Monday, May 3, 2021

All Things GradNight 2021 for NHS Seniors

All Things GradNight 2021 for NHS Seniors

GradNight Tickets: Buy your tickets here.

Get Your Yard Signs: Yard-Signs for NHS Graduates are available now for purchase!  Please see the flyer for details and help support this fundraising effort of the GradNight Committee. Flyer

Photo Shoot Fundraiser: Senior Photoshoot Fundraiser is here! Get your Senior year pictures taken and support your GradNight Committee. Flyer

GradNight-2021 FAQs: Much awaited information from the GN committee on GradNight 2021! FAQ

GradNight Volunteers Needed: GradNight NEEDS YOU!  GradNight is a parent-volunteer-run event, where parents are encouraged to VOLUNTEER. The GradNight Committee is looking for parent volunteers who are interested in helping make a memorable and fun night for our graduating seniors. Please click HERE to volunteer. For more information, please contact Sandy Chou at

Lei Sales: To commemorate your Class of 2021 Graduate, order a beautiful Hawaiian Flower Lei for your Senior!  GradNight will be offering purple, white, & “Keepsake” ribbon leis to benefit our Sr. Class of 2021! ORDER DEADLINE is Friday, May 14th while supplies last.  Sorry, but orders can only be placed online and paid via credit card only.

To commemorate this “ending and beginning tradition” we are selling these as a fundraiser. Please share this wonderful opportunity with neighbors/family/friends, as there are so many festivities being celebrated besides high-school graduations including promotions, luaus, birthdays, and more!

If you have any questions regarding GradNight, please contact the committee at:

Many thanks to the PTSA 2021 GradNight Chairs - Vida Gotico and Renu Agnihotri, PTSA GradNight VP - Julia Stark, and all the members of the GradNight committee for their dedication and hard work put in planning these safe, fun, and memorable experiences for our Seniors’ final year at NHS.

NHS Library Book Drive

NHS Library Book Drive

BOOKS are HERE and Shelves are Packed!!!

Thank you to all the generous donors who have purchased books or made cash donations to the library to increase the book collection at NHS. The books are arriving, and the shelves are beginning to get packed. 

With funding from parents (Book-Drive), PTSA (GiftstoSchool), and an IPSF grant, over 1200 books have been ordered and 857 have been received to date. Students may now check out the books by following the instructions to the link here. 

Our appreciation goes to our new librarian, Peter Fatzaun, who has been spearheading the effort to revamp the library this year by adding high-interest young adult novels, graphic novels, manga, and non-fiction titles. It takes a concerted effort to fund and build a library collection and to keep it current and relevant to our student population. Northwood lags the other Irvine high schools in the number of books and titles available for circulation but now we are building on! If you haven’t had a chance to donate a book and would still like to do so, please donate here.

Here are some before & after photos:

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week (May 3-7)

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week (May 3-7)

Around the nation, during the first week of May, we celebrate our educators. Please remember to give a shout-out or a note of gratitude to your teachers and staff. Educators play a vital role in the lives of children. It’s a job that requires lots of patience, understanding, and a lifetime of dedication. For all the hard work and continued effort that our teachers and staff put in every day, it’s only right that we let them know how much they are appreciated!


Dear NHS Staff, THANK YOU for gifting the NHS students with the magic of YOU every day as you provide a supportive, inspiring, and welcoming environment here at Northwood high. -- With gratitude, NHS PTSA

Monday, April 26, 2021

From the Desk of NHS Athletic Boosters

From the Desk of NHS Athletic Boosters

Boosters Annual Meeting – Officer Elections and Bylaws Restatement Vote

Northwood HS Athletics Boosters Club (NHSAB) is holding its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m. via zoom.  If you would like to attend, please email for the zoom link and password.  

Members may vote on officer election and a motion to restate and replace our bylaws. Thanks for the many families that donated, helped, cheered their favorite student athletes on this year during this time.  For the Good of The Pack!  It’s Great to be a T’Wolf!

