Garrison Elementary School PTO

The Garrison PTO is a nonprofit membership organization committed to fostering connections and engagement among Garrison’s families, educators, and students.

This page is administered by the Garrison Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization) to disseminate information on school events and opportunities to support the school. Garrison Elementary School is a DC Public School serving children in Preschool through Fifth Grade in the heart of the Shaw/Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Our vision is th

Operating as usual

Photos from DC Public Schools's post 10/01/2022
06/11/2022

Mark your calendars, Wildcats! We have so many exciting events coming up as we celebrate another great year at Garrison— including DPR Family Movie Night TONIGHT at 5pm! Join us on the field for a special viewing of “Turning Red.”

04/01/2022

It may be a cloudy morning, but Spring has definitely sprung on S Street!

April also marks the beginning of enrollment season!

Here’s how and when to re-enroll:

Bring the same documents to arrival any morning next week and give them to Ms. Bailey/Ms. Ramirez at the table in the front foyer, or bring them to Ms. Bailey at dismissal 3:30-6:00!

Need a weekend time to re-enroll? We can do that, too! Join us on Enrollment Saturday, April 23 from 9am-12pm!

Why it’s so important: DCPS requires all schools to be mostly re-enrolled in April so we can finalize school budgets and staffing decisions for next year. Please help us!

What’s in it for your family: Not only will you secure your child’s seat for next year, but you’ll help your child’s class win a pizza party courtesy of the Garrison PTO for being fully, 100% re-enrolled (or withdrawn) by April 30! Thank you for your support!

Photos from Garrison Elementary School PTO's post 01/31/2022

📰Extra extra! 📰

We are SO proud of our Wildcats and their families for doing their part to keep our community safe! 80% of our K-5th grade students have had at least one shot, above and beyond the national average for children eligible for the Covid vaccine.

Garrison was featured on the FRONT PAGE of the yesterday for our efforts to get each and every eligible Wildcat vaccinated. If you haven’t gotten a chance to check it out, please clink the link in our bio!

Our next clinic is THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4th from 3:30-7pm! Students from our January clinic will get their second shots, and any not-yet-vaccinated students and grownups can get their first shots! We’ll also still have booster shots available for vaccinated grownups. Join us and spread the word!

Photos from Garrison Elementary School PTO's post 01/27/2022

Virtual PTO Meeting Tonight! // ¡Reunión virtual de PTO esta noche! // ምናባዊ PTO ስብሰባ ዛሬ ማታ!

Please join us tonight at 6PM for the virtual PTO meeting!

Zoom Meeting
https://contextglobalinc.zoom.us/j/81764736532

Meeting ID: 817 6473 6532

01/03/2022

Happy New Year, Wildcats!

All DCPS buildings are closed today due to the snow. We handed out 150 rapid test kits yesterday to staff and families who came by school, and have plenty more! Test kit pickups are now Tuesday and Wednesday (not today), and school will now reopen Thursday, Jan 6. Your child must now be tested on Wednesday, Jan 5, NOT Tuesday, and results uploaded here by 4pm at http://dcps.dc.gov/safereturn. Tests taken before Jan 5 will not be accepted. Essentially, the previously-announced schedule for this week is pushed back one day due to the weather.

Sorry for any inconvenience this change causes, but we hope you can enjoy the snow today, and we'll see you soon!

Photos from Garrison Elementary School PTO's post 12/21/2021

At Garrison, we like to call our community a “school family,” and we are so proud of the ways that our school family has looked out for one another during these challenging past few years. In the wake of the pandemic, our student support team (led by our outstanding school social worker Tierra Anthony) and the PTO turned their focus towards making sure Garrison families had the resources to help their students thrive at home. Since March 2020, the PTO has distributed hundreds of grocery gift cards and provided other financial assistance to Garrison families. As teachers and Wildcats gradually transitioned back into a school environment, the PTO has also worked closely with Ms. Anthony to foster staff and student wellness within the building. Thank you, Ms. Anthony!

Want to support these continued efforts to foster family, staff, and student wellness in 2022? Consider a year-end gift to the Garrison PTO today! Link in bio.

Photos from Garrison Elementary School PTO's post 12/17/2021

The countdown continues! 6 days until winter break! For Day 6, we wanted to give an inside peek at the beautiful student work displayed throughout our school building. Surrounding students with thoughtful displays of their own work can send several important messages:

-You belong.
-Your ideas and hard work are valued.
-We can learn from one another.

Wildcats are so excited to share more of their outstanding work next week at our Unit 3 Publishing Parties and the Virtual Winter Program!

