Winter 2017       

Hello Hearst Families,

Registration for our winter 2017 Enrichment Programming is open closed for PTA sponsored classes. Other classes will accept registrations on a first come first served basis.



The winter enrichment session will run for 8 weeks, for most classes, from Monday January 23 – Friday March 17. Please note that session dates for some programs will vary slightly, with some classes having a shortened 6 week session (Minecraft Programming), some 10 weeks (karate), while others go 19 weeks (Tippi Toes).  Make-up sessions for any enrichment classes cancelled because of unexpected school closure or teacher cancelation 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. 

Note that there are three types of enrichment programs offered at the school.  Please click the links for further information and a list of associated classes.

  1. PTA-sponsored enrichment activities.  These are organized and coordinated by the PTA (e.g., origami, crazy 8s, yoga, etc).  Each student can participate in one PTA enrichment activity per academic year at no cost; subsequent classes are subject to a $25 fee as described below.
  2. Pay as You Go Programs 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 for each of those.  These include Mad Science, karate, ballet/tap/jazz, hip hop dance, Minecraft Programming and piano.  The PTA provides some organizational help for them but does not operate them. Please note that some pay as you go 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 pay as you go program, please email to let us know which class 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.

  1. Teacher-led Clubs (e.g., chorus). These are run entirely by teachers, and are listed in the schedule below but the PTA assists with some of the logistics like sign-ups, coordinating volunteers, and sharing information.

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

  • For the PTA-sponsored enrichment classes, all students will have the opportunity to participate in one class per school year at no cost.  After the 1st class, students will be asked to pay a $25 administration and supplies fee for each additional class.  
  • If there is more demand for a class than spots available, class assignments will be done by random lottery, with preference given to students who have not previously participated in any enrichment class. 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.
  • Pay as You Go Programs are run entirely be 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.

See the end of this document for important details on Hearst enrichment policies and procedures as well as the full schedule, which is also available on the enrichment website.


Timeline for PTA-sponsored enrichment classes (details below)

Wednesday, December 21:  Online registration opens (10am)

Friday, January 6: Online registration closes (noon)

Monday, January 9: Initial class assignments sent out via email

Saturday, January 14: Email confirmation deadline to hold class slot

Monday, January 16:  Payment due to confirm class enrollment (if applicable) 

Monday, January 23: Classes begin

Thursday, March 17: Most classes end


Payment and Scholarships

As described above, the fee for participation in PTA-sponsored enrichment classes will be $25 for each class AFTER the first class a student participates in each school year.          

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). Make your payment here.
  2. By check, with your $25 check payable to “Hearst PTA” given to the PTA Co-President Keri Sikich (in person or in her PTA mailbox near the main office).  Note your child’s name and class registering for in the Memo line.

Payment must be received by January 16 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 spring session (Monday, January 23). 

We have scholarships available for families unable to pay the administration and supplies fee. To apply, follow the registration instructions above, then fill out and submit your scholarship information to Ms. Brenda Nishimura ( our school psychologist who will confidentially handle the scholarship process.  Forms will be available on the Hearst website shortly or you can pick one up in the school office.  Neither the PTA nor the Enrichment Committee will review or have access to the submitted scholarships forms. Forms need to be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than the beginning of the enrichment session on January 16.

The $25 fee will also 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. 

Alphabetical Listing of our winter classes: 

ARABIC (10 students- PTA Sponsored): Mondays 3:30-4:30 (1st-5th)

Hearst’s own, Mr. Ibrahim, will be teaching an introductory Arabic class to 1st-5th graders.  As a part of the class, students will also be exposed to related cultural aspects such as food and clothing. 

ART CLUB (10 students- PTA Sponsored): Thursdays 3:30-4:30 (PreK-K grades)

American University student, Stephanie Osber, is returning to teach an art club, which will include class sessions focusing on a variety of art mediums.

CHESS (10 students-PTA Sponsored) Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-4:30 (2nd-5th)

Introduction to the game of chess designed to learn the basics of chess (the board, their pieces, and their movements) and to begin to think strategically. Please note this class is being held twice a week. Led by Hearst parent Jon Lutz.

