Sandra Moscoso Testimony – DC Water Performance Oversight Hearing – February 26, 2019

Sandra Moscoso Testimony

Committee on Transportation & the Environment Performance Oversight Hearing:

DC Water

February 26 at 10:00AM JAWB

Good morning, Chairperson Cheh and Councilmembers. I am Sandra Moscoso, Secretary of the Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization, the education council for Ward 6. I am also the parent of a 7th grader at Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan and 10th grader at School Without Walls.

First of all, I would like to thank DC Water for being a fantastic longtime partner in our flagship community events. For at least 13 years, Capitol Hill public, charter, and private schools have been coming together to celebrate Walk to School Day in October and since 2012, Bike to School Day in May. These events signal our community’s commitment to collaborating to strengthen Ward 6 schools. They also bring attention to the importance of getting students to and from school safely. To give you a sense of the events, we partner with our community foundation, D.C. Councilmembers, the Mayor and local government agencies, environment and transportation focused non-profits and businesses, national partners like the National Transportation Safety Board, the National Center for Safe Routes to School, the National Park Service, and we’ve even had my personal hero Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis join us.

Since 2013, we have counted DC Water as a trusted partner for our events, bringing the message of conservation ethic and personal health with their reusable water bottles, filling station, and best of all, free hugs from Wendy the Water Drop. We appreciate the support for our schools, and we appreciate the reminder to the hundreds of families who celebrate with us to drink tap water and reduce consumption of plastic.

My son rows with the Capital Rowing Club Juniors team out of the Anacostia Community Boathouse. Last Saturday morning I cheered him on in an ergathon to raise funds for rowing scholarships to make the sport inclusive and more DC-area students have the chance to experience rowing and to make their own memories on the water.  In the Spring and Fall, my son and his team mates spend 5 days a week on the Anacostia River. The river plays a central role in our daily lives and you can imagine our families do a lot of thinking about the quality of the water. I applaud DC Water for initiatives like the tunnel to keep trash and toxins out of the river.

My family’s Martin Luther King Day tradition for the past 5 years has been to brave frostbite and participate in Anacostia River cleanup efforts with the Anacostia Riverkeeper and the Student Conservation Association. There’s nothing like collecting 4.5 tons of trash (bottles, metals, frozen diapers!) to help open your eyes to how we overwhelm the river.

My family has benefited from education programs like the Anacostia Riverkeeper’s tours and much like DC Water programs influence behavior, the Anacostia Riverkeeper’s education programs have influenced my family to reduce waste, and go beyond our blue recycling bin to drop off plastic film at recycling centers and food scraps at our farmer’s market. I hope DC water will make the most of the new Anacostia River headquarters and use it to showcase much needed green infrastructure like living shorelines. I am also probably the last person in DC to learn about the Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge and the equity issues around it. I hope DC Water will prioritize working with the federal government to fix these and incentivize property owners to install green infrastructure to continue to reduce stormwater runoff in the Anacostia’s drainage.

With your support, we can hopefully look forward to more Walk to School Day hugs, and future MLK Days which do not feature frozen diapers.

Thank you for your time today.

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Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 7 – register your school and join us!

Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 7!

Join us at Lincoln Park, 7:30-8:30 AM for our annual early morning party with snacks, school performances, active transportation and education supporters, and this year – parkour and yoga!

Register your school here, to get swag for your school from DDoT’s safe routes program (and to show your support for keeping our routes to school safe for our families).

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CHPSPO Meeting Notes – September 15, 2015

Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization
Stuart Hobson Middle School

September 15, 2015

1) Discussion about CHPSPO’s nomination to the Cross-Sector Task Force

  • Issues we think are important for the Task Force to address
    • Planning: # of seats, site selection, curriculum
    • Grade alignment (consistency around at grades are included in middle school)
    • Financial transparency
    • Long-term à amend the existing laws
    • Ways to foster stability throughout the school system
    • Ways to foster collaboration not competition
  • Discussion with people interested in serving on Task Force
    • Caryn Ernst (Capitol Hill Cluster School parent and former PTA president) and Sandra Moscoso (Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan & former LSAT Chair/BASISDC parent)
  • Voting on CHPSPO’s nomination
    • Caryn Ernst was selected to receive the CHPSPO nomination.

