Dear Ross Families:

Congratulations to the Blazing Unicorns!  
PK4 is the first class to reach the 100% membership target.  Thank you, Blazing Unicorn families!    PK4 will get either a special free dress day or an extra recess, whatever the class chooses.

PTA Membership Fundraising
Thank you to everyone who joined the Ross PTA to date.  We are at 82% membership and have raised $55,000 in donations and pledges, $10,000 over our fundraising goal.  If you have not received the merchandise that accompanies your membership level, please email or stop by the office between 8am – 12pm Monday-Friday. Additional merchandise can be purchased in our online store and picked up from Mrs. Campbell.

Ross Picture Day
Friday is Picture Day (and Free Dress Day!) with Freed Photography.  We could use a few volunteers to straighten hair, wipe faces, and shepherd students to and fro their class photo to individual sittings.  Please email if you’re able to help (or feel free to stay after drop-off!).

Upcoming Meeting with Interim School Chancellor, Amanda Alexander TONIGHT!

DCCA’s first membership meeting of Fall 2018 will feature Interim School Chancellor Amanda Alexander, known to Duponters as a former principal of our own Ross Elementary. Read her DCPS bio here.  The meeting will take place this Monday, October 1st at 7:30 p.m. at the International Student House (1825 R Street, NW),  Ms. Alexander is understandably pressed at this time of year and DCCA is delighted she will be able to speak to us. In the interest of time, they will submit questions to her in advance.
Please email any queries you may have to: using the subject: Speaker Questions

School Food Advisory Board Updates
Dear families,

Thanks to each of you who signed the collective letter to council member David Grosso asking for better food in DC public schools. A small group of parents delivered the letter in person last week. We timed this to coincide with the Healthy Students Amendment Act getting ready to move through the Council. The letter was signed by 167 parents/families from over 32 DC schools.

The letter is available through the following link, and attached, if you would like to re-read it or circulate it to council members, the media, your friends, your school principal, or anybody who you think might be interested or supportive:

Our efforts are just beginning, so whether you have time to get more involved or not, please do circulate the above link widely (via your PTA, school newsletter, parent listservs, and more) so that we can continue identifying parents who would like to work on improving school food. And of course, feel free to get in touch and share ideas with me directly.

I also want to flag an upcoming opportunity to learn more about school food, have your voice heard, or explore ways you might get more involved (as little or as much as you would like) with the next meeting of the School Food Advisory Board (SFAB)–coming up on October 3. The SFAB is essentially an open forum that DCPS created this year for different stakeholders and members of the public to come together to talk about all aspects of school food. SFAB meetings take place four times per year. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 3, from 5:30-7:30, at Brookland Middle School. Free dinner will be served and Spanish translation will be available. See more about it below.

I hope to see you there,
Emilie Cassou


Walk To School Day!, Wednesday, October 10th
Join your fellow Ross families for our annual Walk to School Day event.  It’s a fun opportunity to rally with your children’s classmates and families and walk to school together as a group!
We’ll be meeting at the northeast corner of 15thand R Streets, in front of the 15thStreet Presbyterian Church at 7:45am and will leave by 8:00 am to walk across R Street to Ross.
We’ll have McGruff the crime dog and a police horse helping escort our kids to school, where weather permitting, we’ll have school breakfast, some healthy snacks and coffee for the parents waiting for us on the playground.
Kids are encouraged to wear their Ross t-shirts and to bring signs or banners with a school or pedestrian safety message.  Bikes, scooters, and strollers all welcome!
Note to ALL Drivers: On Oct. 10th, if you must drive (but we hope you won’t!) please make arrangements to park away from the school to help us ensure our students’ safety as they walk to school. 


Friday, October 5
*Free Dress Day
*School Picture Day

Monday, October 8
*No School: Columbus Day

Wednesday,October 10
*Walk to School Day

Friday, October 12
*Ross Open House

Friday, October 19
*Free Dress Day
*October Classroom Birthday Celebrations

Sunday, October 21
*Ross Night Out at D.C. United Game, 3pm

Wednesday, October 24
*Free Dress Day

Thursday, October 25
*No School: Professional Development

Friday, October 26
*No School: End of Term

Tuesday, October 30