An Even More Inclusive and Welcoming Community
Updated: Sep 25
I am so grateful to all of the energy and effort that went into making our virtual Back to School Night a success. Our teachers worked such a long day on Wednesday! I hope your family deepened the connection with your child's teacher and left feeling more informed about the learning that will take place this year.
I'm also very proud of the welcome session that we hosted with families new to our cluster. Forming relationships is key to a sense of belonging and community and we were intentional about providing a time and space for that to begin. I'm especially proud of the parent leaders in the community who have embraced this inclusive mindset and are doing the work to welcome new families by offering their time and sharing their experiences. Leadership from our PTA and Race Class and Equity groups took on this initial lift and I'm so grateful to the 20 parents who are serving to welcome new families as part of the Cluster's Welcoming Committee. If you are a parent who is new to the cluster and haven't connected yet, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have a tentative deal in place with Kindred and our leadership team is very excited. We do not have an official agreement yet, but we can move forward while the official agreement is coming together.
Kindred starts by building authentic relationships between diverse groups of parents through structured dialogues about their backgrounds, race and equity, and goals for their children. The plan is for Kindred to facilitate two groups, one of parents and one of staff; 12 participants each. More information and the parent application to join the dialogue groups is below.
The collaboration with, energy and funding from the PTA leadership and the Race Class and Equity leadership to get to this point has been heartwarming and I'm hopeful that this work will help support an even more inclusive and equitable school experience and community at large. I will be present at Monday's PTA meeting to answer questions that families may have about Kindred.
PTA Meeting and Budget Vote
On Monday at 8pm, the PTA will meet on the following topics:
General Business including Cluster family events being planned for October and November!
Welcome Messages from Principal Berkowtiz and Principal Fraser
Campus Budgets for Peabody, Watkins and Stuart-Hobson (Campus budget voting will be online from Tuesday through Thursday next week.)
Meeting ID: 823 0925 5140
Introducing Technology Office Hours at Watkins!
Please continue to utilize the resources that DCPS has created to troubleshoot technology issues. This includes:
1. Visiting backtoschool.dc.gov, which is updated daily with new answers to common tech questions and a button to submit student password, device and software help requests.
2. Contacting DCPS' technology experts at the Student & Family Call Center- call (202) 442-5885, press 1.
The Peabody/Watkins Operations team is also excited to offer Technology Office Hours every Wednesday from 8am- 4pm at Watkins to support with network and other issues that can be troubleshooted on a school-level.
Attendance: Log into Canvas each day to be marked present. This should take place between 6am and 11:59pm. Students or parents should log out and back in to ensure the log-in is activated. If you miss a day or something prevents you from logging on, email our attendance team.
Submitting excuse notes: During virtual learning, all excuses notes should be emailed to our attendance teams. All DCPS legal excuse reasons remain the same as last school year.
Immunizations and Required Health Forms
All students must be up to date on their immunizations before returning to in person learning. Follow these three steps to guarantee that your child is ready and see the below flier for more information:
Schedule your child's annual wellness visit
Make sure your child has received all of their immunizations
Submit immunization documents to your child's enrollment/ attendance team