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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 1, 2017

Special Announcements
*Sanctuary Schools for Undocumented Students
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
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 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. DOH will present at the School Leaders Meeting on tomorrow Feb 2. 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. Tomorrow Feb 2: Charter Leaders Meeting
3. *School Fire Code Compliance
 
Government Notices
4. *Fri Feb 3: Snow Emergency Planning
5. *Feb 11: Teen Tech-a-Thon at MLK Library
6. Feb 15: Community Schools Community of Practice
7. *June 30: Apply for DCTAG
8. *Participate in the Development of OSSE’s Nutrition Education Plan
 
Charter Support Organizations
9. Feb 16: DC Charter School Conference
10. Feb 23: The Leading by Learning Series: Facilitating Adult Learning
 
Special Opportunities for School Leaders/Staff/Students
11. Feb 15: Board Basics: What a Nonprofit Board Should Know About Meeting in Executive Session
12. *Feb 25: DC STEM Festival
13. *Mar 1: The Junior League of Washington’s Meg Graham Scholarship
14. *Mar 16: Evening of Learning Seminars
15. *Mar 16: Evening of Learning Seminars
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. Tomorrow Feb 2: Charter Leaders Meeting
The charter leader’s meeting will take place tomorrow February 2 from 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. in the studios of The Dance Institute of Washington, 3400 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010. This meeting is for Executive Directors and Board Chairs of public charter schools. We will open the session with a discussion on the State of the DC Education landscape. For the second part of the meeting, we are inviting representatives from select DC government agencies. The final session include a sector-wide discussion on increasing graduation rates. While clearly a focus of high schools, alternative schools, and middle schools, we invite everyone to participate in the session and hope that everyone can contribute to a discussion about improving graduation outcomes, even when it’s years away. Read the agenda here. For questions, contact Sujan Sedhai at ssedhai@dcpcsb.org.  
 
3. *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
4. *Fri Feb 3: Snow Emergency Planning
This memo summarizes the District's plan for supporting public charter schools in the event of a snow emergency this school year. The DME is proactively compiling a list of high-priority roads and sidewalks for snow removal to share with the Department of Public Works. If you would like to participate, send a list of your priority roads and sidewalks---especially those that may have not been cleared right away in the past to Shayne Wells at shayne.wells@dc.gov by Friday February 3. During the January 2016 blizzard, DCPS operated food centers in 10 schools to ensure District children and youth had access to nutritious meals for two days. An estimated 502 breakfasts and lunches were served over two days. In the event of a snow emergency this year, the District may need the participation of public charter schools in this effort to serve District families. If you are interested in discussing this opportunity contact Shayne Wells at shayne.wells@dc.gov.
 
5. *Feb 11: Teen Tech-a-Thon at MLK Library
On 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. The event will include a maker fair, 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.
 
6. Feb 15: 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 for all District of Columbia schools to receive training and technical assistance on creating and sustaining a community school. The February session will highlight Family Engagement/Special Populations. This session will focus on family engagement in community schools, with consideration to cultural competency when engaging special populations (e.g. English learners, children in foster care, children who are homeless, and minors who are unaccompanied). The session will take place on February 15 from 1:30 p.m. at Bancroft of Sharpe Health School, 4300 13th St. NW. Register for the session here. For more information or questions, contact Melissa Harper-Butler at melissa.harper-butler@dc.gov or (202) 478-2409.
 
7. *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 is February 1- 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.- 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.
 
8. *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
Charter Support Organizations
9. 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. Get more information and register here. For questions, contact Mandy Leiter at mleiter@focusdc.org.
 
10. Feb 23: The Leading by Learning Series: Facilitating Adult Learning
FOCUS will host a session that supports teacher leaders and school leaders in designing the adult learning experience that drive professional learning on February 23 at 5 p.m. at the FOCUS (1436 U Street NW STE 204).  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. For more information and to register, click here. For questions, contact Mandy Leiter at mleiter@focusdc.org
Special Opportunities for School Leaders/Staff/Parents
11. Feb 15: Board Basics: What a Nonprofit Board Should Know About Meeting in Executive Session
Every Board needs to handle confidential matters, such as evaluating the performance of senior executives, setting employee compensation and dealing with personnel complaints and other sensitive issues. To deal with these matters, most boards meet in executive session in which only board members and their advisors or select employees attend. But what are the rules for holding executive sessions? Who calls them? What can be discussed and voted on? Does the Board keep minutes of those sessions? For the answers to these questions and more, join the DC Bar Pro Bono Center for a free webinar on February 15 at noon. Register here. For questions, contact Regina Hopkins at rhopkins@dcbar.org.
 
12. *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, hoverboard, 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, contat dcstemfest@harmonydc.org.
 
13. *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.
 
14. *Mar 16: Evening of Learning Seminars
The Evening of Learning Seminars is 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.
 
15. *Mar 17: Summer Immersion Program
The Summer Immersion Program (SIP) is a free, 7-week summer program for current 10th and 11th grade girls 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, see this Summer Immersion Program flyer with FAQs. For questions or more information, contact Vivian Chan at vivian.chan@girlswhocode.com
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