by Tim Regan December 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm 0

RossSchool_Borderstan_ScrollThough it doesn’t really feel like winter outside, students from Ross Elementary School in Dupont will make sure businesses and bystanders along 17th Street NW get in the holiday spirit tonight.

Ross students will gather at Pansaari (1603 17th St. NW) at 5:30 p.m. and travel up and down the street singing seasonal songs and dispensing holiday cheer, said Dupont Circle Main Streets executive director Bill McLeod.

“We did this last year, and it was a hoot,” McLeod said. “The kids from Ross School were amazing, and merchants [along 17th Street] loved it.”

Though the caroling will only last for an hour, the warm feelings that follow may linger for the entire evening.

by Tim Regan December 1, 2015 at 2:55 pm 0

Christmas-Tree-Colection_BorderstanThe holiday season is here, and you know what that means: It’s time for like every media outlet in town to put out a big “list” or “roundup” or “things-to-do” post. Eater has one. Thrillist also has one. DCist has a cool little shopping guide.

Well, we here at Borderstan don’t subscribe to those rules, which is why — oh. Wait a moment. Just in: It turns out we do subscribe to those rules. Well then. Guess I’ll have to cut this diatribe short. In keeping with those seasonal bylaws, here’s our obligatory holiday roundup:

Wanna buy a tree?

  • Columbia Heights Farmers Market, located at the intersection of Kenyon and 14th streets NW between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturdays, has them — but only for the next two weeks.
  • Ross Elementary School (1730 R St. NW) will sell trees Dec. 4-6 and 12 for a good cause.
  • Bancroft Elementary School (1755 Newton St. NW) will sell them this weekend.
  • The tree lot at Sixth Engine (438 Massachusetts Ave. NW) is now open for business.
  • School Without Walls at Francis Stevens will sell trees at Old City Farm and Guild (925 Rhode Island Ave. NW) this weekend.

Wanna see Santa?

  • Lamont Park (3258 Mt Pleasant St. NW) will serve as host for a holiday celebration this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The fat red guy will be there.
  • Dupont Circle’s tree lighting ceremony at the corner of Connecticut Ave. and R St. NW this Thursday at 4 p.m. will also star the world-famous gift-giver. And he’ll take photos with your dogs.
  • The Columbia Heights tree-lighting extravaganza and holiday market this Saturday in Civic Plaza at 4 p.m. may feature an appearance from the head elf.

Wanna go to the market?

  • The Georgia Avenue Winter Market takes place this Saturday at 3400 Georgia Ave. NW at 11 a.m. Expect vendors selling arts and crafts, art displays, performances and food.
  • Christkindlmarkt, Heurich House Museum’s holiday market, takes place this Saturday and Sunday at noon.
  • More than a dozen vendors will gather at Miss Pixie’s (1626 14th St. NW) for the store’s holiday market on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
  • Old City Farm and Guild (925 Rhode Island Ave. NW) will transform into a holiday market every Saturday until Dec. 19.

Wanna feel the holiday spirit?

  • Shaw ANC 6E Commissioner Rachelle Nigro will go caroling with locals this Sunday at 6 p.m.
  • Donate toys during a toy donation party at the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, D.C. (474 Ridge St. NW) on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m.
  • Party with Shaw residents next Monday at the Howard Theatre at 7 p.m. (Note: Though this event is free, reservations are required)
  • Tour Logan Circle homes and halls decked in holiday cheer this Sunday at 1 p.m.

Wanna drink and eat the holiday spirit instead?

  • There’s a “Hannukah happy hour” with bottomless latkes at Commissary (1443 P St. NW) next Monday.
  • Mockingbird Hill (1843 7th St. NW) transforms into Christmas/Hannukah cocktail bar “Miracle on 7th Street” every night this month.
  • Christmas beers abound at Black Squirrel (2427 18th St. NW) in Adams Morgan this Friday at 5 p.m.
  • Likewise, Logan Circle beer bar ChurchKey (1337 14th St. NW) will host a holiday tap takeover with 35 beers on Monday, Dec. 14.
  • For $10, you can don a janky sweater at Duplex Diner (2004 18th St. NW) next Friday.
  • Do Christmas beers pair well with gingerbread houses? Find out at Vetnor Sports Cafe (2411 18th St. NW) next Friday at 11 p.m.

