• With 64% of African American children unable to swim, DCPS is changing that narrative at Hendley Elementary School in Southeast, where third-, fourth- and fifth-graders are starting their swimming and water safety lessons.

• The 2021 “Panorama Student Survey” and “Panorama Family Survey” are open through March 19. Take the family survey at http://bit.ly/dcpsfamily and encourage your child to take the student survey at http://surveys.panoramaed.com/login.

• Join the “Male Educators of Color Collaborative” on March 30 for “Racism & Misogyny: Let’s Talk About It Community Discussion.” DCPS educators are invited to have an honest conversation about addressing misogyny & sexism. Contact the DCPS Equity team to learn more.

• Many DCPS facilities have virtual “Open House” events scheduled for families to get to know their SY 21-22 school community. Visit http://dcps.dc.gov/openhouse for dates and times or contact your school for details.

Pandemic EBT

Students who have not been receiving free or reduced-price meals at school because the school is closed or has been operating with reduced attendance or hours for at least five consecutive days is eligible to receive P-EBT benefits.

P-EBT benefits were $5.70 per school day per child in the 2019-20 school year and increased to $6.82 per school day per child for 2020-21. The District issued P-EBT benefits to 59,000 children for a total of $7.8M for August and September for the 2020-21 school year.

Beginning this month, the District will issue P-EBT benefits retroactively for students eligible during the 2019-2020 school year and/or August and September of the current school year but have not been paid yet.

My School Lottery

The results of the My School DC Lottery will be released Friday, April 2.

No School for Students

Term 3 Ends Monday, April 12, with no school for students and a half-day and records day for staff.

DC Public Schools Parent University

DCPS Parent University is a workshop series facilitated by the Office of Communications and Engagement.

The workshops are an opportunity for families to share strategies and learn from each other and DCPS Central Office teams. RSVP to upcoming workshops for participation. For questions, email ParentU@k12.dc.gov.

Operation Hope

Operation Hope Inc.’s “Banking on Our Future Program” provides financial literacy education focus primarily on urban, underserved communities and the program’s four modules: (1) The Basics of Banking, (2) Checking and Savings Accounts, (3) The Power of Credit, and (4) Basic Investments.

The curriculum breaks down knowledge of banking and credit into terms that youth can understand.

Register now at bit.ly/parentujoin to participate in this virtual event that will be presented at 5:30 p.m., April 8.

Download the Microsoft Teams App and Zoom App on your phone or tablet to participate.

For questions or interpretation assistance, contact parentu@k12.dc.gov.

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Dorothy Rowley – Washington Informer Staff Writer

I knew I had to become a writer when at age nine I scribbled a note to my younger brother’s teacher saying I thought she was being too hard on him in class. Well, the teacher immediately contacted my mother, and with tears in her eyes, profusely apologized. Of course, my embarrassed mother dealt with me – but that didn’t stop me from pursuing my passion for words and writing. Nowadays, as a “semi-retiree,” I continue to work for the Washington Informer as a staff writer. Aside from that, I keep busy creating quirky videos for YouTube, participating in an actor’s guild and being part of my church’s praise dance team and adult choir. I’m a regular fixture at the gym, and I like to take long road trips that have included fun-filled treks to Miami, Florida and Jackson, Mississippi. I’m poised to take to the road again in early 2017, headed for New Orleans, Louisiana. This proud grandmother of two – who absolutely adores interior decorating – did her undergraduate studies at Virginia Union University and graduate work at Virginia State University.

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