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August 26

Hello Hearst Families,

Please see the updated information for the Fall Enrichment program, including vendor sign-up links and specific class start & end dates.  The schedule is also attached, with one addition: Running Club with Mr. Coleman (for 2nd & 3rd graders) on Thursdays at 3:30p.

Registration is now over. Please pay for your PTA Sponsored Classes here:
***The following links to sign-up for PTA-sponsored classes and Teacher-led clubs will OPEN at 10:00 AM today:
Please note that PTA-sponsored classes are enrolled via lottery but that private vendor programs (Mad Science, Karate, etc.) are enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Chorus and Running Club may need a lottery as well, depending on registration numbers.
Mad Science and C3Cyber Club (which runs Lego Mechanics and Engineering (4th & 5th) + Engineering using Little Bits: K & 1st; 2nd & 3rd) are both NOW OPEN for registration, in addition to the other vendor programs that were already open and available.
See the Mad Science flyer here
See the C3Cyber Club flyer here
We will have more information soon about the Spanish language enrichment vendor program.
If you have questions that cannot be answered in the registration information, please contact

Registration for our Fall 2017 Enrichment Programming will open on Saturday August 26th.  The Google Forms link will be available on Saturday morning.

Please note, registration links for some of the “pay as you go” programs (e.g., Girls on the Run, Karate, etc.) are available now for some programs but others are not yet finalized, so please check the Hearst website and their company websites for more information. We will also provide updates on the list serve.  Also, registration for the Cross Country team (teacher-led club) has been added to the list below.  

Although we don’t anticipate any changes to the schedule, please keep checking the website for the latest information.  The links that are available so far to register for paid programs can be found in the alphabetical class listing below.

The enrichment session will run for 8 weeks, for most classes, from Monday Sept 18 – Friday Nov 10. Please note that session dates for some programs will vary slightly, with some classes having longer sessions (like Karate and Girls on the Run), while others go 19 weeks (Tippi Toes).  Spanish is throughout the school year.  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:

  1. PTA-sponsored enrichment activities.  These are organized and coordinated by the PTA (e.g., cursive, art club, yoga, etc).  Each class is $25; details are below. 
  1. 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 French, Spanish, Mad Science, Karate, Dance, etc.  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., Cross Country, Running Club & 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, students will be asked to pay a $25 administration and supplies fee for each class they attend.  
  • 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.
  • 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.

Timeline for PTA-sponsored enrichment classes (details below)

Saturday, Aug 26:  Online registration opens (10am)

Thursday, Aug 31: Online registration closes (10pm)

Tuesday, Sept 5: Initial class assignments sent out via email

Monday, Sept 11: Email confirmation deadline to hold class slot

Friday, Sept 15: Payment due to confirm class enrollment (if applicable)

Monday, Sept 18: Most classes begin

Friday, Nov 10: Most classes end 

Payment and Scholarships

As described above, the fee for participation in PTA-sponsored enrichment classes will be $25 for each class.          

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 registering for in the Memo line.

Payment must be received by September 15 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, September 18). 

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 September 18.

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. 

Alphabetical Listing of our Fall classes: 

ART CLUB (12 students - PTA Sponsored): Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 (PreK-1st grades)

Hearst teacher, Denise Dawkins, will lead class sessions focusing on a variety of art mediums.

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

Led by Hearst teacher, Ashley Boyle.

BROWNIE TROOP: Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 (2nd & 3rd) meeting every other week.

Please contact Hearst parents, Stephanie Homolka ( & Kim Chemerika (, for more info.

CHESS CLUB (Approx. 10 students - PTA Sponsored) Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 (1st-5th)

Time to play chess.  We'll review the basics as needed and also try speed chess, chess notation, and perhaps a round robin tournament. Led by Hearst parent Eric Gravley. 

CHORUS (Teacher led club)

Mondays 3:30-4:30 (1st & 2nd); Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 (3rd -5th)

Our new music teacher Ms. Baker will be starting up junior and senior chorus.  Enrollment is capped at approximately 20 students per class.  The end date for chorus is TBD but will potentially continue throughout the school year.

COOKING CLASS (8 students - PTA Sponsored):

Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 (1st) 

Led by Hearst teachers, Shareen Beech & Kirby Shultz.

CROSS COUNTRY CLUB (4th and 5th grade) - Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 starting September 12th


Complete the ATTACHED FORMS: Participation Consent (AT-13), Emergency Treatment Form (AT-14), Asthma/Anaphylaxis forms, Concussion forms, and an up to date Universal Health Certificate (UHC). The UHC cannot expire within the season of the sport so for Cross Country UHCs must be current through October 27th, 2017.

Ex: If the last physical was September 17th, 2016, they would not be cleared to participate because the physical would expire in season September 17th, 2017.

You may scan and email forms to or have your Owl hand in everything as hard copies to Mr. Coleman.

