The Cardinal Connection

Week of October 27th

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

Important Dates:

Nov. 2nd: No school for teachers or students

Nov. 5th: Records and PD Day...No school for students

Nov. 11th: Veteran's Day Holiday...No school for teachers or students

Nov. 17th: Principal's Chat

Nov. 24th-Nov. 26th: Thanksgiving Holiday (No school for students)

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021, @ 6PM

Our Fall School Picture Date Has Been Set!

Cardinal Families,

We were able to move our school picture day up by a few days. School pictures are now set for Monday, November 22nd. Please see the flyer below. Order information will be sent home to families in the coming days. ALL PICTURES WILL BE INDIVIDUAL SHOTS ONLY! There will be no class pictures taken due to COVID protocols.

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Student Medications Update:

Cardinal families,

As a reminder, as a school we cannot accept medications from parents at anytime. Only the school nurse can accept medications with the proper paperwork. With this being said, any family that has medications for students that you need to bring to school, please call the main office 202-698-4733 and we will schedule an appointment for you to come in and speak with the school nurse.

DCPS is asking the Community for Feedback on the SY 23-26 Calendars!

To enable future planning and for the convenience of students, staff, and families, DCPS will release the SY23-26 calendars this upcoming winter. Please review the proposed calendars and share your feedback at this link ( by Sunday, October 31 in order to help shape our upcoming calendars!

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Additional Supports for DCPS Schools

  • Last week, Mayor Bowser announced that she is allocating an additional $22 million to support DCPS COVID-19 mitigation strategy. With this additional funding, each school will be assigned a COVID Strategy & Logistics Coordinator to help implement COVID-19 protocols and support contact tracing, school notifications regarding COVID-19, and at-school testing operations. Schools will also be assigned a full-time substitute teacher to provide more consistent substitute teaching support. To continue to expand the substitute pool, DCPS will also increase the financial incentives to former DCPS staff to return as substitute teachers. If you know a retired teacher who may be interested, please have that teacher reach out to Additionally, a pool of central services staff is working to complete the additional safety-sensitive clearances to join the current cadre of substitutes.

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ATTENDANCE MATTERS: The most fundamental element for school success is that children consistently come to school on time for the full day.Children who are chronically absent in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the third grade. Students who cannot read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than proficient readers to drop out of high school. – U.S. Department of Education Report on Chronic Absenteeism in the Nation’s Schools

If your student is absent please be sure to email a note stating the reason for the absence to Please make sure the student's name is reflected in the SUBJECT LINE of the email as well as on the note. This helps us to know which student is being accounted for.