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Park View School Cafeteria Replacement Project Moving Forward

November 21, 2016

At a School Improvement Team meeting held on November 2nd (minutes here), it was confirmed that $11.2M has been dedicated to replace and upgrade the cafeteria at the Bruce Monroe @ Park View Elementary School. The project was delayed in part due to a lot of turnover at the Department of General Services, both on the procurement and project management side. As a result, DGS has decided to execute in a more efficient way — Design-Build. This is when the architect and construction company are brought on together, which allows the design, planning, pricing, permitting, and construction to move quicker. The cafeteria kitchen expansion project is expected to increase the dining area for students and cooking space for staff.

At the time of this posting, the RFP had not been issued, but is expected to be issued any day. Interested neighbors can check the  Bruce Monroe @ Park View School Modernization Web page for updates.

NRHP Park View School(The Park View elementary school at 3560 Warder Street, NW)

More Improvements Headed for Park View School

January 21, 2016
Bruce-Monroe @ Park View Elementary, located on Warder Street.

Bruce-Monroe @ Park View Elementary, located on Warder Street.

A core group of School Improvement Team members met at the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View school last night to begin discussing additional improvements to the school. Among those in attendance were teachers and school administrators, representatives from DCPS and DGS, Councilmember Nadeau, Commissioner Boese, and a few parents. The primary purpose of the meeting was to set expectations for future meetings and to begin the dialogue to determine what improvements should be made.

The school currently has a budget of roughly $5.7 Million  to put towards design and construction. There will also be a River Smart Grant available in 2017, though the amount is not yet known but probably won’t be for more than around one to two hundred thousand dollars.

While a project high on the priority list for the school is a renovated cafeteria and parking lot, it was shared that the money needed for that project would be around $10 Million. To begin the conversation, Patrick Davis of the DC Public Schools shared a list of potential projects with the group (below).


As part of the discussion, it was noted that there is a strong desire to finish the modernization of the school, and that the cafeteria is a high priority. The homework given to DCPS prior to the next SIT meeting is to compile a complete list of projects required to consider the Park View School building as fully modernized, along with cost estimates for those projects. While the SIT currently needs to make a decision for the use of the $5.7M, it is also interested in knowing what funding is needed to finish the modernization. The first phase of modernizing the building was completed in Summer 2012.

New Crowd-Funding Resource for Supporters of Bruce-Monroe @ Park View

September 15, 2015

Guest post from Sarah Sorscher:

bmpv funding imageI wanted to share a new crowd-funding resource with the Park View community that allows parents, community members, and supporters of education everywhere to fund classrooms at Park View’s local elementary school, Bruce-Monroe Elementary at Park View.

Teachers at BMPV cannot solicit donations directly from parents because of federal regulations meant to protect low-income families from being asked to pay added costs when attending school. But these teachers have many deserving ideas for projects, field-trips, and other resource-intensive activities. Often, teachers pay out-of-pocket to make these ideas possible.

Now there is a new crowd-funding resource available to BMPV teachers: The current projects for BMPV teachers are listed below. Please consider donating to a worthy local teacher as a way to support our neighborhood school.

Maribel Bravo’s Classroom

Grade(s) Pre-K

Need Pre-K, early learning

Luis Pozo-Lin’s Classroom

Grade(s) 2nd Grade

Need Literacy, reading materials

Jenna Paoletti’s Classroom

Subject Music

Need Arts and music education

Jaytzanie Rivera Andino’s Classroom

Grade(s) Kindergarten

Need Pre-K, early learning

Marlen Joglar’s Classroom

Grade(s) Pre-K

Need Pre-K, early learning

Bruce-Monroe @ Park View May Soon Have Operational Elevator

September 15, 2014


In visiting Bruce-Monroe @ Park View Elementary School last Friday, I was able to see the progress of the new elevator that is being installed. Judging from what I was able to observe and the conversation, the elevator could be finished in the next week or so. Then the elevator will need to pass its inspection before it can be officially placed in service.

I also learned that the lifts that are planned to provide ADA access to the cafeteria and gymnasium are still in the planning process. I’ll be following up with DGS to learn more about when work will begin with them.