From the Desk of NHS Counseling

From the Desk of NHS Counseling

Mental Health Workshop for Parents:  Topic - What I Wish My Parents Knew

(Simultaneous interpretation in Mandarin, Korean and Farsi will be provided)

Date: May 10, 2021 / Time: 6:00pm

 Zoom Meeting: / Meeting ID: 813 4552 6966

From the Desk of IUCPTA

From the Desk of IUCPTA (Irvine Unified Council PTA)

IUCPTA Senior Scholarship 2021 Winners:

IUPTA has announced the 2021 IUCPTA Senior Scholarship winners! Hearty congratulations to the following two Seniors:

 Kaitlin Blam & Kamryn Scott 

IUSD Learning Recovery Academy Webinar:

IUCPTA is hosting a Zoom webinar on IUSD Learning Recovery Academy.  Flyer here

When: Apr 28, 2021 / Time: 7:00pm

Register in advance for this webinar:

Monday, April 19, 2021

Thank you to NHS Hope Squad

Thank you to NHS Hope Squad

PTSA appreciates Hope Squad advisors and students for taking the time to come to our April PTSA meeting and share information about the program! It was a very helpful presentation as we learned about this program that NHS offers and how it works on building a support community for all its students.  We learned more about the mental health resources available on campus for our students and ways parents can be proactive and supportive of their student’s mental health.

To learn more about the Hope Squad at NHS and Irvine Family Resource Center, please visit the following links: Hope Squad link and Irvine Family Resource Center link.

Treasurer Needed!

GradNight Treasurer Needed: 

As graduation day is fast approaching, there is an immediate need for a treasurer by the GradNight committee. If you are available to serve as the PTSA Gradnight-2021 Treasurer, please contact:  or  Thank you in advance for your consideration!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

PTSA April Association Meeting

NHS PTSA April Association Meeting - April 14 @ 7pm via Zoom

Please join us at our April association meeting this Wednesday, April 14th at 7pm. The agenda includes updates from the PTSA Board/Committees, Principal Roach, ASB Rep, and our Special guest “NHS Hope Squad”. The PTSA Board for 2021-2022 will be elected at this meeting. 

Meeting details: Meeting ID: 430 059 9409 / Passcode: NHSPTSA21

Monday, April 12, 2021

“PACK THE SHELVES” Book Donation Drive

WE ARE PACKING THE SHELVES!!!!  Thank you to our generous NHS community for participating in the PTSA Book Drive! So far, we have received donations to purchase over 100 new books for the school library and have added even more titles to the website.  You can still help us PACK THE SHELVES by donating here

Why make a donation to the PACK THE SHELVES CAMPAIGN?

  • Strong book collections have a positive impact on students and achievement
  • To inspire students to try something new and provide opportunities to explore reading beyond the walls of the classroom
  • Support the diverse developmental, cultural, social and linguistic needs
  • Having books that are not school required reading encourages students to become lifelong learners
  • Having print books can keep kids off the screens for a while, and help students find comfort and escape in an anxious world

All books are library bound, guaranteed and shelf-ready to last years for our students. You can also choose to donate a set dollar amount donation which will be used to purchase monthly new releases, award winning titles and classics. 100% of the donations will go towards purchasing high quality books for Northwood.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Athletics Boosters

From the desk of Athletics Boosters, following is the spectator policy to note for the season:

“We are extremely excited and feel fortunate just to have an athletic season this year.  As we do so, please know that we are under a tremendous amount of scrutiny, with very specific guidelines we’ve been asked to follow by the state, county, CIF, and the Pacific Coast League.  Please make note of a few spectator reminders below.  We need your participation and support in order to allow us to keep having public events with spectators in attendance.  Recognizing that sports are a privilege for our community, our new saying for staff, students and parents has become, “Don’t be the reason we lose our season!” 

Tickets are required to attend all athletic events.  No exceptions will be made for additional spectators beyond the allotted tickets.  Tickets are for members of the same household as the student participant and should not be shared. 

