Hearst Weekly Update

January 5, 2020

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Principal's Message

Good evening, Owls!

I hope everyone had a restful weekend and is ready and energized for the full week ahead. Thanks for your continued support 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

  • 1/7 - Boys Basketball game (Girls game on 1/6 has been cancelled)
  • 1/8 - PTA Executive Board Meeting
  • 1/10 - Open House
  • 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

  • ICYMI - The owl sculpture at the front of the building has had the gravel installed in the base and after nearly three years is finally complete!
  • A reminder that kids should never have their cell phones out during school hours. If students do bring phones to school, they must be turned off and put away in backpacks for the duration of the school day.
  • 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!

Spirit Week is January 6-10

The student council is sponsoring spirit week at Hearst this week. Each day has a specific theme, determined by the student council, and we hope to have as many Owls participate as possible.

Monday, January 6 - Monochrome Monday (each grade level has an assigned color:

  • PK=purple
  • K=blue
  • 1st=green
  • 2nd=yellow
  • 3rd=orange
  • 4th=red
  • 5th=black

Tuesday, January 7 - Sports/Athletic Gear Day

Wednesday, January 8 - Career Wednesday

Thursday, January 9 - International Day

Friday, January 10 - Pajama Day

News and Announcements from DCPS

Reminder: Provide Feedback on DCPS Calendar

Draft calendar dates for SY 2020-21 through SY 2022-23 are now available on the DCPSwebsite in English and Spanish. Please encourage staff, families, and community members to review the calendar proposals and share feedback by Sunday, January 5.

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.

Future Chef Announcement

It’s that time of year again and we are on the search for our next Future Chef! Last year’s Future Chef winner, Kimberly Lee from Hearst Elementary School, represented DCPS well and made it all the way to National Finals as a Top 5 contender. Our district is full of talented young kids and we are thrilled to see who’s next. Attached you will find our Future Chef Packets that includes the following:

  • An introduction letter for Principals, Teachers, Students and Parents
  • Our Future Chef event flyer
  • Recipe Card and Tips for submitting a winning recipe

We humbly ask that please share this information with your school staff. Teachers are asked to print out the attached packet and provide it to each of their students (Grades3rd through 5th only). Thank you and we look forward to working with you and the amazingly talented kids of DC Public Schools.

News and Announcements from Other Organizations

RSVP: MLK Peace Walk & Parade

This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, walk with Mayor Bowser in the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Walk and Parade. To join us in honoring the legacy of one of our country's greatest leaders, meet at 11:00 a.m. at the Anacostia Park entrance on Good Hope Road and MLK Jr. Avenue, SE.

Learn more and RSVP HERE.

2020 Census

This year, for the first time, the U.S. census will be available to complete online! Beginning the week of March 16, 2020, every household in DC will receive a mailed invitation to go online to complete their census form.

The census provides critical data that District agencies, schools, health care providers, business owners, nonprofits, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for our community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding goes to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. The District also uses census data to redraw ward and ANC boundaries every 10 years to ensure equitable representation. Census data is kept safe and confidential and is never shared with any law enforcement agency.

Follow @dccensus on Twitter to get information about the 2020 Census.