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CHPSPO Meeting Notes – April 23, 2014

Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization
Payne Elementary School, 1445 C St., SE
April 23, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  1. Bike to School Day (Jennifer Heffernan, DDOT)

o   Register your school (even if you’re not making the Lincoln Park event): http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/user/login?destination=node/add/event (Create the account, then register for goodies from DDoT)

o   US Department of Transportation’s Acting Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Victor Mendez will participate

o   National Center for Safe Routes to School will join us

o   How to get more low income families to participate?

o   WABA Bicycle Ambassadors to direct bike trains?

o   Golden Bicycle Competition – school w/ greatest percentage of cycling (and skating, scooting, tricycling) population in DC wins!

  1. Discussion of Homeless Children Attending Capitol Hill Schools and What Our Community Can Do to Help (Lauren Conley,  Homeless Children’s Playtime Project )

o   Playtime Project philosophy: Play is a human right. Playtime Project delivers structured play (snacks, art, movement) at shelters

o   Every DC school (by law) has a homeless liaison. DCPS contact list: http://osse.dc.gov/publication/dcps-homeless-liaison-contact-list

o   Law requires funds for field trips, uniforms, transportation, etc: application of the law depends on the school’s ability: schools automatically enroll homeless children.

o   How we can help

      • Uniform drives
      • Halloween costume drive (by playtime)
      • Holiday gifts
      • Backpacks filled w/ school supplies
      • Socks, underwear
      • Gently used books, outside toys
      • Baby things
      • Talk to your kids about empathy, teasing, etc
      • Mentorship program? Girls Inc? Girls on the Run, Big Brothers:
      • Capitol Area food bank (lesson + bag of groceries)
      • Weekend food; Backpack w/ food for the weekend. http://feedingamerica.org/
      • Advocacy
      • Ways to support Relisha Rudd

o   Set aside PTA funds for a general fund in her name

o   Washer/Dryers and pantries at every school

o   Letter-writing campaign

o   November Homeless Awareness Month

o   Next Steps: Cornelia Sigworth to assemble homeless families sub-committee to pursue support activities.

 

  1. School Boundaries/Feeder Pattern Discussion (Denise Forte & Marty Welles)

o   Discussion:

o   Next Steps:

    • CHPSPO to look to Working Group Data (to be posted on DME site) at the school level and to http://ourdcschools.org results at Ward level to put together a position on boundary review

o   You can provide feedback on the proposals on http://ourdcschools.org/ (created by Code for DC) through mid-May. All feedback will be made open, while protecting privacy data.

  1. Public Charter School applications and public hearing (Suzanne Wells)

o   Suzanne Wells and Laura testified

o   Two new middle schools could be approved

o   Written testimony accepted until April 25

 Next CHPSPO Meeting:  May 20, 2014

 

Upcoming Events

April 22 – May 5              CHM@L online auction (www.biddingforgood.com/CHML)

April 26          Payne Spring Festival and Bazaar (9am-3pm @ Payne)

April 26          DCYOP @ Eliot-Hine. 12:30pm performance on the blacktop. Stay tuned for the Fall 2014 DCYOP Petting Zoo at Eliot-Hine!

April 26          Ludlow-Taylor Spring Jubilee (2pm-5pm @ Ludlow Taylor)

April 29          Eliot-Hine Career Fair – Register here to present 15 min snapshots

May 5              Eliot-Hine Open Houses – morning and evening

May 7              Bike to School Day (Lincoln Park) – Register your school and join the Fun!

May 10           Laps Around Lincoln (Tyler Fundraiser) 9-11 AM @ Lincoln Park

May 14           Eliot-Hine PTO meeting for incoming families. How to get involved w/ PTO before you enroll.

May 18           Capitol Hill Classic 10K/3K/Fun Run

 

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Bike to School Day is May 7 – have you registered your school?

BTSD_2inch_ColorHealth and Wellness teams, Safe Routes to School committees, and cycling enthusiasts, have you registered your school for Bike to School Day?

The big day is Wednesday, May 7. Register your school here (for goodies from DC’s Department of Transportation) and plan your event or help plan a joint school event at Lincoln Park!

How can you help? Easy!

  • Reach out to your favorite bike-friendly group or business to solicit healthy breakfast snacks for kids, coffee for adults, reusable bags to distribute goodies at the Lincoln Park pit stop (Vigilante Coffee, Pound, Port City Java, Whole Foods, Georgetown Sports, Medstar Georgetown, DC Water, The Daily Rider, Bicycle Space, and Clif Kids have all supported us in the past)
  • Write a small grant request (from Capitol Hill Community Foundation, who always generously support us) to fund snack purchase and National Parks and Rec permit
  • Bring folding tables to Lincoln Park to set up give aways, snacks
  • Reach out to your favorite bike-friendly group, personality, local celebrity to say a few encouraging words at the event, and to help launch bike trains to school (Gabriella Boston, Capitol Hill Martial Arts & Fitness Academy, Eazy 8/Kathy Pugh, CM Tommy Wells, the Long-Short Walk, National Center for Safe Routes to School, and DC’s Dept of Transportation have supported us in the past)
  • Score useful swag for the kiddos (reflectors, bells, water bottles) to hand out
  • Arrange for local safety groups like MPD, DCFD to participate
  • Coordinate and lead bike trains to your schools
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY – get the word out to your school communities, local media and community groups to make sure they participate, and join in the fun!

Contact us at chpspo at gmail dot com to volunteer.

Brush up on your bike safety skills and sure you and your family attend Kidical Mass DC’s ABCs of Family Biking on May 3, 11-2 @ Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan (215 G Street, NE).

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