The Cardinal Connection

Week of May 24th

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:

May 30th: Memorial Day Holiday...No School for students and staff

Jun 2nd: J.O. Wilson "Girls Rock" Pretty in Pink 1:30 PM-3 PM

Jun 4th: JOW Pre-Schoolers Build an Eco Bench Event 9 AM @Sherwood Recreation Center

Jun 9th: Literacy Night 5 PM-6:30 PM

Jun 10th: Career Day 9:30 AM-11:30 AM (more detailed information is forthcoming)

Jun 16th: Field Day

Jun 17th: 5th Grade Skate Party

Jun 21st: 5th Grade Dance

Jun 22nd: 5th Grade Promotion

Jun 24th: Last Day of School for Students

Cardinal Auction Night Success!

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Cardinal Auction Night on Friday, May 13, was an enormous success! We had a great Cardinal Community turn-out, and we SOARed past our original goal of $15,000 all the way to $22,000! A huge thank you to all the businesses and individuals who generously donated items for auction. Because we hit our goal, our Cardinals get to celebrate with a PAJAMA DAY!

Thank you to our Cardinal-level sponsor, Treasury Department Federal Credit Union; our Gold-level sponsors, Jeanne Phil Meg Team at Compass Real Estate, Fulcrum Properties Group, National Capital Bank, Jenn Smira Team at Compass Real Estate; our Bronze-level sponsor, DC Access; and our drink sponsor Atlas Brew Works.

Finally, thank you to our community of bidders! With your support, the J.O. Wilson PTA is helping our scholars, teachers, and families SOAR!


J.O. Wilson PTA Board

Oh What A Night!

The Cardinal Drama Players along with The JOW Drama Committee would again like to thank all of our families and supporters for helping to make our spring musical of Aladdin a HUGE success! We can't say thank you enough for your patience, your time, and your sacrifices to make this dream become a reality for our school community. This is only the beginning as we prepare to grow the performing arts here at J.O. Wilson by leaps and bounds. It's only up from here. Thank you again!
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We Are In The Home Stretch With PARCC!

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Playground Keepers Needed

Want to help open and close the JO Wilson playground on weekends and holidays? The PTA is looking for additional volunteers to help! Email the PTA at if you are interested in helping out or fill out this google form

Girls ROCK! Pretty in Pink!

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Wanna Help JOW Pre-Schoolers Build An Ecobrick Bench?

A few preschool classrooms have been working together to reuse plastic waste in a very cool and innovative way! Over the last few months, we have been stuffing tennis ball cans with flimsy plastic. Now that we have a whole bunch, we are going to make a temporary installation of an eco brick bench on the Sherwood Rec Center Tennis Court. (We are working with DCPR on this.) Attached is the invite, but it's also linked here. We would welcome anyone who is interested to come and help us build it!
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Used Uniform Collection

Do you have uniforms that your kids have outgrown cluttering your closets? The PTA invites you to participate in the Uniform Donation and Swap program. Please kindly donate gently used J.O. Wilson uniforms in the large boxes at the school entrance. The PTA will host our annual Summer Playdate and Uniform Swap late this summer (stay tuned for the date). Please only donate uniform-compliant items. Please launder your items, and do not donate items with stains or tears. All proceeds will go to the PTA.

Parenting Resilient Children Workshop June 2

For more than 27 years, Inspired Teaching has helped teachers create classrooms where children thrive. Learn how to bring this approach into your home. This event is open to all families J.O. families, regardless of ward residency. Build social and emotional well-being using proven teaching techniques. Incorporate math, science, writing, reading, and social studies into your everyday activities. Foster fun and creative experiences without expensive materials.

This active and engaging workshop will begin with all attendees in the same "room" and then participants will be divided into Elementary and Secondary groups for activities geared to these age groups. Inspired Teaching's programs are known for being hands-on and interactive. We recommend participants come prepared to move and talk with fellow attendees. This is not a passive experience! All registrants will receive a copy of our "Resilient Summer Handbook" filled with the resources and ideas explored in this workshop.

June 2, 2022 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM


This FREE event is JUST FOR PARENTS/CAREGIVERS and is being offered in partnership with the Capitol Hill Community Foundation

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Literacy Night on June 9

*Save the date - Literacy Night will be June 9, 5:00-6:30 pm. Come out to our "Kick-Off to Summer Reading" Celebration - An outdoor event with literacy activities for all grades, books, prizes, and snacks. We’re looking for volunteers to help with the concessions stand - including set-up and break-down. Please sign up here.
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JOW's Career Fair Is June 10th

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School Calendar?

Remember to check out and sign-up for the school calendar, which has important upcoming dates like Literacy Night (June 9) and the next General Body PTA Meeting (June 14).

Field Day Is June 16!

*Save the date – Field Day is scheduled for Thursday, June 16, from 9:00-2:00. All students will get the chance to participate in fun activities. We’ll need parent volunteers to help facilitate the various stations. Stay tuned for more information and sign-ups!
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Do you qualify for discounted Amazon Prime membership?

Amazon offers discounted Prime memberships in some circumstances. If you are a college student or qualify for one of the 10 listed public assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or WIC, you can get Amazon Prime for significantly less, up to 50% off. Check here to see if you qualify for a discount: If you do have an Amazon account, select JO Wilson Es PTA as your favorite charity at, and all your Amazon orders through the site will help support our school.

Other ways to Support J.O. Wilson when you shop:

Harris Teeter: Link your VIC card to J.O. Wilson through Harris Teeter's Together in Education program. Give your cashier the code 1267 and your VIC card when you check out.

French Toast: When you order school uniforms through French Toast using the code QS5AIXF, 5 percent of all proceeds will be donated to the J.O. Wilson PTA.