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Dear Northwood Families,

It is hard to believe that we planned to attend full-time face-to-face this week and now transitioned to remote learning starting today, November 12. This means that your child will engage in remote learning lessons and there will be a balance of live and recorded sessions. There will also be activities for your child to complete in Seesaw. 

As a school community, we are doing everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your continued support, patience, and flexibility. We know and understand that this is a difficult time for everyone and we want to do everything we can to support your family. Please read the additional information below and reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions. 

Take care,

Kristin Barber
Northwood Preschool Principal
#ItTakesAHive

Can I pick up the Butter Braids I ordered from PTO fundraiser?

Yes, you can come to Northwood today, Thursday, November 12, from 3:00-6:00 to pick up ButterBraids. Please drive up and stay in your vehicle and we will bring them out to you. If you can’t make it, call Northwood to set up a different time to pick up. 515-268-2470

Will picture retakes still be available at Northwood on November 13 and November 16?

No, we will reschedule this and inform you of the new dates in the near future.

How can I help my child make this transition successfully?

  • If your child is able to log on throughout the day, make sure that they have a space that is dedicated to learning.
  • Encourage students to turn off other technology and minimize distractions during synchronous learning times.
  • If your child is unable to log on during the day, please have them watch the educational videos and complete the assignments that are posted.
  • If you have questions about learning, please ask your teacher.

How can I get extra support?

If your family needs additional support, please reach out to our School and Family Advocate Liz Skurdal at liz.skurdal@ames.k12.ia.us  and check out the resource links below. We have more resources we can share so do not be afraid to ask. 

Counseling Community Resources

Crisis Resources:

  • Iowa Crisis Chat:  https://www.iowacrisischat.org/  
    • 1-855-325-4296 
    • provides non-judgmental support for individuals facing an emotional crisis; call or chat online
  • Your Life Iowa:  https://yourlifeiowa.org/ 
    • Call: (855) 581-8111  
    • Text: (855) 895-8398 
    • call, text, or chat online to get reliable information, treatment options, and nearby help if facing a problem with alcohol, drugs, gambling, mental health, or suicidal thoughts

Chromebook Support

  • Username is your child’s student ID  number and the first three letters of last name@ames.k12.ia.us
  • Password: 12345678
  • Go to Seesaw
  • Click on Login and then click on “Log in with Google”
  • Additional Information HERE

What if my child’s Chromebook is not working?

School Meal Pick Ups

Monday, November 16, 2020 – Monday and Tuesday Meals

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 – Wednesday and Thursday Meals

Friday, November 18, 2020 – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Meals

Monday, November 23, 2020 – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Meals

Pickup for free meals is available between 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Edwards, Fellows, Meeker, Mitchell, and Sawyer Elementary Schools.

Pickup for free meals is available at Ames Middle School between 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

District Information About Free Meals

 

November Buzz Worthy News ~
It has been another fantastic month at Northwood! We had STEAM WEEK, our first all-school meeting, and a school-wide celebration. Northwood learners earned honey by being safe, thoughtful, and responsible! Students have also done an awesome job wearing masks. Keep it up!

UPDATED on November 5:

On Wednesday, November 4 the school board voted to delay the return of grades PK-5 to 100% face-to-face instruction until November 23 dependent upon local data. Based on this action, both PK-2 and grade 3-5 are now scheduled to return on the same date. 

Families continue to have the opportunity to transition to remote learning at any time. Please read more information HERE.

In typical years, we usually hold in-person parent-teacher conferences this time of year. This year we are not designating specific days and times for parent-teacher conferences, but teachers will be in touch before Thanksgiving break on your child’s progress. However, feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher at any time to receive an update.

Please check out our Northwood Facebook page and Northwood Twitter for fun announcements and reminders! 

Amazing Starts Here!

Kristin Barber
Building Principal

PTO News:

THANK YOU to everyone who came to Hy-Chi! Also, thank you to all who shared Butter Braids and Charleston Wrap. We sold around $7,000 worth of items! The next virtual PTO meeting will be on Tuesday, November 10, at 6:00. Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6894790068?pwd=b3p2RzdxQ3dLNmNTYW41U3VlYzdNZz09  Meeting ID: 689 479 0068  Passcode: 9fJnk9

Weather:

Winter weather is almost here! We ask that you please label your child’s hat, gloves, and coats! Alerts will be available if the district has an early dismissal, late start, or school closure. If there is a late start, there will be no morning classes at Northwood.

Alerts include:

  • A visible blue bar at the top of the Ames Community District homepage.
  • An Infinite Campus message by email, text, and voicemail for those who have signed up for those options. 
  • Announcements on television stations KCCI, (Channel 8), WHO (Channel 13), and ABC Channel 5, on KASI Radio, in The Ames Tribune, and online at Iowa School Alerts.

News from our Nurse:

If your student shows signs of possible illness, please take extra time to make that decision.  

Keep your student home if any of these conditions exist:

  • Has a temperature of 100.4°F or more
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea within 24 hours
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • A persistent cough, croup, or chest congestion (that interferes with activity)
  • Fatigue, muscle or body aches, sore throat, headache, runny nose, nausea can all be signs of COVID-19
  • Reddened, mattering, or crusty eyes
  • Earache lasting more than a day
  • Moist, draining lesions on the lips or skin
  • If your child is in self-quarantine or has had a positive COVID-19 test, please call the office.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.

If you have any questions about returning to school, please do not hesitate to call the school nurse. – Kate Hardy, RN, BSN.

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Buzz Worthy News 

Wow! It has been a great start to the school year. We have been impressed with the Northwood students both on the remote campus and onsite. We appreciate your engagement and participation. The students have been amazing at wearing masks, listening, and having fun!

Thank you so much to community members and groups who volunteered to help students and staff be prepared for our school year by making masks. A special shoutout to the group Healthiest Ames and Barb Weber, a district employee.

At Northwood, you may have realized that we value play. Northwood staff provide students with child-initiated and teacher-guided play experiences. Through play, children learn about themselves and the world through self-created experiences and positive social interactions with peers and nurturing adults. Play with open-ended materials allows students to build on their curiosity, persistence, collaboration, flexibility, and reflection. Our goal is to continuously provide learning that is playful and appropriate for each child. 

If you would like to show your support for play, we encourage you to participate in our STEAM Week starting Tuesday, October 20. STEAM Week will be a time for your child to participate in hands-on activities to encourage science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. 

There will be opportunities to engage in STEAM activities at home and at school. We have a kick-off event with live sessions at 4:30, 5:30, or 6:30. More information will be shared soon! We hope you can join us! STEAM NIGHT FLYER

Amazing Starts Here!

Kristin Barber
Building Principal

News from our Nurse:

If your student shows signs of possible illness, the decision to send to school can be tricky. Please take extra time to make that decision.  

Keep your student home if any of these conditions exist:

  • Has a temperature of 100.4°F or more
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea within 24 hours
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • A persistent cough, croup, or chest congestion (that interferes with activity)
  • Fatigue, muscle or body aches, sore throat, headache, runny nose, nausea can all be signs of COVID-19
  • Reddened, mattering, or crusty eyes
  • Earache lasting more than a day
  • Moist, draining lesions on the lips or skin
  • If your child is in self-quarantine or has had a positive COVID-19 test, please call the office.

If you have any questions about returning to school, please do not hesitate to call the school nurse. – Kate Hardy, RN, BSN. 

Read the full newsletter

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