The Cardinal Connection

Week of September 29th

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

Important Dates:

Sept. 29th: DCPS COVID Case Response Protocols Townhall @ 5 PM

Sept. 30th: Virtual Back to School Night 6 PM-8 PM(More details forthcoming)

Oct. 1st: Family Movie Night...Gates open at 6 PM...The show starts at 7:30 PM

Oct. 4th: LSAT Meeting @ 4 PM

Oct. 6th: DCPS Testing in Schools Townhall @5 PM

Oct. 7th: Virtual Parent-Teacher Conference Day/No School for Students

Oct. 8th: Professional Development Day/No School for Students

Oct. 11th: Indigenous Peoples Day Holiday Observed/No School for Students or Staff

Oct. 12th: PTA General Body Meeting @ 6PM

Oct. 19th: DCPS Parent University...Prepare Your Child for College: College Prep Resources and How to Get them! @5:30PM

Oct. 22nd: DCPS Creating Safe School Environments Townhall @5 PM

Oct. 26th: DCPS Parent University...The DCPS Journey to Become a Whole-Child Centered, Anti-Racist District @ 5:30PM

Oct. 27th: Virtual Principal Chat @ 6PM

Virtual Back to School Night...Thursday, Sept. 30th @6PM

By now your student's classroom teacher should have provided you with a link to join his/her class for Back to Schol Night. If not, don't fret, we have you covered. A separate Cardinal Connection Express will be sent to families as well as an email via BlackBoard that will have all of the links with our teacher's name so that you can easily connect and join.

Opening remarks will be shown here on the JOW Cardinal Youtube Channel at 6 PM and the teacher's presentations will start at 6:30 PM via TEAMS. There will be three rotations (6:30 PM, 7:00 PM, and 7:30 PM) of Back to School Night presentations so that families will be able to join different classes as needed.

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Family Movie Night Is Happening This Friday, October 1st!

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Our family movie night has been moved to October 1st and we need your help to make this event a success! To help with movie night, please use the volunteer sign-up link at Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

**Gates will open at 6:00 PM, and show times start at 7:30 PM.**

DCPS COVID-19 Protocol Updates... Upcoming Telephone Town halls and Parent University

Cardinal Families,

In the coming weeks, there are several events for families to help you stay informed on what’s happening at DC Public Schools and stay engaged in your student’s learning. From a new year of Parent University to town halls on a variety of topics, we hope you can join us.

Health & Safety Town Halls: The health, safety, and well-being of our staff, students, and families is our top priority, and we look forward to hearing from you at upcoming town halls. Learn more and RSVP at

  • September 29 at 5:00 p.m. — COVID Case Response Protocols

  • October 6 at 5:00 p.m. — Testing in Schools

  • October 20 at 5:00 p.m. — Creating Safe School Environments

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Click this link to RSVP to DCPS COVID-19 Updates

Sept. 29 at 5PM Response Protocols... Oct. 6 at 5PM Testing in Schools... Oct. 20 at 5PM Creating Safe Schools

DCPS Parent University

Parent University

Learn more and RSVP at Servicio de interpretación en español disponible para todas las sesiones.

  • October 19 at 5:30 p.m. — Prepare Your Child for College: College Prep Resources and How to Get them!

  • October 26 at 5:30 p.m. — The DCPS Journey to Become a Whole-Child Centered, Anti-Racist District

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Click here to RSVP for Parent University Fall Sessions

Oct. 19 at 5:30 p.m. — Prepare Your Child for College: College Prep Resources and How to Get them!...Oct. 26 at 5:30 p.m. — The DCPS Journey to Become a Whole-Child Centered, Anti-Racist District

Fall is here and the weather is changing!

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As the seasons change and the weather gets cooler we start to pull out our winter and fall jackets and coats. For many families, winter clothing is a major expense for children. With this being said we encourage families to label their student's winter clothing to help alleviate the concerns and money involved with replacing misplaced and lost items. One main benefit to labeling your child's winter clothing is that it makes it easier for them to pick out and identify their jackets, hats, boots, gloves, etc. that at times go lost or end up in the lost and found. Many of our students have the exact same clothing items so placing a label in a hidden place in the clothing item helps to alleviate and resolve concerns around who the item belongs to. A label also reduces the chances of a student coming home wearing another kid's clothing item.