The Cardinal Connection

Week of March 22nd, 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. 24th: Cardinal Auction Planning Meeting @6PM (see below to register)

Mar. 26th: JOW Family Garden Work Day 2:30 PM-5 PM

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


Apr. 5th: Virtual PTA Meeting@6 PM

Apr. 6th: Open House @10AM

Apr. 11th-18th: SPRING BREAK

Apr. 19th: Spring Picture Day (more information/details to connect are forthcoming)

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Mask Mandate Update: Nurse Health Suite and Health Isolation Rooms:

  • Mask Mandate Update: Nurse Health Suite and Health Isolation Rooms: As guided by DC Health, the mask mandate within schools was lifted on Wednesday, March 16. Please note that there is an exception: Within the Nurse Health Suite and the Health Isolation Room, masks will be required to be worn by both health personnel and any visitor to the health space. Masks will be provided upon entry to each space.

Free Kid-size KN95

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:

Scholastic Book Fair Continues Online through Sunday, March 27!

If you haven’t yet, click here ( to check out the JOW Scholastic Book Fair. Every purchase benefits J.O. Wilson. Help ensure that every student receives a book from the fair by purchasing titles from the Teacher Wish List. Also, thank you to those of you who volunteered at the in-person book fair. Your support helped to make it a success!

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:

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Family Garden Work Day - Saturday, March 26, from 2:30-5:00 p.m.

Join FoodCorps and our resident gardener, Kerinna Good, for a Family Garden Work Day on Saturday, March 26, from 2:30-5:00 p.m. RSVP here.

We will have many different options for tasks to help out, including:

  • Painting new garden signs

  • Mulching roadside flower beds

  • Cistern maintenance

  • Sanding and sealing wooden greenhouse platform in the side garden

  • Moving storage shed to the front garden

  • Installing plexiglass for an outdoor classroom in the side garden

  • Building new raised beds (tentative)

Shovels and other tools will be provided. Please bring your own gloves and wear appropriate gardening attire. Call or email Ms. Good for more details at 540-241-8764 or

J.O. Wilson PTA Virtual General Body Meeting – Tuesday, April 5, at 6:00 p.m.

(*Note that April’s PTA meeting is the first Tuesday of the month due to Spring Break.)

We are excited to welcome Principal Eric Fraser of Stuart-Hobson Middle School. Principal Fraser will provide a general overview of what families can expect as their students prepare for the transition to middle school.

Register in advance for this meeting:

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

New JO Wilson Playground Keepers Needed

Want to help open and close the JO Wilson playground on weekends and holidays? The PTA is looking for additional volunteers to help! Email the PTA at if you are interested in helping out.

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

Save the Date for Cardinal Auction Night – Friday, May 13! 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 on the evening of Friday, May 13, to help the event run smoothly. Please reach out to the PTA ( to get involved.

Our next planning meeting will be Thursday, March 24, at 6:00 PM. All are welcome!

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Cardinal Auction Planning Meeting (click here)

Cardinal Auction Planning Meeting, Thursday, March 24th at 6 PM.