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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, January 18, 2017

Special Announcements
Presidential Inauguration
The City has created a website http://inauguration.dc.gov/ that gives updates and information about getting around during the inauguration. Please let us know if your school will be closed on January 20, here. Contact communications@dcpcsb.org  if you have questions.
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

School Nurse Schedule
Click here for the January school nurse’s schedule. If you have questions, contact Audrey Williams at awilliams@dcpcsb.org.

Updates to School Health Programs
The Department of Health released two memos with updates on the new school health program – one for parents in English;  Spanish;  Vietnamese; Korean; French; Chinese; Amharic and one for school leaders. Please send a copy of the parent letter home with students if you have not already done so.  Click here to view the School Health Services Program Clinical Nursing Allocation Memo. Click here to view the Nurse Allocation List. If you have questions, contact Audrey Williams at awilliams@dcpcsb.org.

*Health Professionals Data
The Council Committee on Education has requested information regarding health professionals for the Performance Oversight Hearing. Click here to update the information you provided last year. If you did not complete the survey last year, do so here.  Please complete this information by January 20. Contact Audrey Williams at awilliams@dcpcsb.org for more information.

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DC PCSB General Notices
1. Today January 18:  PMF as Goals Webinar
2. *Feb 21, Mar 21, Apr 18, Apr 21: PMF Task Force Meetings
3. *School Performance Department: Open Enrollment Mystery Caller Initiative
 
DC PCSB and OSSE Data and Document Submission Notices
4. *Mid-Year Status Report for School Year 2016-17
 
Government Notices
5. Tomorrow Jan 19: Last Week of Winter Reading and Get a Chipotle Coupon
6. *Jan 23: Discuss FY18 Budget and Revised LEA Payment Initiative
7. Jan 23: Title I Committee of Practitioners
8. *Jan 25: Community Schools Community of Practice
9. *Feb 28: It Takes a City to Ensure Every Student Succeeds
10. Mar 31: National History Teacher of the Year Nominees
11. Apr 1: Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Nominees
12. Spring 2017 DC Parks & Recreation Permits
13. Free Behavioral Health Professional Development
 
Charter Support Organizations
14. *Jan 24: Legal and Compliance Workshop Series: Student Rights
15. *Jan 25: Common Pitfalls of Paying Employees
16. *Jan 26: Charter Startup Seminar
17. *Feb 16: DC Charter School Conference
18. *Feb 23: The Leading by Learning Series: Facilitating Adult Learning
 
Special Opportunities for School Leaders/Staff/Students
19. Jan 28: Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School Saturday Academy
20. Jan 31: Reach Incorporated Book Grant
21. Feb 1: Charter Board Partners’ Convening of Board Members of Color
22. Feb 1: Friendship Public Charter School 2nd Annual DC wide “Continuing the Legacy” Oratorical Showcase
23. *Feb 2: Black History Month Program
24. Feb 24: Princeton Summer Journalism Program
25. Mar 1: The Junior League of Washington’s Meg Graham Scholarship
26. *DC Teachers Survey on Educational Grants
27. Free Online STEM Education Resource
28. Girls on the Run-DC
DC PCSB General Notices
1. Today January 18:  PMF as Goals Webinar
DC PCSB proposes changes that will simplify the Adopt the PMF as Goals  policy. This policy revision was opened for public comment at the December 19 board meeting and will remain open until February 2 with a public hearing at the January 23 board meeting. We will host a webinar to discuss the revisions on January 18 at 9 a.m. See webinar details below. For questions, contact Rashida Tyler at rtyler@dcpcsb.org.
  • Join the webinar here. Access information:
    • Event number:  667 811 985
    • Event password:  ZFDhgncR
    • Audio Conference:  415-655-0003
    • Access Code:  667 811 985  
2. *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
3. *School Performance Department: Open Enrollment Mystery Caller Initiative
DC PCSB staff and consultants will call schools in the upcoming weeks to request information on how to enroll a student at your school.  This is part of the Mystery Caller Initiative, which was developed to ensure schools are abiding by open enrollment regulations, particularly for students with disabilities.  For more information, please see DC PCSB’s Mystery Caller Policy which can be found by clicking here. For questions, Contact Leterica Quinn at lquinn@dcpcsb.org.
DC PCSB and OSSE Data and Document Submission Notices
4. *Mid-Year Status Report for school year 2016-17
DC PCSB will send school board chairs a Mid-Year Status Report for school year 2016-17 by February 1.  This report will include the following:
  • Compliance Review Report for School Year 2016-17
  • Year to Date Procurement Contract Submission Summary
  • Year to Date Community Complaints
  • Year to Date Non-Academic Data (attendance, discipline, and midyear withdrawal)
Contact Katie Dammann at kdammann@dcpcsb.org with questions about the report.
Government Notices
5. Tomorrow Jan 19: Last Week of Winter Reading and Get a Chipotle Coupon
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 ends tomorrow January 19. Participants still have time to log their reading online here or they can pick up a paper reading log at their neighborhood library. Remember to claim your Chipotle coupons as they expire February 14.  If you have questions, contact Meaghan O’Connor at meaghan.oconnor@dc.gov.

