Hearst Weekly Update

September 30, 2018

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Principal's Message

Good evening Owls! Thanks to everyone who came out to Screen on the Green on Friday and I hope that you all have enjoyed the lovely fall weather this weekend. This week sees many events at Hearst, the first being our community meeting tomorrow morning from 9:00-9:15am in the gym. All families are welcome to attend and sit with their child's class during the meeting. Other events this week include:


  • Tuesday, October 2 - Hearst Park Community meeting, 6:30-8:00pm, Gym
  • Wednesday, October 3 - Family Math Day from 7:30-8:30am and 6:15-7:30pm; PTA Executive Board Meeting 4:30-6:00pm


Thanks for your continued support and see you in the morning!


This week I'm reading:

  • Uncommon Genius: How Great Ideas are Born by Denise Shekerjian
  • Positive Intelligence by Shirzad Chamine.
If you'd like to know more about either book, please reach out!

News and Announcements from Hearst

Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) Update

At our first meeting of the LSAT on Wednesday, September 26, the LSAT elected parent Brian Doyle and teacher Sarah Schiers as co-chairs and determined the following meeting dates:

  • October 17
  • November 28
  • December 19
  • January 30
  • February 27
  • March 20
  • April 24
  • May 15


The LSAT has primary responsibility for the following:

  • Working with the principal on initial development, regular monitoring and continuous refinement of the local Comprehensive School Plan (school goals), including thesupporting budget;
  • Advising the principal on school priorities;
  • Reviewing data in order to be informed about school needs and trends;
  • Using assessment results to develop specific strategies for research-based school improvement;
  • Alignment of strategic and specific goals and objectives of DCPS.


In the course of carrying out these responsibilities, all directed at improving student achievement, Local School Advisory Teams will discuss and advise the principal on matters such as:

  • Budget decisions;
  • Organization of the school;
  • Curriculum options, including special or supplementary course offerings and specialized research-based instructional strategies;
  • Allocation of school resources;
  • Priorities and considerations for staffing patterns and the selection of personnel;
  • Monitoring overall student progress;
  • School culture, and
  • Family engagement.


Meeting notes will be posted on the Hearst website this week and look for additional LSAT updates in this weekly update.

Autism Speaks Walk - October 6th at 10:00am

This year’s walk is scheduled for Saturday, October 6th at 10:00am at JFK Hockey Field. To sign-up for the walk and/or donate you can visit this link: http://act.autismspeaks.org/goto/Hearst2018


The Hearst team will meet on the main steps of the WWII Memorial facing 17th Street NW. We hope to see you there!

PTA Corner

  • Thank you so much to everyone who came out for Screen on the Green! We hope you had an awesome time! And an extra special thanks to Mary O’Neill for organizing again!!


    Hearst Gear for Sale:

    This is our first new style; many more will be coming throughout this school year! We are so excited to share this baseball tee with you, featuring the vintage Hearst mascot design! This shirt comes in adult and child sizes (no child's XS in the baseball tee, but future sales will include this size for our smallest owls!) and is a unisex shirt. When you order, it will ship directly to your house and a proceed of the sales will go directly to the Hearst Owl Fund to support our students! This tshirt will be on sale for the next month and is expected to arrive early to mid November at your home.


    The link to order is:

    https://www.customink.com/fundraising/hearst-vintage-baseball-tee


    Owl Fund Contest: Please donate! The grade level with the highest participation rate (our goal is 100%) wins a CLASS PARTY! The Owl Fund Contest runs through October 31st.


    The Owl Fund contest is the PTA's fundraising campaign to help raise money to support after-school enrichment programming and management, field trips, classroom supplies, professional development for our teachers, instructional software licenses for Lexia and i-Ready for every student and more! While the suggested annual donation per student is $750, we welcome donations at other levels and appreciate any contribution. Please donate today to support our school and children. You can donate online at http://www.hearstes.org/owl_fund or Venmo @PTAfunds-HearstDCPS or Paypal at treasurer@hearstes.org or by check (check made payable to "Phoebe Hearst PTA"). With all donations, please include the name and grade level of your child. Contact Kay Parry (kaylparry@yahoo.com) or Elham Dehbozorgi (elham17@gmail.com) with any questions. Thank you!


    Auction Committee: Yes, the auction isn’t for months, but it takes a lot of planning to pull off such an awesome event. The Auction Planning Committee will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, October 2, at 7pm at the Whole Foods in Tenleytown. We will meet in the upstairs cafe area. Please join us! If you have any questions, please reach out to Kim Cooper at kzaikov@gmail.com and Christina Burnett at Christina.Burnett10@Outlook.com.


    Hearst Owls at DC United: Join us for our first Hearst Day at Audi Field on Saturday, October 13th at 5pm as D.C. United and Wayne Rooney take on FC Dallas! Tickets for the match start at $30. Follow this link to sign up:https://fevo.me/2M2VVqK.


    E-Cycle: It’s almost time to recycle your unused, broken, unwanted or obsolete electronics. That’s right – it’s almost E-Cycle time! Please spread the word and join us on Saturday, October 20, for Hearst’s annual E-Cycle event.


    Community Dining Night (POSTPONED): Join your fellow Hearsties for dinner at Nando's Peri-Peri at some time TBD in early November from 4pm to 9pm. It's fun, tasty and 40 percent of the proceeds will go back to Hearst! Nando's Tenleytown is located at 4231 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

News and Announcements from Other Organizations

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