Update 6/12/16


Good afternoon Owls,
Thanks to everyone for their flexibility last week for Friday’s arrival. I appreciate your determination to beat the road closures and know that they did occur, just a few hours later than originally planned.  We're looking forward to this fun-filled last week of school and finishing the school year strong!
Have a great Sunday,

The Week Ahead

Monday, June 13 - Washington Nationals/DC Public Library Event with 3rd-5th Graders  (Students should wear Nats or Hearst gear tomorrow!)

10:00-11:00 PK Promotion, Gym

Tuesday, June 14

10:00-11:00 K Promotion, Gym

Wednesday, June 15

9:30-10:30 5th Grade Promotion, Gym
12:00-1:30 K-2 CES Moving Up Ceremony, Location TBD
1:00-3:00 3rd Grade End of Year Celebration, Location TBD
2:00-3:30 5th Grade Dance, Gym

Thursday, June 16 - STARNIVAL

Friday, June 17 

10:00-11:00 All School Community Meeting, Gym
11:00-11:30 K-2 Lunch, 3-5 Recess
11:30-12:00 3-5 Lunch, K-2 Recess
12:15 Students dismissed

Upcoming Events – Summer Vacation!!!

Quick Updates
  • Report cards will be sent home on Thursday or Friday, along with the printed attendance reports. Report cards will be mailed for those students who are not in school on Thursday or Friday.  
  • As a reminder, Rec and PTA Enrichments classes are over for the school year.  If your child is not enrolled in Innis, he or she must be picked up at dismissal at 3:15pm on Monday through Thursday and at 12:15pm on Friday.  It is especially important that your child is picked up on time on Friday as Hearst staff will not be available to watch students after 12:15pm.
  •  K and 5th students do not need to return to school after their respective promotions and will not be marked unexcused if they do not return.  Please reach out to Ms. Hinchey ([email protected]) with any questions.
News and Announcements
Tomorrow: Washington Nationals Pitcher Stephen Strasburg Visits Hearst to Kick Off DC Public Library’s Summer Reading Program  
To celebrate the beginning of the DC Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program sponsored by the Washington Nationals, RHP Stephen Strasburg will visit Hearst Elementary tomorrow to read to and interact with third, fourth and fifth grade students.
This year's theme is "Go For the Gold-Read!" Programs will take place in libraries citywide between now and August 26. Activities include maker camps; science, technology, engineering, art and math themed programs; book clubs; story times and special performances.  
Children 6 to 12 are encouraged to log 8 hours of reading to earn prizes.  All kids over age five and teens who reach their summer reading goal win two tickets to a Washington Nationals baseball game.
To learn more about the Library’s summer reading program and sign your children up, visit your local library or online at dclibrary.org/summerreading 
2016-2017 Staffing Updates
I’d like to acknowledge the service to the Hearst community by the following staff members who will be leaving us this year, Betsy Wendt, Betty Hua, and Sharon Oliveros.  I’m also pleased to announce that Dawn Gray and Tara McCranor will be our instructional coaches for literacy and math, respectively. We’ve hired for Ms. Hua, Ms. Oliveros, and Ms. McCranor’s positions and students and families will have the opportunity to meet our new staff over the summer during home visits or at the beginning of the school year.  If you have a child who will be in 3rd or 5th grades next year, please be on the lookout for an introductory email from these teachers. We’re still looking for a 1st grade partner teacher to join our first grade team of Ms. Gilmore, Ms. Boyle, and Ms. Schiers, and hope to finalize that decision early this coming week.  We’re also looking for a long-term sub for Ms. Crawley as she’ll be on maternity leave at the beginning of the school year.  If you know of anyone who might be interested in the position, please have her or him email Jen ([email protected])
News and Announcements from Central Office

Kids Ride Free

The Mayor's FY 2017 proposed budget would continue the Kids Ride Free programs—both bus and rail.  If approved by Council, the District Department of Transportation intends to make the program available to students for travel by the start of school on August 8th to accommodate the extended school year calendar.  The District and WMATA are considering changes to the enrollment process in order to make it more straightforward for students.  A final determination on the process and the enrollment date will be communicated to schools later this summer.

2016 International Baccalaureate Capstone Showcase (6/14)

Students at International Baccalaureate (IB) World schools in grades 5, 8, and 11 will be participating in DCPS’s 1st International Baccalaureate Capstone Showcase on 6/14 at Eastern HS from 5:30-7:30 pm. Students will present a capstone project demonstrating a deep level of research and understanding around a local, regional, or global issue. Students select their own issues and utilize IB best practices and strategies to complete their presentation. Several DCPS teachers, parents, and staff members serve as mentors to support IB students in preparation for their capstone projects. 

Summer Meals
Hunger doesn’t take a vacation when school lets out. The D.C. Free Summer Meals Program helps children and teens get free meals and snacks at sites across the city. During June, July, and August, meals and snacks are served at select schools, almost all D.C. Park and Recreation centers and at 11 libraries.  There is no application necessary to receive a meal. Children and teens ages 18 and younger can just show up at an open D.C. Free Summer Meal site during meal time. See attached for information on Summer Meal Sites.

To find a site near you can:

·         Text FOOD to 877-877

·         visit dcsummermeals.dc.gov

·         call 1-866-3-HUNGRY


PTA Corner
One week to go! On behalf of the PTA Board, thanks to everyone for all of your great volunteering and support this year. Remember to please join us June 16 at any time between 8-9 for some coffee, bagels and conversation if you volunteered in any capacity this year. We'll be out front if it's nice or in the atrium if it's raining. But regardless of whether you can make it, thank you.
One final reminder for families with students rising into 1st through 5th grades: the SchoolKidz Teacher-Tailored School Supply Kit Program is 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. 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].
Here are some other events for your calendar, including some informal summer play dates:
Wednesday, June 15: Hearst night out at Tenley Nando's Peri Peri4:30-8:30 pm.
Thursday, June 16: Volunteer appreciation breakfast8-9 am. See above for more information.
Thursday, June 16: Annual Starnival festival at Hearst. Please see below for the signup genius that Mr. Coleman set up for volunteers; please sign up if you can help out Thursday morning (9:30-12 or so).
Sunday, July 17Summer play date on the Hearst playground, 3-5 pm. Join other Hearst families for casual play dates on the playground. All are welcome -- new and returning families, all grades.
Sunday, August 7Summer play date on the Hearst playground, 3-5 pm.
Have a great summer everyone!

File attachments:
Closest Site English.pdf
Closest Site Spanish.pdf
Summer Meal Sites - Recreation Centers and Libraries 2016.pdf

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