The Cardinal Connection

Week of March 8th, 2022

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:

Mar. 8th: Virtual PTA General Body Meeting (see information below to join)

Mar. 9th: Elementary Acceleration Program Registration Opens @ 9 AM (click here for Registration for the program )

Mar. 9th: Ward 6 Public School Parent Organization (W6PSPO) virtual Middle School Principal Panel @7:30PM

Mar. 10th: Cardinal Auction planning meeting @6:00 PM

Mar. 10th: Virtual Parent-Teacher Conference (No school for students)

Mar. 11th: Professional Development Day for Staff (No school for students)

Mar. 11th: Please Complete Panorama Survey and Behavioral Health Survey

Mar. 14th--18th: Scholastic Book Fair in the Parent Center (Families invited 4 pm-6 pm)

Mar. 14th-27th: Scholastic Book FairOnline at

Mar. 30th: Virtual Principal Chit Chat @6PM

Learn this Summer with DCPS — Elementary Acceleration Program Registration Opens this Week

This summer, DCPS invites all students currently in grades PK4 to 4th to be part of our Elementary Summer Acceleration program. This five-week program will take place on weekdays from July 5 to August 5 and offer a full-day of learning, fun, and friendship. Registration for the program will open on Wednesday, March 9 at 9:00 a.m. Space is limited, and families will be directed to the school in their assigned neighborhood feeder pattern when registering online.

Elementary Summer Acceleration is a unique opportunity for students to engage in fun summer activities — games, crafts, and more — while also participating in hands-on, enriching academic instruction. Students who participated in Summer Acceleration last year formed new friendships, strengthened their literacy and math skills, and had fun learning and growing with their peers

Last Day of School Date Change!

Since DCPS closed schools due to inclement weather for two days earlier this year, the school year has now been extended for students through Monday, June 27. This will ensure DCPS offers 180 instructional days. Teachers and staff will report for Records Day/Professional Development on Tuesday, June 28. Should additional closures become necessary, we will communicate additional calendar updates.

JO Wilson PTA Virtual General Body Meeting – Tuesday, March 8th at 6:00 PM

JO Wilson PTA Virtual General Body Meeting – Tuesday, March 8th at 6:00 PM

Please register in advance for this meeting:

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

Ward 6 Public School Parent Organization (W6PSPO) virtual Middle School Principal Panel

Ward 6 Public School Parent Organization (W6PSPO) virtual Middle School Principal Panel Discussion – Wednesday, March 9th at 7:30 pm.

Principals Greg Dohmann (Jefferson Middle School Academy), Marlene Magrino (Eliot-Hine Middle School), Erik Fraser (Stuart-Hobson Middle School), and Kim Adutwum (Capitol Hill Montessori@Logan) will share their ideas on what makes a good middle school, how their schools help all students reach their highest potential, what extracurricular activities they offer, and more. Denise Forte, the interim CEO of the Education Trust, will be the moderator.

You can register for the Middle School Principal Panel Discussion at

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Scholastic Book Fair – March 14th – 18th (in-person) and March 14th- 27th (on-line_

Thanks to those who have already signed-up to help! We are still looking for volunteers for Wednesday (3/16) – Friday (3/18), after school, from 3:45 – 5:00, and from 5:00 – 6:15. Volunteers will assist students and families, organize books, and help with cashier/checking out. Sign-up here!

**Since this will be held indoors, all volunteers will need to submit proof of vaccination and negative COVID test results the night before their scheduled shift.**

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Did You Know???

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) helps low-income households pay for broadband service and internet-connected devices.

You might be able to get a discount on your Internet bill if your service provider is part of a new federal program offering discounts. People can qualify based on income or participation in programs like SNAP or Medicaid. Here’s a how-to guide for applying online:

Check whether you qualify here:

Free Kid-size KN95 masks are now available!

Free Kid-size KN95 masks are now available, along with adult-size KN95 masks and rapid test kits, at D.C. COVID centers in every ward. You can also get free vaccinations and booster doses. Bring your D.C. license or other paperwork showing D.C. residency. Learn about hours and locations for the COVID centers here:

Save the Date for Cardinal Auction Night – Friday, May 13th!

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Save the Date for Cardinal Auction Night – Friday, May 13th! This is the biggest fundraiser of the year, and we need your help! Assist the planning committee with soliciting donations from local businesses, updating information for the website, and party planning. We will also need on-site volunteers the evening of Friday, May 13th to help the event run smoothly. Please reach out to the PTA ( to get involved.

Our next planning meeting will be Thursday, March 10th at 6:00 PM. All are welcome! Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 861 4709 7368

Passcode: 422104

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