Welcome to the Ross Justice and Kindness Corner!


Welcome to the Justice and Kindness Corner of the Ross website!  We recently created a Justice and Kindness Committee at Ross.  Our vision is to provide meaningful opportunities for Ross students and families to build community, practice kindness, and engage in the work of social justice.  We invite Ross families to use this Justice and Kindness Corner as a resource to learn about local service opportunities for families, recommended multicultural and justice-focused books, and social justice work that is taking place in our Ross community.  Thank you for your interest and support.  We welcome your ideas and feedback!
****Special Note to Ross Families:  THANK YOU for making Ross Service Learning Night a success!****

Thanks to all of your generous donations and hard work, we made 88 ham and cheddar sandwiches, 287 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and almost 500 trail mix snack bags to support Martha’s Table. Your energy and enthusiasm made this possible! We encourage you to continue supporting the work of Martha’s Table with family and friends. To prepare and donate sandwiches, go here. To prepare and donate trail mix snack bags, go here.  We also want to thank our generous neighborhood sponsors: Dupont Market, Glen’s Garden Market, Safeway, and Trader Joe’s. We appreciate all of your support!

Upcoming Events and Opportunities Around DC

Make Trail Mix Snack Bags for Martha’s Table After School at Ross!

  • May 25th and June 8th from 3:30 – 4 PM in the Ross Library
  • Bring dried fruit, nuts, or another trail mix ingredient to contribute
  • One parent/caregiver per family


Please join the Justice and Kindness Committee for a special parent workshop – “How to Raise a Child in Preparation for a Diverse World.”  The workshop will take place at Ross on Wednesday, May 31st from 8:45 – 9:45 AM.   We’re excited to offer this space for Ross parents and caregivers to discuss how we develop our children’s cultural competence and to share questions, ideas, and resources.

Dr. Sweeney is a DC-based psychologist and cultural competence expert. She created Culturally Competent Kids to equip parents and educators with the tools necessary to positively shape children’s perceptions of what diversity is and how it impacts them and their lives. Here’s how she describes this foundational workshop: We all want to raise children who are happy, healthy, and successful. Being able to function in an ever-changing world is an important underlying component to all of these things. Applicable to parents, teachers, and caregivers, this presentation equips participants with information and tools to help children become lifelong learners of diversity and continue to develop cultural competence throughout their lives.

You can learn more about Dr. Sweeney’s work at http://www.culturallycompetentkids.com. We hope to see you on May 31st!


Volunteer at the DC Diaper Bank in May: Sign Up and Learn More Here


Become a Book Club Helper at The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project

  • Book Club Helpers:  Recommended for individuals or families with children.  We need committed monthly volunteers with a library card to help keep our book collections at our site locations up-to-date with our monthly curriculum themes.  Volunteers will go to their local library once a month to take out books on our list (provided via email) for that month and deliver them directly to one of our program sites.  Every month, you will drop off new books and retrieve the previous month’s books.  This opportunity will launch in late January, so please email Deborah at deborah@playtimeproject.org to sign up.  For more information, visit: http://www.playtimeproject.org/get-involved/group-volunteers/

Resources For Families

Social Justice Standards and Text Sets

This year at Ross, we are seeking to build themes of social justice and kindness into our classroom curricula in an intentional and developmentally appropriate way.  Several teachers have engaged with the social justice standards that are part of the Teaching Tolerance Anti-Bias

Framework (found here) and identified children’s books for PK – 1st grade and 2nd grade – 5th grade that are aligned to each standard.  Students will be introduced to these books during their library time each week.  If you would like to engage in discussions or make connections to these texts at home, the table below shares the books that your child will be reading each month.
Grade Level
Focus: Identity
PK – 1st
I see that the way my family and I do things is both the same as and different from how other people do things, and I am interested in both.
1. The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey
2. Dim Sum for Everyone by Grace Lin
3. Mama’s Sari by Pooja Makhijani
4. Night of the Moon by Hena Khan
2nd – 5th
I know my family and I do things the same as and different from other people and groups, and I know how to use what I learn from home, school and other places that matter to me.
1. Meet Danita Brown by Nikki Grimes
2. Nadia’s Hands by Karen English
3. The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco
4. Let’s Go See Papa by Lawrence Schimel

Recommended Booklists

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities for Families

Inspiring Parent Profile

Plan A Sandwich Making Play Date to Support Martha’s Table!

Julianne, mom of two Ross students, shared this awesome idea for a meaningful play date:

My daughters, ages 4 and 7, were asking what they could do to help the homeless in our neighborhood. Our solution was to begin hosting community service-oriented play dates. Each child involved would bring something to contribute to the making of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Martha’s Table. We have made over 100 sandwiches now and have had so much fun together! #spreadthelove

Martha’s Table Sandwich and Muffin Making Directions

Martha’s Table Trail Mix Directions

Previous Ross Events

Coming Soon!

Events and Opportunities for Parents and Caregivers