Walk to School Day is October 10 – save the date!


How to plan a fantastic party with all your school friends….

Stay tuned…


CHPSPO Meets Tuesday at Payne Elementary

Dear Capitol Hill Public School Parent Organization members,

CHPSPO will meet on Tuesday, September 18, at 6:30 pm at Payne Elementary (1445 C St SE). We will be joined by representatives from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education who will be discussing the Master Facilities Plan. We will also discuss the Chancellor search committee and process.

Also, on Thursday, September 20, at 7 pm, there will be a Ward 6 State Board of Education candidates forum at the Hill Center. Please share the attached flyer with your school communities. In addition, on September 24, at 6:30 pm, at Watkins Elementary School, Councilmember Charles Allen will host a discussion with Ward 6 residents on the search for the new DCPS Chancellor.

Hope to see you on Tuesday.

Suzanne Wells

p.s. If you would like to have your name removed from CHPSPO e-mail distribution list, please let me know.

091818 CHPSPO Agenda.docx



Free Back-To-School Vision Screening for Students and Adults

The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (, is hosting free vision screening September 16-18 at their facility on 233 Massachusetts Avenue NE.
For Children (3-18) there will be screening for amblyopia, strabismus and distance acuity. They’ll have ophthalmologists on site to provide prescriptions and will provide free prescription eyeglasses to children.
For Adults, there will be screening for glaucoma. DC has among the highest incidence rate of glaucoma nationally. It’s a silent, painless (usually) sight stealer, so it’s important to learn of issues before sight is irreversibly lost. Again ophthalmologists will be on site to speak with.
September 16, 12-5pm
September 17, 3-7pm
September 18, 3-7pm
Please distribute the fliers within your schools and communities

My School DC seeks representatives for its Parent Advisory Council

My School DC is recruiting parents and guardians for its Parent Advisory Council (PAC) for the upcoming lottery school year (2019-20). The PAC supports My School DC by providing guidance and feedback on the My School DC application process; providing input on programmatic direction for My School DC; acting as ambassadors of information to their respective communities; and advising the Common Lottery Board – My School DC’s governing body – on major policy decisions. Membership is voluntary, and meetings are held quarterly. Click HERE to view membership criteria and meeting schedule. My School DC is actively seeking representatives from wards 1-3 and 5-8. Know of a great parent rep? Complete the online application or forward the following link to a potential candidate: are due Sept. 14, 2018. Contact Aryan Bocquet, director of partnerships and engagement with My School DC, at or at (202) 727-9306 for more information.

PAC Overview (SY2019-20)


My School DC Website:

My School DC Hotline: (202) 888-6336 |

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CM Allen Letter on Chancellor Selection

The above letter was sent to Mayor Bowser and the co-chairs of the Our Schools Leadership Committee on August 21, 2018 .

The letter summarizes the discussion organized by CM Allen, SBOE Ward 6 Representative Joe Weedon, and CHPSPO Chair Suzanne Wells on July 19, 2018.


CHPSPO Meets August 21 @ Amidon-Bowen

Dear Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization members,

Hope everyone had a great summer, and that you’re ready for the start of school on Monday morning!

CHPSPO will meet on Tuesday, August 21, at Amidon-Bowen (401 I St., SW) at 6:30 pm. We will spend the bulk of our meeting developing/discussing the action items to go along with the strategic plan we developed earlier this year. We will also hear an update on the technology advocacy plan Grace Hu is leading, and discuss whether CHPSPO wants to sponsor a candidates forum for the upcoming State Board of Education Ward 6 race.

There are two remaining Our Schools DC Chancellor Search Public Engagement Forums; one on August 28 at Savoy Elementary, and the final one is on September 11 at Brookland Middle School. Also, Councilmember Allen is planning to hold a Ward 6 discussion on the Chancellor search on September 24 (location TBD).

Finally, please mark your calendars for Walk-to-School Day on October 10. CHPSPO will be hosting this annual event at Lincoln Park. If you have parents interested in helping to plan this fun event, please have them contact Sandra Moscoso-Mills ( or me (

Hope to see you on Tuesday.

Suzanne Wells

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