Update 1/10/16

What a first week back, Owls! 
Thank you for patience and flexibility as we learned how to best use our new spaces for arrival and dismissal. Innis arrival will continue to be in the cafeteria and dismissal procedures remain the same with a note that on inclement weather days when no other activity is scheduled for the gym, students may be playing there. In the event that Innis students are in the gym rather than the classrooms, there will be a note on the classroom doors.  This week is the start of PTA Enrichment classes and you’ll receive information directly from Keri, Liz, and Jacqui about pick-up procedures for those classes.  
Switching gears a bit, we found out this week that Hearst has won a $5000 grant from Lowe's for construction a roof top garden.  A huge shout out to Eric Gravley, Dan Mendelson, and all others who contributed to the application.  If you're interested in being a part of the garden design and/or caretaking team, please let me know.
Thanks for your continued support and have a great evening,
The Week Ahead
Monday, January 11 – Winter PTA Enrichment Classes Begin; SIT Meeting Cancelled
Tuesday, January 12
4:00-5:00 Girls Basketball vs. Lafayette, Hearst Gym
Wednesday, January 13
6:00-7:30 PTA Meeting, Gym
Thursday, January 14
4:00-5:00 Boys Basketball vs. Brightwood, Hearst Gym
Friday, January 15
9:00-12:30 2nd Grade Field Trip to White House
9:15-10:45 Open House, Meeting in Library
Upcoming Events
Monday, January 18, MLK Holiday- No school 
Friday, January 22- Records Day with 12:15 Dismissal
News and Announcements
APTT Meetings
APTT 2 meetings have been moved from January to February. PK and K APTT meetings will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 1st and 2nd grade meetings will be on Wednesday, February 24, and 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade meetings will be on Thursday, February 25th.  Childcare will be provided each evening.
Cafeteria Recycling Program
On Tuesday, January 12, we will begin recycling in the cafeteria!  Students will  separate food and organic recyclables into a yellow bin, mixed recyclables into a blue bin, and trash into a gray bin.  Teachers will be teaching students about this process on Monday and Tuesday and we’ll have lots of adults supporting our efforts this week.  You can support our efforts at school by helping your child understand which items can be recycled and which are trash and there is a memo attached for your reference.   Thanks for your support!
Inclement Weather
Almost every year, DC experiences a few days of very cold or snowy weather that necessitate closing or delaying school and/or the Central Office. Below, please find information on what to expect from DCPS on inclement weather decisions.  
Inclement weather decisions affecting schools and Central Office will be communicated in three ways:  
1. Local Media: DCPS will submit inclement weather decisions to local media including TV, radio, and newspapers. Please check local outlets for information about closings and delays.
2. Social Media: DCPS will post inclement weather decisions on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The DCPS username for Twitter and Instagram is @dcpublicschools, and the Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/dcpublicschools.
3. DCPS Website: The DCPS website will contain information on the homepage about closings and delays. Please visit dcps.dc.gov in the event of inclement weather.   
Unless noted in these three locations, DCPS will be open. Information will be posted as soon as it’s available. Ideally, decisions are made the night before a closing or delay, but if a decision is made in the morning, information may not be available until 6:00 am.  Please check one of the above options to get the latest information about closings and delays in the event of inclement weather.  
In the event that we have inclement winter weather, a delay (normally of 2 hours) means that staff should report at 10:00, students will begin arriving at 10:15, and classes will begin at 10:45.  There is no Innis before care on delayed start days.  
Invitation from Sidwell Friends
To those interested in participating in a MLK Service Day with Sidwell Friends, they have extended an invitation for 9:00-12:30pm on Monday, January 18.   Following a brief query-centered discussion with a panel of alumni speakers, volunteers will choose to participate in one of the available service events: (i) Bake Casseroles for Central Union Mission,  2) Work with the Boys and Girls Club at American University to make cards and toiletry packets for Veterans, or (3) Create Healthy Snack Bags for N Street Village Day Center. Afterwards, we will regroup for a short time of reflection before closing with a moment of silence.
PTA Corner
Monday, Jan. 11: Winter Enrichment classes begin this week. For information about enrichment, such as schedule, class information and how to register for paid-vendor programs, please visit the Hearst website: http://www.hearstes.org/enrichment_programs 
Wednesday, Jan. 13: PTA meeting, 6-7:30 pm. Please join us in the new gym for the first meeting of 2016. Full agenda sent via the listserv, but highlights include the fifth grade presentation, an update on PARCC testing and a formal vote to spend approximately $10,500 on a divider curtain for the new gym. If you're not on the listserv, subscribe here... https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/HEARST_ELEMENTARY/info
Friday, Jan. 15: Hearst open house, 9:15-10:45 am. Please email Kay Parry at [email protected] to volunteer to help out.
Saturday, Jan. 30First of three wine parties for the 2016 Hearst Auction. Save the dates -- Our annual auction fundraising event is Saturday, April 9, and we're kicking off the auction "season" by hosting the first of three wine parties on Jan. 30 from 7-10 pm. The auction committee needs your support in both volunteer roles and soliciting auction items from individuals and organizations in your network and neighborhood. Event tickets will go on sale this month. More event and support details to be emailed via the listserv. Contact Adrienne Allen at [email protected].
Organizer wanted! Are you really good at organizing things? Do you love the Container Store? The PTA is looking for someone who actually knows this kind of stuff (perhaps for your job or as a hobby) to help us think through our storage spaces now that the new building is open. Please contact Liz Stuart ([email protected]) if you may be able to assist us.

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