FY 21 Budget Update
Budgets have been released to Principals and should be available publicly later today.
Our initial school allocation is $3.1 million with a $131K increase from FY20. 
DCPS has created a new pocket budget guide for families and community members.
Check it out at the dcpsdatacenter.com
To learn more about our budget, please plan to attend one of the following meetings:
-LSAT on Monday, February 10 at 7:45amin the Ross Library
-Parent Coffee on Friday, February 14 at 8:00am in Room 205
In the meantime, please reach out with your budget questions.

Arts Planning Committee Meeting
Thank you to the following parents and Ross staff who have volunteered to serve on the Arts Planning Committee: Alison Brody, Alyssa Caroselli, Debra Olson, Kelly Emminger, Lisa Juriga and Paul Stewart. Our first meeting is Thursday, February 6 in Ms. Emminger’s room at 8:00am.
Ross staff would like to explore options for hosting music and art education in advance of the completion of the attic space for the 2021-22 school year. If you would like to participate in the committee, please join us on Thursday. In the meantime, please reach out with questions.

Community Meeting Notes
Thank you to all who were able to attend the community meeting co-hosted by the PTA and LSAT on January 24. If you were unable to attend, Andre Perry led our community in conversation about how increasing racial diversity strengthens communities. You can find the presentation and feedback summary here for reference.  I appreciate the comments, ideas, and wonderings that staff and families shared. Looking ahead, I will schedule a joint meeting with the LSAT and PTA executive board in the coming weeks to determine how we can most effectively continue these conversations and this work as a community. The Personnel Committee will likely be finalized towards the end of March and I will look forward to sharing which members of our staff and community will serve this year. If you would like to join the individuals who expressed an interest in leading future community events about race and diversity, please email me with your interest.

Ross PTA General Body Meeting: Wednesday, February 5th, 6pm
Our Winter PTA meeting will be Wednesday, February 5th from 6-7pm with extended childcare provided by the JCC.  We will be joined by the MPD’s Internet Crimes Against Children Branch of the Youth & Family Services Division for a discussion of internet safety & how to keep our children safe online.  Please plan to join us!

3rd Annual Ross Family Bingo Night: Wednesday, February 12th
This year’s Ross PTA Winter Family Night will be held on Wednesday, February 12 from 6-8pm at Foundry UMC and comes after last year’s wildly successful Bingo event, which drew huge crowds!  We are looking forward to another fun evening of bingo, trivia, prizes, pizza, and good times for the whole family.  We will plan to serve pizza dinner at 6:00 p.m. with bingo commencing around 6:30 p.m. when guest emcees will take the stage calling numbers. If you are planning on coming, please do RSVP hereand if you are able, please also sign up to help with set up, pizza serving, or cleanup.  Additionally, if you have new games or books to donate to be used as prizes, please drop them off in the office!  

12th Annual Ross Fundraising Auction: Saturday, March 7th, 7-10pm at the Human Rights Campaign
This year’s Hawaiian Luau-themed auction is fast approaching.  Please RSVP now to help the committee plan accordingly!  We are hard at work procuring items and planning a fun party for our community.  Do book your babysitters now as this is an adults-only event.  To assist you with finding childcare, here is a code for 50% off your first month of UrbanSittermembership: EVENTSCH350. It’s valid now through March 31, 2020 and can be redeemed here: https://www.urbansitter.com/promo/event50

Consider Donating to the Auction by February 22!
Not only do we want you to come to the Auction, we also hope that you will consider donating an item.  You could donate a themed auction basket (the PTA will provide the basket!), home-cooked meal; photography; or vacation home.  If you have an item, talent, or skill, please email us at rossauction2020@gmail.com or drop it off at the office, and thank you!  

Tuesday, February 4
*PTA EB Meeting, 8:45 a.m.

Wednesday, February 5
*PTA General Body Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 6
*Arts Planning Committee Meeting, 8:00 a.m.

Friday, February 7
*FS@SWW Open House, 9:00 a.m.

Monday, February 10
*LSAT Meeting, 7:45 a.m.

Wednesday, February 12
*PTA Winter Family Night, 6:00 p.m., Foundry

Friday, February 14
*Parent Budget Coffee, 8:00 a.m.

Monday, February 17-21
*Winter Break

Thursday, February 27
*LSAT Meeting, 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 3
*PTA EB Meeting, 8:45 a.m

Saturday, March 7
*12th Annual Ross Fundraising Auction, 7:00 p.m., HRC