The Cardinal Connection

Week of September 7th

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. 14th: PTA Virtual General Body Meeting@6PM

Sept: 15th: Parent Sip and Go 8 AM-9 AM

Sept: 17th: PTA Family Movie Night on the Field

Sept. 22nd: Virtual Principal Chit Chat 6 PM...Gates to the playground open @6PM...Showtime starts at 7:30PM

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

Oct. 7th: 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

September Kicks off National Attendance Awareness Month!

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What is chronic absenteeism?

Chronic absenteeism means missing too much school—for any reason—excused or unexcused. Experts and a growing number of states define chronic absenteeism as missing 10% (or around 18 days) during a school year).


**Please watch the short video clip below that helps sum up why school attendance is so important.**

The Importance of School Attendance

No Shots, No School!

Immunization Reminder: While the COVID-19 vaccine is not required for students, all DCPS students must submit their immunization records no later than 20 school days from the first day of school, or they will not be able to attend until records are received. Families can go to vaccinate.dc.gov to sign up to schedule appointments online to receive their required immunizations at pop-up clinics throughout the District. Families are still encouraged to call their child’s doctor now to schedule an appointment for their vaccines and annual physicals.


Need to Make Immunization Appointments:

Through the end of September, pop-up immunization and COVID-19 vaccine clinics will be open at DCPS buildings throughout the city. These sites are free to all DC residents, and families are asked to make an appointment in advance for pediatric immunizations by visiting vaccinate.dc.gov or calling 1-855-363-0333. Hours vary by school location, and you can see a full list at https://dcpsreopenstrong.com/vaccines.

Join us for the J.O. Wilson PTA General Body Meeting

The J.O. Wilson PTA is excited to announce the first PTA General Body Meeting of the school year. This meeting will take place virtually on Tuesday, September 14th. Please come out and learn more about the PTA and ways that you can get involved to support the J.O. Wilson school community. All are welcome and encouraged to join. Please use the link below to register and connect.


Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqc-mrqDwrGtD7e9qNlg27TBht7yEEYJHr

Reminder: Please No, Double Parking During Arrival and/or Dismissal

We want to thank all of the parents that have helped us to improve the flow traffic during both arrival and dismissal as we have seen a great deal of progress in this process. As stated earlier, we are learning as we go and will make needed adjustments accordingly. Please see below for a few important reminders regarding arrival and dismissal.


  • There should be no double parking on K Street at any time.
  • During morning arrival, we strongly encourage families to utilize the spaces marked off with orange cones as a "Kiss and Go". Meaning you pull in the coned area let the student out on the passenger side of the car and pull off once the student is completely out of the car and on the sidewalk. Please be mindful that our school buses will use this area in the mornings as well to drop students off.
  • If you need to come to the table that we have out front, please park in an authorized parking space. PLEASE DO NOT DOUBLE PARK at any time.

Please Return School Issued Devices and Technology...

Thank you to all families who have returned school-issued devices to date. As a reminder, we are asking all families to please have students return their DCPS issued devices and chargers to school. This is extremely important as we will be updating student technology to ensure that our Cardindlas have the most recent versions and are able to connect properly when needed. All devices will be reissued back to our students in the coming weeks once our updates have been complete. Thanks in advance.

Parent Sip and Go...Wednesday, September 15th

The J.O. Wilson Wellness Team cordially invites you to join us on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, from 8 AM-9 AM as we celebrate, say thanks, and just show appreciation to our families. Please come out and enjoy breakfast beverages and snacks as we celebrate you. Masked will be required and we will be practicing safe social distancing.
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