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Free School Supplies

The Health and Wellness Center is organizing Back 2 School Festival and offering FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES at the Columbia Community Height Center on Saturday August 18 2018, from 10am to 3pm.
Location: 2901 14th Street. NW. Washington DC 20009
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Kids Ride Free

2018 - 2019 School Year
The Kids Ride Free (KRF) program is getting smarter! Mayor Muriel Bowser established and championed KRF to ensure that all students who attend public schools can ride to and from school related activities for free on Metrobus, Metrorail, and the DC Circulator.
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Back to School Bash - Free Supplies

In honor of Ike Foster and Sarah Smith, Councilmember Trayon White presents Back to School Bash on August 4th from 12 to 4 pm at Garfield Elementary School, 2435 Alabama Ave. SE.
There will be FREE School Supplies, Food, Yoga, Haircuts, Face Painting Health Screening etc.
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Parent Letter - Press Release

May 22nd, 2018
RE: Parent Meeting
Dear Somerset Families,
Thank you for your support at our parent meeting held on Friday, May 18th• As promised, included in this letter are responses to the "parking lot" questions asked during the closed session for parents. Please see below for next steps the school is committed to take going forward:
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SOMERSET PREP DC AND BALLOU STUDENTS TAKE POSITIVE ACTION TO IMPROVE COMMUNITY RELATIONS

On Tuesday, May 15th, there was a physical altercation between students from Ballou high school and Somerset Prep DC during dismissal. This altercation stemmed from an incident that took place in the community a few weeks earlier-Lauren Catalano, principal at Somerset Prep DC, and Katreena Shelby, interim principal at Ballou High School, took immediate action, meeting with Councilmember Trayon White and other key stakeholders, to work collaboratively toward a common goal of school safety. It was jointly decided that it would be best for all involved if a restorative approach was used to address this situation.
On Friday, May 18th, families and scholars involved in the altercation from both schools met at a neutral location and had a mediation with the support of Restorative DC, Metropolitan Police Department, and staff from both schools. The mediation was successful. While we are extremely pleased with the outcome of the mediation, there have been ripple effects on all families of scholars who attend both schools. As a result, both schools have issued letters to families, hosted parent meetings, and are available to answer any questions that families have regarding the events that transpired last week.
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School Safety

Dear Somerset Families,
Your televisions, newsfeeds, and other media outlets have more than likely been flooded with details around the tragic events that took place on Wednesday, February 14th, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, when an armed gunman took the lives of 17 students and faculty members and injured several others.
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