ABCs of Family Biking coming to CHM@L on Sunday, Apr 28!

ABCs

Kidical Mass DC, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Safe Routes to School Program are pleased to announce the return of “The ABC’s of Family Biking.” This free event, which builds on the popularity of last year’s successful debut, will celebrate the joy of biking with children and introduce local parents to the tools, skills and equipment that can help them start biking with their kids.
Held on Sunday, April 28th from 11:00am – 1:00 pm at Capitol Hill Montessori School at Logan, “The ABC’s of Family Biking” will offer:
  • An open forum to talk to area parents who bike with children of all ages
  • Bicycles and equipment available at local bike shops to help parents bike safely with their children
  • Free classes with WABA instructors to teach basic riding skills to children, including a special class on group riding skills for families that are interested in forming “biketrains” for children to ride to and from school in groups
  • A performance of “Squirrels on Bikes,” a new bike-themed puppet show by the Flying Fox Puppet Theater
  • The opportunity for parents to “Swap or Sell” their gently used family biking equipment
  • Free bike repair clinics from The Bike House
The event will also provide a chance for families to practice their bicycling skills in advance of National Bike to School Day on May, 8, 2013.”
What:             The ABC’s of Family Biking
Where:            The parking lot behind Capitol Hill Montessori School at Logan 215 G Street NE
The location is easily accessible from the Union Station Metro and Capital Bikeshare stations.
When:             Sunday, April 28th from 11 am-1 pm,
Puppet show begins at 11:30am
Biketrain class begins at 12:00pm
For more information, visit KidicalMassDC.blogspot.com and click on “ABC’s of Family Biking,” or contact Megan Odett, Kidical Mass DC’s organizer, at KidicalMassDC at gmail dot com or 443-254-2188

CHPSPO Meeting Notes – February 21, 2012

Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization

J.O. Wilson Elementary School

660 K Street, NE -Library, 2nd floor

February 21, 2012  6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

1) Safe Routes to School, Jennifer Heffernan, District DOT

**Congratulations to Brent ES, as Feb 21 was the debut of the Brent Safety Patrols!

First Annual National Bike to School Day is on May 9, Wednesday.

 – Supported by DDoT (giveaways will be available to participating schools)

 – Soon, schools can register to participate via WWW.Walktoschool.org – (the site is currently being redesigned to provide more biking related material)

- Brainstormed around idea of having a pitstop at Lincoln Park, rather than a W2SD type of party. Plan to record the participants and recognize the schools who participate (maybe shout outs to the schools with most participants). Have multiple pit stops, as long as there are volunteers to ‘man’ them.

- ACTION: Sandra M. to reach out to CHPSPO schools to see who is willing to volunteer to organize pit stops and where.

ABCs of Family Bicycling on Sat, April 21st, 11AM-2PM @ Logan parking lot (215 G St., NE) (rain date is following day).

 – Kiddical Mass

 – Families w/ experience biking will give demos, showing gear

 – Bike shops will show gear

 – Bicycle skills rodeo

 – Safety

 – Bicycle train training (teach skills re: riding in group safely), followed by group ride

 – ACTION: Jennifer H. to add to program – how to secure your bikes

- ACTION: CHPSPO will get event into Hill Rag

Bike Racks and Safe Routes to Eliot Hine

 – Q: do all schools on Hill have full complement of bike racks? – ACTION: Jennifer to look into those bike racks installed in last year or so.

