Hearst Weekly Update

September 2, 2019

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Principal's Message

Good afternoon Owls,

What a fantastic first week we had and it would not have been possible without your support and cooperation. We appreciate all of our Owl families and want to especially shout out the families who have scheduled and continue to schedule home and community visits, visited the open house, and spent time helping their Owls get back into the school routine. When we work together to support our students, there is nothing they can't achieve. Thanks again for your support and I hope you've had a rejuvenating holiday weekend!


In partnership,

Principal Jen Geoffroy (pronounced Jeff-roy; formerly Thomas)


Upcoming Events

  • September 3 - Beginning of Year (BOY) assessment window opens for K-5
  • September 4 - PTA Executive Board Meeting, 4:30-6:00pm


What I'm reading this week: The Speed of Trust, Stephen M.R. Covey

News and Announcements from Hearst

Key Dates Calendar

Please see below for many of the key dates for the school year. This list is not exhaustive and new school-wide, grade level, and classroom events will be added to the Bloomz calendar moving forward.

Our Security Team

We have three new Owls on our team – Officer Hall, Officer Ervin, and Officer Cutchember or Cutch for short. Officer Cutchember will be with us on Tuesdays from 11:00am-6:00pm, Officer Hall on Wednesdays from 11-6, and Officer Ervin all other days and times. Please stop by the security desk and say hello when you get a chance.

School Psychologist and Social Worker Interns

This school year our school psychologist, Ms. Brenda Nishimura, will have a school psychology intern working with her daily. Ms. Caroline DeWerd comes to Hearst ES from Barry University in Miami, Florida. She is completing her school psychology training in a full-time 1400 hour internship. Ms. DeWerd will be assisting Ms. Nishimura in all aspects of the role of the school psychologist, such as: parent and teacher consultation, classroom observations, social skill lessons, individual and group counseling, academic and behavior support planning/ intervention, conducting formal and informal assessments, and participating in meetings for students with special education and 504 supports. Please join us in welcoming Ms. DeWerd to Hearst and reach out to Ms. Nishimura for any further information.


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Note from Ms. Tandra Brown, Hearst's Social Worker.... I am happy to introduce Sally Sauve to the Hearst community this year, who will be working closely with me in the role of social work intern. Sally will be at Hearst two days per week, contributing to social emotional learning and helping students to achieve their hopes and goals! Here is an introductory statement from Sally.

"My name is Sally Sauve. I am in my senior year, pursuing a Bachelors degree in Social Work, at Gallaudet University, immersed in American Sign Language and Deaf Culture. I am excited to be joining the Hearst team as social work intern for the 2019-2020 school year. I am from Ontario, Canada and I enjoy travelling, sports, reading novels and cooking! I am looking forward to learning about the role of school social worker and to work with the students, helping them to reach their goals. As a Deaf woman with a mild cerebral palsy, I am also excited to learn in an environment that values Resilience, Inclusivity, Service and Empowerment! I hope for awesome year with all of you! "

Conversations Starters To Get Kids Talking About School

After witnessing a few failed attempts over the weekend by friends asking their kids and their kids' friends about their first days of school, I came across this list of questions to use in place of 'How was school today?' Please try them out with your kids and if you have others to add to the list, please respond in the comments section on Bloomz.


Conversation Starters:


  • Let's see what you brought home from school today.
  • Show me what you have for homework.
  • Describe a book you enjoyed today.
  • Tell me what you learned that you'd like to know more about.
  • What's the coolest thing that happened today?
  • Pretend you're the teacher. How would you describe the day?
  • What made you laugh today?
  • What was the most creative thing you did?
  • How were you kind or helpful today? How was someone kind or helpful to you? (consider also substituting resilient, inclusive, service-oriented, or empowered, our Hearst values, in place of kind)

Reminder: Volunteering at Hearst

All volunteers, including parents and anyone chaperoning or attending a field trip with Hearst students, must complete the DCPS Clearance process before volunteer services can be provided. To complete the DCPS Clearance process, complete the following steps:


  1. Complete the online Clearance Application found here.
  2. Complete a TB test or obtain documentation showing cleared TB test results from the last 12 months.
  3. Report to DCPS Central Office (1200 First Street NE, 10th Floor) during operating hours to complete the fingerprinting process Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm and Fridays from 8 am - 3 pm. TB test results must be provided upon reporting to Central Office for fingerprints*. Individuals who fail to produce TB test results from the last 12 months will be denied fingerprinting services.
  4. Wait 3-10 business days for a clearance letter, indicating cleared fingerprinting results.
For additional information, including exceptions to the above process, please visit the DCPS Volunteer page here. Answers to frequently asked questions, see Volunteering FAQs. For additional questions, contact DCPS Clearance by email at dcps.clearance@dc.gov.

News and Announcements from DCPS

Reminder: Annual Health Forms Required for All Students (Due 10/31)

Due to recent measles outbreaks across the country, and in an effort to prevent a DC outbreak through Mayor Bowser’s “Don’t Wait, Vaccinate!” campaign, it is critical that schools ensure they are collecting health forms from all students. Annual health forms tell us who is immunized against potential outbreaks as well as other important health information. As a reminder, annual health forms and immunizations are required by DC law and must be submitted by Thursday, October 31. Please see below for a map and listing of pediatric immunization locations in DC.

News and Announcements from Other Organizations

RSVP: My Brother's Keeper DC Summit

Next Thursday, join Mayor Bowser, Serve DC - the Mayor's Office on Volunteerism and Partnerships, and the Mayor's Office on Fathers, Men, and Boys at the 2019 My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) DC Summit.

Based on the success of Serve DC’s Annual Volunteer Fair, this year's summit, appropriately themed Learn. Act. Serve., will provide attendees with resources and connections to help support young men of color. Learn more and RSVP HERE.

Green Fellow Applications Now Open

Want to get paid to help us advance the District's climate action plan? The Department of Energy and Environment offers several highly competitive, paid fellowships for graduate students attending local higher education institutions and DC residents enrolled in area graduate programs.

Learn more about the Green Fellows program HERE.

Register for the National Maternal and Infant Health Summit

On September 10, join Mayor Bowser at the National Maternal and Infant Health Summit at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The summit is an opportunity for elected officials, health officials, and DC residents to explore strategies to improve perinatal health and address racial disparities in birth outcomes. Learn more and RSVP at dcmaternalhealth.com.