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Bruce-Monroe @ Park View School Organizes Climate March & Host’s Fall Fundraiser

September 24, 2019

Climate March

Here are some updates about what’s been happening at the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View Elementary School on Warder Street.

On Friday, September 19th, the school organized a climate march around Park View. Grades 2 through 5 participated, they made signs, and chanted a chant that they had made up – “hey hey, here we are, we’re supposed to save the world.” See the photo below.

Fall Fundraiser

The School is also in the process of their Fall Fundraising Campaign. Those wanting to participate can do so at

The fundraising goal is $7,000.

Here is an example of how the money from last year’s fundraiser was used:
Last year’s fundraiser supported the 3rd-grade’s 2019 field trip to Flag Ponds Nature Park and Battle Creek Cypress Swamp County Sanctuary in Calvert County, Maryland.

In just one day, the schools budding 3rd grade scientists:

  • searched for sharks teeth and Miocene fossils on a pristine Chesapeake Bay beach;
  • seined for fish and arthropods;
  • learned about the bay’s habitats and became environmental stewards by collecting trash;
  • hiked a rare cypress swamp to witness its unique ecosystem; and,
  • participated in a live animal show featuring a rescued Maryland terrapin, a king rat snake, and an owl.

Afterwards, students tested the pH level of water samples collected from Battle Creek, and compared them with water samples collected during a prior trip to the Anacostia River.

The trip was the culmination of a school year’s worth of science trips and programming that included field trips to the Children’s Science Center in Fairfax and the Anacostia River with the Anacostia Watershed Society and participation in an EcoRise grant to improve our school’s indoor air quality.

Park View Crime Meeting & Navigating the D.C. School Lottery Wednesday Night, Starting at 6:30 pm

January 2, 2018

Two meetings have been scheduled for Wednesday evening at the Park View Rec Center.

In response to the several shootings that have occurred in the neighborhood over the past three weeks, a crime meeting has been schedule for 6:30. the details are below:

Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau is holding a community meeting tomorrow with the Commanders of the police districts covering Park View to discuss recent shootings in the area and the police response. The meeting will be held before the regularly scheduled Park View UNC meeting tomorrow evening.

What: Community Meeting with MPD about recent shootings in Park View
Who: Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, MPD 3D Commander Stuart Emerman, MPD 4D Commander Wilfredo Manlapaz
When: Wednesday January 3, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Park View Recreation Center (693 Otis Pl NW)

This will be followed by the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Park View UNC, which will focus on the D.C. School Lottery process. The full announcement for the UNC meeting is below:

Are you navigating the DC school lottery for the first time? Are you a successful lottery navigator with advice to share?

Join the Park View United Neighborhood Coalition (UNC) for an informative meeting about the ins and outs of the lottery. A representative from My School DC — the common application/lottery system for all of the District’s public schools, including public charter schools and neighborhood public schools — will be at the event to explain the process and answer questions. Parents and staff from Bruce-Monroe Elementary at Park View will also provide information and answer questions about Park View’s in-bounds elementary school.

All interested neighbors, including kids, are welcome to attend this free and open event at 7 pm on Wednesday, January 3rd. We meet in the Park View Recreation Center at the corner of Warder Street and Otis Place NW, which is walking distance from the GA Ave/Petworth Metro.

Gardeners! Mark Your Calendars for Mighty Greens’ Spring Seedling Sale

April 10, 2017

City Blossoms — a nonprofit dedicated to fostering healthy communities by developing creative, kid-driven green spaces and innovative resources — announced an upcoming seedling sale called Mighty Greens that local gardeners may want to check out. Mighty Greens is a youth-led cooperative business run by students from Cardozo Education Campus and Eastern Senior High School. Mighty Greens combines garden-education with business skills to prepare students for possible next-level careers and job-readiness. Students maintain garden spaces, grow seedlings and produce added-value products, then selling those products and produce back to their communities. There is an information sheet about Mighty Greens  below.

Mighty Greens is hosting an upcoming seedling sale and weekly farmer’s market in our neighborhood! All of the money they earn through sales goes back into their pockets and into maintaining and growing their business. They are currently growing spring (kale, collards, swiss chard, lettuce), summer (peppers, tomatoes, basil, cilantro) and flower (calendula, marigolds, zinnias) seedlings.

Spring Seedling Sale:

  • Saturday April 15th (10-1pm) at the Girard Children’s Community Garden (1480 Girard Street, NW)

The students at Cardozo Education Campus will also be holding a weekly farmer’s market, selling both seedlings and fresh produce:

  • Wednesday April 26th–Wednesday May 31st (3:30-5:30pm) at Cardozo Education Campus (corner of 13th and Clifton)

This is a great opportunity to get a start on your annual gardening and support our local students.


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

Talking Education with Laura Wilson Phelan

February 2, 2015

Yesterday our Ward 1 representative to the State Board of Education, Laura Wilson Phelan, hosted a community meeting to discuss education priorities with residents. The meeting was held at Bloombars on 11th Street and began at 3 p.m.

Laura Wilson Phelan(Laura talking to neighbors during the meeting)

There were about 15 or so residents at the meeting, including ANC Commissioners Kent Boese (1A08), Rashida Brown (1A10), and Frank Agbro (1D01).  The meeting began with Wilson Phelan having each attendee write their most pressing educational concern on a piece of paper, which was then posted so that all could read what everyone had written. Based on these ideas, there were three central themes that arose.

  • Organizational and physical challenges,
  • Arts and education; and,
  • Language immersion education.

