Hearst Weekly Update

September 15, 2019

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Principal's Message

Good evening Owls,

Thanks to everyone who came out on Wednesday for our first PTA meeting of the year and Back to School Night. It was great to see so many families in attendance and especially wonderful to see how our returning families welcomed new Hearst families into the community. If you were unable to attend on Wednesday, please be on the look out for the presentation from your child's teacher and feel free to follow up with that teacher with any questions you may have.

One another note, lots of kids seemed to be coming down with sniffles and sore throats last week. Please be sure to remind your kids to sneeze and cough into their elbows rather than their hands, so as to minimize the spread of germs. We'll also be reminding them to wash their hands often and wiping down tables, door knobs, and stair railings so that we can all stay healthy throughout the school year.

Hope you've had a great weekend!


In partnership,

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


Upcoming Events

  • Beginning of Year (BOY) assessment window continues for K-5
  • September 18 - LSAT Meeting, 4:30-5:30, Conference Room


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

News and Announcements from Hearst

Hearst Parking Lot

The Hearst parking lot is reserved for Hearst staff from 7:00am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday. The only exception is for families and visitors who have disability parking placards or permits and require accessible spots, of which there are two in the lot. We know parking along 37th Street at arrival and drop off can be challenging and have seen people attempting to pull into and then back out of the lot, particularly during dismissal. This is dangerous given the number of children moving from the school to the playground at dismissal and also creates challenges for traffic on 37th Street. Please refrain from using the lot until after 3:30pm in order to ensure that kids, families, and staff have a safe end to the day. Thanks for your cooperation!

Home Visit Update

As of Friday, 58% of our Hearst families have had a home or community visit this school year. Thanks to all families who have opened their doors to us and if you haven't yet had a home or community visit, please reach out to your child's teacher to get one scheduled this month. Thanks!

News and Announcements from DCPS

New Communications and Engagement Office

The Office of Family and Public Engagement has merged with the Communications Team. They will now operate as the Communications and Engagement Office (CEO) led by Shanita Burney. Contact this new office at ceo.info@k12.dc.gov or 202-719-6613.