This week brought tears of joy and sadness, laughter, and hugs as we said goodbye to the year and to those students and faculty leaving. Always bittersweet, but moving to watch our students support each other as they say their goodbyes. We hope you have a wonderful summer and we will see you in August!
Dear Latin Community,
This senior class leaves a void that will not be easy to fill. They started clubs, secured internships, earned scholarships, soared to new heights in athletic competition, racked up tens of thousands of hours of community service, and made a difference as tutors, mentors and ambassadors. As we prepare for graduation on Monday, at UDC, I am sure the members of the class of 2019 are filled with emotion and memories. That is certainly true for the adults who have watched them grow and who have worked with them.
Congratulations to the seniors for their hard work and for their accomplishments within and without the classroom. They have earned almost 10.5 million dollars in merit aid for college, including “The Economic Club” and “Posse” Scholarships. They accumulated thousands of frequent flyer miles, traveling around the country and internationally as a part of language trips or summer enrichment. Students in this class engaged in impressive research projects, on everything from treatments for pediatric aneurysms to separation anxiety in dogs and seagrass in the Chesapeake Bay. One student graduated with almost 350 hours of documented community service. One student interned on Capitol Hill. Another interned at the African American museum. One student took Arabic, Greek and Latin this year. They also had stunning success in the athletic arena, earning All-State selections, excelling in playoff appearances and receiving numerous awards. And I could go on for several more paragraphs.
The lessons they have learned at Washington Latin will help prepare them for the next step in life. We hope to see the class of 2019 visit the school in future years, stay in touch with Ms. Richardson and Ms. Eleby-El and actively participate in the new alumni organization that we are working to build. I’m already expecting Jania Claire to return to teach Latin when she finishes her studies. And who knows? After today’s Valediction, maybe there is a future here for Adrien Gomez as a music teacher. And, after he makes it big in the Navy, maybe Rodney Goldring can take my job. On behalf of the whole school, I wish the Class of 2019 the best of luck in all their exciting adventures!
Washington Latin's 2019-20 Calendar Available!
A more detailed 2019-20 calendar is now available! Check the parents' home page for the full calendar.Some dates are tentative as noted and some things, including fall events, may be added. We will post another updated version of this calendar later in June.
Free and Reduced Meal Applications available
Don't miss out an important benefit if your family qualifies
Applications for the National School Lunch Program's Free and Reduced Meals (FARM) program for next year are now available. If you believe your family will qualify for this benefit, which provides free meals to students whose household income falls below a certain threshold, please print out this form, complete it, and return it (either electronically or in hard copy) to Martita Fleming. Please be sure to include a parent/guardian signature at the bottom; the form is not valid without an adult's signature.
Families who qualify for the FARMs benefit must apply each year; your eligibility does not carry over from one year to the next.
If you know your family does not qualify, you do not need to complete and return this form.
The summer is almost here! The culmination of a tremendous year takes place on Monday with the graduation of the Class of 2019! We are excited for them and wish them well.
Thank you to all of the amazing volunteers and participants throughout the year. We continued our traditions of community building at the Parent Social and Fall Festival; parent engagement during the book clubs and forums; and school support via Latin Pride, faculty luncheons, department grants, and holiday gifts. Without your efforts, none of this would be possible. Next years, we plan to have even more opportunities for you to contribute your gifts, talents, and abilities. If you'd like to get involved or have activity ideas, please send an email to PASecretary@latinpcs.org to indicate where you'd like to "jump in".
During the summer the PFA will be hosting/sponsoring"Summer Socials in the Park", around the city. Incoming and current families can mix and mingle with others in their respective neighborhoods/wards. Light refreshments and information will be available. If you'd like to help host an event in your neighborhood or have questions, send an email to PAPresident@latinpcs.org.
As you go through your children's uniforms this summer, please consider donating any pieces they have outgrown to the PFA! We are especially in need of larger sizes, so anything is welcome. You may drop used uniforms off all summer at school.
Summer Soccer Camp
at Washington Latin
Coming this year to the Latin campus: Passion Sports Academy - Soccer Camp 2019! Led by Latin's own Coach Simone Mariotti, this camp has two sessions (June 17th - 21st 2019 and June 24th - 28th 2019), both from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for boys and girls ages 6-14.