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DC Public Charter School Board
Wednesday Bulletin
Wednesday Bulletin is delivered weekly to DC public charter schools and is compiled by DC PCSB's Communications Department. Submissions are welcome and are due each Friday by 5 p.m. to wednesdaybulletin@dcpcsb.org. To subscribe to Wednesday Bulletin, click here.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Special Announcements

Sat Dec 10: EdFEST  
Join My School DC and DC PCSB (We're at booth 814.) at EdFEST – the District’s annual citywide public school fair – this Saturday, December 10. EdFEST takes place at the DC Armory (2001 E Capitol St SE) from 11am – 3pm. Representatives from more than 200 DCPS and DC public charter schools will showcase their programs. The My School DC common lottery application will open on December 12 for the 2017-18 school year. EdFEST will also have many free services, such as flu shots and immunizations, and recreational activities for all, so the whole family can come! Admission and parking are free. *Interpretation in American Sign Language, Spanish, Amharic, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and French are available throughout the day. Learn more about the event (including how families can Lyft to EdFEST free of charge!) here.

Dec 14: Last Wednesday Bulletin of the Year
The last Wednesday Bulletin of the year will be sent on December 14. As usual, blurbs will be due December 9 by 5pm. Wednesday Bulletin will resume on January 4. Blurbs for that Wednesday Bulletin will be due December 30 by 5pm. To submit a blurb email wednesdaybulletin@dcpcsb.org.  

Health Corner

School Health Program Nurse Allocation
Please find below the clinical nursing coverage for SY16-17 beginning in January 2017 that is part of the new school health program. Click here for a memo and for nurse allocation list. If you have questions, please contact Audrey Williams at awwilliams@dcpcsb.org

[*New/updated item]
 
DC PCSB General Notices
1. *Dec 15: Financial Oversight Task Force Cancelled
2. *Dec 14 and 16: PMF as Goals Webinar
 
DC PCSB and OSSE Data and Document Submission Notices
3. Tomorrow Dec 8: 2017-18 Enrollment Projections Due
4. *Dec 15: Qlik Attendance Rate Check
 
Government Notices
5. *Sat Dec 10: ESSA Foster Care Guidance for LEAs
6. *Dec 15: Nutrition Education in Schools
7. *Dec 15, 19, and Jan 9: Cross Sector Collaboration Task Force’s School Leader Focus Groups on the Centralized Mid-Year Transfer Process
8. *Dec 23: Letters About Literature Writing Contest
9. *Read this Winter and Get a Chipotle Coupon
 
Charter Support Organizations
10. Feb 16: DC Charter School Conference
 
Special Opportunities for School Leaders/Staff/Students
11. *Dec 16: DOES Office of Youth Programs- High School Internship Program
12. *Jan 6: Harvard Business School CLub of Washington, DC Scholarships
13. *Jan 19: Summer Strong DC 2017 RFP
14. *Jan 27: Community Stormwater Solutions Grants Now Available
15. Feb 24: The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program
DC PCSB General Notices
1. *Dec 15: Financial Oversight Task Force Cancelled
The December 15 Financial Oversight Task Force has been cancelled. Stay tuned for the December Task Force Update for the status of current initiatives.
 
2. *Dec 14 and 16: PMF as Goals Webinar
DC PCSB proposes changes that will simplify the Adopt the PMF as Goals policy. We’re hosting two webinars next week and opening this policy for public comment at the December 19 board meeting. For questions, contact Rashida Tyler, rtyler@dcpcsb.org.
  • For the December 14 webinar from 1:30 – 2:30 pm click here. Details to access below:
    • Event number:  667 811 985
    • Event password:  ZFDhgncR
    • Audio Conference:  415-655-0003
    • Access Code:  667 811 985
  • For the December 16 webinar from 1 – 2 pm click here. Details to access below:
    • Event number:  662 144 354
    • Event password:  P25EQq7B
    • Audio Conference:  415-655-0003
    • Access Code:  662 144 354
DC PCSB and OSSE Data and Document Submission Notices
3. Tomorrow Dec 8: 2017-18 Enrollment Projections are Due
School year 2017-18 enrollment projections are due by 5:30 pm in the Hub tomorrow, December 8. For instructions on using the Hub to report your LEA’s 2017-18 enrollment projections, please see our guidance, available here. If you do not have access to the Hub or have other questions about projecting enrollment, please contact Melodi Sampson at msampson@dcpcsb.org.
 
