Welcome, September! We are all getting back into our school routines. Our classes have been named, our schedules are beginning to stick and teachers are currently administering a variety of assessments to inform instructional planning and grouping.  Our fifth graders depart for Camp Fraser today, launching a new season of field trips and experiential learning.

Thank you for attending Back to School Nights last week to learn about grade level curriculum and programming. We hope to see you tonight at 6:00pm for the first PTA meeting of the school year. All parents/caregivers are welcome to attend and learn about the important work of the PTA.

In keeping with DCPS policy and for safety, please remember to sign in at the security desk and receive a visitor’s pass upon entry to the building.  DO NOT proceed directly up into classrooms looking for teachers or your child unless you are checking in/out of PK3 and PK4. Teachers are reporting that parents are “popping in” to classrooms and coat closets to bring forgotten items or escorting children into coat closets. If you are bringing an item your child forgot, please bring it to the security desk and Officer Woodley will ensure that it gets to your child.

Unfortunately, there have been several vehicular accidents involving DCPS students near schools over the past two weeks. Please teach your child about pedestrian safety and keep the following in mind:

  • Cross the street at a crosswalk, or if no crosswalk exists, at the intersection.
  • Wait for the “Walk” signal before crossing.
  • Drop your child at the Ross curb and do not have your child exit into traffic.
  • Walk without being distracted by cell phones or other electronic devices.
  • Exit bikes and scooters at the front and back gates and walk them onto the property.

We are looking forward to an exciting autumn filled with a lot of fun activities. Check the Ross website often for calendar updates and other important information. If you have suggestions for website content, please reach out. We want the new site to be helpful!

Best Regards,

Holly Searl, Principal