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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)

Open House Week at Bruce Monroe at Park View

October 21, 2013
The Park View School building

The Park View School building at 3560 Warder Street

Bruce-Monroe Elementary at Park View is hosting a series of three open houses this week to show prospective parents and other community members the modernized Park View School building and describe the school’s bilingual curriculum and programing. For the first time, the school will be holding one of its open house sessions on a Saturday at the request of families that have work conflicts during the school day. There will also be two sessions on Wednesday, which will include classroom visits to observe teachers interacting with students. Here are the times for the open house sessions:

Open House Week
Bruce-Monroe at Park View

3560 Warder St NW, Washington DC
Wed, October 23rd, 10am – 12pm and 3:30 – 5pm

Sat, October 26th, 10am – 12pm

The new Bruce-Monroe at Park View website is also up and running:

Pre-Construction Community Meeting This Saturday, June 9th

June 7, 2012

Construction on the Phase 1 Modernization project for the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View School will begin in earnest on June 16th, after the last day of classes on June 15th. The construction contractor has already begun on selected preparatory activities, for example, dismantling and removal of the old boilers.

Construction activities are expected to be in full swing throughout the summer to ready the school for the start of the school year this fall. As construction in urban environments by their very nature can be disruptive, the Department of General Services has agreed that a meeting to provide ‘Construction Phase Information’ to the community is very timely.

The meeting has been set for this Saturday, June 9th, at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held in the school’s auditorium. See flyer below:


Modernization Plans for Park View School Move Forward — Absent Community Input

May 23, 2012

Version of the school entrance given to the Historic Preservation Review Board on May 15, 2012

Last Wednesday (May 16), I met with the Historic Preservation Office to discuss pending landmark nominations in the Park View neighborhood, and was surprised to see a different version of the planned modernization (dated May 15, 2012)  of the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View School than the one presented to the School Improvement Team on March 20th. Overall, I agree with some of the changes and think others don’t go far enough. Still, I’m not overly happy that there has been no outreach or presentation to the greater community since January 28, 2012 — which seems to be the reason we have School Improvement Teams.

Additionally, without communication from the Department of General Services, it is difficult to tell if these are final drawings or proposals. Where I’m particularly concerned is that the community was promised at least one more public meeting in addition to the one on January 28th. I’ve been attempting to accomplish exactly that with DGS since April but without success thus far.

Given that work is supposed to begin when school gets out, we are quickly running out of time for DGS to keep its commitment. They have been invited to make a presentation at the June 13th ANC 1A meeting.

Version of entrance presented to the School Improvement Team on March 20, 2012


Target to Give Park View’s Elementary School $15,000 Grant

May 9, 2012

Recently, Target announced it had plans to invest more than $12 million to local schools across the country. The donations will impact 150 in-need schools and 75,000 students across the country through the 2012 Target School Library Makeover program.

According to a representative from Target that contacted me, the  Bruce-Monroe @ Park View Elementary School  will receive one of the $15,000 grants. The grant will help the school obtain Spanish-language books for their library.

In addition to Bruce-Monroe @ Park View, two other D.C.  area schools will also be receiving grants. The other two schools are Manor View Elementary and Garfield Elementary.

Lastly, Target will show its continued support of the Target School Library Makeover program’s previous library makeover recipients by donating $15,000 reading grants, for a total of $1.5 million, to more than 100 schools across the country. Target is committed to giving $1 billion for education by 2015.


‘Final’ Modernization Plans for the Park View School Still Falls Short in Some Areas

April 19, 2012

A few weeks ago I was finally presented with the ‘final’ schematic design (March 23, 2012) for the modernization of the Park View school. I haven’t had the chance to fully digest all of the information in the 67 page presentation yet … but overall they seem good even if they still fall short in a few key areas. Those areas of concern are:

  • Despite interest from the school and a Resolution from ANC 1A requesting the school be co-located with the neighboring recreation center, the plan for the ground floor physical education spaces do not adequately provide for this eventuality;
  • The plan for the outdoor green spaces of the school continue to be devoted nearly entirely to playground equipment — again something that is not necessary with an adjoining recreation center; and,
  • The repurposing of the auditorium’s balcony for a Welcome Center has still not been adequately explained to me — nor the purpose of such a space and how it is intended to be used. My request to see similar spaces in other elementary schools has gone unanswered.

