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Updated: Dec 11, 2020


This was quite the week! We held our LSAT meeting, our second Reopening Community Corps meeting; we opened our CARE class Wednesday, and we hosted Chancellor Ferebee and CSO President Jackson on a safety walkthrough today (Friday).




Headlines

More information below on:

  • Term 2 Learning Supplies Pick up extended to Monday and Tuesday (details below)

  • Enrollment Projections submitted - follow up to LSAT meeting

  • ReOpening Community Corps - 3rd-5th grader engagement and possible Term 3 class sizes

  • Staff absences

  • Three fun events for Peabody students and families

  • Coat Drive continues

  • The Community Demand Survey closes today. I will send final data next week.


Principal's Message


Times are really, really, tough. There are staff members and community members experiencing significant hardship during this pandemic and this week it seems like an especially tough one. Like Nana reminds CJ and us, I’m looking for the rainbows and this week, I’ve seen how teammates, friends, and others have supported those in need. It seems like there’s an endless amount of care and kindness that you have shown all year, and especially this week. I witnessed and incredible amount of empathy this week. The converse of that kindness, of course, is the perseverance and commitment to your purpose. It takes a lot to give to others without sacrificing your priorities, and yet our staff has taken on so much to do so, and I’m grateful for that.

On a lighter note, the highlight of my week was spending time with our first graders IN SCHOOL! Our first graders and I have spent the same exact number of days in school as I have (3), and it’s a joy to experience it together. The balloons, music, and behind-the-mask-smiles from students, parents, and our in-person staff have been heartwarming. Please see for yourself on our Instagram page.

Another point of pride for me was how our reopening corps identified our students with the most need as the number one priority in our reopening plans. Once again, our commitment to equity community-wide is on display.



Updates and Reminders


Supply Pick Up Continues

  • Monday, December 7: 12pm - 4pm

  • Tuesday, December 8: 9am - 4pm

**Now that our CARE Classroom is open, pick-up of the instructional bags will only be available via the cafeteria/gym door.


Enrollment Projections

At LSAT this week we discussed the DCPS enrollment projections and possibility of making an appeal to increase or decrease the estimate. As expected, this conversation turned into one about class sizes. The appeal deadline is today and I want to inform you that I did not make an appeal. These documents were shared at LSAT and I want you all to see them as well. I was able to confirm that changing these numbers up or down by a few from the projection should not have a significant impact on our budget. Peabody. Watkins.


Reopening Community Corps – Student Voice, Student Capacity and other Reopening Updates

  • You can keep up with our discussions and plans to reopen for term 3. All the information is on our website.

  • I can confirm that any in-person learning for Peabody students will happen at Watkins.

  • Next week, we have grade level meetings scheduled with 3rd - 5th graders to hear their thoughts on coming back to school. Teachers have the option to present students with opportunities to express their thoughts creatively, persuasively, or otherwise and I hope to share those with the greater community at the next RCC meeting, December 9 at 3:30. Grade level teachers will send access information to the grade level meetings to discuss reopening with students.

  • The greatest student capacity we will be able to accommodate under the DC Health and DCPS in-person class sizes would be two cohorts of students in the building full time per grade level. At every grade level, that would leave virtual class sizes below the maximum of 40 students. The table below has current enrollment numbers and two scenarios for how in-person and virtual class sizes may play out.

Potential Term 3 Class Size Virtual and
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Staff absences – please be kind and patient!

As I mentioned above, times are tough and there is no way to replace the teachers that we have when they call out. Please be patient with our teachers and teams when we have the need to cancel synchronous learning. In the case of a staff absence, we could a person to just log on Teams, but that would likely lead to a frustrating learning experience and I want to avoid those. When teachers do call out, you can expect them to communicate and post asynchronous work. When unexpected but prolong absences come up, you can expect messaging from me or an Assistant Principal with a medium- to long-term plan if needed. This is an unfortunate reality of virtual learning and finding an actual substitute for our teachers is nearly impossible. Thank you for your patience.


Peabody's First Virtual All School Morning Meeting and Kick Off to our Winter Reading Challenge

The Literacy Committee invites all staff and students to our all-school morning meeting at 9am on Monday, December 21st. This will be our official kick off to our winter reading challenge titled, "Winding Our Way Through a Winter Reading Wonderland." Meeting will take place on Teams: Join on your computer or mobile app Click here to join the meeting Or call in (audio only) +1 202-539-1291 Conference ID: 621923510# United States, Washington DC Phone Conference ID: 621 923 510# Tuesday, December 22nd, all day: Peabody is celebrating "Slippers, Snuggles & Stories Day!" Students and staff are invited to get into cozy reading mode by wearing pajamas and bringing a favorite stuffy to virtual sessions that day where lots of fun reading will take place! Peabody’s virtual Fall Scholastic Book Fair is going NOW through Sunday, December 13th! Click here to start shopping: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/peabodyearlychildhoodctr1. Remember:

  • You receive free shipping for all orders over $25

  • All orders are shipped as they are placed – shop early if you need your order before the holidays

  • Our school will receive 25% of all orders in “Scholastic dollars” to select books and educational supplies for our teaching.



Coat Drive

Give back to your Cluster community this holiday season by donating a NEW COAT (plus a hat and gloves) to benefit Peabody, Watkins, and Stuart-Hobson families. A list of sizes/types is coming soon.


To accommodate social distancing, we will accept deliveries directly this year at Watkins. Or there will be a drop-off box available at Watkins. Monetary donations will also be accepted--just email Ms. Wilson or Ms. Carraway directly.


Contact Ms. Carraway (terrie.carraway@k12.dc.gov) or Lisa Wilson (utvolslisa@yahoo.com) if you have any questions. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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