February 4, 2022
Dear Northwood Families,
In January, all our students focused on Kindness both as our Focus Character Trait of the Month and as part of our Great Kindness Challenge Week. I hope each of you has been the recipient of an act of kindness and had a chance to pass that kindness on through acts of your own.
This month, our focus character trait is Empathy. This focus allows us to stretch our acts of kindness even further, as we learn that Kindness is Empathy in Action. February 14-18, our District will observe Random Acts of Kindness Week, which we will kick-off at Northwood through our Valentine’s Day celebration. At the elementary level, Valentine’s Day is yet another opportunity to talk about kindness, friendship, and valuing the humans around us. Please join us for Random Acts of Kindness this month (and throughout the year)!
This newsletter contains the following content:
- Northwood SEL Family Night
- Do your children know your phone number?
- Northwood Scholastic Book Fair
- Black History Month
- Northwood PTA Central District Passport Tour
- Mindfulness and Focus Character Trait
- Lost and Found - Labels Work!
- Library Books
- Upcoming Events and Activities
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 (newly updated) Northwood Library Collection of Mindfulness books: https://collections.follettsoftware.com/collection/61f959016057f100124b2b52
Do your children know your phone number?
We increasingly rely on our technology and devices to “remember” phone numbers and other contact information for us. However, it is a good safety practice to ensure your children know “by heart” a phone number to use to contact you in case of an emergency. Kids can remember and store a number as early as Kindergarten. Please take some time this month to see if your children have your phone number memorized. If they don’t, now is a good time to help them learn it. If they do, hooray! Now do they know their home address?
Northwood Scholastic Book Fair
Our Northwood Scholastic Book Fair is back and will be a familiar and welcome celebration. Here's what you need to know about our upcoming fair:
- Every dollar you and your students spend will benefit our school directly
- Your students can sign up for Book Fair eWallet, a convenient digital payment account, so your child can shop the Fair cash-free. Grandparents, friends, and others can contribute to the eWallet to help build your home library.
- We’re taking precautions to host a safe Fair at our school, focusing on preventive measures.
Save these dates and view our school’s fair site:
- Fair Dates: Mon. Feb. 28 - Thurs. March 3
- Book Fair Homepage: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/northwoodelementaryschool12
Black History Month
Our school community goals for educating all children include a focus on equity, justice, empathy, and anti-racist education all year long. During February, we will continue to focus on these goals, and we also want to continue to highlight Black changemakers as well as social and civil rights movements of the past and present. Our teachers engage students in this learning through Social Emotional Learning, class meetings, Social Studies content, literature, and daily interactions. Our Northwood Teacher Librarian, Ms. Harnish, in collaboration with Island Park’s Teacher Librarian, Ms. Middleton, has put together a Black History and Black Lives Matter collection of texts available in our school libraries to support students in their ongoing learning. You can find the collection here, along with additional collections focused on Lunar New Year, Valentines Day, Martin Luther King, Jr, Mindfulness, and Kindness and Empathy: https://search.follettsoftware.com/metasearch/ui/101043
Northwood PTA Central District Passport Tour
In observance of Black History Month, the Northwood PTA has put together a Passport Tour of Seattle Central District to help students and families learn more about locales and moments important to Seattle’s Black history. Please see the Northwood Elementary PTA website for more information, to access the Passport Map and Activities (paper copies are also available in the Northwood main office), or to sign up to take the tour with other Northwood Owl families on February 12.
Mindfulness and Monthly Character Trait
Mindfulness learning and character trait focus continues at Northwood. Please see our Mindfulness webpage for more information about the focus of this learning in February.
February’s Focus Character Trait is Empathy.
Lost and Found - Labels Work!
Please take a few moments to label your child’s coats, clothing, and lunch boxes. This makes it easier for these lost items to find their way back to the right child. We periodically look through the lost and found and are able to return items to children when they are legibly labeled with first and last names. Thank you!
Our classroom teachers and teacher librarian have created a system for students to return and check out books as part of their weekly visit to the Northwood library. They have taught students the routine, and when students engage in their own check out and return of library books, it helps their visit to the library go more smoothly and supports the development of habits of responsibility. Thank you for supporting your child in managing their own library books and being ready to return their books when they are due on their assigned library day.
- 02/09/22: Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Virtual Fundraising Breakfast @ 7:30am - https://breakfast.miyfs.org/
- 02/21/22 - 02/25/22: NO SCHOOL – Mid-Winter Break
- 2/28/22: School Resumes
- 2/28/22-3/4/22: Scholastic Book Fair
Principal | Northwood Elementary