Update October 4, 2015

Hello Owls,

Thanks for another great week at Hearst!  Please see below for news, announcements, and upcoming events:

Monday, October 5

5:00-6:00 SIT Meeting, Conference Room

Tuesday, October 6

4:30-6:00 PTA Executive Board Meeting, Conference Room

Friday, October 9 – Professional Development Day (no school for students)

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 12 – Columbus Day Holiday (school closed)

Wednesday, October 14 – RTI Parent Meeting 5:00-6:00; PTA Meeting 6:00-7:30

Thursday, October 15  - Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill


News and Announcements

Nut-free School



Hearst is a nut-free school. Students can bring in foods that have been processed in a facility that processes tree nuts, so long as those foods are for personal consumption.  Please remind your children that they should not be sharing food in the cafeteria.  In order to minimize the risk of cross-contact issues that can result with nut oils/residue left on surfaces, our staff is being extra vigilant about cleaning surfaces after eating and ensuring that students wash their hands after eating. For ideas for nut-free lunches and snacks, visit: http://school.familyeducation.com/slideshow/lunch/71131.html or http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2013/10/07/nut-free-school-lunch-ideas/   


You may have noticed that the soccer field is overflowing with acorns right now.  Many kids are collecting and examining the acorns while others have determined that acorn battles are a good way to pass recess time.  We have spoken to kids about the dangers of throwing acorns at each other and ask that you also remind your children that this is not safe.

Silent Lunch

Many of you have reached out about silent lunch in the cafeteria. While we have reserved the final five minutes of each lunch as a silent period in order to give students time to finish up their lunches prior to returning to class, a full 30-minute silent lunch is not something that should be occurring at Hearst.   I will speak with all of our staff on lunch duty to make sure this is clear.

Bullying Article

October is Bullying Prevention Month. In honor of this, I’ll be sharing links in each weekly update to interesting and informative articles about bullying.  Here’s the first article: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/cultivate-a-bully-free-community-megan-mccarter 

News from Central Office

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Parent Cabinet Application – Due (10/11)

The deadline for parents to submit an application for the Chancellor’s Parent Cabinet has been extended until October 11, 2015 by 11:59 p.m.  The extension has been given to allow for parents who heard about this opportunity for this first time at the State of the Schools event on September 30 a chance to apply.  Please share this notice with parents at your school and encourage them to apply. As a reminder, positions are open for Wards 1, 2, 4, 5, 7 and 8. To access the application or learn more about the Cabinet, go to http://dcps.dc.gov/page/chancellors-parent-cabinet-become-member. If you or interested parents have questions about the Cabinet, contact [email protected].

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