Update 5/21/17


Good afternoon Owls,

Despite not having a full week of school with kids, last week was certainly full and this week we’re looking forward Spirit Week and Field Day on Friday.  The weather forecast is calling for showers most of the week, so time outdoors on Friday will certainly be a welcome relief from the possibility of indoor recess.  

My best,


Quick Updates

·         Attached is a photo from this week’s DCPS LEAP Newsletter. Go K-2 ELA LEAP Team! 



News and Announcements from Hearst

Upcoming Focus Groups

Thank you for responding to our core values survey. We've narrowed down the values you've identified to the top ten most common responses and now would like your input on how to narrow down these values even further to create 3-5 core values for our school community. We'll hold one additional core values focus groups on 5/24.  Additionally, Flamboyan researchers would like to interview 5-8 families who have participated in home visits this school year in order to better understand family engagement practices and how these practices inform family-school relationships.  It’s not too late to sign up and the sign-ups for the focus groups are below:

Wednesday, May 24 Core Values Focus Group from 5:30-6:30 in the library: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0A49A4AB29A0F49-524

Wednesday, May 31 Flamboyan Home Visit Focus Group for Families from 5:30-6:30 in the library: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0A49A4AB29A0F49-531

PARCC Testing

Monday marks the final day of 3rd grade PARCC testing! All tests, with the exception of make-up tests, will be given in the morning so it is imperative that students arrive on time each day.  If a student arrives at school even a minute after the test session begins, s/he will be unable to participate in that morning’s session and will have to make up the session in the afternoon.   Please know that individuals who need to complete make up tests after Monday, May 22, will do so on Tuesday, May 23rd.

Every Day in May Challenge

Hearst is participating in the Every Day In May Challenge.  There are 21 school days in the month of May and our challenge is for all students to attend all 21 school days in May. The class with the highest in-seat attendance rate for the month will receive a prize at the end of the month.  Help your child’s class win the special treat by sending her or him to school every day in May! 

Spirit Week May 22-26, 2017

Please note upcoming Spirit Week.  Student Council looks forward to seeing teachers and students participate during this week. 

Monday – Bow Tie Day

Tuesday – Twin Day

Wednesday – Owl Gear

Thursday – PJ Day

Friday – Field Day

Field Day

Hello Owl Family!

Hearst Field Day (formerly known as Starnival) is Friday May 26th, 2017! This day consists of a morning filled of athletic activities pitting Blue vs White in friendly competition and sportsmanship from 9:15-Noonish.


Pre-k through 2nd grade will travel with their classes through the stations while 3rd-5th grade have been combined and split into 12 equal teams (6 blue teams and 6 white teams). Please see the attached list for your owl!


Volunteers are always appreciated and needed anywhere from 9am to 1pm. If you would be interested in supporting please let me know, I will need help with water stations and providing coverage to various stations throughout the day so teachers running stations can rest!


Please have your owls show their school spirit accordingly in their blue or white on Field Day! The more blue or white the better! And if you'd like you can even purchase for the first time ever a Hearst Field Day Shirt!

If you're supporting blue team use this link: https://www.customink.com/g/myz0-00b0-k2f2

If you're supporting white team use this link: https://www.customink.com/g/myz0-00az-y71x 

If you're supporting both buy lots of shirts! Its a good deal! Anything else please let Mr. Coleman know at[email protected] 

News and Announcements from DCPS

ECE Literacy Fest

We are writing to invite you to the first annual ECE Family Literacy Festival! The purpose of the ECE Family Literacy Festival is to inspire a love of reading and celebrate literacy at home, school, and in the community by inviting local authors and storytellers to connect with our youngest learners and their families. The Festival is designed as a multi-disciplinary event filled with children’s activities that involve storytelling, music, art, drama, science, art, etc. 

Event Details

Date: June 3, 2017

Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Location: Emery Elementary School

   1720 1st Street, NE Washington, DC 20002

Food will be provided

Strawberries & Salad Greens Day (6/7)

OSSE will host the annual Strawberries & Salad Greens Day at schools across the district on June 7th! If you are interested in engaging with students on local foods and healthy fruits & vegetables, you can volunteer to run an “education station” in a school cafeteria.   By signing up, you are committing to: A pre-event webinar on May 30th at 10:00 a.m., picking up materials at OSSE on June 6th, and volunteering up to four hours at your assigned school on June 7th. If you have questions about volunteering, please reach out to Erica Walther at [email protected] or (202) 262-0893. Sign up to volunteer here!

 PTA Corner 

Hello Owl Families! Thanks to everyone who was able to come out to the DC United game on Saturday!

Order School Supplies: It’s time to start preparing for next school year! The SchoolKidz School Supply Kit Program is open and runs through June 16. School supply kits are made up of items approved by our 1st-5th grade teachers, with each kit customized by grade level and delivered right to the classroom before the start of the school year. Order online at http://www.shopttkits.com/, use the account number 74373 and order for the grade your child will enter in fall 2017. For questions or to help out in August, please contact Jessica North Macie at [email protected].  

Upcoming Events:

  • Screen on the Green: Join your fellow Hearsties after hours on June 2 to watch Sing! Food and drinks will be available for purchase; keep your eyes on the listserv for more information. To volunteer, please reach out to Mary O’Neill at [email protected]
  • Community Dining Night: It’s Pete’s Apizza time! Please join us on Monday, June 5, for a fundraiser at Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza (4940 Wisconsin Ave NW). Between 11 am and 9:30 pm, join us for some tasty pizza (dine-in or take-out) and mention you are with Hearst at the counter.  25% of the proceeds will go directly back to the PTA.
  • PTA Meeting: The PTA will hold its next regular meeting on Wednesday, June 7 at 6pm in the library. This is the FIRST Wednesday of the month instead of the usual second Wednesday. It gives us one last time to gather as a PTA and we will talk about priorities for next school year. Pizza and childcare will be available for all potty-trained kids. Please check the website and listserv for sign-up information.
  • Washington Nationals Game: Join your Hearst friends on Saturday, June 10 at 12:05pm to see the Washington Nationals play the Texas Rangers. Tickets are $19 and $5 comes back to Hearst! To purchase your tickets, please click here: https://groupmatics.events/s/email/Hearstelementary7


News and Announcements from Other Organizations

Register for Summer Programming

Registration for the Department of Parks and Recreation's (DPR) summer programming is currently open. DPR offers a variety of programs and activities for all ages including: sports programs, swim classes for adults and children, fitness programs such as aerobics and Zumba, and a variety of other enrichment programs for teens and seniors.

Browse the entire list of summer programs, activities, and classes and register for programming HERE.


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