Thank you so much to everyone who participated in Miner’s Third Annual Holiday Greenery & Bake Sale! The three-day event was wildly successful, raising $5,800, which is $800 more than our goal. It was also a fun community event that filled us all with some holiday cheer! Miner also partnered with the Eliot-Hine PTO to sell poinsettias alongside our greenery.
A huge Thank You goes out to Maggie Ben-Or, the chair of the PTO's Fundraising & Grants Committee and lead organizer for the event. She and her team worked tirelessly with two separate vendors and multiple delivery times and dates to be sure we had the best, freshest, most beautiful trees and greenery available. Her team kept the trees watered and protected, overcame a few delivery “hiccups,” and organized our legion of volunteers all so we could have a successful fundraiser and some beautiful holiday greenery in our homes.
We also want to thank all of the volunteers who helped make the event so successful. Some people baked delicious treats; some people helped customers with their trees; some people helped with set up and break down before and after the event each day; some people helped out with sales; some people watched the volunteers’ kids; some people showed up on Sunday when we decided to extend sales for an extra afternoon. No matter your role, if you were one of our volunteers, we could not have done this without you. Thank you so much for your contribution to our effort.
Last, but certainly not least, we want to thank everyone who actually purchased something from our sale. Whether a wreath, a stand, or one of the monster sized trees that even the strongest of volunteers struggled to lift, your purchase helped improve our school in ways that will directly benefit our students. And to those of you who donated extra money so that some families who wouldn’t normally be able to have a Christmas tree will actually have one this year, we thank you for your generosity. This time of year tends to bring out the best in people, and once again our Miner Family showed us just what an amazing community we are part of. Thank you all so much!
From Ms. Williams, Miner's Librarian:
Hosting a book fair is always a huge undertaking, but having a team makes it an electrifying event. I am very thankful for the time everyone took from their busy schedule to shop at the book fair. Your dedication and support allow our students to get books they want to read and to update their library at home. I would also like to thank our families and friends who attended our family literacy night event. I appreciate your commitment of time and energy to support our after school academic adventures. Both events (book fair and family literacy night) were successful because of you. Thanks and Happy Holidays!
Introducing the brand new Miner Elementary School Spirit Store via CafePress. Our store features adult and children's apparel, accessories and gifts! All clothing is uniform approved, including brand new designs, sweatshirts and sizes!
Display your school spirit everywhere you go with stickers, car magnets, tote bags, mugs and more! Just in time for the holidays, shop for Mighty Bear gifts today!
Our original design t-shirts, short-sleeve or long-sleeve, navy or white, are always available for purchase and pick up at Miner. Click for details.
The school common lottery opens on December 10th (apply here), and Miner Elementary School has scheduled several open house dates for PreK3 and PreK4 families. We would love for you to join us for one of the sessions - children are welcome! All open houses will begin in the Parent Center in Room 103.
If you come to a daytime session, your child can join one of our Early Childhood Education (ECE) classes for a while. If nights are better for you, you'll get a tour of our ECE wing, and if you come to the January 8th open house, you are welcome to stay for our PTO meeting afterwards.
No need to RSVP. We look forward to seeing you!
Note that Miner is a DCPS "Early Action" school, so if you're in bounds for Miner, you're guaranteed a PreK3/PreK4 seat if you include Miner on your lottery application.
On Halloween day, Miner hosted three fun events for our Mighty Bears:
Book-o-ween was a fun-filled morning for our youngest Bears. Dressed as their favorite storybook characters, they had a parade, decorated pumpkins, had a glow/dance party, enjoyed festive snacks, and had an all around great time. So many families came out to join in the fun with their students! The PreK Parent Committee put a lot of hard work into the event, and it was our best yet! Special thanks go out to Miner's Family Services Coordinator, Ms. Brissett, and PreK Parent Committee co-chairs Jamie Milhous, and Eddie Minor for organizing the event. And the event would not have been such a great success without all our parent volunteers - thank you!
Students in K-5 who earned 80% or greater positive Dojo points were invited to an afternoon of fun in the gym, including the bounce castle. Great job to all our Miner Bears for their positive behavior and dedication to learning!
