Bears Bulletin

October 9, 2020

A Message from Principal Jackson

Hello Miner Families,

Happy October! As most of you have heard, the Mayor announced this past Monday that DCPS elementary schools would be reopening in a limited capacity beginning in term 2 (November 9th).

While much of this information is new and still in the planning phase at this point in time, the initial plan is for each school to open one classroom per grade level for live instruction. The students would be selected for theses seats based on need preferences, including homeless status, special education needs, English Language Learner status, and at risk students. DCPS will be determining the students selected for each classroom and the school will only be opening classrooms at the grade levels in which there are teachers and staff willing and able to work those settings.

In addition, the district will open CARE classrooms to support students with virtual learning inside of the school building. Again, these classrooms will be opened based on availability of staff at an individual school location.

Lastly, virtual learning will remain an option for any and all families that choose that as the best plan for their students.

Once we know more about the number of rooms we will be opening and in which grade levels we will share that out with the school community. In addition, once we have a re-opening safety plan in place we will share it with the school community as well.

You can learn more about the DCPS released plan by visiting the below link:

DCPS Re-Open Strong

Remember that October is Anti-Bullying month. Please continue to reinforce this with your students. The school staff will also do so during morning meetings throughout the month.

Many grade levels will be adjusting their student schedules based on feedback from teachers and families. Please be on the look out for information from your homeroom teachers about the new schedule and the start date.

If you need anything from the school, here are the best contacts to use:


Principal Jackson -

Ms. Offor -

Stay safe and let the school know if we can be of any assistance.


Principal Jackson

BACK TO SCHOOL 2020-2021

Virtual Learning Attendance

Students are required to attend virtual learning each day, Monday through Friday. Student attendance is tracked by logging into Canvas each day. Please make sure students log in between 6am and 11:59pm to receive credit for attending. The log in must be through CANVAS to ensure the attendance is captured daily.

District attendance requirements still exist. If your student is going to miss school, please let their teacher know and send a note to Ms. Joseph via email at

Medical and Dental Forms

Universal Health Certificates, Immunization Records, and Dental Forms are due on August 31st, 2020. Families who have not turned them in will continue to receive reminders consistently until we return to in person learning, at which point they will be mandatory and students will need to have them turned in prior to returning to school in person. If you have them completed, please email them to

With DCPS announcing the return to in-person learning on November 9th it is critical that families get the above mentioned documents turned in to the school as soon as possible. Failure to have the forms will likely result in a family forfeiting the seat they are offered.

Updates and Information

School Supplies

General school supplies were distributed but the we have more in the main office. Please feel free to stop by and pick them up Tuesdays through Thursdays between 11am and 1pm.

Math resource books and ELA texts will be available for pick up in the next week along with headphones for student use during learning. Once they arrive we will let families know they are ready for pick up via the Remind App.


Feeding Site

As a reminder, Miner Elementary School is a feeding site for the community throughout the summer. Families can come in and pick up meals Mondays-Fridays from 10am-2pm.

Miner Gear - Back on Sale

Interested in a Miner T-shirt or lawn sign from the PTO? Please email for more detials! And remember, Miner gear counts as the daily uniform!

Pay online and pick up/delivery is contactless!

School Playground Access

Per the Mayors orders, the Miner ES K-5 Playground is accessible during the hours the school is open. Custodians open the playground by 8:30am and close it at 4:00pm. Entry is only available through the door on the parking lot side of the building. Please ensure you adhere to social distancing and safe play while using the facility.

DCPS Calendar for Next Year

DCPS has released a revised calendar for next year. It is attached at the bottom of the newsletter under Files and Documents as a PDF.

No School - Indigenous Peoples Day

Friday, Oct. 9th, 8am

This is an online event.

There will be no classes for students in observance of the holiday. The School will be closed.

LSAT Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 20th, 5pm

This is an online event.

LSAT Meeting is open to the public. Link will be shared once it is provided.

Admin Town Hall

Thursday, Oct. 29th, 5:30pm

This is an online event.

Join Principal Jackson and AP Lee for the monthly town hall at 5:30pm. The link to join is here below:

Join Admin Town Hall

Files and Documents

MES Feedback Form

Please feel free to use this to share anonymous feedback with the Miner Elementary School Administrative team.