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Hard Work is Worth Celebrating!


These days, it’s important to look for the wins. We have dozens each day, but when there’s evidence of a win on a larger scale, we should make a big deal about it. Our middle of the year K-5 math data shows that not only is there not significant learning loss as compared to last year. Instead, each grade level shows notable improvements from this point last year. Given that students have been out of school for nearly a year, we’ve been able to stave off the loss and, in many cases, increase our grade level proficiency rate. That is a huge achievement for all our math teachers (these results were assessed before the transition to in person learning.) There are certainly drawbacks and imperfections in these results and by no means is the work done, but this is something worth celebrating. The hard work is worth celebrating and so is this achievement.

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Black History Month Theme - “The Crown Act: Equity, Efficacy, Equality and Empowerment.”

The Crown Act is legislation that was passed last year banning hair discrimination in the work place and school. We are planning four Acts - Act I: Equity, Act: II Efficacy, Act III: Equality, Act IV: Empowerment. We are planning creative ways to incorporate art, literature and other ways to engage our students in this theme and important lessons from the past and today.


Please read this note that will be shared by your students' teacher.


Return to School Criteria for Students

Anytime a student or staff is out due to illness, DCPS requires that documentation from a healthcare provider or contact tracing force be provided to the school as clearance before the individual can return to the school building.


Student’s doctor’s note should be provided to the main office or emailed to:

Watkins: WatkinsESenroll@k12.dc.gov/ Peabody: PeabodyESEnroll@k12.dc.gov


See this flowchart which provides guidance for different scenarios: https://osse.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/osse/page_content/attachments/Return%20to%20School%20Criteria_One-Pager%201.8.21.pdf


Supper and Snack Offerings for Students

Starting Thursday, February 18th, Food and Nutrition Services will be providing in person learning students with the opportunity to receive snack and supper to take home with them. Click on the links for menu offerings: Supper Menu and Snack Menu.


Additional details below:

  • Food Service Staff will distribute a pre-packaged meal kit containing 1 supper and 1 snack to students in the classroom for them to take home with them.

  • Supper meals will be served cold with reheating instructions to take home.

  • Students can take the supper/snack meal kit even if they didn’t receive breakfast or lunch from school that day.

  • Snack and supper will be free for all students.


School Building Closed Every Wednesday and Reminder of Visitor Protocol

Reminder that the school will be closed every Wednesday for deep cleaning. Additionally, reminder of the following visitor management protocols that have been put in place to health and safety of our school community, minimize the number of visitors and actively monitor who visits our school.

  • When possible, all meetings will take place virtually. If an in person is required, all visitors must be scheduled at least 24 hours before the requested appointment

  • To schedule an appointment, please contact the school’s main office. Someone from the administration team must approve the visit for it to be confirmed.

  • Visitors without a scheduled appointment will not be permitted entry into the building.


Books & Belonging with Berkowitz February 17 at 11:30 am to noon

Principal Berkowitz and the BBB Team is excited to welcome, for our Black History Month focus, our Peabody & Watkins HPE Team, Ms. King, Mr. Gross and Mr. Denton as special guests to talk with us about exceptional African American athletes and more! Don't miss out! See you there!


Peabody Winter Reading Challenge Update

Proud Peabody readers have read 5,374 books thus far in our challenge "Winding Our Way through a Winter Reading Wonderland!" Keep up the great reading Peabody Panthers - our 'Super Story Snowfriend' has more rainbow colors every day that you keep reading! For staff and families looking for more info to get involved, you'll find all the details on the Peabody Library Canvas page - click on the Winter Reading Challenge button!


Reminders


Upcoming Open Houses - Parents please share!

On February 16 and March 16 we will host open houses for both schools. Please share this flier with anyone who may be interested in joining our school community.


Peabody Watkins Open House Flyer
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Log Into Canvas Daily, Including Wednesday

Families should log into Canvas every day, including Wednesday to be marked present. It is very important to note that although live instruction does not take place on Wednesday, students still need to log-in. Daily log-in should take place between 6am and 11:59pm. If you miss a day or something prevents you from logging on, email our attendance team.

Watkins: WatkinsESenroll@k12.dc.gov

Peabody: PeabodyESEnroll@k12.dc.gov

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.

Watkins: WatkinsESenroll@k12.dc.gov

Peabody: PeabodyESEnroll@k12.dc.gov

Community Messages


Click on the following to link to our website pages for updates on the following community groups:

Parent Teacher Association

Race, Class, and Equity Group

Local School Advisory Team (LSAT)

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