After recognizing these areas of interest, the meeting members broke out into separate groups to discuss 1 and 3 year goals within each and then reported back to the whole.

It was a very interesting meeting with a lot of good ideas. Among the topics shared where concerns about disparities between public and charter schools, the need to re-integrate communities with their local public schools, the value of the arts to education, and the need for more language immersion schools and their value to education as a whole.

Along the lines of building stronger community-school relationships, I shared how valuable it is to find opportunities for each group to interact with the other to build a strong community-wide advocacy group for each school. While this can be done by identifying community and school leaders who regularly meet, I believe there is also value in developing shared programs such as community plays, concerts, or festivals where those living in the neighborhood get to experience and share in the successes of local schools and know first hand both the progress and challenges that schools are facing.

While time didn’t allow for drilling deeply into the issues raised, it was an excellent beginning for Wilson Phelan. She set a strong precedent for what I’m sure will be a sustained collaborative approach to finding opportunities to advance education in D.C.

Laura Wilson Phelan meeting


Best Bird Houses in Columbia Heights (1921)

January 22, 2015

Wilson Normal bird houses

In revisiting the photo collections at the Library of Congress, I found the gem above. The photograph was taken on the afternoon of January 20, 1921, and shows a member from the American Forestry Association with children who were awarded blue ribbons for building  bird houses. The photo captures the event located on the western side of the Wilson Normal School. Today, the school is known as the Carlos Rosario public charter school and the location where the children are standing is part of the parking lot.

The construction of bird houses by the students was part of the week-long tree work exhibition at the Wilson Normal School which opened on Monday, January 17th, and ended on Friday, January 21st. While the exhibition had a large educational focus, the general public were encouraged to participate. In additional to the birdhouses and other pupil activities, the event included exhibits of trees, their diseases, insect destroyers, furniture of all kinds and essays on tree values.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the American Forestry Association was engaged in a nationwide referendum to determine what tree best represented America. Selecting the right tree was difficult. President Wilson weighed in during the survey stating that he was “quite unable to choose amongst the infinite variety and richness of American forests.”

The overwhelming result of the referendum among Washington school children was that the national tree should be the oak. D.C. children cast 7,004 votes for the oak – nearly twice as many as cast for the nearest competitor, the elm.

The entire vote breakdown in D.C. from school children in the 1921 American Forestry Association referendum follows:

  • Oak, 7,004;
  • Elm, 3,765;
  • Pine, 1,355;
  • Sugar maple, 1,392;
  • Apple, 1,145;
  • Hickory, 1,060;
  • Dogwood, 619;
  • Tulip, 328;
  • Walnut, 273;
  • Sycamore, 108; and,
  • Various others, 36.

Currently, the national tree of the United States is the Oak, which was chosen in 2004.

National Tree ballot

Scott Simpson: Candidate for the Ward 1 State Board of Education

October 14, 2014
Laura Wilson Phelan, Candidate for Ward 1 State Board of Education (image from campaign Web site)

Scott Simpson, Candidate for Ward 1 State Board of Education (image from campaign Web site)

The fifth and last in the series featuring candidates for Ward 1 State Board of Education is Scott Simpson. You can learn more about Simpson at his campaign Web site here.

Here are the questions each candidate received along with Scott’s answers:

Q: Which Ward 1 neighborhood do you live in?

A: I live in LeDroit Park.

Q: How long have you lived in D.C.?

A: I’ve been a D.C. resident for 12 years.

Q: Why did you decide to become a candidate for the Ward 1 Member of the State Board of Education?

A: I’m running because I want to help make sure our school reform efforts continue and are inclusive. I’m a professional civil rights and education advocate who can give students a representative on the State Board of Education who can navigate the bureaucracy of our education system to get things done, who can provide proper oversight to schools, and can push for the reforms that increase access to a quality education for all students –regardless of their identity, life circumstance, or zip code.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish on the State Board of Education?

A: It’s imperative that the next member of the State Board of Education view the role as an independent education advocate for students and constituents. I would champion greater community engagement from schools and the school system, more supports for teachers, greater access to meaningful data about student achievement, and reforms to ensure that disadvantaged students have access to the resources they’re entitled to under the law.   Our school reforms are working, but not for all students, we need an advocate to make sure that all students benefit from our progress.

Q: How does your professional and/or life experience make you a good candidate for the State Board of Education, and how will it help you be a successful Member of the Board?

A: I’ve volunteered thousands of hours with D.C. youth and understand how some students have had to trek across the city for a quality education or suffer with inadequate access to support services and the resources needed to thrive.

My first job in D.C. was at a youth center working directly with teenagers every day. I worked my way through career college and now I’m a professional education and civil rights advocate at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

My education advocacy at the state and national level has helped to narrow resource disparities in low-income schools, has promoted access to science and math learning, and has helped promote equity in the distribution of qualified teachers.

I’m the only candidate that offers this experience with D.C. students and the know-how to navigate the bureaucracy of our education system.

Q: Is this your first bid for elected office? If not, please describe other elected positions you’ve held, briefly note your accomplishments, and describe how the community benefited by your advocacy.

A: I’m one of the few candidates who has not run for another office. It’s important that the person who serves Ward One on the State Board of Education be interested in the job, not on other political ambitions.

Q: Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

A: I’m the only candidate in this race who has been a consistent presence at the State Board of Education for the past year, who has studied the office at almost every meeting, and who has taken an active interest in the job. I already understand how to make a difference on the SBOE and will put that experience to work on behalf of the District.

You can learn more at or at You can also email me directly at Scott (at)

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