Letter from the Principal

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Dear Janney Families,

Thank you to the many parents and care givers who attended last Wednesday’s Community Night.  Please note that there will be a separate, standalone email blast later this week containing the slides for our Community Night and next steps for engaging in further community learning and conversations.

I hope many of you were able to see the musical this weekend.  A huge thanks to Director Karen Harris, her crew, and the many parent volunteers who worked to make the show such a success!  The kids were fantastic, and it was a fun show to watch.

This week’s newsletter contains the Cyber Safety slides that were presented at last week’s Community Night; a column about upcoming student personal safety lessons from Cydney Lewis, school Counselor, who will be writing the Student Support Services columns for the month of February; and, an announcement from the student council about an upcoming fundraiser.

Cyber Safety Presentation and Cell Phone Policy
Denise DeRosa, founder of Cyber Sensible, presented at last week’s Community Meeting.  She has shared her presentation with our community and it can be accessed here.

A reminder that all student cell phones must be powered off and remain in a student’s backpack during school hours.  Please note that administration reserves the right to take a student’s cell phone if in use and that a parent or guardian would then need to pick up the phone directly from the Principal’s office.

Student Support Services Column
Q. How can you keep your child safe even when they’re not with you?

A. Practice!
When teaching safety rules to your children, use language that makes sense for your family. Here are some meaningful subjects for you to review with your children before the lessons at school:

1. Who is a stranger? A stranger is not a man with a dark hat in a white van! Emphasize to your children that a stranger is simply anyone they don’t know. Even familiar people can be strangers, such as the barista at Starbucks or the neighbor down the block that you see but have never spoken to.  Strangers aren’t necessarily a threat, but neither are they a resource.

2. Some strangers are safe adults. Who is a safe adult? Tell your children that if they find themselves in a public place where they don’t recognize anyone, they can ask a worker in a uniform, behind a desk or counter, for help. Review with your children what that would look like in a grocery store, museum, the soccer field, an amusement park, etc. What if there is no desk? They should look for a mom or parent with children (not a lone adult); safe adults will almost always ask a child if there is someone they can call. Consider role-playing different scenarios with your children, creating scenes that make sense for your family’s situation.

3. Unfamiliar adults ask other adults for help, not children. Teach your children that if an adult they don’t know asks for their help they can say, “I’ll get my parent/ caregiver” or “My parent/ caregiver can help you with that.” Remind your kids that safe adults are never bothered when a child says “no” to them.

4. Anytime someone says, “Don’t tell your parents” the first thing for children to do is tell their parents /caregivers!  Yes, there is a difference between secrets and surprises, and practicing with your children can help them distinguish between the two.

5. Make a safety plan with your family. Consider including: emergency contact information, safe adults in addition to those at home, designated meeting spots during outings. This is a link to a comprehensive list of safety measures. Find the ones that make the most sense for your family and familiarize your child with the associated rules:

Next time we’ll outline the standards that address body safety so that you can begin to discuss this important topic at home before we teach it at school.

Cydney Lewis
School Counselor

Janney Student Council
Student Council Bake Sale This Thursday and Friday
The Student Council is having a bake sale to help support the people and wildlife affected by the Australian wildfires. Although we are happy to receive baked goods from any grades, we are asking students in grades 4-5 in particular to try to donate a homemade (or store bought) treat for the sale. This fundraiser will take place after school on Thursday and Friday, February 13-14 in the atrium. The table will be run by the student council officers, class representatives, and alternates.

There will be no specific cost per item, rather, we are asking for a donation to the Australian Red Cross in order to purchase an item.  Checks or cash will be accepted.

If you are able to provide baked goods or something else for us to sell at the bake sale, please make individual portions and take it to Ms. Cole’s room (301) on Wednesday or Thursday.  As always, please make sure there are NO NUTS in any food items.

Thanks for your support and hope to see you there!
Luke Voss, Student Council Secretary

Warm Regards,
Alysia Lutz, Principal

  • Janney Calendar

    April 2021

    Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    • End of Term / Half-Day PD & Half-Day Records Day / No School for Students
    • No School
    • No School
    • No School
    • No School
    • Janney Meeting re New Ward 3 Schools
    • Dining Out at Potomac Pizza
    • DCPS Office of School Planning Meeting with Janney re New Ward 3 Schools

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