Update 5/7/17

Good afternoon Owls,

Thank you for all of your generosity and kindness over the past week! With the science fair, field trips, 4th and 5th grade Cornerstone presentations, the SEM Showcase, and the Spring Chorus Concert, the treats, breakfast, coffee, lunch, cards, and flowers for Educator Appreciation Week were certainly appreciated by all.  Congratulations to all Owls, small and tall, for the fantastic presentations, explanations, and performances, and a huge thank you to all those working behind the scenes to make these events went off without a hitch. This coming week sees the start of PARCC testing, more field trips, the DC golf championship, Picture Day, the DCIAA Elementary Track Championships, a PTA meeting, and an Open House, in other words, a normal week during the wild ride that is the end of the school year.

Thanks for your continued support and I hope you’re having a great weekend,


Quick Updates

  • Portrait Day at Hearst will be Tuesday, May 9, 2017.
  • The Deal Middle School team will be at Hearst on Wednesday, May 10 from 3:30-6:30 to enroll current Hearst 5th graders. 
  • If you are interested in pursuing summer tutoring for your child, attached is an application from For the Love of Children’s (FLOC) Summer Tutoring Program.
  • Friday, May 19, is Step-Up Day.  In order to close out the academic year and learn how to prepare your child(ren) for next school year, families will have the opportunity on the 19th to meet with their kids' current teachers and teachers of the next grade.  Please see your class's weekly update for the time of your meetings and because there is no school for kids on the 19th, know that childcare will be provided for kids while families are meeting with teachers. 
  • Hearst Recreation Center will be closed on Friday May 19, 2017 for DPR Professional Development. 
News and Announcements from Hearst

PARCC Testing

As a reminder, 4th and 5th grade students begin PARCC testing on Monday, May 8, with 4th grade testing concluding on May 12 and 5thgrade concluding on May 15. 3rd grade students will be testing from May 15-22.  All testing, 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 there will be no interruption to the specials schedule during the PARCC testing window. 

Bike to School Day 5/10

National Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 10th.  For the last four years, DDOT and DCPS have sponsored a competition: the school with the highest percentage of students riding to school on that day wins the coveted golden bicycle trophy to proudly display for a year. Out of last year’s 10 participants, School-Within-School @ Goding took home the golden bicycle last year with 51% of students riding, scooting, or skating to school.  Please see the attached flyers for additional information.

Pennies for Patients

Hearst is partnering with Pennies for Patients and asking students and their families to collect pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters during the Pennies for Patients campaign which began Monday, April 24, and will continue through May 12.  Since 1994, millions of dollars have been raised in pennies and other spare change by more than 10 million elementary, middle and high school students throughout the country. The funds, collected during a three-week period, benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.   Everyone who participates is a winner!   One of the easiest ways to donate, and ask family and friends to donate as well, is to visit the on-line giving page:

http://events.lls.org/pages/nca/HearstElementarySchoolWashington-2017.  Thanks for your support of this important cause!


We came close to meeting our reenrollment goal of having 100% of current families reenroll their students by last Friday, with 87% of our students reenrolled.  Thank you for getting your enrollment forms in to the main office and if you haven’t done so already, Ms. Hinchey and Ms. Johnson will accept completed enrollment packets during our normal office hours, from 8:00am – 4:30pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.  They will also accept completed enrollment packets from 7:00am-6:00pm on Thursdays and from 7:00am-4:30pm on Fridays.  For specific questions about enrollment, please reach out to Ms. Hinchey ([email protected]) or Ms. Johnson ([email protected]).

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.  Thank you.

Monday – Bow Tie Day

Tuesday – Twin Day

Wednesday – Owl Gear

Thursday – PJ Day

Friday – Field Day 

News and Announcements from DCPS

Parents, Students, and Teachers, we want YOU as a member of the School Food Advisory Group! (5/9)

Partner with DCPS Food and Nutrition Services on its mission of providing our students with nutritious and delicious meals! The Advisory Group Members provide feedback and insight by taking part in taste tests, reviewing menus, and participating in promotional campaigns. The next meetings will be held on May 9th, 2016 from 3:45 to 5:00 at Banneker High School, Dunbar High School, Banneker High School, LaSalle Education Campus, and 5:00 to 6:00 at River Terrace Education Campus. For more information please contact Carl Crockett.

Family Focus Group: A More Culturally Responsive Secondary Social Studies Curriculum (5/15)

On 5/15 from 6:00-8:00 p.m., the social studies team is inviting parents of all middle and high school students to participate in their first Family Focus Group. The goal of the session is for DCPS families and staff to collaborate with members of the social studies staff to help make the social studies curriculum more culturally responsive. During the session, parents will have a chance to review some of the upcoming social studies units, collaborate with the social studies team, and share feedback. Translators will be on site. The session will be held at Roosevelt HS (first floor atrium).Click here to register. For questions, contact Jayson Wilkinson.

International Food Day: Slovenian Food Day (5/10)

The third of the four International Food Days for SY 2016-17 will take place on 5/10. The Global Education team, Office of Food and Nutrition Services, and the Embassy of Slovenia will be presenting a menu that highlights Slovenian local cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and supper at all DCPS schools. A special celebration with cultural programming will take place at Tubman ES in partnership with the Embassy Adoption Program. To advertise Slovenian Food Day to your community, see the flyer here and use the hashtag #SlovenianFoodDay & #DCPSEats to show off your adventurous eaters on your social media accounts! For any questions around programming contact Jillian Flood. For questions on menus, contact Melissa Herendeen.

WMATA SafeTrack Surge 15: Orange Line closure from Stadium-Armory to New Carrollton station

Beginning May 16 - June 15, 2017, the Orange Line Metrorail service will not operate between Stadium-Armory and New Carrollton stations. As a result, the Minnesota Avenue and Deanwood stations will be closed and there will be no eastbound trains from Stadium-Armory.  This shutdown may impact your students’ and staff’s commutes to school. Limited shuttle bus service will be provided between Stadium Armory and the Minnesota Avenue and Deanwood Stations.  WMATA is finalizing marketing materials to include signage at stations and flyers for students. Additional information about the surge and travel alternatives is posted on https://www.wmata.com/service/status/details/Surge-15.cfm.  

PTA Corner 

Hello Owl Families! Thanks to everyone who came out to Nandos last week to support our PTA!

Upcoming Events:  

  • PTA Meeting: The PTA will hold its next regular meeting on Wednesday, May 10 at 6pm in the library. We will vote on our budget 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.
  • Open House Tours: Looking for an opportunity to share your Hearst experience? Look no further than the next Open House on Friday, May 12. If you have time to help out by greeting visitors, giving a tour or just setting up, please email Kay Parry at [email protected]
  • D.C. United Game: Hearst families are excited to watch D.C. United in their last season at RFK stadium! The game is Saturday, May 20, at 4pm and tickets are $20, with $5 coming back to the PTA. We will have a tailgate tent before the game so come early and bring some drinks and snacks. If you are still interested, please contact Jolyon Bowman or Judy Goodstein.
  • 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.
  • 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

File attachments:
New Student Application_2017-2018_English.pdf
Bike to School Flyer_2017(2).pdf

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