Update 12/11/16


Good evening Owls,

Our kids at Hearst are amazing and while everyone in the Hearst community knows this to be true, it’s always nice to have someone else reaffirm this.  On Friday we had visitors to Hearst who had never been to our school before.  These visitors walked away so impressed with our kids, their collaboration, their empathy, their focus, and their confidence. Thank you for allowing us the privilege of working with your amazing kids and for your continued partnership.  

My best, 



Quick Updates

·         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.

·         Please see attached for the Hearst dispatch from the Northwest Current about 3rd grade science and social studies.

·         Thanks to everyone who donated to the book and toy drive on behalf of Central Union Mission.  The 193 toys and books donated by Hearst families will make the holidays brighter for kids across the District.

·         Thanks to all the shoppers and volunteers at the Book Fair! Almost $10,000 worth of books were sold with more than $700 of that coming back to the school to help us expand our library collection. Thanks for your support!

News and Announcements from Hearst

Nursing Change

Due to recent resignations and unforeseen operational needs, there will be a temporary change to on-site nursing coverage at Hearst.  Effective Monday, December 5, 2016, our revised on-site nursing coverage will be as follows:

Sue Hall - Mondays

Grace Echeona - Tuesdays

Pamela Green-Whitlock - Thursdays

Nurse Echeona will be available for telephone coverage on Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00am-4:30pm

News and Announcements from DCPS

Stormwater Solutions Grant Opportunity (1/27)

DOEE is accepting proposals for Community Stormwater Solutions Grants. The program provides funding for projects that raise awareness about stormwater issues through education, installing green infrastructure, art, or other means. DOEE anticipates awarding multiple grants of up to $20,000 each. Applications must be submitted online by 5pm on January 27, 2017. Informational meetings will be held throughout December at various locations. For further information about the grant, meetings, how to apply, or previous funded projects, visit here or email [email protected].

One-Minute Climate Change Filmmaking Project: Applications due (12/20)

The DC Environmental Education Consortium (DCEEC) is sponsoring the 1-Minute Climate Change Filmmaking Project. This project introduces a select group of DCPS teachers and students to the world of film and media arts as a tool to explore the local impact of climate change. This opportunity is open to all elementary, middle, and high school teachers in DC. Selected teachers (spots are limited) must attend the following professional development opportunities: An after-school Climate Change PD on 1/12; an all-day film workshop at AFI Silver Theater (valued at $200) on 1/14; and an after-school film editing workshop (date TBD). Teachers will return to their campus and engage their students to create 1-minute films that explore the local impact of climate change. Each teacher will be allotted a set number of hours of support with the project. The submitted films will be shown at National Geographic in May. Please see the attached flier (“1MinuteClimateChange_flyer_2017_final.pdf”) for more information. For questions, contact Rebecca Davis at [email protected] 

Opportunity for Student and Educator Input on the DC Cultural Plan

The IntermissionDC: Youth and Educators Community Conversation on the DC Cultural Plan convening is an opportunity for DC high school students and teachers to help shape the DC Cultural Plan.  IntermissionDC brings together residents, artists, and community institutions to discuss issues related to cultural development, preservation, production, expression, and consumption. The DC Office of Planning, in partnership with the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, along with the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, will hold a conversation specific to youth arts, culture and humanities education at The Kennedy Center on 12/15 from 5:00- 7:00 p.m. Register here. For questions, contact Nathan Diamond.


PTA Corner 

Hello Owl Families! A huge thank you to the more than two dozen parents who volunteered at the Scholastic Book Fair alongside Librarian Extraordinaire Ms. Vandivier and a huge thank you to the countless parents and staff who purchased books and contributed to the betterment of our kids and our school!

Annual Hearst Holiday Luncheon: The annual Hearst student and staff luncheon will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Please click on the SignUpGenius at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f49aaaf2c7-hearst/ and register to donate your time (set up, serve meals, class coverage, clean up) and/or food (chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, vegetables, fruit). If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Dawkins at [email protected] or Ms. Prince at [email protected] 

Winter Enrichment Update: Winter enrichment schedule and registration information is forthcoming but delayed while we finalize the class selection. Watch the listserv for additional information.

Upcoming Events: 

•    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.

•    Open House Tours: Looking for an opportunity to share your Hearst experience? Look no further than the next Open House on Friday, Jan. 13. If you have time to help out by greeting visitors, giving a tour or just setting up, please email Kay Parry at [email protected].

•         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 (in the gym if inclement weather) on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 5pm and talk with the PTA.

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