• Principal Berkowitz

B2SN, Entry Plan Update and More!

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

Hello Panther community!

This week almost felt normal. Almost. I think some of us are beginning to hit our stride, while others are excelling and others are still working on it. I'm sure that true for staff, parents, and students. I visited a 2nd grade class this week and I'm pretty sure a student recognized me when I commented on his strategy for place value. On day 5 of PreK-3, my daughter spoke to her teacher for the first time about butterflies and lollipops. I'm chalking both up to huge successes. Any progress is progress in these times!

Below are reminders and updates, including Back to School Night information, so please attend to the details that are most relevant to you. I will start with some reminders and funnel up to the biggest picture item.



Attendance: Log into Canvas each day to be marked present. This should take place between 6am- 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:

  1. Schedule your child's annual wellness visit

  2. Make sure your child has received all of their immunizations

  3. Submit immunization documents to your child's enrollment/ attendance team



DCPS Imm Flier
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Use our website! So much information is already posted on our website. Teachers and other staff are getting questions that have answers - please start to form the habit of using this website source the information you may be seeking. I realize this may be new but we're trying hard to provide information for folks right here instead of asking us or friends. The Distance Learning tab of our website has information on:

  • how to log into Canvas

  • how to use Canvas

  • FAQs

  • tech support hotline

  • and much more

Something not quite right? Please go directly to the source. For questions or concerns with anything in class, please email your child's teacher directly and feel free to add me or an assistant principal.



Back to School Night. Yes, we're still calling it that. Please see below a detailed agenda for Wednesday night (9/16) which includes access links and a provides a comprehensive overview of the evening. Join us to learn even more about your child's experience at Peabody or Watkins this year. I'm especially proud of the PTA and Race, Class, and Equity Team's launch of our new family welcome initiative. I'm excited to welcome our new families along with our parent leaders!

Back to School Night 2020 Agenda
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60 Day Entry Plan Update. Yes, I'm still doing this too. Please the file below with my 60 day reflections, learnings, and progress. The short of it: I'm very proud of our team and think we can do anything together.

Entry Plan 60 Day Update
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