Photos from Garrison Elementary School PTO's post 12/16/2021

The countdown is on! With just 7 days until Winter Break, we are going to spend the week highlighting some of the many things that make Garrison such a special place to grow and learn.

A diverse staff of experienced, talented teachers is the key ingredient for any great school, and our Wildcats are lucky to be taught by the best of the best.

Our fifth grade teacher Ms. Sanchez was featured in this Washington Post article about the importance of hiring and retaining diverse educators – and especially Latinx teachers – who reflect the diversity of our schools and empower students and families of color to share their stories and realize big dreams.

This afternoon, Principal Kip and fourth grade teacher Ms. Social will speak before the DC Council about the importance of teacher retention. We are so grateful for our incredible teachers and so proud to be bringing attention to this important issue.

Want to help us continue to make Garrison a wonderful place to work for our wonderful teachers? Consider a year-end contribution to our PTO! Link in bio.

Photos from Garrison Elementary School PTO's post 12/13/2021

The MySchoolDC Lottery is officially open! We are kicking off lottery season with an in-person open house. Join us at 9:00 for a building tour, classroom peek-ins, and a Q&A with Principal Kip.

Health screening and masks are required. We hope to see you then!

Photos from Garrison Elementary School PTO's post 11/05/2021

Garrison will be hosting a vaccine clinic on Wednesday, November 17 from 3:30-730pm!

All DC residents, as young as five years-old, can now receive the vaccine to protect themselves from COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and free.

Garrison albergará una clínica de vacunas el miércoles 17 de noviembre de 3:30-730pm!

Todos los residentes de DC, desde los cinco años de edad, ahora pueden recibir la vacuna para protegerse del COVID-19. La vacuna COVID-19 es segura, efectiva y gratuita.

Photos from Garrison Elementary School PTO's post 11/01/2021

Principal Kip is Missing! 😱Wildcats we’re “creepin it real” last Friday in their costumes! ➡️ to see some highlights! 🎃👻

Photos from Garrison Elementary School PTO's post 10/29/2021

We woke up like this! 💁🏾‍♀️
Wildcats rolled out of bed, ready to learn on Day 4 of Spirit Week!

Check our stories today to see highlights from Character Day! 👻🎃

Photos from Garrison Elementary School PTO's post 10/27/2021

🎶Nails done, hair done, everything did. 🎶
Wildcats showed up their “Sunday Best” for Day 3 of Spirit Week! 👸🏾🤴🏽💅🏾👔👗

Photos from Garrison Elementary School PTO's post 10/25/2021

Happy Spirit Week, Wildcats! Our amazing Kindergarten Squad is setting the spirit bar high on Day 1. 😻😻😻

Check below to see how you and your Wildcats can show their Garrison pride all week long.

Photos from Garrison Elementary School PTO's post 10/19/2021

Oh what a night! 🎃🍿🍁

Thanks to everyone who came out for Garrison Fall Festival 2021! We are especially grateful to our volunteers, and , , and our sponsors ( and ) for making it a night to remember!

10/14/2021

TOMORROW! Can’t wait to see you there!

Photos from Garrison Elementary School PTO's post 10/05/2021

Grade K-5 Writers are thrilled to officially publish the writing they have been working hard on during Unit 1. Please join us for our first schoolwide Publishing Celebrations TOMORROW Wednesday, 10/6.

Parents are encouraged to join us (either in person or virtually) to read some outstanding narratives and toast our Wildcat Writers! Please refer to instructions from your child’s teacher about how you can participate.

Photos from Garrison Elementary School PTO's post 10/04/2021

It’s 🎶Music Monday🎶 with Mr. Battle! At Garrison, the beat is so tight, we gotta take it outside! 🥁🪘

09/28/2021

Garrison’s future’s so bright, we gotta wear shades! ☀️😎😎☀️

Want to hear more about how YOU can get involved? Join us TONIGHT at 6pm for our first (virtual) PTO meeting of the school year.

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89661884373?pwd=bVZ5MCsxeEVLZGV2WWpZcUYzUml0dz09
Meeting ID: 896 6188 4373
Passcode: wildcats

See you at 6pm! 😎

09/22/2021

National Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month is well underway at Garrison! This month and beyond, our school family is celebrating Hispanic and Latinx culture. In each classroom, Wildcats are learning about the history of Hispanic and Latinx communities and individuals and their vast contributions, achievements, and influence on our country, our world, and our daily lives

Check back all month long for highlights from Hispanic & Latinx Heritage month at Garrison and for tips and resources on ways you can support and celebrate at home!

¡El Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana y Latinx está en marcha en Garrison! Este mes y más allá, nuestra familia escolar está celebrando la cultura hispana y latinx. En cada aula, los Wildcats están aprendiendo sobre la historia de las comunidades e individuos hispanos y latinx y sus vastas contribuciones, logros e influencia en nuestro país, nuestro mundo y nuestra vida diaria.

