Hello Hearst Families, 

It’s time again for Enrichment Session Enrollment! We are excited to offer a wide assortment of courses, including some 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 (Chess, 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 Friday, March 9th. Private Vendor classes can be enrolled using their organizations' websites, as listed below. 

View the schedule for Spring Enrichment Class Offerings. Information on each course is detailed below alphabetically. 

The enrichment session will run for 8 weeks, from Monday, April 9 – Friday June 1, unless stated otherwise. The week of June 4-8 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-LED CLUBS: These are run entirely by teachers, but the PTA assists with some of the logistics like sign-ups, coordinating volunteers, and sharing information. 

Track with Mr. Coleman for 4th – 5th graders on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30pm 

- Students wishing to participate in Track must have the following forms completed (if they were completed earlier this year, they do NOT need to be resubmitted). You may scan and email forms to or have your Owl hand in everything as hard copies to Mr. Coleman. Sign-up for track directly with Mr. Coleman! 

- AT - 13 Consent for Participation_5_16.pdf 

- AT - 14 Emergency Treatment-email.pdf 

- Universal Health Certificate.pdf 

- UHC_Anaphylaxis Action Plan.pdf 

- UHC_Asthma Action Plan.pdf 

- CDC Concussion.pdf 


Running Club with Mr. Coleman for 2nd-3rd graders on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30. 

Students in Running Club do NOT need to submit the forms listed above for Track.

Please use this link to sign-up. 


PTA-SPONSORED CLASSES: These are organized and coordinated by the PTA (e.g., Garden Club, Spring In To Art, etc). Each class is $25 for the full 8-week session. 

PRIVATE VENDOR CLASSES: 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, Chess, 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. 

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 Spring enrichment session, preference will be given to students who have not previously participated in any enrichment class this school year. 

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: 

Friday, March 9: Online registration opens (10am);

Register here: REGISTER

Friday, March 16: Online registration closes (12pm) 

Monday, March 19: Initial class assignments sent out via email 

Friday, March 23: Enrollment confirmation deadline to hold class slot via Google forms link 

Friday, April 6: Payment due to confirm class enrollment (if applicable) 

Monday, April 9: Most classes begin this week 

Friday, June 1: 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, or Claire Cinque, Enrichment Coordinators. Note your child’s name and class you're registering for in the Memo line. 

Payment must be received by April 6 or your child’s spot may be opened up to a student on the waitlist. The $25 is non-refundable after the first day of the session (Monday, April 9). 

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. 


CHESS (Private Vendor Class): Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 (1st-5th) 

Please email Chess Instructor Ziko directly to sign-up for Chess at The 8 week session will cost $128 to be paid to Ziko directly. 

COOKING (Private Vendor Class): Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 (3rd-5th) 

Kids in the Kitchen (Learning the basics with Chef B). Chef B was formerly a Hearst teacher! 

Hi there and welcome! Do you have a student looking to get their hands dirty, create, and learn a new skill? We are looking for anxious budding chefs who are ready to learn some kitchen basics that will teach them how to master the kitchen (and maybe a weeknight dinner!), safely. 

In our 8 weeks together, we will be learning to make: Granola (seeds) (paired with honeyed yogurt and fruit); Scratch made red sauce and Alfredo sauce (dairy) (paired with gluten free pasta); Baked chicken tenders and sauces (egg) (paired with 3 scratch made dipping sauces); Honey roasted veggies and dip; Adventurous eaters salad (seeds, dairy); Quiche cups and hash browns (egg, dairy, meat); Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate; and a very special TBA menu. (Dairy, possibly gluten). 

In this class, we will be learning how to safely use kitchen gadgets and fortified plastic chef knives. We will also work our way around an oven and stove top. While we are making these yummy, healthy meals, we’ll learn about why it’s important to know where you food comes from, how to clean it properly, and how to identify and marry flavors. 

We encourage kids with adventurous pallets and those who are able to be at ‘kitchen attention’ for the full hour to join us! We plan on being relaxed, but fast-paced, so we’ll need happy, helping hands and super listening ears. Safety is our number one goal, and while we may not be using super sharp knives, it is a space and class that requires our budding chefs to be on point! 

Please let us know if your child has any allergies or restrictions. We will be using dairy, eggs, seeds, and meat (no pork products). 

