Good evening Owls,
Thank you for a great first week of school! It’s been such a positive start to the new year and it’s a wonderful sight to see smiles on all of our Owls, tall and small, as they come to school each day. Thank you also to everyone who has opened their homes for home visits. Our goal is to visit at least 75% of our families this year, so please reach out to your child’s teacher to schedule a home visit soon!
I hope you’ve had a fantastic weekend and I look forward to seeing you on Monday,
- In order to streamline the reporting of absences, please send notes regarding student absences to firstname.lastname@example.org. This hearstes.org address automatically forwards to Ms. Hinchey, Ms. Johnson, and Ms. Carroll, so it’s not necessary to cc their personal email accounts. Thanks!
- Our Back to School Night is Wednesday, September 21, from 6-8pm. So that we can ensure we have appropriate childcare staffing, please sign up for childcare using the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScte2VufSdXU3998rfw8bQwfHhUTasT3dj-MsCLEmyUAhI1DQ/viewform. We can guarantee childcare for all who sign up by September 16!
- As you may know, Mr. Ronald Rice has moved on from DPR (Hearst Rec Center) as of August 17, 2016. On September 8th at 6pm, Rec will have a Send Off Celebration for Mr. Rice to show appreciation for his dedicated and outstanding service.
- Wednesday, August 31, from 4:30-5:30 in the conference room is our first Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) meeting of the year.
- Friday, September 2, from 8:45-9:15 in Mr. Herrera's room is our first Principal-Parent Chat of the year. Please bring your questions, concerns, and ideas!
News and Announcements
You may have noticed that the parking lot spaces are now numbered and that everyone parked in the lot has a blue parking pass in their cars. Because there are 22 spots in the lot and more than 35 staff members who drive to work each day, we use a lottery system to assign specific spots in the lot to staff for a portion of the school year. Many staff members arrive as early as 7:00am, and in order to help our staff have a smooth transition to work, please do not park in any numbered spots when you are dropping off your children in the morning. Additionally, please ensure that you are not parking in front of the school and leaving your vehicle unattended at arrival or dismissal. Because the lane in front of the school is primarily for our buses to pick up and drop off students, unoccupied vehicles run the risk of being ticketed or towed.
Nurse Juliet, our school nurse for the past two years, has been assigned to Eaton this year. We’ll have a nurse on site on Wednesday (Maureen Hooker), and Thursday and Friday (Colette Poindexter) from 8:00-4:30, and use medically trained personnel to administer medications on Monday and Tuesday. If you have medication that you want to drop off, along with the appropriate signed forms from your child’s doctor, Mr. Coleman and Ms. Dawkins, two of our medically trained personnel, are able to accept the medication. Please bring the medication and forms to the main office and Ms. Johnson or Ms. Hinchey will call Mr. Coleman or Ms. Dawkins.
Interested in Supporting our School Garden? Complete the entry form linked below!
Get out and grow your dreams.
Enter your school for a chance to win $15,000 cash toward a garden and a visit from U.S. Olympic athlete Ali Krieger, member of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team! Follow the simple entry process and view Official Rules at growwithsmuckers.com.
News and Announcements from Central Office
Jewish Students and Religious Holidays
We ask your assistance in forwarding information to your teachers and school communities regarding the anticipated absences of Jewish students in your schools and related activities. See the attached calendars “2015-2016 JCRC Holiday Calendar” and “2016-2017 JCRC HolidayCalendar” for religious, national, and community holidays prepared by the JCRC to assist community institutions in planning their activities. If a teacher or administrator has a question about these holidays s/he may contact Steve Adleberg, Educational Outreach Associate of the JCRC at email@example.com. The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington is available to answer any questions or provide guidance on this matter.
DPCS Study Abroad Student Showcase (9/13):
On 9/13 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Roosevelt HS, the Global Education team will host a DCPS Study Abroad Student Showcase for alumni of the program and prospective student travelers. Student alumni are invited to share their post-travel Making Global Local projects with fellow students, families, and educators in attendance and should arrive by 4:00p.m. for set-up. Current 8thand 11th grade students and any educators interested in attending to gather information about global learning opportunities should email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP. Volunteers are needed from 3:30-6:30 p.m. to greet attendees, manage registration, and assist students in locating the appropriate place to set up their projects. If interested in volunteering, please contact Kayla Gatalica.
City-Wide Community Engagement Meetings with the Deputy Mayor of Education (DME) (8/30, 9/7, 9/14)
The Office of Family and Public Engagement has partnered with the Deputy Mayor of Education to support a citywide discussion on how DCPS can continue to rise and thrive through a Chancellor transition. This series of meetings will provide parents and community members the opportunity to share their hopes and dreams for DCPS as we transition to a new Chancellor. The feedback gathered at these citywide meetings will be shared with the new Chancellor. These meetings are projected to draw large numbers of attendees and we want your school community to be represented at these events. To ensure parents have an opportunity to attend these meeting we recommend that your Back to School Night not be scheduled on 8/30, 9/7, and 9/14 if you can help it – citywide meetings will take place at Roosevelt, Eastern, and Savoy respectively. OFPE will share additional information on these meetings as it becomes available. For information on the Chancellor selection process, visit http://dcpsrising.dc.gov/ or contact us at email@example.com.
Happy second week of school! We hope you enjoyed the first week and found an opportunity to stop by the PTA table on the playground. If not, please reach out to us!
Registration for the fall after-school enrichment program has begun and registration for PTA-sponsored classes will close on Saturday, September 3. All information about enrichment options can be found on the Hearst website at: http://www.hearstes.org/enrichment_programs
Room parents are needed. Many have chosen to support their children and classmates by becoming a room parent. Yet, a few classes still need your assistance. They are Ms. Zink. & Ms. Schultz (Second); Mr. Stacey (Third); Ms. Greenberg (Fourth); Ms. Loughead (Fifth); & CES.
The tasks of a room parent are simple and it’s a great way to connect with your child's community. You can create your own team with a couple of your friends and the work will be more productive and enjoyable. To begin supporting your child as a room parent, reach out to Charles Greene at Charles@charlesgreene.com.
Join your fellow Hearsties for dinner at Nando's Peri-Peri on September 7th from 5PM to 8PM. It's fun and 40% of the proceeds will go back to Hearst! Nando's Tenleytown is located at 4231 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
The PTA will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, September 14 in the library from 6pm-7:30pm. Watch the listserv to sign up your kids for free pizza and childcare during the meeting.
News and Announcements from Outside Organzations
Good Morning Hearst Community,
Please join the Department of General Services (DGS) and the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) for our third Hearst Park and Pool community meeting.
DGS and DPR representatives along with the Architectural team will be present-to-present potential concept plans for the modernization of the park and the proposed new pool at Hearst.
The meeting will be held Thursday, September 8 from 7:00 pm– 9:00 pm at Chevy Chase Community Center, which is located at 5601 Connecticut Ave NW.
Attached is a flyer with more details. Please share the flyer with your family, friends and neighbors.
As we’ve indicated at previous Hearst Park and pool community meetings there are no existing approved plans for the park or the proposed pool. This meeting will be the first opportunity for residents to see and provide feedback on potential concepts for the park and the proposed pool at Hearst.
You have received this email because you have expressed previous interest in the Hearst 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.
Thank you for the emails and calls that we have received this summer regarding the Hearst Project- we look forward to working with the community on this project.
If you have any questions or concerns prior to the meeting please feel free to reach out to me and I’ll work with the project team to address your concerns.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Department of General Services (DGS)