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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, December 14, 2016

Special Announcements

Today Dec 14: Last Wednesday Bulletin of 2016 Year
This is the last Wednesday Bulletin of the year. Wednesday Bulletin will resume on January 4 and blurbs are due December 30 by 5pm. To submit a blurb, email wednesdaybulletin@dcpcsb.org.
 
*Jan 6: Martha's Table Joyful Food Market 2017-18 SY Application Now Open
In January 2015, Martha’s Table, in partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank, launched Joyful Food Markets to increase access to and encourage consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables east of the Anacostia River. Joyful Food Markets are run exclusively in elementary schools in Wards 7 and 8. In each school, colorful tables are filled with baskets of fresh produce and piled high with healthy non-perishable food, while festive music plays. The markets are joyful community events, where families and children can mingle with volunteers and school administrators while selecting from fresh, seasonal produce and healthy pantry staples, totaling 23 pounds of food per enrolled student. In addition, the markets feature kids’ cooking activities, recipe samples, and chef-led culinary demonstrations, designed to get children excited about healthy eating and cooking. The deadline to apply is January 6. For more details and/or to apply click here. Contact LaTroy Bailey at lbailey@marthastable.org with questions.  

MPD Corner

Burglary and Thefts at Schools
MPD reminds schools of steps to take to prevent burglaries and thefts. Click here for details. Contact Captain Michael Coligan at Michael.coligan@dc.gov if you have questions.

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 awilliams@dcpcsb.org

[*New/updated item]
 
DC PCSB General Notices
1. Tomorrow Dec 15: Financial Oversight Task Force Canceled
2.Fri Dec 16: PMF as Goals Webinar
3. *Inclement Weather
 
DC PCSB and OSSE Data and Document Submission Notices
4. Tomorrow Dec 15: Qlik Attendance Rate Check
 
Government Notices
5. Tomorrow Dec 15, 19, and Jan 9: Cross Sector Collaboration Task Force’s Focus Groups on the Centralized Mid-Year Transfer Process
6. Tomorrow Dec 15: Nutrition Education in Schools
7. *Tomorrow Dec 15: IntermissionDC: Youth and Educators Community Conversation on the DC Cultural Plan
8. Fri Dec 16: DOES Office of Youth Programs- High School Internship Program
9. *Dec 20 and Jan 25: Community Schools Community of Practice
10. Dec 23: Letters About Literature Writing Contest
11. Jan 27: Community Stormwater Solutions Grants Now Available
12. *Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education 2016 Annual Report
13. Read this Winter and Get a Chipotle Coupon
 
Charter Support Organizations
14. Feb 16: DC Charter School Conference
 
Special Opportunities for School Leaders/Staff/Students
15. Mon Dec 19:  Applications due for the Urban Health Media Project
16. Jan 6: Harvard Business School Club of Washington, DC Scholarships
17. *Jan 19: Summer Strong DC 2017 RFP
18. *Free Behavioral Health Professional Development Available
19. *DC STEM Network
DC PCSB General Notices
1. Tomorrow Dec 15: Financial Oversight Task Force Canceled
The December 15 Financial Oversight Task Force has been canceled. A December Task Force Update will be sent that will give the status of current initiatives.
 
2. Fri Dec 16: PMF as Goals Webinar
DC PCSB proposes significant changes that will simplify the Adopt the PMF as Goals policy. We will host one more webinar and open the policy for public comment at the December 19 board meeting. For questions, contact Rashida Tyler at rtyler@dcpcsb.org.
  • Webinar | December 16 | 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
 
3. *Inclement Weather
DC PCSB has developed a process to ensure schools receive the latest information about the city’s operating status during inclement weather.  The Communications Department will send information using the Charter Communications Network listserv. Join the listserv here.  Additionally, the Communications Department will post the operating status for all schools on our website and share with media outlets. Please include notifying DC PCSB in your inclement weather process. Send emails or questions to communications@dcpcsb.org.  
DC PCSB and OSSE Data and Document Submission Notices
4. Tomorrow 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 tomorrow December 15. More details have been 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. Tomorrow Dec 15, Dec 19, and Jan 9: Cross Sector Collaboration Task Force’s Focus Groups on the Centralized Mid-Year Transfer Process
The Cross-Sector Collaboration Task Force will host three 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 public charter schools after the October 5 cut-off date with the goals of (1) better understanding why students enter, exit and transfer mid-year and (2) more equitably distributing mid-year students to schools across both sectors to reduce the concentration of mid-year transfer students in high-churn schools.  There is also discussion of eliminating waitlists after a certain point in each school year. During the focus group, staff members from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education will discuss 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 4:30-6pm:

  • Tomorrow, Thursday, December 15—Benning Neighborhood Library (3935 Benning Rd. NE, Washington, D.C.  20019). Click here to RSVP.
  • Monday, December 19—Shaw Neighborhood Library (1630 7th St. NW, Washington, D.C.  20001). Click here to RSVP.
  • Monday, January 9 –Bellevue Neighborhood Library (115 Atlantic St. SW, Washington, D.C.  20032). Click here to RSVP.
 
