Welcome to Browne Education Campus

Principal Dwight Davis of Browne EC











MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL DAVIS

Earlier this month Mayor Bowser and Chancellor Ferebee announced that when Term 2 begins, DC Public Schools (DCPS) elementary students in grades Pre-K-5th will have the opportunity to return to the classroom. As we work to develop teacher rosters, student schedules, and operational plans that meet DC government and CDC guidelines, you may view DCPS’ Health Commitments.

 

Whether you are considering a return to school or will continue learning at home, here are three things that know about keeping yourself and your family safe from coronavirus (COVID-19) as we prepare to re-open.

1. What do I need to do before my student can return to school?

Make sure your student is up to date with their immunizationsClick here for a list of School-Based Health Centers that are open for vaccinations.

Ensuring your child receives the right vaccinations at the right age is one of the most important ways to help them stay healthy and keep serious diseases at a distance. Families who receive an offer for a classroom seat must have an immunization certification for their student submitted by their first day of in-person attendance (November 9 for in-person learning classrooms; November 16 for PK3-1st Grade CARE classrooms; and November 30 for 2nd-5th Grade CARE classrooms). Students without documentation will not be permitted to attend school in person and will continue to learn at home.

2. How can I prepare my student for returning to school?

Practice healthy routines with your student like mask-wearing, hand washing, social distancing, and daily health screening.

Healthy routines start at home. The same safety steps we follow in our daily lives to protect ourselves from coronavirus (COVID-19) will take place at school. Wondering what the start of the school day will look like as we reopen? Watch a brief video for elementary school students about getting ready for the day, and this one about arriving at school.

Parents and guardians are asked to follow the steps “Ask, Ask, Look” to help their student get ready for the school day. Completing a daily health screening will help make sure that sick individuals or individuals who have been in close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19 do not enter the school building.


 

3. What happens if someone in my student’s school test positive for COVID- 19?

If a student, staff member, or community member who was in the building tests positive for COVID-19, schools will follow the health and safety guidance released by DC Health and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Through the DCPS COVID-19 Response Protocol, every staff member will be trained to confidentially report potential exposure in a school building.

The positive individual will immediately begin working or learning from home and consult their healthcare provider, and DCPS will notify DC Health to support with contact tracing. We will provide self-quarantine instructions to close contacts, notify students and staff in the building about the positive case, and follow all steps outlined by DC Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing of the facility.

Click here for more information on COVID-19 response scenarios, what kind of communication to expect, and conditions for returning to school after experiencing symptoms of or testing positive for COVID-19.

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Browne Community Conversation

BROWNE COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

I would like to thank all of our parents who joined us for our last Browne Community Conversation. I apologize for the technological issues experienced during our last meeting.

The purpose of these conversations are threefold:

1. Solicit feedback- We value you and want to hear your concerns and feedback.

2. Share information- We want to ensure that you are aware of the happenings and programming taking place at Browne EC.

3. Improve our services- We want to learn how we can better serve you and your families.


Our session will begin at 6:30pm on Thursday October 22nd, 2020. The information for the call is listed below:


Topic: Browne Community Conversation

Time: Thursday October 22nd, 2020 6:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Link: Sent to families in the Take Home Tuesday


Parents, please remember, you must have Microsoft Teams installed on your device.

SMARTS After School Program

SMARTS AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

SMARTS: Integrating Arts & Life Skills Into STEM Curricula would like to begin recruitment for SMARTS After schoool Programming for Browne Scholars. The anticipated start date will be Monday, October 26, 2020. Please note the start date will strictly be contingent upon enrollment. Currently, the plan is to start SMARTS After school Programming virtually.


With this in mind, we have attached our "SMARTS Flyer" for additional information about enrollment.

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BROWNE'S WEEK AT A GLANCE (WAG)

National Principals Month – October 1st - 31st


 

Browne EC Calendar

 


Thought of the Week

“Our instructional practices need to be tailored for students in a relevant and responsive way to address the range of differences that students bring into the classroom.”

H. Richard Milner


Browne Value of the Month

Responsibility

We are reliable and value the abilities of our students, staff, and families to work diligently and honor our commitments.”


Bomber Word of the Week

Gage

Monday, October 19th, 2020

· Breakfast and Lunch @ Browne, Eastern, McKinley Tech and Wheatley EC (10am- 2pm)


Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

· THT Disseminated to Families

· Breakfast and Lunch @ Browne, Eastern, McKinley Tech and Wheatley EC (10am- 2pm)


Wednesday, October 21st, 2020

· All Scholars sign-in to Canvas for Attendance

· Browne Community Conversation (5:30pm)

· Breakfast and Lunch @ Eastern, McKinley Tech and Wheatley EC (10am- 2pm)

 


Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

· Breakfast and Lunch @ Eastern, McKinley Tech and Wheatley EC (10am- 2pm)

 


Friday October 23rd, 2020

· Enrollment Update

· Breakfast and Lunch @ Eastern, McKinley Tech and Wheatley EC (10am- 2pm)

 


Saturday September 24th, 2020

· Produce Distribution 1pm- 2:45pm

Red Ribbon Poster Contest

RED RIBBON POSTER CONTEST

In partnership with the Ward 5 Drug Free Coalition we have begun planning for our first event of the school year, "The Red Ribbon Poster Contest." The poster contest will be held during Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31st).


