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Term 4 Planning

This year has felt like constant change for me and many of you, I’m sure. There has been a lot of conversation about the national and district guidelines that may be changing soon. As of this morning, I’ve heard that the CDC dropped the 6ft guidance to 3 feet yet I cannot make concrete plans until DCPS shares guidance with school leaders and the community. Please believe me that I was measuring classrooms earlier this week in anticipation of this change.


Many people know that I’ve taken a “let’s open” approach to this school year from the beginning and I haven’t changed my thinking. If we receive new guidance, I will move quickly to continue my attempts to:

a) maximize the students in the building;

b) maintain our prioritization approach; and

c) minimize the disruptions these changes present to families, students, and teachers.


I have also learned from our Term 3 reopening that making plans and more importantly commitments to students and families requires full collaboration with our teachers. I have discussed changes to our models and increasing students in the building with some staff and I will communicate any changes in our plans as soon as they are ready to share. That said, there is an update that the PK4 team and leadership have been working on below. Outside of PK4, there is not consensus for any other team to change our model for Term 4 at this time.



UPDATES


Headlines:

  • Excuse Notes and Student Attendance

  • Exploring Gender Stereotypes in Books & Belonging with Berkowitz Wednesday March 24 at 11:30am

  • Peabody Earth Super Saver Art Project- Deadline: April 2

Excuse Notes and Student Attendance

In the event that your student needs to miss school, please be reminded that all excuse notes should be submitted to 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


Exploring Gender Stereotypes in Books & Belonging with Berkowitz Wednesday March 24 at 11:30am

Please join the BBB Team to explore, during this session in Women’s History Month, the topic of gender stereotypes and societal norms. How have brave girls and women shown courage to challenge traditional roles? Principal Berkowitz will read a beautiful book “Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music” by Margarita Engle.


Peabody Earth Super Saver Art Project- Deadline: April 2

In these weeks leading up to Earth Day, we are learning in library, art and some homeroom classes about being Earth Super Savers every day! As an optional at-home activity, we are inviting students to create a picture or sculpture that shows how they like to be an Earth Super Saver. They may use any materials for their art creation, including recyclables such as newspaper or cardboard. These pictures will be used in a video montage created by Mr. Simmons (along with those from other Peabody students) to be shared with our Peabody community on Earth Day on April 22nd. Families should take a photo of the art project and upload it to the OneDrive folder by clicking on the link below. The deadline for photo submissions is Friday, April 2. Please upload still photos only and if the photo includes your child, please know that this video will be shared with Peabody families. Feel free to reach out to Ms. Bloom susan.bloom@k12.dc.gov or Ms. Cushman katie.cushman@k12.dc.gov or your homeroom teacher with any questions. Link for submissions: https://dck12-my.sharepoint.com/:f:/g/personal/jeremy_simmons_k12_dc_gov/EnsDWz3W-FBAgLJ-QMkiOvUBkPF6Kk0Qrk9yyZ8EMxhP9g?e=YwWtd3


Reminders


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!


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


Cluster Auction & Party-April 23rd

The Auction & Party is just over a month away on April 23rd (SAVE THE DATE!). This year the PTA wants to support Cluster family-owned, Black-owned and locally-owned businesses while supporting our schools. If you are able, please purchase gift cards, items or services from one of the businesses on this list and donate them to the Auction!

Visit the Cluster Auction page for more information.


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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