Update 4/23/17

POSTED ON
April 23
Good afternoon Owls,

I hope that you’ve had a wonderful spring break and that our Owls had lots of time to relax, play, and spend time with loved ones. It’s hard to believe but we only have eight weeks left in this school year.  Please help us ensure that these last weeks of school are great by making sure that your kids maintain their regular eating and sleeping routines during these longer days. We will spend some time tomorrow reinforcing our school routines and expectations to ensure that the transition back from break is a smooth one and appreciate your support in doing the same at home. 

See you tomorrow morning,

Jen

Quick Updates

·         Portrait Day at Hearst will be Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

·         The Deal Middle School team will be at Hearst on Wednesday, May 10 from 3:30-6:30 to enroll current Hearst 5th graders. 

·         Attached are resources shared at the parent event on Wednesday, April 12, focused on supporting kids with anxiety, stress, anger, and coping skills.

·         As a reminder, because of the large number of students on the soccer field during outdoor arrival, students are not to play soccer or football at arrival time.  During inclement arrival in the gym, the same holds true, with the addition of basketball. Know that this measure was put in place in the fall after several students were injured inadvertently and while playing during arrival times.

 

 


Update 4/9/17

POSTED ON
April 10
Good afternoon Owls,

The week ahead is a busy one at Hearst with visitors coming to the school from PBS, our first track meet of the season on Monday, multiple field trips, an assembly, and a PTA meeting.  As we've gotten closer to spring break, there has been a slight uptick in the number of students coming to the main office as a result of a conflict with a peer in the classroom, at recess, or at lunch.  We will continue to hold our students to our high academic and behavioral expectations this week and reinforce the problem-solving and emotion-management techniques that students are learning in the Second Step lessons.  Below is additional information about one of the strategies we're teaching kids and I hope that you will reinforce this strategy at home so that this week can be a smooth one for all of our Owls.

Thanks and have a wonderful afternoon,

Jen

Quick Updates

  • Nurse Carter received notification that there is a voluntary recall of 13 lots of EpiPens and EpiPen Jrs.  The notification is attached for your information.
  • Report cards for Term 3 will be sent home with students on Friday, April 14, our last day of school before Spring Break. 
  • Spring Break is April 17-21 and while there will be no school for students, the main office will be open Tuesday, April 18, through Friday, April 21, from 9:00am-4:00pm.
  • Portrait Day at Hearst has been rescheduled from Monday, April 10 to Tuesday, May 9, 2017.
  • The Deal Middle School team will be at Hearst on Wednesday, May 10 from 3:30-6:30 to enroll current Hearst 5th graders. 
  • Handymen and Handywomen Wanted! We need Hearst family members and staff to volunteer some time the evening of Thursday, April 13, to help build stage boxes to be used as props during Willy Wonka, Jr. and future performances of the Hearst Drama Team. Please see the PTA update below for more information.
  • Attached is a flyer for the Washington Breeze, a pro ultimate Frisbee team in DC. Also, for those interested in Frisbee, DPR is supporting a team this spring. Please reach out to Kim Campbell (kim.campbell@dc.gov) for more information. Students 8-10 years old can join the team and it meets on Thursdays at 4:30pm.

 


Enrollment Update

POSTED ON
April 06
A message from HEARST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Good morning Owls,

Monday began the enrollment process for next school year.  The DCPS Enroll website is now updated with SY17-18 information and includes the SY17-18 Enrollment Packet, as well as resources on how to enroll. For your convenience, we have pre-printed enrollment forms for all current Hearst families in the main office.

Our goal is to have all current families re-enroll by Friday, April 28th.  Ms. Hinchey and Ms. Johnson will accept completed enrollment packets during our normal office hours, from 8:00am – 4:30pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.  They will also accept completed enrollment packets from 7:00am-6:00pm on Thursdays and from 7:00am-4:30pm on Fridays.  For specific questions about enrollment, please reach out to Ms. Hinchey (manik.hinchey@dc.gov) or Ms. Johnson (kestaganer.johnson@dc.gov).

My best,

Jen

 


Update 4/3/17

POSTED ON
April 03
A message from HEARST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Good morning Owls,

Thanks to everyone for another great week at Hearst.  These next two weeks before spring break can be challenging on kids and on us as adults as spring fever is starting to show itself. We’ve had quite a long stretch between winter and spring breaks and everyone naturally may be feeling a bit tired from all their hard work.  Please ensure that your kids are getting their rest and staying healthy.  If your child has allergies and needs to take medication at school, be sure that Nurse Carter has updated medical forms and permissions from doctors so that we can treat your child. These forms can be found here: https://dcps.dc.gov/health. Have a wonderful day and see you tomorrow!

My best,

Jen

Quick Updates

·         Friday, April 7, from 8:45-9:15 is the next Parent Chat. I look forward to seeing those who can make it in the art room on Friday morning.

·         In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, we will be conducting awareness activities throughout the month and ask that kids and staff wear blue on Friday for the month of April.

