Hearst Family Update

December 31, 2020

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Principal's Message

Good afternoon, Owls, and Happy New Year's Eve!

For good reason, there are a lot of negative things that could be said about 2020, but as I think back over the past year and particularly the past 9 months, I'm overwhelmed with gratitude for every person in our Hearst community. Our community has been strong, resilient, flexible, and so incredibly generous in 2020 and has had a seemingly unending supply of compassion, trust, collaboration, and grace as we all worked together to make the start of this school year as successful as possible for our kids. I couldn't ask to work with and for a better school community at any time and especially during the times that we've seen in 2020!

Wishing you all a great night and weekend and an awesome 2021,


News and Announcements from Hearst

Upcoming Key Dates

  • December 23 - January 3 - Winter Break (no school for students and teachers)
  • January 4 - First day of school in 2021 for virtual and returning CARE students
  • January 6 - One additional CARE Classroom opens @Hearst
  • January 11 - Term 3 seat offers to students begin
  • Week of January 11 - Term 3 Reopening Town Halls (more details will be shared next week)
  • January 12 - Reading Inventory for 2nd – 5th grades
  • January 13 - iReady Math MOY assessment for K-5th grades; PTA Meeting, 5:00-6:30pm
  • January 18 - MLK Holiday (no school for all)
  • January 19 - No school for students and teachers
  • January 20 - Inauguration Day (no school for all)
  • January 21 - iReady Reading MOY assessment for 3rd-5th grades
  • January 29 - Term 2 Ends (no school for students)
    • Ongoing during month of January, Janna Walker will be completing TRC/DIBELS MOY assessment for K-1 students and DIBELS for 2nd grade students

Quick Updates

  • Reminder: Because our building is now open to students, any non-staff members who would like to come to the building to pick up materials, switch out a device, etc., must have an appointment in order to come into the building. Please email Ms. Johnson (kestaganer.johnson@k12.dc.gov) or call (202-282-0106) to set up an appointment if you need to come into the building for any reason. Thanks!

  • Reminder: DC is publishing COVID data specific to DCPS and it can be found here: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/node/1506966. With both staff and students back in school buildings, please visit dcpsreopenstrong.com/health/response/ to learn more about DCPS' COVID-19 Response Protocol, including testing available for students and staff.

Additional HVAC Upgrades at Hearst

In addition to continuing work on the 1st floor HVAC system, DCPS and DGS will be using the winter break to begin installation of Toffer units in our multi-user student restrooms. These units draw in untreated air, push it through a highly reflective UV chamber with an ultraviolet light set at the wavelength of 253.7. This light inactivates bacteria or fungi that passes over the lamp. Four fans continue to push the air through the unit at approximately 50 cfm. These units act in much the same way as the mobile air purifiers currently in classrooms and are an additional safety enhancement in the multi-user student restrooms on the first and second floor of the historic building as well as the restrooms in the gym.

News and Announcements from DCPS

Holiday Travel Guidance for In-Person Students and Staff

While we remind you that the safest way to celebrate the winter holidays is at home with only those in your immediate household, we recognize that some families attending in-person programming may be traveling for the holidays.

Per the Mayor’s Order 2020-110, individuals who have traveled to any place other than Maryland or Virginia are required to either (1) self-monitor and limit daily activities—including not attending school—for 14 days after returning to the District (or coming to work for a District agency), or (2) self-monitor and limit daily activities—including not attending school—for three to five days and then receive a negative COVID-19 PCR COVID-19 test.

DCPS continues to follow the CDC’s and DC Health’s Holiday Travel Guidance released November 9th, remember the safest way to celebrate the winter holidays is to celebrate at home. Gatherings with family and friends who are not a part of your household can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.

Standing Ovation Nominations

Every year, DC Public Education Fund honors and celebrates DCPS educators and school communities through our annual event, Standing Ovation. This particular year, those who support students have shown up in unimaginable and unprecedented ways, and Ed Fund’s commitment to recognizing DCPS’ talent remains unequivocal. Standing Ovation 2021 awards will recognize exceptional educators, leaders, and school communities — our moment to honor and spotlight those who are helping students Thrive in a Year of Change. Click here to nominate a deserving candidate by January 15, 2021.

Reminder: DCPS Immunization Compliance Updates and Immunization Requirements for CARE and In Person Classroom Participants

As a reminder, all public and public charter schools in DC are required to verify student compliance with school immunization requirements before students may participate in any in-person learning opportunities. Students must be up to date with all required immunizations in order to accept a seat in a DCPS CARE or in person classroom. Our school nurse can confirm students’ current immunization status and whether they have been cleared to participate in in-person learning. She can be reached at SyFisher@childrensnational.org.

News and Announcements from Other Organizations

Girl Scouts

My name is Jessica and I work for Girl Scouts in NW DC and I wanted to reach out to you and see if you would be able to share programming information to your students and families. I would like to offer programming for K-3rd graders at your school to introduce Girl Scouts to them and see if it is something they would like. We would be learning about first aid, make our own board games, learn about the foundations of Girl Scouts such as community service, considerate and caring and much more. The program would be held after school hours and ran by myself, as I am background checked and trained to run the programming.

Thank you so much for your consideration and have a safe and happy holidays!

Jessica Hadsell

Senior Membership Specialist for the DC Office

Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital

4301 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite M-2

Washington, DC 20008

Phone: 202-534-3764