Update 5/28/17

Good afternoon Owls,

What a full week last week, and what a way to end the week with such a fun Field Day. Thanks to Mr. Coleman and everyone who made it a success! Although we have a short week coming up, there’s a lot happening including multiple field trips, two focus groups on Wednesday, the musical, a visit from the Serbian ambassador, and Screen on the Green.  I hope you all have a great weekend and we'll see you on Tuesday!

My best,



Quick Updates

  • Thanks to Keri Sikich for filming the chorus performance at Friday’s community meeting. Here's the link to the video: https://goo.gl/photos/WA2U1qgzY7ZNnw4s9
  • The Principal Chat on Friday, June 2, will be held from 8:45-9:15 in Mr. Herrera’s room. If you were unable to make it to one of the focus groups this month, we’ll be discussing core values at the principal chat.
  • We’ve had an uptick in the number of kids making after school play dates/plans for themselves and trying to convince our staff that their normal after school plans have changed.  Please make sure that if your child’s after school plans have changed, you notify the office and your child’s teacher.  Also be sure to confirm these plans with your child before s/he comes to school so that we’re not all scrambling to call home at dismissal to clarify after school plans. 
News and Announcements from Hearst

Upcoming Focus Group 

On Wednesday, May 31 from 5:30-6:30 in the library, Flamboyan researchers will be interviewing 5-8 families who have participated in home visits this school year. These interviews will help Flamboyan better understand family engagement practices and how these practices inform family-school relationships.  It’s not too late to sign up and the sign-up is here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0A49A4AB29A0F49-531


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!


Spring Portraits

We are happy to let you know that the spring individual student galleries are now online for viewing and purchasing.  We will also be printing flyers with the login and password, to be distributed to each student (see attached).  To view the galleries, go to www.freedpics.com and enter the password: HEARST17SP.

A Note from Ms. Black

Dear Hearst Families,

I am writing to inform you that I will not be returning to Hearst next school year.  My husband and I both have been moved by the current refugee crisis to the point that we felt that we needed to take an active role in what is happening.  Therefore, we are moving to Spain in August to work with an organization that is helping to welcome and resettle Syrian refugees who are pouring into the area.  I am grateful for my time at Hearst, thank you for welcoming me with open arms.  There have been many moments of joy as I have watched students grow in their musical abilities this year.  I wish you all the best.


Katie Black



News and Announcements from DCPS

We the Girls: Young Women’s Leadership Conference & Pep Rally (6/3)

As part of the Reign: Empowering Young Women as Leaders initiative, DCPS is hosting the first annual We the Girls: Young Women’s Leadership Conference & Pep Rallyat Howard University on June 3rd. The conference will serve girls and young women in grades 5-12 and DCPS teachers with workshops and panels focusing on identity, health and wellness, leadership and equity.   Please help spread the word to our young women and their families by distributing the flyer.  Register now, space is limited.  We are also looking for volunteers!  Please sign up to volunteer here.


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!


Parkour Jam at Deal MS (6/8)

On June 8th, the Health and PE Team and American Parkour will host the inaugural Parkour Jam event at Deal MS. All students who learned Parkour skills in their physical education course are invited to join expert American Parkour trainers in an open-session to practice skills and refine technique. The event will run from 4:00-6:00 p.m. The event will be open to the first 200 DCPS students who register here. For questions, contact Miriam Kenyon. Promote the event with this flier.


Walk with DCPS in the Capital Pride Parade (6/10)!

DCPS is committed to making our schools safe and inclusive for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) students, staff, and families.  As an annual tradition, DCPS is walking in the Capital Pride Parade on Saturday, June 10, and invites all schools to join in the fun and walk with DCPS. This is a fun opportunity to show our pride and support for the diversity across our school community, and our commitment to inclusive schools.  We encourage schools to join us in the parade and invite your families to participate. Interested participants should register online here​ so we know how many people to expect and how many t-shirts to bring for participants (same shirt as last year). On June 10, meet up at 4pm at the corner of 23rd and O, NW. For questions, please contact [email protected]


PTA Corner 

Hello Owl Families! We hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

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. Go to: 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:

  • LSAT Elections: Elections to the Local School Advisory Team will take place on Tuesday May 30 and Thursday June 1 on the playground (or in the atrium if there’s inclement weather) during morning lineup and afternoon dismissal. Please see the attached document for Bios of the folks running.
  • 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

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