Weekly Bulletin - August 8

6th GRADE ORIENTATION | FRIDAY, AUGUST 17 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

On Friday, August 17, we will welcome our rising 6th graders to Deal! Our 6th Grade Orientation is mandatory for students and parents/guardians. We suggest that you arrive at 9:30am. During the 6th grade orientation, 6th graders will have the opportunity to meet all of their teachers and explore the building while they follow their schedule. We are looking forward to seeing you next Friday!


6th Grade Orientation | August 17 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

6th Grade Parent Workshops | August 29 & 30 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Back-to-School Night | September 13 | 6:00 pm


Beginning Saturday, July 21 and continuing through Monday, September 3 

(Labor Day), Metro will close two stations on the Red Line--Rhode Island Ave and Brookland--for a major capital project. There will be no train service between NoMa-Gallauget and Fort Totten.  This shutdown will impact student and staff travel so please share the attached flyers with your families.  Here are the highlights:

  • No Red Line service between NoMa-Gallaudet and Fort Totten.
  • Brookland and Rhode Island Ave stations will be closed.
  • Free Shuttle bus service to replace trains between Fort Totten, Brookland, Rhode Island Ave and NoMa-Gallaudet.
  • Students and staff will need to plan for extra travel time and expect some crowding and delays at effected stations.
  • Additional information, including alternative travel options can be found here.


Kids Ride Free is getting smarter! Beginning October 1, 2018, students will no longer be able to use their DC One Cards to access public transportation. Students who use Metrorail, Metrobus, or the DC Circulator to get to and from school and school-related activities will need to obtain a new Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card.

Over the next few weeks, card distribution events are being held in every ward to allow students who currently use bus and rail to get to school and school-related activities an opportunity to register and obtain their new Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card before the new school year begins. In order to receive a new Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card, students will need to be present and bring their current DC One Card or a government-issued ID to one of the remaining events. To sign up, please visit kidsridefree.dc.gov.

Megan Maples