I Voted!

November 30, 2019


“Being kind doesn’t mean you won’t stand up for yourself. You can be compassionate and also be firm in your own stance. Continue to be compassionate and then watch as your compassion inspires other people.” -Satiya Ewing-Boyd c/o 2014


On November 8, 2019, Stokes School swore in the newly elected Student Government officials for the 2019-2020 school year. All scholars from first through fifth grades practice civic engagement through voting privately; the younger scholars received assistance from older scholars as needed.

Fourth and fifth grade scholars are welcomed to run for school-wide office. This year’s officials are Jacob (President 5F), Frieda (Vice President 5S), Amina (Secretary 5S), and Gabby (Treasurer 5F). First through fourth grades have 2 representatives for each class. All pledged an oath to their office and to serve in their positions with fidelity.


With platforms ranging from community service, to improving meal options for scholars with dietary restrictions, we are excited to welcome a student government ready to be active and make change!

Stokes Scholars Impress at the French Embassy

November 1, 2019


Second Grade French went to the embassy and interviewed Solene Burtz, who is in charge of the bilingual education in the USA. During their first IB unit, "How we organize ourselves," scholars studied not just our community, but also the organization of our society as a whole and the  government. Consequently, they also got a chance to go to the Capitol and have a better understanding of the US government. After both field trips, they compared the French and the American governments, created two journals, and presented them to the class. 

At the embassy, students not only visited the facility, but also realized how the embassy is important to our community and how French is widely spoken in the DMV with a significant francophone presence. We then decided we would come back to the embassy to watch a movie in French, enjoyed a French author coming to our school, and tried to connect with other French immersion schools in the area.


As the only public elementary school in the District of Columbia that offers a French immersion program, Stokes School has a special bond with the French embassy and we look forward to strengthening that bond in the future.

Stokes Scholars are Rockin' Their New Shoes

October 3, 2019


Thanks to the generosity of the BB&T, 350 Stokes students received brand new shoes and socks today. This is part of BB&T’s year-long partnership with Samaritan’s Feet who will serve 4,000 children this year, and our ongoing partnership with BB&T. Today, volunteers spent time with each student by fitting them with a new pair of athletic shoes and socks and providing some words of encouragement.


Samaritan’s Feet was started in 2003 by Manny Ohonme, who received his first pair of shoes from a missionary when he was a child in Nigeria. Those shoes allowed him to learn and play basketball, ultimately earning him a sports scholarship in the US. A simple pair of shoes and the kindness shared by this “Good Samaritan” changed the course of Manny’s life. The mission of Samaritan’s Feet is to bring that same message of hope and love.

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