Dear Ross Families:

Support Our School!  RSVP for our Auction!
Our 11th Annual Auction is in less than three weeks and final preparations are underway for our Disco Inferno themed evening on March 30th at the HRC.  This is our school’s largest fundraiser and we need your support!  RSVPing on our websitehelps us plan and it will save you time during registration the night of the auction.  On our website, you can also purchase advanced drink tickets, discounted raffle tickets, and get a preview of our silent auction items!

This year, we are raffling off three Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones and one iPad Mini4.  Buy your tickets at a discounted price today when you register!

D.C. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Update
We are excited to announce that Ross has been chosen for a planning assistance contract from the DC Policy, Planning and Sustainability Administration to work with the DC Safe Routes to School (SRTS) coordinator to evaluate the safety of our children as the travel to and from school. We are looking for volunteers to work with the PTA and LSAT on a committee to engage with the SRTS Consultant on our SRTS plan.  If you are interested in joining the committee, please email Neha Misra at nmisra05@gmail.com and Kate Gardner (Kateemurphy@gmail.com) by next Thursday, March 14. We are hoping to have volunteers who take different routes to get to Ross (from each direction, walking, driving, etc.). Please let us know your route and means to school if you decide to join the committee.

As background, the DC Gov Consultant will develop a SRTS Action Plan for Ross. Through this process, the Consultant will assist each school’s SRTS Team in the identification of problems and proposed solutions. The Consultant will share ideas about what is possible within a SRTS program and share SRTS strategies that have been successful elsewhere. Each school’s SRTS Team will decide which programs and projects they wish to pursue. It is expected that due to different needs and desires at each of the eight schools, the individual programs will be unique.

Each school’s SRTS Action Plan will identify Short Term, Medium Term, and Long Term Strategies for Education, Enforcement, Engineering, Encouragement, and Evaluation. The Consultant will provide assistance as necessary to begin implementation of Short Term recommendations. Such assistance may be offered through phone and e-mail consultation or through previously scheduled meetings. DDOT will coordinate with bicycle education consultants to ensure that bicycle activities are conducted at each school. DDOT will also coordinate with MPD to ensure that traffic laws are enforced in each school zone.

We hope that you will consider volunteering. Thank you!

Ross Day Out at Nationals Park
Every year, the Ross PTA organizes an end of the school year celebration outing for Ross families to Nationals Park. This year, we are considering Saturday, June 15 at 4:05 pm: Nationals vs. Diamondbacks. In order to book a block of tickets, we need to gauge interest in the event. If you are interested in going to Ross Day at Nationals Park, please fill out the survey at this link:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YWZYNQG
Please complete the survey by Wednesday, March 13. Thank you!

Politics and Prose & Comet Ping Pong Joint Fundraisers to Support the Ross Elementary Library, Sunday, March 24
The Sunday before our Auction, Politics and Prose will donate proceeds of book fair sales and Comet Ping Pong will donate proceeds from food sales to benefit our Library.  Come hear stories read by your teachers and stock up on books for you and your family. Afterwards, enjoy some pizza and play ping pong all in support of Ross! Note that we must mention Ross at checkout for us to get credit. Politics and Prose: 5017 Connecticut Ave. NW. Open Sunday 10am – 8pm. Comet Ping Pong Pizza: 5037 Connecticut Ave NW. Open Sunday 11:30am – 9:30pm.

Save the Date: Ross Movie Night/Screen on the Green Rescheduled: Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 6-8pm

Community News from Banneker City Little League
Spring 2019 Registration Has Been Extended And Will Close This Friday, March 15, 2019
Please register now, if you have not done so already. Please register now and encourage your friends and children’s friends and schoolmates to sign up. You can register here:  http://www.bannekercityll.org/Default.aspx?tabid=492565. Tee-Ball (ages 4-5) and AA/Machine Pitch (ages 6-7) teams are organized by schools, so encourage your school/PTA to consider forming a school team this Spring. Players ages 8 and older have to attend one of our Player Evaluations to be drafted to a team by a coach.

Friday, March 15
*Meet Chancellor Ferebee at Steam Cafe, 4pm

Thursday, March 22
*LSAT Meeting & Middle School Parent Panel, 5:30pm

Sunday, March 24
*Politics & Prose/Comet Ping Pong Fundraiser

Friday, March 29
*Free Dress Day
*March Classroom Birthday Celebrations

Saturday, March 30
*The 11th Annual Ross Elementary School Auction, HRC, 7pm

Wednesday, April 3
*Free Dress Day
*STEM Fair, 9:00 am
*Movie Night Rescheduled, 6pm

Thursday, April 4-Friday, April 5
*No School

Monday, April 15 – Friday, April 19
*Spring Break!

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