All spectators are required to wear a mask through the duration of the competition.  Should a spectator require an accommodation to remove their mask, advanced notice should be provided so specific seating arrangements can be made so as to not impact other spectators.  Spectators who remove their masks without an accommodation will be asked to leave and may not be allowed at future events. 

There are currently no away spectators at events held at locations other than stadiums.  In the circumstances that away spectators can attend, tickets will be provided in advance.  We discourage spectators from parking or sitting in adjacent areas just outside the athletic venues to watch events when away spectators are not allowed. 

Spectators should locate and sit in the designated seating locations at the venue.  In IUSD, these locations are designated by a sticker.  Seats have been placed in pairs, and both members of the household should sit together.”

2021-2022 PTSA Board Nominees

Northwood High School PTSA Board 2021-2022 Nominees

Thank you to the Nominating Committee for their service and dedication. It is sincerely appreciated! The Nominating Committee 2021 members are Isabelle Mah, Paula Greenberger, Daniela Kou, Ellen Wang, Grace Wang, and Elle Wu. 

The elections will be held at the NHS PTSA April 14th Meeting. Following is the slate of nominees for consideration to the NHS PTSA board 2021-2022:

1. President - Archana Gima

2. EVP - Daniela Kou

3. VP 1 - Membership - Jen King

4. VP 2 - Programs - Pearl Corcoran

5. VP 3 – Grad Night - Paula Greenberger

6. Secretary – Robin Sexton

7. Treasurer – Grace Yang

8. Financial Secretary – Arezoo Abaye

9. Auditor – Ann Visan

10. Historian – Mike Nystrom

Parent Education Night Presentation

Thank you for attending the Student Stress and Academic Pressure presentation that was held virtually on March 24th.  It was a great, informative session.  The link to the PowerPoint presentation can be found HERE.  The presentation is also posted on the school and PTSA websites.

Thank you to OCAPICA for taking time out to bring this presentation to our NHS community. Thank you also to the NHS parents, Ms. Sara Kim and Mr. Hon Chan for providing the Mandarin and Korean interpretation. Many thanks to Ms. Ginger Kawanami, VP of Programs NHSTPSA, for arranging these fantastic Programs for our school community!

Monday, March 22, 2021

Restaurant Night - FIRST CLASS PIZZA

Join us in supporting GradNight Restaurant Night at First Class Pizza at Woodbury this Tuesday, March 23 from11am-9pm.  No Flyer necessary.

Please mention NHS fundraiser for your orders placed in person, over phone, over the app or on FCP website. Thank you in advance for your support!

Monday, March 15, 2021

All Things GradNight 2021

All Things GradNight 2021

Senior Families: the GradNight team is working hard to plan a fantastic GradNight experience for all NHS graduating Seniors. But they need your help!  Please attend the monthly meetings to hear ideas and come together to plan this milestone event during these uncertain and unprecedented times. You can also buy tickets here, so there is enough interest to successfully host this event. The fees will be reimbursed if situation changes and we are mandated to cancel the event. 

Thank you in advance for your support of the Senior Class! If you have any questions or suggestions, email

PTSA Membership / Donations

NHS PTSA is grateful for the support from our community that comes through your partnership, memberships and donations. Many thanks to NHS students, staff, and community who have already signed up for this year’s annual membership! We have 547 members and 100% staff membership to date! We appreciate each and every one of you! #NHSBetterTogether

If you have not yet signed up for this year’s membership, please consider becoming a PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association) member today using the online membership form or the drop-off form. Members: If you would like membership cards, please contact our VP of Membership, Tina Zhao, at:

Congratulations, Principal Roach!

Congratulations, Principal Roach! 

PTSA congratulates Principal Roach for receiving the prestigious Marcus Foster Memorial Award for Administrator Excellence by the Association of California School Administrators! 

Dr. Roach is recognized for her “sustained, positive impact on student achievement and learning; effective collaboration between education and community leaders; exemplary management and educational practices; innovative approaches to dealing with complex challenges; and broad support and active involvement by the community.  Congratulations on her exemplary leadership!

