March 9, 2020
 
Health Update
The DC Health Department and DCPS continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation. Mr. Ashby and Mr. Lancaster continue to disinfect our school with germ-killing cleaners and teachers continue to encourage thorough handwashing and safe hygiene practices. We share your desire to keep everyone healthy and ready to learn. Please find resources from DC government attached. 
 
Auction Thank You
Saturday’s annual auction was a fun event showcasing the incredible generosity and creativity of our community. I would like to shout out all of the parent volunteers who worked tirelessly on the event to support our school. I remain honored to lead a school with such an engaged, dedicated parent community. Proceeds from the auction will continue to benefit all students at Ross from providing instructional materials and supplies that are used daily, to funding professional development for their teachers, to funding experiential learning such as field trips, arts partnerships and other enrichments. 
 
Arts Planning Committee Meeting
The Arts Planning Committee will meet on Friday, March 13 at 8:00am in Ms. Emminger’s classroom. Agenda items include a review of the DCPS Art and Music curriculums and discussing budget prioritization for launching our program. If you are interested in serving on the committee, please plan to attend. 
 
Parent Working Group on Race and Diversity
If you are interested in participating in the Ross Parent Working Group on Race and Diversity, please complete the following survey. https://forms.office.com/Pages/DesignPage.aspx?fragment=FormId%3D7kagKk6zM0qSt5md8rwKMqdl8rMR3XRMjZLIWlykaWVURjVIVU05M1ZVV05YRlpNMlJTR05GTVFXTS4u%26Token%3De7dd8b36339148a09a107acd54631801
Kindly note, this group is not managed or coordinated by the Ross PTA or LSAT. DCPS Community Action Team Coordinator, Katie Mustian, is available for one more meeting to help the group launch its work and then it will be up to the parents involved to lead and coordinate with Katie and I available on a consultancy basis going forward. We will reach out to survey respondents at the end of this week with a Doodle poll  for meeting scheduling. 
 
Student Shout-Outs
Our industrious students continue to excel in and out of school. Shout out to our K-1 chess wizards for bringing home another trophy from their recent tournament. Shout out to our Math Bowl team (Coach Kelly Beatty) and our Battle of the Book team (Coach Lisa Juriga) who are heading into district-wide competitions this week. Shout out to our NatGeo Challenge  team for advancing to the next level of competition.  Details from team sponsor, Ms. Sawyer, follow: 
Shoutout to the NatGeo Challenge Enrichment group for being selected at the local level to advance to the regional competition at the end of the month! These 4th and 5th-grade students learned about the effects of plastic in our waterways and organized a huge school clean-up to address the problem. Check out their video submission here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/5QZoNBsW3EAxzmBF8
 
Politics & Prose Book Fair
Please plan to shop at Politics & Prose on Connecticut Avenue and dine next door at Comet Ping Pong on Sunday, March 29!  Both stores will donate proceeds to benefit the Ross Library!  Come hear stories read by your teachers and stock up on books for your family and friends.  Afterwards, enjoy some pizza and play ping pong all in support of Ross!  Note that we must mention Ross at check out to get credit.  Please email if you are able to volunteer at Politics & Prose on March 29; kids welcome!