Janney Communication Protocols
Do you have a question, concern, comment or thought that you would like to share? This protocol is intended to help you navigate the lines of communication at Janney.
TEACHERS FIRST: As a general rule, all contact should be initiated with and/or include your child’s classroom teacher (but don’t forget to read newsletters, emails, the website and THT first).
Who’s Who? Although the teacher should still be included in emails and conversations to every extent possible, these faculty members can provide direct assistance:
- School Policy, school vision and goals, programmatic questions, and general expectations: Principal Norah Lycknell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Master Schedule and New Family Tours: Assistant Principal Linda Sell (Linda.email@example.com)
- Facilities and Reimbursements: Administrative Officer Ann Beumel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Social/Emotional Support for Students: Social Worker Maureen Leventhal (Maureen.email@example.com) and Psychologist Christina Tripodi
- Student Health: Nurse Ros Polk (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Academic and Social/Emotional Interventions and Testing: Special Education Coordinator Shellie Wood (Shellie.email@example.com)
- Notice of Absence, attendance issues and enrollment: Administrative Assistants Arlene Watkins (Arlene.firstname.lastname@example.org) and Laverne Green (Laverne.email@example.com)
- Recess and PreK Movement: Activities Coordinator Bryan Librizzi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Janney Enrichment: Pippa Trench (email@example.com)
- Janney After Care: Kimberly King (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Special Subject Classes*: Art Teacher Marie Warren (email@example.com); Library Media Teacher Lyndsey Epperson (firstname.lastname@example.org); Library Teacher Malin Kerwin (email@example.com); Music Teacher Kristen Gentile (firstname.lastname@example.org); PE Teacher Luke Kovacs (email@example.com); Science Teacher Laurie Young (firstname.lastname@example.org); Social Studies Teacher Laure Hunter (email@example.com); PK Integrated Specials Teacher Christopher Lyon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- English Language Learners Program: ELL Teacher Vesna Korac (email@example.com)
- The Janney website (www.janneyschool.org) is an important source of information about school activities.
- A weekly email newsletter is sent out to all Janney parents every Tuesday. This newsletter includes updates and information from Principal Lycknell as well as PTA, and other community updates.
- Each Tuesday, students are sent home with a Take Home Tuesday envelope. Important information regarding school events, field trips, and classroom activities and assignments come home in this envelope. Envelopes should be signed by a parent and returned to your child’s teacher on Wednesday. These envelopes include the weekly school newsletter, a critical source of updated information.
- Many teachers now maintain their own pages to keep parents posted on classroom activities and assignments. The DCPS website is http://dcps.dc.gov/portal/site/DCPS/.
- Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled three times a year: fall, winter, and spring. Typically these conferences are for 15 minutes to accommodate all families within the designated times.
- Back to School Night provides an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s teachers (including specialists) and to learn about the year’s programs and curriculum goals, school goals, and modernization.
- If parents have a concerns about what is going on in their child’s classroom, they should contact the classroom teacher directly.
- To schedule a meeting with Principal Lycknell, contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow 24 hours for her to respond. Meetings will be scheduled before or after school.
- Principal’s coffees are held periodically throughout the year. These coffees are open to all parents and are intended to provide a forum for parents to engage with the principal about specific topics.
- Grade level coffees are scheduled int he fall and provide a forum for parents to interact with other parents in their child’s grade.
- PTA Community Meetings are held 6 times a year and are a forum for the general PTA (all parents) to hear from the PTA Executive Board, the principal, members of the school staff, or in some cases outside speakers. For a schedule of PTA Community Meetings, please check the calendar.