Category Archives: Schools, Parks, Recreation

Ward 5 Education Fair This Saturday January 28th

This Saturday, January 28th there will be a Ward 5 Education Fair. From a community message from  the Ward Five Council on Education:

Do you have a rising PK3-12th grader for the upcoming school year? Attend the #Ward5EdFair on Saturday, January 28th, from 11AM-3PM to meet with over 30 representatives from local schools in the neighborhood – including DCPS and public charter schools. Learn about the My School DC 2017-18 application process and the range of school options Ward 5 has to offer DC residents. The event is hosted by DC Prep at its Edgewood Elementary Campus, located at 707 Edgewood Street, NE. All families are welcome!

RSVP for the fair here.



Noyes Park Community Garden Plot Registration Begins Soon

Interested in meeting neighbors and growing your own garden? Consider signing up for one of the community garden plots at Noyes Park. Registration for the 2017 growing season will begin on January 15, 2016.

From their plot registration webpage:

The Noyes Community Garden has twenty 8’x4’ plots. At least two of these plots will be reserved for public use and planted in conjunction with local youth and school children, and the remaining will be available for individuals or groups within the community. All DC residents who are not already tending a garden plot in a DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) garden are eligible to sign up for a garden plot. There is a $30 yearly fee to use the plots in Noyes Park.

Registration for the 2017 growing season will begin on January 15, 2017. The open registration period will be held between January 15 and January 31. Should the number of registrants exceed the number of available plots, we will use a lottery system to assign plots. If there are still spaces available after January 31, registration will remain open on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for a plot, fill out the online registration form which will become available on our website ( beginning January 15. You may also register by sending your name, street address, phone number, and email address to the Friends of Noyes Park (2718 10th St NE, Washington DC 20018) after January 15. Any registrations received prior to January 15 will be disregarded.

Questions or comments regarding the community garden should be directed to garden(at)friendsofnoyespark(dot)org  or 202 524-0547.  Noyes Park is located at 10th and Franklin Streets, NE.

Spaghetti Fundraiser At St. Anthony’s Saturday – Music, Cash Bar, Raffle

What’s better than a down home community spaghetti dinner? One with a cash bar! We learned from our friend Mike Thomasian, Principal of St. Anthony Catholic School, that the school will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner fund raiser on Saturday, June 11.
The dinner will be held in Margot Hall, 3400 12th St., NE, from 6:00-9:00 PM and will include dinner, dessert, music, cash bar, and a 50/50 raffle. The event is open to all Brookland neighbors and the cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children and you can pay at the door. (If you know of anyone who would like to attend but cannot afford it, please call Mike at (202) 526-4657.) Check out the flyer below for more details.

Saint Anthony's Spaghetti Dinner

Black Girls Code To Host Parent-Daughter Workshop At Noyes

Noyes School. Photo courtesy of DC Public Schools.
Noyes School. Photo courtesy of DC Public Schools.

We were excited to learn that the DC Chapter of Black Girls Code will be hosting a workshop at Brookland’s Noyes School on Saturday, June 11. From the event page:

During this workshop, participants and their parents will explore coding fundamentals combining circuits, and Makey Makeys or littleBits as we introduce The Internet of Things (IoT): a network of physical objects and devices that can be controlled with a series of sensors, electronics, and software used to control objects in the physical world…Our Tech Divas and their parent partners will learn a little bit about circuits and get to jump into the making and designing together as a team in this introductory IoT class for girls ages 6-13 and their parents / guardians. The workshop is designed to encourage student (and parent!)-driven learning, as participants think analytically, design, play and code in real-time.

Sounds awesome! As of now, it looks like the slots are filled, but sponsoring a girl or parent, or volunteering is always an option, as well as checking out future Black Girls Code events.

New Trinity Academic Center Dedication And Ribbon Cutting This Saturday

We have been tracking the development of the new Academic Center at Trinity Washington University since 2013. Now we are happy to report that there will be a Dedication Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting for the center at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2016. The 80,000-square foot, LEED certified building features state-of-the-art science and health labs and classrooms and was delivered on time and under budget. Check out this time-lapse video of the center being constructed.