Wanna see a show?

  • Super Art Fight will host a non-denominational show at Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW) this Friday at 9 p.m.
  • Keegan Theatre’s (1742 Church St. NW) original play “An Irish Carol” returns to the Dupont playhouse next Saturday.

What’d we miss? Let us know by e-mailing or tweeting at us.

by Tim Regan October 7, 2015 at 11:30 am 0

Mounted police escorted dozens of Ross Elementary School students on their way to school along R Street NW earlier this morning.

The school’s PTA organized the event for Walk and Bike to School Day, an annual occurrence that prompts students across the U.S. to do exactly that.

From 8-8:40 a.m., police on horseback watched over the students as they walked, biked, skateboarded and scooted to school. And the event even attracted a celebrity: Police mascot McGruff the Crime Dog made an appearance and doled out hugs.

Photos by Luis Gomez

by June 4, 2013 at 8:00 am 0


A suspicious car on the 1700 block of R Street NW on Monday afternoon. (Anna Carr and Luis Gomez Photos)

Yesterday at around 3 pm R Street was closed to traffic for several hours by DC Police from 16th Street to New Hampshire Avenue. A suspicious vehicle, a black Honda Civic, was parked across from Ross Elementary School on the 1700 block of R Street NW.

The man believed to be the driver was taken by the police in custody after they saw what appeared to be propane canisters inside the car. Police evacuated several buildings, including Ross Elementary School as a precaution.

The Honda Civic had stickers that read “Death to Capitalism.”

NBC-4 has more details and reported that “No hazardous materials were found in the car, according to D.C. police. The Secret Service is at the scene and may take over the investigation, D.C. police said.”

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by April 25, 2013 at 9:30 am 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

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Ross Elementary School at 1730 R Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Ross Elementary School‘s annual Mother’s and Father’s Day “Buy-a-Book-for-Kids” event will take place April 26-29 at two locations: The Safeway on 17th Street NW and the Dupont Farmers Market.

The fundraiser — which is the third largest for the school– helps Ross buy appropriate and updated books for its classrooms and library.

However, this book sale isn’t like most. Here’s how it works:

  1. Participants donate $25 to buy a book for the Ross library in honor of a loved one. 
  2. The Ross PTA sends the honoree a letter informing them of the gift in their name. Letters are timed to arrive on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, depending on the request of the buyer. 
  3. Then, the PTA inserts a book-plate inscribed with the donor and honoree’s names in the book purchased.
  4. Ross students enjoy quality literature for years to come, and loved ones are honored!

Here’s when you can take part in “Buy-a-Book-for-Kids.”

Dates and Places

  • Friday, April 26: 8 am to 9 am in front of Ross Elementary; 3 to 4 pm in front of Ross Elementary School, 1730 R Street NW.
  • Saturday, April 27: 9 am to 4 pm in front of the 17th Street Safeway, Church and 17th Street NW.
  • Sunday, April 28: 9 am to 1 pm at Dupont Farmers Market, Massachusetts Avenue and 20th Street NW.
  • Monday, April 29: 8 am to 9 am in front of Ross Elementary; 3 to 4 pm in front of Ross Elementary.

Can’t make it to one of the sales? Donations are also welcome online or by mail.

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by March 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]


Students from Ross Elementary are some of the kids that will be affected by cuts to Fillmore Arts Center. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The DC Department of Public Schools’ (DCPS) 2013-2014 budget includes cuts to the Fillmore Arts Center that leave the program “with no hope of viability,” the Friends of Fillmore group says.

