Update 1/3/16

Good afternoon Owls,

I hope that everyone has had a wonderful winter break and a fantastic start to 2016.  We're looking forward to seeing everyone bright and early Monday morning!

My best,

Jen

The Week Ahead

Tuesday, January 5

4:00-5:00 Girls Basketball @ Brightwood

Wednesday, January 6
4:30-6:00 PTA Executive Board Meeting, Conference Room
 
Thursday, January 7
9:30-12:30 PK, K, CES Field Trip to Kennedy Center
4:00-5:00 Boys Basketball vs. Eaton, Hearst Gym
 
Friday, January 8
8:45-9:15 Parent Tours of New Building, Meet in Atrium
2:45-3:15 Parent Tours of New Building, Meet in Atrium
5:00-5:30 Parent Tours of New Building, Meet in Atrium
 
Upcoming Events
Monday, January 11 – Tentative SIT Meeting, 5:00-6:00, Conference Room
Tuesday, January 12 – Girls Basketball vs. Lafayette, 4:00-5:00, Hearst Gym
Wednesday, January 13 – PTA Meeting, 6:00-7:30, Hearst Gym
Friday, January 15 – Open House, 9:15-10:45
Monday, January 18 – MLK Holiday, no school
Friday, January 22 – Students dismissed at 12:15
 
 
News and Announcements
 
Back to School Routines
After two weeks away, this coming week will be similar to the first week of school all over again.  In addition to learning new routines for moving to and from our new spaces at school, students will need to reminded of bedtime and homework routines at home.  If you haven’t done so already, be sure that your child’s bedtime routine is back on track so that s/he is well-rested on Monday morning.  
 
Arrival and Dismissal Routines
(Please note that the procedures may be adjusted over the next few weeks as we get used to our new space and moving 300+ students in and out of it. Thanks for your understanding!)
 
Inclement Arrival
Beginning at 8:15, all students should report directly to the gym via the outdoor staircase on the south side of the new library, where they will be supervised by staff on duty. Students should line up in their class lines, which will be labeled using the cones and flags previously used on the soccer field.  At 8:40, after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and Owl Pledge, students will be escorted by staff to their classrooms.  
 
Fair Weather Arrival
Beginning at 8:15, students wanting breakfast should use the outdoor staircase to enter the gym/cafeteria to get breakfast.  All other students should report to the playground. At 8:40, after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and Owl Pledge, students will be escorted by staff to their classrooms.  
 
Lunch and Outdoor Recess
K-2 lunch will be from 12:00-12:30.  Teachers will escort students to the cafeteria using Stairwell D.  Students eating home lunch can proceed directly to the tables and students eating school lunch will line up along the wall immediately to the right of the door used to enter the gym.  3rd-5th recess will be from 12:00-12:30. Teachers will escort students to the playground and transition them to staff on duty.    At 12:30, staff on cafeteria duty with K-2 will use the outdoor staircase (Stairwell F) to transition students to recess.  At the same time, staff on recess duty with 3-5 will transition those students to the cafeteria using Stairwell F.  Teachers picking up 3-5 students from the cafeteria at 1:00 will use Stairwell D to transition students back to their classrooms.
 
Inclement Dismissal
All students involved in after school programming (Innis, Rec, PTA Enrichment, Piano) will be escorted to the gym at 3:15.  All PK, K, Intermediate CES, 4th, and 5th grade students getting picked up at 3:15 will wait in their first floor homerooms for pick up. Students in the PS/PK and Primary CES classes, as well as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade classes will be escorted to the first floor where they will be supervised until pick up.
 
Fair Weather Dismissal
All students involved in after school programming (Innis, Rec, PTA Enrichment, Piano) will be escorted to the gym at 3:15.  Teachers will escort all other students to the front plaza for pick up.
 
Dismissal from After School Programming
Students in Innis will be in the 4th grade classrooms and the Spanish classroom. After signing in at the security desk, parents can proceed to these rooms (Rooms 164, 165, and 166) to pick up their children from Innis.  At 6:00, all Innis students will be brought to the atrium for dismissal. Details regarding the 4:30 and 5:30 dismissals from PTA Enrichment classes are being developed and will be shared with families this coming week.
 

Parking Lot Use

A reminder that until 3:30pm, the parking lot is only for those with Hearst parking permits.  These permits should be displayed on each vehicles rear view mirror. At drop off and pick up times, parents should not pull into the parking lot. Please know that this is for the safety of all members of the Hearst community. We've had several near misses where parents in vehicles have almost hit students and staff members and staff vehicles in the parking lot or driveway and want to ensure that everyone in the Hearst community remains safe in the new year.

Introducing Toniann Maniscalco

Please see the attached introductory letter from Ms. Maniscalco, our new math specialist, and join me in welcoming her to the Hearst community.  

 

Announcements from Central Office

PARCC Web Resources for Families

Please use the following web resources to support your ability to navigate your child’s PARCC results and understand how you can support your child at home. (1) OSSE PARCC video: http://osse.dc.gov/node/1127177; (2) OSSE PARCC Web Page:http://osse.dc.gov/parcc; (3) GreatKids DC Test Guide for Parents: http://www.washingtondctestguide.org ; (4) DCPS Parent Curriculum Guides: http://dcps.dc.gov/publication/parent-curriculum-guides; (5) DCPS PARCC letter: https://www.scribd.com/doc/287365279/Chancellor-Henderson-PARCC-Letter-to-DCPS-Families; (6) DCPS PARCC videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ253CklNsM.

 
PTA Corner
Happy Winter Break from the PTA. For this week, we have an enrichment note followed by two meeting dates to confirm on your January calendar...
 
