Join Save School Libraries Pop-Up Library at Barracks Row Fall Festival on Sep 22!

CHPSPO is joining forces with Commissioner Brian Pate to organize a booth at the Barracks Row Fall Festival  (on Saturday, September 22) in support of DC Public School librarians and libraries.

Stop by the booth between 1-4PM for a mini Pop-Up Library and book swap (a small scale version of last week’s). Thanks to Barracks Row business owners (thank you Xavier Cervera), we’ll offer refreshments, too!

If you have books to donate to the pop-up library, please drop them off at 109 13th St., SE between Wednesday and Friday of this week (there will be a box under the steps) or bring them to the festival on Saturday.

What can you do to help Save School Libraries?

  • Read this fact sheet –> Library Facts Handout 9-19 and reach out to the Mayor Gray, your Councilmember and Chancellor Henderson.
  • Encourage local leaders to support this effort, like ANC6B’s Resolution.
  • Sign the online petition (or stop by our booth on Saturday to sign the paper version).
  • Tell the world you support our DC Public School Librarians. ‘Like’ CHPSPO on Facebook, follow @CHPSPO on Twitter, tweet #SaveSchoolLibraries. Keep up with updates via http://chpspo.org
  • Stop by the booth to show your support, pick up or drop off a book! – Want to volunteer at the booth? Contact sandramoscosomills@gmail.com.

Save School Libraries Pop Up Library at H St Fest a Success!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the H Street Festival this weekend where we had over 2000 books and collected 601 handwritten signatures!

The Pop-up library at  Toki Underground restaurant was fantastic: people perused books, read some and always left with a free, new book. Toki’s owner Eric and ANC Commissioner David Garber (whose own mother is a librarian) were super supportive! See photos here.

Didn’t make it? No worries, you can support this effort by signing the petition and by reaching out to DC leaders and asking them to save school libraries. Read this fact sheet for more information –> Library Facts Handout 9-19.

CHPSPO Meeting Notes – July 17, 2012

Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization

Maury Elementary, 1250 Constitution Ave., NE, Library

July 17, 2012 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 

1. DCPS Library Funding Follow up, Suzanne Wells

  • June 15, July 4, and July 11 Bake Sales were successful in generating awareness (media, Washington DC Teacher’s Union, DC Council, general public)
  • CHPSPO and ‘in ward parents’ have had a presence at all ‘State of the Schools meetings (all Wards) and have raised the libraries issue in all meetings.
  • CHPSPO requested meeting to present check to Kaya Henderson of $ raised by bake sales – were instructed by DCPS to submit online
  • CHPSPO requested meeting with DCPS (Kaya Henderson) to discuss libraries, and were told because of her busy schedule she could not meet with us. Follow up requests stressing the need for a thoughtful discussion with DCPS on the library issue has gotten no response

Discussion:

  • Money is there (example: prove what’s possible grants), but “cuts” are really about choices

Next Steps:

  • Reach out to Deputy Mayor Wright, since DCPS is not responsive

 

2. What does vertical and horizontal integration mean to us? (Brainstorm)

  • Much of this was captured in Ward 6 Middle School Plan (math, languages, IB to feed from feeder ES to MS, then from MS to Eastern)
  • In our current feeder pattern, principals don’ t currently have to talk to each other; principals operate their schools as separate “islands”
  • 2-3 languages should be offered at middle schools (and the elementary schools that feed into them should offer at least one of those languages). Currently, misaligned; JO Wilson offers award winning French, but Stuart Hobson (it’s feeder MS) offers Spanish…
  • Math: Algebra for 7th graders; plan to get ES kids up to speed so they are prepared for Algebra. What happened to summer bridge programs for rising 6th graders?
  • Robotics programs across all feeder schools; similar sports/other programs that can be offered across all schools, and coordinated so schools can share resource
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Lucy Kulkins writing workshops
  • Responsive classroom

Next steps:

  • Draft a white paper (Suzanne Wells to kick off) on what we think should be expectation for Eastern feeder pattern and what needs to happen to make these expectations possible; gather community input (via voting/survey); outlines responsibilities (parents, principals, students, DCPS)
  • Follow up w/ DCPS re: Ward 6 MS plan implementation point person (raised again at State of Schools and still no follow up)
  • Follow up on communications among principals that cut through current ‘clusters’ model – need teachers, principals to communicate with each other and align. Currently, many feeder schools do not coincide with clusters, so principals (and staff) have no incentives to talk to each other.

