Update 2/22/16

Good morning Owls,
I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend.  Please see below for news and updates.
The Week Ahead
Monday, February 22 – No school for students
3:45-5:15 LSAT Meeting, Conference Room
Tuesday, February 23
4:00-5:00 Girls Playoff Basketball Game -Takoma vs Oyster Adams, Gym
6:00-7:15 PK & K APTT Meeting, Library and Art Room
Wednesday, February 24
2:00-3:00 Black History Month Celebration, Gym
4:00-5:00 Hearst Boys Basketball vs Orr, Gym
6:00-7:15 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, & CES APTT Meeting, Various Locations
Thursday, February 25
10:00-1:30 4th Grade Field Trip
6:00-7:15 3rd & 5th Grade APTT Meetings, Library and Art Rooms
Friday, February 26
4:00-5:00 Winner of Hearst/Orr vs Winner of Maury/Height, Gym
News and Announcements
APTT Meetings
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday we’ll be holding APTT meetings from 6:00-7:15.  Childcare will be available in the gym from 6:00-7:15 and pizza and juice will be provided for kids.  If your child is not in Innis, Rec, or PTA Enrichment class and you’d like for your child to remain at school from 3:30-6:00 and then transition to APTT childcare, Ms. Vandivier has graciously volunteered to watch students during from 3:30-6:00.  Please email her ([email protected]) to sign up for this opportunity.  
Basketball Playoff Games
The schedule for basketball this coming week has finally been announced!  Next week the games are all at 4:00 and details are below:
  • Tuesday, February 23 – Oyster Adams vs Takoma (Girls)
  • Wednesday, February 24 – Hearst vs. Orr (Boys)
  • Friday, February 26 – Hearst/Orr vs Maury/Height
All games will take place in our gym. Please contact Ms. Beech ([email protected]) if you’d like to donate items to the concession stand.
Homework Club
Beginning on Tuesday, February 23, we will be offering a homework club for students in 1st through 5th grades wanting a bit of extra support with homework. This does not take the place of after school tutoring but rather is an opportunity for students who want an extra eye on their homework.  Any student attending homework club will be required to sign in and show Ms. Vandivier or Mr. Ibrahim their homework before being allowed to stay in the library until their homework is complete.  Homework club is not free childcare and as soon as students are done with their homework, they should resume their regular after school activities.  Also, families are also welcome to check out books with their child from 3:30-4:30 Mondays through Wednesdays.  Please know that students unaccompanied by an adult will not be allowed to browse or check out books.
Help Fight Senior Hunger with We Are Family
We Are Family provides services such as free monthly grocery bags, friendly visits, transportation, and advocacy to older residents of the Columbia Heights, Petworth, Adams Morgan, Shaw, and North Capitol neighborhoods.  We Are Family is excited to partner with Hearst on a food drive and volunteer activities that will benefit District older residents!


•             FOOD DRIVE – February 15 – March 16

Bring in to school any of the following non-perishable items: whole grain cereal, pasta, rice, or cans of vegetables, fruit, beans, and tuna.

Items will be collected in each classroom

•             GROCERY BAG ASSEMBLY with Sidwell volunteers – Thursday, March 17

Students will have the opportunity to help assemble bags at Hearst from the food collected, which will be delivered to seniors.

News and Announcements from Central Office

DCPS Hoverboard Ban

DCPS has issued a policy banning hoverboards in schools due to numerous safety concerns.  If hoverboards are found on campus, they are to be confiscated and parents must be contacted immediately to pick them up at school.  Please communicate this policy to your students, staff, and families.  If you have any questions about the policy, please contact[email protected].  A copy of the policy is attached (“DCPS Hoverboard Policy”).

FREE STEM Summer Program for 3rd-5th Grade Students

The Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) program is one of the National Society of Black Engineers' (NSBE) contributions to increasing the representation of black students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields. This 3-week program is designed to expose children to STEM fields as early as the 3rd grade.  Students participate from 8:30 - 3:30 daily. This year the program will take place at John Burroughs EC from 7/18-8/5. To register, please use this registration link specific to DCPS students


PTA Corner
Registration for spring enrichment classes opens Friday, Feb. 26, and runs through Friday, March 11. Please watch the listserv for more information. The enrichment committee also will post the information on the enrichment page on the Hearst site...http://www.hearstes.org/enrichment_programs
This is the final week to get into the 2015-16 student directory. We'll close the directory after APTT nights this coming week. Please use the link below...


Here are some PTA events for the coming month:
Saturday, Feb. 27: Second of three wine parties in preparation for the Hearst auction, 7-10 pm. Bring two bottles of wine (one for the party and one for the auction) and socialize with other Hearst families. Hosted on Hobart Street in Ward 1, RSVP in advance directly to [email protected].
Sunday, Feb. 28Enrichment Committee meeting, 7 pm, Tenleytown Whole Foods. Help plan for the spring session and next year's offerings.
Monday, March 7: Auction Committee meeting, 7 pm, Tenleytown Whole Foods.
Wednesday, March 9PTA meeting6 pm, Hearst gymnasium.
Wednesday, March 16: Special meeting to discuss the next PTA budget.
Friday, March 18Hearst open house. We're looking for volunteers for any time between 8:30 and 11 am, even if only for 30 minutes. Please email [email protected].
Saturday, March 19Hearst 5K Fun Run8 am, Carter Barron, 4850 Colorado Ave. For more information, http://www.hearstes.org/hearst_5k
Other upcoming events include:
March 19: third of three wine parties for the auction
March 21Auction Committee meeting
April 16: Hearst DC United match
June 12: Hearst Nationals game
And remember, the 2016 Hearst auction is Saturday, April 9, at 6:30 pm. Buy tickets at http://www.hearstes.schoolauction.net/2016

File attachments:
DCPS Hoverboard Policy.pdf

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