LAMB's Adoptive Family in Guatemala

At the December peace ceremony at the Missouri Avenue campus, we collected $350 to help a former LAMB family in Guatemala. Luis and Madeline Espinoza were students in the Maya and Inca communities and had to return to Guatemala because their mother Vilma could not get the medical care she needed. Vilma has not been able to afford her medical care and has asked the LAMB community for help. All donations will be wired directly to the family. We willprovide periodic updates and should you wish to help with this project, contact Teresa Aspinwall at teresa@lambpcs.org

Holiday Collection Project Update

LAMB continues to collect books, clothing and toys for LAMB families who may not otherwise receive or be able to afford them. Requested items include winter clothing, card and board games, balls and hula hoops, musical instruments, arts and crafts supplies, etc. For those that can contribute cash or gift cards please drop these off at the front reception.

To participate, bring an unwrapped item to the drop-off box near the front entrance door by December 17th. We will be collecting items for students according to the following ages:

 

Age Gender
3-4 year olds 14 boys, 5 girls
5-6 year olds 11 boys, 2 girls
7-8 year olds 4 boys, 6 girls
9-11 year olds 6 boys, 2 girls
3-4 year olds 14 boys, 5 girls

Facility Update

LAMB has conditional approval for space at Walter Reed, but that site would not be available for several years. We are considering several additional locations for school year 2013/2014. From what we’ve seen to date, the Perry Street Prep annex is the first choice. As you can imagine, there are many factors to consider, including location, size, green space, etc. We hope to have a decision made soon so that everyone can plan for next year, and will keep the LAMB community updated as the process continues. While the wait may be frustrating, we all want the best for our students and would rather delay the decision if it means finding an ideal space for our school.

PTO Building Survey

As you know, LAMB is in the process of searching for new space to accommodate our students after we close the Taylor Street facility at the end of this school year. This PTO survey is designed to collect information, preferences, and concerns of current LAMB families to help inform the administration as they conduct their search. Please take 10 minutes or so to tell us your thoughts. Visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/P7S3GWH

Middle School Update

LAMB is moving forward in discussions with Elsie Whitlow Stokes, Yu Ying, and Mundo Verde regarding the creation of the DCI (DC International School), a combination middle/high school with a cooperative language-focused rigorous academic program. There are major decisions to be made regarding location, as well as significant legal and financial challenges. We will keep you updated as the process proceeds.

PTO Christmas Tree Sale Update

LAMB’s 1st annual Christmas Tree fundraiser was a huge success, raising more than $3,000 in less than seven hours! Every tree and wreath was sold, as well as a wide variety of baked goods and drinks. The festive atmosphere and sunny weather allowed parents, friends, and alumni to socialize while kids enjoyed themselves on the playground. Thanks to Iyon Rosario, Lindsay Clark, and the PTO for coordinating the event, and a special thanks to all the volunteers who helped set-up, tie & load trees, and help with sales. Based on the success of this year’s sale, we’ll have even more trees (and raise even more funds) at next year’s event!

Popcorn Days are Back!

The PTO is starting up the weekly Popcorn Day again this year and volunteers are needed! Popcorn Day was very popular with kids and adults last year so we are happy it is back. We need 3 to 5 volunteers once a week from 2:15 – 4:15pm to make and sell popcorn and help clean up. Popcorn Day will be on Wednesdays at Missouri and Fridays at Taylor.

To volunteer, please contact: Oscar Rojas at oskrjas@hotmail.com for Missouri or Miguel Rosario cayeycatering@yahoo.com for Taylor.

Sister School

Now that we are settled into our second academic quarter of the school year, we are ready to continue our work with our sister school in Nicaragua. The project will continue as follows:

LAMB has received letters from teachers and children in Nicaragua and these are being distributed and will be rotated among the different classrooms. LAMB students will be writing letters with the theme “This is my community” which will then be sent to Nicaragua in February, once the schools in Nicaragua return from summer vacation.

Student Make-Up Dates

Students missed two days of class due to Hurricane Sandy.  State law dictates that students must make up weather-related closures.  LAMB has modified its school calendar as follows:

  • The professional development day on February 15, 2013 will be reclassified as a school day; and
  • The Parent Teacher Conferences scheduled for Friday, June 21, 2013 will be reclassified as a school day.

 

Christmas Tree Sale

Hours of operation will be from 9:00 a.m-5:00 p.m. or until supplies are gone. We'll have a Fun and Festive atmosphere with Holiday Carolers, Hot Cider, Hot Cocoa and Baked Goods, to get you in the Holiday spirit! There will be Frasier Firs available in different sizes, with free netting. Wreaths also will be for sale along with Tree delivery, at an additional cost. The sale will be held at LAMB's Missouri location -- 1375 Missouri Avenue, NW.

Price information to follow! And pre-orders will be accepted.

All proceeds will benefit LAMB school activities (physical and nutrition education programs, after school tutoring, and a reserve fund for the new facility)

To sign up to volunteer, use this website: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054FAAAF29A64-lamb/6543810

Or contact: Iyon Rosario at facegirlz001@yahoo.com or (202) 459-7284 or Karen Bridgett at karen@potentiaconcepts.com or (202) 460-3116.



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Es Epoca de Navidad en LAMB! Acompáñanos en la Primera Venta Anual de Arboles de Navidad de la Organización de Padres y Maestros para Recaudar Fondos, el Sábado, 1ro de Diciembre 2012.

