December 9, 2017

Hello Hearst Families,

It’s time again for Enrichment Session Enrollment!  We are excited to offer a wide assortment of courses, including many new to our programming.  Contained within this very lengthy message you will find the following:

  1. Overview of programming

  2. Registration Process

  3. Course descriptions (alphabetically)

  4. Enrichment Policies and Procedures

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly at


We have three categories of classes offered: Teacher-Led Clubs, PTA-Sponsored and Private Vendors.  PTA-sponsored and Teacher-led clubs are enrolled via links provided by us; however, private vendor programs (Mad Science, Karate, etc.) are enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis.  The links for the Teacher-Led and PTA-Sponsored Classes will open at 10am on Monday, December 11.  Private Vendor classes can be enrolled using their organizations' websites, as listed below.

Attached to this message is the schedule for all Winter Enrichment Class Offerings.  Information on each course is detailed below alphabetically.

The enrichment session will run for 8 weeks, from Monday, January 22nd – Friday March 16th, unless stated otherwise.  The week of March 19th-23rd will possibly be available for potential make-up dates. Make-up sessions for any enrichment classes cancelled because of unexpected school closure or teacher cancellation will be scheduled to the extent possible.  Every effort will be made for each class to have 8 sessions but please be understanding if that becomes impossible due to time constraints.

TEACHER-LEDCLUBS: These are run entirely by teachers, but the PTA assists with some of the logistics like sign-ups, coordinating volunteers, and sharing information.

Boys and Girls Basketball – Mr. Coleman’s basketball teams are already underway.  Check out the teams and come support our Hearst Owls at games!

Chorus: Ms. Baker will be continuing with 2 sections of Chorus again in the Winter.  The younger group will be including Kindergarten as well!  Make sure to sign up again even if you were enrolled in the fall via the links here:

Mondays 3:30-4:30 (K - 2nd) REGISTER HERE (opens Monday 12/11)

Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 (3rd - 5th) REGISTER HERE (opens Monday 12/11)


These are organized and coordinated by the PTA (e.g., Photography Club, Drawing, Theater, etc).  Each class is $25 for the full 8-week session; however, an additional cost may be applicable for STEM with Mr. Munz (details are below). 


Private Vendor classes will continue to operate on a first-pay, first-served basis, with registration primarily set up by those providers.  See below for registration and contact information.  These include French, Spanish, Mad Science, Karate, Dance, etc.  The PTA provides some organizational help for them but does not operate them. Please note that some private vendor programs follow a different schedule (i.e., have fewer than 8 week sessions or more than 8 week sessions).

Note: If you sign your child up for a private vendor program, please email us at to let us know which class your child is signed up for and what your child’s aftercare situation is (e.g., Innis, Rec, or parent pick-up). Not all vendors collect aftercare information and we need to know so the PTA can coordinate getting kids to and from classes.



Registration, enrollment, and payment for the enrichment program will operate as follows:

For the PTA-sponsored enrichment classes, students will be asked to pay a $25 administration and supplies fee for each class they attend.  An additional cost may be applicable for STEM with Mr. Munz.

If there is more demand for a class than spots available, class assignments will be done by random lottery. Each student will be assigned to one class before any students will get into more than one class. The registration form will allow parents to specify their class preferences for each student. In the Winter & Spring enrichment sessions, preference will be given to students who have not previously participated in any enrichment class.

Private Vendor classes are run entirely by the vendor providing the class and registration is done on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please contact those vendors (links provided) to register and answer any questions you may have.

Timeline for PTA-sponsored enrichment classes (details below)

Monday, Dec 11:  Online registration opens (10am); REGISTER HERE

Friday, Dec 22: Online registration closes (10pm)

Friday, Jan 5: Initial class assignments sent out via email

Friday, Jan 12: Enrollment confirmation deadline to hold class slot via Google forms link

Friday, Jan 19: Payment due to confirm class enrollment (if applicable)

Monday, Jan 22: Most classes begin

Friday, March 16: Most classes end 

Payment and Scholarships

As described above, the fee for participation in PTA-sponsored enrichment classes will be $25 for each class. An additional cost may be applicable for STEM with Mr. Munz.  Please pay the fee in one of two ways:

  1. Online, at a cost of $28 (the $25 administration and supplies fee, plus a $3 credit card processing charge) at

  2. By check, with your $25 check payable to “Hearst PTA” given to the PTA Treasurer, Skip Holmes (in person or in his PTA mailbox), with Attention: Enrichment.  Or to Mindy Farrell, Enrichment Coordinator.  Note your child’s name and class you're registering for in the Memo line.

Payment must be received by January 19 or your child’s spot will be opened up to a student on the waitlist.   The $25 is non-refundable after the first day of the fall session (Monday, January 22). 

