Principal's Message February 14 -18

What a Week!

Dear Peabody and Watkins,


We have received our school budgets and thankfully they will allow us to retain our current staff. LSAT and school leadership are currently analyzing the budget and discussing the prioritization and continued implementation of our equity work and commitments to socioemotional learning and school-wide mental health.

Both Schools

Key Dates

  • Feb 15 - NEW DATE- Watkins Open House, 6pm VIRTUAL. (Details below)
  • Feb 17 - Watkins Black History Celebration, completely virtual (Details below)
  • Feb 28 - March 4 Peabody Black History Celebration, during school, virtual access
  • Feb 21- 25- Winter Break


    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)

UPDATE: upcoming open houses

Due to some connectivity issues during the Watkins Open house this week, we will be offering another opportunity for families to join us this upcoming Tuesday, Feb. 15 from 6pm- 7pm. Previously advertised March dates will remain the same. As a reminder all Open Houses will take place from 6pm- 7pm. No registration is needed.


Updated meeting link for Watkins Open House on Tues, Feb 15 from 6pm - 7pm: Click here to join the meeting


Remaining Open House Dates:


Watkins: Feb 15 (new date), March 16

Peabody: March 15



Staff and Caregivers:

please share this link to our Enrollment Page on our school website to any and all of the people in your networks.

STUDENT EXCUSE NOTES

Please be reminded that all student excuse notes, including doctor’s note should be provided to the main office or emailed to the below email addresses. This is crucial to ensuring that your child's attendance is accurate.


Watkins: WatkinsESenroll@k12.dc.gov/ Peabody: virginia.turner@k12.dc.gov

Spirit Week!

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Upcoming PTA COMMUNITY EVENTS AND MEETING DATES

Two of our biggest and most amazing PTA community events are coming back this spring and we need your help!


Our 2022 Spring Auction will be in April!


The auction planning team is actively planning the event, including a final date and outdoor location. Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey we sent out last week -- the feedback was amazing! If you are interested in volunteering, please email our 2022 Auction Chairs, Kristi Lowe and

Laura Odato. There is a place for everyone on the team! (ClusterAuctionChair@chcspta.org, laura.odato@gmail.com)


The Capitol Hill Classic is BACK -- please mark your calendars for Sunday, May 15th!


The CHC is truly one of the best community events on Capitol Hill but it takes a

huge amount of work to put together. If you would like to join the Capitol Hill Classic Team, please email Race Director Jason Levine or Lona Valmoro. (jason@queso.com, lvalmoro@yahoo.com)


PTA Dates This Spring:


  • Monday, March 7th - PTA March General Meeting on Zoom (8:00pm)
  • Sunday, March 20th - Kickball Tournament on the field at Stuart-Hobson (Price of admission -- canned/non-perishable item for our Cluster Food Drive!)
  • April Tbd - 2022 Spring Auction!
  • Sunday, May 15th - 41st Annual Capitol Hill Classic!
  • Monday, May 23rd - PTA May General Meeting on Zoom (8:00pm)

reminder: School-Based Close Contact COVID TEST REQUESTS

DCPS staff or students identified as a close contacts in a school based COVID case, can now request up to 2 test kits. The steps for requesting a Mail-to-Home COVID-19 Test Kit will be outlined in the guidance close contacts receive.

Quarantine or Testing Questions?

First try https://dcpsreopenstrong.com/


If you don't find your answer, caregivers can email CA-Emmanuel.Mcdaniel@k12.dc.gov, our contact tracer. Please include your school leaders on these emails.

Watkins

update: Black History Month Programming

Programming will be completely virtual and there will be no live presentations. Expressions of Joy as a Form of Resistance will be shared will the community later this week to be viewed at your own leisure.

A Mathtastic New Opportunity at Watkins!

Ms. Goedeke, our math coach, is thrilled to launch the Watkins Math Team for students in 4th and 5th grade every Wednesday morning before school, 8:00 to 8:40am, starting Wednesday, February 16th. We will meet weekly to solve, discuss and analyze non-routine math tasks. Most of these problems come from the Continental Math League competition, a national organization that creates challenging contests for students.


During our Math Team meeting, students can volunteer to share their strategies for solving each of the problems. We’d like to have as many students share as possible. Team mates then have an opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions of their teammates.


If you would like to participate in Math Team, please use the link below to RSVP.

http://evite.me/1AzDzP2y4a. The first twenty students who RSVP will receive a morning pass to report to the 3rd floor common space, and a copy of the first week’s tasks.


If you have additional questions about Math Team, please reach out to Ms. Goedeke: janice.goedeke@k12.dc.gov.

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Peabody

Update on Peabody’s Winter Reading Challenge

Peabody readers TOTALLY BLASTED OFF TO READ this winter and have reached our 5,000 book goal and are going for at least another thousand! Many thanks to all caregivers and staff who have supported this initiative and have helped light the fire of reading in our youngest learners! We are preparing for an awesome day of celebration on READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY on March 2nd!

MAKERSPACE COLLECTION UPDATE: Needing Papertowel Rolls only

Many thanks to all families who’ve been sending in small boxes and cardboard tubes. Our supply of boxes and short tubes is sufficient for now but paper towel tubes are still welcome! So appreciate your support! With huge appreciation, Ms. Bloom

Virtual Bedtime Stories with Ms. Bloom

As an extra bonus during our cozy Winter Reading Program, Ms. Bloom is reading bedtime stories virtually with any Peabody students who want to join from 7pm to 7:30pm on three more Wednesday evenings. The remaining dates are: Wednesday, February 16 and March 2! Let’s BLAST OFF TO READ TOGETHER!!!

The link to join is on the Peabody Library Canvas Page - just click on the black PJ's & Bedtime Story button OR use the link here.

Weekly PreK 3 and 4 Testing Requirement - Reminder

With many of our youngest learners ineligible to access the COVID-19 vaccine, DCPS is dedicating testing resources to weekly testing of all Pre-K students.


Students in PK3 and PK4 will be sent home with a rapid test each Friday, and will be required to upload their results each Sunday before returning to the classroom here: dcpsreopenstrong.com/testing.



Students will not be able to test at school. Students without a test result the first day of the week will have to return home to test.


Families should test and upload their results by 4:00 p.m.


Additional note: because tests must be taken the day prior to your student's return to school with results uploaded by 4:00 p.m. that day, if your child is not attending school on Monday, next week, they should not test and upload results on Sunday, but on the day before they return. This rule will apply to every week.


Kindergarten students will also be receiving weekly test kits and are highly encouraged to test each week. This is not a requirement. K students will still be randomly selected for weekly asymptomatic testing.