Cardinal Courier - November 11

Apologies for the 2nd Cardinal Courier this week - most of the information in this message was not ready for earlier this week but is time sensitive so I wanted to be sure to share it with the Abingdon community. In today's edition of the Cardinal Courier you will find:

  • A link to the survey that was introduced at the meeting on Tuesday

  • Link for the SignUp Genius for Thanksgiving Donations

  • Ms. deOlazo's Donors Choose project: Survivors to Thrivers: Building SEL and Habits of Mind

  • ACTL update: Video on Literacy Instruction in APS

  • Reminder to completed the Volunteer Verification process

  • Fall 2021 Boundary Process: Abingdon and Charles R Drew Elementary Schools boundary changes PAUSED until Fall 2022

Abingdon PTA Survey

Thanks to all who were able to join us at our November General Membership Meeting on Tuesday evening! As discussed, here are links to the survey we are asking community members to complete.

The Abingdon PTA leadership is grateful for the chance to serve you and Abingdon's students, teachers, and administrators. To help us improve, please take a couple of minutes to tell us your thoughts. Your responses will be confidential. We will report the results in a way that doesn't identify any individual.

El grupo gerencial del PTA de Abingdon está agradecido por la oportunidad de servirle a usted y a los estudiantes, maestros y administradores de la escuela. Para ayudarnos a mejorar, agradecemos se pudiera tomar unos minutos para decirnos lo que piensa de nuestra labor, a través de esta encuesta. Sus respuestas serán confidenciales, e informaremos los resultados de una manera que no identifique a ningún individuo.

Thanksgiving Dinner Sides Drive

The Abingdon Elementary PTA is seeking donations of side dishes to complete the Thanksgiving dinners for 25 families (Turkeys have been generously donated). We are also collecting pies for these 25 meals and the 20 Thanksgiving dinners we are getting from SHARE.

Please see the list below to sign up for the requested items. We will also need help assembling the bags on Thursday November 18.

All donations WITH THE EXCEPTION OF PIES need to be dropped off by Wednesday November 17 and can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • N. Fairlington: 4808 28th St S

  • Claremont: 4916 14th St S

Pies will need to be dropped off at Abingdon on Monday November 22.

Thanks for all your help supporting families in need within the Abingdon Community!

Link to SignUp Genius for Donations

Ms. deOlazo's Donors Choose Project

Ms. deOlazo is asking for help to provide WonderGrove Learn to all students at Abingdon. WonderGrove Learn digital resources and videos will help to develop a sense of community, self-care, and self-advocacy among our students, PK-5. Each video emphasizes one of sixteen Habits of Mind that promotes problem-solving and life-related skills necessary for effectively operating in school and society. Habits of Mind are dispositions that are skillfully and mindfully employed by characteristically intelligent, successful people when they are confronted with problems. Students will learn strategies and tools to navigate real-life situations and problems by equipping them with awareness, thought, and intentionally practiced strategies for gaining positive outcomes.

By offering these resources across the school, we are building a common language and common expectations for positive, productive behavior and learning as a caring and responsive community. Please help our worthy students get the SEL and academic support they need!

Link to Ms. deOlazo's Donor Choose Project

Advisory Council on Teaching and Learning (ACTL) Update

APS is planning to address improving literacy instruction at all schools. Ken Venable, Abingdon's Representative on ACTL, is encouraging all parents/guardians to take a look at this short video on literacy instruction recently released by APS featuring Barcroft Elementary School.

Abingdon Volunteer Program

APS requires that all parents volunteering in the building complete a Volunteer Application. In addition to verification of an applicant's identity, COVID 19 vaccination is required for the application to be approved.The process takes about a week to complete. If you plan to volunteer in the school this year please be sure to complete the Volunteer Application here.

Fall 2021 Boundary Process UPDATE

At the November 3 School Board Work Session on the Fall 2021 Boundary Process, Superintendent Durán recommended pausing the proposed Abingdon to Drew boundary changes while moving forward with the middle school and high school boundary proposals. Watch the work session or view the presentation online.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Wednesday November 24-Friday November 26: Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL

  • Wednesday December 8: Early Release at 12:26pm

Please reach out to us at with any questions.


Jackie Winkelvoss

PTA President