Principal's Bulletin

Ross Elementary School November 29, 2021

Principal's Message

November 29, 2021

Week 5 of Term 2

Dear Ross Families,

I hope you had a wonderful, restful Thanksgiving celebrating with loved ones.

Our field is now filled with beautiful, fresh holiday trees. We hope to see you this weekend!

Ross Holiday Festival this Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM, Ross Playground

Celebrate the holiday season with Ross PTA at Ross playground this Saturday starting at 9AM. There will be holiday trees to purchase or to donate to families in need, yummy treats baked by Ross families, hot drinks, sandwich making for a DC charity and other fun activities for the kids.

What you can do:

Purchase your holiday tree or donate one to a family in need. If you purchase through our online store by December 3 you will receive a discount

Join our super crew of volunteers for one or more of the activities taking place

    • Tree sale! We need more people to sell and/or deliver trees on 4 and 5 of December. Here is where you can sign up:

    • Bake Sale! Wake up the avid baker within you and donate baked goods or take a shift at the bake sale table on December 4 to help sell baked goods. Volunteers get free hot drinks. Sign up here for donating baked goods or taking a shift.

    • Help with sandwich making (mainly for kids and adults with DCPS clearance) - sign-up form to come shortly.

Warm Regards,

Holly Searl, Principal

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.

Seeking Help: Open House Committee and EdFest

Many thanks to our Open House Committee for hosting our first virtual event of the season.

We are seeking volunteers for the virtual DC EDFest on Saturday, December 11 between 10:00am-1:00pm. Please consider volunteering for an hour on this day. Ross will have a virtual "booth" online and volunteers will greet visitors and share information about Ross.

If you are able to help out, please contact our Open House Chair, Shailee Adinolfi

W2EC December 2021 Meeting

Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 7PM on Zoom! Advance registration is required.

Ross parent, David Alpert, is the Chair of the Ward 2 EdCouncil.


1. Call to order (7:00)
2. Discussion with Chairman Mendelson (7:05-7:45)
3. Updates on new DCPS Budget model, Redistricting, DCPS librarians legislation (7:45-7:55)
5. Any other topics (7:55-8:00)

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.

Attendance Reminders & Travel Guidance

Please find the DCPS attendance policy attached.

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

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

Wednesday, December 1: Ward 2 Ed Council Meeting (virtual, register in advance, see above)

Saturday, December 4: Ross Super Saturday Holiday Tree Sale, Bake Sale and other activities

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

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

Monday, December 13: LSAT (virtual, link to follow)

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