Update 2/28/16

Good evening Owls,
Thanks to everyone who participated in our APTT meetings this past week.  We had a great turnout and appreciate your partnership and support.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend,
The Week Ahead
Monday, February 29 – Fire Drill 
5:30-6:30 Hearst vs. ? In Boys Citywide Basketball Championship Game, Browne EC, 850 26th Street, NE
Tuesday, March 1 – My School DC Lottery Application Deadline
4:30-5:30 LSAT Meeting, Conference Room
Wednesday, March 2
4:30-6:00 PTA Executive Board Meeting, Conference Room
Friday, March 4
2:15-3:15 Kennedy Center Artist in Residence Culminating Performance with Ms. Prince and Ms. Whittaker’s Class, Gym
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, March 9 
5:30-6:00 - Special Education Information Session, Library (During this session, Hearst staff will present an overview of what special education services are, introduce the special education staff, and answer questions about special education at Hearst)
6:00-7:30pm - PTA Meeting, Gym
Friday, March 11 
8:45-9:15 Parent Chat, Library
2:45-3:15 Parent Chat, Mr. Herrera’s Room
News and Announcements
Outdoor Arrival and Recess Reminder
As the weather starts to warm up a bit, we’ll (hopefully!) be back outside for arrival and recess. A reminder that tackle football is not allowed on school property.  Students can play two-hand touch football but, especially without the proper equipment, tackle football is not allowed as we want our students to be safe while enjoying their time outdoors.  

Read Across America Celebration

Dr. Seuss’s birthday is Wednesday, March 2, 2016.  To commemorate his birthday and to advance the cause of literacy for all, Hearst will be participating in the Read Across America event from 2:00-3:00 on Wednesday.  We have a variety of literacy-themed activities planned and if you’re able to join in the fun and participate, please reach out to your child’s teacher, Ms. Walker, or Ms. Vandivier.


Award Winning Food Served in Our Cafeteria
Last week, Hearst’s cafeteria staff won an award from DCPS for the best recipe execution of Chicken Stoba, Baked Sweet Potato and Cucumber & Tomato Salad.  See the attached photo and award certificate and congratulate our cafeteria staff when you see them!


News and Announcements from the DCPS Central Office

WMATA is Going Paperless

The School Transit Subsidy Program wants to remind DCPS staff about important changes to the Bulk Purchase Program.  As you may already know, Metro has discontinued the sale of paper fare cards that began in late December 2015. This included both regular paper fare cards and discounted student paper fare cards, such as the $1.90 two-trip rail pass, $9.50, and the student $30.00 monthly pass. Starting in January 2016, Metro will only sale electronic fare media through the use of a SmarTrip card or a DC One Card. On Sunday, March 6, 2016 Metrorail fare gates will no longer accept paper fare cards. Saturday, March 5, 2016 will be the last day to use paper fare cards on Metrorail. Thursday, June 30, 2016 is the deadline for all paper fare card exchanges. For more information on exchanging paper fare card media please contact WMATA at (202) 962-5700. If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the program changes please feel free to contact the District Department of Transportation School Transit Subsidy Program at (202)-673-1740.


FREE Summer Enrichment Program for Advanced Rising Middle Schoolers

The Advanced and Enriched Instruction Division is excited to announce that they will be offering the Summer Enrichment Program for the third year! This four-week summer program for highly motivated and precocious rising middle school students (those currently in grades 5, 6, 7) are invited to apply for a spot at Burrville ES, Hardy MS, or Stuart-Hobson MS. The program runs from 7/5-7/29, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. daily and is free for DCPS students. Students will work in small groups of no more than 15 on topics directly related to their areas of academic interest as well as go on several exciting field trips. Please visit this link for the online application or this link for a downloadable application. 


Jackie Robinson Breaking Barriers Essay Contest for Grades 4-8: Win a Trip to the MLB All-Star Game. Submissions Due (3/14)

The Breaking Barriers Essay Contest is a chance for students in grades 4–8 to share their personal stories and show how they face their own barriers using Jackie Robinson's values: citizenship, commitment, courage, determination, excellence, integrity, justice, persistence, teamwork. Winners receive laptops and the grand prize winner gets an all-expense paid trip to the MLB All-Star Game. For more information, contact Stu Smither Wulsin.


Alternative School Program for At-Risk 5th and 6th Graders

A resource for rising (or retained) at-risk 5th and 6th graders experiencing instability (foster care, homeless, family in crisis, living in kin-care), Monument Academy is a free weekday boarding with the mission of serving these students. Monument Academy offers personalized learning plans for each student, 8:1 student-teacher ratio and 13:1 student-social worker ratio, pediatric psychiatry through a partnership with Georgetown University, Trauma Systems Therapy through a partnership with New York University, and 5:1 student-houseparent ratio in a family-style boarding program. Please contact Danielle Nelson, Well-being Counselor and Family Recruitment Coordinator, by phone at (202) 545-3180 ext. 116 for more information.


PTA Corner
Hello everyone. The schedule for spring enrichment classes and registration details are being finalized and will be available this week. Information will be on the listserv and on the enrichment page on the Hearst site: http://www.hearstes.org/enrichment_programs
Here are some PTA events for the coming month:
Sunday, Feb. 28Enrichment Committee meeting, 7 pm, Tenleytown Whole Foods. Help plan for the spring session and next year's offerings. Email Keri Sikich ([email protected]) with questions.
Wednesday, March 2PTA Executive Board meeting. Please send any agenda topics to [email protected].
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. Register by Feb. 28 (tonight!) to receive a participant tee shirt. For more information, http://www.hearstes.org/hearst_5k
Saturday, March 19: Third 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 in Ward 4, please RSVP in advance directly to [email protected].
Other upcoming events include:
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
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