• March 3, 2022

    Dear Families,

    This month we can see Spring peeking through in the crocuses and daffodils and we “spring forward” an hour on Sunday March 13th. It has been a delight getting to know Northwood students and families as I have transitioned to Acting Principal. I am impressed with our students' love and joy of learning and how warmly they have welcomed me in my new role. Our staff, as always, are amazing educators who work hard every day on behalf of our Northwood Community. 

    COVID-19 Information

    Our Superintendent and District Leadership are communicating regularly with public health officials and OSPI to keep up to date on recommended actions to support healthy school communities.  Please continue to read communications from the MISD central office to stay up to date. This information is available on our MISD website here: COVID-19 Updates 

    Mindfulness and Focus Character Trait

    Mindfulness and Social-Emotional Learning continues at Northwood. Please check out our Mindfulness Challenges and information about our March Focus Character Trait, Patience, on our website Mindfulness Page .

    Family SEL Night - Thanks

    Thanks to all of the parents and children who joined us for our Social Emotional Learning event.  Many of our Northwood teachers contributed to the success of the night in some way: organizing the materials for the lessons and activities; writing the lesson plans and presenting the lessons and activities. Thank you to everyone for a successful SEL night.

    Book Fair

    Many thanks to Ms. Harnish and all the volunteers who made our annual Scholastic Book Fair such a great success.  We had a strong showing in our “Books for All” donations to gift free books to students in need in our Northwood community.  We were also able to gift books to many of our Northwood teachers. These books will help surround our students with literature, non-fiction text, and the love of reading, wherever they are in our school.  Thank you all for supporting the book fair and making everyone a reader.

    Reminders About Car Drop Off/Pick Up Safety

    The school bell rings at 9:10am and the tardy bell rings at 9:15am.  Students should not be on campus prior to 9:00am unless they are enrolled in the on-side Innovation Learning childcare  program.  We do not have supervision on campus prior to 9:00am.  Below are some important tips to help you navigate our “Kiss and Go Zone” car loop safely and efficiently for pick-up or drop-off:

    • Use the school bus or walk whenever possible.

    • Never leave your vehicle at the curb, even for “a minute.”  Please remain in your car.

    • Use the inside curb lane for picking up or dropping off your children. Do not allow your children to walk across the lot to find you.

    • Children should enter/exit cars on the curbside for safety.

    • As you enter the lot, pull up as far as you can before stopping to drop off or pick up your child. 

    • Be ready.  Please have backpacks ready, coats on, breakfast eaten BEFORE you enter the drop-off line so your child is ready to “Kiss-and-Go” when you stop the car.

    • Please do not use the parking lot as a  “drop-off/pick-up lane”.  Children will not be allowed to cross from the curb to get to your car in that area of the lot.  Please only use the designated pick-up loop.  

    • There are parking lot “attendants” present at the drop off and pick up.  Their primary responsibility is student safety.

    Please check out our Northwood website pages Safe Walking Information and Kiss & Go Zone (Car Drop-off and Pick-up)  page on our website for more information about safe ways to get to school.  

    Absentee Alert Line 

    Please call the Northwood Absentee Alert number 206-275-5879 any time your child will be absent or tardy to school. If your child is absent for several days due to illness, please call each day. We need to know your child is home and safe with you any time they are not present at the beginning of each instructional block when attendance is taken. For any pre-planned absences, please complete an Elementary Notification of Absence Form

    Visitors and Volunteers
    We are able to have visitors and volunteers back in our buildings. Welcome back and thank you for your patience as we have waited for the return of these volunteer supports and programming. As a reminder, all volunteers need to submit paperwork and complete online training 48 hours prior to their volunteer shift. 

    Kindergarten Enrollment for 2020-21

    We are already in the planning stages for the 2022-23 school year, and we need your help.  Do you have a child who will be starting Kindergarten in the fall?  Does your neighbor?  Do your friends?  Please register your child and/or encourage others to register their children for Kindergarten as soon as possible.  The more we know about our incoming class of students, the better able we are to plan for staff and classrooms to welcome them.  Additionally, we will host a Spring Into Kindergarten event on May 5 for any registered incoming students.  This event is an opportunity for our teachers to meet future Kindergartners, engage them in some fun Kindergarten-like activities, and introduce them to the classrooms. Registration is online at:  Kindergarten Registration 2022-23

    Smarter Balanced Assessments in Grades 3-5

    Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students will soon (April)  be taking the annual state testing called the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  At these grade levels, students take the English Language Arts and Mathematics Assessments.  In 5th grade, students also take a Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science.  All testing is done in class on student ipads, and we use the data as a district and school to monitor both individual student growth and learning and system-wide student growth goals.  To learn more about these state tests, please see the OSPI Assessment/Testing webpage.  

    Upcoming Events & Activities    
    2/28-3/4-- NW Book Fair

    3/18 --NO SCHOOL for Elementary Students/ ECSE Students (½ Day Elementary Professional Development Day)
    3/25-- MISD ChildFind 10:00am - 12:00pm by appointment

    3/25 --@ 5:00pm - Elementary Progress Reports available on Skyward
    3/27-- @ MIHS - MISD Fine Arts Showcase

    3/28 --@ MIHS - MISD Fine Arts Showcase

    3/30 --@ IMS - 5th Grade Gator for a Night 5:30-7:00pm (Drop-In)

    4/7- Northwood Parent Advisory Council

    4/11-15-- Spring Break



    Respectfully,

     

    Jill Kelly

    Acting Principal

    Northwood Elementary School

    Mercer Island School District

Last Modified on September 21, 2022