Hearst Weekly Update

March 16, 2020

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Principal's Message

Hello, Owls!

We realize that this is an uncertain time as our city grapples with coronavirus (COVID-19). Despite the challenges and concerns this situation presents, we want to assure you that we at Hearst, along with our colleagues in DC Public Schools (DCPS), have developed plans to ensure that your child’s education continues during a period of school closure.

Printed Information Packet

DCPS has prepared a hardcopy packet of materials that contains your child’s instructional materials for March 24 to March 31. These activities have been designed to extend prior learning and engage students during the period of school closure. It contains learning activities across content areas that were planned for all DCPS learners, including English Language Learners and students with special needs. We will have packets available for pick up at Hearst from 8:30am-2:00pm on Thursday, March 19, Friday, March 20, and Monday, March 23, at the Hearst security desk. The packets are also linked in the Bloomz post with this message and I'll post Microsoft Word versions of the documents later this week.

Online Instructional Materials

Your child’s instructional materials will also be available online starting on Friday, March 20. DCPS created a special site that houses learning resources for download, gives access to educational online programs, and provides guidance to support your family during this time and ways to request assistance. You can access this mobile-friendly site beginning on March 20 at bit.ly/DCPS_ICP.

One of the resources for families on this site is Clever, which is DCPS’ gateway to many of our digital learning applications. Visit https://clever.com/in/dcpsk12 to access the programs used by grade in school. Students will login using their student ID and password and these were sent home on Friday with students. Please contact your child's teacher, Ms. Gray (dawn.gray@k12.dc.gov), or Ms. Souza (tara.souza@k12.dc.gov) if they cannot recall their Clever credentials. If they haven't done so already, your child's teachers will be reaching out on March 24 with additional information about distance learning opportunities while we're out of school, including their office hours. I'll send a collated list of staff office hours later this week.

In addition to the lessons provided by our school, we encourage families to read, play board games, write in journals, and join in on any other activities you think are appropriate for your child. We will provide additional tips and ideas to engage your child on our DCPS social media accounts, as well as the family resources section of our distance learning site.

We want to reaffirm our commitment to providing your child with accessible, high-quality educational materials. You can rest assured that all of us at Hearst and DC Public Schools are working hard to ensure you have the resources you need to keep informed, supported, and engaged. We know these are unusual times and are here to support you and your child as we navigate this experience in distance learning. Please reach out with any questions or concerns you may have.

Thanks for your continued support and I hope you have a great spring break,


What I'm NOT reading this week: For my peace of mind amid the uncertain times, I'm unplugging and taking a break from social media over spring break.

News and Announcements from Hearst

Hearst Playground Improvements

With the school closure over the next two weeks, DPR and DGS have started the additional playground upgrades over the next two weeks in order to have as little impact to the school and community as possible. These upgrades were originally supposed to take place over the April spring break. The construction team came in and put up fences around the playground and soccer field today and we'll let you know more about the plan and timeframe as we get information.

News and Announcements from DCPS