6. *Jan 23: Discuss FY18 Budget and Revised LEA Payment Initiative
The Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) invites all charter leaders to join her, State Superintendent Kang, and the Mayor’s Office of Budget and Finance (OBF) for a meeting to discuss the FY18 Budget and the Revised LEA Payment Initiative on January 23 at 3:30 p.m. at the John A. Wilson Building in Room G9. For the past year and half, DME and OSSE, in consultation with school leaders, have been working to develop a recommended set of procedures and policies to implement the Revised LEA Payment Initiative. In past years, the DME and OBF have hosted a separate forum to provide charter leaders the opportunity to share their budget priorities. We have decided to combine these meetings; we recommend that all charter leaders, as well as your data managers and chief financial officer attend, to discuss the upcoming FY18 Budget, and separately but related, the Revised LEA Payment Initiative.

7. Jan 23: Title I Committee of Practitioners
OSSE is seeking candidates to serve on the State Title I Committee of Practitioners, an advisory body that will support OSSE in carrying out its responsibilities under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) for the District.  Application materials can be found here on OSSE's website. Complete applications (two pages) must be submitted, accompanied by a current résumé electronically to OSSE.CoP@dc.gov (Attention: Jonathan Elkin). The deadline for the submission of applications is 12 p.m. on January 23. The state superintendent will appoint members to terms of two or three years each. The first meeting for individuals selected to serve on the State Title I Committee of Practitioners will be February 9 from 4-6:30 p.m. at OSSE, 810 First St. NE. For more information or questions, please contact Jonathan Elkin at jonathan.elkin@dc.gov  or (202) 481-3875.

8. *Jan 25: Community Schools Community of Practice
OSSE's Division of Elementary, Secondary and Specialized Education (ESSE), in partnership with key stakeholders, launched a Community Schools Community of Practice (CoP) in the 2016-17 school year. The CoP offers nine sessions, beginning in September 2016 through May 2017, for all District of Columbia schools to receive training and technical assistance on creating and sustaining a community school. The topic of discussion for the upcoming session will be: attendance. This session will focus on understanding citywide efforts on attendance and truancy and what this may mean for community schools. The session will take place on January 25 at 1:30 p.m. at OSSE, 810 First St. NE Washington, DC 20002 on the Third Floor, Grand Hall Side A. Register here. For more information or questions, contact Melissa Harper-Butler at melissa.harper-butler@dc.gov or (202) 478-2409.
 
9. *Feb 28: It Takes a City to Ensure Every Student Succeeds
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) cordially invites LEA and school leaders to participate in its upcoming LEA Institute on February 28 titled “It Takes a City to Ensure Every Student Succeeds,” at the Kellogg Center at Gallaudet University. On Dec 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA creates an important opportunity for education leaders and practitioners to work together to leverage and expand upon current reform efforts. The focus of the February 2017 LEA Institute is ESSA transition and implementation. OSSE is encouraging LEA and school leadership teams to attend this event.  Click here for registration and details. For more information about ESSA implementation in the District of Columbia, visit here. For questions about this event contact osse.tta@dc.gov.

10. Mar 31: National History Teacher of the Year Nominees
This award recognizes and honors the many contributions of our history teachers in the District of Columbia. Nominations for the District of Columbia History Teacher of the Year can be made by a student, parent, colleague, principal or school administrator familiar with the teacher’s work. Self-nominations are not accepted. The deadline to be considered for the Teacher of the Year Award is March 31. Past state and national winners of the history award are not eligible. For additional information visit: Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History webpage. If you have any questions contact Tasha Jones at tasha.jones@dc.gov.
 
11. Apr 1: Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Nominees
The Presidential awards are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching. The deadline to be considered for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is April 1. For additional information visit: Presidential Awards webpage. If you have any questions contact Tasha Jones at tasha.jones@dc.gov.
 
12. Spring 2017 DC Parks & Recreation Permits
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) opened the 2017 Spring permits schedule.  DPR permits outdoor fields, courts, gymnasiums and aquatic lanes and facilities on a seasonal schedule, either Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Applications received during the permit window are reviewed and applicants are notified of their permit status during the 'notification period'. The permit window dates for the upcoming season are posted site on the Athletic Fields permit page and the Aquatics permit page.  The 2017 Spring permit season is March 18 - June 16.  All applications submitted now are considered late submissions.  All late submissions will not be reviewed until the week of February 6 and will be allocated based on availability on a first come first served basis.  Contact Seth Shapiro, DPR Permit Service Manager, seth.shapiro@dc.gov for more information.
 
