July 2011 Newsletter
BWS Newsletter July 2011
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July 2011
In this issue
BWS Report Card
Ducks Unlimited
Volunteer Highlight
CDF Freedom School
New Faces at BWS
Donate Now


Greetings Family and Friends of BWS,

The 2010-2011 school year has come to a close, and what a year it's been! Our inaugural class, many of whose members joined us when they were 4 years old, is preparing to enter 2nd grade. Watching them blossom this year has been a constant reminder of what the Walker School is all about.  The boys have experienced a lot this year, including visiting the White House, singing at the National Press Club and playing an intra-squad scrimmage at half-time of a St. Albans varsity lacrosse game.  What I'll remember most, however,  is a first grader whose reading proficiency in September was such that he struggled to string a few basic words together, but who recently came to my office to proudly and confidently read me a story that he had written in class.  Small victories are the bricks that form the solid foundation that will allow our students to reach their full potential. Thanks for being a part of this glorious work!





James R. Woody

Executive Director




The faculty, staff and students at BWS are excited to have completed another successful school year. Our students are continuing to meet or exceed the District of Columbia's academic standards. This year we introduced several activities that we are excited about continuing in the fall including CTechnology ub Scouts, the Lacrosse Program, the Arts, Music and Movement Program and the African Dance and Drumming Program.

Our parents continued to be an integral part of our program and committed hundreds of hours of volunteer service to BWS this year. In addition, parents have formed the first BWS Parent Teachers Association in an effort to better support their children. The parents did an excellent job both helping to fundraise for the school and host events. Parents held doughnut sales and a Ladies and Gents (mother/son) Dance to help fund their efforts in support of Teacher Appreciation Week.

As BWS continues to grow, we are excited to announce that over 90% of our current students will be returning next year.  Thanks to the hard work of our faculty, staff, parents and other supporters, we expect to be close to full enrollment in the fall, with waiting lists in some grades. We are proud that our reputation is building in the community and look forward to the 2011-2012 school year.

Ducks Unlimited

On June 25th, BWS boys participated in the 2011 Ducks Unlimited excursion with fathers, grandfathers, staff and friends of BWS. The event took place on the Chesapeake Bay and the boys participated in a variety of activities including archery, fishing, birdhouse building and rifle practice. They also sat for dog hunting and waterfowl carving demonstrations. An expert carver demonstrated how unfinished wood can be carved into an incredibly accurate reproduction of waterfowl seen on the Chesapeake Bay. One chaperone said, "The most intense bonding moment was the building of bird houses for each boy. The natural male instinct to build came to the forefront for each boy and male chaperone."

This event was organized by the Men's Forum at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Foggy Bottom under the leadership of Lionel Gloster. This parish has been very supportive of the school and our boys since our inception. We would like to thank them for their hospitality in organizing such a wonderful event.





Kathy Herman, a BWS supporter since 2010, is the coordinator of our Lunch Buddies Program. She ensures that a steady stream of positive male role models spend time with our boys during the school day. Kathy also assisted BWS principal, Angela Garcia, in identifying tools to use for student admissions assessments and training teachers in using those tools.

According to Ms. Garcia, "The Lunch Buddies Program is a success because of Kathy. Kathy spends a great deal of time making phone calls and emailing our Lunch Buddies to schedule their visits. She is persistent and relentless because she knows how important it is to the boys to have these men be present at our school each week."  

BWS would like to express our sincere appreciation for Kathy's continued service and dedication to the school.



 BWS Serves as a Childrens Defense Fund Freedom School Site


This summer, in partnership with the United Planning Organization, BWS is serving as the site for a Children's Defense Fund Freedom School. The program provides summer enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increase self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes toward leadership. Children are taught using a model curriculum that supports children and families on five essential components: high quality academic enrichment; parent and family involvement; civic engagement; social action; intergenerational leadership development; and nutrition, health and mental health. The components of the program align with the values of BWS, particularly in our efforts to serve the whole child as well as the parents and family.

New Members of the BWS Family


BWS is excited to announce new faculty and staff appointments for the upcoming school year. BWS will be welcoming a new second grade teacher, first grade lead teacher, first grade assistant teacher, a school counselor and art teacher.

Therese Farmeris our new school counselor. She is a graduate of Shaw University and holds a MAT in school counseling from Trinity University. Therese is a former DCPS elementary school teacher and is currently president of the D.C. Counselors Association. 

Jana Gowan is our new first grade lead teacher. She is a former BWS intern through the Trinity Episcopal Church Volunteer Program. Jana holds a M.A. from the University of Warwick Coventry, UK and a teaching certificate from Shady Hill School Teacher Training Course. She taught English in Japan and tutored at the Epiphany School in Dorchester, MA.

Our new first grade assistant teacher, Andrew Jeong, is a graduate of St. Albans School and holds a B.A. from Cornell University. He recently finished a teaching internship at the Park School of Baltimore and received a Bishop John T. Walker Fellowship from the Samaritans Children Home.

Our new second grade lead teacher is Yonnette Moore. Yonnette is a native Washingtonian and a graduate of Howard University. Yonnette will graduate from Marygrove College with a M.A. in reading this summer. She comes to BWS with more than 10 years teaching experience and is a former kindergarten and 2nd grade teacher at St. Anthony Catholic School in Washington, DC

Bevadine Terrell, is a 13 year veteran DCPS art teacher and assistant principal. A native of D.C., Bevadine taught at both Benjamin Banneker and Dunbar High School. She holds an MFA in sculpture and a BFA in art education. 


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