Principal's Message November 15-19

What a Week!

Thank you to all of the current and past service members of our military. And to the families that support those service members. We are all grateful for your service and contribution to our country.

Both Schools

Key Dates

  • Nov 15 and 16 basketball tryouts for 4th and 5th graders. Read more here.
  • Nov 19 - Peabody Family Night (details below)
  • Nov 24-26 Thanksgiving Holiday!

New Asymptomatic Student Testing Schedule!

Every Friday: Asymptomatic COVID testing for students.

9:15 for Watkins

9:15 for Peabody

Year 2 With Kindred - Advancing Equity at our Schools - Partners Wanted!

Are you interested in advancing equity at Peabody and Watkins? New Kindred dialogue groups launching soon!

The Cluster’s Partnership With Kindred: Kindred supports communities in collaborating toward the creation of an anti-racist and liberated society. The Cluster began partnering with Kindred last year to bring caregivers, staff, and leaders together to advance educational equity and racial justice in our community. This work took the form of two diverse dialogue groups and the ongoing development of an equity team. This year, our partnership will include three new dialogue groups to grow the community of caregivers and staff working together to cultivate a Cluster culture in which everyone experiences a sense of belonging and can thrive.

More About This Year’s Dialogue Groups: Recruitment has begun for two new caregiver dialogue groups and one new staff dialogue group. Over the course of ten sessions, participants will come together to build trusting relationships, examine their own and learn about each other's multifaceted identities and histories, and explore how racial inequity shows up in our society and our school community. After the dialogue experience, group members will join the Kindred Equity Team. This team was formed by members of last year’s dialogue group and represents a space for equity-driven collective action, as well as for continued community building and identity processing.

How To Get Involved: If you are interested in joining one of the dialogue groups, please reach out to Ryan Jones ( or Meredith Morelle ( from the Kindred team to schedule a one-on-one conversation and learn more about the dialogue process.


The Capitol Hill Cluster School PTA is excited to announce the Panther Fund, an annual fundraising campaign to support our students, teachers, staff, and families at Peabody, Watkins, and Stuart-Hobson! Between November 2nd and December 1st, the Panther Fund seeks to raise $50,000. Our goal is to replace the income from two fundraisers that had to be canceled due to COVID – the Renovators House Tour and the Mini Capitol Hill Classic. And while we are hopeful that our spring fundraisers – the Auction and the Capitol Hill Classic – will take place as planned, this fund will ensure that our school year’s fundraising goals are met. We are asking families to please consider donating $30, $50 or $100 per scholar. Donations will be accepted through our Panther Fund Greater Giving page:

PTA Sponsored SUNDAY NOVEMBER 21st -- SAVE THE DATE for Kickball

The PTA is working on a Community Event on Sunday November 21st from approximately 2:00pm-5:00pm.

More info coming soon!


In addition to our school-based weekly newsletters, we have parent list serves at each campus! The list serves are another source of information for parents, created by the Cluster PTA.

Please take a few moments to sign up for your school:

DCPS Curriculum Guides

Caregiver Curriculum Guides are now available for DCPS curriculum K-8. Read more about what our students are learning here.


Kitchen and Gas Update

Despite our best efforts, we don't have an update to share about our kitchen issue. Our cafe staff are unable to cook hot meals; consequently, cold breakfast and lunch will continue to be served until we are certain the gas issue is resolved. Here is the cold menu:

WIN Enrichments

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Watkins Library Clubs

We will be starting Library Clubs on November 10! These clubs will be from 7:30am - 8:10am. Please use the link to see the club offerings and to sign-up!

Library Club Flyer


Health Suite Progress

The Health Suite virtual inspection was held this week. There is one outstanding item needed to be completed by DGS. Once that issue is resolved, we will be able to schedule the in-person inspection and then have a nurse on site. We will keep you updated.

Peabody Family Night - Nov 19


No plans on Friday, 11/19?! We’ve got you covered! Join us for a FREE night of family fun featuring Hill-favorite band KING BULLFROG! 5:30-7:30PM on the Peabody blacktop and Playground. Pizza and drinks provided by the PTA. Bring a blanket, wear your favorite warm clothes and your dancing shoes!

*Each November/December, Peabody hosts a holiday drive, collecting sets of gloves/mittens and hats (youth/child size) to be donated to local families in need. Please consider bringing your donation on Friday night!*