The Cardinal Connection

Week of Aug. 10th

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 Upcoming Dates :

Aug. 10th: Getting My Child Ready for School this Year: What will DCPS Look and Feel Like? @5:30PM.

Aug. 11th: Virtual Principal Chat Chat @6PM (see link to join below)

Aug. 12th: JOW Building Tour for Families 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM

Aug. 13th: JOW Building Tour for Families 8:30 AM

Aug. 17th: J.O. Wilson PTA Evening Playdate 6 PM-7 PM (JOW Playground)

Aug. 17th: Supporting Our Students: Accelerating Learning in and Out of the Classroom @5:30PM

Aug. 19th: Mentally Preparing Myself and My Child for the New School Year

Aug. 27th: New and Returning Families Open House, Staff Meet & Greet, and Student Ice Cream Social @2PM-4PM more details to be provided.

Aug. 28th: Back to School Playdate 10 AM-12 PM

Aug. 30th: First Day of School for students in grades Kindergarten-5th Grade

Sept. 2nd: First Day of School for students in PK3-PK4

Sept. 5th: Labor Day Holiday (No School for Staff or Students)

Sept. 30th: Back to School Night 6 PM-8 PM(More details forthcoming)

Welcome to School Year 21-22

Greetings Cardinal Families,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! We are glad that you are joining us, as we embark on an exciting year of teaching and learning at J.O. Wilson Elementary School. To our new students and families, we are super excited to welcome you to our Cardinal Family, and to all of our returning students and families, we are just as eager to welcome you back and reconnect in love. Students, we look forward to seeing your academic and personal growth over the years on your cardinal journey.

After a year of operating in a virtual posture, and then transitioning to an in-person and hybrid setting for some students and families, we are excited to return to five full days of in-person instruction in the building. Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic we will continue to implement mitigation measures as established by the district. This will include the requirement for all students to wear masks while indoors and on the buses, social distancing of at least 3 feet between students where practicable, and regular handwashing and/or access to hand sanitizers. All visitors to our campus will also be required to wear masks at all times. We will continue to implement mitigation measures as our district determines what is needed to ensure that our staff and student's safety and well-being are prioritized.

This year we will renew our commitment to excellence in all that we do, as we work to provide our students with quality instructional learning experiences, with the expectation being that all of our students can learn and succeed. We will continue to provide our students with opportunities to address academic deficiencies by providing opportunities and interventions aimed at accelerating learning. Our major initiatives for this school year are to build our student's literacy and numeracy skills, address the social and emotional needs of our students, and engage our stakeholders in the process of educating our students.

We look are looking forward to continuing to build relationships with all our stakeholders throughout the year and we encourage you to become active members of the JOW PTA and the Cardinal family. This year is going to be an awesome year for our school community.

Still SOARing,

Principal, Mr. Mitchell V. Brunson

Assistant Principal, Ms. Tracey Ndenecho

Assistant Principal, Mr. Sean Bellamy

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Join us for the Principal Chit Chat!

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Principal Chit-Chat (click here to join)

Wednesday, August 11th @6PM

J.O. Wilson Building Tours!

Due to high demand from our families, this week we will again host building tours. Tours for the week will take place on Thursday, Aug. 12th, 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, and on Friday, Aug. 13th, we will host only one tour starting at 8:30 AM. Please come and join us if you can.

Need Uniforms?

The JO Wilson PTA will be hosting several playdates/uniform sales of gently used uniforms over the next few weeks!

Shirts are $1 each/ Bottoms and Dresses are $2 each

Uniform Sales Dates

  • Evening playdate (JO playground) - Tuesday, August 17th from 6:00 pm-7 pm
  • Cardinal Family Meet and Greet - Friday, Aug. 27 from 2:00-4:00 pm
  • Back to School playdate - Saturday, Aug. 28, from 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Uniform sale (in front of school) - week of Aug. 31, 3:00-4:30

Have uniforms your kids have outgrown? Please consider donating them to the PTA sale! You can drop off clean and gently worn uniforms during any of the uniform sale times.

**Masks will be required for all playdates**

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Childhood Immunizations are Required for In-Person Learning

At 20 DCPS sites across the District, public charter schools, and community health centers, any student ages 3-18 can get the required immunizations to attend school in-person. Pop-up clinics are open Monday to Saturday through the end of September. You can see a list of all DCPS clinics and their operating hours at

If you already have an appointment scheduled with your pediatrician before the start of school, we encourage you to continue with that annual wellness visit. School clinics offer additional options for families who have had difficulties making an appointment with their child’s doctor for required immunizations.
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DCPS needs your feedback!

Complete the 5-minute stakeholder survey by August 18. The information from this survey will develop our in-person, virtual, and hybrid engagement for School Year 21-22.

Take the survey at For questions, reach out to
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Ways to Help the PTA Support J.O. Wilson

Donate to the Cardinal Fund

The PTA's Cardinal Fund raises money for teacher grants, enrichment programs for students, and special events that bring our school community together. Tax-deductible donations to the fund can be made at any time throughout the year (online donation will be available soon). Please reach out to the PTA by email at

Donate your time

The PTA is always looking for volunteers to help with organizing projects like the winter coat and toy drive, the annual Camp Fair fundraiser and the spring auction. If you'd like to get involved in any of these activities, or if you have ideas for other projects you'd like to see in our school community, please reach out to the PTA by email at

Support J.O. Wilson when you shop

HARRIS TEETER: Link your VIC card to J.O. Wilson through Harris Teeter's Together in Education program. Give your cashier the code 1267 and your VIC card when you check out.

AMAZON SMILES: Select "JO Wilson Es PTA" as your favorite charity at, and all your Amazon orders through the site will help support our school.

FRENCH TOAST: When you order school uniforms through French Toast using the code QS5AIXF, 5 percent of all proceeds will be donated to the J.O. Wilson PTA.

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