Principal's Bulletin

Ross Elementary School December 6, 2021

Principal's Message

December 6, 2021

Week 6 of Term 2


Dear Ross Families,


Thank you to our amazing volunteers who helped make Saturday's Holiday Festival such a joyful and successful event.


December 6-10 is Inclusive Schools Week. The purpose of the week is to celebrate the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference, and other factors.

Suggested Read Aloud: I Am Not a Label by Cerrie Burnell, available at public library.


DCPS surveys elementary students in Grades 3-5 to assess their Social-Emotional learning and feelings of being loved, challenged and prepared in school, which helps inform information about our inclusive nature. Our Fall 2021 survey results indicate a 97% student satisfaction rate, up 1% from last Spring.


Thank you to all families who shared photos and descriptions with Ms. Emminger of how our diverse community celebrates holidays this time of year. Please enjoy the photos linked here Ms. Cirillo and Ms. Emminger have created a wonderful display for students and staff.


Warm Regards,

Holly Searl, Principal

holly.searl@k12.dc.gov

MySchoolDC Lottery

The MySchoolDC city-wide lottery opens Monday, December 13.

The lottery is for all PK spots in DCPS and most charters as well as for families seeking to attend a school outside of their assigned neighborhood school. Current Ross students DO NOT need to apply to the lottery to remain at Ross for the 22.23 school year. All current Grade 5 students feed into Franics-Stevens MS and Cardozo EC in addition to your assigned MS based on your home address. Families who want a different MS match must apply to the MySchoolDC lottery.

Coffee and Conversation Wednesday, December 8

Join SBOE Ward 2 Rep Alistair Chang, Community Action Team member Bijan Verlin and Ward 2 EdCouncil Chair (and Ross parent) David Alpert for coffee and conversation at drop-off this Wednesday on the front sidewalk.

Freed Photo: Make-Up Pictures

Make-up photos are now available for online viewing and purchasing.


To view the galleries, go to FREEDPICS.ONLINE

Enter the password: ROSSES21ST

Contact Freed Photo with questions:

Spelling Bee

Ms. Juriga will be conducting the class Spelling Bees for Grades 2-5 before Winter Break.

All students will participate.

Questions? lisa.juriga@k12.dc.gov

FY23 Budget Information

DCPS is updating the budget model that determines how funding is allocated to schools.

You can find a recording of a recent community engagement session on DCPS' YouTube page here. You are also welcome to join upcoming Ross LSAT meetings which are open to our entire school community. The next meeting is Monday, December 13 at 7:00pm. Link will be shared in next week's bulletin.

School Year 22.23 Enrollment

The FY23 budget cycle, which includes enrollment projections, is now in full swing. If your plans do not include returning to Ross next year for K-5, please email Principal Searl.

If you are applying out to private school, please note that recommendations are sent directly to the receiving institution and not provided to parents. All records requests can be sent to Mr. Salazar. farley.salazar@k12.dc.gov

Attendance Reminders & Travel Guidance

Please find the DCPS attendance policy attached.

Include Mr. Salazar on any communications regarding absence/tardy notices.

Farley.salazar@k12.dc.gov

Family travel is not excused per DCPS policy.

The Mayor's travel guidance does not require quarantine or testing after travel out of DMV, but it is recommended.

Key Dates

December 6-10: Inclusive Schools Week

Wednesday, December 8: Coffee and Conversation on front sidewalk (see above for details)

Thursday, December 9: PTA General Body Meeting (virtual, link to follow)

Saturday, December 11: EDFest Virtual School Fair (seeking parent volunteers)

Monday, December 13: MySchoolDC lottery opens; LSAT (virtual, link to follow)

Wednesday, December 15: Francis-Stevens MS Open House (virtual, visit https://www.swwfs.org/ to join)

Monday, December 20: Spirit Day, wear your Ross sportswear or green/white

Tuesday, December 21: Spirit Day, Wacky Day, mix and match

Wednesday, December 22: Spirit Day, Pajama Day, wear pajamas and bring a small stuffed animal