Update 10/16/16

Good evening Owls,

I hope you’ve been able to take some time to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend.

Thanks for all that you do to support our Hearst community,


Quick Updates

  • We are using two blended learning programs at Hearst this year, Lexia for ELA (PK-5) and iReady lessons for Math (K-5).  This week, teachers will be sending home your child’s log-ins for these programs so that your child can work on these programs at home. For all kids, but especially for our kids whose beginning of year assessment data showed they were behind grade level expectations, at home access can be a powerful tool to support their learning.
  • Please see attached for a dispatch from the Peaceful Penguins!
  • An E-cycle donations box is in the atrium next to the security desk. If you’re unable to make it to the E-cycle on 11/5, please feel free to drop your electronic recyclables in the box.  See the PTA corner below for more information about the E-cycle.
  • The lost and found, located at the entrance to the gym, is quickly filling up with your kids’ items.  Especially with the cooler morning weather and warmer afternoons, lots of kids are leaving jackets, sweaters, and sweatshirts on the playground. These, along with any other lost items are placed in the lost and found unless labeled with a child’s name, in which case we try to reunite the item with its owner. If your child is missing something, please visit the lost and found prior to October 28, when all remaining items will be bagged and donated to charity.




News and Announcements from Hearst


2016-2017 Student Council

Below are the student council members for SY 16-17. Congratulations to them all!

3rd grade Representative                      Jane Narocki

3rd grade Alternate Representative        Marisa Cobb

4th grade Representative                      Payton Jones

4th grade Alternate Representative        Zoe Bowman

Secretary                                            Jack Freed

Treasurer                                            Sabrine Petusky

Vice Present                                        Jadyn Settles

President                                             Matthew Snowden


News and Announcements from DCPS

Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why (An Evening with Paul Tough) (10/19)

Paul Tough’s 2013 best-selling book, How Children Succeed, was a thought-provoking look at why some children persist through challenges while others fail. Now he’s back with a powerful new book, Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why. In this book, Paul explains what we can do — in the home and at school — to improve the lives of children growing up in adversity. Join Mr. Tough as he discusses the implications of his work and shares useful ideas for helping children do better. (Reception: 5:30-7PM; Lecture: 7-8PM. Gallaudet University. RSVP here by 10/12.)   

Reminder: The State of DC Public Schools (10/18)

You’re invited to the State of DC Public Schools on Tuesday, October 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the newly modernized Roosevelt High School! The event will feature lively presentations from multiple students, parents, educators, and school leaders on topics such as school culture, family engagement, and career readiness, as well as student performances from schools across the District. We hope to see our school leaders, educators, students, and families there! RSVP here, get more information here, and use the attached flyers (available in English and Spanish) to encourage your students and families to attend! Please email [email protected] with questions.


PTA Corner 

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

Please join us this Wednesday, October 19 from 6pm to 7:30pm for our monthly PTA meeting. Special guests Jackie Stanley (DGS) and Marshella Wallace (DPR) will come to talk about the Hearst Park renovation. However, in keeping with our PTA and LSAT’s agreement to focus on safety issues unique to our school community, please be advised that the proposed pool will not be discussed. Childcare and pizza will be available for all potty-trained students and siblings. Watch the listserv and the Hearst homepage for details and a link. 

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]). 

The weather is cooler and your kids need long sleeves to stay warm on the playground! 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:

-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 – it’s almost E-Cycle time! 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, please email Team E-Cycle at [email protected].  

File attachments:
State of Schools Flyer (English).pdf

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