Monday, March 8, 2021

NHS PTSA March Association Meeting

NHS PTSA March Association Meeting - March 10 @ 7pm

Please join us at our next PTSA Association meeting this Wednesday to hear updates from Principal Roach, ASB Liaison, and PTSA Board and Committee Chairs.

Join via Zoom: Meeting ID: 430 059 9409 / Passcode: NHSPTSA21


Chipotle Restaurant Night - March 10 from 5-9 pm

Please join us for a fundraiser to support Grad Night 2021 at Chipotle Northpark Square (3955 Irvine Blvd. Irvine) this Wednesday, March 10th between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. 

Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to NHS.


Use code PTC63H6 before checkout in ‘promo’ field. Orders placed on or through the Chipotle app for pickup using this unique code will be counted towards the fundraiser.

Friday, February 26, 2021



It’s official!  Athletic competition is returning to Northwood.  Irvine Unified School District is committed to using all its tools to help our student athletes have competitive play March to May 22, 2021.  We will be updating you frequently, because the IUSD and Northwood teams are “building the plane while its flying!” so to speak. Your patience is required.

Key Highlights:

  • On February 18th, the California Department of Public Health released updated guidelines which approved athletics to participate outside of their assigned colored tier following specific rules.
  • In order for student-athletes to follow the updated guidelines, which are less restrictive, the district needs to have a signed informed consent waiver for every athlete. The informed consent can be found here and the waiver can be found here. An athlete cannot train or compete following the less restrictive guidelines until NHS has a signed waiver on file at the school.  
  • As of right now, all competition must be outdoors. The state/county/district and NHS are working on options/ideas for the indoor programs.
  • The district is actively working on a spectator policy as well.
  • Since we are essentially cramming three season of sports into four months, NHS athletics will continue to be flexible and fluid in scheduling and playing practices and games. Please have patience as things may need to change quickly for multiple reasons.
  • NHS Athletics administration is currently working with the district to see what options we have in regards to athletes playing multiple sports simultaneously.  We hope to have some more information soon.

Questions may be emailed to our Northwood Athletic Directors (please send to both, as you can imagine, things are hectic):

Brandon Emery

Sierra Wang

Monday, February 22, 2021

GradNight Restaurant Night @ Wahoo's

GradNight Restaurant Night - Thursday February 25, 2021 @ Wahoo’s Spectrum  

Please show your support to the NHS GradNight for its fundraiser. Dine at Wahoo’s at Irvine Spectrum! Please show this Flyer and 20% of the proceeds will be donated to Northwood High School! 

Email for any questions or suggestions. Thank you in advance for your support of the Senior Class!

Monday, February 15, 2021

Scholarship for Seniors

Attention NHS Seniors! Irvine Unified Council PTA’s (IUCPTA) Annual Senior Scholarship Program will be awarding up to TWO $750 scholarships to the top nominees at EACH of IUSD High Schools. 

Seniors graduating in 2021, please apply here. If you have any further questions, please contact Good luck!

Monday, February 8, 2021

PTSA Executive Board 2021-2022 Interests

Interested in serving on the PTSA Board?  The Nominating Committee will be looking for anyone interested in the NHS PTSA board positions for the school year, 2021-2022.  Per the bylaws, all the positions are open every year, as each board position has a 1-year term and board members can serve for a maximum of 2 consecutive years. The nominees will be considered for the following positions:

1.     President 

2.     EVP 

3.     VP 1- Membership 

4.     VP 2 - Programs 

5.     VP 3 – Grad Night 

6.     Secretary 

7.     Treasurer 

8.     Financial Secretary 

9.     Auditor 

10.  Historian

The description of duties is listed here. If you are interested or have any questions on the duties of any position, please contact the Nominating Committee at: 

Please send in your interests to be considered as a nominee to the Nominating Committee by this Friday, February 12, 2021.  Thank you in advance for your interest!

