I hope you’ve had a great weekend and thanks for your continued support!
- The girls and boys basketball teams are in the playoffs and unfortunately, we don’t have additional information yet about when and where their next games will be. As soon as we know the schedule, we’ll send an email with the information.
Parent Workshops – Updated Dates
Thank you for returning the parent workshop surveys to school last month. The consensus is to hold these workshops from 5:00-6:00pm before PTA meetings and we’ve created the following schedule based on the topics you identified as being important to you. Additional information about the locations will be shared as we get closer to the dates of the workshops.
Updated Date - March 15 - Teasing, Relational Aggression, & Bullying
April 12 - Childhood Anger, Anxiety, Stress, & Coping Skills
May 10 - Supporting Student Success Over the Summer
September 2017 - Social Emotional Learning and Character Development at Home
News and Announcements from DCPS
Letter to Families About Communicable Diseases and Common Pests
Attached is a letter from Chancellor Wilson and Department of General Services (DGS) Director Gillis about how we as a school system and a city work to keep our buildings safe and clean for our students. In the letter, we also link to a Frequently Asked Questions document on the DCPS website, which has more detail about how we prevent pests from getting into our buildings, how we manage them if they are identified, bed bugs, and our communication protocols. The FAQ is attached here as well.
Letter from Chancellor Wilson to Students re: Secretary DeVos’s Visit to Jefferson Academy
As you may know, Principal Dohmann and Chancellor Wilson hosted Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos last week at Jefferson Academy. The students and staff at Jefferson represented DCPS well, but we know that there have been questions about DCPS hosting this visit for the secretary. Chancellor Wilson wants to be explicit about our intentions – we want to show the Secretary that public school is important and at DCPS, we are doing great things. Chancellor Wilson has written the attached letter to students about the visit.
Children Left Behind at Schools
If children are left at school, school personnel should complete all attempts to contact the parent or caregiver by utilizing emergency contacts and other efforts to reach them. The CFSA Hotline should be contacted after all initial efforts have failed. The Hotline staff will request information as they take the report and then the CFSA Child Protective Services will determine the next action steps. Please be advised that you should reach out directly to the CFSA CPS Hotline by calling 202-671-SAFE.
Mayor Bowser’s Upcoming Budget Engagement Forums. The links to register for each forum are below.
Mayor Bowser wants to hear directly from you about how we can do more to protect and advance DC’s values. We do not know exactly what lies ahead for DC. We do not know how changes in the federal government will affect the investments and programs that Americans throughout our country and city rely on. What we do know, though, are our values. We know that we value inclusivity, public education, sensible criminal justice reform, and safe and affordable housing and health care for every DC resident. If you have ideas for how we can use DC’s budget to make Washington, DC an even better place for people of all ages and backgrounds to live, work and play, she wants to hear them.
Hello Owl Families! We are planning a “Pi” fundraiser for our regular March PTA meeting to be held on March 15, just one day after “Pi Day.” If you would like to bake or purchase a pie to donate, please contact Judy Goodstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
· PTA on the Playground: Have an issue or concern you’d like to raise? Want to meet more parents? Have an idea for a fundraiser? Stop by the benches on the playground (in the gym if inclement weather) on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 8am and talk with the PTA.
· Last Pre-Auction Wine Party: The final pre-auction wine party will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25. Please bring one bottle of wine for the wine night and one bottle of wine to be packaged for the auction. Please RSVP to Nayamka Long at email@example.com.
· PTA Budget Meeting: The PTA will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, March 8, to discuss budget issues for the 2017-2018 school year. The meeting will be held in the library. Pizza and child care will not be provided.
· Community Dining Night: Our next Potomac Pizza night will be Monday, March 13. Please join us from 4-9pm at 19 Wisconsin Circle, Chevy Chase, Md. Dine in or carry out but make sure to mention you’re with Hearst and our school will receive 20 percent of our proceeds.
· PTA Meeting: The PTA will hold its next regular meeting on Wednesday, March 15 at 6pm in the library. Pizza and childcare will be available for all potty-trained kids. Please check the website and listserv for sign-up information.
· Open House Tours: Looking for an opportunity to share your Hearst experience? Look no further than the next Open House on Friday, March 17. If you have time to help out by greeting visitors, giving a tour or just setting up, please email Kay Parry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Hearst Auction: The annual Hearst auction will be held on Saturday, March 25 at the UDC Student Center, just one mile from Hearst! Please check out the auction website at: http://hearstes.schoolauction.net/2017/homepages/show for information on how to purchase tickets, make donations and get involved. For more auction information please contact Emily Olesh at email@example.com Adrienne Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org).