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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, March 1, 2017

Special Announcements
*Ensuring a LGBTQ-Inclusive School Climate
In light of the Trump administration’s recent withdrawal of statements of policy and guidance requiring access to sex-segregated facilities based on gender identity, DC charter schools may wish to take proactive steps to remind their students, families, and staff that their school is welcoming of all students, and will protect and support trans and gender non-conforming students. With this in mind, DC PCSB is pleased to provide a resource document on LGBTQ inclusion, which may be found here.
MPD Corner

School Safety Division Contact List
Click here for the list of contacts in Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) School Safety Division.

Health Corner

*Staffing Update
Click here for updated school nurse staffing and recruitment information.
[*New/updated item]

DC PCSB General Notices
1. DC One Card - Field Trip Travel Preparation
2. Mar 21, Apr 18, Apr 21: PMF Task Force Meetings
 
Government Notices
3. *Mar 15: Application for Bus Transportation for Environmental Field Experiences Due
4. *Mar 20: It Takes a City Workshop Proposals Due
5. Mathematics Professional Development Offered by OSSE
6. Information on Phishing Scams
 
Special Opportunities for School Leaders/Staff/Students
7. Today Mar 1: National Youth Science Camp Application
8. March 6-10: Celebrate National School Breakfast Week
9. Mar 10: Voices of Change Conference: Secondary Transition for DC Youth by DC Youth
10. *Mar 16: Evening of Learning Seminars
11. *Mar 25: Chess Challenge in DC Citywide Chess Tournament
DC PCSB General Notices
1. DC One Card - Field Trip Travel Preparation
Did you know that public charter school students can use their school-issued DC One Cards to travel free on field trips on Metrobus and Metrorail if the card has a free bus/rail combo pass loaded.  Metrorail stations must be within DC. Click here for instructions to prepare DC One student cards for field trips.  Contact Audrey Williams at awilliams@dcpcsb.org with questions.
 
2. Mar 21, Apr 18, Apr 21: PMF Task Force Meetings
DC PCSB will host PMF task force meetings for each framework. Please note the times are different than announced in a previous email, the previous meetings were scheduled at the same time as the OSSE data meetings. RSVP at this link to receive all meeting details, invites, and updates. For additional information, contact Erin Kupferberg at ekupferberg@dcpcsb.org.    
  • PK-8 – meetings scheduled from 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
    • March 21
  • High School – meetings scheduled from 10 a.m. – noon
    • March 21
    • April 18
  • Adult Education - meetings scheduled from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    • March 23
    • April 20
Government Notices
3. *Mar 15: Bus Transportation for Environmental Field Experiences Applications Due
OSSE’s new program will provide bus transportation for environmental field experiences. Any public school in the District of Columbia that educates grades PK- 3 - 12 is eligible to apply. The environmental field trip destination must be within a 35-mile radius of Washington, DC, and may take place between April 17 - Sept. 30. The deadline for the first round of applications is March 15. After this date, applications will be reviewed beginning on April 1 on a “first received, first funded” basis until all available funds have been obligated. Visit OSSE's website for more information or contact grace.manubay@dc.gov.
 
4. *Mar 20: It Takes a City Workshop Proposals Due
OSSE will host its final LEA Institute for the 2016-17 school year, "It Takes a City," on May 25. OSSE is currently accepting proposals from educators, practitioners, and researchers that reflect high quality, innovative best practices in PK-12 education (students ages 3 through 21). Proposals should be designed for an engaging and interactive 70-minute workshop session, have clear participant outcomes, and be relevant to leaders, educators and staff serving the DC student population. Proposals are invited to address the following strands: (a) early childhood education, (b) special populations (students with disabilities and English language learners), (c) Common Core State Standards in ELA/literacy and mathematics, (d) STEM and the Next Generation Science Standards, (e) positive behavior supports, (f) educator effectiveness, and (g) family and community engagement. Please submit a separate application for each workshop you would like to be considered. Workshop proposals are due no later than March 20 at 11:59 p.m. Applicants can expect to hear back from OSSE by March 31. Submit applications here. For questions about submissions, contact the OSSE Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Specialized Education (ESSE) Teaching & Learning Team: osse.tta@dc.gov.
 
5. Mathematics Professional Development Offered by OSSE
OSSE is offering these mathematics trainings and activities:
  • Today Mar 1 & 21: Mathematics Planning Group - OSSE will host in-person collaborative planning sessions for teachers in mathematics. Targeted to classroom teachers, these sessions will provide an opportunity for educators to ask for input, share resources, and get feedback on lesson plans and classroom practice. OSSE staff also will work with teachers to better understand and plan for professional development needs for the upcoming school year. Registration will close one week in advance of each session. The Pre-K through grade 8 training will take place today March 1 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at OSSE, Ninth Floor, Room 9014. For more information and to register, click here. The training for grades 6-12 will take place on March 21 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at OSSE, Ninth Floor, Room 9014. For more information and to register, click here.
 
