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1027 45th St. NE, Washington, DC 20019 Phone: (202) 399-4750
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A Message from IDEA's Principal

At the end of the third quarter, staff, faculty, and leadership are readying classes for testing, graduation, summer school, and the next year. Scholars are hard at work preparing research projects, giving presentations, and conducting science experiments. They are also enjoying field trips that encourage learning, peer bonding, and exploration of the world beyond classroom walls. 
 
This week’s spring break has given us all a chance to take a deep breath to reflect, relax, and get ready for the last quarter of this year.
 
Have You Enrolled Yet? Don’t Delay.
Our waitlist is growing so make sure your scholar has a place at IDEA for 2022-2023. Please call the IDEA office at 202.399.4750 with any questions or concerns you may have.
 
Then Come Out for IDEA’s Enrollment Celebration
Come socialize on Saturday, April 23, with staff, faculty, and current and new families. The event will include a catered brunch, music, raffles, games, and pop-up shops. Even more importantly, we’ll have staff on hand to help you with enrollment and to answer any questions you have about the 2022-2023 school year.   
 
Report Cards Will Be Coming Soon
Please pay special attention to your scholar’s report card. The report cards will be emailed on April 28 and mailed on April 29. This is an important grading period as scholars’ grades on this report card will determine if they need to attend summer school. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Lisa Garcia, academic counselor, or Shomari Jennings, assistant principal.
 
PARCC Testing Begins April 19
PARCC (Partnership Assessment of Readiness for College and Career) testing, DC’s annual assessment of mathematics and English language arts/literacy, begins on April 19. To maximize testing so that we can get an accurate and useful diagnostic assessment, we plan to take a slow, steady approach. These assessments allow us to understand where students are in their academic process and how we can best respond to their needs, as well as give our city information so that it can make investments in student success.
 
Community Service Hours Waived
The D.C. City Council passed a bill in April, which Mayor Bowser approved, to continue the waiver of the 100-hour community service graduation requirement for students graduating from District of Columbia high schools for the 2021-2022 school year. The Council passed the first bill providing for a waiver for 2020-2021 as a result of COVID restrictions.
 
Learning and Fun Go Hand in Hand
Spring is the season of enrichment for our scholars. IDEA scholars recently traveled to Memphis to tour civil rights sites while others have been to the American Museum of History to participate in a geometry scavenger hunt. Another group went to see Grace, a musical that pays homage to African-American musical traditions, at Ford’s Theatre. Our Peer Group Connection participants had a great time at the Main Event, and the 9th-grade class went to Dave and Buster’s, which they all enjoyed.
 
These activities are meant to give scholars a well-deserved break from the work they put into their academics, but they have a larger purpose in building scholars’ relationships with each other and enhancing their understanding of how what they learn in school ties into the wider world around them. Field trips also serve as motivation and reward for our scholars since many require students to have passing grades and a certain level of attendance to participate.
 
Timberwolf Appreciation Week
As part of National Teacher Appreciation Week, IDEA is having Timberwolf Appreciation Week the first week in May (May 2-6) to recognize the hard work our teachers and staff do throughout the school year. You can show staff and faculty how much you appreciate their efforts by:
  • Sending an email to your scholar’s favorite teachers or the ones you particularly appreciate.
  • Sending an image of appreciation to [email protected]. We will post the appreciations on our website at the end of the week. It can be a photo of your scholar with their favorite teacher or staff person or a picture of flowers or fireworks or applause with a teacher’s or staff person’s name. You can also send a short message of appreciation.
  • Dropping off a card addressed to a teacher or staff person at the front office–we’ll make sure they get them.
  • Posting an appreciation on Facebook or Instagram and tag IDEA:
    • Instagram: @idea_pcs
    • Facebook: @IDEAPCSpage
    • Twitter: @IDEA_PCS

Thank You for Your Input
IDEA’s Board of Trustees will take part in a strategic planning retreat at the end of this month to set priorities and develop an action plan for the 2022-2023 school year. They will be looking to the input you provided through our recent surveys to guide them in that planning process.
 
We are grateful for the support of this community for our scholars and our staff. I welcome your suggestions as well as any concerns you may have. Please email me at [email protected] or call 202.399.4750.
 
Yours,
 
Nicole McCrae
Principal
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