Newsletter 3: High School Fair, Reopening & Assessments

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Reopening Update

We know that Mayor Bowser’s decision this week to offer in-person instruction at DC elementary schools may be prompting you to ask, When will in-person classes resume at Creative Minds?

Chuck Jackson, our executive director, and his team are working on an answer to this question. The health and safety of our community remains our top priority, and science and data will guide all of our decisions. We’ll continue offering a strong, equitable academic program, no matter where instruction and learning take place.

As we consider when to offer in-person classes, our next steps are soliciting feedback from staff and families and analyzing data from our upcoming assessments (more below). We’ll share more information this month.

Academics & Events

Assessments: Starting October 19

Student assessments happen the week of October 19, for students in all grades:

Lower School: Preschool through 1st-grade students will be assessed with GOLD. Students in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades will take the MAP Growth assessments in reading and math.

Middle School: On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, during first period, middle school students will take the MAP Growth reading and math assessments.

Teachers will share more information before the assessment period begins on Monday, October 19.

High School Fair: October 29

Save the date for our virtual High School Fair! On October 29, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 7th- and 8th-grade students can meet representatives from DC high schools online and take that first step toward 9th grade. We’ll share more information soon. Please email Tara LaCroix with any questions: tara.lacroix@creativemindspcs.org.

Reminders (and Transportation)

No Classes Monday

This Monday, October 12, school will be closed in honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. There will be no classes for students.

Meal-Delivery Program

Last week we sent an email about the expansion of our meal-delivery program. Learn more and find information on enrolling for the first time or registering additional children.

Kids Ride Free & DC One Cards

Last year’s Kids Ride Free SmarTrip cards expired on September 30. Request a new SmarTrip Card, a DC One Card, or both.

With a Kids Ride Free SmarTrip Card, students ride for free on Metrobus, Metrorail, and the DC Circulator while travelling within the District.

The multifunctional DC One Card is a library card, as well as an ID card that gives students access to DC-government facilities, resources, and programs.

On the Calendar

October 12
Indigenous Peoples’ Day • No School for Students & Staff

October 29 • 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
High School Fair

November 3
Election Day • No School for Students & Staff

November 11
Veterans Day • No School for Students & Staff

For more events, see our Academic Calendar and the calendar on our website.

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