Bears Bulletin

September 25th, 2020

A Message from Principal Jackson

Hello Miner Families,

I hope everyone is doing well and that you are settling in to virtual learning. I wanted to provide a few updates and announcements this week!

Thank you to all of the families who joined us for LSAT or the Admin town hall meeting this week. The feedback and support is greatly appreciated as we navigate this new way of learning.

Tomorrow the Mutual Aid Network will be hosting their September Community table event. The details are attached to the bottom of this newsletter. The event is from 3pm to 5pm on Saturday. Social distancing and masks are required. The PTO is hosting other activities tomorrow beginning at 11am.

Our 5th grade was accepted into the Embassy Adoption Program again this year! We have been paired with Sweden and cannot wait for the students to get to participate in events and learning opportunities.

After engaging with the staff and a number of families this week we are looking at some possible adjustments to the schedule. We will be sure to communicate those out before anything takes effect.

Next week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday we will be distributing Math Workbooks, ELA texts, and more school supplies to all of our K-5 Students. We will be here between 10am-2pm for distribution. We are still waiting to receive the ECE devices from DCPS. As soon as we have them we wll let families know right away.

If you need anything from the school, here are the best contacts to use:


Principal Jackson -

Ms. Offor -

Stay safe and let the school know if we can be of any assistance.


Principal Jackson

BACK TO SCHOOL 2020-2021

Virtual Learning Attendance

Students are required to attend virtual learning each day, Monday through Friday. Student attendance is tracked by logging into Canvas each day. Please make sure students log in between 6am and 11:59pm to receive credit for attending. The log in must be through CANVAS to ensure the attendance is captured daily.

District attendance requirements still exist. If your student is going to miss school, please let their teacher know and send a note to Ms. Joseph via email at

Medical and Dental Forms

Universal Health Certificates, Immunization Records, and Dental Forms are due on August 31st, 2020. Families who have not turned them in will continue to receive reminders consistently until we return to in person learning, at which point they will be mandatory and students will need to have them turned in prior to returning to school in person. If you have them completed, please email them to

Updates and Information

School Supplies

General school supplies were distributed but the we have more in the main office. Please feel free to stop by and pick them up Monday through Friday between 9am and 2pm.

Math resource books and ELA texts will be available for pick up in the next week along with headphones for student use during learning. Once they arrive we will let families know they are ready for pick up via the Remind App.


Student Assessments

Throughout the school tear, we will meet with students individually and in a group to do a brief progress check on their reading and math skills. These are informal, low-stakes assessments to see what each student has learned so far and what will still need to be taught. This information is invaluable to the teachers as they plan for future instruction. Students will be assessed during live sessions and possibly during independent times on Wednesdays. Testing sessions will be led by both the Instructional Coaches and homeroom teachers and require 20 to 60 minutes to complete. While cameras are allowed to be off during distance learning, they are required during testing.

Beginning of the Year (BOY) Assessments for all students in grades Kindergarten to Fifth grade will start this coming week. Students will participate in the following assessments, virtually between, September 14th - October 7th.

Grade Level


Kindergarten - DIBELS/TRC/i-Ready

First Grade - DIBLES/TRC/i-Ready

Second Grade - DIBELS/RI/i-Ready

Third - RI/i-Ready

Fourth - RI/i-Ready

Fifth - RI/i-Ready

How can you help?

As with daily virtual instruction, please try to find a quiet space in front of a desktop, laptop, or tablet for your child. Earbuds or headphones are helpful but not required. In keeping the integrity of the assessments, we need you to complete the below Honor Pledge. With this pledge, you promise to assist us in ensuring your student is ready for their assessment and that you, the authority figure, will not assist your student with answering questions on the assessment. However, it is ok to assist your student with any tech issues.

Honor Pledge

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Hayes at or Ms. Coles at

Feeding Site

As a reminder, Miner Elementary School is a feeding site for the community throughout the summer. Families can come in and pick up meals Mondays-Fridays from 10am-2pm.

Miner Gear - Back on Sale

Interested in a Miner T-shirt or lawn sign from the PTO? Please email for more detials! And remember, Miner gear counts as the daily uniform!

Pay online and pick up/delivery is contactless!

School Playground Access

Per the Mayors orders, the Miner ES K-5 Playground is accessible during the hours the school is open. Custodians open the playground by 8:30am and close it at 4:00pm. Entry is only available through the door on the parking lot side of the building. Please ensure you adhere to social distancing and safe play while using the facility.

DCPS Calendar for Next Year

DCPS has released a revised calendar for next year. It is attached at the bottom of the newsletter under Files and Documents as a PDF.

PTO October General Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 6th, 6pm

This is an online event.

Walk to School Day

Wednesday, Oct. 7th, 7:30am

This is an online event.

Detials for virtual walk to school day will be shared by the PTO in advance of the event.

Parent Teacher Conference Day - No School for Students

Friday, Oct. 9th, 8am-3:30pm

This is an online event.

Files and Documents

MES Feedback Form

Please feel free to use this to share anonymous feedback with the Miner Elementary School Administrative team.