$25 per class, per student ($200 total) Checks or cash preferred, but cards accepted! Email your questions or sign up with Chef at: 

C3 CYBER CLUB (Private Vendor Class): Two Class Offerings 

Thursdays 4:30-5:30: Lego Mechanics and Engineering (K-2nd) 

Thursdays 4:30-5:30: Animation Using Engineering (3rd-5th) 

Visit to sign up. Both classes are 6-week sessions starting on April 12th and ending on May 17th. 

DANCE CLASS, Tippi Toes (Private Vendor Class) – Continued from Winter Session 

Tuesdays 3:30-4:30: 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! 

Register here for Tippi Toes dance: 

DIY CREATORS (PTA Sponsored Class): Thursdays 3:30-4:30 (1st-5th) 

Led by Hearst teachers Ms. Boyle and Ms. Schiers, a large group of students will get to explore and create. 

DRUMMING (Private Vendor Class): Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 (1st-5th) 

Led by Mr. Brent Thomas from Innis, beginning and novice drummers are welcome to join this class and learn basics and beyond! $120 for the 8-week session. Please contact Mr. Thomas directly for sign-up at 

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. 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: 

GARDEN CLUB (PTA Sponsored Class) Two Classes: 

Thursdays 3:30-4:30 (K-2nd) 

Thursdays 4:30-5:30 (3rd-5th) 

Led by Hearst Parent, Christina Burnett, let’s see what our Owls can grow! Seeds, tools and soil to be provided. 

HEARST GIRLS RISE – EMPOWERING GIRLS OF COLOR (PTA Sponsored Class) Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 (3rd-5th) 

Hearst Teachers Ms. Hargrove and Ms. Gilmore are leading this enrichment class with a focus on empowering and mentoring Hearst Girls of Color. 

KAIZEN KARATE CLASS (Private Vendor $96 per 6-week session): 

Fridays 3:30-4:30 (PreK-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 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: 

April 13, 20 May 4, 11, 18 June 1 

No Classes: April 6, April 27, May 25 

Make-up if needed: June 8th 

Mandarin Chinese (Private Vendor Class): Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 (PreK-1st) 

***This is a 12 week course continuing from Winter Session, with its last scheduled class April 24** 

MIXED MEDIA ART AND ARCHITECTURE (PTA Sponsored Class): Fridays 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 work with paint, glue, tissue paper, cardboard, magazines and whatever else they can get their hands on! 

MY FIRST BUSINESS (Private Vendor Class, $160 per 8 week session): Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 (2nd– 5th) 

My First Business: Level 1: Junior Start-Up Lab teaches children to embrace their inner entrepreneur. 

Are you familiar with the 11-year-old girl who turned her experience from multiple bee stings into a beverage business that also supports honeybee preservation efforts? Are you aware that many of the current world self-made billionaires started their first business before the age of 10? Are you also 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? Participants will learn about kids, just like them, who have started their own business from an idea or passion. Your first business can be as easy as taking a hobby or interest and turning it into a real business that earns money for you! My First Business: Level 1 emphasizes businesses and side projects that can be started for $100 or less. 

During My First Business: Level 1, participants will develop a plan for a business based on an idea, hobby, interest, or problem they would like to solve; design a logo; create a marketing plan; develop a financial plan; and prepare a pitch families will be invited to attend at the end of the program. All entrepreneurs who participate in the program will also be invited to attend a DC-based community/neighborhood/school festival where they can sell their products or promote their business. 

Registration Link: Hearst Spring 2018 

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. 

SEAPERCH/STEM (PTA Sponsored Class) Note: 90 minutes – Two distinct sessions offered 

Tuesdays 3:30-5:00 (4th-5th) 

Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 (4th - 5th) 

** Parents of currently enrolled students will be contacted shortly for information on the continuation of the program. Any parent of a student interested in joining please contact the enrichment committee directly. 

SOCCER (Private Vendor Classes): Two class options: 

Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 (PreK-1st) 

Thursdays 3:30-4:30 (1st-3rd) 

Soccer run by The Player Progression Academy for PreK-3rd graders (1st graders can choose which class to join), please sign-up here - 

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

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

SPRING INTO ART (PTA Sponsored Class): Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 (PreK-1st) 

Hearst Teachers Ms. Gilmore and Ms. Fraser will led this spring-themed art class. 

TENNIS (Private Vendor Class): Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 (PreK-5) 

Tennis will be run by RDU Tennis. Please use their website for more information and sign-up: 

UKULELE (Private Vendor Classes) Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 (K-2nd) 

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

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. 


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. 


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,