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CHPSPO Meeting Tuesday, September 16 at Maury

Dear Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Association members,

CHPSPO will meet on Tuesday, September 16, at Maury (1250 Constitution Ave., NE) from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

At the meeting we’ll hear report outs on progress in planning for Walk-to-School Day and the upcoming Ward 6 School Board Candidates Forum.

We will also be discussing the attached Statement of Principles that has been developed by a city-wide group of education leaders, and we will decide whether or not CHPSPO wants to be sign on as a supporter of the principles.

We also hope to have an invited speaker who will discuss a lawsuit the DC Chartered Schools Association filed against the city (http://dcacps.org/d-c-public-charter-schools-law-suit.html) regarding funding of the DC public charter schools.

Finally, attached is information about paid sick leave that is available for DC workers who need to care for sick children, and a blood drive that will be at Miner Elementary on September 20.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Wells

091614 CHPSPO Agenda.docx

StatementofPrinciplesFIN.docx

DC Paid Sick Days Flier [Spanish].pdf

DC Paid Sick Days Flier Final English.pdf

Blood Drive Miner 092014.pdf

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Upcoming Opportunities to Meet Candidates

Dear Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization members,

While CHPSPO does not endorse or advocate for a particular candidate in the upcoming elections, we do want to forward information about opportunities to meet the mayoral and school board candidates.

CHPSPO will sponsor a Ward 6 school board candidates forum on Tuesday, October 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Eastern High School.

Efforts are underway by a city-wide coalition of education activists to organize a mayoral candidates forum focused on education issues. The date has not been finalized for this forum. I will send a message when the date is finalized.

This Saturday, September 6th from 9 – 10:30 am in Lincoln Park there will be Coffee in the Park with mayoral candidate David Catania. This event is hosted jointly by Public School Parents for Catania and Ward 6 for Catania. There will be coffee for adults, and some activities for kids.

If you become aware of any public forums for the mayoral candidates, please let me know about them. Thanks.

Suzanne Wells

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District of Change: Making Schools Better for DC Event 10 Sept 7PM

Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 – 7 p.m.

Over the past few years, public education in D.C. has been transformed – from IMPACT rating for teachers, to school closings, to boundary and feeder changes, to major facilities improvements, to an explosion of Public Charter Schools. Have these attempts to close the achievement gap worked? Are D.C. schools better? Join us as we talk to principals from around the city and learn about their challenges and successes.

Join moderator Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way, in discussion with panelists:
Scott Cartland, former principal, Janney Elementary School (Ward 3), current principal, Wheatley Education Campus (Ward 5);
Alexandra Pardo, executive director, Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School (Ward 8);
Andria Caruthers, principal, West Education Campus (Ward 4)

Please RSVP for this program over at EventBrite.

This program is part of the District of Change series of public conversations on the changing nature of the District. The series is produced by Slate editor David Plotz and author Hanna Rosin in conjunction with the DC Public Library Foundation.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

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Tennis on the Hill – Fall Registration Open!

Fall back into the swing of things with Tennis on the Hill fall classes. We want to see all of you on the courts, so please register today! CLASSES START THIS COMING WEEKEND. For the kids, we have Little Shots (11:30 AM and 12:30 PM sessions), Quickstart 1 and 2 (2:30 PM , 3:30, and 4:30 sessions), For the adults, we have Adult Beginner (12:30 and 1:30 ) and Adult Intermediate (2:30 PM and 3:30 PM). In addition, this spring we are offering a Parent and Me class for parents and youth ages 12 and up. This class will be similar to the adult beginner class. Remember, our popular Monday night cardio class and weekend match play will continue throughout the fall.

Tennis on the Hill is a non-profit Community Tennis Association (CTA), promoting and facilitating the playing and enjoyment of tennis as a means of healthy recreation and lifelong physical fitness for all ages, abilities, income levels, and backgrounds in the community of greater Capitol Hill and surrounding area.

Registration is available at www.tennisonthehill.org. You can also contact Eric Legg with any questions you may have: ericlegg (at) gmail (dot) com.

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