Update 5/22/16

Good evening Owls,

I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow at our APPT meetings!

Have a great night,



The Week Ahead

Monday, May 23 - APTT Step-up Day (see below for schedule and locations)

Tuesday, May 24

9:00-1:00 1st Grade Field Trip to College Park Aviation Museum

9:00-3:00 2nd Grade Field Trip to Baltimore Museum of Industry

11:00-12:00 5th Grade Spanish Assessment, Mr. Levin’s Homeroom

Wednesday, May 25

11:00-12:00 5th Grade Spanish Assessment, Ms. Hua’s Homeroom

11:30-3:30 2nd Grade Field Trip to Nationals Game

1:15-2:00 1st Grade Sea Turtles Presentation

2:30-3:00 May Community Meeting, Gym

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

4:30-5:30 Chorus Party, Gym

6:30 Hearst Spring Chorus Concert 

Thursday, May 26

1:00-2:00 Smith College Tutors Final Session Celebration, Conference Room

1:15-2:00 Guest Performing Artist from Kennedy Center for PK/K

2:15-3:00 Guest Performing Artist from Kennedy Center for 2nd/3rd

Friday, May 27

9:00-3:00 3rd Grade Field Trip to Zoo

Looking Ahead

Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day - No School for Students

Wednesday, June 8 – PTA Meeting, Gym

Monday, June 13 – PK Promotion and Reception

Tuesday, June 14 - Kindergarten Promotion and Reception

Wednesday, June 15 - 5th Grade Promotion, Reception, and Dance

Thursday, June 16 - Starnival

Friday, June 17 -  Last Day of School for Students with Dismissal at 12:15


News and Announcements

Quick Updates

  • Ms. Carroll’s newsletter is attached. Enjoy!
  • Because of the hard work and resourcefulness of Ms. Shultz and Ms. Zink, we have received a grant to bring a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curriculum to our school next year.  Please see https://www.pltw.org/our-programs/pltw-launch for information about the program and thanks to our second grade team!

APTT 3 Step Up Day  - 5/23/16

Tomorrow, 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

  • 8:15-9:15 Current PK families (meeting in library) & Current 5th grade families (meeting in art room)
  • 9:45-10:45 Current 2nd grade families (meeting in library)
  • 11:15-12:15 Current 1st grade families (meeting in art room) & CES families (meeting in library)
  • 12:45-1:45 Current 3rd grade families (meeting in library) & New PK families (meeting in art room)
  • 2:15-3:15 Current 4th grade families (meeting in library) & Current K families (meeting in art room)
  • In the event of rain, childcare will be in the gym, otherwise childcare will be on the playground

Cleanliness of Playground

In order to help maintain a clean and safe space for our kids, please make sure that when on the playground, you encourage students to put their trash in trash cans and to pick up their clothes and other items.  We’ll continue to collect all clothing, book bags, and miscellaneous items left on the playground and bring everything to the lost and found at the entrance to the gym.  All items not claimed by June 17 will be donated to charity. 

Water testing

Attached is a letter regarding the results of the recent water tests conducted at Hearst Elementary School.  As the letter indicates, all of the drinking water sources at Hearst are currently below the EPA threshold. However, there was one utility water device located inside the boiler room that tested above level, but it is not accessible to students.  Additionally, DCPS has worked with sister agencies across the city to identify opportunities for students to be tested for lead.  Please see the attached letter for these opportunities.  

News and Announcements from Central Office

OSSE: 2016 Fellowship for Urban Education Leaders (FUEL)

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is launching the 2016 Fellowship for Urban Education Leaders (FUEL) program to provide exemplary educators, research, and policy professionals the opportunity to shape State activities and policies in DC.  The seven-week program, occurring June 27 – August 12, 2016, provides three outstanding educators and graduate students opportunities to work within the OSSE Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Specialized Education’s Teaching and Learning Department on key projects and initiatives.  Application documents are to be submitted through email to the attention of Ms. Tasha Jones at[email protected]The application and program details can be found here. If you have any questions, please contact Gimari Jones or Tasha Jones by email or at (202) 724-7878. 

DCPS Parent Leaders Listserv

As parent organizations (PTO, PTA, HSA, etc.) and Local School Advisory Teams (LSAT) begin to hold elections for next year’s leadership, The Office of Family and Public Engagement (OFPE) has received a variety of elections-related questions from these groups. In order to consolidate communications with parent leaders around elections and other popular questions and allow parent leaders to share knowledge and best practices drawing from their personal experience, OFPE has created a Yahoo group for all parent organization leaders and LSAT chairs which will go live next week. The group will provide a forum for OFPE to contact all PTA and LSAT leaders together as well as provide those leaders with an online network of their peers. Please email Elias Hoffman with any questions.


PTA Corner

Hello Owls. It's almost June. For families with students rising into 1st through 5th grades, we are excited to announce the SchoolKidz Teacher-Tailored School Supply Kit Program as an easy way for families to purchase back-to-school supplies. Ordering information is available on the Hearst website at: http://www.hearstes.org/school_supplies_2016_17. You can order beginning on Monday, May 23, and the deadline for ordering is June 17. (PK and K families will receive supply lists directly from their child's future teachers.) If you have any questions, please contact Jessica at [email protected].

But before we start thinking solely about next year, here are some June events for your calendar:

Wednesday, June 8: Final PTA meeting of the year, 6-7:30 pm, gym. The PTA will provide child care from 5:30-7:30 as usual.

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

Thursday, June 16: Annual Starnival festival at Hearst. Volunteers needed. More details to come, but if you know you can help, even for an hour, please reach to Mr. Coleman at [email protected].


File attachments:

OWL_HELP_YOU_May 2016.pdf

Hearst Water Test Results Letter.pdf

2016-05-18 Citywide Lead Screenings.pdf

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