The John Lewis Express

Family Newsletter - November 11, 2022

Greetings John Lewis Families,

Please read below for important updates and upcoming events!

In partnership,

Principal Jackson


We will be hosting many exciting events during SY22-23! Please find below, our upcoming events calendar.

November and December 2022 Family Events Calendar

**Please note that all school events are subject to change, pending weather or revised COVID protocols

You may also find the DCPS SY22-23 Calendar below:

School Year 2022-2023 Calendar - English

School Year 2022-2023 Calendar - Spanish


As you may have heard, there was an unfortunate incident that took place recently involving DC Public Schools students from Murch Elementary who were traveling from a field trip on a chartered school bus. We are grateful that no one sustained serious injuries during this incident; however, DCPS takes this situation very seriously and is conducting a review of bus transportation providers to ensure student safety. This includes completing a thorough review of all school transportation vendors to ensure they are up to date on required paperwork and licenses.

The charter bus provider involved, Rome Charters, LLC, is not a provider with whom we had any future field trips scheduled; and we expect our upcoming field trips to proceed as scheduled. We will communicate with impacted classrooms, should there be a need to reschedule any upcoming field trips.

We will continue to be diligent when planning field experiences and, in addition to the review and approval of the field trip forms and documents during the planning and finalization processes, we will be instituting a "Day of" checklist which will now include a review of the driver's license of the bus driver(s) prior to departure to provide an additional layer to support student, staff, and chaperone safety. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Principal Jackson if you have any questions or concerns about field trips.

We look forward to continued field trips and the real-world learning experiences they provide for our students!


In addition to field trips and school-wide events and activities, we will also have opportunities for parents to engage in our classrooms throughout the school year (volunteering in the classroom, special projects, events, etc.).

Please reach out to your child's teacher about volunteer opportunities and ways in which you can support our classrooms!

All parents and family members who would like to volunteer must complete the DCPS Clearance process before volunteer services can be provided.

Please review the guidance below to complete this mandatory process. Please note, there is no cost associated with obtaining a background check.

  1. Complete the DCPS Clearance Application.
  2. Complete the TB Risk Assessment Screening, imbedded in the DCPS Clearance Application. If directed, based on the results of your TB Risk Assessment Screening, provide TB test or chest x-ray analysis results to the DCPS Clearance team at


Please reach out to our school nurse for any medication or health information regarding your student.

Nurse Ayesha Nagaiya Habib, BSN, RN

202-576-5287 (Health Suite)

202-576-6226 (Main Number)


Students are late after 9:00am. Students are expected to be at school and on time every day.

To minimize disruptions to instructional time, we ask all teachers to take attendance at 9:00am prior to the start of the instructional block. While we do our best to update the attendance in the main office for late arrivals, students who arrive more than 15 minutes tardy may at times be erroneously marked as absent if the absence is not changed to a tardy once the late student arrives.

Please notify the main office by calling us at 202-576-6226 or emailing Ms. Cruz if you receive an incorrect absence notification and we will update this.

As a reminder, student dismissal begins at 3:15pm and ends at 3:30pm. Students who are not registered for our afterschool programming must be picked up by 3:30pm.

Students who are being picked up for early dismissal must be picked up by 2:45pm. Students will not be dismissed between 2:45pm-3:15pm as they will be in transition.


Student Arrival

Students may enter our building at 8:40am. All students will enter the building through our Farragut Street entrance and will be directed to their grade-level lines upon arrival. Students are late for school after 9:00am.

Car riders will utilize our “Kiss and Ride” drop-off line on Farragut Street. John Lewis staff will be on-hand to support unloading students from cars in the “Kiss and Ride” line and to assist with traffic. There is no parking allowed in front of our building on Farragut Street. This space is reserved for student drop-off only. Please review the enclosed map.

Student Dismissal

Student dismissal begins at 3:15pm and students will be dismissed from assigned exits, based on their grade-level.

Pre-K: Farragut Street Exit

K – 1st Grades: Farragut Street exit

2nd - 5th Grades: Gallatin Street exit

If a student has a younger sibling, they should meet at the pick-up location of their younger sibling. All students must be picked up by no later than 3:30pm.

