Principal Communications

September 25th

We will continue celebrating our Latin and Hispanic pride and heritage this month and the rest of the year through multiple events and class activities that we’ll share in grade level newsletters.

Please read the following announcements and reminders for this week. If you have a question or concerns, please reach out.

Family Engagement

This year, we’ll continue strengthening the partnership between school and families. We’ll create additional and more equitable opportunities to engage in school activities, be part of the decision making, and stay informed. We intentionally use the terms “school family” and “community” when referring to this partnership because these terms are borrowed from Conscious Discipline (the social emotional framework used at school).

We believe in the positive impact this partnership has in the development of the social, emotional, and academic skills of our tigers. Below is a list of some of the family engagement opportunities throughout the year. Some of these will be in person and some will be virtual. We’re also committed to keeping a balance in language (Spanish and English). Please let us know what other forms of family engagement you’d like to see in our community and your preference for formats (in person or virtual). See form for feedback below.

  • Escuela de Padres: We’ll host at least three during the year, starting with the in person early biliteracy nights in K (10/2) and 1st grade (10/4) from 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the Oyster campus. We’ll announce the rest shortly.
  • Cafecitos with the administration: This monthly gathering will provide updates and create spaces to answer questions for families. This year, we’ll continue doing one for each campus. We’re considering hosting them in a specific language (only English or only Spanish) because we’ve noticed that we tend to communicate more in English. Finally, per request, we will explore different formats (virtual or in person) and times (in the morning or in the afternoon).
  • Showcases: This year, we’ve created grade level expectations for showcases to ensure equal opportunities for families across all grade levels. We want to invite families to see what our tigers are doing and can achieve in different classes.
  • OCC-sponsored community building events: We continue working with OCC in those amazing community building activities that we hope we can bring back every year: La Noche, Fiesta, Black History Month, soccer games, ice cream socials, etc.
  • Parent Teacher Conferences: This year, we’ll host parent teacher conferences in a hybrid model. In the next weeks, each grade level will share the way to sign up for the first round of PTCs during the third week of October.
  • Mix and Mingles: This is another opportunity for families to meet other families and teachers at the beginning of the year in person and in small groups.
  • LSAT: This is an advisory group that meets monthly to support the school administration on some decision-making.
  • OCC: This is the Parent-Teacher organization that that meets monthly to help support many of the dreams and needs that we have as a school community.

This brief list does not capture all we do as a school, and we know we can do more. This is why your feedback is important about ideas and preferences for formats, times, and type of events that will be useful for us to strengthen our partnership with families. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts by completing the following form.

National Security Officer Appreciation

This is the time to appreciate the officers who work hard to help keep us and our school communities safe and secure. Let’s take some time to say thank you and maybe have our students create cards or messages.

Transition from PARCC to DC CAPE

OSSE has announced that the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessments of Progress in Education (DC CAPE) will replace the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), and will include the DC ELA assessment (DC ELA), the DC Math assessment (DC Math), and the DC Science assessment (DC Science).

Staying the same

  • Required assessments in the subjects of ELA, math, and science
  • Alignment with state content standards
  • Number and types of questions
  • Testing platform for students
  • Multiple reviews of all items by DC educators and OSSE staff
  • Comparability to prior years of PARCC administration - the tests will be managed and scored by the same vendors

What's New?

  • The name of the assessment system: DC will no longer participate in a multi-state consortium
  • The educator-facing assessment management platform: this means that there will be new training for test administrators

School Buses on Calvert Street

Some concerns about the location of the school buses’ waiting area on Calvert Street was brought to the school administration’s attention. We’ve been closely monitoring how long buses are parked there, how often the public bus runs, and from where our students' families are walking from, etc. There was a request to move the school buses to the black top area, which will impact the drop-off for families who drive their students to school and park in that area. Please reach out to the school administration to share your thoughts and suggestions and share your thoughts in this form.

Schoolwide Teacher Partner Allocation

In the past two weeks, the school administration, LSAT, OCC, and a group of parents and teachers have engaged in conversations about the allocation of teacher partners (educational aides) at school level.

At the beginning of the year, to address a gap in the number of teacher partners at the Adams campus, we reallocated two teacher partners from Oyster to Adams. While our intent was to best utilize existing resources, we’ve decided to return to our traditional allocation of 18 teacher partners at the Oyster campus. I will work together with LSAT, OCC, and teachers on both campuses to figure out the best way to close the teacher partner gap at Adams. The Adams campus currently will have five teacher partners.

In an educational space with finite resources and wide student needs, resource allocation can be a challenging conversation. I deeply appreciate the full community for showing up the way that you do and continuing to put our students first.


