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DC Prep Winter Festival
By David Gaines On Thursday, December 15th, 2016
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Oregon 1st Graders Performing at 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, More...

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

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

By David Gaines On Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
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Najwa in Her DC Prep Kindergarten Class

Because I work so far from the city in Reston, VA, and Nduku is a few miles from the school, I rarely pick up Najwa from school. If ever. But I had the chance today and whenever I’m in their classroom, More...

By David Gaines On Thursday, December 17th, 2015
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Najwa’s Class Performing During DC Prep Winter Festival [3:41]

After all these years, I never knew that “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” had more lyrics. Anyway, Najwa’s class performed the song, in its entirety, during the DC Prep Winter Festival on the More...

Najwa wins Best in Reading Award at DC Prep
By David Gaines On Friday, November 13th, 2015
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Najwa Wins Best In Reading Award at DC Prep

It’s a struggle some nights, but we [more like Nduku] make Najwa read every night. Every single night. And it’s paying off. She recently received the quarterly Best in Reading Award at DC Prep More...

Najwa and Nduku at Cox Farms
By David Gaines On Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
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Return to Cox Farms with DC Prep

Each year DC Prep starts the year off with its first field trip to Cox Farms. I’m going to have to work on Nduku and how to take more pictures. And each year Najwa goes, she goes on a ride on a More...

DC Prep trip to the National Aquarium
By David Gaines On Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
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DC Prep Visits the National Aquarium in Baltimore

Najwa’s DC Prep class took a trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore.  Nduku went with them and actually took some photos!  I’m used to only getting three, but she did better this time. More...

By David Gaines On Friday, March 13th, 2015
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Najwa’s Teacher Ms. King Is Simply Great [2:51]

I’ve always read that if a student has an amazing teacher, one that inspires, motivates, nurtures, the student will love school, excel, regardless if future teachers aren’t as great.  Najwa’s More...