Update 10/2/16


Good evening Owls,

Thanks for another great week at Hearst!  The forecast for this coming week looks a bit better and hopefully we’ll have more opportunities for our kiddos to get outside.  I hope you have had a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing you bright and early tomorrow morning.

My best,



Quick Updates

  • if you have questions about school breakfast or lunch, please contact Shartae Brooks, Hearst’s cafeteria manager via email at [email protected].
  • The DCPS Attendance Team has created a parent newsletter that is attached (Parent Newsletter – 1st Quarter 16-17) and contains information about attendance policies.
  • I’ve run into technical difficulties in getting the voiceover to work on my Back to School Night presentation and hope to send it out next week. My apologies for the delay!

News and Announcements


Class Names

Each homeroom revealed their class name to the community at our Community Meeting on Thursday afternoon. In addition to creating an even stronger sense of community among the students in each homeroom, the use of class names is important to our staff.  None of our homeroom teachers work in isolation and when we refer to a group of students as Teacher A’s class, this can diminish the contributions of all of the adults who teach and lead that same class.  Please ask your child the name of his or her class and try to use it as when referring to your child’s class moving forward.  Look for the full list of all class names next week.


Parking Lot

Please, please, please do not pull into the parking lot when you are dropping off your child in the morning.  We’ve had several staff members who’ve been late because they are waiting on parents who’ve parked in their spots.  We’ve had parents who pull into the parking lot and attempt to make u-turns in the middle of the lot, nearly hitting several cars, all while staff members are attempting to pull into the lot and traffic is backing up on 37th Street.  We’ve also had parents’ cars almost hit or get hit in the lot by trash trucks and food delivery trucks as the parents try to scoot out of the way to avoid the trucks in the lot.  For your safety, your child’s safety, and our staff’s safety and peace of mind, do not pull into the lot when dropping off in the morning.  Even if you see an open spot in the lot and think you can make it in and out quickly, please park on 37th Street.  Thanks for your cooperation!

News and Announcements from Central Office

Black Girls CODE: Robot Expo! (10/15)

Black Girls CODE is thrilled to bring to DC an exciting workshop that's all about ROBOTS!  Join us for a fun and captivating educational experience where girls will learn about robots and how they communicate in an engaging atmosphere. They will combine hands-on activities using Lego WeDo/NXT kits with live demonstrations from area robotics organizations where the girls will interact with sophisticated robots, and learn real-world/business applications and uses for robotics. The Expo is intended for girls ages 7 – 17 and is being held at General Assembly (1133 15th St NW), from 10am – 4pm.  Limited scholarships are available. Register here.  For more information please contact Carla Mike at ([email protected]).


Mark Your Calendars: The State of DC Public Schools

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, or see the attached flyer.


PTA Corner 

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

School Directory – Forms should have gone home last week asking parents to opt-in to share your contact information with the PTA for a student directory. It would be great if every parent could fill out and return the form so we can have a complete directory for the school, which helps parents when setting up play dates, birthday parties and other class activities. A copy of the form is attached to this email.


Calling all Volunteers! Are you looking for ways to be involved at Hearst? Whether you can help out from home or in the evenings or during the school day, there are plenty of opportunities to help keep Hearst awesome. To sign up to volunteer, click on the volunteer link or contact PTA Co-Presidents Keri Sikich ([email protected]) or Judy Goodstein ([email protected]) and we will try to find a task for you that meets your availability and interests!


The PTA is looking into creating a competition for the Hearst community to redesign our Hearst Owl and t-shirts. Please watch the listserv for more details. For questions, or if you are interested in helping, please contact Joshua Saltzman (father of Sadie in Ms. Prince's class) at [email protected].


Upcoming Events:

-The Auction Committee will hold its first meeting of the year on Monday, October 3 at 7pm at the Tenleytown Whole Foods. For more information, contact Emily Olesh at [email protected]

- 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.

-Get ready for fall...follow the link below buy a Hearst zipper hoodie between now and October 19! https://www.booster.com/hearst2016


Happy New Year to those families observing Rosh Hashanah and we hope everyone has a wonderful first week of October!

File attachments:
Parent Newsletter - 1st Quarter 16-17(1).pdf
PTA Directory Permission Form(1).pdf
State of Schools Flyer (English).pdf

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