The next SIT meeting is on 10/27 and is a virtual meeting. The team will talk about the playground for the new Adams building.

This is all for now--I hope you all have a great week.

September 18th

As we start our fourth week of school, the admin team and instructional coaches are very excited and grateful for all we have seen in classrooms, hallways, cafeteria, and recess breaks. We feel strongly about establishing the right culture of school.

Thank you for your participation and hard work to make Back to School Night a great event with a high turnout and many positive comments.

Unfortunately, I will not be at school this week as I just tested positive for COVID this morning. If the symptoms continue to being mild, I’ll work virtually. My apologies in advance if I miss any emails or meetings this week. The rest of the admin team will be able to address any immediate requests you may have.

Please read the following announcements, key dates, and reminders for this week. We hope everyone has a great week.

Schoolwide Teacher Partners Allocation

Last week, the admin team had the opportunity to hear some feedback and questions from some families and teachers about the allocation of teacher partners (instructional aides) at the school level. Last Friday, in a small meeting at the Oyster campus, we shared the budgetary implications that determine the allocation of teacher partners.  We also shared how Oyster-Adams is in a great position compared to the rest of schools in the district and how we do not have the capacity to afford a second designated adult in every class.

We’ll continue working on ways to create schedules to maximize small group instruction in all grade levels and keep and enhance high standards of academic achievement.

Please reach out directly to the school administration if you have any questions or comments.

Announcements and Reminders:

  • PARCC results follow-up: After receiving some feedback about the clarity of the graphs in the last week’s message, we have updated the information in the following document.
  • Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month. Thank you to all families who joined us celebrating quienes somos throughout the rest of the month and the week.
  • Athletic Practices: We continue working with coaches to finalize the list of students who may need to ride the bus in the evening. In the meantime, coaches are working with families to coordinate transportation after each practice.
  • Crossing Guard at Adams: We will be receiving additional support for the Adams campus in the next few days.

Key dates

  • 9/21: Virtual OCC meeting from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Additional information will be shared on the school website.
  • 9/27: Virtual SIT meeting (modernization of Adams) from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

This is all for now. I hope you have an amazing week!

September 12th

We had a great second week at school! We heard great comments from parents in all mix and mingles and from students in informal conversations and observations. My apologies for not being able to attend the 2nd and 3rd grade mix and mingles, but I had to be at Adams working to get classrooms functioning ACs.

This week, we have a second round of family engagement activities with mix and mingles in grades 7 and 8, the virtual Back to School Night for both campuses and LSAT.

Please read the following announcements and reminders for this short week. We hope everyone has a great third week.

Hispanic Heritage Month – Let's Wear our Pride on Friday 9/15.

This Friday, we’ll start the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. As an American, Latino, Hispanic, immigrant and a lifelong language learner, I could not be prouder of my culture and heritage. I’m honored to be in a community that shares the same pride as me.

At Oyster Adams, we believe that our heritage, place of origin, and first language are our superpowers. During this month, we will continue affirming and celebrating our Hispanic identity in all classes, lessons, stories, and interactions with our families and students.

We want to invite all tigers to wear their Hispanic and Latino pride on Friday, September 15.

Let's celebrate our Accomplishments - Last Year PARCC Results

We're excited to share last year’s PARCC results. This assessment is DC’s standardized end of year assessment for students in grades 3-8 in Math and English. In the first two graphs, you see last year’s data and the third one is a summary of the year before. As you can see, we have increased in both content areas, and we are still committed to closing the linguistical, racial, and ability opportunity gaps.  We have not received individual student scores yet, as soon as we do, we’ll mail them home and will let you know. SY 21-22 PARCC Results

Escuela de padres (Parents School)

We’re excited to bring back "Escuela de padres" this year. This is an informal space for the school to share some recommendations with parents about multiple areas in the best interest of our tigers. Last year, we worked on Dual Language and Conscious Discipline. This year, we’re asking families what they want to learn more about and inviting members of the community who are experts on those topics to help us plan and present during these virtual meetings. We will have three sessions for this year. Please let us know your thoughts and if you’re interested in participating by completing this form by Friday 9/15.

Early Literacy Screening and Family Letters

This year, DCPS added RAN (Rapid Automatized Naming) to DIBELS screening for students in 1st grade to identify early learners at risk for reading difficulties as required by the Addressing Dyslexia and Other Reading Difficulties Act of 2020. Students who are newcomers or ACCESS Level 1 are now required to take DIBELS/RAN. Families whose students fall in these categories will receive a specific communication. For any additional questions, please email [email protected].

