Legenda #8 2021-22
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Washington Latin

Latin Pride is NOW!
(Can you believe we haven't seen these maskless, smiling faces since Latin Pride 2019?)

Dear Latin families,

Each year between September 15 - October 15, the country pauses to celebrate Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month. This offers us an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the communities that identify as Latinx or Hispanic. Originally observed as “Hispanic Heritage Week” under President Lyndon Johnson in 1968, this celebration has been month-long since 1988.
Hispanic/Latinx history in the U.S. is rich, complex, and multi-faceted. Immigrants, refugees and Spanish-speaking or Indigenous people have lived in this country since long before the nation was established. Earlier this week, we remembered some of this history through the celebration of Indigenous People Day. By way of acknowledgment, DC is the traditional territory of the Nacotchtank/Anacostan/Piscataway people.
Students explore Hispanic heritage in a variety of ways. In the classroom, this is primarily through the study of Hispanic authors and through classes in history, from the classical period to the present. Hispania was the Roman name for the Iberian Peninsula and its provinces, the region now occupied by Spain and Portugal. It came to be one of the most important territories of the Roman Empire. Among the works students read are the following: Refugee by Alan Gratz and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez. We have had various Hispanic-themed student clubs over the years, including the Spanish Language Culture Club in the middle school this year.
The Latinx population in DC is growing, accounting for about 11% of the city’s population. Of our 755 students, 6.36% identify as Hispanic or Latinx. Slightly more than 6% of our faculty also identify as such. One of our newest faculty members, Ms. Gott, facilitated a virtual cultural exchange program this summer between Paraguay and DC about social entrepreneurship.
The Washington, DC region is rich in art galleries, and art by Latin-American artists is no exception. Among my favorite places to see such art are the Mexican Cultural Institute and the Art Museum of the Americas. The National Park Service has created a (free) Latino American Heritage Walking tour that winds through the heart of the capital. We also encourage you to check out the resources below:



Peter T. Anderson
Head of School

Latin Pride is NOW!

LATIN PRIDE is a brief and intensive campaign to raise funds for Latin. It is just two weeks long every October, starting TODAY! Read the letter sent today to remember why we give each year.

We need you - each of you - to meet our goals of $200,000 and 100% participation.  The funds raised from this campaign make it possible to support Latin's most essential elements - great faculty, classroom excellence, and warm community.

Donating is easy - do it now and save a volunteer a call!
  • Subscribe - Establish a monthly donation; visit our Latin Pride page for easy-to-use buttons.
  • Give one-time - Make a one-time donation (credit card, check) 
  • Pledge - Not the right time? Pledge and amount now and then pay later. 
However it works for you, please give now to support Latin in these extraordinary times.  We are grateful for your generosity!

Jennifer Thorpe-Lewis & Alex Tiersky, Campaign Co-Chairs
Latin Pride - Donate!

Parent-Faculty Association

Fall Festival: Date Changed Due to Weather Forecast for Saturday Afternoon

SUNDAY, October 17 from 1 - 4 pm

We encourage families to BYOP (bring your own picnic) and join us on the Latin athletic fields for games and fun! We will also be holding a Health Walk around the Latin Campus during the event. An anonymous donor will donate $1 for every lap walked by participants.

COVID Vaccines: COVID vaccines/boosters will be available! We will have a vendor onsite from 1 - 4 pm. Please note that COVID boosters are administered at least 6 months after your final previous dose.  You must have received your last COVID vaccination before 4/17 to be eligible for a Pfizer booster on Sunday. 

Next Week: Wellness Wednesday!
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Next Wednesday, we suspend regular classes and offer students a choice of sessions that encourage mental and physical well-being. Students have already received an email with session and sign-up details. We sent families and email this afternoon; check your inboxes for more information.

Key points for families:
  • Wellness Day counts as a regular school day and is required for all Latin students.
  • In person sessions will follow our standard COVID protocols - everyone masked (even outdoors), temperature and symptom checks upon arrival, and social distancing.
  • Wednesday will be a HALF DAY for grades 5-8!
  • US students may be home all day and done by noon, depending on the sessions they choose.
  • There will be no lunch, late bus, or Magis next Wednesday.
  • Next Friday, October 22 will run on a Wednesday schedule, with all students dismissed at 2:10 pm. As with any Friday, there will be no late bus or Magis that day.
You can see the sessions offered on the Parents page of, and more details for each division are provided in the email that went out earlier today.

How does math lead to a fuller humanity?

Join us on November 17 @ 6:30 pm for a discussion with Dr. Francis Su, author of Mathematics for Human Flourishing

We are delighted that Dr. Francis Su, author of Mathematics for Human Flourishing, will visit Latin for a discussion about how math is intimately tied to our humanity, a conversation that can lead us to imagining mathematics in a new way. The invitation is extended to our community, including - perhaps especially - those who do not consider themselves "numbers people." The conversation is sure to be an interesting one that reveals a fascinating, playful, and ultimately very human view of mathematics.

More details will follow very soon, but mark your calendars now!

Lights, Camera, Smile!

Picture Day is Monday for Grades 5-11!


Our 2021-2022 Picture Day will be Monday, October 18th! Please help us make sure picture day goes as smoothly as possible for your student by following these guidelines: 1. All students must be in proper uniform! 2. If you wish to pre-order prints, you may order online now at using the Picture Day ID EVT84VFVQ. If you wish to send in the form and payment instead, please give forms and payment to your student the morning of picture day! These forms go directly to their photographer (not to Ms. Kolb!) If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Patti Kolb.

Have you lost it?

Check the Lost & Found!

If your child hasn't made it to the Lost & Found yet, have no fear! Come to the Fall Festival this Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm to look through the items! If you can't make it, there is still one more week - please have them check the Lost & Found cubbies outside the MPR (near the 5/6 wing) by next Friday!


Looking for something to read now? Check out this year's first issue of our school newspaper 
SUMUS LEONES, brought to you by our talented Latin journalists!

AtoZ is Back!

Register For The Family Directory

Be sure to register and create an account on AtoZ Connect. Once you do this, you will have access to the directory!

Want directory access on the go? The old AtoZ Connect App is no longer used, so you will need to download the free Membership Toolkit App from the App Store (Apple/iOS users) or the Google Play Store (Android users).

Cool Culture Events

ART SAFARI: This Saturday, children ages five and up are invited to the Art Safari at Torpedo Factory Art Center. Kids can paint at easels, make papier-mâché animals, invent glass art sea creations, and more at stations throughout the center. (Torpedo Factory Art Center; 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.; FREE)


We'll Never Be Royals

Movin' and Groovin'

Staten's Shields

Goals and Touchdowns!

Fast and 


10/15 - 10/31 - LATIN PRIDE!
10/17 - *NEW DATE* Fall Festival, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
10/19 - 5th Grade to Calleva Challenge Course
10/20 - Wellness Day
10/21 - 6th Grade to Calleva Challenge Course
10/22 - Wednesday schedule with 2:10 pm dismissal
10/28 - Q1 ends
11/1 - Q2 begins
11/5 - 8th Grade Field Trip (details coming soon)
11/7 - Daylight Saving Time
11/10 - Fall Music Concert, 7:00 pm
11/11 - Veterans' Day - NO CLASSES - Parent-Teacher Conferences (more details to follow)
11/19 - NO CLASSES - Parent-Teacher Conferences (more details to follow)

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