Update 4/17/16

Good evening Owls,

My apologies for the delay in sending out the update this week.  I hope you’ve all enjoyed the long weekend!

My best,


The Week Ahead

Tuesday, April 19

10:00-12:30 K Field Trip to Discovery Theater

Thursday, April 21

9:00-1:00 5th Grade Field Trip, Kennedy Center

1:00-3:00 CES Field Trip, Yogi Berry

Friday, April 22 – Term 3 Report Cards Sent Home 

9:15-10:45 Open House

9:30-12:30 3rd-5th Grade Field Trip, Kennedy Center


News and Announcements from Central Office 

Clarification on SY15-16 Snow Day Policy & SY16-17 Calendars – Please Distribute to Parents

Due to the 2.5 snow days this winter, there has been some reasonable confusion as to how many days must be made up. The attached letter clarifies that the school year will be extended one day to Friday, June 17. We are also ready to announce the SY16-17 calendars. Please note that there are two different calendars – one for the 11 schools following anExtended Year calendar, and one for the majority of our schools following a traditional calendar. Please share the letter and appropriate calendar with your families. You can find the letter online. Translations in French, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Amharic will be available later next week and posted to the website. For questions, contact [email protected].


Reminder: 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 herefor more information. To register, click here. For questions, contact Sakon Kieh or Dewayne McClary.  


Mystics Kids Day at the Verizon Center (5/6)

The Washington Mystics are offering a complimentary ticket free of charge with the purchase of an adult ticket during their May 6th game (11:30am @ Verizon Center). Kids Day free tickets are now available! Adult tickets are only $15! This would be great day for families to do something fun and engaging with their kids while they are out of school. Kids will be able to bring their own lunches into the building and bus parking will be available for those who need it right in front of the Verizon Center. Just arrive early for lots of fun! For more information, see the attached flyer (“2016 Mystics Kids Day Flyer”) or contact[email protected] or at (202) 527-7945.

PTA Corner

Hello Owls. Elections are next month for positions on the PTA executive board and for parent representative seats on the Local School Advisory Team (LSAT). Please speak with any member of the current board (http://www.hearstes.org/pta_executive_board_members) or LSAT (http://www.hearstes.org/lsat) with any questions. If you're interested in volunteering/running, please email a candidate statement to Liz Stuart at [email protected] by April 29. We have a few retiring members of the board and would love to have your involvement next year.

Here are some upcoming PTA events: 

Tuesday April 19, 3-4pm:  PTA on the playground, Hearst playground.  Look for PTA Vice-President Vanessa Scott-Wilkinson; swing by with questions, ideas, or just to chat!

Friday, April 22: Hearst open house. We're looking for volunteers for any time between 8:30 and 11 am, even if only for 30 minutes. Please email Kay Parry at [email protected] if you are able to help out.

Sunday, May 1: Enrichment Committee meeting, Tenley Whole Foods, 7 pm. Join members of the committee to help plan enrichment offerings for the next school year. All are welcome. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Wednesday, May 11: PTA monthly meeting, 6-7:30 pm. Agenda items include a vote on the proposed PTA budget for the next school year, which is available at this link:


Tuesday, May 17: Hearst night out at Tenley Chipotle, 4-8 pm. Details to come via the listserv and Hearst site.

Sunday, May 21: Hearst spring fair, 11 am-3 pm.

Sunday, June 12: Hearst Nationals outing, 4 pm vs. Phillies. For more information, please visit http://www.hearstes.org/washington_nationals

Wednesday, June 15: Hearst night out at Tenley Nando's Peri Peri, 4:30-8:30 pm.


File attachments:

2016 Mystics Kids Day Flyer.pdf

DCPS Snow Day Make-Up Clarification Letter - ENGLISH.pdf

DCPS SY16-17 Traditional School Calendar.pdf


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