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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, February 8, 2017

Special Announcements
Sanctuary Schools for Undocumented Students Guide & Mayor’s Letter on Diversity Inclusion
DC Public Charter Schools serve all students who are residents of the District of Columbia. Many DC charter schools may serve undocumented students. These students and their parents now find themselves fearful and concerned because of potential changes to immigration enforcement. Click here for information and resources LEAs may find useful when educating undocumented students. For questions or suggestions as to how DC PCSB can further assist schools, please contact Esther Albert at ealbert@dcpcsb.org. Read Mayor Muriel Bowser’s letter on diversity inclusion here.
 
*Feb 16: Nominate Rising Student Leaders
Councilmembers Elissa Silverman, Robert C. White, Jr., and Trayon White, Sr. enthusiastically invite schools to nominate candidates for the 2017 Black History Month Influential Leader Award, which will honor distinguished current students who have impacted the nominator and/or the community in a noteworthy and positive way. The students will be recognized at this year’s Black History Month Celebration on February 24 from 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the District’s City Hall, the John A. Wilson Building located at 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Nomination materials should be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on February 16, and can be completed online, emailed, or faxed as a hard copy. Online nomination forms can be accessed here. A hard copy form is available here with completion directions, along with nomination guidelines. The 2017 Black History Month Influential Leader Award will be presented to a youth in the District who is a resident of the District of Columbia, is currently enrolled in a District academic program full-time, and is below the age of 21. Winners will have distinguished themselves as rising peer leaders in their respective communities through excellence in service, academic achievement, creative arts, advocacy, community building, and/or athletic achievement. Their words and actions will also have displayed the ideals of Carter G. Woodson, the founder of Negro History Week, as an independent thinker and supporter of African-American history and culture.
MPD Corner

School Safety Division Contact List
Click here for the list of contacts in Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) School Safety Division.
 
*Stun Gun Emergency Act
The DC Council recently passed the Stun Gun Emergency Act of 2016. Read MPD’s procedures letter and the Act. As indicated in the letter, MPD SRO(s) will still investigate the circumstances of the recovery of Stun Guns. MPD will not respond to recover or investigate the mere recovery of Self-Defense Sprays at Schools. However, MPD will respond and investigate if a Self-Defense Spray is deployed. If you have questions, contact Inspector Michael Coligan (school safety division) at michael.coligan@dc.gov

Health Corner

School Nurse Staffing Update
The Department of Health (DOH) updated the status of school with a nurse vacancy. It shows where they are in the recruitment process and how a nurse being hired will impact an individual school. This information is subject to change based on nurse availability (hires, resignations, leave, etc.) and changing needs of students in the school.  DOH will continue to place highest priority on schools with the most need, particularly special health care needs.  Read the update here. If you have questions, contact Audrey Williams at awilliams@dcpcsb.org.  

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DC PCSB General Notices
1. Feb 21, Mar 21, Apr 18, Apr 21: PMF Task Force Meetings
2. School Fire Code Compliance
 
Government Notices
3. Sat Feb 11: Teen Tech-a-Thon at MLK Library
4. *Feb 24: Register for the Secondary DC STEM Fair and Professional Development through the Tiger Woods Foundation
5. *Feb 28: OSSE’s “It Takes a City to Ensure Every Student Succeeds”
6. *Mar 3: DOEE Green Zone Environmental Program’s Summer Youth and Young Adults Watershed Education and Job Training Program
7. *Mar 3: Public Comment Period on the Draft State Education Plan Under ESSA
8. June 30: Apply for DCTAG
9. Participate in the Development of OSSE’s Nutrition Education Plan
10. *Opportunity for Community Service Hours for High School Students: CPR Training
11. *New Food Packaging Requirements
 
Charter Support Organizations
12. * Feb 23: Community Sustainability MeetUp for guests of the DC Association of Chartered Public Schools
13. *Feb 25: DCSCA Winter Conference
14. *Group Purchasing for Public Charter Schools
 
