Update 10/10/16

Good evening Owls,

I hope that you’re having a wonderful weekend and are enjoying the time off.  We’re looking forward to seeing everyone bright and early on Tuesday morning.

Thanks for your continued support,



Quick Updates

·         Acorns! The soccer field is covered in acorns and kids are being kids and sometimes throwing them at each other.  Other kids are gathering them in their pockets, baggies, and their backpacks with the lovely intention of helping squirrels by storing and/or shelling acorns for them.  Please remind your kids that the acorns should be left on the field so that the squirrels can fend for themselves in collecting them.  Thanks!

·         Tis the season for lice. Please remind your child not to share hats, coats, scarves, etc. with their friends and if your child has lice, please let your child’s teacher know as soon as you discover it. Our nurses are no longer allowed to check a whole class’s hair but can and will check the hair of kids when it is reported to our staff that a child was discovered to have lice.  Thanks for your communication around this issue and my apologies for making your head itch as you read this!

·         The PTA asks you to remember to make a donation to the Owl Fund and help your child's grade win the contest!

·         See attached for our first Hearst NW Current dispatch of the year, from Ms. Molino's CES class.

·         As a reminder, school is closed on Monday and we’ll be open Tuesday through Friday on our normal schedule.

News and Announcements from Hearst

2016-2017 Class Names

Below are the class names for the school year.  Please use these names as much as you possibly can when addressing classes. Thanks! 

Grade Level

Formerly Known As the Class of...

Class Name


Ms. Haith and Ms. Morales

Peaceful Penguins


Ms. Dawkins and Ms. Fraser

Genius Geckos


Ms. DeSilva, Ms. Forbes, and Ms. Schenck

Productive Preschoolers


Ms. Johnson and Ms. Singh

Rock and Roll Sharks


Ms. Prince and Ms. Whittaker

Golden Jets


Ms. Boyle and Ms. Addeo

Electric Tiger Sharks


Ms. Schiers and Ms. Gilmore

Star Warriors


Ms. Zink

Awesome Pandas


Ms. Shultz

Peaceful Snakes


Ms. Marber, Ms. Hicks, Ms. Montgomery

Perfect Parrots

2-4 CES

Ms. Molino, Ms. Hargrove, Mr. Gary

Leading Lions


Ms. Dilley

Brave Gryffindors


Mr. Stacey

Cool Cheetahs


Ms. Drew

Emoji Squad


Ms. Greenberg



Ms. Loughead

Dab Owl Nation


Mr. Levin

Fiery Bananas


Note from Ms. Vandivier about the Literacy Parade

Hello Hearsties.  I know that it is hard to believe but the Literacy Parade is just around the corner.  It has become a Hearst tradition to stage Literacy Parade on Halloween where students dress up as a favorite book character.  This year’s parade will be held Monday, October 31 from 2 pm to 3 pm and all are encouraged to attend.


In order to ensure that we honor this tradition, each classroom teacher will work with their students to identify a book or an author that they will use to base their costumes upon.  Students’ Literacy Parade costumes should have a connection with the book or author chosen by their class.  A costume does not need to be elaborate or take too much time to construct.  For example if your student’s class chose Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, your child could make a paper crown to wear.  If you or your child need support in developing ideas for a costume, or if you have any other questions about the Literacy Parade, please see Ms. Vandivier in the library or email her at [email protected].

We would appreciate that non literacy parade Halloween costumes remain at home.  Weapons and costumes depicting blood or violent themes are not allowed.

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Survey

This week you’ll receive a survey from DDOT’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is an opportunity to make walking and bicycling to school safer and more accessible for children, including those with disabilities, and to increase the number of children who choose to walk and bicycle. On a broader level, SRTS programs can enhance children’s health and well-being, ease traffic congestion near the school and improve air quality and improve community members’ overall quality of life. Please complete and return this survey by October 17.

DC One Cards

Hearst has requested DC One Cards for all students in grades 1-5 who did not already have them.  If any student subsequently loses a DC One card for whatever reason, the parents just need to notify Ms. Hinchey ([email protected]; 202-282-0106), who will request a replacement card. Photos are only necessary for the initial issuance of the card.  

Unfortunately, we can't provide a timeline for when the cards will come to Hearst; given the volume of requests at the moment, the cards take up to two weeks to arrive. When they arrive, Ms. Hinchey will distribute them to your child's teacher to hand out. Also, DDOT is no longer providing the lanyards and holders for the cards. Please see the attached flyer for additional information.

News and Announcements from DCPS

Clown Threats to DCPS Schools 

At DCPS, we highly value and are committed to fostering a learning environment where students feel safe and secure.  We are also committed to maintaining transparency with our school community around high level issues.

