Update 11/13/16


Good evening Owls,

This week’s election results provided us with an opportunity to not only teach civics lessons to our kids, but also reaffirmed our commitment to the importance that socio-emotional learning has within our community.  After supporting students with processing their emotions in our extended morning meetings on Wednesday, we resumed our regular routines for the rest of the week.  Although there were pockets of conversations about the election throughout the week, these conversations were different in tone from the conversations kids were having Wednesday morning.  In the coming months, your kids may raise questions about the President-elect and what his presidency will mean for them, our city, our nation, and our world.  Please know that we will do our best to thoughtfully answer these questions and will continue to share resources that we have with you. In that spirit, below is a resource that DCPS sent out on Thursday regarding the election.  

Thank you for your continued support and I hope you have had a wonderful weekend,


Quick Updates

  • Spirit Week starts on Monday! Here are the themes:
    • Monday: Mustache Monday
    • Tuesday: Sports Day (support your favorite team)
    • Wednesday: Wacky Hair and Socks
    • Thursday: Favorite Color Day (wear your favorite color from head to toe)
    • Friday: Pajama Day
  • Principal Albright from Deal MS will be at Hearst from 5:00-6:00pm on December 14th, prior to the 6pm PTA meeting that evening. He will share information about Deal, describe their approach to academics and student growth, and then have a panel of 6th graders (alumni from Hearst!) take questions from our community. If you’re considering Deal for your child, please attend the information session.
  • If parents would like kids to practice APTT games with Innis staff while in before or aftercare, parents should email Fred Barnes to be on the lookout for materials and then send those materials in with their children. 
  • Square1 Art fundraiser orders are due on 11/18.
  • Here’s a clip of the 2nd graders visit to see the WUSA9 Storm Tracker: http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/wusa9-at-hearst-elementary-school/348751809



News and Announcements from Hearst

Hearst Logo Design Contest

At the beginning of the year, a few parents reached out to the PTA suggesting that it’s time to update the Hearst logo.  The idea of a student contest was floated and Mr. M’Llyr agreed to take it on.  Once a winning logo is selected, we’ll have graphic designers clean up the student design and turn it into a logo that we’ll use on gear, swag, etc.  Due to poor voter turnout (only 5 students have voted), the student voting window for the new Hearst ES logo has been extended through next Friday, November 18th. Staff voting will be open November 19-21, and the winner will be announced Tuesday, the 22nd.  

Social Worker Position Update

Please know that until we fill the Social Worker position, a social worker from DCPS, Katrina Brickhouse, will provide Behavior Support Services to students who have these services as part of their IEPs. We interviewed candidates for the social worker position on Monday and Tuesday and hope to have the position filled soon.  


Do you love Hearst? Do you want to share your love of Hearst with potential families? If so, consider spending a few hours at EdFEST on Saturday, December 10th!  It’s a great opportunity to talk with families about #thebestlittleschoolinthedistrict. EdFEST runs from 11-3 at the DC Armory and if you’d like to take a shift, either 10-1 or 1-4, please let Jen know ([email protected]). Thanks! 

News and Announcements from DCPS

Speaking with Staff and Students About the Election 

Election Day was the culmination of a historic election season. There will likely be a range of emotional responses to the results among our students, staff and families. We ask that you please support your staff and students in their need to discuss openly their thoughts and feelings. When your educators are speaking with students, please keep in mind that our students need you to show that you understand that this election was important to them too, even if they’re too young to vote. Their thoughts on the election need to be respected, and you and your staff play an important role in validating their thoughts and feelings. Your counseling and mental health teams also can be engaged to help structure these supports for students. Additionally, teachers are encouraged to engage students in academic lessons that may provide political and historical context for the election. To prepare you and your educators for these discussions, we encourage you to review these resources The Day After: Recommendations from Teaching Tolerance for structures and approaches to discussing the election with students; How Trump Won, According To The Exit Polls: Article from NPR presenting voting data collected from Exit Polling, which can help students understand the ways in which different groups voted in this election, with some geographical and recent historical context; Donald Trump’s Victory Speech: The text of Donald Trump’s victory speech; Hillary Clinton’s Concession Speech: The text of Hillary Clinton’s concession speech.

School Health Services Program Update

The Department of Health’s (DOH’s) new School Health Services Program is set to be implemented in January 2017.  Under the new model, DOH will use an algorithm to determine the level of clinical nursing support in each building.  At least 47 DCPS schools currently have less than full-time nursing coverage.  City Council recently passed legislation requiring that schools maintain the existing level of nursing coverage, or receive the level recommended by new model, whichever is greater, for the remainder of SY16-17.  It is unclear how staffing efforts will compensate for current attrition. When a vacancy occurs, coverage is pulled from another school within the ward. When nurse is unavailable, medication needs should be managed by trained school staff.   

PTA Corner 

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

Open House Tours: Looking for an opportunity to share your Hearst experience? Look no further than the next Open House on Friday, Nov. 18. If you have time to help out by greeting visitors, giving a tour or just setting up, please email Kay Parry at [email protected].

Share your skills or special knowledge with our young Owls. We are looking for parents to teach after-school enrichment classes. Parents are welcome to come up with their own class (kickball, cooking, chess, sewing, origami, etc.) or teach one we have a curriculum built for (Crazy 8s). If you have a hobby or want to teach something related to your profession, please reach out to Keri Sikich at [email protected]. The commitment would be for eight, one-hour classes on the day of the week of the parents’ choosing at either the 3:30pm or 4:30pm timeslot. The PTA can reimburse materials needed for the class.  It would be great to get some new volunteers!

Winter Enrichment Update: Registration will open for all winter enrichment programs on Monday, Dec. 5. Winter enrichment classes will begin Monday Jan. 9, with most classes ending Thursday March 9. We will soon release the schedule and additional registration information.

December Holiday Lunch: We are looking for a volunteer to organize the holiday luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 21 for students and staff. If interested, please contact Keri Sikich at [email protected] or Judy Goodstein at [email protected].

Upcoming Events:

  • PTA on the Playground: Have an issue or concern you’d like to raise? Want to meet more parents? Have an idea for a fundraiser? Stop by the benches on the playground on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 3pm and talk with the PTA.
  • Community Dining Night: Join us on Thursday, Nov. 17 at Z-Burger in Tenleytown for delicious burgers and shakes! Stop in at 4321 Wisconsin Ave. NW between 4-8pm and say “I’m with Hearst!” And 25 percent of your tab will go to support Hearst.
  • Community Dining Night: Weygandt Wines in Cleveland Park will host a fundraiser in December where 15 percent of the purchase of all their imported wine will go back to the PTA. Details will be available soon! 
  • The PTA will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 6pm in the library. Pizza and childcare will be available for all potty-trained kids. Please check the listserv and school website for sign-up information.

News and Announcements from Outside Organizations

Capital City Elite DC's Volleyball Club


My name is Janee Hayes and I am one of the co-founders of Capital City Elite DC's Volleyball Club. The purpose of club volleyball is to provide off season training and competition for those who want to improve/learn the sport. Many times parents aren’t aware that these opportunities exist. We are approaching our fifth year of operation and anticipating another successful season. Our club services ages 7-17 with a heavy concentration on the fundamentals of volleyball in all age groups. If your school has any budding volleyball stars or those that are novices, please have them attend tryouts. Our tryouts are held on November 19th and 20th from 10-1pm. If you have any questions, feel free to contact [email protected]. We hope to see some of your athletes there!!


Janee Hayes

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