Good morning Owls,
We’ve got a big week ahead of us with PARCC testing and our Schoolwide Enrichment Model groups beginning. This week also marks Teacher Appreciation Week, and I hope you’ll join me in showing all of our staff some extra love this week!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend,
The Week Ahead – Teacher Appreciation Week
Monday, May 2 - PTA-sponsored Breakfast for Staff
9:30-11:00 PARCC Testing
Tuesday, May 3 - Office Hours Extended from 7:30am-5:30pm for Enrollment
9:30-11:00 PARCC Testing
Wednesday, May 4 – Bike to School Day
9:30-11:00 PARCC Testing
10:00-2:00 1st Grade Field Trip to Green Meadows
2:15-3:15 Enrichment Clusters Meet
3:30-4:30 Staff Meeting, Room 161
4:30-6:00 PTA Executive Board Meeting, Conference Room
Thursday, May 5 – PTA-sponsored Staff Luncheon; Office Hours Extended from 7:30am-5:30pm for Enrollment
8:45-9:15 Parent Chat, Library
9:30-11:00 PARCC Testing
2:45-3:15 Parent Chat, Room 166
Friday, May 6 – PD Day, no school for students (see PD Day schedule sent in previous updates for information on where you should report)
5/9-5/12 - PARCC Testing Continues
5/10 – Hearst Park Meeting with DGS, Hearst Gym, 7:00pm (see below and attached for additional information)
5/11 – 2nd Grade Math Parent Night, 5:00-6:00; Bullying Prevention in DC Presentation, 5:00-5:45 (see below for additional information), PTA Meeting, 6:00-7:30
5/13 – Broadway Beat Performance, 6:30pm, Hearst Gym
News and Announcements
- Our 3rd-5th Grade Chorus (with the addition of a few 2nd graders) performed at the DCPS Music Festival on Friday at the Kennedy Center and videos of their performance are on the website. A big thanks to Mr. Moe for all the work he did to prepare our Owls to shine and a thanks to Jeff King for sharing the videos!
- The final day for after school tutoring and homework club was this past Friday, April 29. Thanks to all students who attended!
- Hearst is on the DCPS Recycles Honor Roll with Distinction! See the attached flyer for additional information.
- Please see attached for this week's NW Current Dispatch from the Mighty Martians.
The spring individual student galleries are now online for viewing and purchasing from Freed. To view the galleries, go to www.freedpics.com and enter the password: HES16XR
APTT 3 Step Up Day - 5/23/16
On Monday, May 23rd, we’ll be holding Step Up Day for families of students in all grade levels. During the first part of the meeting, families will meet with their child’s current grade level teachers for a truncated APTT meeting. In the second half of the meeting, the next grade level’s teachers will talk with you about what to expect in the upcoming year. These meetings are a great opportunity to meet other families, learn about simple summer activities to keep your child learning, and hear about what next school year may hold for your child. We hope to see you on the 23rd!
Schedule for May 23 Step Up Meetings
o 8:15-9:15 Current PK families & Current 5th grade families (meeting separately)
o 9:45-10:45 Current 2nd grade families
o 11:15-12:15 Current 1st grade families & CES families (meeting separately)
o 12:45-1:45 Current 3rd grade families & New PK families (meeting separately)
- 2:15-3:15 Current K families & Current 4th grade families (meeting separately)
Ms. Tick’s Testing Tips
Greetings Owl Community,
As your school psychologist, I wanted to reach out to the whole community to offer some testing tips. We know that we will start testing this week and students and parents may be anxious. Some tips for home include:
Make sure your child gets enough sleep
Make sure your child has a good breakfast
Talk to your child to find if there is something about testing that is worrisome to them
Reassure them that they are OK and to try their best
Help them feel confident
Please, please make sure they are on time-If they are late, it creates more stress.
I also wanted to tell everyone how hard our Response To Intervention (RTI) team has worked this year to address the needs of our students. Our team:
Along with Ms. Thomas.
Thanks to all.