COVID-19 Information for School Year 23-24

As the public health emergency is lifted, COVID-19 is now treated the same as any other communicable disease. We are sharing the following reminders for your reference:

  • COVID Testing: DCPS will not conduct COVID tests at school. COVID tests are not required to return to school this year.
  • COVID Contact Tracing: No contact tracing will occur.
  • Testing Positive for COVID: Students who test positive should follow up with their health provider for guidance and the family should alert the school of their absence (in accordance with normal absence reporting requirements).
  • Masks: Mask wearing is optional, and schools should support individual decisions to mask for health reasons.
  • For individuals who test positive for COVID: A mask should be worn through the 10th day from a positive test or onset of COVID symptoms.
  • Notifications: No notifications (classroom, staff, or school-wide) will be sent for COVID positive cases.

Announcements and Reminders

  • Oyster Back to School Night (virtual), 9/12, 5:00 - 6:15 p.m. This is the link for the principal’s welcome message from 5:00-5:15 p.m. The links to meet teachers have been shared in grade level communications.
  • Adams Back to School Night (virtual), 9/14, 5:00 - 6:15 p.m. This is the link for the principal’s welcome message from 5:00-5:15 p.m. The links to meet teachers have been shared in grade level communications.
  • Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 15-17): Wishing all families who celebrate it a good and sweet year.
  • Room parents: We are calling all MS families who want to be room parents to complete the following form.
  • Adams updates: Please take a few minutes to read some of the latest updates about buses, bus requests for athletic practices, crossing guard status.
  • Website and social media: Do not forget to check our new website and social media for the latest updates and pictures of the week.

This is all for today--thank you so much for trusting us with the education of your students. Looking forward to a great week! Please reach directly to the school administration if you have any questions or comments.

Facility update- Adams Campus at 11th Street

At Oyster-Adams, we are committed to ensuring the best learning environment for our scholars. Communicating about issues that impact our facilities is critical to fostering strong partnerships with families.

I am writing to share that we have been experiencing intermittent HVAC issues affecting the air conditioning across 11 classrooms at our building. Our Department of General Services (DGS) partners have been working to assess and resolve the issue since yesterday.

The DC Public Schools (DCPS) Operations and Facilities Teams have been supportive in providing temporary cooling measures such as fans, replacement units, and spot coolers while repairs are underway. As of this morning, nine of the classroom units are back online and operational, and we will continue to relocate students, if needed, to cooler areas of the building to ensure student and staff comfort to the extent possible.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to address this issue promptly.

If you have any questions, please call the school office at (202) 673-7311 or email me directly at [email protected].

September 5th

We’d like to welcome everyone back to our second week with students. Last week, the admin team and instructional coaches had the opportunity to visit all classrooms and we saw how intentional we are about fostering authentic relationships, building a sense of community, creating cultures of trust and respect that honor diversity and inclusion.

Thank you everyone for your patience, feedback, and partnership during our first week. We value all questions and comments to become a better school community. Please continue to reach out directly to the school administration to receive immediate support.

We also want to thank all students, families and staff who participated in Beatification Day last week!

Please read the following announcements and reminders for this short week. We hope everyone has a great second week.

Key Dates for The Month of September

  • September 4 - No School (Labor Day)
  • September 5 - Mix and Mingle: Kindergarten and 1st grade from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. (Oyster Playground)
  • September 5 - Volleyball tryouts at Adams @ Meyer’s Gym/cafeteria 4pm-5:30 p.m.
  • September 6 - Mix and Mingle: 2nd and 3rd grade from 9:00 – 10:00 am (Oyster Playground)
  • September 7 - Mix and Mingle: 4th and 5th grade from 9:00-10:00 a. m. (Adams Playground)
  • September 8 – Mix and Mingle: 6th grade from 8:10-9:00 a.m. (Adams Playground)
  • September 11- Mix and Mingle: 7th grade from 8:10-9:00 a.m. (Adams Playground)
  • September 11 – LSAT 5:30-7:00 p.m. (Oyster Campus)
  • September 12- Mix and Mingle: 8th grade from 8:10-9:00 a.m. (Adams Playground)
  • September 12 - Oyster Back to School Night (virtual) 5:00 - 6:15 p.m.
  • September 14 - Adams Back to School Night (virtual) 5:00 - 6:15 p.m.
  • September 15 to October 15 - Hispanic Heritage Month
  • September 15 to17- Rosh Hashanah
  • September 17 - Constitution Day
  • September 21 - Virtual OCC meeting 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • September 24 to 25 - Yom Kippur
  • September 21 - Día Internacional de la Paz

