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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Learning the Hebrew Language

At the start of the next school year, students at Sela Public Charter School will have two teachers in each classroom: one who speaks English and another who speaks Hebrew.

School leaders believe this change will provide students opportunities to practice the Hebrew language and learn more about the culture from native speakers.

Parents at Sela PCS are excited that they will have Hebrew and English teachers working alongside each other in the classroom to teach them proficiency in both languages simultaneously.

No DCPS Classes

Parent-Teacher Conference Day is Friday, Jan. 17. (No School for Students)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, Jan. 20. (No School)
Term 2 Ends; Half Day PD for Staff; Records Day, Monday, Jan. 27 (No School for Students)
PD Day for Staff, Tuesday, Jan. 28 (No School for Students); Term 3 Begins

Inclement Weather Information

Decisions made around weather-related school closures and delays will be posted on the DCPS Twitter account. Local news outlets will also have access to this information. Learn more about DCPS’ inclement weather notifications at this link: https://dcps.dc.gov/page/inclement-weather-guidance.

2020 Panorama Survey

DCPS recently launched its 2020 Panorama Survey, which measures social emotional learning, satisfaction, and engagement across staff, families, and students.

Parental and public feedback are critical to ensuring that D.C.’s public schools are meeting the needs of students and their families.

New Charter School Proposals

The DC Public Charter School Board has received four proposals to open new schools in D.C.

If approved, the schools would open in school year 2021-22.

The applications include: two PK3-5 schools: a dual language immersion in both Mandarin-English and Spanish-English; an Arabic immersion school; a middle/high school that will immerse students in inquiry-based learning experiences; and a high school that will focus on business and entrepreneurship.

During the application process, each applicant school is evaluated through a rigorous review process that includes capacity interviews with the founding groups and public hearings for the community to voice their opinion on the proposed schools.

Share Your DC

Share Your DC, a program at Two Rivers Public Charter School gives parents the time, space and language to challenge bias and bridge differences.

This three-session session expedition also helps participants articulate their own identity, listen to others share theirs, and build connections through having tough conversations.

Surveyed results show that participants of SYDC expedition realized some of their own biases and how they can unintentionally pass along those biases to their children.

As a result, SYDC alumni have intentionally integrated their children’s playdates, exposed their families to traditions of different faith communities, and read books that expand their appreciation of local landmarks and history.

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