Letter from the Principal

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Dear Janney Families,

The Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE) released a new metric for measuring school performance.  Janney received a 5-star rating, the highest rating on the metric.  I have included more information below on this new rating system.

We have hosted a few cold Jamborees over the past two weeks!  Beginning in January, we will return to indoor Jamboree for the months of January and February.  Your child’s teacher will communicate the indoor Jamboree schedule in an upcoming newsletter.  The final schedule will be included in next week’s community newsletter.

Also included in tonight’s newsletter is information about the DCPS Budget meeting, and the weekly student support services column from Ms. Toni Wills.

Finally, we have two electronic announcements: one includes the lead testing results for Janney and other DC public schools; the second is tonight’s THT which includes a flyer for Nando’s Janney Night.

Have a great week!

STAR Framework
This year, DC released the new citywide School Report Card for the first time, including information about how every school in DC performed in the 2017-2018 school year. This report card resulted from the new education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Our new citywide School Report Card provides a wide range of information, including information about academic performance, the school profile, attendance, and each school’s rating on the School Transparency and Reporting (STAR) Framework.

The STAR Framework was developed to measure many areas of school performance, not just academics. All public schools in DC receive one to five stars, with five being the highest.  The STAR Framework first measures a school’s performance for all students across multiple areas of performance. Schools earn points based on their students’ performance in each area compared to students across the city. The STAR Framework also measures performance for specific student groups including students with disabilities, students who are at-risk, English Learners, and each racial/ethnic group in the school. The school’s overall STAR Rating is based on its overall score which is calculated by combining the school’s performance of all students and the performance of each student group.

While Janney received a 5-star rating, there are still areas for improvement.  We have been taking a close look at our subgroup data as we strive to close gaps across subgroups while raising the achievement level for all students.  We still have work to do in this area and will continue to reflect on how we are teaching all students.  There are also metrics that are not included in the STAR framework, including student satisfaction ratings, and parent and family feedback.  We are proud of our rating, but we understand that the star rating is only one measure of a student’s experience at Janney. 

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 students 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. 

Student Support Services Column
Do you have a Picky Eater in your midst? At some point, we all have experienced the “Picky Eater”.  I can remember, as a child loathing the sight of a tomato! Yuck! Squishy, tasteless-No Way! But, as I grew, so did my taste buds and now, I LOVE tomatoes (one day, I will share this with my own children-J)!
Like adults, children have different preferences when it comes to food. Temperatures, colors, and textures may influence whether a child will try and/or like a new food. Some children prefer certain types of textures of food and refuse many others.  It is important to keep in mind, a child’s refusal to eat certain foods may be his/her way of telling you that certain foods don’t make them feel good or just don’t digest well, which may suggest some type of food allergy. In this case, it is always a good idea to speak with your child’s pediatrician when it comes to your child’s eating habits. 
A few strategies that I might be helpful, include the following:
Keep the Options Open… It can take up to fifteen attempts before a child will accept a new food! The goal is to keep presenting new options while making the options easier to eat. For example, roasting vegetables may make them taste sweeter or adding a squirt of honey to cooked broccoli may make it tastier.  Have you ever tried roasted kale? It’s delicious and kids love the crunchy texture! Presenting several different options may help turn refusal into a try.
Planned Plating…This is one that I have tried and must say it has worked.  Order and amount can make a world of difference at mealtime.  Try presenting things children are less excited about eating (i.e.veggies) at the beginning of the meal when they are most hungry, followed by food favorites (i.e. pizza bites or chicken nuggets) near the end of the meal.  My pediatrician once told my children that they must take the amount of bites equivalent to their age (i.e. 5 year-old takes 5 bites).  It was a helpful strategy that we still employ on occasion.
Imagination Food Station… Some kids may be unimpressed with a particular food or dinner combination.  Combining certain foods to create something new, such as a Superman Shake for that protein drink or calling broccoli “green dinosaur trees” can be a fun way to mix up the dinner routine!
At the end of the day, picky eating is usually a developmental stage that passes and just takes a little patience on the end of the adult. But sometimes, it doesn’t subside so easily and in that case, you should consult with your pediatrician, who may point you in the direction of a feeding specialist or a  Speech-Language Pathologist who specializes in feeding and swallowing.  For more information, I found this article to be useful.
Here’s to Happy Eating!
Warm regards,
Ms. Toni aka The Speech Lady
Toni Carroll-Wills, MS CCC-SLP

Reminder: DCPS Budget meeting
Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Engagement Public Community Forums
DCPS Leadership will be hosting two community forums to allow DCPS friends, families, and stakeholders the opportunity to provide input on DCPS’ Fiscal Year 2020 Budget.

  • Wednesday, December 12 at 8:45am at Moten Elementary School- 1565 Morris Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020
  • Wednesday, December 12 at 6pm at Janney Elementary School – 4130 Albemarle St NW, Washington, DC 20016

Join us at one of the Budget Engagement Forums! RSVP here.

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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