Oregon 1st Graders Performing at DC Prep Winter Festival

DC Prep Winter Festival

DC Prep’s Winter Festivals are hilarious to me.  Kids that age just have no idea how entertaining they are, even when they’re not trying to.  Some pour their hearts into the performances, and their efforts are simply admirable. This year, I was caught off guard.  I had no idea that Najwa was going to lead one of the “dances” More...

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Najwa makes Principal's Cabinet at DC Prep
By David Gaines On Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Najwa Makes Principal’s Cabinet, Explains Why She’s a Hero

For the third consecutive time, Najwa made Principal’s Cabinet at DC Prep. Proud. Proud. Proud. Nduku and I went to the breakfast ceremony where the high achieving students were asked to explain why they’re More...

DC Prep at Lincoln's Cottage in Washington DC
By David Gaines On Thursday, December 1st, 2016

DC Prep Trip to President Lincoln’s Cottage

Sometimes, when you live in a city, you don’t always know about all the tourist attractions. Just around the corner from our house, little did we know that President Lincoln had a cottage there. It’s More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, November 13th, 2016

If She Was A Turkey, Najwa Explains Why You Shouldn’t Eat Her

As part of their homework, DC Preppies had to write why they shouldn’t be eaten, as if they were a Thanksgiving Turkey.  More...

Daddy Dinner at DC Prep
By David Gaines On Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Daddy Dinner Discussion at DC Prep

Over the years, I’ve become pretty introverted.  Anti-social.  Borderline recluse.  All I can handle with the bandwidth available are my two ladies and work.  And Redskins football. But, at DC More...

Najwa back to school for the first grade
By David Gaines On Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Back to School Night at DC Prep

I’m not sure who’s happier that the kids are back in school — the kids or the parents. DC Prep held its Back to School Night [more like evening], and it looks like it’s a tie. When More...

By David Gaines On Friday, July 29th, 2016

Najwa’s Music Camp Performs “We Are The World”

The price for Najwa to attend the National Conservatory of Arts’ summer music camp went up by 25 percent. It was a lot of money, relative to all the other options, but we felt music was good for her More...

Najwa with her kindergarten teachers Ms. Murphy and Ms. Porter at DC Prep
By David Gaines On Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Last Day of Kindergarten

The academic year has come to an end. Najwa’s school says goodbye to each other and get ready for the summer. Ms. Murphy addresses the students and parents as the year comes to an end. Najwa with her teachers More...

Alani and Najwa at National Zoo
By David Gaines On Friday, April 22nd, 2016

School Trip to the National Zoo

When I was in school, I remember taking a field trip. Twice maybe. Throughout my entire schooling career. Perhaps there were more, but I vaguely remember any of my schools taking us on trips to anywhere. Najwa’s More...

By David Gaines On Friday, February 5th, 2016

Newest Member of the Principal’s Cabinet #ProudDad

It’s so easy to sit at home and listen to your child explain how much they’ve learned. But it’s when the teachers recognized Najwa as the girl in her class with the top grades that validated what More...