 – Q: Could DDOT look into Safe Routes to Eliot-Hine? ACTION: Jennifer to look into this – Suzanne to connect Jennifer w/ Eliot-Hine

 

 2)  Community Parade, Apollo:

 – Parade likely 11AM-12PM, in April or May

 – To include schools, clubs, teams, music

 – ACTION: CHPSPO to reach out to Capitol Hill Classic and Laps for Lincoln organizers; Apollo to flesh out theme/focus of parade

 3) Mindful Parenting Workshops, Steven Seiden

 - Therapist-led sharing environment w/in parents to feel like we can problem-solve issues and have support and connect

- Eventually, peer-led

- Goal is to make this a DCPS parent-engagement program

- Opening up this opportunity to all Ward 6 schools. On March 9 and March 23 9:30-11 AM (or 1:30-3:00PM); ideally, at each school

 – ACTION: Steve to write up invite to circulate to schools

4) IFF Study Discussion: http://dme.dc.gov/DC/DME/Publication%20Files/IFF_Final_Report.pdf

- ACTION: ALL -read and encourage individuals to write letters to encourage Chancellor and Deputy Mayor not to look at this study, but rather at the work that is going on in schools and communities.

- ACTION: Suzanne to circulate DeShawn Wright’s response to IFF.

5) Discussion of 2012 CHPSPO Priorities, All

Middle Schools

- Bring Principals (+ LSAT; PTAs) of middle schools together to identify where they think the community can help

- Reference to Heather’s pitch in example: need to know what volunteer needs are at the school

    • Bring PTA leadership together from MS to figure out how to get them more active; bring PTA feeders together w/ MS PTAs
    •  Have a list of ways we think we can help that principals can consider

- Living room chats w/ feeder families

    • Also set expectations

- Leading Tours for Parents

- Have schools hold PTA meetings at EH

- Request from DCPS accountability around MS plan

- Elementary school events at EH (ex: art show of feeder elementary schools at EH)

- Re-engage the collaboration teams

- ACTION: Suzanne to reach out to Principals and PTA presidents to meet w/ CHPSPO/feeders

- Elliot-Hine collaboration team meets first Wednesday of the Month at 5:30 PM @ Parent Resource Center at Eliot Hine

- Eliot Hine PTA = 3rd Thursday of the Month

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Next CHPSPO Meeting: March 20, 2012

Upcoming Events:

March 10, Alchemy of Great Taste, Tyler Fundraiser

March 17, School Within School Jazz Gala and Auction

March 24, Maury at the Market, Maury Fundraiser

March 24, A Taste of the Hill, Brent Fundraiser

April 27, A Montessori Night’s Dream, Capitol Hill Montessori @ Logan Fundraiser

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

Letter to DDoT Advocating for Bicycle Master Plan

Michael Goodno, Bicycle Program Specialist
District Department of Transportation
55 M Street, SE, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20003

October 18, 2011

Dear Mr. Goodno,
As members of the Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization (CHPSPO), we are writing to express our enthusiastic support of the District of Columbia’s (DC) commitment to providing creative, sustainable, and altogether green transportation options for the residents of DC.
CHPSPO is made up of PTA members, principals and interested community members from the elementary and middle schools on Capitol Hill.  CHPSPO’s mission is to promote cooperation among the parent organizations of the public schools on Capitol Hill in order to improve the education received by all children attending our schools. Among our endeavors, we pursue a number of efforts to make our schools and community healthy, safe and environmentally conscious. As an example of our commitment to supporting a ‘green community’, representatives from our schools coordinated our annual Walk and Bike to School Day celebration at Lincoln Park, which drew over 300 participants from local schools.
It has come to our attention that there are several bicycle lanes under consideration for Ward 6, which would help to create safe routes to our schools. We support the DDoT Bicycle Master Plan and ask for your support in implementing these proposed lanes with urgency. We look to DDoT to consider safe bicycle routes leading to schools and routes that work safely for families residing in and outside of Ward 6.
Each year, our school populations grow in number and we hope to encourage our families to commit to choosing bicycles or walking to get to schools. In order for this to take hold, we need to ensure our families and community have safe routes for cyclists and pedestrians to transit.
Our community meets monthly and we invite you to join us to further discuss this.
We look forward to your support in this matter and thank you for your time and attention.
Sincerely,

The members of CHPSPO

Click here: CHPSPO Bicycle Lanes to see original letter and signatures.