I hope you and your family continue to enjoy good health during this time and are managing this heatwave. Hopefully, we will have more guidance on school re-opening after the Mayor’s press conference this Friday. In the meantime, please give your children a virtual hug from Ross and know that we will  #ReopenStrong in whatever capacity necessary. 
 
Middle School Feasibility Meeting Reminder
Middle School Feasibility Study – Center City is scheduled for TODAY Wednesday July 29th, 2020 at 5:00pm. You will find login information on the calendar invite and on the modernization webpage: 
 
https://sites.google.com/a/dc.gov/dcps-school-modernizations/home/middle-school-feasibility-study
  
DCPS Tech Survey
Please complete the 2020.21 school year Technology Access survey so we know who needs a device or hotspot for the coming school year. The survey is available at dcps.tech/survey. The form is mobile-friendly and available in all languages.
 
Room Parents
We are currently seeking volunteers to serve as Room Parents for the new school year. Room parents are leaders who want to build community within the class and serve as communication liaisons with the PTA. A description of the role and possible responsibilities is here. Kindly note that the DCPS re-opening plans may affect some of the traditional room parent responsibilities. If you are interested in serving, please contact Principal Searl. Holly.searl@k12.dc.gov
 
DCPS School Name ChangesThere has been renewed energy for changing the names of DCPS schools, particularly those that are named for individuals who have encouraged the oppression of communities of color. Mayor Bowser launched a citywide working group this month to review all government building names and make recommendations on next steps. Chancellor Ferebee and Communications and Engagement Office staff are involved and will continue to represent the interests of DCPS stakeholders in the process. After recommendations are made later in the summer, further guidance will be provided. More information can be found in the Mayor’s press release and at mayor.dc.gov/dcfaces.
 
Staffing Transitions
We are excited to welcome new staff to Ross and to support and celebrate current staff who are transitioning to new roles within our school. I am thankful for the dedication of our Personnel Committee who helped us navigate another successful staffing season.
Ms. Chelak is transitioning to Lead Teacher in PK4.
Ms. Hailemicael has been promoted to Lead Teacher in K-1 after serving two years as an Educational Aide. As a DCPS graduate, she is honored to be teaching in the city that educated her. We also have two Urban Teacher residents joining our K-1 team, Ms. Kim and Ms. Konow. Both recent college graduates, they will be earning their Master’s degree and teacher certification from Johns Hopkins University during their residency at Ross.
Ms. Fogarty has been promoted to Lead Teacher in Grade 3, looping up with the rising third graders she knows so well. She has served as teacher intern and Educational Aide at Ross.
Ms. Barnett is joining our Grade 4/5 team as Lead Teacher. She started her teaching career with the KIPP charter network where she has served as a Teacher, Teacher-Leader and Assistant Principal.
Ms. Kilburn is joining our English Language Learners (ELL) team as a second Lead Teacher as enrollment continues to grow. She most recently taught at E.L. Haynes public charter school.
Ms. Clark is our new Social Worker and is coming to us from the DC Department of Behavioral Health where she served as a Clinical Social Worker with the School Mental Health Team in DCPS.
Ms. Cirillo is launching our school-based art program and is coming to us from Maryland public schools. She has experience teaching Art and leading curriculum writing in her former district.
At this time, the music position remains vacant.