Hearst Family Update

May 21, 2021

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Principal's Message

Good afternoon, Owl Families,

Congratulations to our newly elected PTA EB and LSAT members and so many thanks to those who served in those roles this school year. Your time, dedication, and thoughtfulness about how we navigated this school year are deeply appreciated.

Please see below for information about closing out the school year, as well as important updates for next school year.

Have a great weekend,


News and Announcements from Hearst

Upcoming Key Dates

  • Saturday, May 22 - Hearst Community Day, 9-12
  • Friday, May 28 - Student asymptomatic testing, 11:00am
  • Wednesday, June 16 - LSAT Meeting, 4:30-5:30
  • Monday, June 21 - 5th Grade Promotion (additional details TBD)
  • Thursday, June 24 - Last Day for Students
  • Friday, June 25 - Last Day for 10-month Staff
  • June 28-July 9 - Hearst Hosts Eaton's Summer Acceleration Academy
  • July 12-30 - Hearst Summer Acceleration Academy

Quick Updates

  • DCPS is working to remove Minecraft from the student devices at Hearst. We will let you know when this has occurred.
  • Does your 5th grader play ice hockey? If your rising Deal middle schooler is interested in being a part of the Alice Deal Middle School Ice Hockey Team in fall 2021, please reach out to Don Fishman, coach and Deal parent, at dfishman@washcaps.com. Thank you.
  • Reminder: If your kids are taking home devices, please remember to send them back with devices the next day. While we have some extra devices we can loan to kids for a day, these are limited and we do not want your child to miss out on any learning experiences because they forgot their device at home.
  • Reminder: The school parking lot is for Hearst staff use from 8:00-3:30, Monday through Friday. Please do not park in the lot during these hours.
  • Reminder: as of 4/17/21 all 2-5 CARE seats are filled. If there are seats that become available over the course of Term 4, I'll share this information with families in an update.
  • Reminder: Any non-staff members who would like to come to the building to pick up materials, switch out a device, etc., must have an appointment in order to come into the building. Please email Ms. Johnson (kestaganer.johnson@k12.dc.gov) or call (202-282-0106) to set up an appointment if you need to come into the building for any reason. Thanks!

In Person Student Absences and Simulcasting in Grades 2-5

If a student is absent from in person learning class, this is considered an absence like in previous typical school years, meaning the student simply misses the class. The only time we can make the virtual accommodations for students are instances where students are quarantining after a positive case of COVID, exposure/being a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID, or because of traveling. In these instances, teachers may simulcast lessons at the same time the quarantining student currently has in person instruction or the quarantining student can join the virtual class session that already exists. Teachers will share specific information about this with you in the event that your child needs to quarantine for the three reasons listed above.

Afterschool Programs for Next Year

The return to in-person learning for students is also about the return to in-person work for adults and our commitment to meeting families’ childcare needs. DCPS is proud to announce that we will offer before and aftercare next school year. More information about how to register for DCPS Out of School Time Programs will be available this summer.

Enrolling for Next School Year

Enrollment season has kicked off and you can re-enroll your child for the 2021-2022 school year! On behalf of the entire Hearst family, we would like to thank you for the privilege of educating your child this current school year, and we look forward to continuing our work together next year. We can’t wait to have even more exciting experiences together next year.As the Hearst teachers, staff, and leadership are already thinking about next year, please remember to complete re-enrollment for your child for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. If you’ve already completed re-enrollment, we want to thank you for doing so! All families are encouraged to re-enroll early to help us better prepare for next year. To do so, please complete the following three steps:

1. Complete the enrollment packet: Download the full enrollment packet

2. Provide proof of DC residency: Review residency verification guidelines

3. Submit the completed enrollment packet and proof of DC residency to your school.

We also are happy to help you in any way so that you can check re-enrollment off your summer to-do list. Please reach out to Manik.Hinchey@k12.dc.gov for this support.

Thanks again to you and your family for being part of our school community. It is an honor to serve your family, and we look forward to continued partnership with you and your child next year.

HES Spring Showcase

Please use the link below to view the Spring Showcase and thanks to Ms. Baker for organizing!


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The cicadas are arriving in stronger and stronger numbers on our campus much to the delight (or chagrin) of kids and staff. When I recall recess duty 17 years ago when this brood was last above ground, I have memories of squeals of both excitement and disgust coming from kids as they got up close and personal with the cicadas. Some students wanted to see and understand these mysterious creatures and gently picked them up to get closer looks while others thought it was hilariously fun to scoop up piles of live cicadas and/or exoskeletons and toss them at other kids. It is with this in mind, that I'm asking all Hearst staff supervising recess duty to be vigilant with kids and remind them to look at the cicadas with their eyes only and not pick them up. As I said to kids on the soccer field this week - the cicadas have been waiting 17 years to explore the world and only have a short time to do so, so let's not interrupt them and their journey of discovery. :)

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Please find resources to support your family’s participation in Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month:

School Report Card Finance Data

Later this month, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) plans to publish each school's per-pupil expenditures on the DC School Report Card for School Year 2019-2020 (Fiscal Year 2020), as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The report card includes school-level per-pupil expenditures, including each school’s share of DCPS centralized expenditures, as required by federal law. These data are based on actual dollars spent for School Year 2019-2020 (Fiscal Year 2020), not based on budgeted dollars. Also, these data do NOT affect school STAR ratings and are not evaluative. No other components of the School Report Card are being updated.