Meets start approximately around 1pm.
Tuesday October 3rd - Lafayette Invitational - Kenilworth Park
Tuesday October 10th - Jenkins Invitational - ARFH Soldiers Home Park
Saturday, October 21st - ES Developmental Meet - Fort Dupont Park
Tuesday, October 24th - ES City Championships - Fort Dupont Park***

*** Student must run in at least one of the previous meets to participate in city championships

The following forms are obligatory:


CURSIVE (10 students per session - PTA Sponsored): TWO different sessions are available so that more students can participate.

Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 OR Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 (2nd-4th)

Led by Hearst teacher, Kathryn Dilley.

C3 CYBER CLUB (Fee based; Visit to sign up now!).

Tuesdays 4:30-5:30: Lego Mechanics and Engineering (4th & 5th), 1st class is on 10/3

Thursdays 4:30-5:30: Engineering using Little Bits (K & 1st), 1st class is on 10/5

Thursdays 4:30-5:30: Engineering using Little Bits (2nd & 3rd), 1st class is on 10/5

DANCE CLASSES, Tippi Toes (Fee based session $208; Classes will run Sept 19 - Dec 12)

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

FRENCH LESSONS (Fee based, depends on enrollment (estimated $120 for 8 sessions):

Mondays 3:30-4:30 (Beginner); 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 and it’s open now.

Register here for French lessons:

GIRLS ON THE RUN: Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30-5:45 (3rd-5th) – Starts 9/12!

Girls on the Run inspires girls in grades 3-5 to find inner strength and celebrate what makes us each unique. Each session includes discussions, games, and running. In addition to health and well-being, the curriculum encourages girls to be compassionate, good friends who care about their community. The ten week Girls on the Run season opens September 12 and culminates with a 5K on November 19. Our team will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:45 pm. The participation fee is based on a sliding scale and paid via the website upon registration. Enrollment is limited. 

Registration is open now at:

The Hearst Girls on the Run team is coached by parent volunteers and community coaches from the Girls on the Run organization. Jessica North Macie is our team’s liaison and coordinator. You can contact Jessica at 

KAIZEN KARATE CLASS (Fee based $112 per 10-week session):  – Starts 9/8!

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

Sept 8,15,29, Oct 6,13,20, Nov.17
No class: 9/22, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/24, 12/1
Make up if needed: Dec 8

MAD SCIENCE (Fee based $112 per 8 week session): Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 (PreK-2nd)

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!

MY FIRST BUSINESS (Fee Based $160 per 8 week session): Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 (3rd-5th)

Do you know there is a 10 year old boy who makes over $1.0 million per year on his YouTube channel? Or that many of the current world billionaires started their first business before the age of 10? Are you aware that there are online stores where you can turn a hobby into a business and sell your handmade and craft products to anyone in the world? Your first business can be as easy as taking a passion, hobby, interest or idea and turning it into a real business that earns money for you! My First Business Program will give you the tools necessary in learning how to become a successful entrepreneur. 

Young entrepreneurs will learn how to take an idea or problem and turn it into a business.  Students will design a logo, create a marketing strategy, and develop a financial plan. Our instructors will guide and coach students on learning the basics of starting a business, while incorporating social responsibility concepts. My First Business encourages young entrepreneurs to pursue realistic ideas, encourages leadership and teamwork while building self confidence.  Program participants will have the opportunity to sell products or promote services at a local school, neighborhood or community festival.

Space is limited to 15 participants. To register directly with the vendor, please follow this link. Questions may be directed to Karley Sessoms.

PIANO (Fee based- 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).

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

Led by Hearst Librarian, Elizabeth Vandivier.


31-week class on Mondays (from September 18, 2017 to June 11, 2018). Minimum of 5 students per class, $75 per student/month.

35-week class on Wednesday (from September 18, 2017 to May 30, 2018). Minimum of 5 students per class, $85 per student/month.

Deadline to sign up for classes: September 1st , 2017

Mondays 3:30-4:30 (PreK & K Beginners + PreK Advanced)

Mondays 4:30-5:30 (1st-5th Beginners)

Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 (K - 1st Advanced)

Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 (2nd-5th Advanced) 

Capitol Language Services (CLS) is back this year with a robust offering of classes. Registration will open soon.  Contact Cinzia Roveta at Capital Language Services ( for more info.

TOYING WITH SCIENCE (approx. 12 students - PTA Sponsored):

Thursdays 3:30-4:30 (K-2nd).  Make playdough, slime, bouncy balls, chalk, hovercrafts…

Led by Hearst teacher, Sarah Schiers.

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

Offered to students in PK-5th with classes taught by Yoga instructor, Laura Narayani Gubisch, who has experience teaching Yoga at Oyster, St Patricks, Bethesda Montessori, Stoddert and WIS.

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,

Shameka Jones, 202-288-1390,

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


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.   

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. 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 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: Mindy Farrell,

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

Enrichment assistant coordinator (onsite): TBD