Hearst Weekly Update

January 12, 2020

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Principal's Message

Good evening, Owls!

I hope you were able to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather this weekend! Thanks for your continued support of our school and see you in the morning,


What I'm reading this week: Without Warning by John Birmingham (thanks to the Owl that put this book in the Hearst lending library!)

News and Announcements from Hearst

Upcoming Key Dates

  • 1/15 - PTA Meeting, 6:00-7:30
  • 1/17 - Parent Teacher Conference Day - no school for students
  • 1/20 - MLK Holiday - no school
  • 1/22 - LSAT Meeting, 4:30-5:30
  • 1/27 - Term 2 Ends, Half Day PD, Half Day Record Keeping - no school for students
  • 1/28 - DCPS PD Day - no school for students
  • 2/5 - Term 2 Report Cards and MOY data reports go home
  • 2/7 - Community Meeting; Open House
  • 2/17-2/21 - February Break

Please check the Bloomz calendar for other important dates.

Quick Updates

  • Reminder: If you're interested in coaching a Girls on the Run team at Hearst in the spring or being a site liaison between volunteer coaches and the school community, please let Jen know as soon as possible. See the flyer below for more information. Thanks!

Saying Goodbye

A reminder that for the safety and security of our students and staff, we ask all families to say goodbye at the front door. There are staff in the hallways who will support your child in getting to the classroom, if such support is necessary at this stage in the school year. If you have a pre-scheduled appointment with a staff member at arrival, please report to the office and office staff will contact the staff member you are meeting with to let them know you've arrived. If you're dropping snacks or other items, this can be done in the main office as well.

Say Hello

Please join me in welcoming Lyssa Weaver to our K-2 CES classroom as a partner teacher. She starts on Monday and has sent the information below to help our community get to know her better.

A Note From Lyssa:

I am a 2016, Honors Graduate from Hampton University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. My post graduate work includes working as a behavioral technician and a special education teacher, in both the public and private sectors. Prior to my graduation from college I spent my summers working with children at various summer camps in the area, such as Headfirst Summer Camps in NW. I have a true passion for working with young learners. Helping each child progress in all areas of their development, whether it be academic, social, language, and/or motor skills, is a challenge that I am honored to accept daily. I strive to create a community of learners in a nurturing, positive, and fun environment. I have always had a heart for children, especially those with special needs. I have been blessed by the many lives that have passed through my classrooms and in my personal life. I am excited to begin my fourth year teaching special education.

I look forward to working together with the Hearst community as partners in the growth and development of children with Autism!

Teacher Work Day on 1/17 and No School For Students

We have historically seen low attendance at Parent Teacher Conference Days prior to Monday holidays and unfortunately, the DCPS calendar reflects this scheduling for the January conference day. Because of this and wanting families to have Term 2 report cards and MOY data reports before conferences, at the end of last year we determined to schedule our winter conferences during the week of February 10. This means that Friday, January 17, the DCPS Parent Teacher Conference Day, will be a work day for our staff during which they will begin to prepare for report card writing as well as conferences. Your child's teacher will reach out in the coming weeks with more specific information about when conferences will take place and how to sign up for them.

Budget Season Will Soon Be Upon Us

We will soon be entering budget season and the LSAT will be sending out a survey to families to better understand your budget-related priorities. In the interim, please visit
https://www.dcpsdatacenter.com/ for more information about previous years' budgets. Another resource to understand the budget develop process is the Family and Community Guide to the DC Public Schools Budget.

News and Announcements from DCPS

Trash /Recycling Services Alert

Waste haulers for DCPS are under strict instructions to abide by the city regulations that prohibit trash collections in residential areas before 7 a.m. We expect schools to be impacted as haulers adjust to new route start times. To assist with this transition, it is imperative that schools prevent personal vehicles from blocking access to dumpsters. This will help ensure that schools receive their regularly scheduled hauling services. For this reason and to allow our staff a smooth start to their mornings, we ask that you do not pull into the parking lot in the morning to drop off your child.

Reminder: My School DC Lottery Now Open

The My School DC lottery application for school year 2020-2021 is now open. My School DC is the city’s common application and public school lottery for DC Public Schools (DCPS) and the majority of public charter schools (grades PK3-12).

Families must use the My School DC lottery application to apply to:

  • DCPS PK3 / PK4 programs (including programs at in-boundary DCPS schools);
  • DCPS citywide and out-of-boundary schools (PK3-12);
  • DCPS selective high schools (9-12); and
  • all participating public charter schools (PK3-12)

The application deadlines are February 3, 2020 for grades 9-12 and March 2, 2020 for grades PK3-8.

Have questions or need help with your application? Call the My School DC hotline at (202) 888-6336, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or email info.myschooldc@dc.gov.

For more information and to apply, go to www.myschooldc.org.

News and Announcements from Other Organizations

National Archives Sleepover - February 1-2

I'm reaching out on behalf of the National Archives Foundation regarding our Sleepover early next month. The overnight adventure is a great opportunity for children (ages 8-12) and their parents to learn more about our history after hours. The night is filled with activities throughout the museum and guests wake up to pancakes from the Archivist!


Description: A night of adventure awaits at the National Archives! Join us for a special sleepover at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, and spend the night next to America’s most precious treasures: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

Young explorers will learn about the right to vote with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Frederick Douglass; dive into our nation’s treasured records, including the Rightfully Hers exhibit celebrating the 19th Amendment; navigate the museum with a scavenger hunt; and wake to a pancake breakfast served by the Archivist of the United States.