The Cardinal Connection

Week of Nov. 16th

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

Stay Connected With Us...

Want to stay up-to-date on what's happening at J.O.? Did you know you can get school events automatically added to your phone's calendar? Scan the QR image above with your phone to get a list of J.O.'s calendars. Then select the ICAL image next to "ALL public calendars on this page" or select individual calendar feeds to which you want to subscribe. Alternatively, click here and follow the same instructions. You can always check out what's happening at J.O. by visiting the school's calendar on the new website, See you at the next event!

Important Dates:

Nov. 17th: Virtual Principal Chat@ 6 PM

Nov. 22nd: School Picture Day

Nov. 23rd: Last Day of Afterschool Programming (will resume on Nov. 29th)

Nov. 24th-Nov. 26th: Thanksgiving Holiday

Dec. 11th: MySchool DC EdFest virtual event, kick-off event for SY22-23 lottery

Dec.13th: SY22-23 My School DC lottery opens

Dec. 14th: Stuart-Hobson Middle School Virtual Open-House@7PM

Dec. 23rd-Dec. 31st: DCPS Winter Break for schools

Come out and help support J.O. Wilson ES

Cardinal Families,

Every year the amazing PTA of J.O. Wilson ES helps to support our Cardinals to SOAR by bringing the best academic and extra-curricular opportunities to our students. Each year we have been supported by our parents, staff, and community members through multiple fundraisers to help fundraise for these opportunities for the students.

With this being said, we are asking families and community members to come out today to The Old City Market and Oven, between 12 noon -8PM, and with any menu items purchased, 25% of the proceeds will be donated to the JOW PTA. Be sure to mention that you are with J.O. Wilson ES when making your purchase. Delivery items will not count toward the fundraiser.

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School Picture Reminders

On Monday, November 22, 2021, Life Touch Photography will be taking our annual school pictures. Please see below for a few reminders regarding this event.

  • All pictures will be individual shots.
  • No class pictures can be taken due to COVID protocols.
  • Students DO NOT have to be in uniform.
  • Families can pay online if they elect. See below for our picture ID#
  • If you need an order form please contact the main office on 202 698-4733
  • Payment is due on or before Nov. 22
  • Picture make-up day will be Jan. 19, 2022
  • We will also have a spring picture date. More details will be provided.

Families can order online by visiting Please be sure to use our picture day ID# if ordering online.

Picture Day ID#: EVTG6X8BN


Cardinal Families,

Each year, DCPS asks all families to complete the Impact Aid survey to generate additional federal funds for DCPS. This year, the survey will be available in both an electronic format using the Seamless platform as well as hard copies. All eligible applications received by December 22, 2021, will be submitted as part of the initial application due on January 31, 2022.

All DCPS families should complete one survey per child, not household, in their preferred language until May 30, 2022, as we can include these in our amendment. Please refer to this FAQ document for additional guidance. Each child will be sent home with a paper survey to complete and return to their school's business manager. If a family prefers to complete the survey electronically, they can utilize the links below. Only one method of submission should be utilized to avoid duplicate submissions.

Hard copies have been sent home with students however if you'd like to submit an electronic copy please click here ( to access the form.

November's Principal's Chat is Here...(see below)

Click here to join the JOW Principal Chat

November's Principal Chat Nov 17, 2021, at 6PM

Nov. 23rd ...Last Day of After-Care Prior to Thanksgiving

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Stuart Hobson Middle School Open House Dates:

Cardinal Families,

Our feeder middle school, Stuart-Hobson, will be hosting a series of open house events. Please see the graphic below for more details and information. We strongly encourage all of our families, especially grades 3rd- 5th, to plan to attend one of their upcoming open house events to learn more about all of the great offerings and exciting opportunities taking place at Stuart-Hobson. Also, please feel free to share this information with your friends and family members who are looking for a great DCPS middle as well.

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Vaccines Are Now Available For Students Ages 5 and Up!

Mayor Bowser announced that the Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 years old will be available and free of charge at more than 60 pharmacies, hospitals, and health centers as well as health clinics throughout the community, including at DCPS locations across all eight wards. Please see the graphic below for more details.
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Join the Cardinal Art Club!

We are calling all J.O. Wilson artists in grades 1-5 to join our weekly art club! During this time, artists will have the opportunity to choose from a selection of mediums for inspiration, work on any projects students have started outside of school, and contribute to our school's Winter Wonderland stage setup! All are welcome.

Time: Mondays from 3:15-4:30

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

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

Please return a signed permission slip form before our first meeting. 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!

State Board of Education Star Framework Survey for Families!

The D.C. State Board of Education (SBOE) invites District families and residents to complete a 6-minute survey. The purpose of this family/general public survey is to better understand D.C. residents’ experiences with the District’s school accountability system—the School Transparency and Reporting (STAR) Framework—as we consider what, if any, changes should be made to it. We recommend that you use a computer or tablet to fill out this survey. Thank you for taking the time to fill this out, and please know your identity will remain anonymous.

We ask that you submit responses no later than November 17 at 5 p.m. If you have any questions, please reach out to the State Board at

Please use the following links to start STAR Framework Family/General Public Survey: