evening, Northwest Families, this is Jimmy D’Andrea, principal of Northwest
High School, with your Sunday evening message. I want to begin by thanking the
PTSA for hosting the gift wrapping event for staff last Friday, and special
thanks to all of the parents who donated desserts or helped to wrap
items. Everything was greatly appreciated!
Winter Break: December 23 – January 1
Please remember that we have full days of school Monday
through Friday this week. Winter Break begins at 2:30 pm this Friday,
December 22, and school resumes again on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, promptly at
7:45 am. In addition, this will be the last Sunday evening message of
2017; the next Sunday evening message will be Sunday, January 7, 2018.
Recognizing Teachers and Other Staff
If your student has teachers or other staff members who are
especially meaningful to them, this season of the year is a perfect time for
you to send an e-mail to the teacher/staff member praising his/her
work. In casual conversations, many of you speak to me about teachers or
staff members who you and your student think are outstanding, but staff members
do not often hear those words of praise directly. If you choose to do so,
you may send a copy to me, and I will print it out for the staff
Ads for Yearbook Due Friday, December 22
personal ads for the yearbook are due no later than this Friday, December
22. A variety of sizes are available, and the ads can be purchased online
or through Ms. Mason in Room 122. More information is available by
clicking on the “Yearbook” Quick Link on the left side of the Northwest
Buddy Ads Due Friday, December 22
buddy ads are also due by this Friday, December 22. The ads cost $20 and
include a picture of a group of friends with a short message. Order forms
are available from Ms. Mason in room 122 and online through the “Yearbook”
Quick Link on the left side of the Northwest website: http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/uploadedFiles/schools/northwesths/buddy%20ad.pdf.
Yearbook Prices Increase Saturday,
can be pre-ordered at www.yearbookforever.com,
or from Ms. Mason in room 122. The books are currently $75, but the price
will increase to $90 this Saturday, December 23.
Key Club Fundraiser at Kentlands
Chipotle: Tuesday, December 19
Tuesday, December 19, our Key Club is sponsoring a fundraiser at Chipotle in
the Kentlands from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. All you have to do is mention
Northwest to the cashier, and the Key Club will receive a percentage of the
“Be the Match” Marrow Donor Registration
Drive: Monday, December 18
Matthew Dahan, one of our 11th grade students,
is working with the National Marrow Donor Program to sponsor a “Be the Match”
bone marrow donor registration drive at Northwest tomorrow, Monday, December
18. All students 18 and older are invited to participate during lunch
tomorrow, and parents are invited to stop by the auditorium between 8:30 am and
1:00 pm. It only takes a couple of minutes to sign the form and then do a
Key Club Coat and Glove Drive Through
Wednesday, December 20
Our Key Club is sponsoring a Coat and Glove Drive through
this Wednesday, December 20, in 1st period classes. Please consider
helping those in need during this winter season by sending winter coats, hats,
gloves and/or scarves to your student’s 1st period class. All
items should be new or in excellent condition.
Deadline to Submit First Semester SSL
Hours: Friday, January 5, 2018
The deadline to submit first semester student service
learning (SSL) hours is Friday, January 5. Completed SSL forms should be
submitted to Ms. McCarthy-Redd in the counseling office.
Budget Presentation: Tuesday, December 19
Parents and members of the community are invited to attend
Superintendent Jack Smith’s Fiscal Year 2019 Operating Budget Presentation
this Tuesday, December 19, at 7:00 pm in the auditorium at Rockville High
School (2100 Baltimore Road in Rockville). Interpretation services will be
Prevention & Mental Health Resources
As you may have seen in the media, two MCPS high school
students have taken their own lives since Thanksgiving. In response, our
Student Government President and Vice-President, our Resource Counselor, and I
appeared in a special JAG-TV announcement for the entire school earlier this
All students also received a flyer with information about resources and
supports available if they or someone they know is thinking about harming
I encourage all parents to continue this conversation with their children, and
MCPS has compiled a list of suicide prevention and mental health resources for
families to assist in these conversations. The list is at the end of this
Exam Registration: Deadline is Friday, February 16, 2018
Students have started to register for AP exams in their
respective AP courses. Registration is completed online, and a
parent/guardian will need to pay for the exams through the online system after
the students have completed their registration. Exams are $94 each, and payment
can be made with a credit or debit card. Payment plans are available, with a
minimum payment of $25. The deadline to pay is Friday, February 16, 2018.
