From Mayor Muriel Bowser <[email protected]>
Subject Back to School
Date August 11, 2023 9:11 PM
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Phone: (202) 727-2643
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August 11, 2023

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

We're just a few weeks away from the first day of school, and we know that for our young people, a strong and successful school year begins on day one. We have thousands of students who will be returning to school, ready to learn and grow, to reconnect with old friends and make new ones, and ready to make themselves and our city proud. And we can't wait to support them. 

One way to ensure a strong start to the new school year is to plan ahead:

* Have a plan for getting to and from school and school-related activities [ [link removed] ] — every day, on time. Remember that students with strong attendance not only do better academically, they also have better social-emotional outcomes. 
* Make sure you have completed enrollment forms for the upcoming school year. DCPS families can go to [ [link removed] ] for enrollment information and guidance. 
* If your child still needs required immunizations [ [link removed] ], check out this DC Health calendar [ [link removed] ] and make a plan to go to an immunization clinic.
* DCPS families should save the calendar of important dates that can be found HERE [ [link removed] ].
* Make a plan for what your child or teen will be doing after school. If you need help finding an activity for your child, the Office of Out of School Time is hosting an "Afterschool in the City" event at Turkey Thicket Rec Center on Saturday, September 9 [ [link removed] ]. Families and caregivers can learn about available programs for youth ages 5 to 21.

And in all our preparations, let's remember to have fun and make sure our young people are excited about the new school year. We have fantastic educators in our schools who love and support our kids, and they are ready to welcome students back on day one. 

Let's prepare for a fantastic school year, DC. 


Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

* Next Week: Registration Opens for DPR Fall Programming [ #link_4 ]
* Call for Artists: Murals DC in the Anacostia Arts and Culture District [ #link_2 ]
* Chuck Brown Day at Fort DuPont Park [ #link_1 ]

Next Week: Registration Opens for DPR Fall Programming
Fall Programming

Registration for the Department of Parks and Recreation's (DPR) 2023 fall programming will open on Tuesday, August 15 for aquatics programs and Wednesday, August 16 for all other programs. Registration opens at noon on both days.

DPR programs offered this fall include:  

* Aquatics programs, including learn to swim, swim teams, senior aqua fitness, and youth water polo
* Expanded Out-of-School-Time Programs for students ages 3-13 with Wee-Play, Afternoon Access, and Enrichment Zone
* Team sports and athletics, including gymnastics, cheer, soccer, boxing, pickleball, tennis, and adult flag football and basketball
* Fitness classes like bootcamp, Zumba, cardio, bike-spin, yoga, and senior fitness
* Cooperative Play programs for children 1.5– 4 years old
* New programs such as Intro to Piano and Water Polo

Registration for fall programming is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and DPR will utilize a virtual “waiting room” on both program registration days in order to manage the high demand for programs.   

Residents are encouraged to create an account online with DPR’s registration system in advance to save time once program registration opens. To create an account, visit [ [link removed] ]. DPR offers programming at reduced rates to qualifying DC residents. Complete the online reduced rates application here [ [link removed] ]. Residents must be approved for reduced rates by DPR before registering for programs.     

For more information and to view a complete list of DPR programs, visit [ [link removed] ].  

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Call for Artists: Murals DC in the Anacostia Arts and Culture District

Anacostia [ [link removed] ]

The Anacostia Business Improvement District (BID) and Murals DC are calling for artists to be part of beautifying the Anacostia Arts and Culture District. Artists who have proven experience painting large-scale murals on exterior walls are encouraged to apply.

For application instructions, email [email protected]. Deadline to apply is *Tuesday, August 15 @ 11:59 p.m.*

In February, Mayor Bowser, the Anacostia BID, and community partners celebrated and unveiled [ [link removed] ] the Anacostia Arts and Culture District in Ward 8. The Mayor also highlighted an additional $202,000 investment in the Department of Public Works MuralsDC program to support the development of more than a dozen new murals.

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Chuck Brown Day at Fort DuPont Park
Chuck Brown Day

Join the Department of Parks and Recreation to celebrate Chuck Brown Day at a new, bigger location: Fort DuPont Park. The day commemorates the life legacy and music of DC legend and the Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown. Every year, the celebration features musical performances by the Chuck Brown Band and others.

The Chuck Brown Foundation will be giving out free backpacks for the kids.

This year’s Chuck Brown Day will be bigger, better, and more cranking. 

* When: Saturday, August 19 @ 2:00 p.m. 
* Where: Fort DuPont Park (Minnesota Ave SE) 
* Learn more HERE [ [link removed] ].

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Mayor Muriel Bowser

John A. Wilson Building | 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW | Washington DC, 20004

(202) 727-2643

[email protected] | [ [link removed] ] | @mayorbowser



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