The neighborhood party is almost here! Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 9. Join all your neighborhood friends at Lincoln Park – 7:30-8:15 AM.
- An open forum to talk to area parents who bike with children of all ages
- Bicycles and equipment available at local bike shops to help parents bike safely with their children
- Free classes with WABA instructors to teach basic riding skills to children, including a special class on group riding skills for families that are interested in forming “biketrains” for children to ride to and from school in groups
- A performance of “Squirrels on Bikes,” a new bike-themed puppet show by the Flying Fox Puppet Theater
- The opportunity for parents to “Swap or Sell” their gently used family biking equipment
- Free bike repair clinics from The Bike House
Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization
J.O. Wilson Elementary School
660 K Street, NE –Library, 2nd floor
February 21, 2012 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
1) Safe Routes to School, Jennifer Heffernan, District DOT
**Congratulations to Brent ES, as Feb 21 was the debut of the Brent Safety Patrols!
First Annual National Bike to School Day is on May 9, Wednesday.
– Supported by DDoT (giveaways will be available to participating schools)
– Soon, schools can register to participate via WWW.Walktoschool.org – (the site is currently being redesigned to provide more biking related material)
– Brainstormed around idea of having a pitstop at Lincoln Park, rather than a W2SD type of party. Plan to record the participants and recognize the schools who participate (maybe shout outs to the schools with most participants). Have multiple pit stops, as long as there are volunteers to ‘man’ them.
– ACTION: Sandra M. to reach out to CHPSPO schools to see who is willing to volunteer to organize pit stops and where.
ABCs of Family Bicycling on Sat, April 21st, 11AM-2PM @ Logan parking lot (215 G St., NE) (rain date is following day).
– Kiddical Mass
– Families w/ experience biking will give demos, showing gear
– Bike shops will show gear
– Bicycle skills rodeo
– Bicycle train training (teach skills re: riding in group safely), followed by group ride
– ACTION: Jennifer H. to add to program – how to secure your bikes
– ACTION: CHPSPO will get event into Hill Rag
Bike Racks and Safe Routes to Eliot Hine
– Q: do all schools on Hill have full complement of bike racks? – ACTION: Jennifer to look into those bike racks installed in last year or so.
– Q: Could DDOT look into Safe Routes to Eliot-Hine? ACTION: Jennifer to look into this – Suzanne to connect Jennifer w/ Eliot-Hine
2) Community Parade, Apollo:
– Parade likely 11AM-12PM, in April or May
– To include schools, clubs, teams, music
– ACTION: CHPSPO to reach out to Capitol Hill Classic and Laps for Lincoln organizers; Apollo to flesh out theme/focus of parade
3) Mindful Parenting Workshops, Steven Seiden
– Therapist-led sharing environment w/in parents to feel like we can problem-solve issues and have support and connect
– Eventually, peer-led
– Goal is to make this a DCPS parent-engagement program
– Opening up this opportunity to all Ward 6 schools. On March 9 and March 23 9:30-11 AM (or 1:30-3:00PM); ideally, at each school
– ACTION: Steve to write up invite to circulate to schools
4) IFF Study Discussion: http://dme.dc.gov/DC/DME/Publication%20Files/IFF_Final_Report.pdf
– ACTION: ALL -read and encourage individuals to write letters to encourage Chancellor and Deputy Mayor not to look at this study, but rather at the work that is going on in schools and communities.
– ACTION: Suzanne to circulate DeShawn Wright’s response to IFF.
5) Discussion of 2012 CHPSPO Priorities, All
– Bring Principals (+ LSAT; PTAs) of middle schools together to identify where they think the community can help
– Reference to Heather’s pitch in example: need to know what volunteer needs are at the school
- Bring PTA leadership together from MS to figure out how to get them more active; bring PTA feeders together w/ MS PTAs
- Have a list of ways we think we can help that principals can consider
– Living room chats w/ feeder families
- Also set expectations
– Leading Tours for Parents
– Have schools hold PTA meetings at EH
– Request from DCPS accountability around MS plan
– Elementary school events at EH (ex: art show of feeder elementary schools at EH)
– Re-engage the collaboration teams
– ACTION: Suzanne to reach out to Principals and PTA presidents to meet w/ CHPSPO/feeders
– Elliot-Hine collaboration team meets first Wednesday of the Month at 5:30 PM @ Parent Resource Center at Eliot Hine
– Eliot Hine PTA = 3rd Thursday of the Month
Next CHPSPO Meeting: March 20, 2012
March 10, Alchemy of Great Taste, Tyler Fundraiser
March 17, School Within School Jazz Gala and Auction
March 24, Maury at the Market, Maury Fundraiser
March 24, A Taste of the Hill, Brent Fundraiser
April 27, A Montessori Night’s Dream, Capitol Hill Montessori @ Logan Fundraiser
Visit CHPSPO on the web at http://chpspo.org
Michael Goodno, Bicycle Program Specialist
District Department of Transportation
55 M Street, SE, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20003
October 18, 2011
Dear Mr. Goodno,
As members of the Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization (CHPSPO), we are writing to express our enthusiastic support of the District of Columbia’s (DC) commitment to providing creative, sustainable, and altogether green transportation options for the residents of DC.
CHPSPO is made up of PTA members, principals and interested community members from the elementary and middle schools on Capitol Hill. CHPSPO’s mission is to promote cooperation among the parent organizations of the public schools on Capitol Hill in order to improve the education received by all children attending our schools. Among our endeavors, we pursue a number of efforts to make our schools and community healthy, safe and environmentally conscious. As an example of our commitment to supporting a ‘green community’, representatives from our schools coordinated our annual Walk and Bike to School Day celebration at Lincoln Park, which drew over 300 participants from local schools.
It has come to our attention that there are several bicycle lanes under consideration for Ward 6, which would help to create safe routes to our schools. We support the DDoT Bicycle Master Plan and ask for your support in implementing these proposed lanes with urgency. We look to DDoT to consider safe bicycle routes leading to schools and routes that work safely for families residing in and outside of Ward 6.
Each year, our school populations grow in number and we hope to encourage our families to commit to choosing bicycles or walking to get to schools. In order for this to take hold, we need to ensure our families and community have safe routes for cyclists and pedestrians to transit.
Our community meets monthly and we invite you to join us to further discuss this.
We look forward to your support in this matter and thank you for your time and attention.
The members of CHPSPO
Click here: CHPSPO Bicycle Lanes to see original letter and signatures.