Letter from the Principal

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Dear Janney Community,

I hope you enjoy a relaxing Thanksgiving break.  I also hope that you and your family remain healthy and safe during this challenging time.

Tonight’s newsletter will provide short updates on our CARE class, student support centers, and Advisory 3 reopening plans.  I will explain how the return of students to the building will impact the use of outdoor space during school hours.  There is also a link to a DCPS survey to help us plan for Advisory 3 reopening.  The survey will be open until December 4, 2020.  Finally, I have included reminders for the upcoming sessions on Interrupting Microaggressions with Jessy Molina and a link to vote in our LSAT election that closes tomorrow.

Returning Students to the Building
We are scheduled to begin returning students to the building on Wednesday, December 9.  Eleven fifth grade students will join us daily to participate in a CARE class at Janney.  These students will remain in their virtual homerooms but will complete their schoolwork at Janney during regular school day hours.  In addition to the CARE class, we are also hosting fourth and fifth grade outdoor lunch clubs as we have applied to be a Student Support Center.  Student Support Centers are a way for schools to creatively bring small groups of students back to campus for short periods of time.  Fourth and fifth grade families received a separate email communication regarding daily lunch clubs; please complete this survey by F, 11/27 if your fourth or fifth grader is interested in attending a lunch club.

As we bring students back to campus on December 9, we will close our outdoor space daily from 8:30am-3:15pm.  I know that many families use the outdoor space during virtual learning breaks, but due to health and safety protocols for our in-person schedule, we cannot permit unscheduled use of the outdoor space.

After the Thanksgiving break, we will convene a Reopening Community Corps – otherwise know as our Janney LSAT.  The LSAT will engage in a series of DCPS-planned meetings over the next month with a focus on what reopening could look like at Janney for Advisory 3.  One step in our planning process is to look at the data collected via this survey.  Please take 15-20 minutes to complete this survey by Friday, December 4, 2020.  I will provide a weekly update to the community on our reopening planning meetings and will also include Janney-specific survey results.

Upcoming Community Events
Our staff has been fortunate to learn with Jessy Molina over the past year as she has facilitated professional development focused on diversity, inclusion, and equity.  We will host parent-facing sessions focused on Interrupting Microaggressions next week.  A reminder that the sessions are scheduled for 6-7:30pm on Dec 2 & Dec 3.  Thank you to those families who attended our sessions on Implicit Bias.

Please see the RSVP link below; the link also contains explanations of each session.
Parent/Caregiver session with Jessy Molina (office.com)

Our student support services team will host parent-facing support sessions during the second week of December as a means of adult support during this virtual learning period.  We hope to host these sessions on a recurring basis and more information is forthcoming as well.  The sessions will be hosted in grade level bands from 5-6pm.

LSAT Elections
Thank you to the nine parents who have graciously volunteered to serve a 2-year term on LSAT.  This year we have four positions open.  The voting window will remain open through Wednesday, November 25.  You can vote using the link below.
LSAT Elections SY 20-21 Survey (surveymonkey.com)

Best Regards,

Alysia Lutz, Principal

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