Principal's Weekly Bulletin

Ross Elementary School March 5, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

Thank you for your recent engagement and attendance at LSAT meetings regarding FY22 budgeting. The staffing model for FY22 is below. It prioritizes maintaining the fidelity of our instructional program, providing professional staff to support small groups and 1:1, along with support for our teachers in terms of coaching, planning and professional development. We will continue to offer all related arts programming including World Language, which is no longer required at the elementary level. I am eager to see our schools reopen fully and safely for in-person learning and am confident that this budget will allow all Ross students to enjoy a rich and rigorous program addressing the whole child. I cannot wait for our students to experience programming in the new attic space.

Regarding Term 4, please note that two key factors will determine if additional students will be able to join existing in-person or CARE classes. We could offer additional seats to existing classrooms if DC Health and OSSE increase the number of students allowed in each cohort and if physical social distancing requirements are reduced. This would allow our physical classroom spaces to accommodate more students. Our Term 3 plan has been fully executed and we are at full capacity in our space. We do not have any additional instructional spaces that would allow any other kinds of expansion.

DCPS has started sharing guidance regarding Summer programming for recovery acceleration planning. Ross received $50K in stimulus funds to support recovery acceleration interventions during the summer and through the next school year. The funds are primarily meant to support students who are currently not meeting academic grade level expectations. An additional LSAT meeting has been scheduled for March 18 to discuss Summer planning and beyond.

LSAT: Thursday, March 18, 5:15pm

Click here to join the meeting

+1 202-539-1291,,812781769#

As a reminder, all information regarding DCPS Reopening, including school COVID case notifications and DC Coronavirus updates can be found at the following sites:

Wishing you continued good health,


Celebrating Black History Month

CHANGE in DATE: Our Black History Month Showcase has been rescheduled to March 17 to provide classes with additional time due to the recent weather closures. In the meantime, check out the BHM Choice Board created by Ross staff.

Panorama Surveys

The Panorama Student Survey for grades 3 and up opened online on Monday, February 22. Parents/guardians have the right to opt children out of the survey. If you are 18 or older, you can opt yourself out of the survey. Details and instructions are in our Notification and Opt-Out Letter. To review survey questions, get more information on the Panorama Surveys, or download the opt-out letter in other languages, visit The opt-out Form will remain open through March 5.

The Panorama Family Survey is also now open. You may complete the survey online between February 22 and March 19, 2021. The survey website works for computers, tablets, or smartphones and is available at

Your responses to this survey are both voluntary and confidential. To ensure your feedback stays anonymous, DCPS partnered with Panorama Education to hold and manage survey responses. Neither DCPS nor any school will be able to tie responses back to specific parents.

DCPS Family Cornerstones

DCPS is offering a new series of Family Cornerstones for all ages, elementary through high school offered by partners such as the Spy Museum, the Latino Student Fund and Imagination Stage. Check out Yoga Stories by Imagination Stage on March 25. Click this link for more information.

Key Dates

Key Dates

March 17: Black History Month Showcase (details will follow)

March 18: LSAT Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+1 202-539-1291,,812781769#

April 12-15: Spring Break

April 16: DC Emancipation Day Holiday