Tuesday Bulletin June 21, 2011


Tuesday Bulletin June 21, 2011  

  1. New ANC Notice Calendar 
  2. PCSB IT Update
  3. One City Summer Initiative 
  4. U.S. Department of Education Summer Enrichment Series 
  5. Nominate your school to become a Healthy Schools Hero
  6. DDOT Announces Changes to Application Process for Summer School Transit Subsidy Program 
  7.  Register now for the 2nd Annual DC Data Summit – July 12th 
  8.  Charter School Start Up Seminars 
  9.  Community Nights at Spy Museum 


PCSB Notices

1. New ANC Notice Calendar

PCSB staff have created a new updated calendar for charter school leaders alerting them to when ANC notices must be sent out for certain proposed board actions so as to be included as an agenda item at the PCSB’s monthly board meeting. School leaders and performance officers should be aware that ANC notices are required for all schools that wish to:   

  •  Amend Existing Charter Agreements 
  • Request to Move to a New Sight
  • Request to Add an Additional Campus 
  •  Request to Increase Enrollment Ceilings


2. PCSB IT Update

This is a friendly reminder that OLAMS will be shutting down at the close of business on June 30, 2011.  Please make sure you have entered all your data into OLAMS by that time, especially (but not limited to):

  • All Attendance Data 
  • All Withdrawal Information

Schools will not be able to make changes to your 2010-2011 OLAMS data after June 30, 2011.  The PCSB will be cutting over to ProActive in the fall for the upcoming 2011-2012 school year.    Invitations for the upcoming training sessions will be sent to schools shortly.  You will be able to participate in the trainings in person (at the PCSB offices) or remotely via WebEx.

The training dates and times are below:
Thursday, June 23 | 10am – 12pm
Tuesday, July 5 | 10am – 12pm
Thursday, July 7 | 10am – 12pm
Tuesday, July 19 | 10am – 12pm
Thursday, July  21 | 10am – 12pm

Feel free to contact Oliver Williams at owilliams@dcpubliccharter.com with any questions.

Government Notices


3. One City Summer Initiative


There are opportunities over the summer for students to participate in activities, work and earn credit toward their community services requirements as part of the District of Columbia’s One City Summer Initiative (see further details in the flier found here ).  To learn more information visit:  Onecitysummer.dc.gov.


4. U.S. Department of Education Summer Enrichment Series 




The Department’s 2011 Summer Enrichment Series, entitled, “Let’s Read! Let’s Move!,” will feature programming designed to engage students in reading, learning and physical activity over the summer school break.  Through activities designed to promote reading, academic achievement, healthy lifestyles, physical fitness, and general enrichment, “Let’s Read! Let’s Move!” aims to increase awareness about the critical importance of summer learning and support First Lady Michelle Obama’s national campaign to combat childhood obesity. 


During four sessions, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, other Cabinet members, top Administration officials and other special guests will read and distribute books, promote healthy lifestyle choices and nutrition, and participate in games and fitness activities with children in pre-kindergarten through third grade (ages three-seven) on the Department’s west-end plaza. Program participants will include DC metro area children from various summer programs. 


Date(s) of the event:   

“Let’s Read! Let’s Move!” will be held July 6, 12, 20 and 26, 2011. The program will run from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Student groups are asked to arrive by 11:15 a.m. and the children should be dressed in play clothes and closed-toed shoes.


Location of event/activities:   

The series will occur on the plaza of the Lyndon Baines Johnson U.S. Department of Education Building, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC.


Estimated number of people expected to attend:   

Approximately 100 children will be invited to attend each session. Chaperones from school and community centers will also attend. For schools interested in the July 6 date, please confirm by noon Monday, June 27.  Schools interested in later dates, need to confirm by COB June 30.


Please contact Michelle Draughn at 202-260-7392  or Michelle.Draughn@ed.gov  to reserve a date for your school’s participation.


5. Nominate your school to become a Healthy Schools Hero

Nominate your child’s school, or a school where you work or volunteer, to be a Healthy Schools Hero and win prizes including $1,000 for equipment or an event to encourage school wellness.

To nominate a “Healthy Schools Hero,” share an example of the school’s efforts to promote healthy eating or active living. Simply submit, to D.C. Hunger Solutions, a photo with a caption, a student drawing, a poem, an article, a video, a recap of program or special event, or anything else that captures your school’s efforts.