It’s nice to see the elevator nearing completion. I began working on this in January 2014 after learning that the school had an immediate need to provide access for one of their students. The funding was identified from FY14 funds and therefore not represented in the FY 15 budget.


1st Annual Bruce-Monroe @ Park View Community Day a Success

June 23, 2014

On Saturday, June 21st, the Bruce-Monroe at Park View school had their first annual Community Fair Day. The day started with a parade from the former Bruce-Monroe site to their current school on Warder Street and Park View Recreation Center. This was followed by the community fair at the recreation center.

Commissioners Bobby Holmes and Kent Boese

Commissioners Bobby Holmes and Kent Boese

ANC1A Commissioners Bobby Holmes and Kent Boese participated in the parade and fair as did many others in the neighborhood. Khalia Smalley, the 6-year-old girl who was one of the two recent shooting victims at Park Morton, was the Grand Marshal and led the parade.

The parade began at Georgia and Irving and wound through the Park Morton playground on its way to the Park View Recreation Center.

Despite the rainy weather the event was well attended and a success. Much appreciation goes out to the school’s principal, Dr. Palacios, and the entire Bruce-Monroe at Park View community for organizing this event.

The Washington Post also covered the event. You can read the Post’s article here:

IMG_6763(Grand Marshal Khalia Smalley ready to get things started at the old Bruce-Monroe site)

IMG_6775(Dr. Palacios and Khalia Smalley leading the parade through the Park Morton playground).

IMG_6777(The Park View Recreation Center included a moon bounce and a water slide)

1st Annual Bruce-Monroe at Park View Community Fair Day This Saturday

June 17, 2014

This coming Saturday, June 21, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. our local elementary school — Bruce-Monroe at Park View — will be having their first annual Community Fair Day to celebrate the end of school (see flyer below).

The day will begin with a parade that will start at the old Bruce-Monroe site and end at the current school/Park View Rec Center. The parade is scheduled to occur between 10:00-10:50 a.m. and will commence from the old Bruce-Monroe site on Georgia Ave. and go up Warder Street. From 11:00-11:30 a.m. the school’s principal, Dr. Palacios, and the administration will address the community and officially open Fair Day 2014.

The entire community is invited to participate. The Fair will have food for sale, a Moon Bounce/Water Slide, Free Activities, face painting, Tye-Dye, and performances from the students.

Lastly, I understand that the school is still in need of community volunteers to help with set-up/take down of the games and running one of the booths. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Dual Language Program Teacher Maribel Bravo at Maribel (dot) Bravo (at)

BMPV Fair Day

Another Successful Family Night at the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View School

June 6, 2014
Commissioner Boese with dual language teacher Jackie Jaffe at the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View Elementary School Family Night.

Commissioner Boese with dual language teacher Jackie Jaffe at the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View Elementary School Family Night.

Yesterday the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View (BMPV) Elementary School had another successful Family Night. The school generally has a family night about every other month. If you aren’t a parent of a BMPV student, or haven’t had the opportunity to experience a family night before, they are set up to run for about two hours ending with a meal in the cafeteria. Each family night has several tables with stations that have educational themes. As students visit and participate in each station, they get their “passport” stamped with a sticker. The validated passport grants entrance to the cafeteria.

The themes/participants of yesterdays stations are below:

Social Studies

  • Playworks/Character building
  • Neighborhood Walking Tours (which I hosted and handed out Park View tour brochures)
  • President Lincoln’s Cottage


  • Park View Recreation Center
  • Colored Lights
  • Habitat Dioramas
  • Layers of the Earth
  • Seasons


  • Symmetry
  • Measurement
  • Shapes Bingo

Language Arts

  • DC Public Library
  • Achieve Tutoring
  • Pencil Design (with Ward1 School Board candidate David Do)
  • Technical sound Boards with Create
  • “Elephant and Piggy” Puppets
  • Poetry!

It was a a fun event at which I really enjoyed meeting the schools faculty, parents, and students.

Bruce Monroe Park View Family Night(A very well attended Family Night as parents and students go from station to station)

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