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Love Will See You Through


Headlines

  • Reopening Update

  • Open House for Prospective Families

  • Timeline ahead of Term 3 for Virtual and In Person Learning

  • January 27 Focus Groups for Stuart-Hobson Feeder Families

  • MLK Watkins Has a Dream Speech time and date confirmed - Feb 5 at 9:30

  • Developmental Milestone Parent Workshop---Open to ECE Families & All Staff (to families)

  • Peabody and Winter Reading Info (reminder)



Principal's Message


We are in the midst of so much change and uncertainty. There is just so much to balance right now in our community: last’s weeks insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, this week’s second impeachment, and next week’s inauguration of President-Elect Biden, and our preparation for reopening in term three, and much, much more. I hope you are trying to balance it all with maintaining our own health and wellness.


Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday and Monday the country honors his legacy with a national holiday and day of service. We celebrated Dr. King today in our CARE class by reading Love Will See You Through by Dr. Angela Farris Watkins, who is a niece of Dr. King. In the book, Dr. Watkins, lifts up six guiding beliefs of Dr. King that he lived by that I want to offer as we prepare for the day of service, the inauguration, and the impending changes at the national and school district level. I also want to share the questions I have of myself when I think about these guiding beliefs.


  1. Have courage. Do I have the courage to always call out racism, bias, and inequality?

  2. Love your enemies. How can I reach out to those who may see things differently to deepen my understanding of their point of view?

  3. Fight the problem, not the person who caused it. What else can I do to find solutions to educational inequity?

  4. When innocent people are hurt, others are inspired to help. Monday is one day of service. How can I teach my daughters the importance of regular service to others?

  5. Resist violence of any kind. How do I influence others that this is the best way?

  6. The universe honors love. People remember Dr. King for his love of others and justice. Will others remember me the same way?


Updates and Reminders

Reopening Progress for This Week

Our team has been hard at work offering families seats for in person learning. Our calls will continue next Thursday and Friday at least. We are taking stock of the number of acceptances, which will drive our staffing and instructional models.


As for staffing, I want to reiterate that all staff are able to submit applications for virtual accommodations or various types of leave. We will know the final list of teachers who will be in person pending HR's decisions on the applications that are submitted. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. I will update staff first, then the impacted families, should there be a change. At this time, the list of homeroom teachers on our website is up to date.


I will host a live updates Teams call on Monday, January 25 at 4pm to answer questions about in person learning and the changes to virtual learning. Join me by clicking here.


Open Houses for Prospective Students

We are hosting open houses for prospective students on Feb 16 and March 16 at 4pm. We are also organizing a K-1 mixer for current families on January 26 at 8pm. Please mark your calendars for now.


Timeline ahead of Term 3 for Virtual and In Person Learning

  • January 8th- Staff notified of Term 3 assignments. Families notified after staff (this is delayed due to a last minute HR adjustment. Update expected Jan 11).

  • January 11th - In-person learning offers made to families. Office Hours available for families receiving an offer. Those families will be contacted directly.

  • January 13th- Professional Development (virtual) for Teachers and Staff Returning in Person

  • January 18th 20th – MLK Holiday, No School for Students & Teachers, and Inauguration Day

  • January 27th– Classroom set-up day for all teachers returning to in-person work

  • January 28th- In-person school-based PD for returning staff; half-day classroom set up. Only teachers and staff returning to in-person roles will attend the PD. Teachers and staff remaining virtual will host virtual community building and welcoming activities with Term 3 classes to welcome any new students and begin to build relationships. A more detailed schedule for the day is forthcoming.

  • January 29th—End of Term, half-day records day, half-day school-based PD or classroom set-up

  • Feb 1 – First day of IPL for K-5

  • Feb 4 – First day of IPL for PK

Additional PK Timelines- Check out the ECE Re-Opening Guidance here

  • · Feb 1 – Virtual Home visits

  • · Feb 2 – In Person Learning play dates at Watkins

  • · Feb 4 – First day of PK in person learning

January 27 Focus Groups for Stuart-Hobson Feeder Families

The Capitol Hill Cluster School's Race, Class, and Equity (RCE) group is working with school leaders to strengthen the relationships among our elementary feeder schools and Stuart-Hobson Middle School (SHMS). To help learn about the services, values, and experiences that our elementary school students and families expect from the middle school they choose, they are hosting family focus groups on January 27, 7-8:30pm. These group discussions will help RCE advise school leadership on how to communicate more clearly about the great opportunities at Stuart-Hobson and strengthen the continuity of programming and values from the three feeder elementary schools. We hope these discussions help school leaders learn what families who are currently (or recently) in our feeder elementary schools expect from a middle school program and help ensure that SHMS meets those expectations in practice and when communicating with prospective families. Families of students in PK3 through 5 are invited to attend. Please sign up using this link if you would like to participate. Meeting details and Zoom link will be sent by Tuesday, January 26. For more information, please contact chcs.equity@gmail.com.


Martin Luther King Jr I Have Dream Speech Event

Our 5th grade team is hard at work making the 2021 version of the Watkins cherished tradition meaningful for our students and community. With our partners at the National Parks Service, we have scheduled the event for February 5th at 9:30. The event will be virtual so all students can participate.


Developmental Milestone Parent Workshop---Open to ECE Families & All Staff (to families)

The DCPS Early Stages Office of Elementary Schools and Peabody ES cordially invite you to attend our Developmental Milestone Workshop. In order to empower and inform our parents during distance learning, this workshop provides an overview of typical developmental milestones for children between the ages of three and five in the following domains: communication, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, social emotional and cognitive development. It includes sample activities that you can do at home to help support your child reach milestones in each developmental domain. Given the goal of engagement with our families and the differentiation for participant questions, the session will not be recorded. Please see workshop details below:


January 27, 2020 8:15-8:45am

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+1 202-539-1291,,174874077# United States, Washington DC

Phone Conference ID: 174 874 077#


Peabody’s Winter Reading Challenge is UNDER WAY!!

Our Peabody students are “winding their way through a winter reading wonderland!” and have already read 1765 books since December 21! Our hope is for each student to log at least 10 books a week or 100 books over the 10-week challenge, allowing us to reach our school goal of 22,000 books read by “Read Across America Day” on March 2nd! To find out all the details about how easy it is to log your student’s reading on a smart phone or a device, CLICK HERE to go to the Peabody Library Canvas home page. Any questions, email our librarian Ms. Bloom, susan.bloom@k12.dc.gov


Last chance to sign up for Peabody’s Winter Virtual Parent/Child Chapter Book Club

Ms. Bloom & Ms. Houghton are leading a 4-session chapter book club (4:15-5pm on Tuesday January 12 & 26 and February 2 and 9) and the title is “Juana & Lucas” by Juana Medina, a wonderful story about a young girl and her dog who live in Bogota, Colombia. We not only learn about her life in Bogota, but we learn how perplexed she is when her teacher announces that they’ll start learning English in class. Email Ms. Bloom to sign up: susan.bloom@k12.dc.gov

Reminders


Visitor Protocol

The following visitor management protocols 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.

  • All visitors will be required to complete the “Ask, Ask, Look” protocol prior to entry, have their temperature taken, wear a face mask at all times on the school grounds, inside the school building and adhere to social distancing guidelines

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


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

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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