Have a great rest-of-year!
News and Announcements from Central Office
A Quick Way to Show Your Appreciation!
As Teacher Appreciation Week approaches, the Department of Education is gearing up to call educators from all over the country to thank them for their work. Please take a moment to fill out this form in order to submit the names of any of your amazing teachers that deserve a THANK YOU! It only takes a few minutes to fill out, but is a great opportunity to brighten a teacher’s day! Please contact Samantha Palley at Samantha.firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
#ThankaTeacher on Social Media During Teacher Appreciation Week! (5/2 – 5/6)
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and we need your help! Celebrate the teachers in your school by taking pictures and posting them on social media using the hashtag #ThankaTeacher. Be sure to tag @dcpublicschools or #DCPSRising so that the communications team can retweet and share your pictures.
The Verizon Minority Male Makers Program
The Verizon Minority Male Makers Program, directed by the University of the District of Columbia, is offering a free all-expenses paid 4-week intensive summer program designed to engage students in high quality, hands-on learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in order to increase access to STEM focused careers and higher education. In addition to the summer program, students will receive a mentor and participate in STEM workshops during the academic year at UDC and host sites across the District! The program is for young males of African American and Hispanic descent in grades 6th– 8th. Those selected will have the opportunity to learn 3D printing, app development, and robotics. There will be competitions, prizes and exciting field trips. Please see the attached PDF for details. For more information, contact Jacqueline.email@example.com.
The DC STEM Network, in collaboration with DCPS, is launching #MayofMaking. Leading up to the National Maker Faire in June, schools can participate in a myriad of maker activities forthe entire month of May: enriching learning through making activities, tweeting a photo of your makers with #MayofMaking, visiting a DCPS, DCPL or other local makerspace, hosting aMorphi making session, and much more! Click here for updates throughout the month of May. For questions, contact Lauren Allen, AC Lane, or Jonathan Lewis.
Every Student, Every Day Design Challenge
In collaboration with the DC Equity Lab, the Deputy Mayor for Education’s Office will be hosting a two day design challenge entitled Every Student, Every Day on Saturday, June 4th, 8:00am - 10:00pm and Sunday, June 5th, 9:00am - 12:00pm at Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School. The goal of the design challenge is for students, families, educators, policy makers and hackers to conceptualize a viable solution to chronic absenteeism in the District. Currently, on any given day only 90% of the District’s students are in attendance--and somewhere between 15-20% of students are chronically truant. Attendees will form teams and around a challenge of their choosing, build and present solutions over the course of 24 hours before a panel of judges. Teachers who are interested in attending, please contact Kristen Moore.
Reminder: 2nd Annual Mental Health Awareness Summit (5/5)
Please mark your calendars and join us for the 2nd Annual DCPS Mental Health Awareness Summit, "Finding Hope, Finding Help" on Thursday, May, 5, 2016 from 3:30-5:30 at Eastern High School. The School Mental Health Team wants to increase awareness about the menu of evidence-based treatment options available to students and highlight important elements of school mental health with all of DCPS! We would like to invite all DCPS staff, families, students, and members of the community to learn more about the important trauma- informed work we are doing in the schools. Join us in becoming a DCPS Trauma-Informed Schools Champion. Spread the word! For questions, please contact Tamara Dukes.
Reminder: Free Summer Enrichment Program for Highly Motivated Rising Middle Schoolers – Deadline Extended
The Advanced and Enriched Instruction Division is excited to announce the 3rd annual Summer Enrichment Program. This four-week summer program for highly motivated, rising middle school students (those currently in grades 5, 6, 7) are invited to apply for a spot at Burrville ES, Hardy MS or Stuart-Hobson MS. The program runs from 7/5-7/29, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. daily, and is free for DCPS students. Students will work in small groups of no more than 15 on topics directly related to their areas of academic interest as well as go on several exciting field trips. Please visit bit.do/SEPapp for the online application, orbit.do/SEPpaperapp for a downloadable application. For questions, contact Angela Novak.
