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Muriel Bowser Ward 4



John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004


Phone: (202) 727-2643
Email: muriel.bowser@dc.gov

Chief of Staff:
John Falcicchio

City Administrator:
Rashad Young

Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel:
Ronald R. Ross

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry
Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Lamont Akins

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services:
Julia Irving

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December 19, 2019 | Vol. 5, Issue 51

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

Earlier this week, at a Families First DC event, I was, as I am often, reminded of the values that make Washington, DC the city we love to call home. At its core, Families First DC is a celebration of community—a reminder that, along the way, we all need some support from family, friends, and neighbors. 

During the holiday season, I am particularly proud of how often people in our city come together to support each other. I saw it at today's senior holiday celebration. I saw it at our Home for the Holidays event. I saw it at our Families First DC event. I see it all the time at groundbreakings, in schools, and in the work of the 37,000 DC Government employees I am proud to lead.

All year, across all eight wards, I see members of our community living our DC values, doing their part to build a more equitable and inclusive Washington, DC. This holiday season, I am grateful to be part of such a caring community, and I look forward to building on our progress in the New Year.

I hope your holidays are filled with love and joy.

Happy Holidays,

Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

My School DC Lottery Now Open

My School DC Lottery

The My School DC lottery application for school year 2020-2021 is now open. My School DC is the city’s common application and public school lottery for DC Public Schools (DCPS) and the majority of public charter schools (grades PK3-12). 

Families must use the My School DC lottery application to apply to:

  • DCPS PK3 / PK4 programs (including programs at in-boundary DCPS schools); 
  • DCPS citywide and out-of-boundary schools (PK3-12);
  • DCPS selective high schools (9-12); and 
  • all participating public charter schools (PK3-12)

The application deadlines are February 3, 2020 for grades 9-12 and March 2, 2020 for grades PK3-8. 

Have questions or need help with your application? Call the My School DC hotline at (202) 888-6336, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or email info.myschooldc@dc.gov.

For more information and to apply, go to www.myschooldc.org.

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DPR Winter Break Camp

Winter Wonder Camp

Parents can still register for the Department of Parks and Recreation's (DPR) Winter Wondercamp. Winter Wondercamp will run Thursday, December 26 through Tuesday, December 31. The camp is for children ages 6-12 years old and will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at recreation centers across DC. 

Learn more about availability and register HERE

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Call 311 to Make a Christmas Tree Collection Appointment

Christmas Tree Collection

This holiday season, Christmas trees and holiday greenery will be collected by appointment from DPW-serviced households between December 27, 2019 and January 31, 2020. Items collected during this period will be composted, thus helping to support the District’s waste reduction efforts.

Only residents in single family homes and apartment buildings with three or fewer units are eligible for this service. Residents must call 311 between December 27 and January 10 to make their appointment.

Learn more HERE.

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Register for the Fresh Start 5K

Fresh Start 5K

On January 1, 2020, join Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC residents at the scenic Anacostia Park for the 2020 #FITDC Fresh Start 5K!

The Mayor is inviting people of all ages to join us for this fun fitness activity. Whether you want to run, walk, or just cheer folks on, this will be a fun event for all! Same-day registration and packet pickup begin at 9:00 a.m. and the Fresh Start 5K Walk/Run begins at 10:00 am.

Learn more HERE.

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A District Minute

district minute video

This week’s District Minute features stories about the new Family Success Centers in Wards 7 and 8, EdFEST, and the Lafayette Recreation Center groundbreaking

Pathways to the Middle Class: Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, Mental Health Specialist

Pathways to the Middle Class

The mission of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) is to provide court-involved youth the opportunity to become more productive residents by building on the strengths of youth and their families in the least restrictive, most home-like environment consistent with public safety.

DYRS has an opening for a Mental Health Specialist. This position serves as a member of the clinical multi-disciplinary treatment team, which develops, implements, and supports a comprehensive treatment and service plan for any youth and their family identified as needing behavioral health services. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement.

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