Special Opportunities for School Leaders/Staff/Students
15. *This Week: National School Counseling Week
16. *Thurs Feb 9: National School Counseling Week Celebration & General Body Meeting
17. *Feb 11: Know Your Rights
18. *Feb 24: Free Training Events on Essentials of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Cost-Benefit Analysis for Nonprofits and Essentials of Communications
19. Feb 25: DC STEM Festival
20. Mar 1: The Junior League of Washington’s Meg Graham Scholarship
21. *Mar 8: The National Scholarship Award
22. Mar 16: Evening of Learning Seminars
23. Mar 17: Summer Immersion Program
24. *April 28: The USA Science & Engineering Festival’s X-STEM Symposium in Washington DC
DC PCSB General Notices
1. Feb 21, 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.
    • February 21
    • March 21
  • High School – meetings scheduled from 10 a.m. – noon
    • February 21
    • March 21
    • April 18
  • Adult Education - meetings scheduled from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    • March 23
    • April 20
2. School Fire Code Compliance
To help schools prepare for fire code compliance, use this customizable template for each of your schools.  Please complete and upload to the Floor and Site Plan(s) section on page 11 of your ESA (Emergency and Safety Alliance) account.  Once completed, this document should satisfy compliance with the DC Fire Marshal. If you have questions, contact Chris Lalik at chris.lalik@lalikandassociates.com. DC PCSB has contracted with Lalik and Associates to assist schools with emergency response planning.
Government Notices
3. Sat Feb 11: Teen Tech-a-Thon at MLK Library
On Saturday February 11, the DC Public Library will host a Teen Tech-a-Thon at the MLK library as part of its Black History Month programming for students. The event will include a maker faire, interactive workshops, and engaging presentations. There will be presenters from NASA, Microsoft, the Koshland Science Museum, OCTO, and more.  The event is free. Register here. Contact Meaghan O'Connor at meaghan.oconnor@dc.gov with questions.
 
4. *Feb 24: Register for the Secondary DC STEM Fair and Professional Development through the Tiger Woods Foundation
The DC STEM Fair is a long-standing tradition for DC’s public, public charter, parochial, private, and homeschooled students to showcase their research skills and compete for a variety of awards and prizes, including the opportunity to represent the District at the International Science and Engineering Fair. Schools can register up to five projects for the competition. The deadline to register students is February 24. To register your student projects or volunteer for the fair, visit the DC STEM Network website. The Secondary STEM Fair (grades 6-12) will take place on March 11. To aid schools in submitting fair projects, there are webinars that explain recent changes, school project review and project submission. These webinars will include resources to aid in organizing school fairs and projects. For more information, contact Lauren Allen at lauren.allen@dc.gov.
 
5. *Feb 28: OSSE’s “It Takes a City to Ensure Every Student Succeeds”
OSSE cordially invites schools to participate in the upcoming LEA Institute on February 28, entitled “It Takes a City to Ensure Every Student Succeeds,” at the Kellogg Center at Gallaudet University.

The focus of the February 2017 LEA Institute is ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) transition and implementation. Institute participants will:
  • Gain an understanding of ESSA requirements;
  • Learn about DC’s New State Education Plan: Meeting the Needs of All Learners through ESSA;
  • Determine their readiness for ESSA implementation at the local and school level;
  • Provide input on specific policy areas of DC’s new state plan; and Give feedback on OSSE’s plan for LEA transition support.
OSSE is encouraging LEA and school leadership teams to attend this event. To view a detailed agenda and register for this event click here. For questions: OSSE.TTA@dc.gov. For more information about ESSA implementation, click here.
 
6. *Mar 3: DOEE Green Zone Environmental Program’s Summer Youth and Young Adults Watershed Education and Job Training Program
DOEE is accepting proposals for the Green Zone Environmental Program’s (GZEP) Summer Youth and Young Adults Watershed Education and Job Training Program. Proposals should provide education, training, and hands-on activities related to watershed protection and storm water management for 30-50 youth and young adults participating in this summer’s GZEP. There is a total of $60,000 available. Each applicant can request up to $20,000. Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on March 3. DOEE will host one pre-application informational meeting on February 16 at 1 p.m. The session will be held at DOEE, 1200 1st Street NE (NOMA/Gallaudet Metro). For further information and download the RFA here. For questions, contact gzep2017.stormwater@dc.gov.
 
7. *Mar 3: Public Comment Period on the Draft State Education Plan Under ESSA
OSSE released the draft of DC’s State Education Plan under Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This plan outlines statewide plans for education, including how DC will support educators and students and define quality schools. Until March 3, OSSE will hold a public comment period on the draft State Education Plan under ESSA, including a series of community-based discussions open to the public. Please visit OSSE’s website to read an open letter from State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang and review the draft State Education Plan. You can provide feedback on the plan by completing a survey, contacting OSSE.ESSA@dc.gov, or attending a community meeting. OSSE will host a webinar for schools to review the state plan and respond to questions on February 23 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information, contact OSSE.ESSA@dc.gov.
 
