Hearst Weekly Update

November 11, 2019

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Principal's Message

Good evening Owls,

Happy Veteran's Day and a huge thank you to all those who served, as well as to their families. Congratulations to our Hearst community for meeting our Owl Fund participation target as well!

Thanks for all you do for our school and I hope you've had a wonderful weekend,


What I'm reading this week: How Great Leaders Think: The Art of Reframing, Lee G. Bolman and Terrence E. Deal

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, November 11 - Veteran's Day Holiday - No school for students or staff
  • Wednesday, November 13 - PTA Meeting, 6:00-7:30pm, library
  • Thursday, November 14 - K-5 Term 1 Report Cards Sent Home
  • Friday, November 15 - Hearst Talent Show, 6:30-7:30, gym

News and Announcements from Hearst

End of Term 1 Survey

With the completion of Term 1, it's time to check in on our progress toward the goals listed in our Comprehensive School Plan (CSP). Based on feedback from you at the end of last year, we set a goal of communicating with each family about their child's individual progress at least twice per term. Please take a minute to let us know if we are meeting this goal by completing the one question survey found here. Thanks!

News and Announcements from DCPS

Lead in Water Results

Dear Hearst Elementary School Parents and Families:

Throughout the course of the year, DC Public Schools (DCPS) and the DC Department of General Services (DGS) partner to coordinate lead testing of drinking water sources at all of our schools. Initial testing has taken place at Hearst, and I am writing to share the results.

The water in the combination faucets in Room 122, the Cool Cats Kindergarten classroom led by Ms. Prince and Ms. Inge, tested for levels just above 5 parts per billion (ppb) and was taken out of use, per DGS water filtration protocol.

While the levels detected are below the Environmental Protection Agency’s actionable level of 20 ppb, in an effort to exceed these standards, DC Government asserts that no level of lead above 5 ppb is safe for our students’ drinking water sources. As a result, DGS will continue to follow the District’s protocol by taking the water source out of service while a plumbing check is completed.

The device will remain out of use during remediation. Please be assured that we do not allow any water sources with elevated levels to be placed back into operation until remediation is complete.

Lead has a long usage history within our country; the fight to limit, and eventually end, its exposure is ongoing. Please visit https://dcps.dc.gov/page/water-testing-lead to learn more about lead, read through DGS testing protocol, and review water filtration efforts. You may access your school’s official water sampling results at http://dgs.dc.gov/page/water-sampling-results-dc-public-schools.

If you have any additional questions, the Office of the Chief Operating Officer is a resource to families and can be reached via email at schooloperations.dcps@dc.gov or by phone at (202) 442-5192.


Patrick Davis

Chief Operating Officer

News and Announcements from Other Organizations

Get Covered, Stay Covered

DC residents are reminded that they have until January 31, 2020 to get covered and stay covered through DC Health Link. Individuals and families must enroll by December 15, 2019 for insurance coverage that begins January 1, 2020.

DCHealthLink.com, the District’s state-based health insurance exchange established under the Affordable Care Act, provides health insurance to more than 16,0000 residents through the individual marketplace and more than 79,000 people through the small business marketplace. Residents can visitDCHealthLink.com to shop for, compare, and enroll in affordable, high-quality insurance plans.

Announcement: New DME Edsight about Walkable Distance to School

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) recently launched Edsight, a series of briefs that each highlight a key piece of information about Washington, DC’s public schools and public school students. Below is a link to the fourth brief in the series, How Many Public School Students in DC Could Walk to School?, that describes the distance between home and school for public school students in Washington, DC. The brief notes that over one-third of public school students live within a comfortable walking distance to their school.

Check out the latest Edsight here. Read other Edsight briefs here.

Registration Now Open for DPR Winter Programming

Registration is now open for the Department of Parks and Recreation's (DPR) winter programming. From sports programs to leisure activities, we have something for everyone.

To register for a program:

  • visit DPR’s Registration Portal;
  • select an age group;
  • browse location and program type; and
  • select a program, add to cart, and proceed to checkout.

For more information on DPR Winter Programming, go to dpr.dc.gov.