Update 11/15/15

Hello Owls,
Thanks to everyone for your support at the E-Cycle last Saturday! Despite the inclement weather it was well attended and we appreciate all the effort and time our volunteers to put to make the event successful.  I hope you all have had a restful weekend thus far and will spend the remainder of the weekend doing something that you love!
My best,
The Week Ahead
Wednesday, November 18
6:00-7:30 PTA Meeting, Cafeteria
Friday, November 20
9:15-10:30 Open House, Meets in Cafeteria
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, November 24
9:30-1:00 1st Grade Field Trip
3:30-4:30 Personnel Committee Meeting, Conference Room
4:30-5:30 LSAT Meeting, Conference Room
Wednesday, November 25
2:15-3:15 All School Community Meeting, Soccer Field (pending fair weather)
Thursday, November 26 – Thanksgiving Holiday, no school for all
Friday, November 27 - no school for students and teachers
News and Announcements
Paper Towel Tubes
The PK team is hoping you will bring in your empty paper towel tubes.  They will be engineering with paper towel tubes soon and need your support in collecting enough for lots of experimenting. Please send them in when ever you have them!

Report Card Supplements

The attendance reports that were provided for any student with an absence or a tardy include a variety of codes that are explained below.  Also, if you received a notice about missing health forms, please know that this letter was generated based on information we had as of November 6.  Please feel free to reach out to Ms. Hinchey ([email protected]) or Ms. Johnson ([email protected]) should you have questions or need to submit any forms. 


AW – waiting due part

BU – LEA transport late

CO – Court

DF – Death in the Family

EM – Emergency (can only be used with authorization from Office of Youth Engagement)

IL – Illness

MA – Medical Appt

MI – Military (for students with parents in the military)

RH – Religious Holiday

SA – School Activity

Nursing Coverage Change

Nurse Juliet will be on medical leave for the near future and moving forward our on-site nursing coverage will be as follows:

Patience Nartey, LPN – Wednesdays

Maureen Hooker, CHN – Thursdays and Fridays

On Mondays and Tuesdays, students should come to the main office if they have medical needs and one of our personnel trained to administer medical support (Ms. Wendt, Mr. Coleman, Mr. Moe, or Ms. Dawkins) will be contacted.  Should a student's needs require additional attention, we will have telephone coverage on these days from Nurse JoeAnn Jackson, CHN.

Honoring Kevin Toland

Kevin Toland, a beloved former member of our Hearst Staff, passed away after a battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Kevin was such an important part of our staff while he was here and is fondly remembered by the students and families that he worked with. It was very difficult to see such a young life cut so short, so quickly, but this is unfortunately the fate of many who are diagnosed with this disease.
To honor Kevin and to assist those living with Pancreatic Cancer and their families, his loved ones have requested that donations be sent to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. This organization was very helpful throughout Kevin's battle and their staff would put the funds given in his honor to great use. Simply click on this link: https://www.pancan.org/ and click "Donate" and fill out the donation form. At the bottom of the form there is a section where you can name who your donation is in honor of. Please type "Kevin Toland" in this space.  Thank you!

Community Tree Planting

On Saturday, December 12, Casey Trees will be planting trees and bushes in the area surrounding the new gym. Fifteen slots have been reserved for Hearst students and families.  If you’d like to join the planting party sign up on the Eventbrite page by December 7, so Casey Trees has  an accurate count of volunteers: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/volunteer-hearst-elementary-school-community-tree-planting-registration-18227439763?access=HearstSchoolCommunity

Here is all of the information volunteers should know about the tree planting:


The planting will begin at 9 am with opening remarks and instructions. Please arrive between 8:30 am and 9 am to check in, get your gear, and grab a bite to eat. 


If you can no longer attend, please  go back to Eventbrite, and cancel your order. If you cannot find how to do this, please  reach out to Erica Young (contact information below) and she will update the numbers.


  • All volunteers must sign a completed Volunteer Waiver Form before participating. Please bring a completed waiver to the event to expedite the registration process. Waivers will be available onsite in the event they forget.
  • Youth under 18 years of age must have their parent or legal guardian sign a Parental Consent Form and be supervised by an adult at all times. 
  • Dress comfortably and appropriate for the weather. Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required.


A light breakfast and a celebratory lunch will be provided.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call Erica Young from Casey Trees at 

[email protected] or 202.349.1907.

PTA Corner

Hello from the PTA. Two PTA events and an open house this week, along with Monday's Owl Fund contest deadline and our online zip-up hoodie sale:

-- The next PTA on the Playground is Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 3-4 pm. Please stop by the benches between the playgrounds to discuss with members of the PTA executive board whatever is on your mind.

-- The next PTA meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 6-7:30 pm. Child care will be provided from 5:30-7:30 (with pizza and juice boxes or water for the kids). Although advance sign-up for child care isn't required, it helps us with planning ... https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XFuYe3YceqYZCZGIKR09ylmdx3bs8ajTP3Xb9rQLwSE/viewform

-- The next Hearst open house is Friday, Nov. 20, and we’re looking for volunteers. Please email Kay Parry at [email protected].

-- Monday (Nov. 16) is the final day to help your grade earn a cupcake party and teacher award for participation in the Owl Fund contest. So if your child is in K-5 or CES and you haven't sent in $1 or more, please participate in this "second chance” contest. Any grade (other than PK, which already earned their party) with 100 percent participation (even $1 counts) will earn a cupcake party and teacher award. So, Owls, please get those donations in and help us all continue to do great things.

The Owl Fund is the PTA's most efficient fundraising vehicle; the more families donate to the Owl Fund the fewer "asks" the teachers and PTA need to make of parents throughout the year. The Owl Fund supports every child and teacher at Hearst. Owl Fund donations cover field trip expenses, classroom funds and professional development for teachers and help subsidize enrichment programs. The suggested annual donation per child is $650. Donations at any level are helpful and very welcome.

Donate by:

- credit card on the website - http://www.hearstes.org/owl_fund. One-time and recurring donations can be set-up. Be sure to indicate child(s) grade level(s) in comment box.

- check dropped off in the main office for the "PTA treasurer's mailbox" OR mailed to the school. Please be sure to note your kid's names & grade level(s) on your check.

-- Only 10 more days to buy your Hearst zip-up hoodie online. Help us raise money for the PTA, and get a stylish sweatshirt at the same time! This sweatshirt will ship right to you, with proceeds going to the PTA. Team up with friends or classmates to save on shipping costs. Sweatshirts available in blue or grey and in sizes from youth small to adult 3XL. Go to https://www.booster.com/hearst2015

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