Principal's Bulletin

Ross Elementary School October 12, 2021

Principal's Message

October 12, 2021

Week 7 of Term 1

Dear Ross Families,

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend after a fun "Walk to School Day" on October 6 and had productive parent/teacher conferences.

Please complete this brief Parent Survey from Ms. Clark and Ms. Adams to assist with planning parent education and workshops.

Beginning the week of October 18, we will expand our Afternoon Academy on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for Grades 2-5 to include i-Ready Math and ELA individualized extra practice time. You will receive an invitation from Ms. Adams if your child is selected to participate.

All K-5 students can access i-Ready Math and ELA lessons at home through Clever using their DCPS log-in.

Warm Regards,

Holly Searl, Principal

Open House Committee

Open House Chair Shailee Adinolfi is recruiting members for the Open House Committee. We are seeking volunteers to help us revise our Open House materials and to host both virtual and possibly in-person events.

Open House Dates:

  • Wednesday, November 17th, 2021 - 9:30 AM-10:30 AM
  • Friday, January 28th, 2022 - 9:30 AM-10:30 AM
  • Thursday, February 17th - 9:30 AM-10:30 AM

We will also have a virtual presence at the MySchoolDC EDFest in early December.

Please contact Open House Chair Shailee Adinolfi if you are interested.

Food Drive

We are continuing to collect canned and non-perishable food items to address food insecurity in our community. Items may be brought to your child's classroom.

Ms. Clark, Clinical Social Worker, is the POC.

October 12 Immunization Deadline

Required immunizations must be completed by October 12 for students to remain in school. You have been contacted if your child is out of compliance. Immunization questions should be directed to Nurse Gordon.

Nurse Gordon :

All medications must be turned into the nurse along with required medical documentation.

Please submit all required medical and dental forms as soon as they are completed.

Ross LSAT Meeting Dates

The Ross Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) will meet virtually on the following dates at 7:00pm. Meetings are open to the Ross community. A meeting link will be shared by the LSAT Co-Chairs (Parent Amit Thakkar and Teacher Kristen Chelak) or Secretary (Amanda Tyler) in advance of each meeting.

LSAT members are elected to serve for the school year.

21.22 Members

Staff: Lisa Juriga (WTU Rep), Leah Inger, Paul Stewart, Caroline Fogarty, Kristen Chelak (Co-Chair), Nikita Mehta (Support Staff)

Parents: Amanda Tyler (PTA Rep & Secretary), Amit Thakkar (Co-Chair), Fatou Liddell, Shailee Adinolfi, David Alpert

Meeting Dates

October 18

November 15

December 13

January 24

February 14

March 14

April 4

May 16

June 13

DCPS Calendar Feedback

To enable future planning and in alignment with DCMR regulations, DCPS will release the SY 23-26 calendars this upcoming winter. To support this process, proposed calendars area available for public feedback at this link.

Health and Safety

We will test 20% of students on Wednesday, October 13 after the long weekend.

If your child successfully tests, you will receive a letter in backpack mail.

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Let's continue to keep our community healthy by ensuring children are wearing well-fitting masks and only attending school if they are healthy. Please do not send your children to school if they are ill or displaying symptoms. If you answer "yes" to any of the "Ask, Ask, Look" health screening questions, that means your child should not attend school. If your family has a positive case, or is a close contact and needs to quarantine, please reach out me directly. As Principal, I am the COVID POC for Ross. When we have a case, we will follow all guidance and protocols from OSSE and DCPS. Protocols can be found here.

Free DC COVID Testing is Readily Available for ALL!

We encourage families and students to utilize the city's free and accessible COVID-19 testing regularly. Consider adding this as part of your family's back to school checklist! Did you know that there are options that can do rapid tests at your home? Thank you for helping keep our community safe!

How to Test at Home

Ready Responders

For at-home, on-demand care and COVID testing, call (202) 602-0814. Ready comes to your home, is open 8am to 8pm, seven days per week, and serves all 8 Wards. Ready is currently offering rapid antigen testing only, with results in 15 minutes. If you require a PCR test, please utilize another testing option.

Pixel by LabCorp

Home test kits are available for no out of pocket costs to be delivered to your door:

Safeway Pharmacy

Safeway Pharmacies are now offering quick and easy COVID-19 at home saliva tests through Phosphorus Diagnostics at

Walk Up Testing Locations

DC also has robust options for walk up COVID-19 testing at sites across the city. The locations and times change regularly, but you can find an overview of the options HERE (scroll down until you see the large graphic with a table underneath it).

Key Dates

Thursday, October 13: Wear BLUE for Bullying Prevention Day

October 18: LSAT

October 28: Spooktacular Neighborhood Parade (details to follow)