yet signed up for a conference, please do so expeditiously as the dates are just around the corner. Thank you for working with us for the success of our students!

    Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Night - Thank You

    Thank you to all the students and families who joined us last month for our first Northwood Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Night!  We had a very successful evening of learning together, led by our Positive Behavior Intervention and Support team and a cadre of Northwood teachers.  Parents and students engaged in conversation over pizza, then moved to classrooms to engage in a mindfulness lesson, take part in a Second Step social emotional learning lesson, take a brain break, and learn about growth mindset.  We had almost 200 participants, and hear great feedback from families. Thanks to the Northwood PTA for partnering with us and sharing the cost of the pizza dinner! 

    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-and-Found.  We have a very healthy collection of lost jackets, sweaters, lunch boxes, water bottles, sunglasses, and toys.  If you have an item 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. Items that remain unclaimed in the Lost and Found will be donated in December.

    Northwood’s Social Emotional Learning and the Regulation Room – Did You Know?

    As part of our Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Learning, we have created the Northwood regulation room.  The regulation room is a general education space shared, shared by students being served through general education and special education supports.  The purpose of the regulation room is teaching proactive regulatory strategies to students in need of this instruction. One of the largest inhibitors of a student’s ability to participate in class is their ability to regulate their emotions when faced with stress or academic challenge. The goal of the regulation room is to provide students with instruction catered to their individual needs regarding their self-management and emotional control.

    The regulation room follows a simple process. Students try different combinations of movement and breathing strategies and record data about how they feel before and after each activity. Students then use this data to design a plan to regulate themselves when they are distressed. After a student’s regulation plan is developed, when they are faced with dysregulation or heighted emotion, they come to the regulation room, execute their action plan, record their data to determine continued effectiveness, and return to class in a regulated state. 

    Teachers and students alike are very excited about this space! According to student reports, they are thankful they have a place where they can have their “big emotions” and learn to calm themselves.

    Global Reading Challenge – Opportunity for 4th and 5th Grade Readers

    Ms. Harnish will once again be facilitating the Global Reading Challenge for interested 4th and 5th grade readers.  The Global Reading Challenge is sponsored by the King County Library System.  In this challenge, thirty 4th and 5th grade students compete in five teams of six students to read and master the content of six books chosen by King County Librarians.  Participating students meet with Ms. Harnish and their teammates one day a week from the end of November to late January 2020. Their efforts culminate in competitions, starting within the school.  Winning teams advance to compete with other elementary students. For more information and to access the application to participate, please see the Northwood website. Northwood GRC page.

    Character Traits and Mindfulness

    Mindfulness learning and practice continues at Northwood.
    This month's mindful challenges can be found on the Northwood Mindfulness webpage here.

    Monthly Focus Character Trait:
    Our focus character trait for NOVEMBER is PERSEVERANCE
    Perseverance is the ability and self-control that pushes you to work through challenges. 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:

    11/06 – Title 1 LAP Curriculum Night @ 4:30-6:00pm, Northwood Commons

    11/08 – Veterans’ Day Assembly @ 11:30am, Northwood Gym

    11/11 – Veterans’ Day - NO SCHOOL     

    11/13 – Northwood PTA Bingo Night

    11/18 – Half-Day of School:  12:15pm Dismissal for K-5 Students - Teacher Progress Report Preparation

    11/19 – Fall Music Concert, 6:30pm, Northwood stage in gym

    11/20 – MISD Childfind @ 10:30am-12:30pm by appointment

    11/21 - Hearing and Vision Screening Day

    11/21 - Northwood PTA Membership Meeting @ 7:00pm, Northwood Commons

    11/22 - Progress Reports available on Skyward @ 5:00pm

    11/25-11/27 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL for students

    11/28-11/29 - Thanksgiving Holiday - NO SCHOOL

    12/03 – Picture Retake Day

    Have a great week.


    Aimee Batliner-Gillette

    Principal | Northwood Elementary School


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Last Modified on November 6, 2019