Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing and joyful winter break.
This is our only 5-day week with students in January. Parent/Teacher Conferences are next Friday, January 17th, and teacher and staff professional development days are scheduled for Monday, January 27th and Tuesday, January 28th. Additionally, please save the date for our next Community Night on Wednesday, February 5th @ 6pm. More information will be included in next week’s newsletter.
This week’s newsletter contains information on the results of DCPS’ annual lead testing; information on our upcoming Spelling Bee for 4th and 5th graders; information regarding a forthcoming Panorama survey for families; and, a note from social worker Sara Solomon who will be writing the January student support services column.
The remainder of the newsletter includes an update from the PTA co-presidents with information about the SSF, auction and upcoming events. Other articles include: Bingo Night; the Janney girls’ and boys’ basketball games schedule; Used Book Sale; Janney Musical tickets; the Janney list serv; and the Janney Auction.
Your child’s teacher should be sending out a sign-up for conferences with this week’s class newsletter. The sign-up for Specials teacher conferences can be accessed here.
Lead in Water Testing Results
Throughout the course of the year, DC Public Schools (DCPS) and the DC Department of General Services (DGS) partner to coordinate lead testing of drinking water sources within all schools. Please see the attached letter from DCPS Chief Operating Officer, Patrick Davis regarding testing results.
The Janney Spelling Bee will be held Monday, January 14, at 9:10am in the cafeteria. 4th and 5th grade students are participating and 4th and 5th grade classes will be in attendance. All families and community members are welcome to attend. Come find out who will be the c-h-a-m-p-i-o-n!
Panorama Family Survey
Panorama Family Survey is launching Monday January 13, 2020. You will be receiving an e-mail from DCPS to participate in the annual Panorama family survey launching Jan 13 through Feb 14, 2020. Please take a moment to provide your input on your experience and satisfaction at Janney Elementary School. The link to the survey is bit.ly/dcpsfamily. Please contact Ann Beumel at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Student Support Services Column
Ask the Worry Doctor! During the month of January, I’ll be writing the Student Support Team column in the Janney Newsletter. After our successful Parenting Forum earlier this month, I thought I would open up this column to answer your questions, advice column-style. Please use this form to submit your question about parenting, school, discipline, behavior management, grief and loss, sibling conflict, kids and divorce, setting routines, or anything else that’s on your mind! All questions will be published anonymously (I’ll remove any identifying information for publication, even if you reveal more to me in your question), and this form is confidential.
Reminder: Indoor Jamboree: January and February
We will move Jamboree indoors beginning in January. Each grade level will be assigned a day to host a grade-wide Morning Meeting in the gym beginning at 8:35am. Please note that drop-off procedures will not change for students in grades PK-K. If you have a student in grades 1-5, please drop-off your child off directly at the gym on their assigned grade-level day. If it is not your child’s assigned grade-level day, students may transition to their classrooms beginning at 8:35am. The turf field doors will be open for arrival between 8:30-8:45am. Students may also continue to use the Albemarle doors for arrival. We ask that parents in grades 1-5 drop their students off on the first floor and that they do not travel to the classroom with students.
Schedule for indoor Jamboree:
Mondays – all students report to homerooms
Tuesdays – PK and K
Wednesdays – 1st and 2nd grades
Thursdays – 3rd and 4th grades
Fridays – 5th grade