Update 4/10/16

Good afternoon Owls,

Please see below for updates and announcements. Thanks to everyone who came out to support the school at last night’s auction. Your generosity is appreciated and will go a long way in supporting our programming at Hearst.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,



The Week Ahead

Monday, April 11 – Term 4 Begins

3:30-5:30 Student Council Bake Sale on Playground (fair weather)/Library (inclement weather)

Tuesday, April 12 – Fire Drill

3:30-5:30 Student Council Bake Sale on Playground (fair weather)/Library (inclement weather)

Wednesday, April 13 

2:00-3:00 SEM Pilot Group Meets, Library

3:30-5:30 Student Council Bake Sale on Playground (fair weather)/Library (inclement weather)

6:00-7:30 PTA Meeting, Gym

Thursday, April 14

3:30-5:30 Student Council Bake Sale on Playground (fair weather)/Library (inclement weather)

Friday, April 15 – Emancipation Day Holiday – No School

Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 16 - 5PM, Hearst Night at DC United, RFK Stadium

Monday, April 11- Friday, April 22 - Yearbooks can be ordered at arrival and dismissal

Friday, April 22 - 9:15AM, Hearst Open House



News and Announcements


Homework Club

We continue to offer 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.


CES Program Fundraiser

Join us at Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza on Monday, April 11th to help us raise money for our school’s CES program.  The address is 4940 Wisconsin Ave NW, which is about a 5 minute drive from school.  Staff: be on the lookout for an order form in your mailbox if you’d like to order lunch and have it delivered to Hearst that day.  We hope you are able to join us for this great cause!  A portion of the proceeds from 11 am to 10 pm will be donated back to our school to support our CES program.  Don’t forget to mention Hearst at the counter or show them the attached flyer.


Pennies for Patients

Hearst Elementary School has decided to take on blood cancers! This week begins our Pennies for Patients campaign to raise money to help The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fund life-saving research.  Our campaign runs from April 4th to April 22nd. In 2014, Hearst raised $1,678.69 and our goal in 2016 is $2,000.  That’s just $118 per classroom!  Collection boxes are located in classrooms and you can help our efforts by donating today:http://events.lls.org/pages/nca/HearstElementarySchoolWashington.  Thanks for your support!


First Days of School for 2016-2017













K-5 attend

K-5 attend

K-5 attend

PK4 attend

PK4 attend

ECE family visits conducted

ECE family visits conducted

ECE family visits conducted







It's that time of year again- time to order your yearbook for the 2015-2016 school year! Our yearbook this year is full of wonderful memories. Get your copy ASAP! Yearbooks are on sale for $20 each. There are two ways to order: Firstly, you can order online via the website www.freedpics.com (password OWL16YB). We highly recommend this option, as it saves time for everyone involved and guarantees your order is received! Secondly, you may order with a cash or check at school ONLY FROM APRIL 11-22. After April 22nd, cash/check orders will not be accepted and you must order online. If you choose to pay with cash or check, fill out the attached order form and return to school. You can bring your order to Ms. Boyle, Ms. Schiers, or Ms. Morales. 

News and Announcements from Central Office

Elementary Ed Tech & STEM Summer Camp 

The Educational Technology and Library Programs Division in the Office of Teaching and Learning is hosting an Elementary Ed Tech & STEM Summer Camp for rising students in grades 3-5. This camp will be held from July 5-29 at Simon Elementary from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The camp will provide students with inquiry-based activities grounded in technology as they explore the concepts of design and motion in science, engineering, math, and coding. Students will explore through experiments and multiple trials how forces like gravity, friction, and air resistance work against motion.  Students will use these learned concepts to design objects that can perform to certain specifications. Space is limited to 50 students. Click here for more information. To register,click here. For questions, contact Sakon Kieh or Dewayne McClary.  

SY16 -17 Free and Reduced Meal Applications Open in July

Free and Reduced Meal (FARM) Applications for SY ’16-’17 are not to be submitted until on or after July 1, 2016. Parents submitting forms now are submitting for the current school year and applications do not carry over. 



Re-enrollment Information

Ms. Hinchey and Ms. Johnson have pre-populated enrollment forms for every current Hearst PK4-4 student in the office.  We are not sending the pre-populated forms home with students because parents/guardians have to come in and do the DC Residency Verification themselves, but they are available in the office. For more information about residency verification, please see below.

All documents must be in its original format and UNEXPIRED

  • Parents/guardians are required to annually verify DC residency upon enrollment of their student.
  • Parents/guardians may present one document from List A or two documents from List B in order to verify DC residency.
  • Parents/guardians must provide original documents to school officials, and documents must be in the name of the enrolling parent/guardian. School officials are required by DC law to photocopy residency documents for audit purposes.
  • School official will provide parents/guardians with an additional residency verification form to be completed upon enrollment. This document must be signed by the same enrolling parent/guardian whose name appears on the residency documents.


List A

One of the following indicating name and address of enrolling parent/guardian will suffice to verify District of Columbia residency:



List B

Two of the following indicating name and address of the enrolling parent/guardian will suffice to verify residency in the District of Columbia. The name and address must the same on both documents.



A pay stub, issued within 45 days prior to school’s review of residency documentation, showing your DC address and DC tax withholding


Unexpired DC motor vehicle registration



Supplemental Security Income annual benefits notification


Verification letter and Military Housing orders; or Deers Statement


Unexpired DC motor vehicle operator’s permit or official non-driver identification



An embassy letter indicating embassy sponsored housing in DC with embassy seal affixed

Unexpired official documentation of financial assistance from the DC Government including TANF, Medicaid, SCHIP, SSI, housing assistance or other DC Government Programs

Unexpired lease with proof of payment within 2 months preceding school’s review of residency documents



A copy of D-40 form certified by the DC office of Tax & Revenue form


Proof that the child is a ward of the District of Columbia, in the form of a Court Order



Utility bill (only gas, electric and water bills are acceptable) with receipt of payment within 60 days (2 months) of school’s review of residency documentation


PTA Corner

Thanks to all who organized, volunteered, solicited, attended and bid at the auction this weekend. What a fun night with a great amount of money raised for our school. 

Our next PTA meeting is Wednesday (4/13) from 6-7:30 in the Hearst gym. We will provide child care from 5:30-7:30 for those attending the meeting. Early child-care sign up isn't required, but it does help with our planning... https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XFuYe3YceqYZCZGIKR09ylmdx3bs8ajTP3Xb9rQLwSE/viewform

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