Principal’s Weekly Update
Parent/Teacher Conferences 
We look forward to your attendance at Parent/Teacher conferences on Friday, October 11 and the afternoon of Wednesday, October 16. Teachers sent out a sign-up genius link. Please contact your child’s teacher with questions. Please note that Friday is a “no school day” for students.

Progress Reports and Intervention Letters
Progress reports for selected students in Grades 1-5 were sent home in backpack mail on Friday, October 4. The progress report is a notice that your child may be performing below grade level expectations in one or more areas. Children who are receiving academic support also received a notification letter and explanation of our tiered intervention process. Please review the documents in advance of Parent/Teacher conferences. If you did not receive a progress report or intervention letter, your child is meeting grade level expectations.

Hispanic Heritage Month
Many thanks to Treehouse Atelier and Ross students for creating a beautiful board celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Sr. Stewart is planning a special event on Tuesday, October 15 at 5:00pm on the Ross playground.  Please sign up to have your student participate in a Latin American traditional clothing fashion show!

We are still seeking volunteers for future bulletin boards celebrating the diverse cultures of our community. If you are interested in helping, please reach out.
The tentative schedule is:
September/October: Hispanic Heritage
November:National American Indian and Alaska Heritage Month
December: Seasons of Light (Hanukkah, Kwaanza, Christmas and Solstice)
January: Lunar New Year (year of the rat)
February: Black History Month
March: Women’s History Month
April:National Poetry and Library Month
May: Asian-Pacific Heritage Month
June: LGBTQ Pride Month

Local School Advisory Team
Please see attached for information regarding the role, composition and schedule for the Ross LSAT.  Our next meeting is Thursday, October 17 at 7:45am in the Ross Library.  We will host DCPS central office staff from the Strategic Initiatives team to share information about the opening of the Stevens Early Learning Center. Meetings are open to observers and future dates are posted here.   

Turf Field Care
Kindly note that food and drink are not permitted on the new field per DCPS/DGS regulations.
We also do not allow gum at Ross. We are finding chewing gum stuck in the turf and on our playground equipment along with candy and food wrappers and empty bottles and cans. Please help us keep our new field in good shape for years to come. If you bring snacks for after school play, please ensure your child is throwing all trash in the receptable and not eating/drinking on the field.

Health Reminders/Lice
Please review the Health section of the Ross Handbook from our website. Visit www.rosselementary.organd click on the “Ross Life” tab at the top of the site. Then click on “Ross Handbook” and review the Health tab. All communicable diseases, including lice, should be reported to the school nurse for tracking. Children with lice may not be excluded from school but they must be under treatment to attend. We recommend regularly checking your child’s head for lice and combing out regularly with a good lice comb. Lice is one of those childhood nuisances and some years are worse than others for lice at school. 

School Picture Day
Please note that School Picture Day will be held on Friday, October 25th; apologies for confusion!