Spring 2017       

Hello Hearst Families,

Registration for our spring 2017 Enrichment Programming is open now for PTA sponsored classes.  You can begin registering for PTA sponsored classes on March 23 at 5pm by going to this link and filling out the information:



Please note, registration for some of the “pay as you go” programs (e.g., Mad science, karate, etc.) are not yet available so please check the Hearst website and their websites for more information. Although we don’t anticipate any changes to the schedule, please keep checking this page for the latest information.  Links to register for paid programs can be found in the alphabetical class listing below.

The spring enrichment session will run for 8 weeks, for most classes, from Monday April 10 – Friday June 9.  Please note that session dates for some programs will vary slightly, with some classes having a shortened 5 week session (Kaizen Karate), some 6 weeks (Minecraft Programming), some 10 weeks (karate), while others are continuous from the winter (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 since this session ends pretty close to the end of the school year. 

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., art club, basketball, 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, Engineering/Minecraft Animation, 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., drama, chorus, and running club). 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)

Saturday, March 18:  Online registration opens (10am)

Thursday, March 23: Online registration closes (5pm)

Sunday, March 26: Initial class assignments sent out via email

Friday, March 31: Email confirmation deadline to hold class slot

Friday, January 7:  Payment due to confirm class enrollment (if applicable) - MAKE PAYMENT HERE

Monday, April 10: Classes begin

Friday, June 9: 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). FOLLOW THIS LINK TO MAKE PAYMENT
  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 April 7 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, April 10). 

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 April 10.

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 spring classes: 

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

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


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 conclude in the spring before the musical (around the second week in May) and will conclude with a spring concert. Register here for either chorus class:

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 (Teacher-led club)

Casting for the spring musical has already taken place and practices begin on March 20.  Here are the pertinent dates if your child is enrolled in the spring musical:

March 20             Rehearsals begin for 2nd through 5th grade (Mondays & Tuesdays; 3:30-5:00 PM)

April 1                 Rehearsals begin for Tech Crew (may be 1 or 2 days a week) 

May 1                 Pre-K through 1st grade join rehearsals(3:30-4:30 PM) with 2nd-5th grade rehearsing till 5:00 PM

May 30, 31          Tech rehearsal – 3:30-5:00 PM ALL cast; 2nd-5th grade possibly until 5:30 or 6:00 PM

June 1                PERFORMANCE DAY (10:30-11:30 AM tech/show for school; 6:30 PM evening show)

June 2                Cast party (3:30-5:00 PM)


The spring musical is led by Hearst teachers Ms. Black, Ms. Dilley, and Ms. Beech, Ms. Whittaker, Ms. Gilmore, Ms. Prince, Ms. Greenberg, as well as Hearst parent Janelle Stone.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP CLASS (Fee Based $144 per 8 week session)Thursdays 4:30-5:30 (2nd-5th)

My First Business: Level 1: Junior Start-Up Lab teaches children to embrace their inner entrepreneur. Classes will run from April 13 to June 8. Do you know there is a 10 year old boy who makes over $1.0 million per year on his YouTube channel? 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 business plan, 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.

Space is limited to 12 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 $120 for 8 sessions): Mondays 3:30-4:30 (mixed abilities); 4:30-5:30 (mixed abilities)

French Academy DC is returning to offer two sessions of French lessons (instructor TBD).  Both classes will be a combination of mixed abilities 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:


INTRAMURAL BASKETBALL (12 students-PTA Sponsored) Fridays 3:30-4:30 (1st-3rd)

Hearst parents – Skip Holmes and Tulin Ozdeger – will lead a Basketball Fundamentals class for students in 1st-3rd grades.   


KAIZEN KARATE CLASS (Fee based $64 per 5-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 mini 5-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: May 12, 19, and 26; and June 2 and 9.  Please note that the winter session ends on April 29.

Register here for karate lessons:

LEADERSHIP SKILLS (10 students-PTA Sponsored) Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 (3rd-5th grades)

It is never too young to learn the meaning of leadership and start thinking about being a leader yourself. In this session, using the Leader In Me model, students will explore the meaning of leadership, will learn the traits of successful leaders and learn to apply those traits in their own lives. They will look at notable leaders in history and present day and will work in small groups to discover the character traits they have that are important for leadership. The class will be led by Hearst parents – Robin Lerner and David Dickinson.  The session is for 3rd-5th graders with a preference given to older students.

MAD SCIENCE (Fee based $108 per 8 week session): Tuesdays 3:30-4:20 (PreK-K), Tuesdays 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 “Experimentamania.” In this course students will inspect authentic insect specimens, use detective science to help crack a case, uncover rock samples and discover how they formed, cook up chemical reactions, get a glimpse of your guts-in-action with the Digester Inspector kit, see how simple machines lighten your load, discover why science is the real start of the movies, find out what makes toys work, and uncover the reason for the seasons.

Register now at

3C Cyber Club (Fee based, $129 per 6 week session): Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 (1st-3rd); Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 (4th-5th)

Please note that 3C Cyber Club is a 6 week course beginning April 14 and ending on June 2 (no classes on April 21 and May 19.

Engineering with Little Bits (Grades: K-2)

In this class, younger students are introduced to basic electronics including input/output through hands-on learning and projects.  Kids combine everyday supplies and color-coded modules that utilize LED lights, fans, sliders, pressure sensors, and more! Students work together in small teams in order to create different projects such as custom flashlights, touch sensors, alarm clocks, among others.  Have you ever wanted to learn about the science behind how some machines work? If so, take this class today.

Animation Using Minecraft (Grades: 3-5)

In this class, students will be introduced to basic animation techniques using Minecraft characters and stages.  Kids will expand their observation skills and imagination by studying motion in reality and how it influences motion in animation.  Students will use software, Mine-mator, in order to learn how to manipulate characters and objects in a 3D space, and create various short animation exercises and projects by applying basic acting theories and animation principles. 

Register for C3 Cyber Club here:

NATURE DISCOVERY CLUB (12 students-PTA Sponsored) Thursdays 4:30-5:30 (PreK-1st grades)

Join us as we “hike” around our Hearst community and discover some of Nature’s hidden treasures. We will connect art, our senses and Nature’s gems.  This class is led by Hearst grandparent, Anne Dammeyer. 



PUZZLING PUZZLES (18 students-PTA Sponsored) Thursdays 3:30-4:30 (K-2nd grades)

Join Ms. Boyle on Thursday's for puzzles! We will work on perseverance, attention to task, teamwork, spatial reasoning...and most importantly, having fun! Ms. Boyle has a wide selection of puzzles, and you can even bring one in from home to share with or class! This class is for our K-2 Hearsties! 



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).

RUNNING CLUB (teacher led club - free): Thursdays 3:30-4:30 (2nd-5th)

Hearst’s own, Mr. Coleman, will be hosting this high intensity athletic club for 2nd – 5th graders on Thursday afternoons.   

Parents can register students here now:



SENSORY FRIENDLY ART (8 students- PTA Sponsored): Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 (1st-2nd grades)

Join us for arts and crafts activities with a variety of materials and textures.  This class will be led by Hearst staff, Ms. Molino and Ms. Hargrove, as well as by Hearst grandparent, Patti Macie.  Please note that this class will only have 5 sessions: April 12, April 26, May 10, May 17, and May 24.



SPRING CRAFTS (15 students- PTA Sponsored): Thursdays 3:30-4:30 (K-1st grades)

On Thursday afternoons Ms. Schiers will lead students in making 1-2 themed crafts each session.  Every week will have a different theme revolving around spring.

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 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.


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,



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