4. Dec 15: Qlik Attendance Rate Check
In preparation for the end-of-year attendance validation, DC PCSB staff is asking data managers to verify whether campus attendance rates are correct in Qlik by filling out this short form by December 15. More details will be sent to data managers in an email for how they can check the accuracy of their Qlik attendance rates. For questions about how to use the attendance applications in Qlik, contact OSSE’s Qlik Team at OSSE.dartraining@dc.gov. For all other questions, contact Tim Harwood at tharwood@dcpcsb.org
Government Notices

5. *Sat Dec 10: ESSA Foster Care Guidance for LEAs
The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on Dec. 10, 2015, contains a number of new provisions regarding school stability for children in foster care. While most of ESSA’s new requirements do not have to be implemented until the 2017-18 school year, the foster care provisions go into effect on December 10. Two main requirements are:

  • Each LEA should designate a point of contact for the DC Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA); and
  • Each LEA should collaborate with CFSA to develop and implement clear, written procedures that govern how transportation will be provided, arranged, and funded for the duration of the time that enrolled students are in foster care, in order to maintain such children in their school of origin when in their best interest.  

OSSE has collaborated with CFSA to create a manageable approach to funding and coordinating transportation, whereby CFSA will fund the majority of transportation costs. LEAs are able to use some federal funding and are encouraged to use their UPSFF local at-risk weights for foster care to further support their portion of costs.
OSSE and CFSA have created practical, comprehensive guidance to facilitate each LEA’s ability to meet these requirements. For more information or questions, please contact Katie Reda at katie.reda@dc.gov or (202) 481-3926.

6. Dec 15: Nutrition Education in Schools
Performed correctly, nutrition education can improve children’s health outcomes and nurture healthy eating habits for a lifetime! Join the Division of Health and Wellness for this professional development offering: Nutrition Education in Schools. The webinar will discuss innovative ways schools can integrate nutrition education into the school day. It is for students K-12 and ages 5 years to 18 years old.  The webinar will be held on December 15 from 2 – 3p.m. To register for the webinar here. Attendees will be asked to complete a brief survey after the webinar in order to receive professional development credits. If you have any questions about the webinar, contact OSSE.schoolhealth@dc.gov.  
 
7. *Dec 15, 19, and Jan 9: Cross Sector Collaboration Task Force’s School Leader Focus Groups on the Centralized Mid-Year Transfer Process
The Cross-Sector Collaboration Task Force will host several focus groups for school leaders to provide feedback on a draft policy proposal. The proposal focuses on centralizing the process for students entering DCPS and charter schools after the October 5 cut-off date with the goals of better understanding why students enter, exit and transfer mid-year and more equitably distributing mid-year students to schools across both sectors so as to reduce the concentration of mid-year transfer students in high-churn schools. During the focus group, staff members from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education will go over the key goals, action steps, and parameters of the policy before asking for specific feedback on several aspects of the policy proposal.
The focus groups will take place on the following days from 4:30-6:00pm:

  • December 15—Benning Neighborhood Library (3935 Benning Rd. NE, Washington,  D.C.  20019). Click here to RSVP.
  • December 19—Shaw Neighborhood Library (1630 7th St. NW, Washington,  D.C.  20001). Click here to RSVP.
  • January 9 –Bellevue Neighborhood Library (115 Atlantic St. SW, Washington,  D.C.  20032). Click here to RSVP.

For more information about the focus groups, please contact Jenn Comey and Hannah Holliday at collaboration@dc.gov.
 
8. *Dec 23: Letters About Literature Writing Contest
DC Public Library is overseeing the local competition for Letters About Literature, which is a Library of Congress program that invites youth to write a letter to an author whose work changed their view of the world or of themselves.   Please share this with your students. Here’s a link to the flyer and entry form. Note that the deadline for grades 9-12 has been extended to December 23. If you have questions contact Carmen Boston at carmen.boston@dc.gov.
 
9. *Read this Winter and Get a Chipotle Coupon
It's cold outside - curl up with a good book! This winter, the DC Public Library is rewarding kids and teens who read for 8 hours with a coupon to Chipotle. The more you read, the more you can win - a maximum of 5 coupons per reader, while supplies last. Winter Reading runs from December 16 to January 19. Participants can sign up and log their reading online at dclibrary.beanstack.org or they can pick up a paper reading log at their neighborhood library. If you have question contact Meaghan O’Connor at meaghan.oconnor@dc.gov