13. Free Behavioral Health Professional Development
The DC Department of Behavioral Health offers a professional development resource made available at no cost to all schools in the district. It is a series of online mental health and suicide prevention professional development simulations for all DC Public Charter Schools staff provided by Kognito's At-Risk for PK-12 Educators. There is plenty of support to help you implement these programs in your school:
  •  Click here for implementation materials and best practice suggestions (including a quick start guide, flyer, trailer, discussion guide, etc.).
  • Technical support for end-users is available within the site or by emailing support@kognito.com.
  •  Implementation support for DC Public Charter Schools is available by contacting Brian Nido at brian.nido@kognito.com.
Charter Support Organizations
14. *Jan 24: Legal and Compliance Workshop Series: Student Rights
Students have a number of constitutional rights that must be afforded to them by public schools. This session will explore those rights, including students’ First Amendment right to free speech, their Fourth Amendment rights related to searches, their right to due process, and more. Attendees will leave this session with an understanding of what steps schools should take to respect these rights and what limits there are on a student’s abilities to exercise these rights. This workshop will take place on January 24 at 8:30 a.m. at FOCUS (1436 U Street NW STE 204). For more information and to register click here. For questions, contact Mandy Leiter at mleiter@focusdc.org.
 
15. *Jan 25: Common Pitfalls of Paying Employees
The overtime rules may be in flux with the Trump Administration, but there are other rules and regulations which mandate who, when, where and how workers must be paid. Please join Littler Mendelson in a discussion of some of the pay practices which can have the DC Department of Employment Services and the U.S. Department of Labor knocking at a public charter school’s door. This discussion will take place on January 25 at 8:30 a.m. at FOCUS (1436 U Street NW STE 204). For more information and to register click here. For questions, contact Mandy Leiter at mleiter@focusdc.org.
 
16. *Jan 26: Charter Startup Seminar
Want more educational options? Start a public charter school! Parents, teachers, and community organizations have started great public charter schools and you can too. At this free seminar we will cover: Public Charter School Overview, Public Charter School Funding, The Founding Group, Getting Started, Funding Sources, and more. Join FOCUS on January 26 at 8:30 a.m. at the (FOCUS 1436 U Street NW STE 204). For more information and to register click here. For questions, contact Mandy Leiter at mleiter@focusdc.org.
 
17. *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. The conference will feature interactive workshops, inspiring speakers, timely content, and opportunities for discussion and collaboration. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of substantive sessions that fit their individual needs, as well as to learn together about issues that the entire DC charter sector faces. This conference will take place on February 16 at 8:30 a.m. at FOCUS (1436 U Street NW STE 204). The deadline to register is February 9. For more information and to register click here. For questions, contact Mandy Leiter at mleiter@focusdc.org.
 
18. *Feb 23: The Leading by Learning Series: Facilitating Adult Learning
This session supports teacher leaders and leaders in designing the adult learning experiences that drive professional learning.  Built on research about adult learners and guided by a cycle of experiential learning, teacher leaders and leaders will learn to create rigorous, relevant professional learning opportunities that shift the ratio of cognitive work to their colleagues, driving concrete changes in teaching and learning. Join FOCUS on February 23 at 5 p.m. at the FOCUS (1436 U Street NW STE 204). For more information and to register click here. For questions, contact Mandy Leiter at mleiter@focusdc.org.
Special Opportunities for School Leaders/Staff/Parents
19. Jan 28: Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School Saturday Academy
Saturday Academy was launched in the fall of 2004 at the suggestion of one parents during a parent retreat. Some of the first classes included SSAT Prep, steel drums, and violin. Eventually, based on need and request, classes added included family literacy, Spanish, French, keyboard and ballet. Saturday Academy classes for adults and children are open to all who are interested, not just current Stokes families. The first Saturday Academy class is on January 28. Classes are offered in sessions of three, for $30 a session.  Classes being offered this year include: Sewing in French, Family Cooking Class, Family Dance Break, Zumba, Hip Hop, Spanish for Adults, Robotics, and Frederick Douglas Writers Workshop. For a complete listing of classes including class descriptions please click here. For more dates and to apply, click here. For questions, please contact Abby Sondak at abbys@ewstokes.org. To learn more about all of the books, click here.
 
20. Jan 31: Reach Incorporated Book Grant
Using this form here, DC-based schools and organizations are encouraged to apply for free books from the teen authors of Reach Incorporated. All books must be used within DC schools/programs or distributed to young readers from the District of Columbia. The books are most appropriate for grades K - 3. Grant requests are due by January 31. To learn more about all of the books, here.
 
