Friday, May 3, 2013
Steve Dingledine, a fifth-grade teacher at Stoddert Elementary, continued this messy tradition
Steve Dingledine, a fifth-grade teacher at Stoddert Elementary, got creamed — chocolate cream to be precise — Thursday afternoon on the school playground. It was the fourth annual Pie in the Face day event. Two sisters baked their own pies — one chocolate and one cherry pie — and promptly shoved them in Dingledine's face to the delight of their schoolmates. Dingledine participates in this sweet and sticky tradition each year as part of a "thank you" to students who have just finished days of standardized testing under the District of Columbia Comprehensive assessment System. The honor of throwing a pie in his face is a prize auctioned each year at the PTA's annual Big Chili fundraiser. Fellow fifth-grade teacher Craig Duff led students …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The Band and Drill team of the Norwegian King’s Guard performed on the Stoddert Elementary field in Glover Park Tuesday.
One of only three performances by the Band and Drill team of the Norwegian King’s Guard during their current visit to the U.S. happened Tuesday right in Glover Park at Stoddert Elementary. A slight drizzle could not deter the 120-member King’s Guard as they performed a range of routines in full dress uniform on the Stoddert baseball field on Calvert Street, NW. One of the Stoddert fifth-grade classes is partnered with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington, D.C. as part of the Embassy Adoption Program. The King's Guard was in the D.C. area because of its participation in the Virginia International Tattoo—a military musical display—in Norfolk, Va. last week. The King's Guard in responsible for the safety of the Norwegian royal family. …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Several Georgetown area schools participated in the annual CELEBRATE YOUTH! choir festival at the Washington National Cathedral.
Nearly 300 students arrived separately by bus at the Washington National Cathedral Wednesday, easily grouped by their plaid skirts, senior sweatshirts and matching blazers, but by the night’s end, they meshed into a unified choir. The high school students represented nine schools, public, charter and private, in the District of Columbia as they participated in the 8th annual Cathedral Choral Society’s (CSS) CELEBRATE YOUTH! festival at the National Cathedral. “The directors love it and the kids love it,” Interim Executive Director of the CCS Margot Young told Patch. “This setting is for the kids to have a chance to sing and learn from kids that they would have otherwise never met.” Each choir performed either one or two chosen selections …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Harlem Globetrotters Mighty Mitchell and Flight Time Lang made an appearance at Holy Trinity School in Georgetown.
Students and teachers gave Harlem Globetrotters Mighty Mitchell and Flight Time Lang a rousing welcome to Georgetown at Holy Trinity School Wednesday afternoon. Mitchell and Lang offered lessons about bullying and showed a few lucky students and one teacher how to do a few special passes, the Globetrotter way. Check out the video to see how they did. Want to know more? Read our article on the Globetrotters' visit to Georgetown.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
F11, a group of women photographers, has put together an exhibit of photographs showcasing some of the many views of the Potomac River.
F11, a women’s photography collective based in the DC area currently has an exhibit on display at the Beatley Central Library in Alexandria, Va. and it’s all about the pulse of the Potomac River. Collective member Christine Bernstein of Old Town said the group was “initially drawn to the project because of the river’s extraordinary beauty despite the decline of water quality and the effects of construction along its four-mile course.” At the Beatley exhibit, nine photographers showcase 22 images of the river, paying homage to its many facets of beauty – nature, bridges and industry, including pollution. For more DC area arts news, sign up for the Georgetown Patch free, daily email newsletter. Some of the group’s members are …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The nation's spiritual home celebrated Shrove Tuesday with its annual pancake races.
Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 12, was a beautiful day for...flipping pancakes in the fresh air. And why not? After all—it was Shrove Tuesday (i.e. Mardi Gras). The Washington National Cathedral's Shrove Tuesday Pancake Races—which have taken place on the last Tuesday before Lent in front of the west entrance of the cathedral for more than a decade—showcased the pancake-flipping skills of many of the cathedral's staff members, as well as of some of the students at the cathedral's St. Albans School, National Cathedral School and Beauvior elementary school. Check out our photo gallery of last year's event. Contestants in the pancake races (there were several heats' worth of races) were given a skillet and an official (frozen) pancake. At the word "…
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Washington's mascot was joined by one of the racing presidents in Georgetown Thursday.
Thursday evening, popular racing president Teddy Roosevelt and Washington Nationals mascot Screech were skating at the Georgetown waterfront as part of the Offseason on Ice event. Since baseball was gone from DC for so long, Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said the team is trying to build a base of "life-long nationals fans," by courting young professionals. Teddy and Screech attended the event Thursday and could be seen posing for photos and high-fiving skaters on the rink. Nick's Riverside Grill hosted the first annual Young Benefactors Offseason on Ice event, which supports the Nationals Dream Foundation. The foundation's primary beneficiaries are: Get daily and breaking news email updates from Georgetown Patch by signing up for …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The Georgetown conversion project is part of Pepco's Reliability Enhancement Plan.
Pepco trucks will continue to dot the landscape in Georgetown for the next several weeks as crews work on the Georgetown conversion project. The conversion project in Georgetown is part of the $318 million Pepco 5-year Reliability Enhancement Plan for the District of Columbia. As part of the project, crews are installing new electrical conduits and replacing the existing 4kV feeders with 13kV feeders that will increase the capacity of the electrical system for the neighborhood. Work areas so far have included: After this week work will continue onto 35th Street south of of Volta Place, NW, though Marcus Beal, a Pepco spokesperson was unable to confirm when that work would begin. Beal also said there may be additional work areas in the …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
DC's own Groundhog Day tradition continued Saturday.
Potomac Phil, DC's own prognosticating groundhog, made his second annual appearance in Dupont Circle Saturday, predicting an early spring and six more weeks (or months) of political gridlock. Ward 2 Councilman and Georgetown resident Jack Evans was the official interpreter of Phil's prediction. This year's event featured a polka especially for the occasion—check out the video above to hear it. Check out Patch blogger Steve Dingledine's account of the event here. Meanwhile Phil's Pennsylvania cousin, Punxsutawney Phil, also predicted an early spring. More:
Saturday, January 26, 2013
"Mr. D" ran into the icy waters of the Potomac River Saturday.
Stoddert Elementary School teacher Steve Dingledine plunged into the icy waters of the Potomac River at National Harbor as part of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network's (CCAN) 8th annual Polar Bear Plunge Saturday. Dingledine, known at Stoddert as "Mr. D," was one of 169 dedicated fundraisers listed on the event website. According to the CCAN explanation of the event, "Our mission is to build and mobilize a powerful grassroots movement in this unique region that surrounds our nation’s capital to call for state, national and international policies that will put us on a path to climate stability." "Mr. D" has done the plunge previously and is known for taking the extra step for a good cause. Each year he is an auction item at the Big Chili…