For more information or questions on any of the above items, contact Monisha Karnani at monisha.karnani@dc.gov.
 
6. Information on Phishing Scams
The IRS issued this warning to school districts: The Internal Revenue Service this month issued a warning about a W-2 email phishing scam that has spread beyond the corporate world and into school districts, nonprofits and tribal organizations. "This is one of the most dangerous email phishing scams we've seen in a long time," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "It can result in the large-scale theft of sensitive data that criminals can use to commit various crimes, including filing fraudulent tax returns. We need everyone's help to turn the tide against this scheme." The IRS explained how the phishing scam works: "Cybercriminals use various spoofing techniques to disguise an email to make it appear as if it is from an organization executive. The email is sent to an employee in the payroll or human resources departments, requesting a list of all employees and their W-2 Forms." That request has been coupled with a request to wire money, "and some companies have lost both employees' W-2s and thousands of dollars due to wire transfers," the IRS says in a brief. The consulting firm EdTech Strategies, LLC, has compiled a list of school districts that have fallen victim to the scam. For more information, contact Elizabeth Laird
at elizabeth.laird@dc.gov
Special Opportunities for School Leaders/Staff/Parents
7. Today Mar 1: National Youth Science Camp Application
Two District of Columbia 2017 high school graduates have the opportunity to represent our city at the prestigious National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia this summer, all travel and camp fees covered. Applications, which include a student letter, transcript, resume, and recommendation, are due today March 1. The 2017 camp runs from June 14 to July 8. Students must be candidates for high-school graduation between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. They also must commit to attending all three-plus weeks of camp (which includes a visit to Capitol Hill). For questions, contact Mary Lord at edwriter1@hotmail.com.  
 
8. Mar 6-10: Celebrate National School Breakfast Week
Did you know that DC is ranked third in the nation for connecting low-income students to school breakfast? National School Breakfast Week is March 6-10. Please help D.C. Hunger Solutions and their partners celebrate the city’s success and promote the benefits of school breakfast during that week. To celebrate, D.C. Hunger Solutions will host “Hear the D.C. Crunch!” during National School Breakfast Week. It aims to highlight the important role of the School Breakfast Program has in ensuring children have access to the healthy food they need. To participate, all you have to do is: grab an apple, take a picture while biting into the apple, tag yourself or your organization in the picture and post it on Twitter or on the DC Hunger Solutions Facebook Page using the hashtag #HearTheCrunch @dchunger. Please make sure to register, share the Hear the DC Crunch! flyer,  and visit the D.C. Hunger Solutions website to download materials on National School breakfast Week to help spread the word about the benefits of school breakfast! Here are  materials to help you celebrate the week. Parent flyer , Principal Flyer, School Breakfast Flyer, Hear the Crunch, and Email ideas.
 
9. Mar 10: Voices of Change Conference: Secondary Transition for DC Youth by DC Youth
The DC community is coming together to support youth and young adults with disabilities in developing self-determination and transitioning into employment, education, and independence. DC Transition anticipates that hundreds of local high school educators and students with IEPs, 504 plans, and disabilities will attend. The conference will be held on March 10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NE. Volunteers, exhibitors, and parents are all encouraged to register and attend. For more information, contact Sarah Grime at sarah.grime@schooltalkdc.org.  
 
10. *Mar 16: Evening of Learning Seminars
The Evening of Learning Seminars hosted by leading educators from Two Rivers, KIPP DC, Urban Teachers, Washington Yu Ying, the National Gallery of Art, and Washington International School. This year’s Evening of Seminars will be held on March 16 from 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Two Rivers Public Charter School, 1227 4th Street NE. Seminars will cover a wide range of deeper learning topics, including:
  • Thinking routines
  • School culture
  • Assessing conceptual understanding
  • Coaching teachers
  • Problem-based tasks
  • Arts integration
  • And many more
Register here by March 9. The seminars are free and open to the public. For more information, view the flyer here and the website here. For questions, contact learn@tworiverspcs.org.
 
11. *Mar 25: Chess Challenge in DC Citywide Chess Tournament
Chess Challenge in DC (CCinDC), a non-profit organization, has been promoting and providing academic chess programs for DC's elementary and middle school students for 9 years in partnerships with DC Public Charter Schools. Chess has long been regarded as a game that can have beneficial effects on learning and development, especially when it is played from a young age. The 6th Annual CCinDC Citywide Chess Tournament will be held on March 25 at Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake Street NW from 9:00 a.m-4:00p.m. This unrated tournament is open to all K-8th grade DC students. Please see attached flier. To register, click here. This tournament has been a really fun and enriching day for DC students and parents. For questions, contact Jan Gordon at jan.gordon@chesschallengeindc.org
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