Volume 22........... .February 2, 2021
As we go through this school year together, remember to use this newsletter, our social media channels and website as resources!

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You can always visit our website, which contains all the latest NFCS updates, forms, contact information and more.
K-12 News & Events
Please read through the important dates and information that was shared in Mrs. Daly's CEO News & Notes email from January 06.

Some background on Dr. Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), the man behind Black History Month, can be found here.
Join us for our February Board of Trustees Meeting next Tuesday, February 9. Remember to register in advance: http://bit.ly/2NtUwQD
As part of our 20 Years of NFCS GooseChase missions, participants were asked to share advice for students in 2040. Check out some of their helpful advice below.
Important Dates
  • 2/2 No classes, Snow Day
  • 2/9 Board of Trustees Meeting, 6pm; Registration required.
  • 2/10 Admissions Lottery
  • 2/15 No classes, President's Day
More K-12 News
  • Due to the inclement weather, both the K-8 and HS buildings will be closed on Tuesday, 2/2. Meal Service is canceled for Tuesday, 2/2.
  • The Parent-Student Remote Learning Handbook is available here.
  • FREE Tutoring Opportunities are available remotely from our highly qualified and certified teachers. If you are interested, please contact your student's teacher or check our website.
  • NFCS Is Here to Help! If you live in a shelter, motel, or even doubled up with other people due to loss of housing for economic hardship, you may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act. If you believe you may be eligible, contact Ms. Davenny, School Social Worker, at 215-344-6410 x8 or mdavenny@newfoundations.org to find out what services and supports may be available!
  • Community Resource: The Free Library of Philadelphia has opened some branches of their libraries to patrons, including the Torresdale Library branch. The hours for in-person browsing can be found by visiting their page. Any questions, you can email Ms. Ann Hornbach, their head librarian, at Hornbacha@freelibrary.org
K-12 Yearbook Corner
We’re here to share some exciting news with you regarding the 2020-2021 yearbook. Guess what? You’re officially on the yearbook staff! Yes, you read that right! This year, more than ever, we need your help to create our yearbook.

Each week, you will have the opportunity to submit content for our yearbook using the Google Form links in the images below. There will be two new themes each week, so make sure to check back regularly. Please take 5-10 minutes to complete the forms by clicking on the images below to submit your content!

HS: Missed a submission? This is your second chance to submit your content!
K-8 Content Submissions
HS Content Submissions
K-8 News & Events
Please read through the important dates and information that was shared in Mrs. Unegbu's News & Notes email from January 22.

Classroom Highlight: On Thursday 1/28/21, 7th-grade students had their Ceremony of Twelve, which is from the novel they recently finished, The Giver. Two surprise visitors made it to the ELA classes to "assign" students their jobs for life. The Chief Elders reported that they have been observing students for the last several months and listening to their interests to give them their careers that they will have for life, similar to the book. Students had a fun time giving mini speeches and cheering each other on. We can't wait to see what's next for them!
Important Dates
  • 2/3-4 Semester 2 Material Pick up, 2pm - 6pm
  • 2/5 Semester 2 Material Pick up, 10am - 2pm
  • 2/11-12 Open House for new Q3 classes, schedule to come
  • 2/11 Parent Conferences, 5:30-7:30pm
  • 2/12 Parent Conferences, 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • 2/15 8th Grade Picture Day, 9am-2:30pm

More K-8 News
  • Office Hours are available by appointment only for additional student support.
  • Please remember that if your child has a doctor appointment or other excused absence (court date, death in family, etc.) it will only be excused with an official note from the doctor or other office. You can submit scanned notes to attendancek8@newfoundations.org.
  • Parents, please make sure to restock school materials for Semester 2. Attached, you will find links to the K-4 Supply list and the 5-8 Supply list.
  • K-5 Activity Highlight: The 3rd grade was visited by Laura from the Elmwood Park Zoo who showed the students a screech owl named Zeppelin. The students learned about Zeppelin's diet, habitat, adaptations, and learned about his plumicorns (the tufts of feathers on his head). Kindergarten was visited by Paul from Holmesburg Library, who read a story to the students about community workers.
  • 6-8 Activity Highlight: The 6th grade was visited by Joseph Cross, a firefighter and the brother of NFCS teacher Angela Cross. Joseph talked about his job as a firefighter and even showed the students virtually around his fire station. The 6th grade students asked excellent questions and expressed gratitude to Joseph for all that he does to help others.
HS News & Events
Please read through the important dates and information that was shared in Mrs. Daly's News & Notes email from January 22.

Last Thursday, Mr. Millard's physics students constructed balsawood bridges for their final exam with their knowledge of physics and tested them to the breaking point. Check out one of these projects, made by Lauren S., below.
Important Dates
  • 2/3-5 Material Pick up
  • 10th: Wednesday 1-6pm
  • 12th: Thursday 1-3pm
  • 11th: Thursday 3-6pm
  • 9th: Tuesday 1-6pm
  • 2/3 Talent Show Registration Deadline
  • 2/5 Friday Schedule Change for Class Meetings begins
  • 2/11 Semester 2 Back to School Night, 5-7pm.
  • 2/11 Half Day schedule
  • 2/15 Cap & Gown Photos
  • 2/19 Talent Show

More HS News
  • Please remember that if your child has a doctor appointment or other excused absence (court date, death in family, etc.) it will only be excused with an official note from the doctor or other office. You can submit scanned notes to attendance@newfoundations.org.
  • Juniors and Seniors, don't forget to check out our College/Career Visit Calendar to attend information sessions and network with representatives from different postsecondary options. The calendar can be found on the counseling page of our website and will be updated regularly in real time. Want to learn more about a postsecondary opportunity and don't see it listed on the calendar? Reach out to your counselor!
  • Attention Seniors: Please take a moment and share with us your Senior Plans, Acceptances, & Scholarship Awards. We look forward to celebrating you!
Bulldog Spotlight of the Week
Victoria Ngo
Victoria Ngo is a 2014 graduate of New Foundations Charter School. After high school, she enrolled in a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at the University of the Sciences. She completed her degree in May 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Soon after, she got her first job as a Physical Therapist in a skilled nursing facility, working with elderly residents. Sadly, Victoria never got to celebrate her accomplishments and new beginnings due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Last Friday, Victoria Ngo visited and spoke to current NFCS 8th graders. She spoke about her job, including helping to treat patients with Alzheimer's disease, and answered student questions. Eighth grade teacher Mr. Grant stated, "8B loved having Ms. Ngo! I was blown away by her response to a student asking for tips when working with someone with Alzheimer's disease. She gave great tips and even spoke on some of the misconceptions people have about Alzheimer's and Dementia."

We appreciate frontline healthcare workers like Victoria and all that they do to protect and serve our community!

Do you know an outstanding member of our community? Click here to submit a nomination for the Bulldog Spotlight of the Week!
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