• January 07, 2022        

    Dear Northwood Families,

    Welcome to the New Year.  I hope you had a wonderful few weeks with family and friends and have remained healthy and well. 

    Topics included in this email are:

    • Northwood January Kindness Focus
    • Northwood SEL Night
    • Kindergarten Information Night for 2022-23
    • Upcoming Events

    Northwood January Kindness Focus

    Each January, Northwood engages in several activities with a focus on Kindness.  As part of our regular social emotional learning, January’s Focus Character Trait is Kindness.  In January, we also observe two public holidays:  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Temperance and Good Citizenship Day.  Additionally, we take part in the Great Kindness Challenge from January 24-28.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said "Life's most persistent question is: What are you doing for others?"  As part of our observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we will have a school-wide observance of the holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  This will also kick-off our observance of The Great Kindness Challenge Week.  

    Prior to January 25, your child will receive an Acts of Kindness checklist from their teacher which will provide many different ideas for acts of kindness.  The goal is for students to engage in as many acts of kindness as they can during this Kindness Challenge period (and beyond). Students can engage in these acts anywhere: during school, at home, during activities, at daycare, etc.  It is their job to check off the kind acts they complete (and to keep track of their checklists).  As part of this Challenge, students will periodically reflect on their kind acts.

    To join in as a family, you can create a family focus on kindness through conversations with your children.  At the end of each day, ask what they did to help someone, how they showed kindness, or what acts of kindness they observed others engage in.  You can also download a Family Edition Kindness Checklist from the Great Kindness Challenge website:  https://thegreatkindnesschallenge.com/familyedition#

    Watch for more information about our Great Kindness Challenge.  Let’s work together to build and maintain a community culture of kindness!

    Northwood SEL Family Night

    Each year our Northwood staff hosts a Family Night focused on one of our core curriculum areas: Mathematics, Literacy, or Social Emotional Learning (SEL).  This year, we invite you and your child(ren) to join us for our SEL Family Night on February 8 from 5:30-6:00pm via Zoom.  We have created a shortened program for the Zoom platform that will allow us to break out into grade level groups for teacher-led activities.  We hope you will join us to learn more about our Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning tools.  We will host a raffle for some fabulous SEL-related prizes following the event – you might be a lucky winner!  Please mark your calendars and use this Zoom link to join:  Northwood SEL Family Night .   If you want to get a headstart on some Mindfulness learning and practice, please see our Northwood Library Collection of Mindfulness books: Northwood Mindfulness Library Collection 

    Kindergarten Information Night for 2022-23

    Do you have a child who will be Kindergarten-aged next year?  Do your neighbors or friends have Kindergarten-aged children?  We invite all 2022-23 Kindergarten parents for a Kindergarten Information Night on Tuesday, January 25 at 6:00pm via Zoom. Each of our elementary schools will be hosting a parent information night designed for parents of soon-to-be Kindergartners to share information about Kindergarten in the 2022-23 school year.  At this event, we will provide information about what to expect for Kindergarten, how to register your child, and what documents will be needed to complete your registration.  Some of our Northwood Kindergarten teachers and our Northwood PTA Leaders will also be there.   Kindergarten Enrollment will open for the 2022-23 school year the following day on January 26, 2022.  Please see our webpage Kindergarten Registration Information 2022-2023 for more information.  Mark your calendars and use this Zoom link to join:  Northwood Kindergarten Information Night

    Upcoming Events

    • 1/14/22 - Temperance and Good Citizenship Day
    • 1/17/22 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School
    • 1/19/22 - Northwood PTA General Membership Meeting @ 7:00pm, NW Quiet Dining
    • 1/25/22 - Professional Learning Day for Staff - No Elementary School; No Early Childhood Program sessions
    • 1/24/22 - 1/28/22- Northwood’s Great Kindness Challenge Week
    • 1/25/22 - Kindergarten Information Night @ 6:00-7:00pm via Zoom: Northwood Kindergarten Information Night
    • 1/26/22 - Kindergarten Registration begins online for 2022-23 school year
    • 2/8/22-SEL (Social Emotional Learning) Family Night

    Thanks for all you are doing to keep our community healthy and safe.


    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 January 18, 2022