21. Feb 1: Charter Board Partners’ Convening of Board Members of Color
Charter Board Partners (CBP) will host an upcoming convening of board members of color who serve on public charter school boards in Washington, DC. CBP is continuing, and deepening, its work to help build more diverse, inclusive, and effective boards in the city. As part of this ongoing work, they’d like to invite board members of color to attend this event to share your perspectives, learn from the experiences of others, create connections among our community, and help us accelerate our efforts to recruit a diverse pipeline of board candidates. CBP asks that charter school board chairs and school leaders to help with their efforts by sharing this information with board members of color on your board, and copying Sid Smith ssmith@charterboards.org on the email, so CBP can develop an accurate invitation list. The convening will take place on February 1 from 8:30 am-12:00 pm with networking lunch to follow at Latham & Watkins, 555 11th Street NW, Washington DC. Contact Carrie Irvin at cirvin@charterboards.org or Sid Smith at ssmith@charterboards.org with questions.
 
22. Feb 1: Friendship Public Charter School 2nd Annual DC wide “Continuing the Legacy” Oratorical Showcase
In following the footsteps of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of Black History Month, it is important to take the time to acknowledge the accomplishments and the legacy of African-American men and women who influenced the way in which we live today. It is imperative that we take their lessons and accomplishments as inspiration for our own success and legacy. Friendship Public Charter School welcomes students from all of Washington DC to participate in the 2nd Annual "Continuing the Legacy" Oratorical Showcase. Scholars from 1st-12th grade will have the opportunity to learn about the past and look toward the future.  Entries must start by acknowledging an inspirational speech, letter, poem or other work by an influential African American figure. Entries should comprise an original essay that references the inspirational work and builds on the legacy of the author with a message for today. The Washington, DC Black History "Continuing the Legacy" Oratorical Showcase submissions must be submitted to contest@friendshipschools.org by 11:59 p.m. February 1. For rules and on how to enter and dates please click here.
  
23. *Feb 2: Black History Month Program
The Library of Congress is holding its Black History Month Program on February 2 at 12:00 p.m. At this program we invite District of Columbia educators to bring their school children to meet Dr. Carla D. Hayden. Dr. Hayden is the first African American and the first women to run the Library of Congress, America’s oldest federal cultural institution. She was nominated by President Barack Obama for the position and confirmed by the United States Senate in 2016. School children will be invited to ask questions of Dr. Hayden. A lunch will be provided for the children after the program. The program is in the James Madison Building of the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, SE. It is 1/4 block from the Capitol South Metro Station on the Orange, Blue or Silver Lines. You should arrive by 11:40 am to get through the security lines in the building. Contact The Library of Congress as soon as possible to inform them how many of your school children will attend. Contact Darren Jones djon@loc.gov for questions. 
 
24. Feb 24: Princeton Summer Journalism Program
Applications are open for the 2017 Princeton Summer Journalism Program, an all-expenses-paid journalism and college preparation program at Princeton University for high school juniors from low-income backgrounds. Students learn reporting skills from celebrated journalists, report and write their own newspaper, and are paired with a counselor who oversees their college admissions process. SJP alumni have gone on to jobs and internships at The New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR, and many other news outlets. The application can be found at www.princeton.edu/sjp and is due at 11:59 p.m.EST on February 24. If you have questions, please reach out to sjp@princeton.edu.
 
25. 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. Selected finalists must be available to attend a 30-minute, in-person interview held at JLW Headquarters, 3039 M Street, NW, on March 25. The winner will be notified by April 1.
 
26. *DC Teachers Survey on Educational Grants
GrantEd Foundation, a new DC non-profit, seeks to remove grant writing from the teacher’s job description.  In preparation for a 2017 launch, GrantEd is conducting a brief survey of teachers in the District of Columbia about grants and the grant-making process.  The survey should not take more than 10 minutes to complete and will help inform the creation and launch of a new DC focused non-profit. Please take a few moments to complete this quick survey here.
 
27. Free Online STEM Education Resource
The U.S. Department of Energy, Minorities in Energy Initiative, is offering all DC schools free access to Learning Blade, an online 5-9 STEM Curriculum aligned to standards that highlights STEM Careers through fun engaging missions like rescuing a dolphin, building an orphanage or designing a clean energy plan for your city. Get your school a full, free license by registering here. For information, view the flyers here and here. For questions, contact (423) 681-9733 or info@learningblade.com.
 
28. Girls on the Run-DC
Girls on the Run-DC is a 10-week, positive youth development program that serves girls in grades 3-8.   At Girls on the Run- DC, it is our mission to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using an experience-based curriculum, which creatively integrates running. Over the course of the program the girls improve competence, develop confidence in who they are, strengthen their character, respond to others with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make meaningful contributions to their community, all while training for their first 5K!  The 5K running event gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement, aswell as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. For more information, click here.  If you are interested in bringing Girls on the Run-DC to your school, contact Devoria Armstead, Program Director, at devoria@gotrdc.org.
 
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