Calendar
May 4-8: Teacher Appreciation Week
Tuesday, May 19: Joint LSAT/PTA meeting (call in details forthcoming)
Wednesday, May 20: Cardozo Feeder Pattern Middle School Feasibility Study
5:00-6:00pm
+1 202-539-1291   United States, Washington DC (Toll)
Conference ID: 338 243 102#
Friday, May 22: No school for students, Parent/Teacher Conference Day
Monday, May 25: Memorial Day Holiday, No School for students or staff
Friday, May 29: Last Day of School and 5th Grade Promotion at 10:00am

Enrollment
Thank you to all families who have completed online enrollment. The link is here https://enrolldcps.dc.gov/node/76
 and if you have questions, please reach out to Ms. Campbell.  Kyndal.campbell@k12.dc.gov
Parents of current 5th graders, please enroll online for 6th grade if you are staying in DCPS.
When you enroll, there will be an option to select the middle school your child will be attending.

Grading Advisory 4
As communicated by Chancellor Ferebee, elementary students will be graded in the following manner for the Fourth Advisory, which started on April 27.
Elementary Grading For Term 4, students will receive a “P” (pass) in content areas where they were able to consistently engage (a minimum 2 times per week) in learning at home assignments and activities. Students will be assigned a “NM” (no mark) in content areas where they were unable to engage in learning at home assignments and activities.

Parenting Support

Dealing with a Child’s Meltdown

            In this article in Psychology Today, psychotherapist/author Erin Leyba describes her 5-year-old son’s extreme anxiety when a doctor needed to draw his blood. Nothing the adults in the room said was effective: You’ll be fine. It’ll be over in five minutes. Calm down. Stop crying. Try to be brave. Neither were incentives, bribes, or threats of punishment.
When children are this anxious, a fight-or-flight response kicks in, producing higher heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure along with clinging, shaking, hiding, screaming, acting out, running away, sometimes nausea. “It’s extremely difficult – if not impossible – for kids to think logically or control their behavior until the fight-or-flight response has dissipated,” says Leyba – and that can take up to an hour. She suggests the following strategies to help children calm down, regain a sense of safety, and come to terms with their feelings:
            • Take deep breaths. Anxiety is often accompanied by rapid, shallow chest breathing. Inhaling for three seconds from the abdomen, holding it for three seconds, and exhaling through pursed lips for three seconds can lower heart rate and induce relaxation.
            • Get active. Physically demanding tasks like wall pushups, pushing a vacuum, walking up stairs, or climbing a jungle gym can help calm and center a child.
            • Make a plan. Taking specific actions can help kids understand and tolerate stress. A boy who was feeling anxious after joining a baseball team decided to chew gum and take a short walk.
            • Use rituals. These can be “stability anchors” that relieve stress if they’re rolled out before, during, or after anxiety-producing events – for example, always taking a child out for ice cream after a doctor’s appointment.
            • Name it to tame it. Kids can be asked to tell a story about what they’re worried or upset about and why.
            • Narrow the focus. Meditating, coloring, or focusing on a specific feeling, activity, sight, or conversation can produce relaxation.
            • Laugh. “Humor can distract, reframe, relax muscles, and release endorphins,” says Leyba. Try playing a goofy game, watching a cartoon, or telling family jokes.
            • Reflect. After dealing successfully with a fraught episode, walk the child through what worked: On a scale of 1 to 10, how hard was it? What is one thing that helped you get through it?

“8 Simple Ways to Soothe an Anxious Child” by Erin Leyba in Psychology Today, May/June 2020 (Vol. 53, #3, pp. 32-33)