Fillmore — part of the DC Public School system — provides classes, workshops and summer programs in dance, music, theater, visual arts, creative writing and media arts to more than 3,500 DC Public School students each year. The students who benefit from the programs are pulled from Garrison, Hearst, Houston, Hyde, Key, Raymond, Ross, Stoddert and River Terrace schools.

According to Friends of Fillmore — the PTA group who started a petition in response to the cuts — per-pupil funding at the school has dropped by 40 percent in the last four years. The latest round of cuts will force Fillmore’s principal to eliminate four of the five full-time teaching positions that remain at the arts school.

Friends of Fillmore is asking DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson to restore $300,000 to Fillmore’s budget for next year. This amount would restore the school’s budget to about what it was in the 2011-2012 school year.

“You need to remember that instruction in different areas of art don’t just make artists, it makes flexible, creative thinkers with critical minds ready to problem solve,” says Kelly Richmond, board chair of Friends of Fillmore, in a letter. “Arts training builds student confidence, perseverance, focus and dedication. These children will be asked to collaborate, work with constructive feedback and express themselves non-verbally when they learn in the arts. All skills I want in my future neighbors, employees, mortgage bankers, librarians, bus drivers, frankly anybody I encounter. Don’t you?”

So far, the petition has more than 600 signatures of support. Fillmore Arts Center has been active for more than 30 years. It operates two locations, including one at 1819 35th Street NW and one at 915 Spring Road NW.

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by March 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

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Ross School kids. (Lee Granados)

Mark your calendars! Ross Elementary School will host its fifth annual fundraising auction on Saturday, March 23, at 5 pm. Location is the German Marshall Fund at 1711 R Street NW.

However, bidders beware: The online bidding is open, so go online now or show up at the auction if you want to purchase some great items and help the kids and teachers at Ross.

Items for this year’s auction include a Cancun getaway, a Disney family vacation and gift cards to some spots in the neighborhood, among others. (We are told there items to bid on for everyone, including certificates to more than 80 local restaurants, 10 local hotels and vacations galore.)

Last year’s event raised almost $50,000 for technology, teacher enrichment and after-school programs at Ross. All proceeds from the auction benefit Ross School at 1730 R Street NW, which serves children in preschool through 5th Grade.

The event is free and is open to the community. Those who don’t want to bid on an item can also make a donation online. For more information, visit the website or the Facebook page.

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by February 27, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

From David McAuley. Email at david[AT]


Pizza time! Buy HomeMade Pizza to benefit Ross School. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Give yourself a break tonight and help the kids at Ross Elementary School.

The Borderstan branch of HomeMade Pizza is donating a portion of proceeds from the sales of its most popular items for one day only. The fundraiser starts at 1pm today and ends at closing. The promotion applies to all online, phone and in-person orders, but all orders must be picked up at the store, 1522 14th Street NW; no delivery is available. Their phone number is 202-588-0808.

“This is a straight donation,” said Melisa Niane, DC District Manager for HomeMade Pizza. “We don’t upcharge our products on the fundraising day… our customers simply purchase a HomeMade dinner at the normal price and we donate money based on that.”

The Parent Teacher Association at Ross Elementary will receive $4 for every deep-dish pizza sold, $3 for every large pizza and 10″ gluten-free pizza sold, and a percentage from sales of other items, including gift cards and catering orders.

Ross Elementary PTA supports many activities at the school, including field trips, staff development, classroom supplies, classroom technology and parent education. This is their first fundraising event with HomeMade Pizza.

Ross Elementary School is at 1730 R Street. It has about 150 students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade and has been in operation since 1888.

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by November 29, 2012 at 9:00 am 1,448 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT] 


The 2011 Ross PTA Christmas tree sale. (Luis Gomez Photos)

On Saturday, December 1, Ross Elementary School will hold its annual holiday tree sale, bake sale, open house and book fair.