 

Upcoming Events:

  • August 21, Next CHPSPO Meeting:
  • August 25, School Beautification Day
  • October 3, Walk-to-School Day – NEED COORDINATORS!!! Contact George Blackmon (gblackmon@hewfcu.com) if you can coordinate on behalf of your school

 

Visit CHPSPO on the web at http://chpspo.org

For Immediate Release: Baked Goodies to Support DCPS Libraries – July 11

Photo Credit: Caroline Angelo

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

  Wednesday, July 11

  Contact:  CHPSPO, chpspo@gmail.com, Bella Dinh-Zarr (dinhzarr@dinhzarr.org) or Robert Zarr (RLZARR@yahoo.com)

 

 Parents and Students Hold Baked Goodies Event to Support DCPS Libraries 

 

Washington, DC- On Wednesday, July 11, 2012, parents and students from across Washington, DC will be raising funds to support funding school librarians in District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS).

Baked Goodies to Support DCPS Libraries
Wednesday, July 11, 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW (Penn side)

DCPS says they can’t support their school libraries, so let’s help them.  Bring a dozen baked goods with you to the Wilson Building on Wednesday morning (July 11).  All donations will be donated to Kaya Henderson for the school libraries.  It’s a great way to involve your children…they can help you bake, practice their math as they count money on that morning, and learn some civics about what it takes to be an involved citizen in our world.

We want DCPS to:

-      Budget a librarian in every school (at least ½ time in smaller schools).

-      Move librarian position to core staff category (not flexible/optional).

-      Provide a “per student” budget allocation for books/materials.

-      Make their budget more transparent!

What You Can Do:

-      Come to the Wilson Building on July 11th

-      Contribute a baked good (see below)

-      Tell the media (press release available)

-      Tell the Mayor and Chancellor!

More details here –> Librarians Flyer 7-11-12.

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Photo Credit: Margaret Holwill (H St DC)

UPDATE – Thanks for your support on the 4th of July bake sale. We raised $90 in donations and sales.  To date, $346 has been raised in support of DCPS libraries… Have we managed to raise awareness? You decide. Tell the Chancellor and Mayor you support DCPS Libraries!

Tweet #SaveSchoolLibraries

For Immediate Release: Bake Sale to Support DCPS Libraries

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

  Thursday, June 14

  Contact:  CHPSPO, chpspo@gmail.com,

 

  Parents and Students Hold Bake Sale to Support DCPS Libraries 

 

Washington, DC- On Friday, June 15, 2012, parents and students from across Washington, DC will be raising funds to support funding school librarians in District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS).

Bake Sale to Support DCPS Libraries
Friday, June 15, 7:30 – 10:30 a.m.
DCPS, 1200 First Street, NE

DCPS says they can’t support their school libraries, so let’s help them.  Bring a dozen baked goods with you to the DCPS headquarters on Friday morning.  All proceeds will be donated to Kaya Henderson for the school libraries.  It’s a great way to involve your children…they can help you bake, practice their math as they give out change on Friday morning, and learn some civics about what it takes to be an involved citizen in our world.

Tweet #SaveSchoolLibraries

For Immediate Release: Parents and Students Protest DCPS Cuts to Libraries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sunday, May 20, 2012

 

Contact:  Peter MacPherson, pmacpher@aol.com, 202-315-8155

 

Parents and Students Protest DCPS Cuts to Libraries

 

Washington, DC- On Monday, May 21, 2012, parents and students from across Washington, DC will be protesting school librarian cuts by the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) in the FY13 budget.  The event will take place in front of DCPS headquarters at 1200 First Street, N.E. between 1pm and 6pm.

In the FY13 DCPS budget, important changes were made that dramatically impact school libraries:

 

  • No funding was provided for the school librarian position for schools with 299 or fewer students.
  • Funding was provided for the school librarian position for schools with an enrollment of 300 or more students, BUT:
    • The school librarian position was moved from “core” staff to “flexible” staff.
      • This allows principals to choose whether or not to have a school librarian.  Principals can now use the school librarian allocation for other positions.

As a result of the new Budget Guidelines for 2013, 34 additional schools did not fund school librarians for 2013 bringing the total number of schools without a school librarian to 57.  In 2013, almost 50% of the DC public schools will be without librarians.  Over 16,000 students will be without a school library, if these cuts go through.

 

Research has shown school libraries positively impact teacher effectiveness, increase the likelihood that students will become literate and independent learners, and support at-risk students.  Yet DCPS is choosing to ignore this research, and make deep cuts to its school libraries.

 

The Breakdown

57 schools with no school librarian budgeted for 2013 by Ward.

Ward 1 Ward 2 Ward 3 Ward 4 Ward 5 Ward 6 Ward 7 Ward 8

4

4

0

8

10

10

12

9

57 schools with no school librarians budgeted for 2013 by grade level.
Elementary (63) Education Campus(20) Middle (13) High (18) Alternative (10)
      24             9      7   7       10
Chancellor Henderson is being asked to: 

  • provide a ½ time librarian at schools with 299 or fewer students;
  • move the librarian position to the core staff category; and
  • provide a per student allocation for the libraries dedicated to support collection development and other necessary materials.

 

 

Cutting Libraries During a Recession is Like Cutting Hospitals During a Plague.  Eleanor Crumblehulme