Northwood School Laker

June 17, 2022

Summer Office Hours

The main office will be open June 23 & 24 from 7:30AM - 3:00PM.  From June 27 - July 1, it will be open from 7:30AM to 12:30PM.  From July 5 - August 26, the office will generally be open from 7:30AM to 3:00PM.  However, it is always wise to call ahead in case our office staff has stepped out of the office or  is taking some well-deserved time off !  


We look forward to celebrating the Northwood School Class of 2022 on Monday, June 20, at 6:00PM.  

The ceremony will be livestreamed for viewing by those who cannot attend.  There will be a link on our website.  

Preventing the Summer Slide

Activities to Stay Sharp!

Summer break is often a time for kids to recharge, kick back, relax, and embrace the kind of freedom that only comes with being young and having zero responsibilities. In last month’s Laker, we examined many non-academic ways to keep kids active and engaged during the summer months.  If you missed it, you can find it again here!  Unfortunately, this free time can also lead to something called the summer slide, a regression in academic skills due to non-reinforcement, and experts warn it is hindering kids’ progress when they head back to school.  In fact, studies have shown that students in grades 3rd - 5th lost, on average, 20% of school year gains in reading, and nearly 27% of school year gains in math (Kim, 2011).

This month, I would like to share with you some academic activities that can help your child maintain the skills they need to continue to strive into the next school year.  In this article, you can find a myriad of 10 different tips to help students stay on track in both reading and math.  Likewise, the Discovery Education website provides many different opportunities for reinforcing and enhancing academic skills for all ages and levels of learners!  Just have your child log into their school account and let the fun learning begin!!!  Check it out and help your child(ren) stay brain engaged this summer!

Kim, J. (2011, April). Solving the Problem of Summer Reading Loss. Kappan Magazine, 92(N7), 64–67. 

~ Mike Ling, Curriculum Director

Northwood Summer 2022 Reading      

This summer, we hope all Northwood students will take time to read for pleasure. We invite you to participate in these summer reading activities to keep up your reading skills, find new books and authors to love, and share your reading experiences with others.

Northwood Summer Reading Website. We want to know what books you are reading and hear your thoughts about them! Please email Ms. Carloni ( when you have finished a good book this summer. In your email, include the title and author, a brief description of the book, and what kind of reader you think would enjoy the book. Check the school website to find a link to the Summer Reading page to see the book descriptions that have been submitted (only students’ first names and grades will be published). You will find out what your friends are reading and get some recommendations. 

Oceans of Possibilities, Chesley Library Summer Reading program. Chesley Library has another fun summer reading challenge planned, including opportunities for students of different age levels to come together around the ocean and book-themed activities. Please see below for more information.

~ Jessica Carloni, Reading Specialist

Happy (almost) Summer!

We hope all of our students, families, and staff have a wonderful summer! Please join us in bidding a fond farewell to a few staff members who are leaving us at the end of the school year:

  • Lori Jerram, seventh grade ELA teacher
  • Jeff Long, eighth grade ELA teacher
  • Jessica Cormier, eighth grade math teacher
  • Mary Lou Hendrick, paraprofessional
  • Yvonne Bataran, NECC tutor
  • Amanda Freeman, third grade teacher
  • Alex Tritto, Administrative Assistant
  • Talitha Linden-Darrow, NECC lead teacher

We wish them all the best of luck in their new adventures! 

News from Kindergarten

We had a ball in Kindergarten!  The kindergarteners have grown so much this year. We have learned how read our sight words, write all of our letters, add and subtract, and how to be a friend to everyone. 

Wishing a fun filled summer to all and looking forward to seeing you in the fall!

Meals Information

School & Community News

Important Dates

June 20 - Eighth grade graduation, 6:00

June 22 - Last day of school (early release @ 12:30)

June 29 - Report cards issued

July 5 - Summer programs begin

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