8. June 30: Apply for DCTAG
Receive up to $10,000 in tuition assistance. Eligible District of Columbia students can receive up to $10,000 in grant assistance toward the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition at public four-year colleges and universities.  Additionally, college-bound students can apply for $2,500 in funding per academic year toward tuition at private colleges and universities in the District of Columbia, private Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and two–year colleges nationwide. Apply here. The application period ends June 30 (or until funds are exhausted). For the upcoming DCTAG application season, OSSE will host a professional development opportunity on February 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the third floor at OSSE. For more information or questions, visit OSSE’s website or call the DCTAG office at (202) 727-2824.
 
9. Participate in the Development of OSSE’s Nutrition Education Plan
The Division of Health and Wellness in the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is developing a five-year plan around supporting better nutrition education. The goal of the nutrition education plan is to enhance the quantity and quality of nutrition education that is provided to students in the District. OSSE would like to talk to anyone else that may play a role in the nutrition education provided to students in the District – health education teachers, school administrators, District agencies, community based organizations, and universities, among others – through both focus groups and one-on-one dialogues. If you would like to provide OSSE with your input on how this goal can become a reality, please sign up for an upcoming focus groups or one-on-one dialogues by clicking here. If you have any questions, contact osse.schoolhealth@dc.gov.
 
10. *Opportunity for Community Service Hours for High School Students: CPR Training
The DC Fire & EMS Department is looking for public charter school student volunteers to assist the Department in continued efforts to make as many Washingtonians lifesavers as possible through the Hands on Hearts CPR initiative. In just 20 to 30 minutes students can be trained to assist FEMS in training others at wide array of facilities and community events where they provide Hands on Hearts CPR training. For more information, contact Sarah Roque, FEMS supervisory public health analyst and Hands on Hearts coordinator, at (202) 673-3322 or sarah.roque@dc.gov.
 
11. *New Food Packaging Requirements
Beginning on January 1, entities regulated under the District’s foam ban must only use non-foam food service ware products defined as compostable or recyclable to sell or serve food and beverages in the District. Affected businesses and organizations include restaurants, delis, cafeterias, caterers, food trucks, street vendors, faith-based organizations, schools, PTAs, and other organizations that serve food or beverages. Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) defines compostable and recyclable according to the Mayor’s List of Recyclables and Compostables, viewable here. Click here for the Mayor’s List or http://doee.dc.gov/foodpackaging for details on compliant and non-compliant food service packaging. DOEE would like to approach this transition as a helpful agent of change, assisting in any way to ease the burden of compliance. DOEE has also prepared a webinar for school administrators, procurement specialists, and parent-teacher-student organizations that can help clear up any confusion. Contact Aaron Waters at aaron.waters@dc.gov with questions or to participate in the webinar.
Charter Support Organizations
12. *Feb 23: Community Sustainability MeetUp for guests of the DC Association of Chartered Public Schools
ThinkBox will host the Community Sustainability MeetUp on February 23 at 4 p.m. at the City Club of Washington, 555 13th Street, NW Columbia Square Washington, DC 20004. The District of Columbia is one the best cities in America today for implementing sustainability projects that reduce costs, fix infrastructure, and positively impact the environment. These projects can also serve as a catalyst for community development in education, job creation, and leadership development. The Community Sustainability MeetUp will provide an opportunity to learn about:
  • Types of projects that can be implemented: Efficiency, Renewable Power Generation, and more
  • Strategies that allow for 100% financing with positive cash flow
  • Opportunities to develop sustainable communities
RSVP by February 16 to Ramona Edelin at redelin@dcpcsa.org. For more information, view this flyer. For questions, contact Ramona Edelin at redelin@dcpcsa.org.
 
13. *Feb 25: DCSCA Winter Conference
Join The American School Counselor Association as they explore all the ways in which school counselors are advocates and game changers. The DCSCA Winter Conference will take place on February 25 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be an enthusiastic keynote speaker, Dr. Laura Owen, who will share all the ways school counselors can continue to be the best in their profession. There will also be great session presenters who highlight the role of advocates in their daily practice. This conference is for professionals and school counseling students who work in public, public charter and private education. Register here. For questions contact communications@dcschoolcounselor.com.
 
14. *Group Purchasing for Public Charter Schools
When charter schools save money, students win. That’s why the Association of Chartered Public Schools joined together with 25 other state-based charter support organizations and its national group purchasing partner, BuyQ, to negotiate deeply discounted prices and other charter-specific benefits on the products and services your school relies on. As a member of the DC Association of Chartered Public Schools, your school is entitled to group purchasing contracts. For more information, click here. For questions contact Ramona Edelin at redelin@dcpcsa.org.   
Special Opportunities for School Leaders/Staff/Parents
15. *This Week: National School Counseling Week
This week is designed to highlight the work of school counselors from around the globe. Take some time to give a special thanks to your counselors.  The American School Counselor Association will host daily profiles (3/day) on Facebook all week at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. In addition, the American School Counselor Association is holding activities during the week. See their website for more details.
 