We have scholarships available for families unable to pay the administration and supplies fee. To apply, follow the registration instructions above and contact Ms. Brenda Nishimura (, our school psychologist who will confidentially handle the scholarship process.  

The $25 fee will be waived for a particular class if a parent or guardian is able to volunteer in that class for the 8 week session, either as the primary instructor or as an assistant.  Contact the enrichment team at if you are able to volunteer in this way. 




ARTCYCLE (PTA Sponsored, approx. 15 students):  Thursdays 3:30-4:30 (PreK-1st)

Hearst teachers, Denise Dawkins and Grace Frasier, will lead class sessions using items from recycling to make arts and crafts projects.



CRAZY 8s (PTA Sponsored, approx. 10 students) –Two distinct sessions offered

Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 (K-2nd) with Susan Chun

Fridays 7:45-8:35 AM (3rd-5th) with Liz Stuart and Rima Izem

***Please note this is a morning class, and will run for 7 weeks from 1/26 through 3/23 due to Friday school closings***

Hearst parents will teach a recreational math club that helps kids enjoy the math behind their favorite activities.



C3 CYBER CLUB (Private Vendor Class) – MINECRAFT MODDING –Two distinct sessions offered

Thursdays 4:30-5:30: 1st-2nd

Thursdays 4:30-5:30:  3rd-5th

This is a NEW 6 week course offered by C3 Cyber Club where students will learn how to create their own gameplay items and elements using MCreator and Minecraft.  Visit for more information and to sign up!



DANCE CLASSES, Tippi Toes (Private Vendor Class) –Two distinct sessions offered

Tuesdays 3:30-4:15: Tippi Jam (PK-K) is a high-energy dance class designed to keep boys and girls engaged in continual motion while they learn the basic elements of ballet, tap and jazz in a way that is fun and healthy including exercising their bodies and singing voices!

Tuesdays 4:30-5:15: Tippi Pro (1st- 4th) takes our Ballet Tap Jazz combo class to a whole new level - introducing more complex dance steps, combos, and steps across the floor! This class is designed for 6-9 year olds and builds on concepts learned in prior Tippi Toes classes.

Register here for Tippi Toes dance:

Enroll Now! • Visit & click Enroll Today • 

• Annual Registration Fee: $35.00 due at enrollment



DRAWING (PTA Sponsored, approx. 15 students):   Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 (2nd-5th)

Hearst teacher Meaghan Walsh will led an Introduction to Drawing class that will include exposure to technique, form, shape, line, and subjects. 



FRENCH LESSONS (Private Vendor Classes, cost depends on enrollment) –Two distinct sessions offered

Mondays 3:30-4:30 (Beginner)

Mondays 4:30-5:30 (Intermediate/Advanced)

French Academy DC is returning to offer two sessions of French lessons (instructor is Julia Battist).  The earlier class is for beginners and the later class is for intermediate/fluent students.  The cost for classes varies depending on how many children enroll but the cost for the 8 week session will be in the $120 range. 

Please note that enrollment will be done on a first registered, first served basis.

REGISTER HERE for French lessons


GUITAR (Private Vendor Classes) –Two distinct sessions offered

Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 (K-2nd) - Ukulele

Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 (3rd-5th) - Guitar

Group guitar lessons held on-site by a teacher from Middle C Music. Contact Middle C (202) 244-7326 for information on pricing and registration.



KAIZEN KARATE CLASS (Private Vendor Classes) –Two distinct sessions offered: Starts January 5!

Fridays 3:30-4:30 (PK-K)

Fridays 4:30-5:30 (1st-5th)

To register for classes, or for more information, please visit

Kaizen Karate offers two youth classes at Hearst for an 8-week session which provide safe, structured training that teaches students the proper form, style, and technique.  Classes are tailored to student’s individual needs and help them grow to their fullest potential.  Karate classes not only focus on instruction, but also learning valuable lessons related to discipline, motivation, self-control, and continual improvement.  Classes will be held on the following dates:

January 5, 12, 26; February 2, 9, 23; March 9, 16

No class: Jan 19, Feb 16, March 2


KNITTING (PTA Sponsored, approx. 10 students):  Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 (1st-5th)

An Introduction to Knitting will be led by Hearst LibrarianMs. Vandivier.



MAD SCIENCE – Funky Forces and More! (Private Vendor Class): Fridays 3:30-4:30 (PreK-2nd)

**This class will run from January 12 through March 23 with no class scheduled on Jan 19, Feb 16, and March 2.

Register NOW at

Mad Science brings hands-on, interactive, science programs right to Hearst.

During Mad Science after-school programs, children engage in exciting hands-on activities, watch spectacular demonstrations, participate in inquiry-based discussions and make their own experiments to take home!



