Hearst Weekly Update

November 3, 2019

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Principal's Message

Good evening Owls,

What an interesting week we've had at Hearst! Between welcoming many of you into the classrooms for projects and showcases, the Nats win, Halloween, and Fall Festival, it was a jam packed week and a great way to wrap up the first term. Thank you to all of our volunteers for supporting Fall Festival on Friday - we couldn't have done it without your support and appreciate the time, energy, and effort of all of you and our amazing staff.

Thanks for all you do and I hope you've had a wonderful weekend,


What I'm reading this week: How Great Leaders Think: The Art of Reframing, Lee G. Bolman and Terrence E. Deal

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, November 4 & Tuesday, November 5 - No school for students; PD Days for staff
  • Wednesday, November 6 - Fall Portrait Make Up Day; Start of Term 2
  • Monday, November 11 - Veteran's Day Holiday - No school for students or staff
  • Wednesday, November 13 - PTA Meeting, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Thursday, November 14 - K-5 Term 1 Report Cards Sent Home
  • Friday, November 15 - Hearst Talent Show

News and Announcements from Hearst

Thanks to Ms. Geppert, Mr. Levin, and Mr. Coleman for chaperoning our Owls in the Nationals parade on Saturday!

News and Announcements from DCPS

Quick Updates

  • Upcoming Key Dates

    • 11/4: Half Day PD and Records Day for Staff (No School for Students)
    • 11/5: PD Day (No School for Students)
    • 11/6: Unit 2 Begins

News and Announcements from Other Organizations

Announcement: New DME Edsight about Walkable Distance to School

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) recently launched Edsight, a series of briefs that each highlight a key piece of information about Washington, DC’s public schools and public school students. Below is a link to the fourth brief in the series, How Many Public School Students in DC Could Walk to School?, that describes the distance between home and school for public school students in Washington, DC. The brief notes that over one-third of public school students live within a comfortable walking distance to their school.

Check out the latest Edsight here. Read other Edsight briefs here.

Spread the word about the DC School Transportation Survey by distributing the survey links to your networks.

Upcoming Education Meetings -- Palisades Community Assoc. on Nov 5 and W3EdN

The following meetings are likely of interest to families and community members interested in education issues.

W3EdNet -- Tuesday, November 12, 7pm, Chevy Chase Public Library (5625 Connecticut Ave NW)

W3EdNet will welcome staff from DC Public Schools' Office of Data Systems and Technology to talk about technology use in DCPS, specifically the Empowered Learners initiative and roll-out of the new devices in grades 3,6, and 9.

The Ward 3 - Wilson High School Feeder Pattern Education Network (W3EdNet) is a group made up of PTO Board and LSAT members as well as other interested community members. We aim to work together to support schools in the Wilson feeder pattern, host community events of common interest, and advocate for better schools across the city.

Palisades Citizens Association -- Tuesday, November 5, 7pm, Palisades Recreation Center (5200 Sherier Place NW)

The Palisades Citizens Association will be hosting their monthly town hall with At-Large Council member Robert White. Topics will include the use of the Old Hardy School building and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation's recent contract with the Maret School concerning Jelleff field. Also on the agenda of the meeting is a resolution of opposition to the extension of the lease at the Jelleff field.

The Palisades Citizens Association is a community organization serving the neighborhoods bordered by the Potomac river, Foxhall road, Loughboro road, and the District line.