Hello Owls. It's May, and that means...Elections for next year's PTA executive board are right around the corner. Please get involved. If you are interested in running this month for positions on the board or for parent representative seats on the Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) for the upcoming school year, please email a one-paragraph bio/candidate statement to Liz Stuart at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, May 2. If you have any questions, please speak with any member of the current board (http://www.hearstes.org/pta_executive_board_members) or LSAT (http://www.hearstes.org/lsat).
Here are some upcoming events:
Sunday, May 1: Enrichment Committee meeting, Tenley Whole Foods, 7 pm. Join members of the committee to help plan enrichment offerings for the next school year. All are welcome. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Monday, May 2, to Thursday, May 5: Teacher Appreciation Week. Have your child say "thank you" by bringing in a gift card or bouquet Tuesday and a "card of appreciation" family card Wednesday. More details and volunteer opportunities at: http://www.hearstes.org/teacher_appreciation
Wednesday, May 4: Second annual Hearst Bike-to-School event. Students, teachers, parents and others will gather at 7:45 am at the Dickinson house (on Veazey St. NW near 37th Street) for muffins and hot cocoa before riders and walkers head over to school around 8 am for a short celebration in front of the DPR Rec Center. Contact David Dickinson at Dickinson.David@epa.gov for more information.
Wednesday, May 11: Please join us before the next PTA meeting for a presentation organized by Ms. Wendt: Bullying Prevention in DC -- what do schools and parents need to know, 5-5:45 pm, library. Suzanne Greenfield, director of the DC Citywide Bullying Prevention Program, will present.
Wednesday, May 11: PTA monthly meeting, 6-7:30 pm, gym. Agenda items include a vote on the proposed PTA budget for the next school year, which is available at this link: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/hearstelementary/pages/155/attachments/original/1461326037/2017_PTA_Draft_Budget.pdf?1461326037
Tuesday, May 17: Hearst night out at Tenley Chipotle, 4-8 pm. For more details, please visit this link: http://www.hearstes.org/chipotle_fundraiser
Friday, May 20: Hearst open house, 9:15-10:45 am.
Saturday, May 21: Hearst spring fair, 11 am-3 pm. The fair will feature a 25' rock wall, a bounce house/slide, games, face painting, a Zumba class, snow cones, popcorn and more, but we need volunteers. Details (and a link to the SignUpGenius to volunteer for a one-hour shift) at http://www.hearstes.org/hearst_spring_fair.
Sunday, June 12: Hearst Nationals outing, 4 pm vs. Phillies. For more information, please visit http://www.hearstes.org/washington_nationals
Wednesday, June 15: Hearst night out at Tenley Nando's Peri Peri, 4:30-8:30 pm.
News and Announcements from Other Organizations
Dear Hearst Community,
The Department of General Services (DGS) has selected Cox Graee + Spack as the Architectural Firm to work with DGS, the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the community to develop concept designs for the modernization of Hearst Park.
Now that we have the Architects on board we have scheduled our first community meeting for Tuesday, May 10, 2016 @ 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held at Hearst Elementary School located at 3950 37th Street NW in the school’s gymnasium.
The goal of the meeting is to:
1. Introduce the DGS and DPR project team members,
2. Introduce the AE firm team members,
3. To provide an overview of the project including information about the proposed pool,
4. To provide next steps for the project and
5. To answer any questions residents have about the project.
I have attached a flyer for the meeting. Feel free to forward the flyer to friends, neighbors and any other interested parties.
Also, if you have names and email addresses of residents or community groups that should be invited to the meeting please feel free to forward me their contact information and I will reach out to them, as well.
I will be sending regular updates related to the Hearst Park project. If you prefer not to receive emails related to the project please let me know and I will delete your email from my Hearst contact list.
If you have any questions or concerns prior to the meeting please feel free to contact me. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to working with the community on this project.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Government Relations & Communications Office
Department of General Services
2000 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Mobile: (202) 431-1195