Update October 11, 2015

Happy Long Weekend Owls!

I hope that you have had and will have the opportunity to relax, unwind, and get outdoors to enjoy this beautiful fall weather we’re having! Please see below for upcoming events, news, and announcements.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend,


The Week Ahead

Monday, October 12-Columbus Day Holiday

Wednesday, October 14 

8:00-12:30 5th Grade to Deal

9:15-2:45 PK Field Trip to Miller’s Farm

5:00-6:00 Intervention and Enrichment Program Parent Meeting, Various Locations

6:00-7:30 PTA Meeting, Cafeteria 

Thursday, October 15

9:00-12:00 Kindergarten Field Trip to Discovery Theater

10:15 Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill 

Upcoming Events

Friday, October 23 – 9:15-10:45 Open House

Friday, October 30 – 12:15 Dismissal

Saturday, November 7 – Hearst E-cycle

News and Announcements

Spirit Week

Spirit Week will be occurring the Week of October 26-October 30.  The student council voted on the following schedule: Monday is Twin Day, Tuesday is Heritage/International Attire Day, Wednesday is Wacky Day, Thursday is Pajama Day, and Friday is our Literacy Parade.  This year we will combine our Literacy Parade with our Walk to End Homelessness. More information will be forthcoming about the Literacy Parade and the walk, including how you can support this worthy cause.

Enrollment Audit

On Monday, October 26, the enrollment audit will occur.  During this time, auditors will visit each classroom to physically count the number of students and we need your help in ensuring that all students are at school on time by 8:45am that day. Thanks!

Get ready: The Annual Hearst E-Cycle is a month away!

Come to Hearst Elementary School on Saturday, November 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a great community  event. Drop off your unwanted electronics for recycling and your documents for shredding, plus swap or donate working electronics, kids’ and adults’ books and bikes, cleats  and sports equipment. Shop at the rummage market, adopt a pet from the Washington Humane Society, grab a snack at the bake sale and play in the bounce house. For more information, see the attached flier, go to www.hearstes.org/ecycle_2015, or email [email protected].

Bullying Prevention Month Resource

Here’s a link to another resource related to Bullying Prevention Month, a story in the Wall Street Journal about relational aggression: http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702304811904579586331803245244.  As the author of the article mentions, this is an issue at the elementary level and we do see occurrences at Hearst, especially on the playground at recess.  Helping students understand how it feels to be excluded is one way our staff addresses relational aggression when it occurs and we appreciate your support in talking with your child about this issue.


News and Announcements from Central Office

Distribution of Impact Aid Parent Surveys

Impact Aid is a federal formula grant program that provides financial assistance to school districts who serve students in a variety of categories. The Impact Aid Parent Surveys will capture information for students who reside on federally subsidized low-income housing and military bases for example. The surveys will be distributed to all schools this week. Forms will be coming home with students this week and we ask that they are returned to school by October 30th. Thanks in advance for your support in ensuring that DCPS is able to obtain all the funding it is entitled to through this process.


PTA Corner


Here are some upcoming events on the PTA calendar (http://www.hearstes.org/calendar2)...


Oct. 14 (Wed): PTA Meeting 6-7:30 pm (child care provided)

Oct. 23 (Fri): PTA on the Playground 8-9 am

Oct. 23 (Fri): Hearst Open House 9:15-10:45 am

Nov. 7 (Sat): E-cycle (http://www.hearstes.org/ecycle_2015) 9 am-1 pm

Also please provide your information for the directory at http://bit.ly/HearstPTAInfoForm2. This Friday (Oct. 16) is the deadline for the first release. We will add all submissions after Friday to the Winter release, expected some time in early February.



News and Announcements from Other Organizations


National Children’s Chorus Auditions (10/23)

The National Children’s Chorus will hold regional auditions on Friday, October 23rd at National City Christian Church near Thomas Circle for its upcoming 2016 Winter/Spring semester for students ages 5-13.  The National Children’s Chorus provides musically talented children the opportunity to learn and grow in an extraordinary environment.   Instructors with the chorus work weekly with students to develop their vocal skills from the most basic concepts through the college level.  Please see the attached flyer (“NCC DC Flyer PDF”) for more details.  To set up an audition visit www.nationalchildrenschorus.com. For questions email Chelsea Morel at [email protected].     


Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is hosting a free event at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies on Oct. 24 for families of students in grades 2-8. ,CTY develops the academic talents of exceptionally bright students from around the world through our signature summer programs, online courses, academic counseling, and family learning adventures. The event on Oct. 24 will help families learn more about our programs and services, including financial aid and scholarships. Lunch will be served to all who attend. 

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