¡Vuelva durante todo el mes para conocer los aspectos más destacados del mes de la herencia hispana y latina en Garrison y para obtener consejos y recursos sobre las formas en que puede apoyar y celebrar en casa!

09/14/2021

TOMORROW! Please join us for Garrison’s Virtual Back to School Night!

Session 1 (6:00-6:20pm): All School Meeting with Principal Kip and AP Green (zoom link below)

Session 2 (6:20-6:40pm): Break out into individual class sessions (link sent by your child’s teacher(s))

Session 3 (6:40-7:00pm): Visit “open houses” for Art, PE, Related Services, etc. OR attend another individual class session if you have more than one Wildcat.

Session 4 (7:00-7:20): Optional Q&A session with Principal Kip, AP Green, and staff.

Zoom Link for Sessions 1 & 4: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85458704527?pwd=ZmNBYnYrNGlpN09WSkd3ekRJaklNZz09

Check your inbox tomorrow morning for links and details! See you then!

Photos from Garrison Elementary School PTO's post 09/10/2021

One of Principal Kip’s favorite back-to-school traditions is getting to visit each classroom to read-aloud some of his favorite children’s books. He is so thrilled to get to make these visits again now that everyone is back in the building!
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What are some of your favorite books to read-aloud to your children? Share in the comments below!

09/07/2021

Our wonderful paraprofessional Ms. Mel lost her home and her possessions in a terrible house fire this weekend. And while we’re so thankful that she and her daughters and granddaughter are all safe, we know that rebuilding after a fire takes a village. Please help show our Garrison community’s love, support, and appreciation for Ms. Mel and her family during this difficult time.

If you’re able to contribute financially, all money raised on the Garrison PTO’s Go Fund Me page this week will go to Ms. Mel and her family. You can also email [email protected] if you’d like to make a tax deductible donation earmarked for Ms. Mel another way.

If you'd like to give directly to the family, you can contribute to the Go Fund Me started by Mel's daughter, Tierra.

If you have items available to donate that you think might be useful, please email [email protected].

Thank you, Wildcats, for your generosity!

https://www.gofundme.com/f/cx73gr-help-us-restart?utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link_all&utm_source=customer

https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-garrison-families?teamInvite=21qVXbWHG7GCQhh2og78wtki8XIh16luzt2mson3Mu4StLkwXwBHcmNNVq6QRNa5&utm_medium=email&utm_source=product&utm_campaign=p_email%2Bteaminviteemail

Photos from Garrison Elementary School PTO's post 09/06/2021

Happy Labor Day! Garrison had an amazing first week of the school year. Take a look at all of these hardworking Wildcats! 📝📚🖍🐾

Photos from Garrison Elementary School PTO's post 09/01/2021

Important Update for Pre-K Families!

Photos from Garrison Elementary School PTO's post 08/30/2021

…and they’re off! What a joy it was to see K-5 families safely return to S Street this morning for the first day of school! DC Public Schools

08/30/2021

‘Twas the night before in-person school, and all through D.C., not a creature was stirring…except Principal Kip with some last minute reminders!

We are SO excited to see everyone bright and early tomorrow morning!

08/28/2021

The Garrison school family extends far beyond the walls of our building on S Street. We are so grateful to have community partnerships that generously donate their time and resources to help our students thrive.

One such organization is Washington D.C. Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., whose members were on campus yesterday to distribute school supplies and brand-new backpacks to students as they arrived at the K-5 Sneak Peek event. Because of their generous donation, we know that every single Wildcat has the materials they need to feel ready for the first day of school. Thank you so much!

Photos from Garrison Elementary School PTO's post 08/25/2021

Last week's Back-to-School BBQ was a huge success! Students were reunited with old pals, teachers got a chance to connect with some of their new students, and families were able to stock up on some BTS clothes through our Mutual-Aid Clothing Swap and the PTO's Garrison Gear sale!

Missed the BBQ? Don't fret! There are two more chances to stop by before school begins:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 2-3pm: Classroom Sneak Peek for K-5 students and families.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 3:30pm: Pre-K (3 & 4) Classroom Sneak Peek and Popsicles with Principal Kip and AP Green.

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Videos (show all)

Our wildcats had their first soccer game.Let’s go wildcats let’s go!!!!!
Today we celebrated our PK-4 students with a sweet step-up celebration
This was our final DC Youth Orchestra Concert!!We are so proud to see how much our wildcats have grown musically.

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1200 S Street NW
Washington D.C., DC
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