·         We’re excited to announce that the Hearst Science Fair will be held on Wednesday, May 3, from 2:00-3:00 in the gym.  K-2 will complete class projects and 3rd-5thgrade students will enter projects as individuals or small groups of no more than 3 students.  More information about the science fair will be coming home soon from your child’s teacher.  Additionally, if you have a science background and are interested in judging the science fair, please let Jen know (jen.thomas@dc.gov)

 

 

 


Update 3/26/17

POSTED ON
March 26
Good afternoon Owls,

Thanks to everyone for a great week at Hearst and a special thanks to those of you who came out to the auction last night. It was wonderful to see so many of you supporting Hearst and having a great time while doing so.  It was a record-setting evening, with more money being raised last night than at past auctions and on behalf of the students and staff, thank you so much for your support!

Have a wonderful evening, may your NCAA brackets not be entirely busted, and see you tomorrow!

My best,

Jen

Quick Updates

·         The Hearst Dispatch (attached) features our Student Council this week.

·         We’re excited to announce that the Hearst Science Fair will be held on Wednesday, May 3, from 2:00-3:00 in the gym.  K-2 will complete class projects and 3rd-5th grade students will enter projects as individuals or small groups of no more than 3 students.  More information about the science fair will be coming home soon from your child’s teacher.  Additionally, if you have a science background and are interested in judging the science fair, please let Jen know (jen.thomas@dc.gov)


Update 3/19/17

POSTED ON
March 19
A message from HEARST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Good afternoon Owls,

It was a wacky weather week that passed, but the forecast looks great for this week and we should get lots of outdoor recess time once again.  In addition to Green Week (see below), we have Potomac Pizza night tomorrow, the We Are Family Food Drive concludes on Thursday, and the auction is on Saturday. If you haven’t done so already, please buy your tickets to the auction as it’s always a good time and raises money for a great cause – our school!

Thanks for your continued support,

Jen

Quick Updates

·         The custodial team is awarding the Golden Broom Award to Mr. Stacey and the third grade students for having a consistently clean classroom.

·         The NW Current this week features the Hearst Dispatch, attached, written by the Rock and Roll Sharks.

·         Our next Potomac Pizza night will be Monday, March 20. Please join us from 4-9pm at 19 Wisconsin Circle, Chevy Chase, Md. Dine in or carry out but please make sure to mention you’re with Hearst and our school will receive 20 percent of our proceeds. If you’re not convinced to come, check out this video: Revised video and link for Monday 20 March Potomac Pizza Night

 

 


Update 3/12/17

POSTED ON
March 12

Quick Updates

  • The forecast is calling for snow Monday evening into Tuesday.  For information about the DCPS Inclement Weather Policy, see: https://dcps.dc.gov/page/inclement-weather-guidance. If there is a school closing or delay on Tuesday, the best source of information is the DCPS twitter account (@dcpublicschools). Information will also be shared on the DCPS website (dcps.dc.gov), DCPS social media accounts, and local TV and radio stations.
  • Please see attached for the Hearst Dispatch from Ms. Boyle’s 1st grade class.
  • All identified English language learners will be taking DCPS-mandated ACCESS language assessments with Mr. Ibrahim and Mr. Garfield beginning on Monday. For questions or additional information, please reach out to Mr. Ibrahim (ali.ibrahim@dc.gov) or Mr. Garfield (brian.garfield@dc.gov).  

 

 


Update 3/5/17

POSTED ON
March 05
Good afternoon Owls,

Thank you for a great conference day on Friday. By all accounts it was a great day and it was lovely to end the week on such a positive note!

Be well,

Jen

 

 

Quick Updates

 

·         The girls and boys basketball teams are in the Citywide Championships and the schedules for the final rounds of the championships for boys and girls are attached.  We hope to see you at West on Monday, March 6, to cheer on the girls and at Hearst on Tuesday, March 7, to cheer on the boys. Both game start at 4pm.  Hearst will also be the host of a semifinal game on Wednesday, March 8.  

·         Please join me in welcoming Meaghan Walsh to Hearst as our 2nd and 3rd grade Special Education Resource Teacher. Meaghan will be filling the position vacated by Jessica Lunde when she went on educational leave.

 


Update 2/26/17

POSTED ON
February 26
Good afternoon Owls,

Thanks to everyone for a great week and hope you’ve had a great weekend.

Thanks for your continued support,

Jen

Quick Updates

·         The girls and boys basketball teams are in the playoffs and both teams will be playing Monday, tomorrow, at Lafayette. The girls play at 3:30 and the boys play immediately afterward. We hope to see you at Lafayette tomorrow!

·         We’ll be having an Armed Intruder Lockdown Drill on Tuesday. This drill will last approximately 5 minutes, during which students will be cleared from hallways, and directed into classrooms, away from windows and doors. The School Emergency Response Team will check hallways, restrooms, etc. to ensure that everyone is in classrooms and accounted for, after which time the all clear notice will be given and instruction will resume as planned. 

·         Thursday is Read Across America Day. Stay tuned for more information about how Hearst will be celebrating!

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Update 2/20/17

POSTED ON
February 21
Good afternoon Owls,

I hope you’ve had a great weekend and thanks for your continued support!

My best,

Jen 

Quick Updates

 

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