The School Improvement Team (SIT) process is supposed to include all community stakeholders in an attempt to build consensus in the school modernization process. As this has not occurred with the planning for the Park View school, I have impressed upon the Department of General Services that further community outreach and feedback is necessary — incorporating changes to the plan if required.

Finally, the SIT process would also be an appropriate venue to discuss what an acceptable name for the school should be. This is especially important for the Park View school since the current name of “Bruce-Monroe Elementary School @ Park View” is unwieldy and was forced upon the neighborhood without any public comment or review.


Shop at Giant and Help Bruce-Monroe @ Park View School

March 14, 2012

Here’s an opportunity for Parents, Families and Friends of the Bruce Monroe @ Park View to make a difference just by shopping at Giant. The following is the text from a letter from the school:

Now through March 29, 2012 Bruce Monroe @ Park View will have the opportunity to earn cash through Giant A+ School Rewards Program. We only have a few weeks left this month and we will be asking you to register again next September.

All you have to do is:

Log on to to register online


Dial 1-877-275-2758 to register your card over the phone

After you register your card, each shopping trip at Giant using your GIANT CARD earns CASH for our school!  Each month, the amount of CASH awarded will be updated on the Giant website. You can track the amount of points you earn for our school by checking your grocery receipt and online when you create an account at Our school will receive a check at the end of the program. The money can be used for any of our school’s educational needs.

Remember, even if you registered your card last year, you must re-register this year for our school to receive credit. Attending to this simple process makes a HUGE difference to our school. We need your support.

Please be sure to register your card to benefit Bruce Monroe @ Park View using ID #00002.


Also, don’t forget to encourage your friends

and relatives to do the same!


Photos of Leland Melvin and Space Shuttle Tile at Bruce-Monroe @ Park View

March 8, 2012

Readers may recall that Leland Melvin, NASA’s associate administrator for education and a former space shuttle astronaut, presented a space shuttle tile to the Bruce Monroe at Park View School on February 27,  2012. I was finally able to get some photographs of the event and am sharing them here.

Leland Melvin presenting Space Shuttle tile to the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View School (NASA photo)

Leland Melvin with children from the school (NASA Photo)


Bruce-Monroe @ Park View Presented Space Shuttle Tile by Leland Melvin

February 28, 2012

Space shuttle tile

According to a NASA press release, yesterday, February 27,  2012, Leland Melvin, NASA’s associate administrator for education and a former space shuttle astronaut, presented a space shuttle tile to the Bruce Monroe at Park View School and spoke to the students.

During the presentation, Melvin shared his experiences as a crew member aboard the space shuttle Atlantis on two missions, STS-122 in 2008 and STS-129 in 2009. He also discussed NASA careers, including how to become an astronaut, and the opportunities available to students who pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies.

NASA’s education programs employ the agency’s many missions to inspire learners of all ages. The space shuttle tile program is an example of how the agency uses its unique assets to engage student audiences.


Park View Kids Zone & DC Cares Hosting Clean-Up at Bruce Monroe @ Park View, Monday 1/16/12

January 13, 2012

For those of you who have the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday off, here is an opportunity for you to get involved in the community and serve. On Monday, January 16th, the Park View Kids zone and DC Cares will be participating in the National Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They will be hosting a clean-up day at Bruce Monroe @ Park View Elementary School (3560 Warder St NW) on Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Activities will include painting murals and doing some much needed clean-up projects at the school. All volunteers, parents, children, teens and neighbors are invited to join and serve our school in honor of Dr. King!

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

For more information, contact Angela Strange. Ang.Strange(at), 615-496-0834,


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