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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Standing Ovation

This year marks the 11th year of #StandingOvationDC. One of DCPS’ favorite moments over the years was the @SyncLadies show-stopping performance at the 2019 event.

No Classes

May 31 is Memorial Day — no school for students, teachers or staff.

Road to Recovery Funds

DCPS will receive $191 million of the American Rescue Plan Act’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds this fall to support the full reopening of schools for in-person learning.

DCPS is asking families, teachers, staff and community members to help prioritize how the funds should be used as the District prepares for next school year. A public survey is open through Friday, May 28 and can be accessed at bit.ly/dcps-recovery-survey.

Mayor Muriel Bowser recently announced the availability of fully flexible recovery funds to ensure that no school experiences a reduction in their fiscal year 2022 budget.

“Community engagement is critical as we build a strong foundation for our schools and continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said DCPS Chancellor Lewis Ferebee said in a statement. “We know the pandemic has impacted our school communities in different ways, and we value insights from schools on identifying urgent needs. Through collaboration and engagement with stakeholders, we will ensure our schools have the resources they need for a strong recovery.”

Meal Student Sites

In accordance with USDA guidelines, all D.C. youths 18 and younger may receive free grab-and go meals at DCPS and Department of Parks and Recreation meal site locations through Sept. 30.

Youth and or parents/guardians on their behalf may receive up to three breakfast and three lunch meals daily.

Meal site locations include:

Ward 1

Bancroft Elementary School
1755 Newton Street, NW 10 am – 2 pm
Banneker High School
800 Euclid Street, NW 10 am – 2 pm
Bruce-Monroe Elementary School@ Park View
3560 Warder Street, NW 10 am – 2 pm
Cardozo Education Campus
1200 Clifton Street, NW 10 am – 2 pm
Columbia Heights Education Campus
3101 16th Street, NW 10 am – 2 pm
Columbia Heights Recreation Center
1480 Girard St., NW 10 am – 2 pm
Marie Reed Elementary School
2201 18th Street, NW 10 am – 2 pm
Oyster-Adams Bilingual School
Adams 2020 19th Street, NW 10 am – 2 pm

Ward 2

Hardy Middle School
1819 35th Street, NW 10 am – 2 pm
School Without Walls @ Francis Stevens
2425 N Street, NW 10 am – 2 pm
Thomson Elementary
School 1200 L Street, NW 10 am – 2 pm

Parent Advisory Board

Hugh Beshers from Ward 1 said, “It’s been rewarding to serve on DCPS’ Parent Advisory Board.

“My family has been part of DCPS for 80 years. I went to DCPS, I have a third grader in DCPS, and my younger child is entering PK-3 in the fall,” Besher said in a DCPS Facebook post. “Yet, there was a lot I didn’t know about DCPS. I learned that throughout the city, parents are strongly advocating for their kids.”

 

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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