Update 11/8/15


Hello Owls,

Please see below for updates and announcements.

Thanks and see you on Monday,


The Week Ahead

Monday, November 9

5:00-6:00 SIT Meeting, Conference Room

Tuesday, November 10

6:30-8:30 Chancellor’s Budget Engagement Meeting (S. Bowman, E. Vandivier, & J. Thomas will represent Hearst)

Wednesday, November 11 – Veteran’s Day Holiday – No School

Thursday, November 12

3:30-4:30 Autism Fundraising Committee Meeting, Room 214


News and Announcements

Report Card Information

Report cards will be sent home on Friday, November 13. Because the number of accrued tardies is not printing correctly on the report card, any child with an absence or tardy will have a report attached to his/her report card detailing those absences/tardies. 

Security and Sign in Procedures

A few folks have asked for clarification about the security and sign-in procedures this year.   As with any DCPS school, all visitors to the school whether their 1st or 1000th visit must sign in at the security desk.  Visitors should then report to the office where office staff will address whatever business brings the person to the school be that a tardy arrival, a meeting with a teacher, dropping off a lunch or clothes for an after school activity, an early dismissal, etc.  For the safety and security of students and staff and for learning to continue uninterrupted throughout the day, no one will be allowed to enter the school and go directly to a classroom for any reason.  Please know that these procedures have not changed from last year, however with our new entrances it is now much easier for Officer James, Officer Jordan, and staff to enforce these procedures.  Thank you for your cooperation!
Bullying Prevention Month Article
Although Bullying Prevention Month has officially ended, I came across the article below last weekend and was also forwarded the link by a parent. The article helps to clarify the distinctions between three behaviors we see: Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying: Defining the Differences.   

News and Announcements from Central Office

Black Girls CODE Robotics Expo (11/21)

Black Girls CODE (BGC) is thrilled to offer an exciting workshop that's all about ROBOTS! Join BGC for a fun and educational experience where girls will learn about robots and how they communicate in an engaging atmosphere. The workshops 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. This class is intended for girls ages 7-17, and takes place on Saturday, November 21st from 10AM-5PM at Howard Middle School of Mathematics and Science. The registration fee is $35.00 and includes lunch (scholarships are available). Please contact [email protected] with any questions. Students Register HEREVolunteers Register HERE; and limited scholarships are available by applying here.


School Year 2016-17 Teacher and School Leader Referrals

The Teacher and Principal Recruitment teams have officially launched their 2016-2017 referral campaign! If you know a great teacher or school leader who would be a fantastic fit for DCPS, please refer them by clicking here! There will be fabulous prizes available to top referrers. #connectDCPS

DC Public Schools Parent Guide Android App Launch

The DCPS Parent Guide App is now available for families to download and use on Android Devices. Four students from McKinley Tech participated in the DCPS App Design Challenge and beat out teams from across the district for an opportunity to build this App from start to finish as part of an internship at Accenture.  The App is designed to give families easy access to the DCPS Curriculum and aligned at-home learning activities found in the  Parent Curriculum GuidesThis video does a great job of explaining what the Parent Curriculum Guides and the App are, and how families can access them.  You can view and download the DC Public Schools Parent Guide App in the GooglePlay Store.  To use the App: Parents select their child's grade, then the time of year and the desired subject area to read what students are learning in school. Swipe to the right to find out what you can do at home to support and enrich what is happening in the classroom. From there continue to swipe through content, or use the arrows at the top to navigate. Contact Natalie Foglia ([email protected]) with questions.

PTA Corner

Hello from the PTA. Most fall enrichment classes end this week. Emails will be going out to parents to confirm class end dates, as some classes need to schedule make-up sessions.


Here are a few things on the calendar for the next two weeks, followed by a couple fundraising announcements:


-- The Aftercare and Enrichment Committee will meet tonight (Nov. 8) at 7 pm at the Tenleytown Whole Foods. All are welcome.


-- The next PTA meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 18 (one week from Wednesday) from 6-7:30 pm. As usual, child care and pizza (for the kids) will be provided.


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


-- The PK grade may have secured their cupcake party and special teacher award by having 86 percent participation by the Owl Fund contest deadline, but the good news for K-5 and CES is that all grades are still alive in the new “second chance” contest. Any grade (other than PK) with 100 percent participation (even $1 counts) by Monday, Nov. 16, will also 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:

- returning the envelope that came home in backpacks; enclose your donation and send back in the kid’s folder with child’s name and grade level noted.

- 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.


-- More seasonal weather returns this week, and Hearst zip-up hoodies are available for purchase online. Help us raise money for the PTA, and get a stylish sweatshirt at the same time! Available for a limited time only, 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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