In an effort to ensure all scholars have what they need to participate, posters and art supplies will be distributed to Browne scholars beginning Thursday October 8th, 2020. Scholars can come to the school during their lunch to pick up supplies or stop by during produce distribution on any Saturday between the hours of 12:45pm- 2:45pm.


We are asking that all Browne scholars return their posters by Satruday October 24th, 2020. Posters can be dropped off during the school day or during produce distribution on any Saturday.

 

Posters to be judge at school October 26th or 27th (3ppl)

Virtual Contest award ceremony will be held Thursday October 29th, 2020 for elementary scholars & Friday October 30th, 2020 for middle school scholars.

Bully Prevention Training for Parents

BULLY PREVENTION TRAINING FOR PARENTS

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and we wanted to share with you an opportunity to receive the bullying prevention training. Each year the Office of Human Rights provides an opportunity for parents to learn about Bullying Prevention. This year the training will take place on October 22, 2020, from 5:30 – 6:30PM. It will be facilitated by the DCPS SEL-School Culture Team. Please join us as we learn raise our awareness of and prevent bullying in our community. You can register by using this link.

Attention all 3-5th Grade Families: Browne EC is proud to partner with DC SCORES this Fall

ATTENTION ALL 3-5TH GRADE FAMILIES: BROWNE EC IS PROUD TO PARTNER WITH DC SCORES THIS FALL

DC SCORES is a nonprofit organization that provides free after school programs for youth in Washington, DC. The program creates neighborhood teams that give kids in need the confidence and skills to succeed on the playing field, in the classroom, and in life.


DC SCORES focuses on encouraging students in teamwork, leadership, and commitment through learning soccer skills as well as writing poetry. This Fall Mrs. K and Mr. Calabro will be teaming up to coach the students "virtually" in soccer and help them develop their artistic voices through poetry. If you are interested in signing up, please see the attached flyer and register your student at: Student Registration Link by October 4th." For additional information, please see the link below.

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Daily Attendance for Scholars

DAILY ATTENDANCE FOR SCHOLARS

As you all know, Attendance Matters! This year attendance is taken virtually. What this means is that all scholars must log-in to Canvas daily to be marked present. Scholars simply go to:


  1. dcps.instructure.com
  2. Enter their user name (student ID number + students.k12.dc.us)
    1234567@students.k12.dc.us
  3. Enter their password (birthday):
  • MMDDYY


Once students have logged in they will be marked present. Scholars can also go to their virtual classrooms from Canvas. Scholars must log-in Monday through Friday. Again, although students are not experiencing live instruction on Wednesday, they must log-in to Canvas to be marked present.

YOUR VOICE MATTERS- VOTE 2020

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We are in the home stretch toward Election Day on Tuesday, November 3rd! Whether you’re a first-time voter or ballot box regular, it’s important that every District resident make their voice heard this election. The key is to make a plan to vote—via mail or in person. Here are a few important reminders and resources to help you exercise your civic duty.

 


Important Dates in DC

  • Oct. 27 – Nov. 2: Early voting
  • Nov. 3: Election Day (mail-in ballots must be postmarked or dropped off at an approved location by this date)


Register to Vote / Check Voter Registration
District residents can check their voter registration online and register to vote online or by mail. The D.C. Board of Elections is also hosting several in-person registration events. Same-day registration is available during early voting and on Election Day, but you’ll need to bring proof of residency.


Consider Voting by Mail Safely, Securely, and Reliably
All active voters will receive a mail-in ballot at their registered address for the November election. You can confirm your registered address here. Once you’ve filled out your mail-in ballot, you can return it by mail using the enclosed prepaid envelope, but it must be postmarked by Election Day and arrive no later than Nov. 13. You can also drop off your ballot at one of dozens of drop box locations before 8pm on Election Day or at one of the vote centers during early voting or Election Day. Residents can also track the status of their mail-in ballots online. Mail-in ballots will start to arrive during the first week of October, but if you do not receive a ballot by October 21, officials say you should plan to vote in person.

 


Vote In Person
Registered voters can vote at any of the vote centers during early voting and on Election Day. Vote Centers for the November 3 General Election will open Tuesday, October 27, 2020, through Monday, November 2, 2020, from 8:30 am - 7:00 pm. On November 3, 2020 (Election Day), Vote Centers will open from 7:00 am – 8:00 pm. Voters can find convenient early vote and Election Day vote centers online.

Saturday Produce Distribution

SATURDAY PRODUCE DISTRIBUTION

In partnership with the 1st Baptist Church of Highland Park, the Browne faculty and staff distributes high quality produce boxes to families every Saturday. Please come on out between the hours of 1:00pm and 2:45pm to receive a high quality produce box for your family. Please know, all produce will be distributed on a 1st come 1st serve basis. We look forward to seeing you this Saturday.

GROCERY DISTRIBUTION SITES

Grocery sites are available throughout the District to provide fresh fruits, vegetables, and non-perishable groceries to families. Residents are encouraged to bring a cart and/or tote bag to transport groceries at home. Masks are required at the grocery sites. Grocery sites are open 10 am – 11:30 am.
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