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Finishing Strong



The finish line to the school year is clearly in view. For all the hustle and bustle of the season, let's be certain to slow down and enjoy these last few moments of the SY20-21 school year. We are prioritizing opportunities to praise one another and party together. We had an absolute blast hanging out on Step Up Day. We were able to see some familiar faces for the first time in person. I hope our friends and families know how much they've been missed!


We can't wait to get back to business as usual in the Fall. Before then, keep an eye out for the upcoming dates where we can come together again to continue celebrating our community and our hard work!



Updates


  • Enrollment is Underway

  • The Book Fair is Back!

  • Books and Belonging Finale: For Parents

  • Calling All Readers! (That’s everyone)


Enrollment is Underway!

We want you back! Parents and caregivers should head to https://enrolldcps.dc.gov/node/71 to re-enroll in Peabody and Watkins. Please do so today!


The Book Fair is Back!

Our school librarians have planned an in-person and online book fair! Families can visit the fair on fair-weather days just outside the gym door entrance. The dates and times are below. More info, including how to make purchases online, in our flier. A portion of the proceeds of the event go to our librarians to support even more literacy-rich experiences.


Hours of Operation: June 14, Tuesday, June 15 8:00-9:00 and 3:15-4:30


Books and Belonging Finale: For Parents

It’s been such a rewarding year with you in our class and we want to celebrate! Ms. Bloom, Ms. Jurkowski, and I would like to host our final class at the Watkins playground IN PERSON on June 16, 11am-12pm. All students who feel a connection to the class are welcome to attend. We will provide a pizza lunch, drinks, and snacks; we’ll read one last story and have an artistic project to create a representation of our learning for the year. We will be reading "I am the world," by Charles R. Smith and "All Are Welcome," by Alexandra Penfold and reflecting on the community we’ve created. I’m so excited to see you in person! Please use this link to RSVP for the event.

Other details: There will not be a rain date for the event. If it rains, we will hold the last class virtually and there won’t be a pizza party. Parents may drop off their child for the hour. We will have a sign in/out process in place. Parents are also welcome to stay and participate. Please plan for a prompt pick up at 12 noon.


Calling All Readers! (That’s everyone)

Summer is here and the Library's Summer Challenge Program will start shortly! The program begins June 1st and many of the activities associated with the program will be virtual this year. Children, teens, or adults can register online as they read 20 minutes a day and receive a prize. Information is available online at dclibrary.org/summerchallenge. I am attaching a flyer which can be distributed to caretakers. Some of my colleagues also produced a video which offers a great explanation of the program. The Library has made it available on YouTube but here is a direct link. Erin Farquhar Children's Librarian Southeast Neighborhood Library 403 7th ST SE Washington, DC 20003 202-698-3377. Erin.Farquhar@dc.gov

Reminders

  • End of Year Events for Students!

  • Rock the Red Parade – June 23

  • Comfort with a full Reopening Next Year

  • Internet For All Families

  • Before and Aftercare Next Year

  • Peabody Stabilization Updates from the SIT Team

End of Year Events for Students!

  • June 16 5th Grade Promotion Practice and Hang Out

  • June 18 5th grade promotion. In person and virtual.

  • June 22 Kinder promotion. At school for IPL students, virtual for families.

  • June 23 Rock the Red Parade!

Rock the Red Parade – June 23 We want to continue to find ways to have fun with students and celebrate the end of a very tough school year.  We are planning a Rock the Red Parade for June 23.  All students, families, and staff to take a year-end victory lap around Lincoln (Watkins) and Stanton (Peabody) Parks while rocking our Red. More details to come – parents and caregivers, please save the date!

  • 9am at Stanton Park for Peabody students and families.

  • 11am at Watkins field, parading to Lincoln Park for Watkins students and families

Parents will be required to escort their students. Comfort with a full Reopening Next Year We are also hosting a community event designed to provide information and context to what school is like in person. Our target audience is the over 200 families that declined an in-person seat this year and any other parent who would like to feel more confident in our reopening for next year. We will have parents that are doctors, teachers, and students prepared to speak to our community members about their experiences in person in an attempt to prepare our families for a full reopening in August. Please save the date, June 15, 6pm. Internet For All Families DC's Internet for All program provides ONE YEAR of FREE home internet service to District families with school-aged children who need home internet service. Interested? Text INTERNET to 69866 for more information. Before and Aftercare Next Year The Chancellor recently announced that before and aftercare will be available for families next school year. The COVID-related details and restrictions have not been published yet, however we have reached out to our partners so make sure these programs are fully in place to support our full reopening. Peabody Stabilization Updates from the SIT Team For the latest updates, please visit here and Peabody ES Project Resources and Meeting Materials.

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