The Cardinal Connection

Week of October 5th

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

Important Dates:

Oct. 4th: LSAT Meeting @ 4 PM

Oct. 6th: Walk to School Day

Oct. 6th: DCPS Testing in Schools Townhall @5 PM

Oct. 7th: Virtual Parent-Teacher Conference Day/No School for Students

Oct. 8th: Professional Development Day/No School for Students

Oct. 11th: Indigenous Peoples Day Holiday Observed/No School for Students or Staff

Oct. 12th: PTA General Body Meeting @ 6 PM

Oct. 19th: DCPS Parent University...Prepare Your Child for College: College Prep Resources and How to Get them! @5:30PM

Oct. 22nd: Fall Festival

Oct. 22nd: DCPS Creating Safe School Environments Townhall @5 PM

Oct. 26th: DCPS Parent University...The DCPS Journey to Become a Whole-Child Centered, Anti-Racist District @ 5:30 PM

Oct. 27th: Virtual Principal Chat @ 6 PM

Get involved with the PTA!

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Get involved with PTA! If you are looking for ways to become more engaged with our school community, the PTA is still looking to fill a few Board positions, including Assistant Treasurer, Fundraising Director, and Membership Director; as well as one Parent Representative to the Ward 6 Public Schools Parent Organization (W6PSPO). If you have any questions about the roles and responsibilities, please reach out to us (! Please complete the online nominations form by this Friday, Oct. 8th.

The next PTA General Body Meeting is Tuesday, October 12th at 6:00 PM. During this meeting, we will also be holding a special election for the vacant Board positions.

Please register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Upcoming DCPS COVID 19 Updates and Parent University Townhalls

Click this link to RSVP to DCPS COVID-19 Updates

Sept. 29 at 5PM Response Protocols... Oct. 6 at 5PM Testing in Schools... Oct. 20 at 5PM Creating Safe Schools

Click here to RSVP for Parent University Fall Sessions

Oct. 19 at 5:30 p.m. — Prepare Your Child for College: College Prep Resources and How to Get them!...Oct. 26 at 5:30 p.m. — The DCPS Journey to Become a Whole-Child Centered, Anti-Racist District

Save the Date for the Fall Festival - Friday, Oct. 22nd!

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Save the Date for the Fall Festival - Friday, Oct. 22nd! We will have pumpkin decorating and other fun activities for students and families. More details to follow! To pre-order your pumpkin(s), please complete and submit the online form by Friday, Oct. 15th.

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Did you know...

  • School attendance plays a major part in your child’s academic success.

  • Too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school and makes it harder to learn how

    to read.

  • Building good habits in prekindergarten/elementary school helps children learn right away that

    going to school on time, every day is important.

  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children

    catch up.

How you can help...

  • Ensure that all school-age children in your care are in school and on time daily.

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine

  • Layout clothes and pack lunches and backpacks the night before.

  • Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments or extended trips during school days.

  • Make backup plans for getting your child to school if something comes up

  • Avoid early dismissals as much as possible.

Communicate with us...

  • Talk to teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. Make sure teachers and school staff have

    your up-to-date contact information.

  • Ask for help from school officials, afterschool programs, other parents or community agencies if

    you’re having trouble getting your child to school.

Walk to School Day...Wednesday, October 6th!

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We (DCPS) want hear from you!

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Provide Feedback on the Proposed SY 23-26 Calendars

To enable future planning and, in alignment with DCMR regulations, DCPS will release the SY 23-26 calendars this upcoming winter. To support this process, the proposed calendars are available for public feedback at this link. Please use the link to view the proposed calendars as we want to ensure that our Cardinal families have the opportunity to shape our future calendars in DCPS.

Early Dismissal During The School Day and for After-Care

As a reminder, if you have to pick up students for an early dismissal, Please ensure that you do prior to 2:30 pm as the office gets extremely busy after this time. We ask that you please schedule appointments so that they do not conflict with your child's instructional day. Every instructional minute counts towards your cardinal's academic success.

For After-Care early dismissal, we kindly ask that parents please wait until 4:00 PM, as students are transitioning and getting settled into their after-care locations and staff persons are still settling the students in to start After-Care programming.

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is Back at JOW!

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The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)provides an opportunity to all K-5 students in participating schools to be introduced to a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day that they may otherwise may not be exposed to. These introductions have a direct impact on the student's diet, which positively impacts both their current and future health. Please see below for the menu for the month of October.
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