On a national level, financial reporting has historically focused on district- and state-level per-pupil averages. Making school-level financial data publicly accessible will make it much easier for those interested to investigate the relationship between school outcomes and spending. When this information is published, you will see that Hearst's per-pupil federal expenditure is lower than the DCPS average. Examples of federal sources of funding include Title I, Title II, and other school improvement grants. Please see below for additional information about this.

What drives differences in per-pupil expenditures? Are they the result of school-level or system-level decisions?

  • Student need and school programs: Additional allocations such as those for English Language Learners (ELLs) and students with IEPs can drive differentiated levels of per-pupil expenditures. For example, two schools with the same number of students may receive different funding because one school has more ELL students. Based on DCPS’ Comprehensive Staffing Model (CSM), a school receives funding for 1 ELL teacher based on a 1:22 ratio. Similarly, school expenditures may be higher for schools with specialty programs. For example, IB candidate schools and schools continuing their authorized IB program receive 1 full-time IB coordinator.
  • Principal budget development decisions do not directly drive these differences. These differences are driven by student demographics and school programs which inform the Comprehensive Staffing Model.

Reminder: Supporting Students' Social Emotional and Mental Health

The mental health team is excited to continue their series of virtual social, emotional support groups that we starting offering to students in March. Each session will be conducted by Ms. Brown, the school social worker and by our school psychologist, Ms. Dewerd. Groups will occur weekly via MS Teams and will be designed to target student's skills and needs by pairing grade levels. During these groups, we will be teaching students about self regulation, particularly mindfulness and the benefits of incorporating these practices into their daily routine. We will also utilize these sessions to teach useful executive functioning skills. Each session will occur during non- instruction periods, so that everyone who wants to, can attend. Sessions will also be recorded, to increase accessibility. By giving your child permission to participate, you are also consenting to the recording. If you or your child do not wish to be recorded, please feel free to disable your camera function. The good thing is, students will not have to participate interactively to benefit from each session!

The updated Term 4 schedule for the groups by grade level is included below as well as the links to join:

Reminder: Hearst Playground

To ensure that students who are in person do not mix with kids who are not in their cohorts, the playground will be closed from 10:15am-1:45pm daily. Only kids who are in person for the full day will have access to the playground from 10:15-1:45.

This means that AM only kids will be unable to use the playground after they dismiss for the day and PM only kids will be unable to use the playground before they start class.

Additionally, please refrain from coming by the playground to visit when your kids are at recess. What we've seen happen is that a child will run over to the fence to see their parent and other kids follow and before we can stop them, come within 6 feet of the adult, potentially exposing them and complicating any required contact tracing. Thanks for your understanding and support in keeping our community safe!

News and Announcements from DCPS

COVID-19 Health, Safety, Operational Guidance

For the remainder of the school year, all current health, safety, and school operational policies will remain in effect for DCPS staff, students, and visitors. This means that our mitigation strategies to keep students and staff safe such as wearing masks, social distancing, student cohorting, and daily health screenings are staying in place.

Reminder: Parent University

DCPS Parent University is a workshop series facilitated by the Communications and Engagement Office. The workshops are an opportunity for families to share strategies and learn new ones from each other and DCPS Central Office teams.

Subtitles are provided for each session. RSVP below or at bit.ly/dcpsparentursvp.

Universidad para Padres de DCPS es una serie de talleres facilitados por la Oficina de Comunicaciones y Participación. Los talleres son una oportunidad para que las familias compartan estrategias y aprendan nuevas de otras familias y de los equipos de la Oficina Central de DCPS.

Se proporcionan subtítulos para cada sesión. Confirme su asistencia a continuación o en bit.ly/dcpsparentursvp.

Upcoming Sessions (Sign Up Below)/Próximas sesiones (Regístrate abajo):

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News and Announcements From Other Organizations

JFK Creative Portraits for young artists ages 14-26

It's our pleasure to announce a special upcoming art competition for young artists ages 14-26 entitled JFK Creative Portraits. This competition is part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

We are looking for emerging artists to create a new portrait of President Kennedy reflecting on his Ideals of Service, Justice, Freedom, Courage, and Gratitude.

Original artwork, regardless of medium, shall be submitted as a digital file to be judged by a panel of art experts from across the country looking for a high level of skill, expression of creativity, and reflection of President Kennedy's legacy and ideals. 10 portraits will be selected by the panel to be displayed in a digital gallery on the Kennedy Center's website during the 50th celebration. One portrait, from the final 10, will be chosen by a team of Kennedy Center representatives to be displayed in the Kennedy Center's Hall of States in Washington, DC from September 2021 - June 2022 and that selected artist will receive a $500 (five hundred US dollars) award.

Please share this opportunity with your students and fellow teachers. We encourage all young artists, regardless of experience, to enter the competition!

For more information contact: KCED@kennedy-center.org.

Entries will be accepted June 1 – July 31, 2021. Click below for details and rules.

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Hearst Park April Update

Dear Community Stakeholders of Hearst Park:

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the DC Department of General Services (DGS) are pleased to share the April 2021 construction update for the Hearst Park and Pool project. Please find the flyer attached for progress information.

For additional information, please visit the project website for information and resources: https://dgs.dc.gov/node/1135096.


  • Peter

Peter Nohrden, ASLA

Capital Projects, Planning and Design

DC Department of Parks and Recreation

1275 First Street, NE, 8th Floor | Washington, DC 20002

P: (202) 671-1852 | E: peter.nohrden@dc.gov

DPR.dc.gov | Twitter, Facebook and Instagram: @dcdpr