Arts Planning for 2020-21 School Year
In anticipation of completion of our attic space for the 2021-22 school year, which will provide dedicated art and music classrooms, Ross staff and parents who joined the Arts Planning Committee support transitioning to offering art and music instruction on-site at Ross for the 2020-21 school year. Art and music would be offered in Ross classrooms for one year which would be used as a planning year with Ross staff, the Arts Planning Committee, central office and architects to inform a formal arts launch in the completed attic classrooms. We understand instrumental music instruction is a priority for many families and we wish to prioritize hiring a general music teacher who can also teach band or strings, if possible.  We also plan to leverage our current community partnerships with the  Kennedy Center, Keegan Theatre, National Conservatory of Arts, Spooky Action theatre, Treehouse Atelier and EDCJCC. 
Please complete the survey to share your priorities for arts instruction and any additional questions and concerns. 
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=7kagKk6zM0qSt5md8rwKMjxoFXEFreJLsqZ0zmOPWkRUREpWQ1lNM1g1V1NRVExBVjRVMkFES0JQSS4u
We are also surveying students in Grades 3-5.
The survey will close at 5:00pm on Thursday, February 13.

Reminder: 4th/5thGrade Parent Coffee
Join the Keegan Theatre Musical Director on Wednesday, February 12 at 8:00am in Room 205 at Ross to learn about the upcoming musical. Details about the musical are included in the grade level weekly updates from Ms. Mulford and Ms. Meyer.

Reminder: Parent Coffee for FY21 Budget
Please join me on Friday, February 14 at 8:00am in Room 205 for a presentation about the FY21 budget allocation. You can review the budget allocations and learn about the DCPS budgeting process here https://www.dcpsdatacenter.com/

Parent University
Please see attached for upcoming parent workshops sponsored by DCPS.
https://mcusercontent.com/c1cbb473320df0032fcde5657/files/8cd5c32e-55b6-499b-bc32-18bfa996d557/Parent_University_Flyers_English_1_.pdf
https://mcusercontent.com/c1cbb473320df0032fcde5657/files/89de0127-ce9d-467a-a321-6c0235dad2d6/Parent_University_Flyers_Spanish.pdf

Fingerprinting Reminder
Volunteer clearance through DCPS is valid for two years. If your clearance is due to expire, you must update your clearance. https://dcps.dc.gov/node/993302

3rd Annual Ross Family Bingo Night: Wednesday, February 12th, 6-8pm, Foundry UMC
This year’s Ross PTA Winter Family Night will be held on Wednesday, February 12 from 6-8pm at Foundry UMC and comes after last year’s wildly successful Bingo event, which drew huge crowds!  We are looking forward to another fun evening of bingo, trivia, prizes, pizza, and good times for the whole family.  We will plan to serve pizza dinner at 6:00 p.m. with bingo commencing around 6:30 p.m. when guest emcees will take the stage calling numbers. If you are planning on coming, please do RSVP hereand if you are able, please also sign up to help with set up, pizza serving, or cleanup.  Additionally, if you have new games or books to donate to be used as prizes, please drop them off in the office or bring them by Wednesday evening!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C48AEAD2EA5FE3-ross17

12th Annual Ross Fundraising Auction: Saturday, March 7th, 7-10pm at the Human Rights Campaign
This year’s Hawaiian Luau-themed auction is fast approaching.  Please RSVP now to help the committee plan accordingly!  We are hard at work procuring items and planning a fun party for our community.  Do book your babysitters now as this is an adults-only event.  To assist you with finding childcare, here is a code for 50% off your first month of UrbanSittermembership: EVENTSCH350. It’s valid now through March 31, 2020 and can be redeemed here: https://www.urbansitter.com/promo/event50

Consider Donating to the Auction by February 22!
Not only do we want you to come to the Auction, we also hope that you will consider donating an item.  You could donate a themed auction basket (the PTA will provide the basket!), home-cooked meal; photography; or vacation home.  If you have an item, talent, or skill, please email us at rossauction2020@gmail.com or drop it off at the office, and thank you!  

Monday, February 10
*LSAT Meeting, 7:45 a.m.

Wednesday, February 12
*PTA Winter Family Night, 6:00 p.m., Foundry UMC, 1500 16th St., NW

Friday, February 14
*Parent Budget Coffee, 8:00 a.m.
*Free Dress Day
*Valentine’s Day Parties

Monday, February 17-Friday, February 21
*Winter Break

Thursday, February 27
*LSAT Meeting, 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 3
*PTA EB Meeting, 8:45 a.m

Saturday, March 7
*12th Annual Ross Fundraising Auction, 7:00 p.m., HRC