Charter Support Organizations
10. Feb 16: DC Charter School Conference
The first-ever DC Charter School Conference, hosted by FOCUS, will bring together public charter school leaders, administrators, board members, and stakeholders to dive into topics including advocacy, data, development and communications, diversity, leadership, operations, and more. Conference participants will spend the day:
  • Learning from experts about issues facing DC’s public charter schools.
  • Sharing innovations and best practices that are driving student outcomes.
  • Inspiring each other to engage in advocacy that strengthens our movement.  
  • Connecting our strengths to achieve the goal of quality public school choices for all DC families.
The conference will feature interactive workshops, inspiring speakers, timely content, and opportunities for discussion and collaboration. The conference will take place on February 16. Click here to register. The registration deadline is February 9. For questions contact Mandy Leiter at mleiter@focusdc.org.
Special Opportunities for School Leaders/Staff/Parents
11. *Dec 16: DOES Office of Youth Programs- High School Internship Program
The DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) is accepting applications for its High School Internship Program (HSIP) interns. HSIP is designed to help 12th grade District of Columbia residents develop skills, attitudes, and the commitment necessary to succeed in today's world of work. The application process concludes December 16 at 6:30pm. The Spring 2017 program is scheduled to begin February 6, 2017 and end August 4, 2017.
Interested candidates must meet the following criteria to be eligible:
  • District of Columbia High School Senior
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Meet the requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (see attached WIOA fact sheet here for requirements)
Participants are encouraged to apply expeditiously, as program slots are limited. Email youthjobs@dc.gov for questions. All completed applications must be submitted in person to Stefanie Kenchen at DOES HQ by December 16 at 6:30 pm. Please click here for more detailed HSIP information.
 
12. *Jan 6: Harvard Business School Club of Washington, DC Scholarships
Each year the Harvard Business School (HBS) Club of Washington, DC awards two scholarships to local nonprofit leaders to attend the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management course at HBS. Greater Washington D.C. nonprofit Executive Directors, CEOs and presidents may apply. Each candidate should have at least one year of experience working in the role. Their organizations’ efforts should focus on service within Greater Washington, DC communities. Read the requirements here. The program will be held July 16-22, 2017 on the HBS campus in Boston, MA. Each scholarship covers program fees ($6,000) and reimbursement for $500 in travel expenses. Completed applications must be received no later than 5pm on January 6 at hbsdcsocialenterprise@gmail.com. Scholarship winners will be notified by March 20. For more information and the application, click here or visit www.hbsdc.org/SPNM.
 
 
13. *Jan 19: Summer Strong DC 2017 RFP Released
The FY17 Summer Strong DC Grant Competition Request for Proposals (RFP) has been published. Please note that this RFP is being published months earlier than in years past to give our providers and families more time to plan their summer activities.  In addition to submitting a proposal by the date below, all prospective applicants must participate in an online Grant Technical Assistance (GTA) webinar and must submit a Notice of Intent to Apply (NOIA) to United Way NCA. Failure to complete both the NOIA and the GTA webinar will disqualify an organization from applying for funding.
The timeline for summer grant submission and awards is as follows:
  • December 14: NOIA due to United Way NCA by 5:00 p.m.
  • December 15 – 19: Mandatory Online GTA session made available
  • January 19: Completed Proposals due to United Way NCA by 5:00 p.m.
  • February 23: Awards Announced via email
You can find the RFP and more information here. United Way is seeking individuals to review proposals received. Reviewers evaluate up to 10 proposal applications and submit all scores electronically. There are 5 categories and in each category the grants have various ranges:  $18K - $54K; $9,600 - $28,800; $24K - $72K. Reviewers will receive assignments by January 23 and will be expected to return all scores by February 17 at 5pm. If you or someone on your staff is interested, please email Abby Bonder at abonder@uwnca.org for more information.
 
14. *Jan 27: Community Stormwater Solutions Grants Now Available
DOEE is now accepting proposals for Community Stormwater Solutions Grants. The program provides start-up funding for community-oriented projects that raise awareness about stormwater issues, through education, installation of runoff reducing green infrastructure, art installation, or other means as described in the request for funding availability (RFA). There is $140,000 available. DOEE anticipates awarding multiple grants of up to $20,000 each. Applications must be submitted online by 5:00pm on January 27.
DOEE will host five pre-application informational meetings:
  • December 7 at 7pm: Woodridge Library – 1801 Hamlin Street NE (Rhode Island Metro Station)
  • December 8 at 1pm: DOEE Headquarters – 1200 First Street NE (NOMA/Gallaudet Metro)
  • December 13 at 7pm: Shaw Library – 1630 7th Street NW (Shaw-Howard Metro)
  • December 14 at 7pm: Benning Library – 3935 Benning Rd NE (Minnesota Ave Metro)
  • January 4, 2017 at 1pm: DOEE Headquarters – 1200 First Street NE (NOMA/Gallaudet Metro)
To learn more about previously funded projects, click here. For further information on the public meetings and to download the RFA, click here. For questions, email community.stormwatersolutions2017@dc.gov.
 
15. Feb 24: The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program
The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program welcomes 35-40 high school students from low-income backgrounds every summer to Princeton's campus for an intensive, 10-day seminar on journalism. The program's goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism. All expenses, including students' travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program. Students who attend the program come from across the country. The program will enter its sixteenth summer in 2017. It will take place from August 4 to August 14. The application for summer 2017 is now available here. Applications are due by 11:59pm on February 24. For more information, click here. For questions please contact Caroline Lippman at carolineSJP2016@gmail.com.
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