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Newsletter - March 16th

I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend and had a positive experience during our Parent Teacher Conferences this past week. I wanted to thank all the families who took time out of their day to strengthen the home-school connection by attending the PTC. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with teachers and ask questions about our children’s progress. I am very pleased that so many of you were able to take advantage of this time.

I also wanted to thank Jenn Jessup and the OCC for their generosity as they provided our teachers at both campuses with a delicious lunch consisting of Empanadas and Pupusas from EL Tamarindo. On behalf of our teachers and staff thanks again to the OCC and our community because without your support the OCC would not be able to provide our staff with these wonderful expressions of gratitude.

Starting Monday March 18th, the Calvert Street sidewalk will be closed on the westward bound side. The approximate location of the closure will be in front of the construction zone located in front of the Wardman Park Redevelopment. For families walking to Oyster from Connecticut Ave, there will be a need to cross the street before reaching the construction zone and then cross back once you have passed it. Contractors have indicated there will be crossing guards to help students and families cross over Calvert in both areas mentioned. In addition, all families driving to Oyster to either drop off students who ride buses to Adams or students who attend Oyster should anticipate additional traffic delays due to the change in traffic patterns caused by the sidewalk closures. As a reminder the last bus leaves for Adams from Oyster at exactly 8:20 am.

This past week we completed a traffic safety study with members of an independent engineering firm and members of DDOT. In the next few months, members of the study will propose recommendations to the city on how to create safer passage for our families either biking or walking to the Oyster campus with the safeguards being completed for the 24-25 school year. Members of the committee are also asking for community input. Please provide your feedback via this survey available both in Spanish and English.

At the Adams campus, we will host another site visit from Desert Sands Unified School District. They are interested in learning from our dual language model, specifically what it looks like in middle school grade levels and what are the ways we bridge across the two languages of instruction.

The calendar shared for CAPE testing will be adjusted to better accommodate international and domestic field trips happening in April and May. Please allow us more time to make those adjustments, and once they are completed, we will share with students, staff and the community.

FREE Summer Learning opportunity

A love for data can start early. This is why the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and partner organizations have taught statistics and other STEM-based skills to students attending the NCHS Data Detectives Camp for the past 8 years. The fun, hands-on camp recently earned the Maryland Governor’s Citation for high-quality STEM education. Applications for the 2024 NCHS Data Detectives Camp are now being accepted through March 28th. The NCHS Data Detectives Camp is a free, one-week, in-person commuter camp that teaches statistics to students entering 6th and 7th grades. There is no fee for applying or attending the camp. This year, the camp will be offered in Hyattsville, MD. NCHS Headquarters Hyattsville, Maryland; July 29–August 2; 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Families would only have to provide transportation to and from the camp each day. The two sessions, which are taught by public health experts from NCHS, feature lots of fun, hands-on activities that build STEM confidence through:

  • Data analysis
  • Problem solving
  • Collaboration
  • STEM-based games

If your child(ren) or know anyone with children who might be interested in attending the Data Detectives Camp, please encourage them to apply! Contact the camp staff at [email protected] if you have questions.

DCPS Family Math Expo (4/6)

Elementary families and DCPS staff members are invited to attend the DCPS Family Math Expo at Houston Elementary School on Saturday, April 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees will participate in family math activities and receive resources and tools from partner organizations. Please register and share with families at this link. POC: [email protected]

Wishing you all a great rest of the week.




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