Announcements and Reminders

  • BOY Assessments: In the next weeks, your students will be taking a set of Beginning of the Year (BOY) assessments. The information we collect will help us identify students who will receive targeted interventions in Math, English, and Spanish (TAG). This valuable information will also help teachers adjust their instructional strategies to meet the needs of all of the students in their classrooms. All results will be communicated to families and then discussed with you during the first-round parent teacher conferences.
  • In-Person Mix and Mingles: These are community building spaces for families and staff to officially meet.
  • Swing space Bus Updates: Once again, THANK YOU for your patience and feedback in improving our processes. We are happy to share that we addressed all issues from last week and that students are being transported to school safely and on time.  The next phase of the project is to create rosters for those students who will participate in sports practices and tutoring after school. The school will coordinate directly with our athletic director after try outs.
  • OCC meetings: This is the school parent and teacher organization. The General meetings are held the third Thursday of the month, with a couple tweaks during the year for holidays, etc. The meetings will be posted on the OA website calendar and will be held on Google Meet. The team is discussing the possibility of hosting in-person meetings. We invite all members of the community to share their comments and questions with board members and the school administration team. The Chair of the committee is Jennifer Jessup, and her email address is [email protected].
  • Room Parents: This is another group that enhances school-family communication and partnership for different events. Each grade level has two parent representatives who communicate with school administration and staff grade level leads. The coordinator of this committee is Magalena Laguarda and her email is [email protected]. If you are currently a grade level rep or want to be, please complete the following form.
  • LSAT: This is an advisory group to the principal on multiple areas, including budget and the Comprehensive School Plan. We also meet monthly in person or virtually from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. The chair of this committee is Sweta Shah, and her email address is [email protected].  You will find all the information on the school website.
  • Blackboard and Remind: In the next weeks, we’ll start using these two powerful communication platforms sponsored by the district. We’ll share additional information in the next weeks, please do not unsubscribe if you get any messages pertaining to Blackboard or Remind.

This is all for now, and we hope you have an amazing four-day week. Please reach out directly to the school administration if you have any questions, comments, or requests.

August 30

I would like to reiterate our gratitude to all families for your partnership, feedback, and understanding as we continue to refine operations and the transition into our swing space located at Meyer Elementary. Getting this right remains a top priority.

Each day, my team and I will continue to assess operations, respond to family and student feedback, identify challenge areas, and collaborate with DCPS central services to make necessary improvements. We will also continue communicating daily updates to you. While we resolved the bus capacity issues by adding two additional buses, we recognize that other related operations require further refinement. We know that not all students have had adequate time to enjoy their breakfast and that not all students were able to sit at a cafeteria table. We also know that our dismissal procedure required some students to transition before the instructional day officially ended.


That said, I would like to provide the following updates:

  • As of today, all buses departed within a couple of minutes of the scheduled departure time.
  • Our security team has added one more officer to expedite the security check in for all middle schoolers. With this change, as of today, all students were in class by 8:45 a.m.
  • We encourage families to have their students ride the early buses if they eat breakfast at school.
  • During the first week of school, we focus on creating a positive culture that includes practicing routines and reviewing expectations with all students. For the past two days, we gathered students who ride the buses for 15 minutes prior to departure to practice bus routines and expectations. Each day we are reducing this time with a goal of having all students transition independently to buses at the conclusion of the instructional day starting Tuesday.
  • Starting tomorrow, we are adjusting the departure time of the 8:20 a.m. bus leaving Oyster to give more time for a smooth transition to class. This bus will now leave at 8:15 a.m.

Update on the cafeteria structure

  • This year we changed the multiple lunch periods into two shifts: one for middle school and one for elementary school. This new structure gives students a more appropriate time to eat lunch (not too late or not too early). In the new building, the cafeteria also serves as the gym where students take Physical Education. Unfortunately, for the first two days of school we were short fifteen chairs and two tables to accommodate all students comfortably. As of today, we have enough tables and chairs for all students in elementary and middle school.
  • Starting tomorrow we will have assigned tables by grade level and practice transitions to ensure safety and comfort.

We know that the changes will require time to process, adjust, and refine. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we continue making real-time changes to best suit the needs of our students, families, and community.

We will continue to work closely with DCPS central services and the Chancellor’s Office to request your input that may help strengthen our operations. Please feel free to share it with me directly. If you would like to express concerns or communicate with someone other than me, you may contact my direct supervisor, Instructional Superintendent, Eric Bethel, [email protected] or Community Engagement Specialist, Damian Popkin.

Middle School Boys & Girls Soccer Tryouts

Friday Sept. 1 & Tues. Sept. 5
4:15 on the grass field behind Meyer

If your student is interested in playing soccer or any other sport, please submit your athletic forms ASAP at

Before Care Registration Information - Oyster Campus Only

Please see the link below to register for the Before Care Program, please note that this program is offered to Oyster Campus students only.

