PTSA Newsletter – 11/2/2017

Mark your calendars! 

No school for students tomorrow for Parent Teacher Conference Day.

There’s no school the following Fridays:
  • November 3 – Parent Teacher Conference Day
  • November 10 – Veteran’s Day
  • November 24 – Thanksgiving Break
  • December 1 – Professional Development Day
  • December 22 – Winter Break
  • December 29 – Winter Break

PTA is currently looking for a Volunteer Coordinator to help organize and recruit parent and community volunteers.  If you would like to take the lead on this, please contact Carolyn Bowen.  Any and all help is appreciated.

“Many hands make light work” ~ John Heywood

Every Thursday at 9:00 am there will be a prospective parent open house for new families.  We would love to have at least one parent volunteer to attend these sessions to answer any questions from a parent’s prospective.  If you’re available please contact Carolyn Bowen.

Raising “I Can” Kids
Maury Elementary
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
6:15 – 7:15 pm 

Who:  The Maury Elementary Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Committee is sponsoring a workshop for parents on raising “I Can” Kids.  The Parent Encouragement Program (PEP), based in Montgomery County, will lead the workshop.  PEP is a nonprofit, educational organization established in 1982 that provides classes and educational resources to parents and all who care for children, toddlers through teens.

What:  The workshop will focus on strategies to increase your child’s sense of feeling connected, capable, competent, and courageous.  A child’s “I Can Quotient” is a useful measure that can replace the traditional IQ, according to psychotherapist Betty Lou Bettner.  It includes the qualities that predict a child’s ability to thrive in life.

Where:  Maury Library, 2nd floor of Maury Elementary: 1250 Constitution Ave. NE (entrance is on 13th Street NE; go up the stairs to the library)

RSVP (and any Questions):  Please RSVP to  Last minute arrivals okay too!

DC Public Schools Announces Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Hearing

As required by District of Columbia law, DC Public Schools’ Chancellor Wilson and senior leadership will convene a public hearing to hear from the public about the upcoming Fiscal Year 2019 budget.  The hearing will be held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 6 – 8 pm at Stuart-Hobson Middle School, located at 410 E Street, NE.

Members of the public who are interested in testifying should register online no later than 3 pm on Friday, November 10, 2017.  For questions or concerns, please contact the DCPS School Funding Team at (202) 442-5112 or

Building DC’s School Report Card: Community Survey

Help build DC’s school report card by completing the following survey:

Your survey responses will help to build a school report card that will become a resource tool for parents and families as you make important decisions about your child’s education.

Chancellor Community Forums

Throughout this school year, the Chancellor will share updates on the new strategic plan and ask for your help and feedback at monthly Chancellor Community Forums, held throughout the city.  During these sessions, there will be a chance for parents and community members to engage directly with leaders designing the work to share your interests and ideas related to our initiatives.  Please take a look at the dates and locations below for an opportunity to provide feedback and help inform the implementation of the district’s strategic priorities and initiatives.  Light refreshments, child care, and interpretation services will be provided at all sessions:

  • November 2 – Open House 9am
  • November 3 – Parent/Teacher Conference Day:  No school for students
  • November 9 – Fall Field Day
  • November 9 – Open House 9am
  • November 10 – Veterans Day:  No school for students, teachers and staff
  • November 15 – PTA Meeting 6pm
  • November 23 – 24 – Thanksgiving Break:  No school for students, teachers and staff
  • November 30 – Open House 9am