Mandarin Chinese(Private Vendor Class) –Two distinct sessions offered

Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 (PreK-1st)

Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 (2nd-5th)

***This is a 12 week course**

Come learn a new language in a fun, interactive setting!  Please see their website  for additional information on courses and registration.



MIXED MEDIA ART AND ARCHITECTURAL BUILDING (PTA Sponsored, approx. 10 students):  Wednesdays 3:30 – 4:30 (PreK-1st)

Hearst parent Kirstin Leighton-Lucas will lead a class in which students will explore mixed media and architectural design through fun and creative art projects.  Projects will include: building a shoebox city and exploring collage, creating mini stick log cabins, and utilizing egg cartons to erect sculptures. Students will have fun with the seasons making handmade old fashioned Valentine's and snowflakes out of dollies, as well as designing paper towel roll butterflies and painting cherry blossoms for the spring.  Projects will work with paint, glue, tissue paper, cardboard, magazines and whatever else they can get their hands on!



NEWSPAPER (PTA Sponsored, approx. 10 students):  Fridays 4:30-5:30 (4th-5th)

Hearst parent Lyndsey Layton will coach budding journalists through the process of writing stories, taking photos and putting together their very own Owl Times, or Owl Post, name TBD by students!



Painting (PTA Sponsored, approx. 15 students):  Thursdays 3:30-4:30 (2nd-5th)

Hearst teacher Ms. Boyle will led a painting class including water color, tempera, finger, sponge, and marble techniques.



Photography Club (PTA Sponsored, approx. 10 students):  Thursdays 3:30-4:30 (1st-3rd)

Hearst teacher Ms. Schiers will lead a Photography Club, focusing on a different subject each week (eg portraits, nature, still life, animals, selfies, black and white). Each week, the class will review and edit pictures from the previous week and take new photos, and choose a favorite photo and make a frame.



PIANO (Private Vendor Class - Contact instructor for pricing)

Mr. Eric McGee is a music professional who has been offering half hour private piano lessons at Hearst for over 15 years.  Classes are offered by appointment after school. Contact Mr. McGee for availability and openings (, 202-723-7575).



POWERTOTS (Private Vendor Class): Thursdays 3:30-4:30 (PreK-1st)

Offering high-quality gymnastics instruction in a fun, safe and positive environment! Please see the  PowerTots website for additional information on the course and registration.  



SCRABBLE (PTA Sponsored, approx. 12 students): Thursdays 3:30-4:30 (4th-5th)

Led by Hearst Librarian, Elizabeth Vandivier.  According to the American Library Association, published in 2010, the average number of books per public school library is 13,000 and that comes to about 130,000,000 words.  Ms. Vandivier knows them all : )  Bring your A-game.



STEM (PTA Sponsored, approx. 9 students) Note: 90 minutes – Two distinct sessions offered

Tuesdays 3:30-5:00 (4th-5th)

Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 (4th - 5th)

Mr. Munz will be leading a STEM enrichment class on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for 4th and 5th graders.  We are currently evaluating the two options to ensure we can coordinate and secure materials for the group.  The two courses are – SeaPerch (Robotics and physics based engineering project where the students build essentially a remote control submarine) and Bootstrap (Computer game design using mathematical techniques and a real programming language).  We will have further information on which program is chosen by early January.  There is a possible increase in the per student cost associated with this course due to the materials involved.  This cost will be clearly communicated to parents expressing interest in the course and we will be happy to assist with any changes to enrollment or scholarship needs.  



SPANISH LANGUAGE CLASS (Private Vendor Classes): Mondays and Wednesdays (all grades)

31-week classes on Mondays and Wednesdays began in the Fall.  Please contactCinzia Roveta at Capital Language Services ( for information on joining an existing class.  



Theater (PTA Sponsored approx. 10 students):  Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 (2nd - 3rd)

AU Student Ms. Tezel will lead a class introducing beginner theater games and concepts, utilizing creative movement and fun.



Welcome to the Universe (PTA Sponsored, approx. 10 students):  Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 (PreK - 1st)

Hearst parent Colin Newlin will lead a course with introductory information and activities regarding the universe.  Specific topics include Our Cosmic Address, the Structure of Matter, Space Exploration and the Origin of the Universe to name a few!



WordFun (PTA Sponsored, approx. 8 students) –Two distinct sessions offered

Mondays 3:30-4:30 (1st) with Ms. Mariam

Thursdays 4:30-5:30 (Kindergarten) with Ms. Jessica

WordFun is a Hearst parent suggested course based around fun word activities provided by our wonderful Kindergarten and First grade teachers.   AU students Ms. Mariam and Ms. Jessica will help run these K and 1st grade specific courses with an emphasis on Fun but with a Word recognition and learning basis.



