Hearst Weekly Update

October 21, 2018

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Principal's Message

Good afternoon Owls! With Halloween quickly approaching, I want to clarify our plans at Hearst for recognizing the day. In May of last school year, we had discussions as a staff and at a PTA meeting about whether or not to continue holding the Literacy Parade on Halloween. Among the many reasons cited by staff and families, we recognize that some families don't celebrate Halloween, that gathering separate costumes for school and home can be expensive, and we lost instructional time as kids changed and then paraded on the soccer field. Given these reasons and more, this year we've decided not to hold the parade. Kids are still welcome to wear costumes to school so long as the costumes do not include masks or anything that covers their faces, the costumes do not depict blood, gore, or include weapons, and the costumes do not distract from students' learning and comfort over the course of the day. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation and I hope you've had a great weekend!

This week I'm reading: Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization.

News and Announcements from DCPS

Benjamin Banneker AHS Open House

Benjamin Banneker Academic High School will hold its annual Open House on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 9:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M.

You are cordially invited to bring greetings to the many prospective students and parents who are interested in finding out more about our school. The assembly portion of the program, in the Dr. Vincent E. Reed Auditorium, will begin promptly at 9:00 A.M. I know your schedule is a busy one, but we would be honored if you could attend.

PTA Corner

This week is APTT week. You already should have heard from your classroom teachers about what evening you should be at school. To help make APTT more accessible to more families, the PTA will pay for childcare through Innis from 5-6:30pm. Please pack an extra snack for your child as dinner will not be served this year.

Thank you so much to the E-Cycle team for the wonderful community event on Saturday!


Auction Committee: Auction meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 6:30pm at the Tenleytown Whole Foods upstairs cafe. Our next meeting is Monday, November 5th. You can volunteer to help a lot or a little. Please reach out to Kim Cooper kzaikov@gmail.com or Christina Burnett Christina.burnett10@outlook.com with questions!

Community Dining Night: Our first Potomac Pizza night will be Thursday, November 8. Please join us from 4-9pm at 19 Wisconsin Circle, Chevy Chase, Md. Dine in or carry out but please make sure to mention you’re with Hearst and our school will receive a percentage of our proceeds.

Community Dining Night: Join your fellow Hearsties for dinner at Nando's Peri-Peri on Wednesday, December 5, 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.

Politics and Prose: If you like books, this is the community event for you. And if you don’t, please buy some books anyway and donate them to the school! Coming on January 27, we will have a fundraiser at Politics and Prose, with a portion of the proceeds coming back to the Hearst PTA. Thank you in advance to Jami Schell for organizing this again!

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. 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!

News and Announcements from Other Organizations

DPR Halloween Events

It's Halloween season and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is excited to celebrate with families across all eight wards. Beginning Friday, October 26, DPR will host fun and safe events for the entire family, including parades, haunted houses, and candy giveaways, at recreation and community centers across the District.

Go to dpr.events to find a Halloween event near you.

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.