Bus Schedule Changes—Update Since 3 p.m.

Thank you again for your patience, support, and feedback on this first day of school as we welcomed new and returning students to the Oyster-Adams community and coordinated transportation to our swing space located at Meyer Elementary.

While we originally had families to register for transportation and identify their preferred timeslot, we quickly realized today that it will be best to provide all our students with a seamless, convenient option to commute to school that ensures they arrive safely and on time for their classes. To make certain we can accommodate our entire in-boundary enrollment, I am confirming that beginning tomorrow, DC Public Schools (DCPS) will add two additional buses to the current transportation structure to increase capacity and flexibility.

That said, I would like to provide the following updates on the bus schedule to and from our swing location:

  • For today’s afternoon dismissal, all buses left at 3:45 p.m. to ensure that we accounted for all students.
  • Buses dismissing from our after-care program also left five minutes later than originally scheduled (5:45 p.m.) without issue.
  • Please see the updated bus schedule below that will start tomorrow, Tuesday, August 29th. DCPS has adjusted the initial allocation of buses and added two more buses for both morning arrival and afternoon dismissal.
  • All students arriving within the designated times will be accommodated on the buses.
  • To ensure students arrive to Meyer by 8:45 a.m. in time to begin our morning schedule, all buses will depart no later than 8:20 a.m.
  • For tomorrow, buses will arrive earlier for those who may miss this message tonight.
  • Pick-up and drop-off locations will remain the same. If you registered for one location, please continue to use it as we will use the same rosters we had for today. If you need to make any changes, please send an email to [email protected] indicating your current location and requested change. We aim to be able to confirm changes within the same day.

Updated Schedule


Marie Reed to Meyer:

  • First bus departs at 8:10 a.m., or when full
  • Second bus departs no later than 8:20 a.m.

Oyster to Meyer:

  • First bus departs at 8:10 a.m., or when full
  • Second bus departs at 8:20 a.m.
  • Third bus departs no later than 8:20 a.m.


Meyer to Marie Reed:

  • First bus departs at 3:40 p.m.
  • Second bus departs at 3:40 p.m.
  • After-school program bus departs at 5:40 p.m.

Meyer to Oyster:

  • First bus departs at 3:40 p.m.
  • Second bus departs at 3:40 p.m.
  • After-school program bus departs at 5:40 p.m.

Again, thank you for your support and understanding as we make real-time changes to best suit the needs of our students, families, and community. We’re looking forward to a great second day—we’ve got this!

August 28

Happy First Day of School! We are happy to see our Tigers back on campus! I’m reaching out to provide an update on the transportation to and from Meyer.

I’d like to start by thanking everyone for their patience, feedback and support while we adjust to these new transportation procedures for our community. I sincerely apologize for any confusion or miscommunications. I also want to reiterate our full commitment to getting this right. Every student that needs transportation will receive it and any family that needs to make an adjustment to their transportation needs will be able to do so.

We recognize that bus capacity, timing, and communication have been a challenge to start. We are working closely within the agency and with our transportation vendor to make the appropriate long-term corrections. Until then, we will communicate updates daily to the full community via email and personal communications to impacted families.


We’ve updated rosters for this afternoon and tomorrow based on feedback we received from individual families. We’re also reaching out to families who requested transportation but did not take the buses this morning. We’ve met with the central office to adjust the schedules for tomorrow based on the number of allocated buses and lessons learned from today’s timing.

For this afternoon:

  • All students that requested transportation will board a bus at Meyer and will arrive at their designated drop off. However, due to the capacity challenges we may need to run two loops of buses and therefore some students will ride the second loop and will not arrive at their drop off points until 4:30.

  • Caregivers with students riding on the second loop will receive a phone call from OA staff.

  • Damian Popkin will be on site at Marie Reed assisting students and parents. He can be contacted at: [email protected] (202.615.9153)

  • Deshundria Fortson will be at the Oyster campus to receive students (202.480.3260).

For tomorrow morning:

  • In an effort to ensure all students arrive to Meyer on time and given the current bus allotment, we have adjusted the schedule to earlier departure times. Please see the revised schedule below.  If you have any questions, please reach out directly to me at [email protected]

Bus Schedules (exact departure times and arrival times are estimated and dependent on traffic)

Marie Reed to Meyer

  • Bus A departs at 8:00 a.m. The bus will loop and depart again at 8:25 a.m.

Oyster to Meyer

  • Bus B departs at 8:00 a.m. and will loop and depart at 8:30am

  • Bus C departs at 8:20 a.m.