El horario sera de 9:00 am - 5:00 pm o hasta que se venda todo. ¡Vamos a tener un ambiente divertido con villancicos, sidra de manzana caliente, chocolate caliente y productos de panadería y confitería para que todos sientan el espíritu Navideño! Vamos a vender abetos Frasier de diferentes tamaños con redes gratis para empaquetarlos. También vamos a vender coronas y tenemos envio a domicilio gratis si lo desean. La venta va a ser ubicada en el campus de Missouri, 1375 Avenida Missouri, NW.

La lista de precios llegará pronto, aceptamos pedidos por adelantado.

Todas las ganancias son para el beneficio de LAMB y las actividades del colegio (educación física, nutrición, programas de tutoría, y dinero para el nuevo campus.)

Para inscribirse como voluntario use esta página web: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054FAAAF29A64-lamb/6543810

Ó comuníquese con Iyon Rosario - facegirlz001@yahoo.com - (202) 459-7284, ó Karen Bridgett - karen@potentiaconcepts.com - (202) 460-3116.

LAMB Achieves Tier 1 Status

LAMB has achieved Tier 1 status for a second year, based on the DC Public Charter School Board’s (PCSB) rankings. This Tier 1 ranking indicates high standards of performance, based on the 2012 results of PCSB’s assessment. In addition to the Tier 1 ranking, LAMB was also recognized for achieving the highest median growth in reading for elementary/middle schools. Schools with the highest median growth percentile (MGP) are schools that are doing the most with their students to improve individual performance from one year to the next.  For more details visit the PCSB website at www.dcpubliccharter.com. Congratulations to students and staff for these wonderful achievements!

Notice of Proposed Dismissal of Class Action in Petties, et al. v. District of Columbia

Notice of Proposed Dismissal of Class Action in Petties, et al. v. District of Columbia, et al., Civil Action No. 95-00148 (PLF), United States District Court for the District of Columbia.  You are a member of the Plaintiff Class if you are: 

  • A District of Columbia student or a ward of the District of Columbia currently placed in private special education schools or receiving special education or related services from a private third-party provider;
  • A District of Columbia student or a ward of the District of Columbia who receives transportation to school;
  • A District of Columbia student placed in public school who currently is receiving related services from private providers; or 
  • A District of Columbia student who has been determined by an administrative decision or by agreement with the District of Columbia to be eligible to receive services from private providers (including private placements). 

In 1995, a lawsuit was filed claiming that District of Columbia students who attended non-public schools or received services from private providers were at risk of losing their placements and/or services due to the failure of the District of Columbia to make timely payments to those schools and providers.

The parties have agreed that the District of Columbia has met its responsibility to make accurate and timely payments to providers of special education and related services and to provide special education students with safe and effective transportation to and from school.

With respect to payments, the District of Columbia has promulgated new regulations governing, among other things, rate-setting for special education services; invoicing mechanisms for private providers of special education and related services; and a payment dispute resolution mechanism through the District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings.  With respect to transportation, the District of Columbia has put into place the institutional capacity, including the adoption of policies for vehicle safety and visibility, to provide on-time and safe transportation of special education children to and from school.

The parties also have agreed on the process to settle several other outstanding issues related to the lawsuit: (1) the parties will submit a joint proposal to the Court regarding the use of funds deposited in the Court Registry based on the District of Columbia’s past failures to provide services required by law; the funds will be used to benefit class members; (2) if necessary, the Court will retain jurisdiction over the ten remaining cases that are pending before the Special Master or the Court, even after the case as a whole is dismissed; and (3) Defendants agree to pay attorneys’ fees and costs to Plaintiffs’ counsel, the amount of which will be either negotiated between the parties or, if necessary, determined by the Court.  In light of these considerations, the parties have agreed to dismiss the case.

To request more detail regarding the lawsuit, the proposed dismissal, your legal rights, and instructions for how to properly respond, you may contact University Legal Services, 220 I Street N.E., Suite 130, Washington, D.C. 20002, (202) 547-0198 or the Johnson Law Group Int’l, PLLC, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20003, (202) 544-1515.   

CLASS MEMBERS HAVING OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSED DISMISSAL MUST SUBMIT WRITTEN OBJECTIONS TO THE COURT AND COUNSEL FOR THE PARTIES IN WRITING NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 13, 2012, AND MAY INCLUDE WITH THEIR OBJECTIONS A REQUEST TO BE HEARD AT A FAIRNESS HEARING. 

Objections may be submitted in one of two ways:  (1) through the Court’s Electronic Case Filing system, or (2) by first class mail to the Court at the following address: 

The Honorable Paul L. Friedman
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
333 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.  20001 

If submitting objections by first class mail, the class member should write on the first page of the letter, in large or underlined letters: “Civil Action No. 1:95-cv-0148: Objections to Proposed Dismissal in Petties v. District of Columbia.”  Copies of the objections must also be mailed at the same time, by first class mail, to:

Jennifer Law
Counsel for Petties Plaintiffs
University Legal Services
220 I Street, N.E., Suite 130
Washington, DC 20002

Chad Copeland
Counsel for the District of Columbia
D.C. Office of the Attorney General
441 Fourth Street, N.W., 6th Floor South
Washington, DC 20001 

The Court will decide whether to give final approval to the proposed dismissal at or after a fairness hearing scheduled on December 19, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 29A of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, William B. Bryant Courthouse Annex, 333 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001.  If the Court decides to approve the dismissal, all Class Members will be bound by this decision. 

NCLR Highlights LAMB in New Education Research

National Council of La Raza (NCLR) has released new research highlighting best practices in early childhood education programs that are promoting positive academic and social outcomes for young Latino children. NCLR profiled four early childhood education programs that exemplify best practices i language instruction, assessment, family engagement, and professional development. Each report profiles one Affiliate and provides policy recommendations to help bring these programs to scale. Click here to read LAMB's report and here for all others.