Miner's annual Oktoberfest party was another great success! Everyone had an amazing night of dancing, games, bouncing in the castle, painting pumpkins, enjoying delicious food and treats, and participating in a costume contest and "trunk-or-treating." It was an amazing group effort to organize and make happen, led by the co-chairs of the PTO's Family Engagement & Events Committee: Mariana Jones and Ms. Dorsey. Special thanks go out to: DJ Tony Reddz for keeping the kids dancing all night long; author Roman Montague for sharing the sea world adventures of the “Ocean Bowl” characters; Insomnia Cookies for sponsoring our “cake” walk; Dia Johnson and her catering team for the amazing food; all the teachers and staff who participated in trunk-or-treating on the blacktop; and to all the parents who volunteered to assist at the event. The PTO is so grateful to everyone who participated and hope that everyone had as much fun as our students did!
On October 24, Miner Elementary School recognized National Bully Prevention Awareness and Unity Day, the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month.
It was so amazing to see our students, staff and the community come together with one message: “Mighty Bears Together Against Bullying: United for Kindness, Acceptance and Inclusion”.
Go Mighty Bears! We're so proud of you!
On Saturday, October 20, Miner hosted a “Fall in Love with the Garden” playdate in the Peace Garden. Family, student, and volunteer participation was beyond expectation and we wish to thank everyone who came out to have fun and even do a bit of work around the garden.
Students and families enjoyed exploring the garden, decorating pumpkins, painting signs, tasting apples, and planting fall crops. Garden improvement was a major focus of the day as well. Volunteers from Howard University did some weeding and cleanup, and began constructing a new planting bed. Miner parent volunteers removed the old chain link fence and gate and replaced it with a much more welcoming “white picket fence.” Miner students even got in the spirit of service and prepped materials for various signage that will be installed around the garden soon.
We’re so appreciative of the support from the dozens of students, parents, and volunteers who participated. We’d especially like to thank the following:
The Peace Garden has never been in such great shape, and we’re excited at the opportunities the garden program can bring to Miner’s students!
Thank you so much to everyone who joined us bright and early in Lincoln Park on Wednesday for Walk to School Day! The event kicked off with remarks from community leaders and VIP guests including Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Councilman Charles Allen, Interim DCPS Chancellor Amanda Alexander, and DC Department of Transportation Director Jeff Marootian.
Director Marootian then made the trek down Tennessee Avenue with the Miner contingent - so many Miner teachers, staff, students, and parents came out to represent our school - thank you! This year was probably the largest turnout we've ever had! If you missed it don't worry, you can join us in May for Bike to School Day.
The Miner community would like to thank all the event sponsors, and to the Capitol Hill Public School Parent Organization (CHPSPO) for again coordinating this amazing community event!
Top left: District Department of Transportation (DDOT) director Marootian addresses the crowd and our Miner contingent in Lincoln Park, with Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen looking on.
Top right: Principal Jackson and Math Instructional Coach Ms. Coles with our school banner.
Bottom left: Miner students signed a Walk to School Day poster that lead the way for our march from Lincoln Park down Tennessee Avenue to Miner.
Bottom right: Director Marootian with the new stop sign at Tennessee Ave and F St. DDOT installed this new sign as a traffic calming measure in front of Miner just this summer.
Join fellow Miner students, families, staff and community members for Capitol Hill's Walk to School Day Celebration!
When: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 7:30 - 8:15am
Where: Lincoln Park
Parents and students from schools across Capitol Hill will gather at Lincoln Park in celebration of International Walk to School Day.
Enjoy snacks, speeches, dance and cheerleading performances, fun activities for the kids, warm-up exercises and more!
The Miner delegation will depart Lincoln Park at the corner of East Capitol & Tennessee Ave, NE to walk/bike/scoot to Miner at 8:20am.
Bring noise makers for a fun and festive walk to Miner!
See you bright and early on Wednesday morning!
The Miner PTO is excited to announce the launch of our annual Move! Play! Grow! fundraising campaign, which allows local businesses to support Miner students, teachers, and staff. The campaign will raise funds to support:
There are four different sponsor levels ranging from $500 to $4,000. Visit our Move!Play!Grow! page for details on each level and the sponsorship benefits.
If you are interested in contacting local businesses to ask for their support, or know someone at a business who may want to become a sponsor, please contact the Chair of the Fundraising & Grants Committee, Maggie Ben-Or (firstname.lastname@example.org).