All students taking AP courses are expected to register for the corresponding
AP exams. More information about registering for AP exams can be found by
clicking on “AP Test Registration” under “Quick Links” on the left side of the
Northwest website (http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/northwesths/academics/apregistration.aspx).
If you have questions, please contact Ms. Autumn Myers, media specialist,
Supporting Northwest When You Shop
We encourage you to support Northwest when you shop at
various merchants. At Giant and Harris Teeter, Northwest receives money
when you shop if you register your rewards cards online. At Amazon.com,
Northwest PTSA receives money when you register your account through Amazon
Smile. We encourage you to register your cards and accounts by using the links
Giant Rewards Card Registration: www.giantfood.com/aplus
Our school ID is 03647.
Harris Teeter VIC Card Registration:
Amazon Smile Registration: smile.amazon.com
Search for “Northwest High School PTA.”
Prizes for After Prom Needed
The After Prom Party keeps our kids safe, off the roads,
and away from negative forms of entertainment on prom night. We need
prizes as incentives to keep our students at the event all night long!
As you are shopping for the holidays, please keep After
Prom in mind! Don’t turn down that gift with purchase, as it could be a
great After Prom prize item. Consider items your kids would want such as
gift cards, movie passes, small appliances, electronics, and items for college.
If you use Amazon to shop, please remember to use smile.amazon.com to support Northwest PTSA. If you have
prizes to donate, please contact Kim Summers at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements for collection.
always, please do not hesitate to call us at any time if you have questions or
concerns. Thank you for your support of Northwest, and I hope you and
your family have a wonderful Winter Break!
Prevention & Mental Health Resource List Compiled by MCPS
Montgomery County Youth Crisis Hotline, 301-738-9697, provides free,
confidential, and anonymous support to youth by trained counselors, 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week.
Montgomery County Crisis Textline, 301-738-2255, provides free,
confidential, and anonymous text support by trained counselors. This
service currently is available from Monday through Thursday, from 4:00 to 9:00
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-8255, provides free,
confidential, and anonymous support nationally.
The Montgomery County Crisis Center, provides
crisis services 24 hours a day/365 days a year. These services are provided
over the telephone (240-777-4000) or in person at 1301 Piccard Drive, Rockville,
Maryland (no appointment needed). The Mobile Crisis Outreach will respond
anywhere within Montgomery County to provide emergency psychiatric evaluations.
The Crisis Chatline is a service of the National Suicide
Prevention Lifeline. Youth may access support 24 hours a day via chat.
The Montgomery County BtheOne suicide awareness and substance use
prevention campaign website describes action steps to help oneself and friends
and includes links to resources and hotlines. www.BtheOne.org.
Twinbrook Parkway Rockville, MD 20851, 301-424-0656, info@Every-Mind.org, provides mental health services to
youth, adults, and the military, as well as crisis support services.
The Society for the Prevention of Teen
resource webpage includes information on warning signs, how to support your
child who needs help, and how to talk with your children about mental health,
suicide awareness, and the aftermath following a tragic loss. www.sptsusa.org/parents
The Centers for Disease Control information fact sheet on the
prevalence and public health issue of suicide, warning signs, and resources.
Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is an eight-hour,
internationally-recognized course that teaches adults who interact with youth
how to identify signs of emotional distress and a five-step action plan to
engage with youth and connect them to professional support. Just as
Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation (or CPR) teaches individuals to help others
experiencing a medical emergency until professional help arrives, Youth Mental
Health First Aid teaches adults to address mental health crises until
professional help can be accessed. Courses are offered throughout the
The Dougy Center’s National Center for Grieving Children
and Families provides resources, by age group, and information on support
groups for youth, adults, and families experiencing grief following a death.
The Campaign to Change Direction’s goal is to change the culture of
mental health so that individuals are able to seek and receive the help and
support that they need. The Campaign includes information and
infographics on five of the warning signs of depression and strategies to
support emotional wellbeing. www.changedirection.org/.