Update 3/5/17

Good afternoon Owls,

Thank you for a great conference day on Friday. By all accounts it was a great day and it was lovely to end the week on such a positive note!

Be well,




Quick Updates


·         The girls and boys basketball teams are in the Citywide Championships and the schedules for the final rounds of the championships for boys and girls are attached.  We hope to see you at West on Monday, March 6, to cheer on the girls and at Hearst on Tuesday, March 7, to cheer on the boys. Both game start at 4pm.  Hearst will also be the host of a semifinal game on Wednesday, March 8.  

·         Please join me in welcoming Meaghan Walsh to Hearst as our 2nd and 3rd grade Special Education Resource Teacher. Meaghan will be filling the position vacated by Jessica Lunde when she went on educational leave.


News and Announcements from Hearst


Water for South Sudan

Dear Parents and Staff,

I don't know if you've ever heard of Water for South Sudan?

Water for South Sudan is an organization that collects money to build wells in South Sudan. There was a civil war there just two years ago. They are hungry and have no or very little water. What water they do have is very muddy, making it very unhygienic to drink. So many people get sick, and most don't have the money to pay for medicines. My book club group members and I just recently read a book about Salva Dut. Salva Dut is a boy who lost his family during Sudan's civil war. He and several others trekked for days across the scorching desert, and only a few of those people survived. They were forced through crocodile-ridden waters and lost those who were dear to them. Now, Salva Dut has built an organization that collects money to build water pumps in Sudan, where people have little to no water. We can collect enough money, and do the H2O challenge so that we can have a well in South Sudan named after our school. The H2O challenge is when we drink nothing but water for 2 weeks. We save the money we would have spent on other beverages and donate it to the Water for South Sudan organization. We will do the H2O challenge on April 10 through the 14th. There will be a well, made by me and my group mates, going up in the atrium on March 20, 2017. Please let Mrs. Thomas or myself and my group mates know if you have any questions!

Sydney Adamske, Mr. Levin's class, 5th Grade


FY18 Budget

Over the past few weeks, I’ve sought input from staff and the LSAT on how to spend our Fiscal Year 18 funding allocation.  My job is to make decisions in the best interest of our students and the overall school and some of these decisions are tough, especially when they mean eliminating positions.  On Friday, I submitted the budget to DCPS and in addition to making the school psychologist position full time rather than half time as it is this year, we’re eliminating three positions while adding four positions, including a full-time science and technology specialist.  Please know that all staff members in a position that will be eliminated next school year are aware of this, and, as I’ve explained to them, they have the opportunity to interview for the new positions should they choose to do so.  Thanks to those who provided feedback along the way in the budget process and know that I’ll be sharing the full budget with the Hearst community at the March 15 PTA meeting.  

News and Announcements from DCPS

Youth Voices for Diversity Summit (3/18) 

LAD is happy to announce the Youth Voices for Diversity Summit to be held March 18, from 9:00-1:00. This event will bring together 400+ students from DC and MD to discuss youth leadership and action, the value of having a diverse voice and valuing all cultural backgrounds. We are working with school staff and CBOs to identify students within DCPS who will be participating. Please share the following link to help students register: We are also recruiting DCPS volunteers to facilitate student discussion groups and to provide support with logistics. Please use the following link to volunteer.  A google hangout training for facilitators will be held on March 13, from 11:30-12:30.  For questions, please contact [email protected]

Public Lecture: The Search for Life in Oceans Beyond Earth (3/29)

Where is the best place to find living life beyond Earth? Dr. Kevin Hand will explain the science behind why we think we know these oceans exist on moons of Jupiter and Saturn and what we know about the conditions on these worlds. Dr. Hand will also show how the exploration of Earth’s ocean is helping to inform our understanding of the potential habitability of worlds like Europa. Along with nine dives to the ocean floor, Dr. Hand was a scientist onboard James Cameron’s 2012 dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, and he was part of a 2003 IMAX expedition to hydrothermal vents in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The lecture will be start at 7:00 p.m. on 3/29 at the National Academy of Sciences Building (2101 Constitution Ave. NW). This lecture is free, and NAS encourages science teachers, students starting in 4th grade, and families to attend. Register here: http://oceans-beyond-earth.eventbrite.com.

Future Chef Competition with Sodexo Magic – Entries Due by (3/9)

Does your Elementary School have a budding chef who wants to impact what’s served in their school? Students in 3rd – 5th grade are encouraged to enter in the Future Chef Competition with Sodexo MAGIC! This District wide competition includes recipe development and a cooking competition (to take place on March 29), with the winning recipe being featured on school lunch menus! Please see attachment (“Future Chef Letter to Principals”) for further details and attachment (“New Recipe Card Template”) for student entry submissions. Entries are due Thursday, March 9 so don’t delay in spreading the word amongst your school! Contact Melissa Herendeen ([email protected]) with questions.


PTA Corner 

Hello Owl Families!

The spring enrichment session is coming soon! The session is typically light because so many students participate in chorus and drama. Please watch the listserv for registration information.

The annual Hearst auction will be held on Saturday, March 25 at the UDC Student Center, just one mile from Hearst! Ticket prices increase on March 11 so click here: https://hearstes.schoolauction.net/2017/tickets/ticket_sales and purchase your tickets. Please consider sponsoring a teacher as well. 

We are planning a “Pi” fundraiser for our regular March PTA meeting to be held on March 15, just one day after “Pi Day.” If you would like to bake or purchase a pie to donate, please contact Judy Goodstein at [email protected].

Upcoming Events:

·         PTA Budget Meeting: The PTA will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, March 8, to discuss budget priorities for the 2017-2018 school year. The meeting will be held in the library. Pizza and child care will not be provided.

·         Community Dining Night: Our next Potomac Pizza night will be Monday, March 13. Please join us from 4-9pm at 19 Wisconsin Circle, Chevy Chase, Md. Dine in or carry out but please make sure to mention you’re with Hearst and our school will receive 20 percent of our proceeds.

·         PTA Meeting: The PTA will hold its next regular meeting on Wednesday, March 15 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 and don’t forget to email Judy Goodstein at [email protected] if you would like to bake or purchase a pie to donate for our “Pi Day” fundraiser.

·         Open House Tours: Looking for an opportunity to share your Hearst experience? Look no further than the next Open House on Friday, March 17. If you have time to help out by greeting visitors, giving a tour or just setting up, please email Kay Parry at [email protected].

·         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.  

News and Updates from Other Organizations

Girl Scout Starlight Ball

Come experience a magical night at the Starlight Ball hosted by Girl Scouts Cadette Troop 2613. The Father/Daughter dance takes place March 10 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Alice Deal Middle School. To purchase tickets, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/starlight-ball-tickets-30736068408.For more info contact Deborah Berry at [email protected] or Karla Bruce-Choice at [email protected] 

Chess Challenge in DC

Chess Challenge in DC (CCinDC), a non-profit organization, has been promoting and providing academic chess programs for DC's elementary and middle school students for 9 years in partnerships with DC Public Schools. Chess has long been regarded as a game that can have beneficial effects on learning and development, especially when it is played from a young age. The 6th Annual CCinDC Citywide Chess Tournament will be held on Saturday, March 25 at Wilson High School. This unrated tournament is open to all K-8th grade DC students. Please see attached flier. It is our hope that you will help circulate the flier and promote the event to your students. This tournament has been a really fun and enriching day for DC students and parents. We welcome you to attend, too!If you would like to promote this opportunity to your students through a contact person of your choosing, please have that person reply to this email and CCinDC will follow up to provide additional information. 

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