Support Children Living at DC General’s Homeless Shelter‏

10295549_710102709028232_4106679170363888880_o (1)​There are hundreds of children living at the DC General’s Homeless Shelter, and many of them attend schools on Capitol Hill.  The Playtime Project has organized a Back-to-School Drive to provide support for these children as they start the school year.  As you shop for school supplies and clothes for your children, please consider purchasing extras to donate to this Back-to-School Drive.  Many people have already generously donated, but the need is still great.  Backpacks are particularly needed as are school supplies and uniforms.
 
 
Uniforms:   Homeless Children’s Playtime Project  says that “School uniforms will become an urgent need almost as soon as the school year begins. There are over 500 children living at DC General without easy access to laundry facilities. The closest laundromat is nearly 1 mile from the shelter. When children don’t have enough uniforms to get them through the week, they’re often forced to attend school with a dirty and wrinkled uniform. Help us spread the word about this wish list:”   http://amzn.com/w/SGKH8FLM7WFU
 
Playtime Project’s Backpack Drive 2014: Backpacks are very much needed for students in the next two weeks.
 
School Supplies Fall 2014:  BecauseDCPS students are expected to bring in their own supplies:

CHPSPO Meeting Notes – August 12, 2014

Capitol Hill Montessori@Logan, August 12, 2014

Discussion on holding a Ward 6 School Board Forum

  • Decided to hold a Ward 6 School Board Candidates Forum
  • Petitions submitted by Tom Brennan, Mark Nayden, and Joe Weedon
  • Suggested that we identify potential partners to cosponsor the forum: (VanNess parents group, NLPNA, Capitol Hill Group Ministry, Hill Rag, SESW CBCC, etc)
  • Suggested we hold the forum at (Eastern)
  • Discussed possible moderators
  • Timing (2nd-3rd week October) October 7, 14 or 16

Mayoral Candidates Forum – CHPSPO will join education and community groups across the city to sponsor this event

Discussion on holding a Ward 6 Education Summit:

  • Identify what people feel is lacking in the schools, identify how to fill those needs, and re-articulate the Ward’s commitment to schools
  • Discussed that parents have been asked multiple times what they want. People want to see action rather than another “ask” session.
  • Discussed the effort being undertaken by Companies for Causes, and the All Roads Lead to Eastern effort.
  • Discussed the importance of involving teachers more in open houses.
  • Will do a little more thinking around how CHPSPO can support the Ward 6 schools in planning for vertical integration among the feeder schools, and marketing of the schools through their websites, etc.
  • Michael Moss, Walker Jones principal, discussed “backwards education mapping” effort that Wilson High School undertook a number of years ago that brought together the Wilson feeder schools to discuss vertical integration among the schools and ensuring that elementary school students are prepared for middle school, and middle school students are prepared for high school.

Walk-to-School Day Planning – Wednesday, October 8

Next CHPSPO Meeting: September 16, 2014

Upcoming Events

August 23 Beautification Day
August 25 First Day of School
September Student Assignment & School Boundary Plan to be released
October 8 Walk-to-School Day
November 4 General Election

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CHPSPO Meeting on August 12

CHPSPO will meet on Tuesday, August 12, at 6:30 pm at Capitol Hill Montessori@Logan (215 G Street, NE). We will be discussing whether CHPSPO wants to sponsor a forum for the upcoming Ward 6 School Board election, a new idea about holding a Ward 6 Education Summit, and plans for Walk to School Day.

Attached is the agenda, and a proposal for the Ward 6 Education Summit.

Hope to see you on Tuesday.

If you’d like to have your name removed for the CHPSPO e-mail distribution list, please let me know.

Suzanne Wells

On Sunday, August 3, 2014 9:28 PM, Suzanne Wells <m.godec> wrote:

Wanted to give everyone a heads up that CHPSPO will meet on the 2nd Tuesday in August. We will meet on August 12 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. I will send around an agenda and meeting location in a few days.

Thanks.

Suzanne Wells

081214 CHPSPO Agenda.docx

Ward 6 Education Summit Proposal 081014.docx

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CHPSPO Meeting on August 12

CHPSPO will meet on Tuesday, August 12, at 6:30 pm at Capitol Hill Montessori@Logan (215 G Street, NE). We will be discussing whether CHPSPO wants to sponsor a forum for the upcoming Ward 6 School Board election, a new idea about holding a Ward 6 Education Summit, and plans for Walk to School Day.

Attached is the agenda, and a proposal for the Ward 6 Education Summit.

Hope to see you on Tuesday.

If you’d like to have your name removed for the CHPSPO e-mail distribution list, please let me know.

Suzanne Wells

On Sunday, August 3, 2014 9:28 PM, Suzanne Wells <m.godec> wrote:

Wanted to give everyone a heads up that CHPSPO will meet on the 2nd Tuesday in August. We will meet on August 12 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. I will send around an agenda and meeting location in a few days.

Thanks.

