Letter from the Principal

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Dear Janney Families,

Welcome to the first Tuesday newsletter of the 2018-2019 school year!  At present count, we have 736 students enrolled at Janney, with over 500 families represented.  It has been an exciting two days reconnecting with returning students and welcoming new friends into our community.  I trust that you and your child(ren) had an exciting first day of school and are looking forward to a fantastic year ahead!

Please note that we will host our annual Fall Picnic on Friday, September 14 – this is a change from the date included in the summer mailing.  We will also host a Garden Clean-up Day on Saturday, September 15; more information will be included in next week’s newsletter.

School Security Procedures
Officer Priscilla transferred to Deal MS this summer and we wish her all the best – the Deal community is lucky to have her!  We will have two security guards stationed at Janney this year. We welcome Officer Suggs and Officer Tiffany to the Janney community.

I’d like to take this opportunity to review our security procedures.  Please read carefully as there are a few changes to our morning drop-off procedures as we continue to prioritize student safety.

Beginning Monday August 27, we will use the side cafeteria door off of the blacktop as the main entry point for all morning JAC drop-off.  The Albemarle entrance will be locked until 8:20 am and all non-staff members will need to be buzzed into the building if they choose to enter via that entrance.  Please note that the main office does not open until 8 am, so a staff member will not be able to buzz you in to the main entrance until that time; you must use the side cafeteria entrance before 8 am.

We will open the turf field doors and the Albemarle doors at 8:20 am to assist with our morning arrival.  The turf field doors will be locked at 8:45 am, and the Albemarle doors will be locked at 9:00 am.  Students are marked tardy if they arrive after 8:50 am.

Please know that you will be asked to show your ID as you sign-in when you enter the building during school hours (8:50 am – 3:20 pm).  All of your faces are new to our security guards, so thank you in advance for demonstrating patience and respect as they work to ensure that our students are safe during the school day.

All homeroom teachers will return students to their morning arrival locations for afternoon dismissal.  If your student is not enrolled in any afterschool activities and you arrive after 3:30 pm, your child can be picked up in the main office.  Please make sure that you communicate any dismissal changes with your child’s teacher.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.  We are a large school and we strive to create a warm and welcoming campus while also prioritizing student safety.  If you have any concerns, please reach out to a member of the administrative team.

Rainy Day Arrival and Dismissal
In the event of rainy weather in the morning, we will open the turf field doors and the Albemarle St doors by 8:20 am to allow students and families entrance to the building.  We ask all students to either wait in the cafeteria (for those entering via the Albemarle St doors) or the gym (for those entering via the turf field doors) until 8:35 am when all students are released to their homerooms.  Adults do not need to wait with their students once they arrive in the cafeteria or gym.  Once students are released to their homerooms, we ask all adults to say goodbye to their students in the cafeteria or gym rather than accompanying them directly to class.

In the event of rainy weather in the afternoon, we will follow an indoor dismissal and adults will pick students up directly from their classroom.  We will open the Albemarle St and the turf field doors at 3:05 pm.  Please note that we follow a rolling dismissal: PK/K @ 3:10; 1st-3rd @ 3:15; and 4/5 @3:20. If a student is not picked up by 3:30 pm, the student is taken to the main office and a parent is called.

With a large and active community, it is important to streamline communication so that information is available to our families in a predictable and accessible manner.  We will send out the community newsletter electronically each Tuesday evening, and links to our Take Home Tuesday announcements will be included in that email.  If teachers have important information that requires your attention or your signature, your child’s teacher will send home a folder on Tuesday with this information.  Weekly principal letters will be posted to the website in order to ensure that all community members have access to important information.  All teachers are expected to send out their weekly classroom newsletter by Tuesday evening.

Upcoming Events
For the month of September, we will hold grade level coffees so that families from each grade level get to know each other in a smaller, more informal setting.  AP Barnhart or I will be present for at least a portion of each coffee.  The grade level coffees will take place in the cafeteria.

Grade level coffees:
PK/K: August 29 @ 8:45 am
1st/2nd: September 5 @ 8:45 am
3rd/4th/5th: September 12 @ 8:45 am

We will also host Open Houses by grade level throughout the year.  This is a chance for parents and families to visit a child’s classroom for a short time to see the learning in action.  The Open Houses will begin directly after Jamboree, at approximately 8:45 am.  A schedule of Open Houses will appear in this space soon.

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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