Update 12/6/15

Hi Owls,

I hope you've been able to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather and that your weekend has been a lovely one.

My best,



The Week Ahead

Monday, December 7 - 3rd-5th Math Interim Testing

Tuesday, December 8 - 3rd-5th ELA Interim Testing

9:30-12:00 Make Up Pictures taken by Freed, contact [email protected] with questions

3:30-4:30 Autism Fund Meeting, Room 214

Wednesday, December 9
6:00-7:30 PTA Meeting, Cafeteria
Friday, December 11
9:15-10:45 Open House
10:00-11:30 We Are Family 2nd Grade Service Event, Atrium
Saturday, December 12
8:00-12:00 Casey Trees Community Planting (see below for more information)
11:00-3:30 DC EdFest, DC Armory
Monday, December 14
5:00-6:00 SIT Meeting, Conference Room
Tuesday, December 15
6:30-7:30 Chorus Concert, Sidwell Friends Meeting Room
Wednesday, December 16
4:30-5:30 LSAT Meeting, Conference Room
Thursday, December 17
1:15-2:00 Student Council Meeting
4:00-9:00 PTA Night Out at Potomac Pizza (information will be sent home this week via your child’s bookbag/folder)
Friday, December 18-New Building Walkthroughs with Students
10:00-11:00 PK-2 Winter Singalong, Washington Home
10:30-1:30 Holiday Luncheon, Atrium (please reach out to Jacqui Settles at [email protected] for information on how you can help with this lovely, community building event)
News and Announcements
Staffing Updates
Shannon Montgomery, K-2 CES Partner Teacher, started with us in mid-November and Yvette Gilmore has transitioned from the K-2 CES classroom to supporting both of our first grade classrooms.  Toniann Maniscalco, Math Specialist, started at Hearst on Friday and Kendra Schenck, PS/PK CES Partner Teacher, starts on Monday. Please give them a warm Hearst welcome!
New Building Update
This week we will begin to move into our new building!  In order to give us time to pack up the back trailer, unpack in the new building, develop new routines and procedures for how we move 317 students through the new spaces, and ensure proper maintenance of the new spaces, the plan is to move in over the course of the next two weeks and begin instruction in our new spaces in January.  If you can help us shelve library books or move bulky/awkward PE equipment next week, please sign up at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0A49A4AB29A0F49-moving. Thanks    
Inclusive Schools Week

Inclusive Schools Week starts Monday!  Inclusive Schools Week (ISW) is an annual event that encourages school communities to provide a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference and other factors. ISW also provides an important opportunity for educators, students and parents to discuss what else needs to be done in order to ensure that their schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children. (See more at: inclusiveschools.org/inclusive-schools-week).   As a kick-off to Inclusive Schools Week (Dec 7-12), there will be a moderated discussion at McKinley HS from 4:30-6:00 PM on Monday December 7th with DCPS Parents, Teachers, School Leaders, and Alum regarding their barriers and successes in  building a culture of inclusion. This panel, titled “Overcoming Challenges to Build a Culture of Inclusion,” is open to parents, educators, and community members. Additional information is attached.

Helping Your Child Develop Resilience 
Last week I shared a link about how to help your child develop a growth mindset. This week's article is closely related and focuses on developing resilience. Here's the link: http://www.pbs.org/parents/expert-tips-advice/2015/11/teaching-children-its-ok-to-fail/ 

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. 


Hearst Holiday Toy and Book Drive

Hearst will be participating once again in a toy and book drive to benefit children served by the Central Union Mission. Our goal is for each student to donate one toy, one book, or one of each by Monday, December 14th. You may want to consider buying a few extra at our Scholastic Book Fair which will open on Monday, November 30th and run through the close of this drive. This way you are benefiting two organizations at once--central union mission and our school library :) There will be a box at the book fair to drop of your book donations that are purchased there. We collected over 170 items last year and we would like to match or exceed that number this year. So keep our drive in mind as you are out and about with family and friends this weekend, searching out those Black Friday deals. Please see attached for more information or reach out to Beth Prince, kindergarten teacher, at [email protected].  

Girl Scouts at Hearst

Girl Scouts Hearst Troop 587 is up and running!

Meeting dates: 1st and 3rd Thursdays, from 3:30-4:45 (troop leaders will escort appropriate students to Innis and Rec at the conclusion of meetings)

Place: Ms. Johnson's 4th grade classroom

What they will be doing/discussing: crafts, camping, human rights, social justice projects, field trips, etc.

Coordinators: Linda Cunningham ([email protected]) and Zerline Hughes ([email protected]), mom to Hearst 5th grader Jaylah

Metro is Eliminating Paper Fare Cards on (12/31)

WMATA (Metro) will stop selling paper fare cards on December 31; this includes paper student passes (30-day, 10-trip rail, and 2-trip rail). As a result, Metro will stop accepting all paper fare cards on March 4. The trade in deadline for paper fare cards is June 30. Students who currently buy or receive paper fare cards and student paper passes must obtain a SmarTrip card or a SmarTrip-enabled DC One Card​.  All students should have a DC One Card if they use the metro or ride the bus to and from school. The good news is, most students are eligible for Kids Ride Free on Bus and Kids Ride Free on Rail, reducing the need to buy student transit passes. For more information on the School Transit Subsidy Program, including Kids Ride Free visit www.kidsridefree.dc.gov or contact customer service at (202) 673-1740. To obtain a DC One Card for your child, please contact our registrar at [email protected].  

PTA Corner
Greetings from the PTA. Here are a few things on the calendar for the next few weeks (with additional details below). As always, find upcoming events on the Hearst site at http://www.hearstes.org/calendar2.
-Monday, Dec. 7: PTA on the playground 8-9 am
-Monday, Dec. 7: Deadline to return the aftercare and enrichment survey
-Wednesday, Dec. 9: PTA meeting 6-7:30 pm (social 5:30-6)
-Friday, Dec. 11: Hearst open house 9:15-10:45 am
-Thursday, Dec. 17: Potomac Pizza (Friendship Heights) social and fundraiser 4-9 pm
-Friday, Dec. 18: Holiday lunch 10:30-1:30
-Thursday, Jan. 7: Next meeting of the Auction Committee
Our next PTA meeting is this Wednesday starting at 6. Come a little early at 5:30 to socialize with other parents or stop by the Scholastic Book Fair to browse for your kids or buy books off the teachers' wish lists, or make a donation to the toy or book drive. Ms. Vandivier will be selling books until 6.
Our next open house is this Friday morning. Please email Kay Parry at [email protected] to volunteer.
Our next evening social and fundraiser is one week from 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.
Our annual holiday lunch is one week from Friday (12/18). Volunteers are needed to provide food, set up, serve 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 via this link...http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4eafa72da31-hearst1
Please remember to fill out the aftercare and enrichment survey that should have come home in backpacks. We're interested in hearing your opinions regardless of whether you currently use the aftercare or enrichment offerings. Please return the survey to your child's teacher or to the main office on Monday. If you did not receive one, please email Liz Stuart ([email protected]) or Keri Sikich ([email protected]).
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