This week, DCPS has become a target for a nationwide trend where social media threats are being messaged to schools by “Creepy Clowns”.  It is important to note that both nationwide and within Washington DC these threats have been deemed by law enforcement to be non-credible, unsubstantiated, and found to be a hoax. 

DCPS is working with Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), who is continuing to monitor these social media postings. While this threat is concerning and taken seriously, normal school hours and activities will be maintained. We will remain vigilant for our students and community. 

These incidents have caused undue concerns to students, staff, and parents and also resulted in widespread rumors that have impacted the delivery of teaching and learning.  Parents/Guardians, I encourage you to partner with your and discuss the importance of safe and responsible use of social media with your student(s).  Please remind them not to post, send, or share any material that could be interpreted to be threatening or unsafe in nature to either a classmate or school.  If students see any material online perceived to be threatening or unsafe they should immediately report their concerns to a trusted adult such as a teacher, counselor, principal, or school resource officer. 

Your child's safety, remains our top priority. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your school’s principal. Thank you again for your cooperation and support.

Wear Your College Shirt on (10/14)

Wear your favorite college gear and show your support for students on Friday, October 14, to celebrate DC College Exposure & Application Month! Join the fun with OSSE and other DC agencies by sharing your photos on social media with #ReachHigher and #DCPSGoesToCollege. 

Great Shakeout of 2016 (10/20)

The District of Columbia is once again partnering with states on the East Coast to hold a major earthquake drill at 10:20 AM on Oct. 20, 2016. This drill, also known as the Annual Southeast Shakeout, is the District's opportunity to "prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes," by practicing what to do when an earthquake occurs. All DC Public Schools have been registered for the drill.  Participation is critical to the success and will be important in the event another earthquake occurs.

SY 2016-2017 Parent-Student Impact Aid Data Collection Survey Forms (10/27)

Impact Aid is a federal formula grant that provides financial assistance to school districts based on the number of students identified in a number of categories. Impact Aid Forms will be delivered to your school during the week of October 11th and the pre-populated forms will be distributed to every student in the building. Forms are due back to the school by October 27, 2016. 

DC Comprehensive Plan

The DC Office of Planning (OP) is amending the District's Comprehensive Plan, a 20-year framework that guides future growth and development in the city and shapes the places we live, work, shop, and play. OP launched the second amendment cycle to the COmprehensive Plan this year to ensure that the Plan remains responsive to the needs of the community. Please see the attached flyer for information about upcoming community meetings where you can share your voice.

PTA Corner 

Hello Owl Families! We hope you had a wonderful weekend.

The PTA's fall fundraising campaign, the Owl Fund Contest, is officially underway!  Each year the PTA raises money through a variety of mechanisms.  The fall focus is direct cash donations to the Owl Fund.  We are running a contest through Oct 31st to drum up excitement and drive donations. There is a prize at stake for the winning grade level - students AND teachers!   Please note we will give prizes to ALL grade levels that reach 100% participation if we are fortunate enough to have that happen! We make it easy to give: donations are accepted by cash, check and by credit card. Please click on http://www.hearstes.org/owl_fund for details, including on how to set up monthly payments. Questions can be directed to Kay Parry ([email protected]), Skip Holmes ([email protected]), Keri Sikich ([email protected]) or Judy Goodstein ([email protected]

Fall is here and that means cooler weather and the need for long sleeves! The PTA’s fall Zipper Hoodie campaign has begun. Click here (https://www.booster.com/hearst2016) to order your zipper hoodie and display your Hearst pride! We’ve set a goal of 100 sweatshirts and the link will be available until October 19.

Upcoming Events:

-Next PTA Meeting: Join us in the library on Wednesday, October 19 from 6pm to 7:30pm. Childcare and pizza will be available for all potty-trained students and siblings.

-Community Dining Night: Join us at Potomac Pizza on Monday, October 24, for pizza and other delicious offerings just on the other side of the District Line in the Chevy Chase Center.

-It’s almost time to recycle your unused, broken, unwanted or obsolete electronics. That’s right – the E-Cycle  is coming! Please spread the word and join us on Saturday, November 5 for Hearst’s annual E-Cycle event, which also includes document shredding, a bike swap, a book sale, a bake sale and a bounce house, of course!  If you have any questions or you would like to run the rummage sale, please email Team E-Cycle at [email protected].

-Moe family Relief Fund - As many of you know, our beloved music teacher, Shaun Moe, had to resign from Hearst this year to deal with a family medical emergency. Some parents have set up a gofundme campaign to raise money to assist him and his family, but also to let him know how much we value his work with our kids over the years. If you would like to contribute, please click here: https://www.gofundme.com/%202qz8jt64. Contact Alex Dent ([email protected]) or Ian MacKaye ([email protected])

Have a great week Hearsties! 

File attachments:
DC One Card Flyer(1)(1).pdf
PlanDC_flyer_for web.pdf

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