As 2017 winds down and the holidays approach, I want to take the opportunity to say thank you. The school year has been full of learning, energy and excitement for our students, as well as our staff. Academically our school is excelling. Our Blue Ribbon recognition in 2016 was followed by a big increase in our 2016-2017 PARRC scores, soaring to almost 20% higher than the year prior. This year’s Annual Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner was attended by more than 150 people and our first-ever LTES Movie Night was enjoyed by over 300. Our student community, as well as the larger Capitol Hill neighborhood, are abuzz about our beautiful new playground and basketball court.
Many of these successes are due in part to the active role of the exceptional Ludlow Taylor PTO. Through the PTO’s efforts we have been able to offer students and their teachers improved technology, field trips, books, and exciting classroom learning experiences. This year, with the help of PTO funds, we have implemented Writer’s Workshop; A research-based, creative writing program from Columbia University, in which every student will have at least 35 minutes of writing-specific instruction and practice daily. Teachers will receive intensive professional development around the curriculum and strategies for student engagement and achievement. We were also able to install a new irrigation system for our incredible FoodPrints outdoor garden – the largest school garden in DC.
Ludlow Taylor depends on two key fundraising efforts to support these types of programs and opportunities. As a parent or a member of the school community, I hope you will consider giving, participating, promoting, or otherwise contributing to the success of the following two projects:
Community of Giving Campaign
The Campaign Provides an opportunity for Community Members to provide financial support to Ludlow-Taylor. This year we have a goal of raising $20,000 by December 31st. We have raised over $13,000 towards this effort so far. To donate, please visit
Taste for the Arts Auction
The auction is a wonderful event for families, teachers, staff, and community members to spend a fun night out in support of our school. This year’s event will take place on April 7th, 2018 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill. Mark your calendar now and stay tuned for updates as the event gets closer.
Again, I extend my thanks for your continued support.
Principal, Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School