Update 2/7/16

Happy Super Bowl Sunday Owls!
Please see below and attached for announcements and updates. Have a great Sunday and see you bright and early tomorrow morning.
Go Panthers,
The Week Ahead
Tuesday, February 9  - School Spirit Day to Mark the 100th Day of School; Shelter in Place Drill (AM)
11:30-2:30 CES Field Trip to Kennedy Center
4:00-5:00 Hearst Girls vs. ?, Hearst Gym
5:00-6:00 Girls Basketball Playoff Game (? Vs ?), Hearst Gym
Wednesday, February 10 – ELA Interim Assessments, Grades 3-5
5:15-6:00 School Lunch Tasting for Families, Multipurpose Room
6:00-7:30 PTA Meeting, Multipurpose Room
Thursday, February 11  – Math Interim Assessments, Grades 3-5
4:00-6:00 Region B Basketball Championship Games (Teams TBD), Hearst Gym
Friday, February 12 – PD Day – no school for students
Upcoming Events
Monday, February 15 – President’s Day – no school for students
Monday, February 22 – Teacher Work Day – no school for students
News and Announcements 
A big thank you from our staff and students to Mr. Zamora and parents Jolyon Bowman and David Dickinson for working incredibly hard to clear off the outdoor play spaces on Monday! Everyone was so excited to have outdoor recess last week after the long stretch indoors caused by Snowzilla.
Inclement Weather Policy
Several parents have inquired about the inclement weather policy and when the temperature is below 32 degrees, we will generally be indoors. I say generally because we also take the wind chill into consideration. If, for example, the temperature is 40 degrees but with the wind chill it feels like 18, we won’t be going outside. The reverse is also true, for example if it’s 30 degrees but it feels like 40, we’ll be outside.  
Should we have indoor recess, kids have three options from which they can choose.  Students can go to the library with Ms. Vandivier, have active play in the gym, or have quiet play on the stage.  For active play, the gym is divided into two zones, one with hula hoop, jump rope and hop scotch stations, and the other a free zone. In the free zone, students are able to have relay races, play tag, or run freely. 
Out of Boundary Attendance Policy
There is a bit of misinformation that seems to be circulating on the playground about the DCPS out of boundary attendance policy (see:http://dcps.dc.gov/page/dcps-answers-your-toughest-questions). The policy is below and as indicated in the family handbook, we will be implementing it this year.  Families who may be directly impacted by this policy have been individually reminded of the policy in writing when they reached 5 unexcused tardies and again at 10 unexcused tardies.  We’ve also had conferences with many of the impacted families to problem-solve around getting their kids to school on time.  For many families, these letters home and meetings have sparked a turn around and afterward, kids began to arrive on time.  However, a subset of this group continues to be chronically tardy.  Also know that as we calculate the total number of unexcused tardies through the end of the 2nd advisory, we will be reaching out to those families with more than 20 unexcused tardies to encourage them to explore schooling options for their child and to consider applying to the school lottery. 

What is the attendance policy for students attending Out-of-Boundary schools?

  • Students who have more than 10 unexcused absences or 20 unexcused tardies may be asked to return to their neighborhood school at the end of the school year. Schools have been instructed to follow the appropriate attendance interventions. Families should expect to receive notice in writing or via conference after their student has five unexcused absences or ten unexcused tardies.
  • This policy is designed to support regular and timely school attendance.
News and Announcements from Central Office

Student Film Competition – Deadline for Submissions (2/12)

The America I Am Youth Film Competition is currently accepting submissions until February 12, 2016. The contest is open to students 18 year of age or younger. Students are encouraged to submit a short – five minutes or less – film about their “American experience”. The winning filmmaker could win a $10,000 education scholarship. Additionally, the winning student will have the opportunity to work with professional filmmakers and have their work shown at the Tribeca Film Festival. Films can be submitted through this submission form or uploaded throughWithoutabox. Please visit www.TheAmericaIAM.org for more details.



News and Announcements from the PTA
Wednesday, Feb. 10PTA meeting6 pm (food around 5:15) in the Hearst gym. Among the items we'll discuss are the results of the recent aftercare and enrichment survey. Chartwells, the Hearst school-lunch provider, will provide food before the meeting, beginning around 5:15. Child care will be provided from 5:30-7:30: sign up at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XFuYe3YceqYZCZGIKR09ylmdx3bs8ajTP3Xb9rQLwSE/viewform
Friday, Feb. 19Hearst open house, 9:15-10:45 am. We're looking for volunteers for any time between 8:30 and 11 am, even if only for 30 minutes. Parents of 1st - 5th graders: please let us know if you can volunteer this month as the PK/K fashion show overlaps with the open house and many of our regular volunteers have kids in the show. Please email [email protected]oo.com.
Thursday, Feb. 25PTA on the Playground, 8-9 am.
Saturday, Feb. 27: Second of three wine parties in preparation for the Hearst auction. Hosted in Ward 1, RSVP directly to [email protected]. Details to come.
And remember, the 2016 Hearst auction is Saturday, April 9, at 6:30 pm. Buy tickets at http://www.hearstes.schoolauction.net/2016
News and Announcements from Outside Organizations
Living Classrooms has two summer camp options of this summer. One free camp focused on the science behind sports and one for fee camp that will take place on our boat. Students will get to sail around the area stopping at different locations and learning about their environment, maritime history, and how to sail. I've attached both flyers for the camps if you could please pass these around to your students and teachers that would be great! Thank you!


.¸¸.·´¯`·...¸><((((º>..Rachael Lynn..¸¸.·´¯`·...¸><((((º>`·



Shipboard Director
Education Coordinator
Meaningful Watershed Education 
Living Classrooms- National Capital Region
515 M Street, SE Suite 222
Washington, DC 20003
T: 202-488-0627 ex242
C: 570-994-2486
F: 202-488-1307

File attachments:
Summer Camp.pub edit.pdf

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