16. *Feb 9: National School Counseling Week Celebration & General Body Meeting
Join the American School Counselor Association in celebrating the hard work of school counselors across the District. The celebration will include a panel discussion, games, and food. The general body meeting will include a brief overview of the upcoming Winter Conference, the national ASCA conference, and elections for DCSCA Executive Board. The general body meeting will take place on February 9 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Trinity Washington University. Register here. For questions contact communications@dcschoolcounselor.com.
 
17. *Feb 11: Know Your Rights
Join the Institute for Policy Studies, the DC Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law on February 11 from 10 a.m. to 6p.m. at the UDC Clark School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Ave NW, in order to learn about your rights. Student rights, the legal risks of civil disobedience, search and seizure, federal worker rights, immigration law, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), obtaining permits in DC, and legal observing are all topics that will be discussed. For more information and to register, click here. For questions contact Joe Libertelli at JLibertelli@udc.edu.
 
18. *Feb 24: Free Training Events on Essentials of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Cost-Benefit Analysis for Nonprofits and Essentials of Communications
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill will host two free training events on monitoring and evaluation and communications.  The Essentials of Monitoring, Evaluations, and Cost-Benefit Analysis for Nonprofits training will take place on February 24 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. View this flyer. The Essentials of Communications: From Web Sites to Social Media and PowerPoint Presentations training will take place on February 24 from 2 p.m.-5:30 p.m. View this flyer. Register for both trainings here. For questions contact Quentin Wodon at rotarianeconomist@gmail.com.  
 
19. Feb 25: DC STEM Festival
Harmony DC PCS is organizing and hosting DC STEM Festival. DC STEM Festival features various STEM demonstrations performed by students. The DC STEM Festival also hosts different community organizations that will demonstrate STEM activities. The activities are, included but not limited to, Rubik’s Cube solver robot, FLL robots, dry ice activities, hover board, smoke ring, and other student activities. The event will take place at Harmony DC school campus at 62 T St NE Washington, DC 20002 on February 25 between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. DC STEM Festival is free and open to public. For more information, visit the DC STEM Festival website here. For questions, contact dcstemfest@harmonydc.org.
 
20. Mar 1: The Junior League of Washington’s Meg Graham Scholarship
The Junior League of Washington (JLW) is accepting applications for the Meg Graham Scholarship…Celebrating Service and Leadership. JLW invites high school seniors at DC public charter schools to apply for this $10,000 scholarship, which will be paid directly to the winner’s college or university in four annual installments. Click here to review the requirements, an electronic version of the application, and other documents needed for a complete application. Applications must be postmarked by March 1.  For questions or more information contact scholarship@jlw.org.
 
21. *Mar 8:The National Scholarship Award
The National Scholarship Award will help cover tuition and fees up to a maximum of $12,500 for an associate’s degree and $25,000 for a bachelor’s degree, at one of our Partner Colleges. The Award is renewable each year as long as you meet the continuing eligibility criteria, including continuous full-time enrollment (more than 12 credits per term) and a college GPA of 3.0. If you struggle, the Scholar Advisor will be there to help students get back on track. Applications for The National Scholarship Award are due on March 8, and awardees will be notified late April. For more information and to apply, click here. For questions contact thedream.us@applyists.com and reference TheDream.US National Scholarship Program in the subject line.
 
22. 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.
 
23. Mar 17: Summer Immersion Program
The Summer Immersion Program (SIP) is a free, 7-week summer program for current girls in grades 10 and 11 to learn computer science, get exposure to tech jobs, and join a supportive sisterhood of thousands of girls across the U.S. We also provide a need-based summer stipend to cover transportation and living costs for students who qualify. If you are in a SIP location, encourage your students to attend an Info Session and apply. If you have questions questions, see this Summer Immersion Program flyer with FAQs. For questions or more information, contact Vivian Chan at vivian.chan@girlswhocode.com.
 
24. *April 28: The USA Science & Engineering Festival’s X-STEM Symposium in Washington DC
Spark your students’ curiosity at the X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium - presented by the U.S. Department of Defense. X-STEM is a unique conference for kids where some of our nation’s most respected professionals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics will speak to middle through high school students in a “TED-style” format. X-STEM is a unique field trip opportunity to get your students up close and personal with leading STEM role models you can see here. Advance Registration is required. Use the discount code X-STEM28 that is good for 28 free attendees (the cost to attend is usually $20/person). To register, click here. To learn more, click here. For questions contact nancy@usasciencefestival.org
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