Principal's Message February 14 -18
What a Week!
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.
- 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
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
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
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.
update: Black History Month Programming
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: email@example.com.
Update on Peabody’s Winter Reading Challenge
MAKERSPACE COLLECTION UPDATE: Needing Papertowel Rolls only
Virtual Bedtime Stories with Ms. Bloom
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.