Yoga/Mindfulness (K - 2nd) - Mondays 4:30-5:30

Hearst parent, Julie Kaufman, will combine mindfulness and yoga. Mindfulness helps children understand what is going on in and around them. This class aims to help students start to find a physical and mental calm. Mindfulness can result in better concentration, openness, kindness and confidence. The class will also mix in a yoga practice which will get the students moving as well breathing. A great way to end the day.


Other After-School Programs of Note:

The Hearst Recreation Center also offers a variety of after school activities. For information on Rec Center programs, please contact the Hearst Recreation Center:

Kim Campbell, 202-282-2207,




Rhonda Forbes is our onsite enrichment coordinator.  Her role is to ensure that all clubs run smoothly and all children are in the right place at the right time! This is a tall order so please understand the importance of following these procedures. 


All students are dismissed from their classroom teacher to Ms. Forbes in the gym at 3:15 dismissal where Ms. Forbes will meet them, take roll, and arrange for students to get to each class.  The teacher leading the course will escort their students to their classroom.

At the end of each session, the instructor will escort the children to Ms. Forbes in the PreK-K classroom hallway where students can be picked up.  Innis employees will come there to pick up the students in the Innis aftercare program. Please do NOT go to the individual classrooms to collect your children.  We discourage parents from sitting in on enrichment classes as it is a disruption to the class. If you would like to volunteer for a class that your child is taking, please contact  If you are picking your child up after their enrichment class please wait in the lobby until they are dismissed by Ms. Forbes to your care.

The Enrichment Classes are not a substitute for aftercare. It is your responsibility to make sure your child is picked up promptly when class ends or that he or she is enrolled in Innis or the Rec Center. If a situation arises where your child is left without aftercare and someone is not there to pick up your child, you will have to come and pick up your child immediately. Your child will not be able to return to the enrichment class until you have made an arrangement for aftercare

For classes that start at 4:30 p.m., Ms. Forbes will collect the students from the Rec program, Innis, or their 3:30 p.m. enrichment class and take them to their 4:30 p.m. classes.

IMPORTANT:  If your student is in a 4:30 p.m. class but not a 3:30 p.m. class you MUST make childcare arrangements for them (e.g., the Rec, Innis, or supervision by a parent on the playground).  Neither the school nor PTA will be responsible for your children during that time.  If we find that a student is unsupervised during that time period we will immediately call you to come get the student and your child will not be able to participate in the enrichment class.

Also, for the safety of all children, it is important that parents keep us up-to-date on the pick-up arrangements for their child. If you have any change in your child's pick-up plans (e.g., caregiver pick-up instead of going to Innis), please let us know. In that case please email/text Rhonda Forbes (202-706-4186, If you send an email, please also cc  Additionally, if your child is going to be picked up by someone other than a parent, please make sure that we have that person's name and telephone number. 

Late Pick-Up Fee

It is critical that children be picked up on time.  Our Enrichment Program teachers have other commitments and responsibilities after their classes are over, and we must respect their time.  For this reason, a late fee of $1 per minute per child will be assessed for all parents who pick up their child(ren) late.  If you are more than fifteen (15) minutes late picking up your child on any occasion, or if you are late more than once, your child will no longer be able to participate in the class.


Participation in the enrichment clubs is a voluntary activity. We ask that all students participate willingly in class, avoid causing disruption to others, and behave in a respectful manner to all!  In the event of a problem, a child may be pulled from the enrichment club by Ms. Forbes and the child’s parent or guardian will receive a phone call.  In the event of a second occurrence requiring a student to be pulled from class, that student will no longer be able to participate. We hope to have a problem-free program but also want to make our discipline policy clear for all!


Attendance will be tracked; students will also risk being removed from a class if they have more than two unexcused absences (e.g., not due to travel or sickness).

If your child is out sick from school on the day of an enrichment class, or cannot attend the enrichment class for some reason, please notify us as quickly as possible (ideally 24 hours in advance) so we know to not look for that student.  To let us know your child will not be in the program on a given day please email/text Rhonda Forbes (202-706-4186, If you send an email, please also cc


If you would like for your child to have a snack, please make sure to include one in his or her backpack the day of the class. Water fountains will be available for students, but your child may bring his or her own water bottle.  Parents whose children go to Innis please note that they will NOT get a snack from Innis before going to a 3:30 p.m. enrichment class; if you feel that your student would benefit from having a snack at 3:15 p.m. please put one in their backpack for them to eat then.

Medical needs

If your child has any particular medical needs (e.g., allergies, epi-pens, etc.) it is your responsibility to notify the enrichment team ( and, as well as the class instructor. Please note the enrichment staff does not have access to the Nurses Office during afterschool enrichment hours.

Contact information for questions

General enrichment questions:

Enrichment committee chair: Mindy Farrell,

Enrichment coordinator (onsite):  Rhonda Forbes, 202-706-4186,

Enrichment assistant coordinator (onsite part-time): Claire Cinque,