Oyster Adams Family—I know this has been a messy start. Thank you again for your advocacy and support. Please know that I am prioritizing this issue and deeply committed to getting this right. If you have further feedback for me, I welcome and appreciate it!

August 25

This has been a busy week for our staff who returned to school on Monday. They completed training courses, engaged in planning meetings, and organized classrooms – all to make sure we are ready for our students on Monday! A special shout out to the Adams team who unpacked and organized a new building.

We also want to welcome our new families; it was great to meet you and tour the building with you. Linked here are the presentations for both campuses (Oyster and Adams) in case you missed the meetings or want to review them.

Please see the following announcements and reminders for what to expect next week. As usual, we ask you to direct any questions to the school administration.

Beautification Day (Saturday August 26)

The main purpose of this community building activity is to support teachers and school to be ready for Monday. School will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. At 12:00, we all need to be out of the buildings for the custodians to do a final inspection and lock the school.

I’ll offer an additional guided tour of Adams (@Meyer - 2501 11th street NW) on Saturday from 10:00-10:30 a.m. This tour is for families or students who did not have the opportunity to see our new swing space. I will also be available to answer any questions you may have.

Teachers who need help filled out a form requesting specific types of support in the following areas: classroom set up, organization, creating bulletin boards (we may need welcome signs and letters). The custodians will be the points of contact to direct families where help is needed. We also need volunteers to help us move some tables from Oyster to Adams; if you have a truck and can come on Saturday, that would be appreciated.

Lastly, we would like you to help us plant some nice flowers at the front of the school. We do not have the supplies (gardening tools, plants) so please bring them if you have them!

Arrival and dismissal

Students should arrive at school by 8:30 a.m. Classes start at 8:45 a.m. Late arrivals must get a tardy pass from the office and will be recorded on ASPEN. There will be only one entrance for students at Adams, and all middle schoolers should go through the metal detector. 4th and 5th graders will be dismissed at 3:30pm in front of the main entrance to Adams. At Oyster, there will be only two entrances and exits this year: the front of the building for grades K and 1, and the blacktop for grades PK4, 2 and 3.

Drop off in the mornings

We encourage all families to walk or bike to school if possible. We also want to remind our community that there is no parking in the following places at Oyster until after 9am: the driveway (used for morning drop-offs only) 29th street directly in front of the driveway (used for school buses for students with special needs), and in front of school on Calvert street (right behind the bus stop)- this last location is for buses to Adams. Under no circumstances can cars be left parked or unattended. They will be ticketed and towed.

We also encourage parents to leave students at the entrance of the building; parents are not allowed to walk students into the classrooms except for Pk4.

Announcements and Reminders

  • We are excited to have an updated new website. If you are looking for a specific form, or information (e.g., How to sign up for lunch at school), you may find it in there. If it is not there yet, please reach out.
  • The first day for PK4 is next Thursday, August 31.
  • There will be two play dates prior to the first day of school for PK4 students (8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) as follows: Tuesday, 29 - students with last names A-L; and Wednesday, 30 - students with last name M-Z.
  • The next principal’s communication will be sent on Tuesday, 9/5.
  • Please have patience with the team organizing transportation. It has been a complex process, and we will do everything in our power to attend to the needs of our community. We will be closely monitoring the plan and adjusting as needed. Remember that all questions or requests should be addressed to the school administration.
  • At this point we do not have the capacity to accept new transportation requests, buses have reached full capacity.
  • For the first days of school, we are asking parents to wait until their student boards the bus before leaving. There will be one person from school on site to check attendance. There will not be an adult at the sites for bus drop off in the afternoon. Parents are fully responsible for being on time at the drop off destinations in the afternoon.
  • School supplies: be reminded that you do not need to buy school supplies for your child. Instead, families should contribute to the OA School Supplies Fund (OCC) . The teachers depend on the money from the funds to get the right supplies at the right time and price—this guarantees that classrooms are stocked and ready to go on day one.
  • Families at the Oyster campus will receive the first weekly note from teachers today, and families at the Adams campus will receive it next Friday.

This is all for now, please reach out if you need anything and thank you for trusting our school.

August 23

We would like to provide a friendly reminder about what is happening the rest of the week. If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to school:

Reminders for this week:

  • Bus assignments will be sent electronically today.
  • Oyster’s New Parent Orientation: 8/24 in person from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Adams’ New Parent Orientation (for families who are new to Oyster-Adams), /25 in person from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Adams’ Student Orientation (all students): 8/25 in person as follows: 4th and 5th graders from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. and Middle school students from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. Students will tour the building and learn what to expect the first day of class. Any students who will not be able to attend the orientations will receive additional support.
  • If new parents cannot attend one of the meetings, we’ll share the presentation in our weekly communication.
  • The rest of our community is invited to participate in our Beautification Day at each campus and see the new building. This will be on Saturday, August 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • The next weekly note will be sent out to families this week on Friday rather than Monday.

