A Message to Dorothy Hamm Families

Hello DHMS Families,

We hope you all are well and safe.  We appreciate your flexibility during these uncertain times. We wanted to give out some guidelines for our students for the upcoming week:

Due to the school closure, the last day of the 3rd marking period will be Friday, March 20th.  Report cards will be sent home to families at the end of April.  Students should take this opportunity to ensure all assignments are complete by the close of business on Friday, March 20th.  Encourage your students to reach out to teachers this week for any missing assignments. Teachers will be grading assignments, assigned prior to Friday, March 13th when calculating third-quarter grades. Once again, it is important to note that the last day to submit third-quarter assignments is Friday, March 20th.

Our teachers will be using this week to transition course content, assignments and activities online.  New online assignments will be available per APS Guidelines on Monday, March 23rd.  These activities are meant to help our students maintain their existing skills and knowledge, extend their learning, and prepare a foundation for topics and concepts to come in the fourth quarter.  While teachers will not be grading assignments or assessments of newly introduced topics or concepts, they may offer assessments to inform their teaching.  These assessments will be used to monitor student progress and evaluate the effectiveness of instructional activities.  In the meantime, if students are all caught up on their work, encourage them to take healthy walks, write in their journal or write a letter to a friend.  In addition, there are excellent enrichment resources available online such as www.DreamBox.com and online virtual tours of National Parks and Smithsonian.

Beginning Mon, March 16, APS will provide free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches at two school sites – Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Road) and Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School (3500 S. 23rd Street). Meals will be set up on a table outside the building for distribution from 11am to 1pm Monday-Friday.

APS will provide one (1) lunch for that day and one (1) breakfast to take home for the following day. These meals will be free to any child aged 2 to 18. Children must be present to receive the meals; no meals will be given to parents without their child or children present. We will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and make adjustments as needed.

Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided Monday-Friday beginning 3/16/2020.

Other Food Options

Real Food for Kids Partners with Chef David Guas of Bayou Bakery to Make Plant-Based Meals for Kids and their Families during Arlington County School Closure Arlington County chef and small business owner, David Guas, of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery, is partnering with Real Food for Kids to serve free lunches to needy Arlington County children and their families during the closure of the school district. Fruitful Planet will be participating in providing a variety of fruits for the meals to go.

Starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, between 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Guas and Real Food for Kids will be cooking up vegetarian meals for grab-and-go distribution at his Arlington restaurant, Bayou Bakery, located one block from the Courthouse metro. The nourishing New Orleans favorite, Red Beans and Rice, will be served on Tuesday, and each subsequent meal in the initial week of the program will also be a plant-based dish rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. In order to be compatible with a broad range of dietary and religious restrictions, only vegetarian options will be served during this first week of school closure. After March 17, they will provide meals each weekday until schools reopen. Updates will be posted on the Bayou Bakery Facebook page if they are unable to serve meals due to changing circumstances.    Bayou Bakery is taking all the steps recommended by the CDC, as well as precautionary measures beyond its normally strict health and sanitation practices to give families in need a nutritious meal, made with love —a definite bright spot in anyone’s day. Arlington children and families can come to Bayou Bakery to pick up a meal, no questions asked. Bayou Bakery is located at 1515 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA 22201, 703.243.2410

Comcast Internet Essentials will be offering free WiFi/Internet access in Arlington for 60 days for new customers that qualify.  More information can be found at https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19.

As a reminder, please remember to complete the APSGo! Survey that can be found here and the 2020 Census.

Please feel free to reach out via email if you have any questions. Teachers, counselors, and administrators are available if your child is having any concerns.

Finally, we hope everyone stays safe and well during this time!

Thanks again for your support,