The one-stop holiday fundraiser starts at 10 am at the school (1730 R Street NW). Here are the details on the various events of the day:

  • Holiday Tree Sale: Fresh trees and wreaths will be sold from 10 am until 4 pm. Don’t have a car to lug home your new evergreen? Ross is offering free delivery within the neighborhood on trees. Prices start at $45. The tree sale will run every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am until
    4 pm, through December 16th — or until the last tree is sold.
  • Holiday Bake Sale: If all of that tree shopping works up an appetite, bring your blood sugar right back up with homemade goodies from the bake sale, which will run from 9 am until 2 pm. The table will have cookies, cakes, pies and breads baked fresh by Ross community members.
  • Holiday Book Fair: The book fair will start at 10 am and go through 1 pm this Saturday and again on Monday Dec. 3 from 8 am until 4 pm. The book fair will be held in the Nelick Library, located on the lower level of the school. Up to 35 percent of all in-person purchases will be donated by the vendor to Ross. If you can’t make it to the book fair this weekend, catch the online book fair through December 12. Visit and enter “Ross” under Organization Code; 20 percent of online purchases will be donated to Ross.
  • Ross Open House: Thinking of sending your young one to Ross? Take a tour of the school between 10 am and noon before joining in on all of the day’s other seasonal activities.

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by October 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm 1,958 2 Comments


Holiday Tree pre-sale benefits Ross Elementary School. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

The weather is (finally) getting cooler, Halloween candy is spilling off the shelves and, believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner.

The Ross Elementary School PTA is giving you the opportunity to get a head start on that holiday to-do list through its holiday tree pre-sale. Those who pre-order are guaranteed a tree within a certain size range and free delivery. Each year the Ross PTA holds a holiday tree sale to raise funds for the school.

You heard right: No need to tie that tree onto your bike, Zipcar or taxi, because it will be delivered directly to you.

How to Pre-Order Online

  • Check out the sizes and prices of available trees (page 2 of the flyer).
  • Send an email to RossTreeSale[AT] with your name, the delivery address and the preferred delivery dates (December 1, 2, 8 and 9)
  • After sending the email reserving a tree, please visit the Ross Elementary website and click on the “Donate” button on the middle of the page and complete your payment.
  • All pre-orders end at 5 pm on October 19.

Pre-order sales will also take place at Ross Elementary on Wednesday, October 10, and Wednesday, October 17. On-site sales at Ross (1730 R Street NW) begin Saturday-Sunday, December 1-2, and continue for the following two weekends.

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by October 2, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,482 1 Comment

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]


Ross Elementary School. (Luis Gomez Photos)

October 3 is the annual Walk to School Day at Ross Elementary School. There will be no left-side parking on R Street NW (between 17th Street NW and the main entrance of Ross) from 8 to 9 am on Wednesday morning.

Walk to School Day is an international effort organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America to promote health, sustainability and the need for more walkable communities.

For more information about Ross Elementary School’s walk, contact Stephanie Mencimer at smencimer[AT]

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by September 21, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,529 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

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Ross Elementary School. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Ross Elementary School (1730 R Street NW) is hosting an Open House tomorrow, Saturday, September 22, for prospective parents of elementary school-aged children and community members interested in learning more about the local public school.

The event will run from 10 until noon, and will include a tour of the school with parents of current students and a meet-and-greet with teachers. There is no need to pre-register; if you have any specific questions prior to the event, contact Claudia Grinius ([email protected]) or Megan Lacchini Smith ([email protected]).

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by August 7, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,370 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

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Ross Elementary School renovations are almost complete. (Luis Gomez Photos)

As summer winds down, signs reminding us that the kids will soon be back in school soon are everywhere (not just in those annoying Target commercials).

This year, the students (and faculty) at Ross Elementary School have more to look forward to than a new pair of jeans and some fresh notebooks. Over the summer, construction crews have been working hard to renovate the R Street NW public school.