I hope everyone is having a great day today.

August 21

Dear Oyster-Adams School Family,

We’d like to wish everyone a warm welcome back! I’ve always been fond of the first day of school, of work, or at a new place. I always think about and cherish the new challenges, opportunities, and goals. I personally had an amazing and productive summer, and I hope everyone had a similar experience.

During the summertime, we’ve been working hard to ensure that the school is ready for staff and students. The opening of a new building turned out to be more challenging and complex than we originally expected, but we’re excited about the new swing space and meeting new families and students. Please express your gratitude to our custodians, Dr. Fortson, and OCC (especially Stacia Cardille) for all they did to help us to be ready for school.

We wish everyone a great year... I cannot wait to see how much we’ll accomplish!

Please take a few minutes to go over the following announcements, reminders, and additional information.

Welcome to our new families!

We’d like to welcome our new Oyster-Adams families. We’re encouraging our returning families to make our new families feel welcome and part of our community. At Oyster-Adams, we believe we all are part of the school community no matter how many days we have been at school (1 or 1,000). It doesn’t matter if we speak Spanish or English at home or if we live in the neighborhood or far away.


Oyster-Adams was selected to be a pilot school for a districtwide initiative for next year. The name of the initiative is Becoming and is derived from the previous work we’ve done with Whole Child.  You will hear more about the program and how it fully aligns with the work we’ve done around Conscious Discipline. This year, we’ll aim to increase our tigers’ sense of belonging so that they feel loved at school and foster strong and authentic relationships. At the beginning of the year, we’ll also focus on having clear and high expectations, norms, and routines for all.


This year, we’ll continue working to make our communication structures clearer and more efficient. You’ll see more alignment and consistency at campuses and more specific and shorter messages (except for this one). Please let us know what works and what doesn’t in our communications, so that we can improve them.

Our written communications will be the primary form of communication at school, but we will also continue inviting parents to our monthly cafecitos at each campus. Parents can also reach out to the school at any time.

We take pride in having transparent communication practices and we will continue doing that. We also want to encourage everyone to come directly to school administration if you have any questions. We are committed to providing all information that is available and that we’re at liberty to share with all families.

For this year, please always assume our best intentions and refrain from jumping to conclusions judging others.

Please remember that the weekly bilingual Principal’s messages will go out every Monday. Just for this week, we will send additional updates on Friday and not have a weekly note next week.

Congratulations to our new Assistant Principal for grades 4 and 5

We have great news for our school community! We have a new assistant principal for grades 4 and 5: Daniela Morad. Please join us in celebrating AP Morad into her new role at school. Take a few minutes to read some highlights of her professional journey and accomplishments.

Ms. Morad was born and raised in Colombia. After graduating high school, Daniela came to the United States to continue her education. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in digital media and completed her master’s degree in education from Johns Hopkins University. She has over 14 years of experience in education and has taught elementary, middle, and high school students in 3 different countries. Daniela has been a member of the Oyster-Adams community serving as Dean of Students at Adams for over 5 years.

Additional reminders and announcements

  • Here are the details of the transportation (information and bus schedules) to and from Meyer.
  • Some of our neighborhood students will ride two buses from Oyster to Meyer (the swing space for Adams). The buses will be parked on Calvert Street early in the morning, and this may require you to park at a different location during arrival or dismissal time. You’ll receive some additional information in the upcoming communications.
  • We want to remind parents that in order to volunteer at school they have to meet all DCPS requirements.
  • DCPS has a new visitor’s policy. Take a few minutes to review it.
  • On Friday, we sent hard copies of student placement letters by regular mail. In addition, we sent emails to all families in elementary school. For middle school students, check out the ASPEN Parent Portal.
  • The creation of schedules and cohorts at OA is such an intentional and structured task that involves all teachers and the student growth team. They look at all factors, including specific and unique parts of students' records. Please be patient and trust the decisions of the teams that participate in the decision making.
  • One of the District priorities for this year is math, and the length of math classes has increased in elementary.
  • To keep all members of our community safe, we highly recommend that you make sure your student meets all immunization standards outlined by DC Health. For additional questions, please reach out to the school.
  • Here are the Free and Reduce Meal information forms in both languages: English and Spanish

Reminders for this week:

  • Oyster’s New Parent Orientation: 8/24 in person from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Adams’ New Parent Orientation: 8/25 in person from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Adams’ Student Orientation: 8/25 in person as follows: 4th and 5th graders from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. and Middle school students from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m.
  • If new parents cannot attend one of the meetings, we’ll share the presentation in our weekly communication.
  • The rest of our community is invited to participate in our Beautification Day at each campus and see the new building. This will be on Saturday, August 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This is all for now--please do not forget to reach out directly to school if you have any questions.

