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From the Principal’s Desk

From the Principal’s Desk

Greetings Ellington Family,

I hope all is well and everyone is staying safe. Our Student Government Association has designated Monday as “Pink Out Day,” in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The year 2020 has reminded us that we are all in this together, tied to each other’s choices and actions. We can have the same impact by supporting the fight against breast cancer.

In the fight against political apathy, we have partnered with For Freedoms, an artist-led organization that models and increases creative civic engagement, discourse and direct action. Ellington is joining a peer-to-peer campaign leading up to Election Day on Nov. 3. This is an easy way to share your motivation and encourage others to make their voices heard. Click here to learn more and join the movement!

On a different note, the citywide Panorama Student Survey for DCPS students in grades 3-12 opens online on Monday. Parents can review the survey questions and opt-out for their children; students who are 18 or older can opt-out themselves. Please click here for more information.

And get ready for our upcoming “March for the Arts”. Here are a few additional items to keep in mind:

ADVISORY PERIODS: Advisory takes place every Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. Please ensure that students login and access via Canvas. The period serves as a mid-week check-in, an opportunity to ask questions, and time to simply unwind with the teacher.

QUESTIONS ABOUT COLLEGE: Harvard University’s student-run, independent newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, has invited our students to a Q&A forum on college admissions. “Ask Me Anything: College Edition,” take places on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. on Zoom. In addition to the application-and-admission process, panelists will share insights on navigating academic, extracurricular, and social life as a college student. The event is open to anyone and free of charge. To RSVP, click here.

AMAZON CAN SMILE ON DESA: Did you know you can help Ellington simply by shopping on Amazon? Just make sure you shop on and select the Ellington Fund as your charitable organization. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to support our programs!

DINING FOR THEATRE: The Theatre Department will receive a percentage of all sales during a fundraiser at three local restaurants: Paisano’s (Georgetown and Rhode Island Avenue NE locations) through Saturday, Oct. 24; Chipotle (Columbia Heights) on Wednesday, Oct. 21; and Chipotle (Glover Park) on Oct. 24.

IMMUNIZATION & IN-PERSON ACTIVITIES: Please note that students must have up-to-date health records before in-person instruction resumes; otherwise, they will be prohibited from attending in-person activities. Submit missing records to Registrar Dana Nearing ( and cc Nurse Delphenia James ( Here is a list of required immunizations, the Universal Health Certificate, and a list of immunization locations.

ELLINGTON MOBILE APP: We urge community members to download our free app and approve push notifications. Users can always go back and change their settings, but they will not receive school alerts otherwise. The app will provide one-stop shopping for virtually anything that students and families might need. Click here to download the IOS app and click here to download the Android app. For questions or comments, please email

Finally, we are thrilled to begin a new partnership with Keegan Theatre, an intimate professional theatre located in Dupont Circle. This year’s “Keegan Galaween Special” is an original, Halloween-themed, virtual event on Saturday, Oct. 31, featuring our very own Mr. Nearing! Use the code “FancyDuke” to get $10 off your ticket!

One last thing: The SGA is sponsoring Virtual Spirit Week beginning on Monday, Oct. 26. More information is forthcoming, Please take care of yourself, stay safe and have a great week!


Principal Sandi M. Logan

“There’s always something to suggest that you’ll never be who you wanted to be.
Your choice is to take it or keep on moving.” – Phylicia Rashad