Update 1/25/16


Good evening everyone,

My apologies for any confusion about the status of school tomorrow. As I mentioned below, I wrote the first weekly update at 3pm before a decision had been made about whether or not DCPS would be open or closed. The mayor has since announced that there will be no school tomorrow and all athletic events are canceled.  

Thanks, enjoy the snow day tomorrow, and see you Wednesday,





Good afternoon Owls,

I hope that you’re taking advantage of the snow days to rest and relax and perhaps play a bit in the snow.  Between a few snowball fights, a neighborhood digging out party, and some great football yesterday, it’s been a great 4 day weekend at the Thomas household and I hope for you as well.  I’m writing this at 3pm and there’s no word yet on whether or not we’ll have school tomorrow.  Just in case we do or we open with a 2 hour delay, please plan on leaving earlier than normal to make it to school on time. It seems that most of the major roads in DC are clear for at least one lane of traffic to get by, but not multiple lanes, and this will certainly add to your travel time. 

Stay warm and enjoy the snow,



The Week Ahead

Tuesday, January 26 - no school 


Wednesday, January 27

2:30-3:15 All School Community Meeting, Gym

3:30-4:30 Personnel Committee Meeting, Conference Room

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


Thursday, January 28

5:00-6:00  Hearst Garden Meeting for All Interested in Designing/Supporting School Garden, Library


Friday, January 29

8:45-9:15 Parent Tours of New Building, Meet in Atrium

2:45-3:15 Parent Tours of New Building, Meet in Atrium


Upcoming Events

Monday, February 1 – RTI Window 3 Opens

Tuesday, February 2 – 4:00 Girls Basketball vs. Takoma, Hearst Gym

Wednesday, February 3 – 4:30-6:00 PTA Executive Board Meeting

News and Announcements

Calling All Those with Green Thumbs

Hearst has been awarded $5000 to build a roof top garden and as odd as it is to think about gardening with all this snow on the ground, I’d love to do some of the long-range visioning and planning about the school/community gardens.  Anyone interested in supporting this effort is welcome to meet with me on Thursday, January 28, from 5-6 in the library. 

Arrival and Dismissal

A reminder that in order to ensure students’ safety when dropping off or picking up, parents should only have students exit vehicles on the Hearst side of 37th Street.  Crossing in the middle of the street is always dangerous and even more so now that the street is snowy and slick. Thanks! 

Turf Shoes in Gym

A parent recently inquired about whether or not students can wear turf shoes in the gym and the answer is no. Unfortunately the nubs on the turf shoes will damage the gym floor so please do not allow students to wear turf shoes to school.

News and Announcements from Central Office

DCPS Parent Guides

Ever wonder what your child is learning in school?  Do you want to help, but don’t know where to start? DC Public Schools has developed grade specific Parent Guides from Kindergarten through High School. These guides give you a monthly breakdown of what your children are learning at school, along with tips and strategies to help you child meet their learning goals. Each guide provides parents with actionable tips and suggestions that can easily be implemented at home and in school. You can find these guides here at your school, or in the Family and Community tab of the DCPS website, under Parent Resources.   Be sure to check out our Android DCPS Parent Guide mobile app, developed by DCPS students, available in the Google Play Store.

Provide Input on the SY16-17 Proposed Calendar

DCPS has proposed an initial draft of the SY16-17 academic calendar and is seeking input from our parents, students, staff, and community members. Visit http://dcps.dc.gov/node/1032662 to view the proposal and submit feedback. Please contact [email protected]with any questions.


The Historic Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives 30th Anniversary Kick-Off Open House Celebrating Black History Month (2/6)

The Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives is hosting its monthly open house on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Schools and students are invited to participate in music ensembles, choirs/choruses, theatrical/literary groups and student visual art, especially those related to Black History Month. Students can also earn community service hours by serving as hosts, facilitators and museum docents. To register schools/students to participate, contact [email protected] or 202-730-1420.  The Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives is the official museum and repository for public education in the District of Columbia. The open house will also feature 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, Red Line. 

PTA Corner

Happy blizzard from the PTA. We hope you weathered the storm okay. Here's a reminder of some upcoming events.

Saturday, Jan. 30: First of three wine parties for the 2016 Hearst Auction. The first wine party is in Ward 3 on Jan. 30 at 7 pm. The Bernards family will host at 2950 Davenport St. NW. Please RSVP in advance directly to [email protected]. Bring a bottle of wine to drink and one to donate to the auction event!

Sunday, Jan. 31: Hearst information session, 4-6 pm at the Stuart-Doyle home. Come represent current Hearst families as we talk informally with prospective families. Please sign up to attend:


Sunday, Jan. 31: Enrichment Committee meeting, 7 pm at Tenley Whole Foods. All are welcome to join the discussion, which at this meeting will include spring enrichment programming and brainstorming ideas for next year's classes. Email [email protected] with questions. 

Monday, Feb. 1: Auction Committee meeting, 7 pm at Tenley Whole Foods.

Some other future events include the Feb. 10 PTA meeting, March 19 Hearst 5K run/walk, April 9 Hearst auction and April 16 DC United outing. More details to come via the listserv and Hearst site.

News and Announcements from Outside Organizations

826DC is a community organization that hosts writing workshops for students after school and on Saturdays.   All of their programming is free and takes place at their Writing Center in Columbia Heights. Families can sign up via our website or by calling us at the number listed on the attached flyers. 


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