Update 12/14/15

A msg from @hearstprincpal: Good afternoon Owls!

Thanks to all those that came out to support the @CaseyTrees planting and EdFest this weekend! This coming week will be a busy one with the move into our new building, the winter chorus performance, tours for students of the new building, and our holiday luncheon. Thank you for your continued support of our students, staff, and community!

My best,


The Week Ahead

Monday, December 14-Annual Toy and Book Drive Ends; MySchool DC Lottery Opens

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

Tuesday, December 15

6:30-7:30 Chorus Concert, Sidwell Friends Meeting Room

Wednesday, December 16

9:00-12:00 Deal Open House (This is for parents interested in touring Deal, Hearst students will not be attending)

2:30-3:10 All School Community Meeting, Soccer Field (pending fair weather)

4:30-5:30 LSAT Meeting, Conference Room

Thursday, December 17

9:00-10:00 K-2 CES Walking Field Trip

4:00-9:00 PTA Night Out at Potomac Pizza

Friday, December 18

10:30-1:30 Holiday Luncheon, Atrium

11:00-12:00 PK-2 Winter Singalong, Washington Home


News and Announcements

Quick Updates:

•Ms. Carroll, Hearst’s social worker, gave birth to Savannah Rae Carroll on Thursday of last week. She came into the world at 5 lbs. 12 ounces and 19 inches long. Congratulations to the Carroll family!
•As we examine the causes of our achievement gap here at Hearst, this article provides some sobering insight: https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/achievement-gap-in-d-c-st…/. Please stay tuned for information next week about how to provide your input on our Empowering Males of Color grant application
Moving Update

The movers came on Saturday to bring some furniture, all of our library books, and some teacher materials from classrooms in the trailer into our new building. Ms. Vandivier will have a substitute all week in order to allow her and a team of volunteers to set up the new library. Mr. Herrera, Mr. Moe, Ms. Crawley, Mr. Coleman, and Ms. Molino will have substitutes two days next week in order to give them time to set up their new classrooms so that we’re ready to begin instruction in the new building in January. Thanks to all those who’ve volunteered to support the move. If you have some time in your schedule and want to volunteer to help, please visit:www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0A49A4AB29A0F49-moving. Thanks for your support!

Lost and Found

We will be donating all items remaining in the Lost and Found on December 18 to charity if they are not picked up by 6pm. As a reminder, the Lost and Found is located inside the entrance to the trailer and in on the rear plaza inside the large plastic bin.

News and Announcements from Central Office

LifeChanger of the Year Award Nominations – Deadline (1/1)

LifeChanger of the Year is an annual award sponsored by National Life Group that recognizes and rewards exceptional K-12 educators and school employees. Any current school employee can be nominated. Nominations will be accepted until January 1, 2016. For more information or to nominate someone, visit the LifeChanger of the Year program website.

Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives Annual Holiday Open House (12/12)

The Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives invites students and families to its Annual Holiday Open House this Saturday, December 12 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The Open House will feature performances by DCPS students, activities for children and adults, along with light refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. The Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives Museum is located at 1201 17th Street, NW, three blocks north of the Farragut North Metro Station on the red line. The Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives is the official museum and repository for public education in the District of Columbia. This museum, housed in a historic 1872 school house, contains many exhibits, artifacts, memorabilia, printed media and other materials documenting the history of the people, places, and movements that make up the DC Public School System. Please advertise this event using the attached “Sumner Holiday Open House Graphic” flyer.

Changes to DC Student Fare Card Program

Metro will stop selling paper fare cards at the end of December 2015. This includes regular paper fare cards and discounted student paper fare cards, including the $1.90 two-trip rail pass, the $9.50 ten-trip rail pass, and the student $30.00 monthly pass. Starting in January 2016, Metro will only sell electronic fare media that are loaded onto a SmarTrip card or a DC One Card. Starting in early March 2016, Metro will stop accepting paper fare cards altogether. If you have any additional questions regarding the program changes please feel free to contact the District Department of Transportation School Transit Subsidy Program at (202)-673-1740.

Asbestos Letters

The school district of the District of Columbia has a responsibility to adhere to compliance laws, mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). One of those compliance laws is to send an “Annual Asbestos Notification Letter” home to parents on an annual basis and it is attached.

PTA Corner

Hello from the PTA. Winter enrichment registration opened last week and we have two more big events this week before Hearst heads into the winter break.

· Thursday, Dec. 17: Potomac Pizza Hearst Night Out social and fundraiser (Friendship Heights location) 4-9 pm [Details and link below]

· Friday, Dec. 18: Holiday lunch (Hearst atrium) 10:30-1:30 [Details and link below]

· Thursday, Jan. 7: Auction Committee meeting (Tenley Whole Foods) 7 pm

· Wednesday, Jan. 13: PTA meeting (hopefully in the new gym) 6 pm

Winter 2016 Enrichment registration is now open. Please use this link for full information: http://www.hearstes.org/enrichment_programs. PTA-sponsored enrichment classes are enrolled via lottery, so there is no advantage to early registration. Registration will close on December 21 at noon so please make sure you register by then. But “pay-as-you-go” vendor classes are enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis. All but one of the pay-as-you-go vendors have links available now.

Our next “night out” social and fundraiser is this Thursday (12/17) at Potomac Pizza in Friendship Heights (19 Wisconsin Circle, Chevy Chase). Dine in or carry out and mention Hearst and Potomac Pizza will donate 20 percent of the proceeds to the PTA. Use this link to read the flyer…http://www.hearstes.org/potomac_pizza

Our annual holiday lunch is this Friday (12/18). Volunteers are needed to provide food, set up, serve, clean up or supervise classrooms so teachers may eat together. Grades have been assigned the following...PK-1st: entrees; 2nd-4th: sides; 5th and autism: drinks and desserts. Parents also may make a donation towards the purchase of meal items. Please sign up to volunteer via this link...http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4eafa72da31-hearst1

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