Update 10/25/15

Hello Hearsties!
Please see below for important news and announcements and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!
The Week Ahead – Spirit Week
Monday, October 26 – Twin Day (A blue Hearst t-Shirt, jeans, and sneakers means being a twin with Principal Thomas!)
9:00-11:30 Enrollment Audit
Tuesday, October 27 – Heritage/International Day
6:00-7:30 PK and K APTT Meetings
Wednesday, October 28 – Wacky Day
2:00-3:00 All School Community Meeting, soccer field (weather permitting)
3:30-4:30 Personnel Committee Meeting, conference room
4:30-5:30 LSAT Meeting, conference room
6:00-7:30 1st, 2nd, and CES APTT Meetings
Thursday, October 29 – Pajama Day
6:00-7:30 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade APTT Meetings
Friday, October 30
9:30-10:30 Literacy Parade (see Ms. Beech and Ms. Vandivier for more information)
10:45-11:15 K/1 Lunch
11:15-11:45 2/3 Lunch
11:45-12:15 4/5 Lunch
12:15 Students Dismissed
Looking Ahead
Monday, November 2 – Term 2 Begins
Friday, November 6 –  Parent Chats @ 8:45 and 2:45
Saturday, November 7 – E-cycle
News and Announcements
Enrollment Audit
On Monday October 26 the enrollment audit will occur from 9:00-11:30.  It is incredibly important that all students arrive on time on Monday in order to be counted in our audit. Any student who arrives after 8:45 will not be allowed to join his/her class until after the audit is over and will miss all morning instruction, so please be on time. Thanks!
Spirit Week
This week is Spirit Week at Hearst.  Please see above for the themes of each day and reach out to your child's teacher with questions about the class theme for the Literacy Parade on Friday.  A reminder that on Friday all students who choose to dress up should wear a costume related to a book, preferrably the book that the class has chosen.  Students who bring costumes that are scary, gory, or otherwise deemed inappropriate and unrelated to a book will not be allowed to wear those costumes at school.  
Hearst Yearbook Cover Design Contest
​Each year, the yearbook committee uses a student submission as the cover design for the yearbook. We encourage your child to submit a cover design for this school year! You can see more details in the attached flyer. Please make sure that your child's cover submission includes the school name and school year clearly written. We look forward to seeing the amazing artwork submitted by Hearst Owls this year! All yearbook cover designs are due to Ms. Boyle no later than Monday, November 2nd. ​

DCPS 5-Day Excuse Policy

A reminder that DCPS cannot accept parent notes to excuse absences beyond 5 days after the student’s return. If your child is absent, please get those notes to Ms. Hinchey ([email protected]) as soon as you can. Thanks!

Social Worker Newsletter
Attached is the first ever newsletter from our social worker, Bernadette Carroll, which provides many informative resources on bullying prevention.  Please look for monthly newsletters from Ms. Carroll moving forward! 
Schoolwide Enrichment Model
In order to ensure that our rollout of the Schoolwide Enrichment Model programs is high quality and meaningful, we are going to delay the start of programming until at least January.  This extra time will allow us to comprehensively train all staff, to secure necessary resources, and to fully utilize our new building/expanded campus. 
Staffing Updates
Olivia McIntosh has resigned from her position in the PS/PK ELS classroom for personal reasons.  We are currently interviewing candidates to fill that role as well as the math specialist position and hope to bring our new staff members on board soon.

PTA Corner

Greetings from the PTA. Here are a few announcements and reminders:

--Friday (Oct. 30) is the deadline to participate in the Owl Fund contest and to submit fall Box Tops.


OWL FUND contest

Help your Owl win a cupcake party for their grade level by being first to reach 100% participation by all families for donations to the Owl Fund. Check your grade's progress on the website or on the tracking board in the lobby.

- The Owl Fund contest goal is 100% participation by all Hearst Families - even $1.00 counts as participation so make your donation today!

- The Owl Fund is the PTA's most efficient fundraising vehicle; the more families donate to the Owl Fund the fewer "asks" the teachers and PTA need to make of parents throughout the year.

- The Owl Fund supports every child and teacher at Hearst. Owl Fund donations cover field trip expenses, classroom funds and professional development for teachers and help subsidize enrichment programs.

- The suggested annual donation per child is $650. Donations at any level are helpful and very welcome.

Donate by:

- returning the envelope that came home in backpacks last week; enclose your donation and send back in the kid’s folder with child’s name and grade level noted.

- credit card on the website - http://www.hearstes.org/owl_fund. One-time and recurring donations can be set-up. Be sure to indicate child(s) grade level(s) in comment box.

- check dropped off in the main office for the "PTA treasurer's mailbox" OR mailed to the school. Please be sure to note your kid's names & grade level(s) on your check.


BOX TOPS for Hearst

Please turn in your Box Tops (more information here: http://www.hearstes.org/retail_loyalty). The fall submission deadline is Oct. 30. Cut 'em on the dotted line, bag 'em with Ziploc, and drop 'em in the PTA mailbox in the Hearst main office or give them to Mark Farrell ([email protected]).


Hearst zip-up hoodies are now available for purchase online

It’s that time, Hearst Owls! Zip-up hoodies are available NOW. Help us raise money for the PTA, and get a stylish sweatshirt at the same time! Available for a limited time only, this sweatshirt will ship right to you, with proceeds going to the PTA. Team up with friends or classmates to save on shipping costs. Sweatshirts available in blue or grey and in sizes from youth small to adult 3XL. Go to https://www.booster.com/hearst2015


--The next meeting of the Auction Committee is Nov. 2 (Mon) from 7-9 pm at the Tenleytown Whole Foods.

Volunteers sought and all are welcome.


--The Hearst Community E-cycle is Nov. 7 (Sat) from 9 am-1 pm. Volunteers needed (http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f44aea62b0-hearst) for both the E-cycle and rummage market.


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. Remove clutter in your home by renting a table to sell gently used or unwanted items at the rummage market (Use link above or contact Vanessa at [email protected] for more details), shop the rummage sale, adopt a pet from the Washington Humane Society, donate your extra diapers to the DC Diaper Bank (open packages accepted), grab a snack at the bake sale and play in the bounce house. For more information go to http://www.hearstes.org/ecycle_2015. Download the rummage market flyer at http://bit.ly/1Nl61PS. This event is open to the public, so please help spread the word.

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