August 8

Adams’ Schematic Design

This communication is to provide an update on the latest Adams’ Schematic Design. Here is the presentation. In addition, we confirmed with the project manager that our community may submit their feedback today in the meeting at 4:30 p.m. through this link, or through this form.

Please let us know if you have any questions or additional comments.

August 4

Middle School Girls' Volleyball Coaches Needed

  • No specific coaching experience required but must satisfy the DCIAA coaching requirements (quicker process for current DCPS teachers)
  • The season runs from September 1 through early November
  • Practice days, times, & venue are TBD
  • Stipends are available: $2,000 for Head Coach & $1,000 for Assistant Coach

Please contact Stuart Logan [[email protected]] & (202) 213-8309

Elementary School Boys' Basketball Coaches Needed

  • No specific coaching experience required but must satisfy the DCIAA coaching requirements (quicker process for current DCPS teachers)
  • The season runs from November 1 through mid-March
  • Practice days, times, & venue are TBD
  • $812 stipend is available for the Head Coach

Please contact Stuart Logan [[email protected]] & (202) 213-8309

August 3

Dear Oyster-Adams School Family,

It’s hard to believe that in a few weeks we’ll be welcoming back our faculty and students. It’s been a great, productive, and relaxing summer. I was able to take some time off to travel and to spend time with my family, friends, and myself. I hope that all of you are having wonderful summers, too.

We’re in the process of updating the email distribution list in the next weeks. In the meantime, we’ll send a separate email to all new families.

Please take a few minutes to go over the following announcements. If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to the school directly.

Farewell Mr. Meliotis

Over the summer, we learned some exciting news about one of the members of our school. One of the assistant principals at the Adams campus has been called to serve the district as a resident principal at another DCPS school. When we heard about this announcement, we were so proud of and excited for Peter Meliotis and his professional growth. Thank you, Peter, for all you’ve done for our school family and your impact on students, families, and staff over the years. You will be missed.

In the next few weeks, we will announce the name of the new assistant principal for 4th and 5th grade.

Adams at Meyer and Modernization Updates

We’re happy to announce we’ve been assigned a moving date to our swing space (Meyer: 2501 11th street NW). The school is currently under renovation and being deep cleaned to prepare for next week’s move.

The School Improvement Team (SIT) met yesterday afternoon to go over the schematic designs for the Adams building. The project manager provided an update on the recent request from some members of our school community for additional designs. The project manager informed the SIT that up to this point there has been no changes in the plans presented before and that DCPS is moving forward with the next phase of the project.

The team of architects provided a detailed presentation of what the building will look like inside and the location of classrooms, offices, open spaces, connection between different parts of the building, etc. Here is the link to the presentation.

Next week, there will be an additional meeting to get some feedback on the schematic design. The meeting is on Tuesday, August 8 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Here is the link to join the meeting.

DCPS also shared they are finalizing the contract with the bus company that will provide service to the new swing space. Once the contract is complete, we’ll share the logistics about students pick up and drop off.

Key Dates

  • Oyster’s New Parent Orientation: 8/24 in person from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Adam’s New Parent Orientation: 8/25 in person from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Adams’ Students’ Orientation: 8/25 in person as follows: 4th and 5th graders from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. and Middle school students from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m.
  • If any of the new parents cannot attend one of the meetings, we will share the presentation in our weekly communication.
  • The rest of our community is invited to participate in our Beautification Day at each campus and to see the new building. This will be on Saturday, August 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • The Oyster campus will host an in person mix and mingle for families and teachers as follows: grades K and 1st on 9/5, grades 2nd and 3rd on 9/6. The time will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • The Adams campus will host an in person mix and mingle for families and teachers as follows: grades 4th and 5th on 9/7 and grades 6th - 8th on 9/8. The time will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Virtual Back to School Night: Oyster will be on 9/12 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Here is the link to join the principal’s message for the Oyster campus. Adams will be on 9/14 5:00-6:00 p.m. Here is the link to join the principal’s message for the Adams campus. The specific link to meet teachers will be shared directly by them in their newsletters.
  • As soon as the platform that is used for scheduling students is updated with the information for the school year 2023-24, we’ll share the schedules of students and their cohorts. We expect to do this next week. Additional information and forms will also be sent to families next week.
  • We’ll send reminders as we get close to each one of the dates above.

This is all for now -- we hope you have a great rest of your week.




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