News from Mayor Muriel Bowser: Attendance Awareness Month

Muriel Bowser Ward 4

John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Phone: (202) 727-2643

Chief of Staff:
John Falcicchio

City Administrator:
Rashad Young

Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel:
Mark Tuohey

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry
Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Charon Hines

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services:
Tommie Jones
Scheduling Requests:

September 8, 2016 | Vol. 2, Issue 34

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

We know that good school attendance is essential to student achievement. Currently, far too many of our students - starting as early as kindergarten - are chronically absent. That is why this September, the District is participating in Attendance Awareness Montha nationwide effort that highlights the important connection between school attendance and academic achievement

Research has shown that missing 10 percent or more of school for any reason is a proven predictor of academic problems and increased dropout rates. Fortunately, when schools, families and communities work together to intervene early, chronic absenteeism can be reduced and we can keep our students on track to graduate college and career ready.

In recognition of this data, my Administration has launched the Every Day Counts! attendance campaign. This year, students and schools making the most improvement citywide will be rewarded with end-of-year celebrations and field trip opportunities.

Check out to find citywide attendance policies, resources and activities to address attendance challenges, and help me spread the message that every day counts! 


Muriel Bowser

ICYMI: Last week, we released our 18 Month Progress Report. Read it HERE.

In This Week's Newsletter:

Stat of the Week


Download the "Stat of the Week" and share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #everydaycounts.

Upcoming #202Creates Events


Throughout September, we are celebrating the diversity of the District's creative economy and the many people who make DC such a great place to live, work and play. 

Upcoming Events:

September 8: Community Collective Photography Showcase

September 8 - 18: DC Shorts Film Festival

September 9: Sonic Circuits Festival: Fringe Music and FLY BY LIGHT Free Screening

September 10: 202 FestivalDC Wine FestBreak the Internet Festival and SATCHMO at the Waldorf 

September 12: Okie Fest

September 13: Don't Stop the Music Open Crew Call

September 14: #brownbagdc Book Chat

Go to to see a list of all the events we have lined up. 

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#FreddieDaFireTruck Will Return!

family fun


Last week, the Bowser Administration hosted a Family Fun Day at Walter Pierce Park. 

A week after the park made news for its missing fire truck playground equipment, community members came together to celebrate with popcorn, the popular FEMS fire engine slide and Fire Engine Truck #21 and its firefighters. At the event, we announced the good news that during the week of September 19, #FreddieDaFireTruck will make his triumphant return to Walter Pierce Park. 

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DC Welcomes the National Action Network


This week, the National Action Network (NAN) held its annual Legislative and Policy Conference, themed “From Demonstration to Legislation,” on Criminal Justice and Voting Rights. On Tuesday, Mayor Bowser represented the U.S. Conference of Mayors as a member of their Advisory Board and welcomed NAN to the District. In their welcome remarks, both Mayor Bowser and Reverend Al Sharpton spoke about the importance of DC statehood.

You can learn more about what happened at the conference by searching #NANLPC16 on social media.

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Learn About DC's Foster Care and Adoption Program



Want to learn more about adopting or fostering children and teens in DC? The DC Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) is holding an informational session at the Lamond-Riggs Library on Tuesday, September 13. Representatives from CFSA will be on site from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m to answer questions and provide an overview of DC's Foster and Adoption Program. 

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Chinese Movie Night & Mid-Autumn Festival

fun night

On Friday, September 16, the DC Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA) will host the last event of its second annual Chinatown Park Start Fresh! summer series.

Free and fun for all ages, the evening will start at 7:00 p.m. with the Mid-Autumn Festival, featuring a balloon artist, arts and crafts, mooncake distribution, Chinese snack tasting and more. Jackie Chan's "Monkey King: Hero Is Back" will play at 8:00 p.m.

RSVP for this event HERE.

Pathways to the Middle Class: Child and Family Services Agency, Social Worker

job of the week

The DC Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) is the public child welfare agency in the District of Columbia responsible for protecting child victims and those at risk of abuse and neglect and assisting their families. CFSA works to improve the safety, permanence and well-being of abused and neglected children in the District of Columbia and to strengthen their families.

CFSA has an opening for a Social Worker. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement.  

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