The Miner PTO would like to send a big thank you to the Maury Elementary School PTA for donating over 100 books from your used book sale to Miner classrooms! Our teachers loved picking out the books and were so pleased with this collaboration. We greatly appreciate the efforts of your team.
Thank you for supporting your neighborhood school down the street. We look forward to more collaboration between Maury and Miner!
DCPS Chancellor Wilson has appointed Bruce Jackson as permanent principal of Miner Elementary School. The announcement was made via a February 2, 2018 letter addressed to the Miner community (see below). Mr. Jackson has served as Miner's interim principal since July 2017, and his mid-year transition to permanent had been sought by Miner's parents and staff alike. The Miner community, as well as parent and teacher leadership of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), Local School Advisory Team (LSAT), and School Chapter Advisory Committee (SCAC), welcome this DCPS action and look forward to the continued positive leadership of Mr. Jackson for the remainder of this school year and beyond.
Thank you Chancellor Wilson for hearing the voices of the Miner community, and congratulations to Principal Jackson!
Miner Elementary School is excited and proud to be selected as one of five DCPS schools to receive funding and training to implement innovative schoolyard greening projects through the DC Department of Energy & Environment’s (DDOE) RiverSmart Schools (RSS) program. The RSS effort at Miner will be targeted to the early childhood outdoor space, which currently consists of a playground and garden. The two-year long project will aim to teach gardening and community service skills to students, provide wildlife habitat, improve the aesthetics of the school grounds and build student/community pride.
The Miner administration, Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), and Pre-K Parent Committee all look forward to working collaboratively with DOEE, the Department of General Services, and DCPS to transform Miner’s early childhood playground and garden into an amazing instructional and recreational space for the benefit of our youngest Bears. Thanks go out to Katy Thomas, the Miner PTO Civic Liaison, for authoring the grant application on behalf of Miner.
For more information about the RiverSmart Schools program, visit their website at https://doee.dc.gov/service/riversmart-schools.
Today is the 1st day of Black History Month. The Miner community invites you to honor Black History Month by donating to the school a used or new book featuring Black characters or influential African American figures.
Help Miner receive 100 donated books by the end of February! Forward this your friends, families, and neighborhood listservs. Donors are encouraged to choose from one of these books: www.wishlistr.com/miner-pto-grants
Please support local Black businesses and authors such as:
Drop off books in the school's front lobby or mail them directly to:
601 15th St NE
Washington DC 20002
The Miner PTO wishes to thank the Maryland Avenue Chik-Fil-A (@chikfilanedc) and Peter Choi, the franchise owner, for the generous donation of food and drinks for our staff appreciation lunch in January. We are grateful for the support of our community, and we appreciate Mr. Choi's help in recognizing our staff for their tireless work!
Thank you all!
On Thursday night the PTO and school hosted our second family engagement event of the year—the Winter Luau. Students danced the night away in the gym and enjoyed pizza and popcorn while taking a break from the dance floor. Everyone had a great time, and the night was a huge success.
However, there is no way the dance would have been possible without the help of some of our incredible teachers/staff and dedicated parents. First of all, huge thank you's go out to Mr. Faison for his amazing DJ skills, and to Jessica Burniske, Ms. Mears, Ms. Olazo, Ms. Poblete, and Ms. Turingan for all of the decorations that transformed the gym into a tropical paradise. Additionally, without the help of Ms. Wisnoski, Ms. Robinson, Ms. Poole, Dan Fitzgerald, John Muir, and David & Amy Treat, we wouldn’t have been able to pull off the event. And last, but certainly not least, thank you to everyone (and there are so many of you!) who stayed after the dance ended to help clean up.
We are so grateful to our awesome Miner family for making events like this possible!
VP, Miner PTO
Miner Elementary & the Miner PTO Invite our families to a
Family Engagement Event
Thursday, January 18 * 6:00 - 8:00 PM * In the Gym
Theme: A Tropical Luau!
It’s cold outside, so we hope you’ll join us for some great fun indoors!
Now that the holidays are over and a new year is upon us, a lot of families may be cleaning out the old to make room for the new. Depending on what you're getting rid of, the PTO would like to make a couple of requests, and also offer some tips.
1. Miner has a "treasure" chest of small toys that are used as prizes for the students. If you're one of those homes with children that quickly accumulate a variety of small toys and trinkets and want to get rid of some, please consider donating them. Just drop off any items at the front desk. If you'd like a receipt for tax purposes, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Planning has begun for Miner's Third Annual Spring Yard Sale! The school has once again offered space at the school for storage of donations until the sale occurs later this year (tentatively April 28). As you clean and organize for the new year, just bring any toys, games, clothes, household items, furniture, decor, or other items in good condition to the school at any time starting after we return from break. We are still working out final logistics for drop off of donations, so in the meantime, you can leave them in the Parent Resource Center (Room 143) just off the East Lobby. If you'd like a receipt for tax purposes, just email us at email@example.com.
3. Some used Apple devices in working condition may quality for a gift card when mailed back to Apple. See https://www.apple.com/recycling/ for more information.
4. For devices that are too old or no longer work, here are a couple of options:
5. As part of the PTO's Spring Yard Sale, we will accept dropped off e-waste and other household hazardous waste at Miner, after which we will transport it to Ft. Totten as a community service. See the above DPW link for accepted e-cycle items, and here for accepted household hazardous waste: https://dpw.dc.gov/node/466802
A few quick shout-outs to thank the Miner community for contributing to what was a pretty busy final week before the start of Winter Break:
First, I’d like to thank the PTO’s vice president, Julie Muir, for leading the effort to purchase and wrap 25 toys and other gifts which were provided to Miner’s social workers to distribute to students who might not otherwise receive many gifts this Christmas. The PTO’s ability to do this was aided greatly by a generous donation from the H St. Community Development Corporation (http://www.hstreetcdc.org/). Thank you HSCDC for your support of Miner!
Second, I’d like to echo the appreciation expressed by Jessica and Justin Burniske regarding the PTO’s holiday cookie drive. It was amazing to see so many incredible treats donated by parents so the staff could take home something sweet for the break.
Lastly, I’d like to pass on a message from Ms. Mears and the Kindergarten team: “Thank you to all the families and staff for supporting the holiday shop! We sold out and raised $415. It was a wonderful experience for students to give to others. I am truly excited for all our kindergarteners!”
Thank you again for being a part of our incredible Miner community! Have a restful Winter Break and we’ll see you in 2018!
President | Miner PTO
The next generation of Miner Spirit Wear is now available in both youth and adult sizes! The PTO is currently selling both short-sleeve and long-sleeve t-shirts imprinted with the design illustrated above. T-shirts come in two colors: Navy blue text on white fabric, and white text on navy blue fabric. Shirts are considered approved spirit wear and may be worn as part of a student’s school uniform.
The PTO accepts cash, checks (payable to "Miner PTO), and credit cards. We'll be set up in the mail hallway during drop off every morning until the start of Winter Break. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time to make a purchase if you're not available during morning drop off.
The PTO also has a limited inventory of t-shirts imprinted with last year's design. These are available for $7 for youth sizes and $10 for adult sizes, for both short and long sleeves. However, only certain combinations of color, style, and size combinations are still in stock.
Thank you for supporting Miner and showing your Miner Bear pride wherever you go!