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Watkins Has a Dream

Updated: Feb 7


In some ways, it’s fitting that our 2020-2021 5th graders have had to overcome this unique challenge as the world faces our own challenge. But the fight for civil rights is not routine and those in the cause constantly adapt to meet the moment in the pursuit of equality. Dr. King once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” I would argue that the bending happens because people, like our fifth graders and fifth grade team, persevere through challenges in order to bend that arc. That’s why I’m so proud that our tradition continued this year. This year wasn’t routine - it took purpose and focus and perseverance to come together. That is itself a lesson that our students have learned and I’m sure they will use to bend that arc a little bit more as they continue to our pursuit of a more just world.



UPDATES


Black History Month Theme - “The Crown Act: Equity, Efficacy, Equality and Empowerment.”

The Crown Act is legislation that was passed last year banning hair discrimination in the work place and school. We are planning four Acts - Act I: Equity, Act: II Efficacy, Act III: Equality, Act IV: Empowerment. We are planning creative ways to incorporate art, literature and other ways to engage our students in this theme and important lessons from the past and today.


Term 3 Refinements to Virtual Learning

Our team will gather this week to look at new ways to maximize the virtual learning time. Parents can expect an update soon.


Books & Belonging with Berkowitz February 10 at 11:30 am to noon

Please join us at 11:30am Wednesday, February 10, for this special Black History Month session of BBB to learn about five amazing musicians with Watkins music teacher Mr. Nagbe. We'll explore the careers of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Charlie Parker. See you there!


Upcoming Open Houses - Parents please share!

On February 16 and 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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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

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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