The next meeting of the Auction Committee will take place at 7 pm on Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Tenley Whole Foods. All are welcome.
 
The next PTA meeting will take place from 6-7:30 pm on Wednesday, Jan. 13,  in the new gym. Details to come.

 

Announcements from Outside Organizations

 

Winter 2016 Programs at the U.S. Botanic Garden

Online registration is now available for Winter 2016 programs at the U.S. Botanic Garden. FREE Programs include:

Snugglerssnugglers at United States Botanic Garden
Conservatory Garden Court
January Snugglers: Thursdays, January 7, 14, 21 & 28
February Snugglers: Thursdays, February 4, 18 & 25
March Snugglers: Thursdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ∙ FREE, pre-registration required!
Do you have a tiny treasure in a snuggly? Looking for ways to get out of the house and learn? Join us each Thursday for a 45-minute guided tour of the Conservatory. Each week will be a different exploration. This program is designed for parents and care providers who have a tiny one in a snuggly. Please note: Due to our narrow paths and the nature of this program, we cannot support strollers or older siblings.

USBG night_adventureChildren's Program: Night Adventure
Conservatory
Friday, January 15 OR Saturday, January 16, 2016 ∙  7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ∙ FREE, pre-registration required!
Ever wonder what it's like to be at the U.S. Botanic Garden late at night after the public and gardeners have gone home? A night adventure awaits you as you venture out on a flashlight tour of the Jungle, explore night-blooming flowers and night pollinators, experience the cool of the night desert, and participate in several hands-on plant science experiments. Please note: Participants must be between the ages of 9 and 12 and be accompanied by an adult. No adults may enroll without registered children. Parents must remain on site during the program.

Teacher Training: How Plants Work for Elementary School Teachers
Conservatory Classroom
Thursday, January 21, 2016 ∙  4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. ∙ FREE, pre-registration required!
Never have time to get to the U.S. Botanic Garden? Join Lee Coykendall, USBG Children's Program Specialist for a behind-the-scenes workshop and learn how to use the Garden as an extension of your classroom. This workshop is designed for elementary school teachers.
NOTE: On Thursday, February 4th, Teacher Training: How Plants Work for Middle and High School Teachers.   United States Botanic Garden sprouts

Sprouts: February 2016 *Please note: Registration opens on Wednesday, January 6 at 10 a.m.*
Conservatory Classroom
Wednesdays, February 3, 10, 17, 24 ∙  10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ∙ FREE, pre-registration required!
Bring your preschooler (ages 3-5) to the U.S. Botanic Garden for plant-related fun. Each Wednesday session will have varied activities that may include a story, art activity, or walk in the Garden. Please note: Children must be accompanied by an adult. Participating children must be at least 3 years of age. Program in February is a repeat of January.
NOTE: At the time of this blog post, Sprouts: January 2016 program is full. Registration for Sprouts: March 2016 opens on Wednesday, February 3 at 10 a.m.

United States Botanic Garden seedlingsSeedlings: February 2016 *Please note: Registration opens on Wednesday, January 6 at 10 a.m.*
Conservatory Classroom
Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23 ∙  10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. ∙ FREE, pre-registration required!
Come learn just how amazing plants really are during our Seedlings class (ages 6-10). Each week will be a mix of hands-on investigations, planting projects, and science-based activities. Please note: Students must be at least 6 years of age and accompanied by an adult. Seedlings is designed for a more advanced level of plant science education. For the benefit of all participants, we request that only children ages 6 and up attend and share in class activities. Program in February is a repeat of January.
NOTE: At the time of this blog post, Seedlings: January 2016 program is full. Registration for Seedlings: March 2016 opens on Wednesday, February 3 at 10 a.m.

Special Event: For the Love of Chocolate
Conservatory Classroom
Saturday, February 13, 2016 ∙  2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ∙ FREE, pre-registration required!
Chocolate and love are inseparable. Dr. Adam Kavalier, co-founder of Undone Chocolate, a D.C. based craft chocolate maker, will walk us through the intricate relationship between chocolate, chemistry, and love. He will present the story of chocolate, describing where it comes from, how it is made, and the love chemicals it contains. The story starts with the cocoa bean and travels to the chocolate bar, and along the way there are several smells and flavors that will be shared, including a chocolate tasting from different regions around the world.

Fitness Event: Practice with Love Yoga Gathering
Conservatory West Gallery
Saturday, February 20 & 27, 2016 ∙  10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ∙ FREE, NO pre-registration required!
WithLoveDC is a movement to spread love, joy, and acceptance throughout the District. The Practice With Love classes aim to create an accessible space for all people to tune into their breath while enjoying the amazing spaces around our beautiful city. WithLoveDC is thrilled to bring their free yoga gatherings to the U.S. Botanic Garden; come flow with us! Please note: This program is first-come, first-served with limited space available. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own mats.

Youth Workshop Orchids in Focus at the U.S. Botanic GardenYouth Workshop: Orchids in Focus
Conservatory Classroom
Sunday, March 13, 2016 ∙  1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ∙ FREE, pre-registration required!
Interested in science and art? Join Lee for a hands-on workshop where students will dissect an orchid and using microscopes, bringing its parts into focus in order to understand just how orchids work. Using our Orchids in Focus exhibit for inspiration, students will then create original pieces of art. Please note: This workshop is designed for students between the ages of 12-16. Parents and care providers are welcome to attend, but are not required to do so.

***  Visit Programs and Events for a full listing of happenings.*** 

United States Botanic Garden

100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 225-8333

 
 
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