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School Spirit!


We held spirit this week at school and at home. One of the highlights of this school year has been the Peabody whole-school morning meetings, which coincided with Rainbow Day and Read Across America Day. This week, please enjoy some of the ways we showed our Panther spirit this week!

UPDATES


Headlines:

  • Term 4 and Summer Updates

  • Survey Overview

  • Peabody & Watkins "Thursday Field Trips" for our Virtual Learners!


Term 4 and Summer Updates

As I mentioned at this week’s LSAT, we will move forward with adjustments to current models and summer planning ONLY with full consensus with our staff. We will reconvene a community meeting to discuss any adjustments but only after those conversations are had at the staff level. The conversation has begun with staff and will continue. We will reach out with a date after we have viable options that will be supported school-wide.


Survey Overview

There are a number of different surveys in the field right now. I hope this can clarify the what and the why:

  • Race, Class, Equity Family Survey – this is a parent-created survey for only the Capitol Hill Cluster Community to help inform and advance our efforts for equity and inclusivity.

  • The STUDENT Panorama Survey is a survey all 3rd-5th grade STUDENTS take to provide feelings on their sense of love, challenge, and preparedness aligned to the DCPS vision. Please have your child complete one if they have not already.

  • The FAMILY Panorama Survey is a survey all FAMILIES are encouraged to take to their perspective on the above. Please complete one!


Peabody & Watkins "Thursday Field Trips" for our Virtual Learners!

The Cluster PTA is happy to announce live "Thursday Field Trips" for our virtual learners in the month of March! Starting on March 11th, Peabody & Watkins virtual learners are invited to attend science-based 30-minute field trips organized by the Cluster PTA, FLEX, and the Stamford Science Center.

These live "field trips" will be available from 11:30am-12:00pm on March 11th, 18th and 25th over Zoom.

More details to follow early next week!


Reminders


Upcoming Open Houses - Parents please share!

On 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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Reminder: Meet A Lego Artist

Join us Thursday, March 11 at 7:00 pm ET for a FREE virtual event with a Lego Artist! Adam Ward is a Los Angeles-based, multi-hyphenate artist who works primarily in LEGO. Adam will join us for a virtual demonstration, during which he'll conduct a build, offer tips and tricks to enhance your child's (or your inner child's) building creativity, and show you the method to his LEGO madness! The Cluster PTA is excited to host this virtual event. Learn more on our website. Open to the entire community.


Announcing Peabody’s March Virtual Parent/Child Chapter Book Club

Ms. Houghton (PreK 4 teacher) and Ms. Bloom (Librarian) are happy to announce a 3-session chapter book club open to all grades at Peabody for the month of March (4:15-5pm on Tuesday March 9, 16 and 23). The book we’ll read is “Zoe and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows” by Asia Citro, a great story that mixes real science with some fun fantasy! It is also the first in an 8-book series so if it’s a hit, there’s more fun to follow! Here is the link to sign up. At the time of this writing, DC Public Library has 13 hard copies (but most are out on loan) and 2 eBook copies (both available) and SORA has 10 total eBook copies, but only 2 currently available. We are happy to ensure that all families wanting to participate in the club, have a copy of the book. Just reach out with any questions to rachel.houghton@k12.dc.gov or susan.bloom@k12.dc.gov. Hope you and your student(s) can join us!


Youtube and Content Restrictions on DCPS-Issued Devices

We understand that several students that have DCPS devices have been unable to access some YouTube and teacher content that has been shared for asynchronous instruction. DCPS has blocked the usage of sites that may contain inappropriate content for our students. We do understand this can create difficulties and we are currently working to implement a plan to support the issue. We hope to have an update soon. Thank you for your continued patience and partnership!


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


Parent Group – Race, Class and Equity Family Survey

Our RCE group is putting this survey in the field. It is only for parents of students in the cluster and will be communicated to families this week. If you click on the link, there’s an intro on the survey to provide context. In short, the data will be used to make our cluster a more inclusive place for all students and families.


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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