2) Discussion about educationdc.net blog, Valerie Jablow; http://educationdc.net/

  • Follow the blog via email, disseminate it into your communities and reach out to Valerie to contribute posts

3) Upcoming DC Council Education Committee hearings and events. Laura Marks

  • Visit here for calendar of Education Committee hearing dates in September and October 2015 and instructions for submitting testimony
  • Public School Food and Nutrition Services Programs and School Food and Nutrition Services Contract Requirement Act of 2015 – public roundtable. Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 10:00 a.m., Hearing Room 412 http://bit.ly/1KrvZx0
  • Early Learning Quality Improvement Network Amendment Act of 2015 and Higher Education Licensure Commission Amendment Act of 2015. Thursday, October 1, 2015, 10:00 a.m., Hearing Room 412 http://bit.ly/1WyW0nw
  • Public Charter School Fiscal Transparency Amendment Act of 2015. Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 1:00 p.m., Hearing Room 120 http://bit.ly/1NATvuJ

4) CHPSPO visits to Wilson Building, Ivan Frishberg.

In process of scheduling group visits with councilmembers on education committee.

5) DCPS Library Resourcing. Peter MacPherson.

  • Proposal to advocate for adequately resourcing DCPS libraries (recommended is 20 volumes/student, which is not currently the case at many schools). Idea is to apply the $13.7 million settlement from Chartwells towards funding volumes in schools without adequate collections.
  • Surveys were distributed to CHPSPO librarians to collect information about individual school collections. Please return completed surveys to Suzanne Wells.

6) Walk-to-School Day Planning, George Blackmon

  • Wednesday, October 7, 7:30-8:30 AM @ Lincoln Park
  • Schools are encouraged to hold their own events, if the distance to/from Lincoln Park is inconvenient.
  • Speakers; draft agenda:
    • 7:30: Arrival/Snacks and American Parkour Academy demos
    • 7:45: Ward 6 CM Charles Allen welcomes everyone
      • NOTE: Charles give a shout out to Mark Toorock and Matt Caraballo from American Parkour Academy (they won’t speak, but will be leading demos on the park).
    • 7:48: Maury ES Cheerleaders perform
    • 7:53 Miriam Kenyon, director of health and physical education at District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS)
    • 7:56: Tommy Wells, Director of the District Department of the Environment
    • 7:59: JO Wilson ES Cheerleaders perform
    • 8:04: Fitness celebrity Gabriella Boston leads yoga stretch
    • 8:10: Charles Allen sends everyone off to school

7) American Parkour, Mark Toorock and Matt Caraballo info@americanparkour.com

Next CHPSPO Meeting:  October 20, 2015

Upcoming Events

September 30 Education Committee hearing on DCPS Food & Nutrition Services Program, 10AM

September 30  DCPS State of Schools with Chancellor Henderson, Dunbar HS, 7-9 PM

October 4        Brent Fall Festival

October 7        Walk-to-School Day (register your school at www.walkbiketoschool.org)

October 8        Jefferson Academy vs Stuart Hobson (6-8 PM @ Coolidge HS)

October 10      Capitol Hill Cluster School PTA Renovators Tour Fundraiser

October 17      Capitol Hill Community Foundation’s A Literary Feast (http://www.aliteraryfeast.org/)

October 21      Education Committee hearing on issues facing youth

October 24      Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan’s Haunted Harvest, 6-9PM

October 24      Maury Elementary’s Fall Festival

October 24      Tyler Elementary’s Harvest Festival, 11AM-3PM

November 8    JO Wilson’s Taste of H (http://www.tasteofh.org/)