Update 5/8/16



Good evening Owls,

A Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Hearst moms and a big thanks to all who showed their appreciation to our wonderful Hearst staff last week!

See you in the morning,


The Week Ahead 

Monday, May 9 – PARCC Testing

7:00-? DCPS Night at the Nationals, Nationals Park (Hearst students honored on the field at 6:15)

Tuesday, May 10 -  PARCC Testing; Office Hours Extended from 7:30am-5:30pm for Enrollment 

9:00-2:00 PS-2nd CES Classes to Botanic Gardens

7:00-9:30 DGS Meeting re: Hearst Park (open to the public), Gym

Wednesday, May 11 –  PARCC Testing

5:00-6:00 2nd Grade Parent Math Night, 2nd Grade Classrooms

5:00-5:45 Bullying Prevention in DC Presentation with Suzanne Greenfield of Citywide Bullying Prevention Agency, Library

6:00-7:30 PTA Meeting, Gym

Thursday, May  12 -  PARCC Testing

Friday, May 13 -  PARCC Testing

6:30-8:00 Broadway Beat Performance, Hearst Gym


News and Announcements

Quick Updates

  • Please see attached for this week's NW Current dispatch from Ms. Marber's, Ms. Hicks', and Ms. Montgomery's K-2 CES class.   
  • The date for Starnival is Thursday, June 16. Stay tuned for a volunteer sign up from Mr. Coleman.


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)

  • (meeting separately)


News and Announcements from Central Office  


Children’s Mental Health Awareness Walk and Rally (5/14)

Support Children’s Mental Health Awareness by attending a walk and rally on Saturday May 14. The walk begins at 10:00am at Eastern High School and concludes with a rally at noon. DC Public Schools is partnering with the Department of Behavioral Health to support this event. Students can receive community service hours for their attendance, and the first 50 youth to register will receive a $10 iTunes gift card (to be picked up when they arrive at the walk). Students and staff can register at www.LetHelpIn.com. See this flyer for more details about the walk, rally, and entertainment. Please reach out to Thomas Houston or Gloria Mensah with any questions.

Uruguay International Food Day (5/11)

The fourth and final installment of International Food Days for the 15-16 SY will be held on Wednesday, May 11th! In partnership with DCPS Go Global, Office of Food and Nutrition Services, and the embassy of Uruguay will present a menu that highlight Uruguayan local cuisine through breakfast, lunch, and supper. Remember – all DCPS students receive a FREE breakfast so bring your appetites and encourage your students to try something new. Please see attached “Uruguayan food poster – FINAL” flyer for specifics and e-mail Ruth Wright ([email protected]) for any questions.

Black Girls Code Summer Camp 

The Black Girls Code Summer Camp provides ten days (June 27 – July 12) of hands-on, project-based instruction, where young ladies ages 11- 14 engage in tech instruction. The camps run for six hours a day with lunch, community building, field trips and of course coding! Our camps offer a space where girls of color can learn computer science and coding principles in the company of other girls like themselves and with mentorship from women they can see themselves becoming.  Camp is located at Howard Middle School of Mathematics & Science and runs from 9am- 4pm Monday- Friday with a graduation ceremony on the last day of programming from 6-8pm. Register here.

Free Summer Enrichment Program for Highly Motivated Rising Middle Schoolers: Now Accepting Rising 5th Graders!

Due to popular request, the Advanced and Enriched Instruction division is excited to announce that they are now accepting rising 5th graders into the Summer Enrichment Program! 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 7/5-7/29, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 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 orbit.do/SEPpaperapp for a downloadable application. Application deadline is 6/1. For questions, contact Angela Novak

PTA Corner

Hello Owls. Due to some logistical issues, we're changing the new Spring Fair to a Back to School Fair and moving it to September (possibly September 10). Details to come, but in the meantime please remove the May 21 save the date from your calendar and add one for September 10 instead. Have a great week!

Here are some upcoming events:

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. The PTA will provide child care.

Wednesday, May 11: PTA monthly meeting6-7:30 pm, gym. Agenda items include votes on next year's PTA executive board membership and reps to the Local School Advisory Team (details here: http://www.hearstes.org/2016_pta_election), as well as 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. For more details, please visit this link: http://www.hearstes.org/chipotle_fundraiser

Friday, May 20: Hearst open house9:15-10:45 am.

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.

Thursday, June 16: Annual Starnival festival at Hearst. Volunteers needed. Details to come.

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