CHORUS (Teacher led club) Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:30am-8:30am (3rd-5th), Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 (PK-2nd)

Our music teacher Ms. Black will be starting up junior and senior chorus that is open to all Hearst students.  Enrollment is capped at 50 students per class and we are in need of parent volunteers to help during class times (especially for the PreK-2nd grade chorus). Enrollment is handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please also note that senior chorus practices two mornings a week before school. The end date for chorus is TBD but will be around the second week in May, to conclude before the musical, and will include with a spring concert. Register here for either chorus class:

Registration link for the 3rd-5th grade class: REGISTER NOW

Registration link for the Pre-K to 2nd grade class: REGISTER NOW

Because we will need 3 volunteers for the PreK-2nd grade chorus and 1-2 volunteers for the 3rd – 5th grade chorus, please sign up at this link for the dates you can help with: 

CRAZY 8s CLUB (8 students-PTA Sponsored) Fridays 3:30-4:30 (K-2nd)

Crazy 8s is a recreational after-school math club that helps kids enjoy the math behind their favorite activities. It’s math gone wild, nothing like your usual math club! Kids will build a glow-in-the-dark city, have a beach ball party, make sticky mazes, and make a mess (to be cleaned up of course!). All activities are new so returning and new students are welcome; the lessons are not cumulative so new students will not be behind and it will not be repetitive for returning students. Hearst parent and in-house statistician, Liz Stuart, will be leading this class.

Use this site to register for the lottery for this class (and all PTA-sponsored classes):

DANCE CLASSES (Fee based $285 per 19 week session)

Tippi Toes Dance offers two classes in the merged winter and spring session, which runs from January 24-June 6 (no class on April 18).  All dancers have the opportunity to participate in the Spring Recital (December 10 and 11) in a true theater with professional dance costumes.  Participation requires an additional recital/costume payment ($63.45 due by March 1st).   

Tippi Toes is offering the following:

Ballet, Tap & Jazz dance classes (PK-K): Tuesdays 3:30-4:15

Tippi Jam (Pre-K-K):  Join Tippi Toes® for a positive, upbeat dance class based on original, imaginative, FUN music! Our instructors teach by doing so your dancer will be in a constant state of motion while they shadow the dance choreography and practice specific steps across the floor.

Hip Hop/Jazz dance classes (1st-4th): Tuesday 4:30-5:15

Do you love to dance around the house listening to great music? Have you ever wanted to play freeze dance or do a line dance? Tippi Toes® teachers will have you dancin' to the beat in no time! Our Hip Hop class starts with warm-ups and stretching and quickly moves into learning jazz and hip hop choreography for combos and dances as well as practicing steps and combos across the floor!


Register here for Tippi Toes dance:

DRAMA CLUB (15 students – PTA Sponsored) Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 (3rd-5th)


Do you have a flare for the dramatic? Do you love to perform? Would you like to bring the audience to tears or have them rolling in the aisles in laughter? Then this is the enrichment for you! Come learn how to move around the stage, develop a character and wow an audience with your acting. This will be a great place for those interested in the Spring Play to brush up their skills.  This program will be led by Hearst teachers Ms. Black, Ms. Dilley, and Ms. Beech, as well as Hearst parent Janelle Stone.

Use this site to register for the lottery for this class (and all PTA-sponsored classes):



ENTREPRENEURSHIP CLASS (Fee Based $144 per 8 week session): Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 (3rd-5th)

My First Business: Level 2. Level 2 builds upon concepts and plans created during Level 1 and is also designed for those that have engaged in some type of business activity and have a basic understanding of business terms and concepts. Classes will run from January 25 to March 15. 

During My First Business: Level 2, students will create a launchpad and learn more about operating a business for long-term sustainability. Working in a collaborative environment, students will learn about ecommerce platforms and/or creating an online presence; research methods to raise money through crowdfunding or other resources; complete additional branding design work; and develop financial documents. Social entrepreneurship concepts will also be covered.


Space is limited to 15 participants. To register directly with the vendor, please email the following information to Karley Sessoms ( Upon receipt of registration information, vendor will invoice you directly. Please provide:

  • · Student Name:
  • · Student Grade: 
  • · Aftercare/Pick-Up: 
  • · Pick-Up contact information (email/phone number): 
  • · Parent contact information (email/phone number): 

FRENCH CLASS (Fee based, depends on enrollment (estimated $90 for 8 sessions): Mondays 3:30-4:30 (advanced); 4:30-5:30 (beginners/advanced beginners)

French Academy DC is returning to offer two sessions of French lessons (instructor TBD).  The earlier class is for advanced/fluent students and the later class is for beginner or intermediate students.  The cost for classes varies depending on how many children enroll but the cost for the 8 week session will be in the $60-75 range. 

Register here for French lessons: REGISTER NOW

FUN AND GAMES (10 students): Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 (PreK-K grades)

Students will play a variety of board games and other education-based play games with American University student Silvana Scott. 