Advocacy for NHS Parents

PTA Sacramento Safari 2021 Goes Virtual

Sacramento Safari Week - February 22-26

FREE Registration (Must be a current PTA member). Events will be interactive and at various times each day so that any current PTA member can participate in this educational legislative learning experience at their convenience. Speakers will be both elected officials and education experts in their fields. Updates on registration and speakers to follow in coming weeks.

Any questions or for more information on any of the advocacy events, please contact

PTSA Meeting This Wed!

Join us for our PTSA meeting this Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom. 

On the Agenda is the Election of the Nominating Committee, Presentation and Adoption of the Mid-Year Audit, Updates from Principal Roach and the PTSA Board/Committees, and a Special Guest - NHS Staff Member-Visual and Performing Arts Department, Choral Director, Mr. Zach Halop!  We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Zoom Meeting Info: Link / Meeting ID: 430 059 9409 / Passcode: NHSPTSA21

Monday, February 1, 2021

NHS Advocacy Delegation

Congratulations to the following NHS students for being selected as the NHS Advocacy Representative Officers for the 2021 IUCPTA Advocacy (virtual) Trip to Sacramento!

These students will have the opportunity to first meet with IUSD leadership over the coming weeks and then meet with lawmakers in Sacramento during the week of March 8th to advance their goals in advocating change on behalf of students. 

Returning Senior: Rohan A.

Student Representatives: 

Kaitlyn C., Kamryn S., Anjana N., Aditi S., Colman S.

Teacher Representative: Eric K.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Timberwolf Community Check-In

Our PTSA Parent Outreach Committee invites any family who wants to connect or chat, even just to say “Hi”.  You are always welcome to email any of us and we can Zoom😊. We are open to meeting with you anytime.  Please feel free to contact PTSA EVP, Daniela Kou, and PTSA Financial Secretary, Arezoo Abaye, at and they will be able to connect you.  We are all in this together!

Translator for Newsletter

If you are bilingual and can help translate the weekly newsletter in the language of your choice, please contact our Communications Chair at Thank you for your support and consideration.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Chipotle Fundraiser

GradNight Restaurant Night:  Make dinner a selfless act by joining the NHS GradNight for its fundraiser. Come in to the Woodbury Chipotle at 6424 Irvine Blvd in Irvine on Wednesday, January 27th between 4:00pm-8:00pm. Show this flyer to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Northwood High School. 

NEW! ORDER ONLINE FOR PICKUP: Use code 4LCDGPP before checkout in ‘promo’ field. Orders placed on or through the Chipotle app for pickup using this unique code will be counted towards the fundraiser. 

Irvine Unified Council PTA’s Annual Senior Scholarship

Irvine Unified Council PTA’s (IUCPTA) Annual Senior Scholarship Program will be awarding up to TWO $750 scholarships to the top Nominees at each of IUSD High Schools! NHS Seniors graduating in 2021, please use this link to apply: If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact: Good luck!

Monday, January 18, 2021

GradNight Meeting - Jan 18

Our next GradNight Meeting is TONIGHT - January 18th, 2021 at 7:00pm on Zoom. 

Questions? Email Thank you in advance for your support of the Senior Class!

Monday, January 11, 2021

PTSA Nominating Committee

Calling all PTSA members!  Join the Nominating Committee to help form the 2021-2022 PTSA Board.  The Nominating Committee will be looking for volunteers to fill board positions for the 2021-2022 school year.  Per our bylaws, all positions are open and nominees will be considered for the following positions:

1. President 

2. EVP 

3. VP 1- Membership 

4. VP 2 - Programs 

5. VP 3 – Grad Night 

6. Secretary 

7. Treasurer 

8. Financial Secretary 

9. Auditor 

10. Historian

The description of duties are listed here. If you are interested or have questions on any position, please contact our Parliamentarian, Paula Greenberger, at Deadline is January 31st, 2021.  

First PTSA Meeting of 2021

Join us this Wednesday for our first meeting of the year to get updates from the board and committee chairs. See you there!

Date & Time: January 13, 2021 07:00pm

Meeting ID: 430 059 9409 / Passcode: NHSPTSA21