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2021-22 School Year OPEN HOUSE! Message from Principal Brown

We are very excited to see you tomorrow, Thursday, August 26 from 9:00-10:30 AM for our Open House. Folks who have not had an opportunity to attend any prior information session are invited to attend a brief session starting at 9:00 AM in the cafeteria on the second floor.  This session is an opportunity for students and parents to have a chance to bring supplies, briefly meet the staff, and see the new school and classrooms. Others may just attend the Open House.  Please help us keep everyone safe by limiting this event to Cardinal students, parents, and guardians only.

I would like to encourage you to walk to school if at all possible as it is a great way to get some fresh air and unwind prior to and after the school.  If you do decide to drive your child to school, please use the designated driveway on McKinley Road for drop-off.  In particular, please avoid dropping off at the following intersections that are adjacent to the school:  18th Street and Madison Street, Lexington Street and McKinley Road, and 19th near Parkhurst Park at the path.

Relative to mask wearing, masks will be required for students and staff while inside the building and on school buses but will not be required when eating or when outside during recess, PE, athletics, or other activities.   Again, please visit the Arlington Public Schools Health and Safety Measures or review this Safety Infographic to learn more about expectations for students, families, and staff. Here are some key highlights for Cardinal.  As I shared last week, visitors will have limited access to the building in the days and weeks following the open house to help us maintain a safe and secure environment.  

We will have greeters ready to help your child find their way to our classrooms on the first days of school. However, parents will not be able to walk students to classrooms on the first day of school.  Free breakfast and lunch are available for all students daily. They will be prepackaged in grab and go style. There will be no ala carte items available for lunch and breakfast.  Students should not share their food with others or bring snacks/ treats for other students. We ensure safety measures to protect students with food allergies in the classroom and while at lunch.  Answers to your questions may also be found by visiting and FAQ page. The FAQ will be updated daily. 

Finally, please use entrance D18 for Extended Day drop-off and pick-up.  You may park in the front parking lot and walk to the entrance.

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What We Did Last Year —

1,700 POUNDS OF FOOD

Donated to AFAC through the Food Bus

$5,000+ IN GRANTS

Gifted to school staff for training, supplies, field trips and more

Gifted to McKinley staff for training, supplies, field trips and more

3,000 Books

Purchased at the Book Fair, including 60 for the school library

30 ENRICHMENT CLASSES

Offered to students, from robotics and coding to yoga, cooking, and more

12,000 TICKETS

Traded in for carnival games, activities, and food at the Fun Fair

200 STUDENTS

Participated in the arts thru Reflections and the Educational Theater Co.

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