The Cardinal Connection

Week of March 15th, 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. 14th--18th: Scholastic Book Fair in the Parent Center (Families invited 4 pm-6 pm)

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

Mar. 16th: Virtual Open House @6PM

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

Apr. 11th-18th: SPRING BREAK

Mask Guidance Updates...Effective March 16, 2022!

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Last week, DC Health released updated guidance for educational facilities. Under the new guidance, masks are no longer required indoors or outdoors at schools when COVID-19 community levels are low based on CDC metrics.

Consistent with this guidance and the current low levels in the District, starting Wednesday, March 16, masks will be optional for students, staff, and visitors in DC Public Schools, DCPS offices, and on OSSE-DOT transportation. This policy will apply to all school-related activities.

For our youngest learners in Pre-K who are not yet eligible for the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine, we will continue to provide weekly COVID-19 test kits, and families are highly encouraged to administer those tests every Sunday to provide an additional layer of protection. We will continue to implement our Pre-K Test to Stay pilot program, and masks and additional testing will be required should a positive case be reported in a Pre-K class for the 10 days following.

As we make this transition to optional mask-wearing at school, here are five important things to know.

  1. DCPS will foster an environment where all students and staff, whether they choose to wear a mask or not, feel respected.
  2. Our layered mitigation strategy remains in effect, including asymptomatic testing.
  3. The isolation (should you test positive) and quarantine (should you be determined a close contact) time periods are now adjusted. Please refer to the chart below for the latest DC Health guidance.
  4. We will continue to notify the community of positive reported cases at school and provide instructions to individuals identified as close contacts.
  5. We know that getting the COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others.

We Need Your Feedback!


Cardinal Families,

As a part of our vision as a school district, DCPS and JOW are committed to ensuring that every student feels, LOVED, CHALLENGED, and PREPARED to positively influence society and thrive in life. Your voice matters and is important in making sure that this vision becomes reality for every one of our students. With this being said, we are kindly asking ALL families to please complete the family survey as your voice is critical in providing feedback to DCPS Central Office and the JOW school leadership team.

Click here to complete the survey.

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Click here to complete the DCPS Family Survey

Cardinal Families. We want to hear from you. Please use this link to complete the DCPS Family Survey. Remember YOUR VOICE MATTERS!

J.O. Wilson ES Athletics

Basketball News:

Our basketball season came to an end in the DCIAA Quarterfinals. The final score was Tyler Tigers 45 - J. O. Wilson Cardinals 30. Overall, we had a successful season, going 4-1 in the regular season, and winning our first-round playoff game vs. Garrison. Thank you to our coaching staff, and everyone who came out and supported the team this season!

Cheerleading Updates:

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Cardinal Art Club: Mondays are for ART!

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We love working with our J.O. Wilson artists in grades 1-5 each week in our school art club! During this time, artists build, sketch, paint, and co-create!

Time: Mondays from 3:15-4:30

Location: The J.O. Wilson Art Studio in Room 222

POC: Ms. Kelly via and Mrs. Harris-Stockton via

Students must be picked up at the front of the school by 4:30. Students in aftercare will be escorted back to their respective classrooms. We can't wait to see you there!

Elementary Summer Acceleration (ESA)

For current students in grades PK4 – 4th

Elementary Summer Acceleration is a unique opportunity for your child 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!

**Registration must be done on a desktop computer, not a mobile phone or tablet and enrollment is on a first come first serve basis.**

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Click to register for Elementary Summer Acceleration

Elementary Summer Acceleration. For current students in grades PK4 – 4th. Runs from July 5th-August 5th.

The Scholastic Book Fair Is Here!

Cardinal Families are invited to visit the book fair this week, Mar. 14th--18th, from 4 PM-6 PM in the parent center. The book fair is also operating online for purchases between

Mar. 14th-27th. Click here to shop online

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