The John Lewis Express: July 2022

Family Newsletter - July 27, 2022

Greetings John Lewis Families!

We are excited to welcome you in a few short weeks for SY22-23! At John Lewis Elementary School, we are proud to offer rich, joyful, rigorous, and engaging programming and we are one of the DC Public Schools offering student enrichments through a research-based School-wide Enrichment Model (SEM).

As we prepare for the upcoming school year, please review the information below which includes our school supplies list by grade-level, uniform policy, aftercare information, and more! You may reach out to our main office at 202-576-6226 with any additional questions. We are happy to support!

Please continue to enjoy the summer and see you all in a few weeks!

In partnership,

Nikeysha Jackson

Principal, John Lewis Elementary School


  • The first day for students in Grades K-5 is Monday, August 29, 2022.
  • The first day for PK3 and PK4 is Thursday, September 1, 2022.
  • PK3 and PK4 students do not attend Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday of the first week.

Why do children in PK3 and PK4 start on Thursday?
Starting school is a big transition. This shortened week is easier for many three and four year old students and gives parents and teachers a chance to connect through family visits

or school events. Your teacher may schedule a visit to your home or invite you and your

child to visit the classroom.

You may also find the DCPS SY22-23 Calendar below:

School Year 2022-2023 Calendar - English

School Year 2022-2023 Calendar - Spanish


Our school day is from 8:45am - 3:15pm.

New for the 2022-2023 School Year, our doors will open at 8:40am for breakfast.

Student dismissal begins at 3:15pm and ends at 3:30pm. Students who are not registered for our afterschool programming must be picked up by 3:30pm.


All students should arrive at school in their school uniforms.

Our school uniform is as follows:

  • Tops: White or light blue collared polos, button-down shirt/blouse, John Lewis logo tops

  • Bottoms: Navy blue (pants, skirts, jumpers, shorts)

  • Shoes: Closed-toe shoes and sneakers.

Please visit our school store at: to purchase all your John Lewis swag!!!!

Attire that is not allowed includes:
  • Blue jeans

  • Open-toed shoes, heels, Crocs, flip flops

  • Accessories (i.e. scarves, excessive and distracting jewelry)

If a student is dropped off to school without appropriate uniform clothes, John Lewis ES will require the student to contact their parents to bring them proper uniform or refer them to the uniform closet. Uniforms can be purchased from our John Lewis school store, Target, Walmart, Old Navy, etc.

For assistance purchasing uniforms, reach out to the Main Office: 202-576-6226

We ask that students in Pre-K and Kindergarten leave an extra set of clothing in their classrooms.

"Free Dress Friday" is held on the last Friday of each month and students are allowed to be out of uniform on those days.


DC Law requires each student attending a DC public school or public charter school to present valid written immunization certification, documenting that he or she has been successfully immunized in accordance with current Department of Health immunization requirements, to his/her school prior to the first day of classes.

Unless you obtain a medical or religious exemption, DC law requires your child to receive immunizations against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, mumps, measles, rubella, polio, Haemophilus influenza type (Hib), hepatitis B, and varicella in order to attend school. Students in grades 6-12 are also required to receive a Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine or submit an opt-out form, which is available from your school nurse.

Immunization compliance is documented by submitting a completed Universal Health Certificate to the school at the time of enrollment. For more information about immunization expectations, please view the letter and Frequently Asked Questions sheet below from the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services and the Deputy Mayor for Education.

New for the 2022-2023 School Year, all students ages 12 and older are required to have the COVID-19 vaccine to attend school. If you need a COVID-19 vaccine or booster, visit your local COVID Center.


Download the Remind App to receive all school-wide and classroom notifications
  • Get push notifications. On your iPhone or Android phone, open your web browser and go to the following link: Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You’ll be prompted to download the mobile app.
  • Get text notifications. Text the message @jlesdc to the number 81010. If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @jlesdc to (931) 378-6363.

Sign up for our Parent, Student, Community Organization (PSCO) platform A to Z Connect
  • Also, if you use Facebook, you can search "John Lewis ES PSCO Group” to join the PSCO Facebook group. Once a request is made, a current member of the group will approve the request. Please feel free to reach out to the PSCO if you have any questions.

Attend an upcoming summer playdate at our John Lewis playground

Come out and mix and mingle with other families and join John Lewis for some summer fun!

  • Saturday, August 6th from 10:00am – noon

  • Friday, August 19th from 4:00pm-6:00pm.


Connect with your child’s teacher

  • Every year, teachers in DCPS help establish partnerships with parents by visiting with the families of as many students as possible. As the school year approaches, your teacher will reach out to you to set up a time to meet at your home, or at a location in your community. This will create space for a conversation about your family and about your hopes for your child.

Meet Your Teacher Night
  • Students and families will have an opportunity to come in to meet their teachers, our staff, and see their classrooms on Thursday, August 25th from 5:30-6:30pm.

Principal’s Coffee
  • We will kick-off our first "Principal's Chat" for the school year on Thursday, August 11th at 5:00pm! We will discuss the launch of SY23-23, share important updates, and provide a space for families to collaborate and be in community with each other.


The SY22-23 application for afterschool programming is currently open. Seats will be filled on a first-come basis and only students who have completed enrollment for SY22-23 will be eligible to register for afterschool programming.

You may register for afterschool programming at

Afterschool programming will begin on Wednesday, August 30th.

“If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” - John Lewis