Dear Resident,

It's that time of year again, when your inbox fills up with 'b ack to school' emails, and the traffic on Miami Beach gets a little worse again (oh no!)

In this email, I'm sharing some news that illustrates the commitment to education on the part of the Office of The Mayor and Commission of Miami Beach.  We are proud that four of us currently have children in our Miami Beach public schools, and two of us (plus our City Manager) are themselves alumni of the feeder pattern!

Although education is a state and school board responsibility, we must find innovative ways for our City to encourage excellence in Miami Beach schools.  Strong schools make Miami Beach an all-around great and desirable place to live, and good schools enable our local businesses to attract talented people to come work and live in our fine City.

Feel free to email me with any ideas you have for our schools or community at large, Sincerely,

Commissioner John Elizabeth Alemán
Back to School 2016!
Voluntary Prekindergarten Education

The Miami Beach Commission approved funding for TWO additional VPK classes for Miami Beach families.  

The additional classes are being added at Biscayne Elementary and Fienberg-Fisher K8.

Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program (VPK) is a free prekindergarten program for 4 and 5-year-olds who reside in the City of Miami Beach.

Participating children must be 4 year of age on or before September 1.

Contact your neighborhood public school to enroll!

NMS parking
NMS parking
Nautilus Middle School
Leave Your Galoshes at Home!

Over the summer I spent some cycles facilitating between the City of Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County Public Schools, who partnered to completely clean out and recondition the drainage & well system to  address parking lot flooding at Nautilus Middle School.  

Combined with the new parking space bumpers I requested, the parking experience for parents and polo park users should be vastly improved.

Nautilus Middle School has also been busy preparing for the beginning of school with:

  • Installation of 12 water coolers with automatic bottle fill stations
  • Installation of 16 Exlerator hand dryers
  • Reparation and painting of the front entrance walkway stucco
  • Replacement of emergency eye wash and housing cabinet shelf in the science rooms
  • Replacement of 4 roof top exhaust fans for the girls' locker room
Dual Enrollment Opportunities
Now your Middle Schooler can earn college credit!

The Miami Beach Commission recently voted to support adding NEW dual enrollment at Nautilus Middle School thru the  Miami Dade College Dual Enrollment program!  (and continue the dual enrollment program at Miami Beach Senior High!)

NMS students will now have the opportunity to earn high school and Miami-Dade College credits in 8th grade through the Miami Dade College Dual Enrollment program.   

The opportunity for our students to enroll:
  • Shortens the time to attain a college degree or certificate
  • Saves students and parents money, as dual enrollment students are exempt from paying tuition and fees
  • Provides students with college credit that is transferable to a college or university
  • Grades earned through dual enrollment become part of a student’s permanent high school and college transcripts
Please visit https://www.mdc.edu/asa/hsp/ for more information.

Did You Know?  Your Miami Beach Senior High student can earn up to 2 years college credit (free!) while in High School!  Click HERE for more information on programs with FIU and MDC.
The NEW Culinary elective program at Miami Beach Senior High realizes the vision and 3 years of effort by Adrian Gonzalez, Beach High alum and owner of the iconic  David's Cafe  in Miami Beach.

I was proud to sponsor, and received unanimous support from my colleagues, for a $50K matching grant through the City that helped Adrian's dream come to fruition.

The new elective, which complements Beach High's Hospitality Program, uses an on-site classroom kitchen to support the aspirations of young chefs and promote healthy cooking habits with a palette from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
New MBSH Culinary Class
culinary class
Green Bicycle Lanes
NBE green lanes
Miami Beach has begun implementing green bicycle lanes to help protect cyclists.  Here are the current and projected areas where you can enjoy riding your bicycle more safely:
  • Alton Road: South Pointe Dr to 5th St. (including from Alton Road to Ocean Drive)
  • 16th St: from Washington Ave to Alton Rd.
  • Prairie Avenue: from 28th St. to 44th St.
  • Royal Palm Ave: from 42nd St. to 47th St.
  • 47th St.: from Pine Tree Drive to Alton Rd.
During the July Commission Meeting, we passed a unanimous Resolution urging the Florida Department of Transportation to stripe green bicycle lanes on the MacArthur Causeway and reposition the bicycle lane on the Julia Tuttle Causeway (I-195) to the other side of the protective barrier, separating vehicles from bicyclists.  
Did You Know?