Suzanne Wells

081214 CHPSPO Agenda.docx

Ward 6 Education Summit Proposal 081014.docx

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At Back-to-School Time, Help Provide Uniforms for Homeless Children in Capitol Hill Schools

It’s back to school for our kids – and homeless kids living in a decrepit shelter just a few miles from the Hill.

When you buy back-to-school supplies and clothes for your kids, please consider buying uniforms for a few of the 100s of homeless children who attend public schools on Capitol Hill.

It’s easy to help: Buy one or more uniforms on Amazon and the items will ship directly to the Playtime Project (the organization districting them to DC General families): http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/SGKH8FLM7WFU/ref=cm_sw_su_w

With the ongoing news of terrible conditions at the old D.C. General Hospital (especially in the wake of Relisha Rudd’s disappearance), this uniform drive is something we can do to help children living day-to-day at a shelter just around the corner.

Ask a co-worker and a friend or neighbor to purchase a uniforms too. Purchases are tax deductible.

More info about the uniform drive here: https://www.facebook.com/ClothetheKidsCapHillUniformDrive

New uniforms for these kids WILL make a difference! They need a uniform 5 days a week and not only do they have the means to buy enough shirts and pants for 5 days, there is no clothes washing facilities at DC General, making it very hard to go to school in clean uniforms.

We understand from teachers and advocates for homeless kids that clean clothes (which this uniform drive provides) can help cut down on bullying (sadly) and improve the confidence and sense of dignity of the child.By Liz Festa and Beth Bacon

 

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DC Cannot Afford the Luxury of Not Planning for Its Schools

The DC School Boundary and Feeder Pattern proposal, just released by the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME), reflects widespread sentiment for high-quality, by-right neighborhood schools. Families in all wards want their children to have the choice to attend neighborhood schools that offer a balanced and rich curriculum—with the challenges and support their children need.

We commend the DME and the advisory committee for spending countless hours listening to thousands of parents across the city and debating how best to redraw school boundaries and reestablish coherent feeder school patterns. While some may be unhappy over particular lines or feeder patterns, no one should lose sight of the overall direction this proposal lays out for our city.

Now, much work lies ahead to ensure quality by-right schools in every neighborhood. Because of closures, or misguided reforms to create K-8 educational campuses, some parts of the city have no neighborhood elementary schools; others have no middle schools.

The proposal clearly shows that DC public schools (DCPS) and the DME are being thoughtful about planning to best meet the need, and obvious demand for, high-quality neighborhood schools. Indeed, the proposal, along with the funding formula to help the lowest performing schools, represent a necessary investment in achieving high-quality neighborhood schools everywhere in our city.

But all that good planning will come to nothing if we do not immediately deal with the elephant in the room: the lack of coordination and planning between DCPS and charter schools.

Longstanding neglect of our public schools—which the DME’s boundaries proposal and the funding formula seek to undo–emboldened Congress in 1995 to make DC a testing ground for the burgeoning charter movement. Less than 20 years later, 43% of our public school students attend charters funded with DC taxpayer dollars.

The current lack of coordination between charters and DCPS has had huge ramifications for public policy. Without a substantially growing student population, the creation of new schools, both charter and DCPS, has resulted in existing schools losing enrollment—and therefore resources. And those losses lead to failing schools and school closures.

This tremendous waste, in the name of competition, is not some logical by-product of educational checks and balances. It is a cost borne by all DC taxpayers and, worst of all, every one of DC’s public school kids.

Our city needs to use the DME’s new boundaries plan as the first step in collaborative public education planning with charters. Now is the time for our city to dedicate resources to strategically reopen neighborhood schools and to ensure all neighborhood schools get the resources they need. And it is time for charters to coordinate with existing schools, both charter and DCPS, to ensure that their innovations are brought to the kids who can most benefit.

DC parents want a system of choice schools, not school competition where our children’s educations are put at risk when any school lacks what it needs. A collaborative approach to running our public school system can create an environment in which every school, and therefore every child, has a fair chance to succeed.

Doing otherwise is just a luxury our city cannot afford.

 

Caryn Ernst, Capitol Hill Cluster School parent

Valerie Jablow, Capitol Hill Cluster School parent

Suzanne Wells, Tyler Elementary School parent

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CHPSPO July 15 Meeting @ Riverby Books 6:30 PM

Dear Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization members,

I hope everyone is having a good summer break.

CHPSPO will meet on Tuesday, July 15, at 6:30 p.m. at Riverby Books at 419 East Capitol St. We will be discussing the upcoming Ward 6 School Board election, comments on the School Boundaries and Feeder Patterns proposal, discuss ideas for building community between schools, hear an update on school library advocacy, and more.

If your school elected new PTA representatives and you would like me to add their names to this e-mail distribution list, please let me know. Also, if you’d like to have your name removed from the list, please let me know.

Please remember that comments on the School Boundaries and Feeder Patterns proposal are due to the Deputy Mayor for Education by July 21.

Suzanne Wells

071514 CHPSPO Agenda 1.docx