GIRLS INTRAMURAL BASKETBALL (10 students-PTA Sponsored) Fridays 3:30-4:30 (2nd-3rd)

Is a Hearst Owl the next Maya Moore or Diana Taurasi?  Let's find out!  Hearst parent Mary O'Neill will lead a Basketball Fundamentals class for girls in 2nd-3rd grades.  We will cover hoop basics such as dribbling, passing, and defense as well as rules and strategy.  We will also plan a group outing to a local women's college basketball game to see some awesome players in action. The focus of this class will be fun, exercise, and learning the building blocks of the game of basketball.

KAIZEN KARATE CLASS (Fee based $127 per 10-week session): Fridays 3:30-4:30 (PK-1st), 4:30-5:30 (2nd-5th)

Kaizen Karate offers two youth classes at Hearst for a 10-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 29; February 5, 19, 26; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 22, 29.  If needed, make-up classes will be held on May 13 and 20.

Register here for karate lessons:

MAD SCIENCE (Fee based $108 per 8 week session): Thursdays 3:30-4:20 (PreK-K), Thursdays 4:30-5:30 (1st-5th)

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!

This session’s them is “Funky Forces.” In this course that focuses on the discovering the mystery of chemistry, electricity, gravity, magic, aerodynamics, architecture and engineering, air pressure, and water effects. 

Register at

MINECRAFT PROGRAMMING (Fee based, $129 per 6 week session): Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 (1st-2nd); Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 (3rd-5th)

Please note that Minecraft Programming is a 6 week course beginning January 24 and ending on February 28.

Programming using Minecraft (Grades: 1-2 Software: Minecraft Skill Level: Beg.-Int)

Using a custom mod called “Computercraft,” students will learn how to program robots called “Turtles” inside the world of Minecraft.  Kids will utilize problem-solving skills by learning how to program their robots to complete various tasks and objectives such as programming their turtles to automatically build, mine, and craft items and structures.  They will be introduced to programming if-then-else statements, for-while loops, and implement their own functions using Lua, a simple scripting language.  Looking for a fun way to introduce your child to programming?  Why not do it using a game they love!

Note: Basic reading skills required.  Experience playing Minecraft preferred, but not required.

Programming using Minecraft (Grades: 3-5 Software: Minecraft Skill Level: Int.)

Using a custom mod called “Computercraft,” students will learn how to program robots called “Turtles” inside the world of Minecraft.  In this class, students will be introduced to LUA, a simple scripting language used to develop games such as Angry Birds, where they will learn how to program if-then-else statement, for-while loops, and implement their own functions.  Kids will utilize problem-solving skills by learning how to program their robots to complete various tasks and objectives such as programming their turtles to automatically build, mine, and craft items and structures. 

Register for C3 Cyber Club here:

ORIGAMI/Kirigami (8 students- PTA Sponsored): Mondays 3:30-4:30 (1st-5th)

For children with a genuine interest in paper folding and art.  Learn origami and kirigami fundamentals and explore and experiment with paper.  No prior origami/kirigami experience is needed; however, students are required to follow a series of instructions to complete paper models, so the ability to focus is a necessity. (Please consider this before signing up your child.)  Led by art educator and Hearst parent, Amy Farina.

PIANO (Fee based- Contact instructor for pricing)

Mr. Eric McGhee 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).

PAINTING CLASS: Thursdays 3:30-4:30 (K-1st)

This is a newly added painting class with Ms. Boyle for Kindergartners and 1st Graders.

SPANISH LANGUAGE CLASS (Fee-Based $75 per month, continuous over 9 months) Wednesdays 3:30 (PreK-2nd)


Capitol Language Services (CLS) is continuing its Spanish class on Wednesday afternoons for PreK-2nd grade students.  Registration is not open since this is a year-long class.  However, please contact Cinzia Roveta at Capital Language Services ( and Hearst parent Sabra Lewis ( to see if it is possible to add your student to the class.

YOGA (10 students- PTA Sponsored): Mondays 3:30-4:30 (PK-K), 4:30-5:30 (1st-5th)

Offered to students PK-5th with classes taught by returning yoga instructor, Durga, who is based out of Shanti Yoga.



Other After-School Programs of Note:

The Hearst Recreation Center also offers a variety of free after school activities. For information on Rec Center programs, please contact the Hearst Recreation Center, Kim Campbell, 202-282-2207,

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



Rhonda Forbes and Andre Short are our onsite enrichment coordinators.  Their 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.   


At the end of each session, the instructor will escort the children to Ms. Forbes to 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  


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. Terry 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 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.


Contact information for questions

General enrichment questions:

Enrichment committee chair: Keri Sikich,

Enrichment coordinator:  Rhonda Forbes, 202-706-4186,

Enrichment coordinator: Andre Short,



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