The Cardinal Connection

Week of April 13th

At J.O. Wilson Elementary School, we are SOARing to success every day in every way by creating an environment in which joy, pride, positive interactions, and growth mindsets lead students to comfort in taking risks, self-advocating, and facing adversity.

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Important Dates:

Apr. 11th-18th: SPRING BREAK

Apr. 18th: Students are to complete Covid Rapid Test and upload results by 9 PM (Instructions: How to upload your results)

Apr. 19th-Apr. 22nd: PARCC SPIRIT WEEK (see graphic below)

Apr. 19th: Students' first day back from Spring Break

Apr. 19th: Spring Picture Day (see below for more information)

Arr. 23rd: JOW New Families Play Date and Enrollment Saturday Event

Apr. 28th: Family Game Night

May 13: J.O. Cardinal Auction Fundraiser

May 20th: The Cardinal Drama Players Presents..."Disney's Aladdin Jr." @7PM

May 21st: The Cardinal Drama Players Presents..."Disney's Aladdin Jr." @1PM and 5PM

DCPS Mandatory Test-to- Return Policy!

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DCPS Families Will Need To:

1. Receive A Test Kit From Your School.

Test kits will be distributed on or before Friday, April 8. Check your student’s backpack for the COVID-19 test kit provided to them. If your student will not be in school on Friday, April 8, please contact your school to pick up a test kit, or visit a District COVID Center or a Rapid Test Pickup site to receive one

2. Take A Rapid Test.

On Monday, April 18, take the easy to use, at-home test and follow the instructions provided. Families may choose to utilize their own testing option, but tests administered before April 18 will not be accepted. Each COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test kit includes two COVID-19 tests. Families are encouraged to administer the second test 36 hours later, per the test kit instructions, but only one negative test is required to return to school.

3. Upload Your Test Results.

Provide proof of your test results by Monday, April 18 at 9:00 p.m. A button will be available at the top of this page. (Instructions: How to upload your results | Español | 中文 | አማርኛ )

If your student tests positive, follow all isolation guidance from DC Health and your child’s healthcare provider. Individuals who test positive on a COVID-19 test cannot report for in-person activities and should remain at home during their isolation period. This includes students who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Check out our FAQ to understand the length of your student’s isolation period.

4. Return To Class On April 19

Please note that students will not be permitted to attend school until they provide proof of a negative test result following Spring Break. If a student arrives at school without completing a test, families will be provided with a test kit to administer. Unaccompanied students will be tested on-site by trained medical professionals but may face a lengthy wait outside before starting the school day. If you choose to opt your child out of rapid antigen tests administered on-site at school by using this form your child must quarantine for 10 days and cannot attend school during this time.

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The Cardinal Drama Players Presents..."Disney's Aladdin Jr."

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Spring School Pictures...Tuesday, April 19th

Cardinal Families,

School pictures are set for this coming Tuesday, April 19th. Order information and forms were sent home last week to families with students. If you didn't get a form, no worries. Picture orders can be handled online (Please see below) and students are not required to wear school uniforms. ALL PICTURES WILL BE INDIVIDUAL SHOTS ONLY as there will be no class pictures taken due to COVID protocols. You can order quicker online by visiting with your student's school id number or picture ID number: EVTC662H9

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Extended Office Hours To Support Enrollment

Extended Office Hours To Support Enrollment:

During enrollment season, Ms. Stepehnson will have extended office hours to help support families get enrolled for the upcoming school year. Every Monday- Thursday until May 1st Ms. Stephenson will keep the office open until 7 PM to support families with enrollment.

**During Spring Break the office will remain open until 7 PM on Tuesday, April 12, Wednesday, April 13, and Thursday, April 14th only. **

Please call Ms. Stephenson at 202-698-4733 or email her at with any questions as it relates.


  • All students enrolled by April 23rd will be entered in a drawing for an opportunity to win a bike, a scooter, 5 tickets to a Nats game, movie passes, board games, over-the-door basketball hoops, and more.
  • To assist in hitting our enrollment marks we have INCENTIVIZED enrollment by five grade bands: PK3-PK4, K-2nd, 3rd-4th, SPED self-contained and IPL classes.
  • The first class by grade band to reach 90% of all students enrolled will win an ICE CREAM party and PIZZA PARTY here at JOW and that teacher will win an additional GOLDEN GOOSE AWARD.

IT'S PARCC Spirt Week at JOW APRIL 19th to APRIL 22nd!

Our students in grades 3rd-5th have been working extremely hard all year in the classroom and are now getting ready to embark on taking the PARCC test. Here at JOW, we are going to celebrate, motivate, and encourage our students by having a PARCC Spirit Week from April 19th to April 22nd to let our students know that we believe in them and support them as they prepare to Knock It Out Of The Parcc! Please see the graphic below for more information and we hope to see ALL of our cardinals participating.
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Labyrinth Family Game Night! Thursday, April 28th

Looking for a fun, exciting, kid and family-friendly event? Well, you don't want to miss the J.O. Wilson PTA's annual Family Game Night. This annual event returns in person on Thursday, April 28, from 5 PM to 6:30 PM. and will take place outdoors on the blacktop. Come out and have fun with kids as we play so many different games and puzzles and enjoy snacks and prizes! COME ON OUT, WE PROMISE, IT'LL BE SO MUCH FUN!
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