Early Pick-Up of Students

Our school hours for students are 8:40am – 3:15pm, Monday through Friday. We understand that Doctor's appointments and unforeseen circumstances may sometimes require that students be picked up early from school. Students being dismissed early must be picked up by 2:45pm. Students will not be dismissed between 2:45pm-3:15pm as teachers and staff are completing end of day activities and preparing students for dismissal during this time.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: As you know, dismissal is one of our busiest times of day. To help our staff keep your child and their classmates safe, please remember the following procedures for dismissal:

    1. The dismissal zones map outlines the areas around the school that are designated for parking, student loading, and no parking. Pay special attention to the area that is marked as “student loading”—if you are in this area you are expected to stay in your vehicle and only exit to help load your child into the car. Please review this map and share it with anyone else who regularly picks up your child from school. There is no parking allowed in front of our building on Farragut Street or Gallatin Street.
    2. Under no circumstances, should you double park in front of the school building to allow your child to get loaded into your car. Farragut Street is narrow, and cars that are double parked, even for just a few minutes, prevent cars in our quick pick-up line from being able to exit and create space for other vehicles and can create unsafe conditions for students and families.

Thank you for doing your part to help keep all students in our JLES family safe!


Before School Programming

Drop-off for JLES morning care is in the cafeteria on Gallatin Street, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Children will meet our morning care team and join their peer groups for activities. Students must be dropped off by 8:15am or they will have to enter the building at 8:40am with the rest of the students.

Our program is currently at capacity; however, you may sign up to be added to our waitlist and will be notified if a seat becomes available. If you are interested in registering for the program, please complete this link:

After School Programming

The after-school program hours are as follows:

Grades PK-K: 3:30-5:30pm

Grades 1-5: 3:30-5:50pm

Our building closes to students promptly at 6:00pm so that our custodial team can have ample time to clean and sanitize classrooms for the next school day.

Failure to pick up your students on time will result in students being removed from after school programming.


With the great weather, many families have been going to the playground after picking their child up at dismissal. As much as we love that students enjoy playing on the playground, the school grounds (including the playground and facilities in the school building, like bathrooms) are for school use only during the hours of 8:00am to 6:00pm. JLES has before- and after-school programs that use these facilities and, as I am sure you can understand given recent events, it is an issue of safety to have students not participating in afterschool programming on campus after they have been dismissed.


Our main office telephone number is 202-576-6226.

You may also email Principal Jackson and AP Bryant at:

You may find our full staff contacts here:

John Lewis Elementary Staff Directory - ENGLISH

John Lewis Elementary Staff Directory - SPANISH


We recommend that students do not bring cell phones or other electronics (tablets, gaming devices) to school. We realize, however, that there may be instances in which a student needs to have his/her cell phone before or after school (for communicating with family, etc.). We have created a fair cell phone policy, and we ask families to respect this and reinforce it at home. We also ask that parents DO NOT call or text their students during the school day. If you need to reach your child or if there is an emergency, please contact the main office.

The usage of cell phones is prohibited during school hours. In all grades, students may activate their cell phones before entering the school building and after leaving the school building. However, cell phones should be powered off as soon as students enter the school building and placed in backpacks prior to entering the building.

Students who violate this policy will have their phones taken and a parent will be called. An administrator will return the phone at the end of the school day. Multiple violations of this policy will require a parent or guardian to pick up the phone.


As a reminder, our PSCO is using the newest A to Z software to communicate about meetings, events, and other opportunities for students and families. You can access this software here: If you previously had an account on the older A to Z software, please be sure to use your same email address so that all of your information migrates over. If you are new to A to Z, you can just create an account.

Also, if you use Facebook, you can search "John Lewis ES PSCO Group” to join the PSCO Facebook group. Once a request is made, a current member of the group will approve the request. Please feel free to reach out to the PSCO if you have any questions.


We are excited to announce the launch of our school website! You can visit our website at:

Please also visit our school store at: to purchase all your John Lewis swag!!!!


Please find the breakfast and lunch menus below. Students are permitted to bring their own lunches if they prefer.

PK and K Breakfast Menu

Grades 1-5 Breakfast Menu

PK Lunch Menu

Grades K-5 Lunch Menu

*Given the nation-wide supply chain challenges, some menu items are subject to change.


Please find our John Lewis ES School Opening information and resources here.

“If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” - John Lewis