Bears Bulletin

Summer Edition

Week of August 3rd, 2020

A Message from Principal Jackson

Hello Miner Families,

I hope everyone is finding time to get some rest and relaxation time this summer! As we get closer to school opening for SY 20-21, I wanted to share some very high level information about what to expect for shifts for Virtual Learning coming this fall. Please keep in mind that much of this evolving quickly - school leaders and leadership teams are in training this week to learn more and spend time planning.

DCPS has made several commitments to shifts from the distance learning of this past spring to what virtual learning will look like in the fall. These include:

1) More 'live' and synchronous learning opportunities with teachers each week.

2) Consolidating platforms to make it easier for families to know where to go to access the learning required.

3) Consistency of schedules and communication through the consolidation of platforms will make it easier to plan and predict the learning experiences.

4) Attendance and participation will be required and tracked for all students.

Attached to this email is a graphic that will let families know the high level expectations for a schedule of learning. Please take a few minutes to look at these and know that more specific schedules for grade levels will be shared once they are completed.

We have had a good response so far to the DCPS technology survey but we want to hear from everyone! Even if you have technology, please take 2 minutes to fill out the survey with DCPS - they started sharing that information with the school so we can help reach out to families who have not year completed it. It can be found here: tech Survey

We miss our students very much and cannot wait to 'see' them in the near future!

DCPS Schools remain closed to normal business at this time and teachers are on leave so if you need anything from the school, here are the best contacts to use:


Principal Jackson -

Ms. Offor -

Stay safe and let the school know if we can be of any assistance.


Principal Jackson

Tuesday Family Poll

Please share your feedback on this 2 question poll!

Updates and Information

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On Saturday, July 25 the Miner Mutual Aid Network held its first Community Table event. Miner volunteers set up distribution of children’s books and toys; masks, gloves, cleaning supplies and other household items; school supplies; and non-perishable food boxes. Over 70 members of the community were on hand to receive support.

The Miner Mutual Aid Action Team is grateful for the Ward 6 Mutual Aid Network and Serve Your City for assistance with the event and for providing food, and thanks all volunteers for helping to make the day a success. Planning has begun on an August event and we will provide details when we have them.

If you are interested in offering support or are in need of assistance, please complete the Mutual Aid intake form found here.

If you are aware of employment opportunities, we ask that you also complete this short form.

In solidarity,

The Miner Mutual Aid Network

Technology Needs - SY 20-21

Please complete this link if your student needs technology for distance learning. If you have emailed and heard back from Principal Jackson then you do NOT need to complete this as well.

Aftercare Partner (1st-5th Grade)

While we wait to hear about aftercare enrollment information please see below message from The Fishing School.

Get excited! Miner parents and guardians have the opportunity to enroll in FREE afterschool programming with The Fishing School (TFS) for the coming school year. This highly engaging, academic and life-skills program is a great opportunity for our students, and they are fully equipped for in person, virtual, or hybrid lessons and activities to meet Miner's needs for the 2020-2021 school year. If you are interested in daily, interactive, and educational afterschool lessons and activities for your child, enroll them at or visit to learn more.


Feeding Site

As a reminder, Miner Elementary School is a feeding site for the community throughout the summer. Families can come in and pick up meals Mondays-Fridays from 10am-2pm.

Miner Gear - Back on Sale

Interested in a Miner T-shirt or lawn sign from the PTO? Please email for more detials! And remember, Miner gear counts as the daily uniform!

Pay online and pick up/delivery is contactless!

School Playground Access

Per the Mayors orders, the Miner ES K-5 Playground is accessible during the hours the school is open. Custodians open the playground by 8:30am and close it at 2:30pm. Entry is only available through the door on the parking lot side of the building. Please ensure you adhere to social distancing and safe play while using the facility.

Enrollment for SY 20-21

Every family is required to re-enroll each year in DCPS. If you have not done so already, please complete your enrollment here.

If you have questions or need support with enrollment please email

DCPS Calendar for Next Year

DCPS has released a revised calendar for next year. It is attached at the bottom of the newsletter under Files and Documents as a PDF.

Files and Documents

MES Feedback Form

Please feel free to use this to share anonymous feedback with the Miner Elementary School Administrative team.