Principal's Message Mar 28- April 1

Dear Peabody and Watkins community,

Thank you to all of the folks that came out to our equity session last night. I'm so proud of our caregiver facilitators who did an excellent job creating space for others to share, be vulnerable and process incidents of harm that they've experienced. We ended the night on a hopeful note - hope in our ability to work together, to create spaces for conversation, and ultimately build and rebuild relationships.

Our Community Wide Equity Audit has always had two purposes: 1) to build community and align on a shared vision of equity and 2) to develop concrete recommendations for change to bring about a more inclusive experience for community members. As this school year and equity work has developed, it's become clear that what's needed is an emphasis on the first objective. Participants in future meetings can always expect to talk about their experiences in service of building community. We sought feedback from participants last night will be enthusiastically incorporating their wisdom in our future sessions. New participants are always welcome! Stay tuned for more info on our next session.

There was even a call to action that I want to amplify to all in our community: Meet someone new! Caregivers, introduce yourself to someone new - a staff member or another caregiver. Share something about yourself, about your child, and just try to connect. Will you answer the call?

Both Schools

Key Dates

  • March 31 - Embassy Adoption Program
  • April 1- Enrollment season starts
  • April 5 - LSAT, 7pm
  • April 7 - King Bullfrog Party at Peabody, 6pm
  • April 11- 15 - Spring Break
  • April 18 - PD/Records day. No school for students
  • April 20-21 - DC Science Test for 5th graders
  • April 22 - Cluster Auction
  • April 26-28 - PARCC for 3rd and 5th graders - Math
  • May 3-4 - PARCC for 3rd and 5th graders - ELA
  • May 10-12 PARCC for 4th graders - Math
  • May 17-18 - PARCC for 4th grades - ELA

April 19 the PARCC window is open. Yes, PARCC is back for 3-5 graders for ELA and Math state summative assessments. 5th graders will also take the DC Science assessment. Testing will be complete before Memorial Day. Our test plan was approved and will be sent to OSSE ahead of schedule!

    Asymptomatic Student Testing Schedule!

    Every Friday: Asymptomatic COVID testing for students.

    9:15 for Watkins

    9:15 for Peabody (Kindergarten only - PK students all test at home weekly)


Save the Date: 2022 Cluster Auction & Party

The 2022 Cluster Auction & Party is on Friday, April 22nd from 8pm-10pm at TheBrig, an outside venue on Capitol Hill. Follow the links to buy tickets, donate an item or become a Cluster Star sponsor. If you can’t attend the Party and still want to take part in the Auction, you can sign up as a remote bidder. Get excited to party under the stars – with friends new and old – while raising critical funds for Peabody, Watkins and Stuart-Hobson!

Have a question or idea? Reach out to Kristi Lowe and Laura Odato, the 2022 Auction Chairs.

PTA Dates This Spring:

  • Friday, April 22 - Auction and Party!
  • Sunday, May 15 - 41st Annual Capitol Hill Classic!
  • Monday, May 23 - Final PTA General Meeting on Zoom (8:00pm)

Caregiver Panorama Feedback Survey

DCPS has a vision that every student feels loved, challenged, and prepared to positively influence society and thrive in life.

Your voice is important in making sure that this vision is becoming a reality for every one of our students.

The family survey is critical in providing feedback to DCPS Central Office and your child’s school leadership.

Make your voice heard here.



Reminder that Athletes must be cleared or have submitted paperwork for clearance to attend practices. Please reach out to Coach Drakeford to get the status of your child's eligibility. Once cleared you will be added to the GroupMe, which is where we will communicate moving forward.

Following link must be completed with an up-to-date UHC/Physical Form uploaded:


Practice will begin Tuesday April 5. Full schedule will be shared directly with team players.


  • April 21: Scrimmage- Location and time to be determined

All games will start at 4pm

  • May 3 at Watkins ES
  • May 5 at Staton ES
  • May 10 at Watkins ES
  • May 12 at Watkins ES
  • May 17 at Watkins ES
  • May 19 at Watkins ES
  • May 26 at Watkins ES
  • June 2 at Watkins ES


Every practice will take place from 3:45- 4:45pm

  • Interest Meeting/1st Practice: Wednesday March 30
  • 2nd Practice: Thursday March 31
  • 3rd Practice: Tuesday April 5
  • 4th Practice: Wednesday April 6

SOCCER & TRACK TEAM SIGN-UPS- For 4th and 5th Grade Only!

Soccer and Track Season is upon us! The Soccer Team is co-ed and there will be separate Track teams for girls and boys. Only 4th and 5th Graders are eligible to participate. Practice Schedules and Tryout Dates are TBD.

Eligibility for Participation:

Parents must complete this form which requires for you to upload your child's UHC form or physical. If this form is not uploaded with the packet, your child will not to cleared to try-out.

Contact Coach Drakeford at with any questions regarding the eligibility and clearance process.


Coach: TBD


Girls Coach: Coach Harvey (

Boys Coach: TBD

Track Meets:

  • 4/20 1pm @ Spingarn HS
  • 5/2 1pm @ Spingarn HS
  • 5/24 12pm @ Spingarn HS


Ready for Pre-K! Sessions Hosted By Dr. Traci Baxley 4/20

ECE families: please join the ECE Team for upcoming sessions of Ready for Pre-K! Hosted by Dr. Traci Baxley on April 20. Sessions with Dr. Braxley begin at 6:00, are free, and open to parents and caregivers of young children interested in raising anti-racist, compassionate, and justice-minded children. Families can register here.