Letter from the Principal

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Dear Janney Families,

Good luck to our girls’ and boys’ basketball teams as they compete for the Championship today!  The girls’ team tips-off at 4:30pm and the boys’ game is set to start at 6:00pm.  Both teams play at Roosevelt HS.  Go Janney Jaguars!

A reminder that we have returned to outdoor Jamboree for grades 1-5.  Jamboree starts at 8:35am daily on the turf field.

This week’s newsletter contains information on the DCPS response to the Coronavirus; a save the date for our upcoming community sessions on Implicit and Explicit Bias; follow-up from our student council on their bake sale fundraiser; and, an ask from the Science team.  We will resume our student support services column next week.

Please keep reading for an important announcement from Janney+: Janney+ Programs Board of Directors is seeking enthusiastic members of the community to serve on the Board and help shape the future direction of Janney+ Programs. If interested please see further details below or contact janneypluseb@janneyschool.org.

The remainder of the newsletter includes: an update from PTA co-presidents; an announcement from Janney+; information about today’s basketball games; information about the upcoming Auction (March 14th!); and, information about an upcoming Deal play.

Finally, join us for Janney Night at Guapo’s on March 16th.

Important information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Please see this link to an important letter from Chancellor Ferebee on the Coronavirus.

On Friday, Mayor Bowser signed a Mayor’s Order to establish DC Health and the DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency as the lead agencies directing the District’s preparation, monitoring, and response. As of Sunday, March 1, DC Health reports there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Washington, DC. But as with any public health concern, we need to be prepared and informed.

The messaging from both DCPS and DC Health is to focus on prevention.  At Janney, our custodial team is regularly wiping down shared spaces and is continually checking that all restrooms are fully stocked with soap.  Our teachers are reminding our students to regularly wash their hands with soap and water; a good rule of thumb for length of hand washing is to sing the “happy birthday” song twice.  The CDC has a helpful handwashing resource page with toolkits and videos in both English and Spanish.

Teachers are closely monitoring students, and we remind all parents and care givers that students must remain home until they are free of active symptoms of any illness for a full 24-hours.  Teachers have also included the prevention measures listed below in their weekly class newsletters.

Prevention measures:

  • Provide classroom teachers with Lysol wipes, to ensure public spaces (desks, play areas etc) are wiped down daily by adults;
  • Students and staff are asked stay home if exhibiting any signs of illness (fever, diarrhea/vomiting within past 24 hrs, new and persistent cough not related to asthma or allergies or other pre-existing condition);
  • If students or staff arrive to school and begin to exhibit signs of illness, they should be brought to the school nurse for evaluation, and potentially asked to return home until symptoms reside;
  • Handwashing with warm water and soap is encouraged throughout the day;
  • If multiple cases of an illness is confirmed among students, the classroom space should be deep cleaned by custodial staff at end of day

I would encourage you to reach out directly to me with any questions or concerns that you might have regarding our prevention measures.

Community Learning Opportunities: Implicit and Explicit Bias
We will be offering learning sessions focused on implicit and explicit bias as a way to recognize words and actions that lead to making community members feel unwelcome or lead to racial profiling.  These sessions will be led by an outside facilitator and are scheduled for March 24 from 4-6pm, March 26 from 6-8pm, and April 22 from 6-8pm.  More information, including a link to sign-up, will be shared each week in our Tuesday newsletter.

Student Council News
Thank you to all of the families who donated baked goods and the ones who bought the treats at the bake sale. The $1,243.52 that we raised went to help fight Australia’s wildfires and to the animals and people affected by them. The money was given to the Australian Red Cross a few days ago.

Thanks again for the support,
Luke Voss (Student Council Secretary)

Help Us Beautify the Pre-K Garden!
Janney families, as you start to get into Spring gardening at home, please consider if you might make a plant donation to the Pre-K garden.  We are looking for hardy perennials to fill in the large center square.  Local, bird and pollinator friendly, tough plants are ideal.  Daisies, Black-eyed Susan’s, Sedums, Lilies… If you are splitting your perennials, bring us a plant.
Donations go to the science teachers: Ms. McCrackin, Ms. Young, or Ms. Simon.  They can be dropped off at the science lab on the lower level, L10. Thank you!

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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