Planning for Term 2 Together
Updated: Oct 12
Dear Panther Families,
A lot happened this week! As we learned the news of the plan for Term 2, the questions of what, how, when, and more began to surface. I intend to continue to demonstrate my commitment to transparency and collaboration with our staff and community as we are navigating these uncharted waters together.
First and foremost, I support the DCPS idea to bring students back to our schools, and specifically our students furthest from opportunity. I think the plan is grounded in an equity-forward mindset and despite the safety issues with being in person, it will absolutely be a joyful moment to be with kids in our schools again.
This week we had honest conversations about the reality of these changes. Our leadership team was able to listen, share our point of view and engage in a meaningful dialogue around the questions about the future. From my point of view, we deepened our empathy for each other. We heard from educators who are parents, educators with COVID-related experiences, and many other points of view.
Despite the changes, it’s important that we keep our purpose in mind - how are we planning to preserve the learning relationships that exist between students, families, and our schools during this transition? That is top of mind for me and our team as we persevere though these unsteady times.
A Look Forward: Upcoming Dates
Monday, October 12: Indigenous Peoples’ Day—No School for Students
Term 2 Planning, Communication, and Collaboration
As I referenced above, the "Term 2 Communication Plan" plan is linked below. It contains the key dates and milestones, and opportunities for staff and community engagement. Our team has prioritized #ReOpening strong and will work feverishly to meet the deadlines we've set for ourselves and our stakeholders. As the plan details, you can expect our messaging to increase in frequency and that we will post key information for reference on the school website's new tab, "Peabody-Watkins Term 2 Reopening."
Launch of ASPEN Parent Portal for K-5 Students
This fall, DCPS is launching the Parent Portal feature in Aspen. The purpose of this feature is to establish open communication between teachers and families, allowing for each to work together in supporting student’s learning. The Portal will also allow for parents/ guardians to view student attendance and receive published report cards starting with Term 1.
Over the next couple of weeks, the Operations team will be collecting accurate email addresses from parents and adding or updating them in ASPEN. During the first week of November, parents/ guardians will receive an email from Aspen welcoming them to the Parent Portal along with user guides and video links to complete the next steps and access their account.
Next Steps for Parent/ Guardians by Friday Oct. 23:
· Grade K: email your child(ren)’s name, your first and last name and email address to PeabodyESenroll@k12.dc.gov
· Grades 1—5: email your child(ren)’s name, your first and last name and email address to watkinsESenroll@k12.dc.gov
We are satisfied with our recruitment efforts and will soon begin the parent selection process. If you have time this weekend, you can still submit your interest form linked here.
Parent Welcome Committee Meet and Greet—Wednesday October 21 8pm-9pm
The Parent Welcome Committee is made up of parent volunteers who want to ease the transition to a new school and make sure that every scholar and family feels at home in the Cluster.
They offer families a chance to:
● Connect with other families and students through virtual meet and greets
● Ask questions and get advice from returning families and students
● Learn about school organizations and how to get involved
The Welcome Committee will host a Meet and Greet on Wednesday, October 21, 8:00-9:00pm on Zoom: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5071771201?pwd=Qk5rL01wNzFvTStaM21oYVFqTHhuZz09
Families can also email firstname.lastname@example.org with their scholar's name and homeroom teacher so we can match them with a volunteer family.
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
Online Lunch Application- Please complete
Every new school year, the Office of Food and Nutrition disseminates the Application for Free and Reduced Meals to parents. They ask that our school gets an Application from every family even if they do not wish to participate.
Please complete the Application by visiting https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application
Note: The Application will ask for your child’s ID number. Don’t worry, the person that handles the Applications confirmed that parents can submit their form without the number. Please help to make our school the first to have 100% participation! Contact the main office if you have any questions.
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.
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