The Cardinal Connection

Week of February 14th

At J.O. Wilson Elementary School, we are SOARing to success every day in every way by creating an environment in which joy, pride, positive interactions, and growth mindsets lead students to comfort in taking risks, self-advocating, and facing adversity.

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Important Dates:

Feb. 14th: Valentine"s Day

Feb. 15th: LSAT @4:30PM 6PM

Feb. 15th: Boys basketball game versus Ludlow-Taylor

Feb. 15th: Cardinal Auction Interest Meeting

Feb. 16th: VIRTUAL Open House 10:00 AM

Feb. 18th: Elementary Report Card Feedback Submissions Are Due (see info below)

Feb. 21 - 25: February Break!

Feb. 28th: Principal Chat @ 6PM


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Congratulations to our Cardinals for winning our game vs. Browne and moving to 4-0! The final score was J. O. Wilson Cardinals 27 - Browne Bombers 9.

Roster: Jordan Carter, Coby Davis, Isaiah George, Zion Isaac, Malachi Major, Daniel Omilana, Ny'heem Parks, Kodie Slade, Princeton Stewart, Kehinde Taylor, Taiwo Taylor, Ezekiel Thomas, Romeo Whtie

Schedule: Ludlow-Taylor Academic Warriors vs. J. O. Wilson Cardinals (Tuesday, February 15th)

Pre-K Test to Stay Pilot Expands

Over the last few weeks, we have been utilizing a test-to-stay protocol for a limited number of positive cases in classrooms with our youngest learners who are not yet eligible for the life-saving vaccine. Beginning this week, if any positive COVID-19 case is reported in a Pre-K classroom, all students in that classroom will be required to participate in the test-to-stay pilot.

Through a mix of at-home and in-school testing, Pre-K students will be tested at least two times within a week should there be a positive case reported in their classroom.

The test-to-stay pilot program is designed to keep our youngest learners safely in the class with rigorous testing and limit the disruption that classroom closures have on families. However, there may be times when operational impacts may require a class to transition to virtual learning for a period.

As a reminder, all students who are fully vaccinated may continue to attend school in person if they are identified as a close contact. We encourage all eligible students to get vaccinated as best way to avoid serious illness and to be able to continue to attend school in-person.

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Safe Return for February Break

Building upon the successful required testing program following winter break, we will implement mandatory COVID-19 testing following the February break. Schools will be closed for February break from Monday, February 21 to Friday, February 25. All students and staff will be required to upload proof of a negative COVID-19 test result prior to returning to school on Monday, February 28. Test kits will be sent home with students and staff and test results will need to be uploaded by 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 27 at
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Dear Parents and Families:

We’re excited to invite you to our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. Hosted by our staff, this event is an opportunity for students of all ages to build their home libraries and further their love of reading. As always, all purchases benefit our school.

After missing out on many beloved traditions, our spring Book Fair will be a familiar, welcome, and safe event for our students. Here’s what you need to know about the Fair, which will take place from March 14-18, 2022. There will be opportunities for classes to visit the Book Fair during the school day as well as for families to shop after the school day.

Our Book Fair offers eWallet, a safe and secure alternative to cash. Simply create a free account to add funds and/or invite family and friends to contribute so your child can select their own books. Any unused funds can be spent at The Scholastic Store Online or to fund a future eWallet.

If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair March 14-27, 2022. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping:

We’re excited to celebrate our love of books together at the Book Fair. We look forward to seeing your child there!

Happy reading,

Mitchell Brunson


J.O. Wilson ES

Ready to help PTA with the May 13 J.O. Wilson Auction?

Come to the meeting Tuesday, February 15, at 6 pm to learn about the many ways you can be involved in planning the Cardinal Auction!

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Audience and Spectator Guidance

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For any DCPS athletic event, arts performance, or student showcase, it is important we balance maintaining social distancing guidelines and wanting our students to enjoy the support of having their families and community in attendance at special moments.

At this time, student participants will be able to have two spectators at each event. Athletic directors or event organizers will provide parents with information on how to access tickets or attendance lists as needed.