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)


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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

082118 CHPSPO Agenda.docx


DC Alliance of Youth Advocates Event (DCAYA)

Dear CHPSPO members,

I hope this finds everyone well and enjoying the summer.

I’m writing to ask you to join me in supporting a youth advocacy event being hosted by the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates (DCAYA) on September 21st. DCAYA is one of my favorite local philanthropic organizations and I think you’ll be really impressed by what they do and their leadership.

I’ve attached two sponsorship packages, on geared toward individuals and one for corporations for you all to consider, as individuals, PTA/PTOs, or through your employers and/or places of business.

Below is a very brief description of the organization.

DCAYA (a small nonprofit) provides much-needed advocacy for more than 130 youth-serving local organization, and the audiences that they serve (including 30,000 children living in poverty). Few non-profits that provide needed daily services to at-risk D.C. youth (e.g. educational supports, out of school time enrichment, filling nutritional needs, providing play spaces) have the capacity to advocate for policy change.

DCAYA ensures the needs of those kids are heard by the elected officials who make critical decisions affecting kids’ daily lives. This is done in two ways – DCAYA advocates in front of policymakers, which has proved time and time again to have an impact on their legislative decision making, and provides youth the tools and training they need to become their own advocates in the policymaking process.

I’ve also attached a brochure that explains their mission, how they do it, and some of the great outcomes they are achieving for disadvantaged and at risk youth in our city.

I hope you’ll consider offering your support and hope to see you at the Community Reunion!


Ben Feldman

About DCAYA.pdf

DCAYA Reunion Corp Sponsor.pdf

DCAYA Reunion individual sponsor.pdf