Update 3/26/17

Good afternoon Owls,

Thanks to everyone for a great week at Hearst and a special thanks to those of you who came out to the auction last night. It was wonderful to see so many of you supporting Hearst and having a great time while doing so.  It was a record-setting evening, with more money being raised last night than at past auctions and on behalf of the students and staff, thank you so much for your support!

Have a wonderful evening, may your NCAA brackets not be entirely busted, and see you tomorrow!

My best,


Quick Updates

·         The Hearst Dispatch (attached) features our Student Council this week.

·         We’re excited to announce that the Hearst Science Fair will be held on Wednesday, May 3, from 2:00-3:00 in the gym.  K-2 will complete class projects and 3rd-5th grade students will enter projects as individuals or small groups of no more than 3 students.  More information about the science fair will be coming home soon from your child’s teacher.  Additionally, if you have a science background and are interested in judging the science fair, please let Jen know ([email protected])

News and Announcements from Hearst


Morning Arrival 

Innis operates a paid before care service starting at 7:15. If your child is not enrolled in Innis with completed paperwork, he or she should not be dropped off before 8:15. 8:15 is the time that Hearst staff are available to supervise your child. If a child arrived before 8:15, he or she will be sent to the main office, where we will call families to come and pick up the child.


Your Input is Needed: Nutrition Education Plan!

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is working on developing a Nutrition Education Plan to enhance the quality and quantity of nutrition education provided to students in the District of Columbia. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey. Your feedback is critical as we move forward with the development of a plan that fulfills the various needs of schools across the District, addresses a variety of challenges, and provides feasible suggestions to achieve our goal. If you have any questions or want to provide additional feedback, please email [email protected]. We thank you in advance for your dedication to enhancing nutrition education in the District of Columbia!


News and Announcements from DCPS


2017 Naval STEM Expo at Sea-Air-Space, April 2

The Navy League of the United States and the Office of Naval Research is hosting an afternoon STEM event again this year at Sea-Air-Space on 4/2 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Students, teachers, and families are all welcome to this free event at the Gaylord Convention Center and Resort Hotel in National Harbor, MD. Attendee flyer and registration information can be found here: http://navyleague.org/stem/index.html. The STEM Institute has created a two-fold program that increases youth interest in the possibilities of STEM education and career pathways. Please contact Jeanne Ellinport with any questions: [email protected].

Letter To Send Home With Students About Official 2017-2018 Calendars

The DCPS Communications Team has composed a letter for you to send home with students informing families about the official SY 2017-2018 calendars, now available on the DCPS website. Please print the attached letters, available in English and Spanish, and send them home with your students. If you have any questions or need additional languages, please contact Hilary Tone at [email protected].

PTA Corner 

Hello Owl Families!  Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the awesome auction or who supported the auction. What an amazing event! And a very special thank you to auction co-chairs Emily Olesh and Adrienne Allen and their fantastic auction committee (see below).

Raffle Tickets! An easy way to support Hearst is by selling raffle tickets for a chance to win cash. Tickets are $5 each for a chance to win a $1,500 cash prize. We hope every student can sell at least five tickets, but if you do not wish to sell tickets, please return them to your teacher so the tickets can be sold by someone else. If you need more tickets, text Kim at (240) 463-6804 or email [email protected] with the number of tickets you need, your child's name, and teacher's name.

Upcoming Events: 

·         PTA Meeting: The PTA will hold its next regular meeting on Wednesday, April 12  at 6pm in the library. Pizza and childcare will be available for all potty-trained kids. Please check the website and listserv for sign-up information.

·         Open House Tours: Looking for an opportunity to share your Hearst experience? Look no further than the next Open House on Friday, April 14. If you have time to help out by greeting visitors, giving a tour or just setting up, please email Kay Parry at [email protected].

·         Community Dining Night: Join your fellow Hearsties for dinner at Nando's Peri-Peri on Monday, May 1 from 5pm to 8pm. It's fun, tasty and a portion of the proceeds will go back to Hearst! Nando's Tenleytown is located at 4231 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

·         Consider Running for the PTA E-Board: Elections are coming for positions on the 2017-2018 PTA executive board. If you are interested in running or volunteering, please reach out to a current executive board member: http://www.hearstes.org/pta_executive_board_members

·         PTA E-Board and Full PTA Meeting Minutes: Just a reminder that the PTA posts all minutes from our monthly PTA E-Board meetings and from our monthly full PTA minutes. They are available online at: http://www.hearstes.org/pta_documents_links. A huge thanks to Hearst’s web maven, Anna Porteus for posting our minutes and keeping our website looking great!

 Let’s give a huge Hoot Hoot!! to our excellent Auction Committee, wine party hosts, event volunteers, folks who helped secure auction items and room parents: Adrienne Allen, Kim Cooper, Kara Cumberland, Deb Dasgupta, Elham Dehbozorgi, Brian Doyle, Danielle Fisher, Maggie Johnson, Kevin Nawrocki, Emily Olesh, Mary O'Neill, Parker Ruhl, Stacey and John Bernards, Nayamka and Shaka Long, Christine Burkhart, Sam Chittick, Mark Farrell, Mindy Farrell, Denise Gavin, Christina Burnett, Judith Curry, Judy Goodstein, David Lucas, Kristin Lucas, John Poirier, Keri Sikich,  Amy Farina, Ruth Wieder, Karen Brandon, Juliet Crawford Schwab, Paul Handy, Ashley Samelson, Kerry Schwed, Frances Recio, Anne Cannon, Jennifer C. Prüssner, Kirstin B. Leighton-Lucas, Brigid Nawrocki, Jesse Raben, Kim Chemerika, Lussier Homolka, Tulin Ozdeger, Kye Tiernan, Karla Bruce, Rima Izem, Grizelda Mejia, Jon Lutz, Dina Dajani, Angie Edinger, Anne Moulakis, Lyndsey Layton, Kidest Assegued, Catherine Snowden, Cathy Karr-Colque, Nazy Morad, Noreen Borgonia, Virginia Arrisueno. Thank You Team Auction!!

News and Announcements from Outside Organizations

Kennedy Center Opportunity

On behalf on the Kennedy Center’s Explore the Arts team, we would like to invite you, your staff, and your students to participate in an upcoming dance workshop for children led by the Urban Bush Women on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 at 5:30 pm. Children ages five to ten are invited to share in the joy of moving! Younger children, in the company of an adult caregiver, are welcomed too. Tickets for this workshop are $20. To purchase tickets or to learn more about the workshop, please go to: http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/EREDN. Please feel free to share the attached flyer.


Paint Recycling and Reuse Event


Have old paint sitting around?

On Saturday, April 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Bowser Administration is working with PaintCare to hold a special paint drop-off event for DC residents and businesses in the parking lot of the Anacostia Recreation Center. Latex and oil-based paint will both be accepted and, for the first time, paint that is found to be in good condition will be made available to the public for reuse.

To learn more about this one-day event and to reserve a timeslot, visit paintcare.org/anacostia.


File attachments:
Urban Bush Women Kinetic Kids Flyer .pdf

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