Principals' Page

Ms. Young & Mr. Alford

August 20, 2018

Dear Northwood Families,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year at Northwood School! We are looking forward to a fun and productive school year focused on increased student engagement and achievement.

At Northwood School, all adults and children are here to learn and grow. The principles that guide the work in our learning community are inspiration, innovation, and inquiry. We work to create an environment in which all learners are excited and energized in their learning; to be both inspired and inspiring. We encourage all learners to try new things, take risks, and learn from both successes and mistakes. We aim to put a positive spin on the word “fail” and consider it to mean the “First Act In Learning.” And finally, we value being curious, asking questions, and finding out as much as we can about how this wonderful world works.

We have many exciting things happening this year. We are beginning the process of implementing the strategic plan that was developed last year. We are also beginning the self-study process to receive accreditation through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. We are aligning our instruction in science with the Next Generation Science Standards and implementing standards-based grading in English Language Arts and math. We are also implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports school wide. Finally, we continue to work to provide effective instruction, intervention, and enrichment within and beyond the school day.

We have had some changes in staffing this summer and will be welcoming many new educators to our school this year. We heard from teachers Jenaya Paradis, Leigh Cronin, Sarah Rothhaus, and Michele Alafat that they are moving on to new adventures so we are bidding a fond farewell to them. Joining our staff are Kelly Garcea (Grade 3), Amanda Walchak (Grade 3), Chris Burns (PE/Health), Sara Egan (paraprofessional), Cathy Caron (speech language pathologist), Erin Mawn (library media specialist), Nate Beuttenmueller (Spanish), Colleen Krochmal (nurse), Monique Harrington (Grade 6 ELA), Laura Witt (Grade 5), and Ben Ludwig (7/8 ELA). Please also welcome Talitha Linden-Darrow, the new lead teacher in the NECC partner room.

The updated bus routes for the 18-19 school year are included with this letter. To calculate estimated drop off time in the afternoon, you can look at the morning route times. For example, if it takes ten minutes for your child to get from his/her bus stop to school, it will take approximately ten minutes to get from school to that bus stop in the afternoon. Buses leave the school at 2:25 on regular days and 12:25 on early release days.

If you choose to drop your child off at school, please keep the following in mind: Students arriving by car will enter through the Kindergarten door (the entrance closest to the fire station) between 7:25 and 7:45. Morning drop off gets very busy, particularly between 7:40 and 7:45, so we suggest dropping off before 7:40. It’s important that cars pull as far forward as possible while in the line and that children exit the cars quickly once you are close to the door. Please have your child ready to get out of the car - all items should be packed up ahead of time and goodbyes should be brief. Adults should remain in the car. Our staff members on duty will help your child exit the vehicle.

On the first day of school, parents wishing to walk their child into the building will need to drive down Bow Street and park either on the street or in our back parking lot and walk their child up to the school. You may not park out front during morning drop off as it contributes to traffic congestion.

If you are picking up your child in the afternoon, you’ll go to the courtyard entrance. Parents/guardians of students new to our school should bring identification with you to the door so that our duty staff can verify you are authorized to pick up.

We are excited to further develop strong partnerships with our families in pursuit of excellence at Northwood School. We welcome your questions and feedback and we invite you to engage in opportunities to learn more about our school through attendance at events, volunteering, and membership in our fantastic PTA.

Thank you for sharing your kid with us everyday and supporting Northwood School. We are looking forward to another great year!


Jocelyn & Adrian

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September 8, 2017

Hello Northwood community and families!

The new start and dismissal times of school have elongated both students’ and teachers’ days and impact the timing of Open House. This year, we will not be able to hold the BBQ portion of Open House as has been our tradition the last few years. However, we certainly intend that next year we will be able to restore the BBQ and provide a longer duration for families to meet with teachers. This year we will still be offering a raffle and a chance to visit with vendors from the Northwood community! Please bring a non-perishable food donation to open house and receive an extra raffle ticket as it supports End 68 Hours of Hunger.Thank you all for your continued support of your child's education and Northwood School. We hope to see you at Open House!

~ Adrian


August 30, 2017

Dear Northwood Community,

As we begin our second year working in Northwood, we would like to take the opportunity to say how proud we are of this community and Northwood School staff! Even in the face of adversity there has been a sense of determination and perseverance. Every member of Northwood School and SAU 44 has offered to help in any capacity they could, no matter what it entails. Working with a staff so dedicated is rare; we are lucky to call them colleagues. Thank you, Northwood School staff members and Northwood community members for showing such heart and resilience to make sure our kids succeed. This is what makes Northwood such a special town!


Jocelyn and Adrian