Complete the entry form and submit it, along with any of the items listed above, to D.C. Hunger Solutions by June 30, 2011.

D.C Hunger Solutions applauds the efforts of D.C. Public Schools and charter schools to improve student wellness this year by implementing the D.C Healthy Schools Act.  We have seen great strides toward reducing the rates of childhood obesity through healthier eating and improved physical activity at schools.  We want to share these achievements with other schools in the District and across the nation by recognizing Healthy Schools Heroes who have creatively promoted healthy eating and physical activity. For more information on the awards, visit the D.C. Healthy Schools Act site.


6. DDOT Announces Changes to Application Process for Summer School Transit Subsidy Program

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced it is changing the application process for the 2011 Summer School Transit Subsidy Program to effectively handle the volume of student applications that are received during the summer.   Through the new process, all student travel application paperwork and cards will be handled directly at the school level.  Schools will be collecting the applications and submitting them directly to DDOT to expedite the processing procedure. 

The following is important information about the program for students and parents:


  • The school transit subsidy program offices located at the Reeves Center will no longer be accepting those applications that are brought in-person for processing. 
  • All enrolled students requiring Metro travel must complete a Student Travel Card Application from their summer school site.  
  • Students not enrolled in a full time summer school program are not eligible for subsidized student travel.  
  • Students with paid summer employment such as participants in the Summer Youth Employment Program are not eligible. 
  • All applications must be turned in at your summer school site for processing. Walk-in applications will not be accepted.


District law mandates that in order for students to receive discounted travel on Metrobus and Metrorail students must meet all of the following qualifications:

1.    Under 19 years of age with the exception of student with disabilities who are eligible until 22 years of age;
2.    Resident of the District; and
3.    Enrolled in an elementary or secondary public, charter, private or parochial school that is located in the District of Columbia.
4.    If students are in an internship program during the summer, the internship program must be non-paid. Students being paid to work do not qualify for summer travel subsidies.

For more information about the School Transit Subsidy Program, please call 202-673-1740.

DC Charter School Support Organization Notices


7. Register now for the 2nd Annual DC Data Summit – July 12th

Building on the success of the 1st Annual DC Data Summit, held in July 2010, FOCUS, Achievement Network, New Leaders for New Schools, and Teach for America will host the 2nd Annual DC Data Summit on July 12, 2011 at Gallaudet University. Workshops will focus on “How Performance Management is Used to Improve Instruction” and will be geared towards charter leaders, teachers, and data managers. Multiple workshop options will allow participants to learn about topics they find most interesting. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and participants are invited to a complementary networking happy hour at the end of the day. Register now at www.focusdc.org/datasummit. Email rsvp@focusdc.org or call (202) 387-0405.

8. Charter School Start Up Seminars

Want more educational options? Start a public charter school! Parents, teachers, and community organizations have started great public charter schools. You can too! FOCUS will hold two more charter school start-up seminars – be sure to attend one to learn about the assistance available to start your own charter school. Both seminars are from 5-7pm, on June 28th or August 10th. Cost is $20 per person. To register, email rsvp@focusdc.org.

Special Opportunities and Events for School Leaders/Staff/Students


9. Community Nights at Spy Museum 

The Spy Museum invites the local community to join us for Community Nights, our monthly FREE event. The mission of Community Nights is to spread goodwill and reach underserved communities. In addition to FREE admission to the museum, guests have the opportunity to test their spy skills with our fun filled spy activities.

Join the Spy Museum as we celebrate summer reading and kick off the Summer season. Decorate our spy summer mural, create your own tulip garden and join our book giveaway by participating in a museum scavenger hunt. Guests receive a 15% discount off books from our Spy store. Other activities include spy trivia and face painting. Activities will take place 5-7pm .

When: June 29, 2011

Time: 5-8pm

Special Guests: Community of Hope

For over 30 years, Community of Hope has provided hope and stability to low-income and homeless adults and children in DC by providing healthcare and housing with supportive services.

In participation with the DC Public Library and WPGC 95.5

*Register online at www.spymuseum.org or contact Adriana Licon, 202.654.0964 for large parties

*For more information on Community of Hope please visit