Principal’s Weekly Update

We hope you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday break. Many thanks to our parent volunteers for launching our annual holiday tree sale over the Thanksgiving weekend. There’s still time to purchase a tree or wreath or make a donation of  a tree for a family in need. You can order online on the Ross website or stop by Ross this weekend. Please review the PTA update for details regarding our upcoming “Super Saturday” events.
Inclement Weather Policy
When there is a full-day closure, late opening, or early closure, the DCPS Communications team will provide updates on the DCPS website ( as well as the official Twitter account @dcpublicschools
Ross staff are notified the same way as the general public about closures by checking the DCPS website and Twitter account.  Please do not contact teachers or call the school office about delays and closings. We will not have additional information and if school is delayed or closed, no one will be in the main office to take your call.
Mid-Advisory Progress Reports and Assessments
Progress reports for students in Grades 1-5 who are not performing at grade level expectations will be sent home in backpack mail on Friday, December 13. 
MySchoolDC Lottery and Open Houses
Please keep these important dates in mind:
Friday, December 6: Open House at School Without Walls@Francis-Stevens 9:00am
Saturday, December 14: EdFest School Fair at Stadium Armory 11:00am to 4:00pm
Monday, December 16: MySchoolDC lottery application opens
2020-21 School Calendar
The first day of school for SY2020-2021 is August 31, 2020. Draft calendar dates for the remainder of the school year and future school years will be available for public feedback later in December.
Health Reminders
Children who are sick should stay home from school. If your child has a fever, they should be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school. All illnesses are excused absences.
If your child is being treated for a communicable infection/disease, please notify our school nurses. Please emphasize thorough hand-washing and ensure your child gets plenty of rest during this busy season.
School Lunch Payment Update
Dear DCPS Family,  
Thank you for your patience as the Food and Nutrition Services Team worked through some critical updates of the school meal payment system. The MySchoolBucks meal payment portal has been reactivated as of Monday, November 25thYou can now view and manage your student’s meal account. Please note that students are never denied a meal, and your student(s) were not impacted during this update. If you have any questions regarding your student’s meal account, please contact the Food and Nutrition Services office directly at 
Thank you,
Rob Jaber
Executive Director
Food & Nutrition Services

Dear Ross Families:

Thank you to everyone who volunteered & came out to support our tree sale this past weekend!  Please see details below on upcoming events.  

12th Annual Holiday Tree Sale, Continued! 
We still need help this coming weekend, Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8, with shifts only a few hours each and many open slots. Sign up HERE

You can also help by:  

  1. Purchasing a tree from our online store!  Even if you are not in town for the holidays or do not celebrate with a tree, you can still help by donating a tree to a family who might not otherwise be able to afford one!  Pre-purchased trees can be picked up or delivered on December 7, & December 8 between 9am-4pm. 
  2. Please also use social media, your networks, or other contacts to spread the word about the tree sale. Here is a flyer you can use.  Are you on a neighborhood or apartment building listserv and you haven’t seen anything about the tree sale yet? Please send along a message.

Ross’ Super Saturday, December 7

Other fun events & community service projects will take place at Ross on our *Super Saturday*, December 7th:
Bake Sale: We will be making/procuring yummy treats and selling them to the Ross Community and neighborhood on Saturday December 7th (same time and place as the annual Ross Tree Sale).  How can you help?  We need parents to donate BAKED GOODS to support the bake sale on Saturday, December 7th that runs from 9am – 4pm. Please commit to a contribution of your goods here:
Baked goods should be dropped off on the first floor near the Principal’s office on Friday December 6th (or early on December 7th) and some pastry boxes may be available. Please be sure to label anything with nuts and anything gluten free. 

In addition to the Tree & Bake Sale, please join us inside Ross on this Saturday:
STEM In the City: The next STEM in the City will take place at Ross on Saturday, December 7 during the holiday tree sale featuring the Season of Light organized by floor: 1st floor will be 9:00-9:50 a.m. & 2nd floor students are 10:00-10:50. 
Bird Feeder Crafts with Ms. Lee at 10:00 a.m.
Sandwich Making for Martha’s Table from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Please RSVP HERE.  
(Do note that children under 6 should be accompanied by an adult).

This year’s fundraising Auction will take place on Saturday, March 7th from 7-10pm at the Human Rights Campaign.  This is the biggest fundraiser for our school and we are looking for more volunteers to help with procuring items for the silent and live auction.  Please come out to join us in planning a fun & special evening; we will have pizza and kids are welcome.  Email with any questions.  

Yearbook CYBER MONDAY, Photos, & Sock Drive
Take advantage of the Ross Yearbook Pre-sale Special!  Today, Monday, December 2, you can purchase your Ross Elementary 2019-2020 yearbook keepsake for ONLY $20!  Act now!!!  After the sale, all yearbooks will be $25.
Copy and paste this link to preorder:

Please also remember to send your best pics of all school events that you may have & spread the word to your friends and family too. You can email the pics to:

And don’t forget about our Sock Drive- we are looking for packs of 6 for men, women or children. There is a box in your child’s classroom for the collection. The winning class will win a Hot Chocolate Party with Ms. Juriga in the library.

Thank you for your support.

Ms. Juriga, Ms. O, and the Yearbook Club

FILLMORE NEWS: Holiday Winter Workshop Next Tuesday

Keegan Theatre!

Friends of Stead Park

Monday, December 2
*PTA EB Meeting, 8:45am
*Auction Committee Meeting, Treehouse Atelier, 6:15pm

Friday, December 6
*SWW@FS Open House, 9-10am

Super Saturday, December 7
*Annual Holiday Tree Sale, Community Service Saturday, & Bake Sale, 9am-4pm

Sunday, December 8
*Annual Holiday Tree Sale, 9am-4pm (if any trees remain!)

Tuesday, December 10
*Fillmore Holiday Workshop

Saturday, December 14
*EdFEST, DC Armory (2001 East Capitol St SE), 11am-3pm

Thursday, December 19
*LSAT Meeting, 7:45am

Monday, December 23-Wednesday, January 1
*Winter Recess