Update 3/13/16

Good afternoon Owls,
I hope you’ve enjoyed the weekend!
My best,
Jen
 
The Week Ahead
Monday, March 14 – Pi Day
 
Wednesday, March 16
8:00-2:00 4th Grade Field Trip to White House
6:00-7:30 PTA 16-17 Budget Meeting, Library
 
Thursday, March 17 – Fire Drill
 
Friday, March 18
9:15-10:45 Open House, Library
 
Upcoming Events
Saturday, March 19 – Hearst 5K @ Carter Barron, 8:00
Monday, March 21 – Severe Weather Drill
Wednesday, March 23 – LSAT Meeting, Conference Room, 4:30-5:30
March 28-April 1 – Spring Break
News and Announcements
 
Quick Updates
  • Save the date - Autism Awareness Month is right around the corner! The first Friday in April after Spring Break (4/8/16), we'd love all Owls to wear blue or an Autism Awareness shirt. 
  • Please see attached for this week's NW Current dispatch from some 1st grade Owls.
  • Stay tuned for additional outreach from Hearst's mental health team in the next weeks!
Morning Drop Off and Afternoon Dismissal
Given the string of warm weather we’ve been having, some students have begun arriving at school prior to 8:15 to play on the playground. As a reminder, Hearst staff isn't on duty until 8:15 and should your children arrive prior to 8:15, you must supervise them.   We’re also seeing an increase in the number of kids staying after school to hang out with friends without any adult supervision. If your children have permission to go home by themselves, please talk with them to make sure that they are leaving campus at dismissal rather than heading to the playground/field.  If your child was to be injured on the playground prior to 8:15 or after 3:30 and is not in a supervised before or after school program, please know that the school cannot be held liable.  We want to ensure that your child is safe and supervised at all times and appreciate your cooperation. 
 
MOU Update
DPR and DCPS sent out the attached letter (Hearst Response Letter) late last week in response to several parents emails regarding the status of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) for use of the gym.  DPR leadership is determining whether or not they will apply for a building use permit, which would allow for Hearst Rec to use the gym space until the MOU is signed.  A building use permit ensures that maintenance, security, and liability coverage is in place and is required of any non-DCPS program that uses the gym.  As an example, Innis and HoopEd have filed for and received building use permits, Innis for the entire school year and HoopEd for a basketball tournament last weekend. 
 
Hearst Athletics Update from Mr. Coleman
Track: 4th & 5th Grade Track begins this week in the inaugural season! Similar to our basketball teams, students will get the opportunity to compete with other students across DCPS. There are no cuts, anyone in 4th or 5th grade can compete. Track Information and Waiver Packets are available from the main office or from Mr. Coleman (hunter.coleman@dc.gov).
 
Rugby: In May, Hearst ES will be looking to defend it's 4th/5th Flag Rugby Elementary School Championship at a tournament hosted by DC Youth Rugby (http://washingtondcyouthrugby.org) being held at Raymond Recreation Center (Date either May 7th or May 14th). Students will be learning about flag rugby and its history in class, with a Rugby recess group starting after spring break.
 
 
News and Announcements From Central Office
 

The Historic Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives Open House Celebrating Women’s History Month (3/19)

The Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives is hosting its monthly open house on Saturday, March, 19 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. In celebration of Women’s History Month, the museum will collaborate with the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for a release of their latest publication, the second edition of 200 Years of Public Education in the Nation’s Capital 1804-2014: 500 Profiles of Key Women Educators.  Students can also earn community service hours by serving as hosts, facilitators and museum docents. To register schools/students to participate, contact info.sumnerschool@dc.gov or 202-730-1420.  The Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives is the official museum and repository for public education in the District of Columbia. The open house will also feature activities for children and adults, along with light refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. The Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives Museum is located at 1201 17th Street, NW, three blocks north of the Farragut North Metro Station, Red Line. 

 

Alternative School Program for At-Risk 5th and 6th Graders

A resource for rising (or retained) at-risk 5th and 6th graders experiencing instability (foster care, homeless, family in crisis, living in kin-care), Monument Academy is a free weekday boarding with the mission of serving these students. Monument Academy offers personalized learning plans for each student, 8:1 student-teacher ratio and 13:1 student-social worker ratio, pediatric psychiatry through a partnership with Georgetown University, Trauma Systems Therapy through a partnership with New York University, and 5:1 student-houseparent ratio in a family-style boarding program. Please contact Danielle Nelson, Well-being Counselor and Family Recruitment Coordinator, by phone at (202) 545-3180 ext. 116for more information.

 

PTA Corner
 
The 2016 Hearst auction is Saturday, April 9, at 6:30 pm. Buy tickets now at http://www.hearstes.schoolauction.net/2016Tickets are $50 per person and increase to $60 per person 2 weeks prior to the event (starting on March 27), so purchase your tickets early!
 
Here are some other upcoming dates of note...
 
Wednesday, March 16: Special meeting to discuss the next PTA budget, 6 pm, Hearst library.

Friday, March 18: Hearst open house. We're looking for volunteers for any time between 8:30 and 11 am, even if only for 30 minutes. Please email kaylparry@yahoo.com.

Saturday, March 19Hearst 5K Fun Run, 8 am, Carter Barron, 4850 Colorado Ave. For more information, http://www.hearstes.org/hearst_5k

Saturday, March 19: Third of three wine parties in preparation for the Hearst auction, 7-10 pm. Bring two bottles of wine (one for the party and one for the auction) and socialize with other Hearst families. Hosted in Ward 4, please RSVP in advance directly to nayamka.long@gmail.com.Monday, March 21Auction Committee meeting, 7 pm, Tenleytown Whole Foods.

Saturday, April 9: Annual Hearst auction (see information above at the start of this section).

Wednesday, April 13PTA meeting, 6 pm.

Saturday, April 16: Hearst DC United outing, 7 pm. For more information, http://www.hearstes.org/dc_united

Sunday, June 12: Hearst Nationals outing, 4 pm. For more information, http://www.hearstes.org/washington_nationals

 

 

News and Announcements from Other Organizations

Hearst Park Update
Good Evening  Hearst Community,
 
As you may know, the Department of General Services (DGS) released a request for proposals (RFP) to select an Architect-Engineering firm (A-E) to work with DGS, the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the community to develop plans for the renovation of Hearst Park.
 
Interested A-E firms have submitted their proposals to DGS. The proposals have been reviewed internally by DPR and DGS Hearst Project Team who have made their recommendation to the DGS Procurement Office.
 
DGS’ Procurement Office is in the final stages of reviewing the recommendation and we anticipate having an A-E firm on board by the middle of March 2016.  Once we have the Architect on board, DPR in partnership with DGS will begin our series of community meetings to engage and receive residents input on the design of the park.
 
DGS and DPR look forward to working with the community on this project, which will include email updates on the project during the design and construction phases.  If you prefer not to receive email updates please let me know and I will remove you from the Hearst global email group.
 
Also, feel free to share this information with your neighbors, family and friends who may be interested in the Hearst project.  
 
Thank you for your patience.
 
Sincerely, 
Jackie
Jackie Stanley
Community Outreach Coordinator
Department of General Services (DGS)


File attachments:
Hearst Response Letter .pdf
Summer Enrichment Program Flyer FINAL.pdf
HearstDispatch-10March2016-1stGrade.pdf

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