The City of Miami Beach has an education compact with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and a
Quality Education Committee  (QEC) that meets monthly.

I am proud to serve alongside Commissioner Micky Steinberg as the Commission members on this important committee!

QEC Meetings are open to the public, and held in the City Manager's conference room on the 4th floor at City Hall.    The next QEC meeting is 8/23/16 at 9:00am.. JOIN US!

To learn more about education in Miami Beach, visit the City's  website .
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Throughout the first weeks of the school year, families in Miami Beach will be receiving a survey from MDCPS to gauge resident interest in a city bus route.  

I encourage those of you who are public school parents to be on the look out for the survey, please fill it out and let us know what you think!
School Bus Route Survey
Would Miami Beach benefit from having a city school bus route?

We want to hear from you!!!

Miami Dade County Public School District provides transportation to and from school for students who reside 2 miles or more from their school.  Seeing as Miami Beach is only 7 miles long, as a City we want to know whether or not Miami Beach parents would take advantage of a Miami Beach school bus service within the 2 mile radius.

As a City we are exploring options to mitigate rush hour traffic woes.   It is for this reason that I was happy to sponsor the idea of a city-wide school bus survey during our May City Commission meeting. 
Behavioral Health in Our Miami Beach Schools
Expansion of City's Nurse Enhancement Initiative

1 in 3 children suffers developmental or behavioral disabilities that limit their health and school performance. 

In response, the City of Miami Beach in partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools piloted a school-based program for the 2015-16 school year offering enhanced behavioral health screening, support and community referral services to children in three public schools in the Miami Beach feeder pattern.  Our Commission further expand this initiative during our April City Commission Meeting to include all public schools in our City. 

The nurse enhancement initiative engages students as active partners in mental health education and advocacy, which is paramount to reducing the stigma connected to mental health and improving the likelihood that those in distress seek help and receive the support that is needed.
    Additionally, the behavioral health team at the schools provide class presentations on topics such as bullying, relationships and anger management.


Visit the City's education page on miamibeachfl.gov for additional information.
    Don't Miss Out on Miami Beach Youth Baseball!
baseball
This Fall brings the 4th Season of the City of Miami Beach Little League baseball, for boys and girls ages 3 - 13.

To learn more, or just for fun, join us for:
A Day at the Ball Park
August 28, 2016 - North Shore Park
501 72nd St, Miami Beach
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The City of Miami Beach in Partnership with Danny Berry and Major League Baseball
invite Miami Beach residents to experience a day at the ball park!  

There will be clinics, games, $1.00 hot dogs and the opportunity to register for the upcoming season.
K-12 EASY Card Discounted Fare
Making it easier for students to get around!

In an effort to increase the ease and accessibility of public transportation for students, the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) recently announced the new online application for the K-12 EASY Card student discounted fare program.

Students attending public or private schools in Miami-Dade county can now apply online for a K-12 EASY Card discounted fare and ride Miami-Dade Transit to school at a discounted fare for half off every ride on Metrobus and Metrorail. The $2 cost of an EASY Card for new applicants is also waived as part of this program. 

Applications for the K-12 EASY Card are accepted all year round by visiting: http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/fares-k12.asp.       

Moving Miami Beach Forward Together!

Whether you are a Miami Beach resident or a business owner in our community, my office is here to help!  Our door is always open, so feel free to stop by or e-mail me at johnaleman@miamibeachfl.gov

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John E. Alemán | City of Miami Beach Commissioner| 305-673-7102| johnaleman@miamibeachfl.gov