Thank you for attending the Back to School picnic!  We are so fortunate that the rain held off.  Many thanks to Diane Frendak for organizing and to the generous volunteers who set-up, served, and cleaned up.  It takes a village!  A special shout-out to our 4thgrade family bakers who contributed delicious treats for the Bake Sale. The class earned $280.86 which will be used for a science related project.

Finger Printing at Ross
DCPS will be at Ross on Tuesday, September 25 for fingerprinting. They will accommodate the first 25 individuals who register here.  Please note, one person per slot.  A two-parent family will need two slots if both parents plan to be printed. Please note you must complete the online volunteer application in advance AND you must bring a copy of the TB/PPD test results (less than 12 months old) or Chest X-Ray (less than five years old) to be fingerprinted.  If you are unable to complete fingerprinting on this date, you may always “walk-in” to DCPS Central Office (1200 First Street NE) and get printed.  The sign-up sheet will close at 5:00pm on Wednesday, September 19 in order to submit it 72 hours prior to the event. https://dcps.dc.gov/page/volunteer-our-schools

Parent Coffee with our Social Worker and Psychologist
Please join Mr. Conlon, Ross Psychologist and Ms. McCoy, Ross Social Worker on Tuesday, September 25 at 8:00am in the Library for coffee and conversation. Learn about their roles at Ross and how they can support you and your child. Mr. Conlon and Ms. McCoy are here to support ALL students, parents, and staff at Ross.

Bullying Prevention Resources
The DC Office of Human Rights (www.ohr.dc.gov) has many resources to address bullying and to promote bullying prevention across the city. The following resources may be helpful to differentiate between bullying behaviors and normal childhood conflict. We welcome your questions and want to partner with you as we continue to educate your children about bullying.
Please reach out with questions/concerns.
https://ohr.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/ohr/page_content/attachments/WhatIsBullyingFlyer_0.pdf
https://ohr.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/ohr/page_content/attachments/DC-OHR%20tip%20sheet%20focus%20on%20prevention%208.23.pdf

Mid-Advisory Progress Reports
DCPS operates on a quarterly instructional/advisory system. September 24 marks the mid-point of the first quarter, or advisory. Parents of children in Grades 1-5 can expect to receive a progress report in backpack mail on Monday, September 24 if there are concerns about your child’s progress according to DCPS grade level expectations. You will receive two copies of the progress report. Sign one and return it your child’s teacher by Friday, September 28. Keep the additional copy for your records. If you do not receive a progress report, that means your child is currently making adequate progress according to grade level expectations.

SmarTrip Cards/Field Trips
The DCOne cards will no longer by accepted for public transportation after September 30.
If you did not receive a new SmarTrip card at a summer distribution event, you will need to request a card from Ms. Campbell in the main office. Currently, there is a shortage of cards in DC and we are not able to accommodate all requests. Therefore, you will need to send in a loaded SmarTrip card, labelled with your child’s name, in advance of any class field trips (Grades K-5) that will depend on public transportation. We cannot accept cash on the day of the trip and we cannot purchase the cards at the Metro on the day of trip for you.  The Metro is too busy and we cannot safely supervise students if we are using the fare card machines for multiple purchases. We will keep you updated regarding the SmarTrip card inventory. For more info: www.kidsridefree.dc.gov
School Transit Office (202) 673-1740.