Update 4/24/16



Happy Sunday Owls,

I hope you’ve enjoyed the weekend and the Caps win!

My best,



The Week Ahead

Tuesday, April 26 - Office Hours Extended from 7:30am-5:30pm for Enrollment ; National College Signing Day

Wednesday, April 27

2:00-3:00 All School Community Meeting, Gym

3:30-4:30 Personnel Committee Meeting, Conference Room

4:30-5:30 LSAT Meeting, Conference Room


Thursday, April 28 – Take Your Child to Work Day; Office Hours Extended from 7:30am-5:30pm for Enrollment 


Friday, April 29

8:00-3:00 4th Grade Field Trip to Baltimore Aquarium

9:00-12:00 DCPS Music Festival, Kennedy Center

2:00-3:00 5th Grade Science Fair, Gym


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 4 - 8-9AM, Bike to School Day

Friday, May 6 - Professional Development Day - No School for Students


News and Announcements

APTT 3 Step Up Day  - 5/23/16

On Monday, May 23rd, we’ll be holding Step Up Day for families of students in all grade levels.  During the first part of the meeting, families will meet with their child’s current grade level teachers for a truncated APTT meeting. In the second half of the meeting, the next grade level’s teachers will talk with you about what to expect in the upcoming year.  These meetings are a great opportunity to meet other families, learn about simple summer activities to keep your child learning, and hear about what next school year may hold for your child. We hope to see you on the 23rd!


 Schedule for May 23 Step Up Meetings

o   8:15-9:15 Current PK families & Current 5th grade families (meeting separately)

o   9:45-10:45 Current 2nd grade families

o   11:15-12:15 Current 1st grade families & CES families (meeting separately)

o   12:45-1:45 Current 3rd grade families & New PK families (meeting separately)

2nd  Annual DCPS Mental Health Awareness Summit

This event is intended for families, community agency providers, teachers, school social workers, psychologists and more. Parents, guardians and other members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend the 2nd Annual DCPS Mental Health Awareness Summit. You can hear about the social and emotional supports that are available for students in DCPS. You can also hear how student mental health services can support student achievement. When: Thursday, May 5, 2016 (Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day);  Where: Eastern High School; Time: 3:30-5:30. See attached flyer for further details.


Social Worker Newsletter

Please see attached for this month’s newsletter from Ms. Carroll.



News and Announcements from Central Office


Take Your Daughter/Son to Work Day

Take Your Daughter/Son to Work Day is sneaking up next Thursday, April 28thThis is an excused absence with the proper documentation, per the Final School Attendance Guide (see below).


Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (TODSWD) is an annual event beginning SY 2014-2015.   TODSWD is designed to assist students in formulating some ideas about future career paths.  A day at work heightens the aspirations of students, helping them to make the connection between academic success and success in the world of work.  DCPS joins the national campaign to provide opportunities for parents and other adults to showcase their places of employment, explain their job responsibilities, introduce their co-workers, and present the various career choices that are available in the workplace.


Each year the specific date for TODSWD will be announced at the beginning of the school year.  Only students absent on this day and provide a letter with the following information will have this absence excused for TODSWD. 


Students participating in TODSWD must provide documentation detailing the following:

  • The parent/guardian they went to work with (relation to that adult)
  • The name of the business they spent the day at
  • The type of work their parent/guardian/adult they observed does
  • Identify the three things they noticed the most about the work they observed
  • Identify what they think is the hardest part of doing that work
  • Identify what they think is the most rewarding part of doing that work
  • Identify two steps that anyone interested in getting a similar job must do before they can apply


Clarification on SY15-16 Snow Day Policy & SY16-17 Calendars – TRANSLATIONS NOW AVAILABLE in 6 Languages

Last week we released a letter to all families clarifying the snow day policy for SY15-16 and announcing the SY16-17 calendar. To follow up, translations are now available online in English, Spanish, French, Amharic, Chinese, and Vietnamese. Please send the snow day clarification letter, and traditional calendar or extended year calendar (as appropriate) to any of your families requiring translated documents. For questions, please contact[email protected].


FREE Summer Enrichment Program for Highly Motivated Rising Middle Schoolers

DCPS  is excited to announce that we will be offering the Summer Enrichment Program for the third year! This four-week summer program for highly-motivated and precocious rising middle school students (those currently in grades 5, 6, 7) are invited to apply for a spot at Burrville ES, Hardy MS or Stuart-Hobson MS. The program runs from July 5-July 29, from 9:00-1:00 daily and is free for DCPS students. Students will work in small groups of no more than 15 students on topics directly related to their areas of academic interest as well as go on several exciting field trips. Please visit bit.do/SEPapp for the online application or bit.do/SEPpaperapp for a downloadable application.  Refer questions to Dr. Angela Novak at [email protected].


PTA Corner

Hello Owls. We would love to have your involvement on the PTA executive board next year. Elections are next month for positions on the 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 one-paragraph bio/candidate statement to Liz Stuart at [email protected] by Monday, May 2.


Here are some upcoming events:


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 4: Second annual Hearst Bike-to-School event. Students, teachers, parents and others will gather at 7:45 am at the Dickinson house (on Veazey St. NW near 37th Street) for muffins and hot cocoa before riders and walkers head over to school around 8 am for a short celebration in front of the DPR Rec Center. Contact David Dickinson at [email protected] for more information.


Wednesday, May 11: Please join us before the next PTA meeting for a presentation organized by Ms. Wendt: Bullying Prevention in DC -- what do schools and parents need to know, 5-5:45 pm, library. Suzanne Greenfield, director of the DC Citywide Bullying Prevention Program, will present.


Wednesday, May 11: PTA monthly meeting6-7:30 pm, gym. Agenda items include a vote on the proposed PTA budget for the next school year, which is available at this link: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/hearstelementary/pages/155/attachments/original/1461326037/2017_PTA_Draft_Budget.pdf?1461326037


Tuesday, May 17: Hearst night out at Tenley Chipotle4-8 pm. Details to come via the listserv and Hearst site.


Saturday, May 21: Hearst spring fair11 am-3 pm. The fair will feature a 25' rock wall, a bounce house/slide, games, face painting, a Zumba class, snow cones, popcorn and more, but we need volunteers. Please email Linda Miller at[email protected] to sign up to volunteer for a one-hour shift.


Sunday, June 12: Hearst Nationals outing4 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 Peri4:30-8:30 pm.


News and Announcements from Other Organizations

National College Signing Day


To help celebrate National College Signing Day – and the second anniversary of Reach Higher – I invite you to wear your college gear on Tuesday, April 26th. And I want to see pictures of you, your family, and your friends representing your favorite college with the hashtag #ReachHigher! 



We started this tradition in May 2014 when we launched our Reach Higher initiative to encourage students to complete their education beyond high school. People across the country helped us mark the first Signing Day by sporting their college apparel and sharing the importance of higher education on social media.


I am thrilled with all we’ve accomplished in the past two years, but I know there is still more work to be done. Through this initiative, we will continue to support this Administration’s North Star Goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020, and I want everyone to get involved!


Be sure to tag our handles and use our hashtag #ReachHigher:

Twitter: @FLOTUS // @ReachHigher 
@MichelleObama // @ReachHigher2020


Thank you for helping us encourage our Nation's students. I can't wait to see (and retweet) your posts! 




First Lady Michelle Obama


File attachments:

Mental Health Awareness Summit 2016 (1) (2).pdf

OWL_HELP_YOU_April 2016.docx

Summer Enrichment Program - Student Application 2016.pdf

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