Inside, old doorways were demolished, AC window units were removed and floors were ripped up and refinished. The school received new classroom ceiling grids, plumbing fixtures, water fountains and classroom sinks, and crews replaced data lines, electrical switchgear equipment, outlets and light fixtures throughout the building.

The exterior of the school also received some TLC with a new HVAC system (a total of seven outdoor units) and an upgraded conduit for cables.

Construction at Ross Elementary is expected to take roughly three more weeks, and Principal Searl and her staff are scheduled to move back into the facility the week of August 20.

So pack those backpacks, kids! And enjoy your new school!

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by May 4, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,581 0

From Alden Leonard. Contact him at alden[AT] and follow him @aldenleonard on Twitter.

Ross Elementary School is offering you a chance to get a leg-up on your Mother’s and Father’s Day shopping while also helping fund a local school. Ross serves pre-K through 5th grade children at 1730 R Street NW.

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Ross Elementary School students. (Lee Granados)

During their “Buy-a-Book-for-Kids” Event this Saturday and Sunday, when you donate $25 in honor of a loved one, Ross Elementary will send the honoree a letter informing them of your gift.

Your donation will buy a new book for the school, helping keep their library and classrooms stocked and in commemoration, will include a bookplate with your name and the name of your honoree.

You have the choice of having the letter to your honoree(s) arrive in time for Mother’s Day (May 13), Father’s Day (June 17), or anytime in-between.

Look for Ross Tables on the Street

“Buy-a-Book-for-Kids” will be accepting donations at the following times and locations:

  • Saturday, May 5, 9 am to 1 pm outside the Safeway at Corcoran and 17th Streets NW.
  • Saturday, May 5, 2 to 6 pm outside the TD Bank at 15th and P Streets NW.
  • Sunday, May 6, 9 am to 1 pm at the Dupont Farmers’ Market on 20th Street NW.

Questions? Shoot rossfundraising[AT] an email.

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by April 25, 2012 at 3:30 pm 1,982 0

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Time for spring cleanup of the tree boxes on 17th Street NW. Pictured: Sarah from OLD CITY green doing fall maintenance work last October. (Borderstan file photo)

The Urban Neighborhood Alliance and Ross Elementary School PTA are hosting a neighborhood spring cleanup and rummage sale on Saturday, April 28 from 9 am to 2 pm. The rummage sale will be at Ross Elementary School, 1730 R Street NW. You can also bring items for recycling — ones that are more difficult to recycle, such as electronics, paint cans, batteries and light bulbs.

In addition, it will be clean-up day on 17th Street NW, with volunteers picking up trash and cleaning and tending the tree boxes between New Hampshire Avenue and P Street NW. Stonewall Sports and OLD CITY green have donated the mulch for the tree boxes along 17th. After the cleanup, volunteers are invited to Local 16’s outdoor patio for complimentary drinks and pizza (New Hampshire Avenue side of Local 16, which is at 1602 U Street NW).

Book a Table and Sell Your Stuff

There are only 50 tables to rent out with 2 chairs at each table. Tables are given on a first come, first served basis. Reservations for tables will only be given to Ward 2 residents (professional vendors are not allowed to book tables).

To book at table: Please send the following information to Sarah at sb.gilmore[AT] (1) Your Name, (2) Home Address (must be a Ward 2 resident) and (3) Phone Number. You will receive a response confirming that a table is available and providing instructions for paying via PayPal.  Reservation is not complete until payment has been received!

Recycling and Waste Disposal

  • Get rid of old paint cans, batteries, light bulbs, and other waste!
  • Recycle old electronics (laptops to printer cartridges) and help the Ross PTA raise money.
  • Dump your bulk trash items without having to arrange a pickup!
  • Shred all those papers piled up on your desk at our shredding station!

Neighborhood Cleanup and Beautification

  • Help your neighbors pick up trash in flower boxes and along the sidewalk.
  • Water and fertilize the flower boxes along 17th Street.

For more information about recycling and the the 17th Street cleanup, contact Jesse at neighborhoodcleanupDC[AT]

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