For more information about the focus groups, contact Jenn Comey and Hannah Holliday at collaboration@dc.gov.
 
6. Tomorrow Dec 15: Nutrition Education in Schools
Join the Division of Health and Wellness for a professional development webinar on “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 to 18 years.  The webinar will be held tomorrow, December 15, from 2 – 3pm.  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. Contact OSSE.schoolhealth@dc.gov with questions.  
 
7. *Tomorrow Dec 15: IntermissionDC: Youth and Educators Community Conversation on the DC Cultural Plan
The Office of Planning, in partnership with the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, along with the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will hold a community conversation specific to youth arts, culture and humanities education at The Kennedy Center tomorrow December 15 from 5pm - 7pm. Register here. For further information and questions contact Jeanette McCune at jsmccune@kennedy-center.org.  
 
8. 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.
 
9. *Dec 20 and Jan 25: Community Schools Community of Practice
OSSE's Division of Elementary, Secondary and Specialized Education, in partnership with key stakeholders, is launching a Community Schools Community of Practice (CoP) in the 2016-17 school year. The CoP will offer nine sessions for all DC schools to receive training and technical assistance on creating and sustaining a community school. All trainings will be held at OSSE, 810 First St. NE.
 
Two sessions upcomings:
 
  • Partnership Building- This session will focus on partnership building (i.e. why are partnerships essential to community schools?), taking an inventory and determining needs and building a collaborative partnership. This session will also host a panel discussion opportunity for schools to learn best practices from other successful community schools. It will be held on December 20 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Third Floor Grand Hall, Side A.
  • Attendance- This session will focus on understanding citywide efforts on attendance and truancy and what this may mean for community schools. It will be held on January 25 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in 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.
 
10. Dec 23: Letters About Literature Writing Contest
DC Public Library is managing the local competition for Letters About Literature, which is a Library of Congress program that invites students to write a letter to an author whose work changed their view of the world or of themselves. Read this 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.
 
11. Jan 27: Community Stormwater Solutions Grants Now Available
The DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) is 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 5pm on January 27. DOEE will host a pre-application informational meeting:
  • January 4, 2017 at 1pm: DOEE Headquarters – 1200 First Street NE (NOMA/Gallaudet Metro)

 
12. *Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education 2016 Annual Report  
The Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education has been released their 2016 Annual Report, which can be read here.   The report documents the 478 complaints and 744 calls handled by the Ombudsman.  Complaints received were up 40% from the prior year.  Charter schools represented 29% of these complaints.  The leading sources of complaints were, in descending order: special education, school access, school environment, academic progress, discipline, and bullying.  The highest volume of complaints came from Wards 7 and 8.  Contact the Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education at (202) 741-0886 or ombudsman@dc.gov with questions about their work or to discuss ways to partner.
 
13. 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 Fri 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
14. 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
15. Dec 19:  Applications due for the Urban Health Media Project
Howard University’s new health journalism training program for high school students seeks students who want to give their communities a voice in important local and national policy debates.  The Urban Health Media Project is asking teachers to notify students that they think would be qualified and interested to apply here by 5 pm on December 19. The program director and USA TODAY health care policy reporter Jayne O’Donnell and Yanick Rice-Lamb, who heads Howard’s journalism department, are available to come to the schools this week or next Monday to discuss journalism and the program. This exciting new project kicks off in late January on Howard’s campus and around the city, where the students will conduct in-depth multimedia reporting. It’s a commitment of about 30 weeks, for about four hours a day on Saturdays plus there will be occasional interviews during the week. For more information, contact Howard University at (202) 806-7927 or mjf@howard.edu.

16. Jan 6: Harvard Business School Club Scholarships for Non-Profit Leaders
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.
 
17. *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.
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, contact community.stormwatersolutions2017@dc.gov.
 
18. *Free Behavioral Health Professional Development Available
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.
19. *DC STEM Network
The DC STEM Network has created a tool to empower all parents and educational advocates in making informed decisions about their students’ participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs. Click here to check out these guiding questions for parents and guardians to use as they explore STEM opportunities for their students. For more information, visit the website here
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