I am a big fan of Trinity because they focus on making higher education accessible to populations that are traditionally under served. The majority of their students are first-generation college students, 90 percent are African-American or Hispanic and in-coming freshman have a median family income of $25,000. More than half of their students are from DC, and Trinity educates more D.C. residents than any other private college or university in the nation. Congrats on the new building – well done!

Trinity Washington University was founded in 1897 and is located at 125 Michigan Avenue NE.

Ban Ki-moon Visited Brookland Middle School

Photo courtesy of United Nations Information Center, Washington DC
Photo courtesy of United Nations Information Center, Washington DC

Brookland has seen it’s share of high-profile visitors lately. First Lady Michelle Obama visited in March, then Yo-yo Ma stopped by Noyes School in April, and now, last Thursday Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations visited Brookland Middle School. According to this press release from Mayor Bowser’s office:

Brookland Middle School is home to a green outdoor classroom, a solar learning station, geothermal heating and cooling system, exterior green wall, underground cisterns, rooftop solar array, pervious pavers, and more.

DC officials will hold a briefing for the Secretary-General on building sustainable schools, which will cover green construction, data driven efficiency, renewable energy, as well as waste reduction, recycling and composting.

Wow! How great for those kids. Brookland Middle School is located at 1150 Michigan Avenue, NE.

Outdoor Movie Night To Support Stokes School Sunday May 8th

Stokes SchoolNow that the weather is getting warmer, we are going to start seeing outdoor movie nights pop up – Hooray! This one, coming up on Sunday May 8th has a small cover charge ($5) but is for a good cause. From a community message:

Come on out to the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market on May 8th at 8pm to watch My Big Fat Greek Wedding! Thanks to co-sponsors Menkiti and Monroe Street Market, this outdoor movie night is a great opportunity to gather the community and support a neighborhood school, Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School.

The tickets are $5 each and include popcorn. All proceeds will benefit Stokes’ The Good Life event on May 21st at DC Brau. Get your tickets here or on site on the day of the event. For more information check out Stokes’ Facebook page here.

The Arts Walk is located at 716 Monroe St NE.


Yo-Yo Ma Visited Brookland’s Noyes Elementary School

The lucky kids at Brookland’s Noyes elementary school were treated to a visit from world renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma recently. Check out the video where you can see Mr. Ma interacting with the adorable kiddos and a snippet of his performance for them.

From a story in the Washington Post about Mr. Ma’s visit to the school:

But Noyes students had been learning about Ma and his music throughout the school year as part of the Obama administration’s Turnaround Arts program,which aims to help the nation’s most-struggling schools with an infusion of art into the curriculum.

Ma was assigned to be the school’s mentor artist, sending the students a personalized greeting video at the beginning of the academic year. The teachers have exposed the children to his music, his background as a child prodigy, and showed them videos of his performances.

Noyes Elementary School is located at 2725 10th Street, NE (10th and Franklin Streets).

BNCA To Sponsor Ft. Bunker Hill Park Clean Up Saturday

Pic from 2012 BNCA Cleanup
Pic from 2012 BNCA Cleanup

One of our favorite neighborhood features is Fort Bunker Hill Park. A national park, it is the highest point in Brookland and located within the borders of 13th, 14th, Otis and Perry Streets, NE. Unfortunately, sometimes it is in need of some TLC. That’s why we were happy to hear that the The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA)  will be sponsoring another cleanup event. From a message:

The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association – in partnership with the National Park Service – is hosting a cleanup event at Fort Bunker Hill Park from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on Saturday, April 9th. Fort Bunker Hill Park is managed by the National Park Service, and BNCA has formed a new partnership with them to provide local and long-term stewardship of the park.

We’ll focus primarily on cleaning up trash and debris, and we’ll provide all volunteers with work gloves and trash bags. Meet at the corner of 14th and Otis St. NE at 9:00 am. Children are encouraged to participate. For any high school students seeking school credit, please bring the forms from your school.

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