Thank you for braving it with us through the cold weather of the past few weeks! Hopefully the majority of indoor recess is behind us as we slowly start to transition towards spring. Also, as a reminder, the week of February 18th will be the added mid-winter break week for students and school staff.
Building Updates: Over the past few months, we have been working with the DCPS facilities team and with the Department of General Services to accommodate our growing student enrollment. Through these meetings, we have determined that renovations can be made within the building, to avoid adding mobile classrooms to our field, such as converting our book room and a few office spaces into classrooms. By choosing this route, we are also able to use most of the mobile classroom funds (roughly one million dollars), to put towards renovating our multipurpose room.
With these changes, we will still be holding a community feedback session, but it has been moved to Tuesday, February 26th in our multipurpose room at 6:15 p.m. For any facilities specific questions, please reach out to the project lead, Amanda Ou, at Amanda.Ou@dc.gov.
Key Events Modifications:
- Student/VIP Spring Fling Dance – In years past we have had two separate nights for family member/student dance/date nights, but are planning to move to one dance for all students at Sherwood Recreation Center (640 10th St NE, Washington, DC 20002) or Ludlow-Taylor Elementary (depending on availability), planned for Friday, March 29th . For this evening, each Ludlow-Taylor student can bring one Very Important Person (family member) – music, light snacks, and deserts will be provided for a $10 donation. This event will replace the two previously scheduled dances
- Pancakes and Literacy has been moved to Thursday, March 7th (the night after the original night it was scheduled)
- LT Summer Expansion Community Meeting: Tuesday, February 26th – , 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.
1. We Love Our Teachers: From Monday thru Wednesday morning of next week we will have hearts in our front lobby to be filled out by students and parents to show our teachers how much we love them. Please make sure to fill one out so the staff at Ludlow-Taylor knows just how much they are valued and the difference they make every day in our students' lives. If you are able to assist with the tables in the morning, please contact Meaghan Jones at email@example.com.
2. Open Houses and Tours: On Tuesday, February 12th from 6:30-7:30 pm, Ludlow-Taylor will be hosting an open house for prospective students. Additionally, in March, we will be hosting another open house on March 12th from 6:30-7:30 pm and a school tour on March 27th from 9:15-9:45 am. We are in need of parents who would be willing to act as tour guides. Tour routes, school information, etc. will all be provided.If you are able to help out at any of the tours/open houses, please contact Lauren McDermott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Childcare at Next Week's Community Meeting: The PTO will be providing childcare at the community meeting on the evening of February 13th.
4. Spring Auction Meeting: The next Auction Committee meeting is Monday, March 4th at 8 pm at Duffy’s Irish Pub. It’s not too late to join and we would love to have you as we head into the last two months. The auction date is April 27th, and it is the biggest fundraiser of the year.
5. Pancakes and Literacy: Since 2012, the Ludlow-Taylor PTO has sponsored an annual Pancakes & Literacy Night. Pancakes & Literacy Night brings our community together for the irresistible pulls of breakfast for dinner and books. This year come join in on the fun on Thursday, March 7th as Ludlow Taylor turns into “Camp Read Smore.” Each year, Ludlow-Taylor teachers, families, and Capitol Hill community members engage in reading in new and fun ways. The week before the event you’ll be able to pick up your ticket for the whole family in the school's front lobby! On the ticket there will be a designated time to come and enjoy dinner and literacy activities. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering to help at the event, please contact Katie Clark at email@example.com.
6. Grants Success: Congratulations to all our Members of the Grants Committee who have successfully secured the following grants for our school: $3950 from Lowe's to support to finalization of our outdoor classroom; $2500 from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation (CHCF) for Foodprints; $2500 from CHCF for our Fountas & Pinnell LLI Program; $1000 from the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C for chrome books; and $350 mini grant from CHCF for lunch time book clubs. If you are interested in assisting the Grants Committee as they start their applications process for the second half of the school year, please contact Rachel Turow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. Outdoor Classroom: With the warm weather quickly approaching, we are working to complete our new outdoor classroom. If you are interested in assisting with that project, please contact Brian Clark and Melanie Knapp at email@example.com.
Volunteer Support: If anyone is interested in volunteering, please visit our school support spreadsheet to see teachers who need help with various tasks. Contact them directly to work out a time to come in and help –https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IWJfYvE4GN6QTpg1wDDAZ2HJef-ahjG2k9T7kedloNk/edit?usp=sharing**
LT Food Allergy Policy: Per our health and wellness policy, please help us in ensuring that LTES remains a nut-free school. Over the past few weeks, we have had a few potentially dangerous scenarios that were luckily avoided as nuts were accidentally shared. Please support us in the following key points of the policy:
- Nut-free policy extends to after-school and field trips
- Avoid the following foods we continue to see: granola bars, peanut-butter and jelly (field trips mostly), reeses pieces/peanut butter cups, almond packs
- For student birthdays, we have a monthly celebration with snacks for all kids coordinated through teachers at the end of the month. Parents are more than welcome to send non-food items on the actual day of birthdays.
- For those students missing peanut-butter and jelly, many families have found sunflower seed butter a great replacement for school lunches
- If any special accommodations are needed for students to eat specific nut-based products, please ensure that is cleared with the classroom teacher and principal
Upcoming Events: Visit https://www.ludlowtaylor.org/calendar.html to see all upcoming events.
- February 18 – 22 – February Break – no school for students
- February 26th – LT Summer Renovation Community Meeting, 6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
- March 7th – Pancakes and Literacy
- March 8th – Parent Teacher Conference Day
- March 29th (tentative) – LT Family Spring Fling
- April 27th – Taste of the Arts Auction
Thank you all for your continued commitment to Ludlow-Taylor ES!