Hearst Weekly Update

October 28, 2018

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Principal's Message

Good evening Owls! This past week was a busy one in our community and I appreciate everyone who was able to make time to participate in our APTT and SLC meetings. A strong home-school partnership is critical to the success of our kids and we thank you for prioritizing this. We want to ensure that we are connecting with all of our families and if you were unable to come to school last week, please reach out to your child's teacher to schedule an in-person, phone, or video make up session.

As I also reflect on the divisive and tragic events of the past week in our country, this weekend I've been coming back to our vision, mission, and particularly our school's values. In our statement of our core values, we highlight that we support each other in striving to be a community that is:

  • Resilient: we persevere through mistakes and try again
  • Inclusive: we create a safe place in which we are empathetic, compassionate, kind, and value diversity
  • Service-oriented: we are responsible for supporting and advocating for ourselves and our community
  • Empowered: we are innovative, independent, and confident in our ability to take risks and problem-solve, both academically and socially

Our goal is to embody these values each and every day in our interactions with everyone in our community. To help bring these values to life for our kids, I have a new read aloud book, I am Enough by Grace Byers, that I'll be sharing with our classes. This follows last month's read aloud, All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold. Please ask your child about these stories and how they connect to our Hearst core values. Thanks for your continued support!

What I'm reading this week: Shaping School Culture by Terrence Deal and Kent Peterson.

News and Announcements from Hearst

Quick Updates

  • Congratulations to Genevieve P who placed 10th and Natalie D. who placed 15th in the DCIAA Elementary and Middle School Championships on 10/23/2018 at Kenilworth Park and the Hearst Girls Team who placed 5th overall in the city. Congratulations also go out to our top two boys were Owen C and Simon P, who placed 25th and 26th, respectively, and the Hearst boys who placed 7th.
  • The Fall Concert is being moved to Thursday November 15, 9:15 to 10:15 am. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but there was an unavoidable conflict. Please note that every student is performing in this concert, as part of the Hearst music curriculum. Each grade will share two pieces, including songs, dances and instrumental accompaniments from cultures around the globe. Please reach out to Ms. Baker (carol.baker@dc.gov) with any questions!

News and Announcements from DCPS

Save the Date! DCPS Budget Engagement Opportunities

DC Public Schools Announces Public Budget Hearing for FY20

The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) will convene a public budget hearing on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 6:00PM – 8:00PM at Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School, 704 26th St NE, Washington, DC 20002. The purpose of the hearing is to gather input from the public about the upcoming Fiscal Year 2020 (School Year 2019-2020) budget.

Members of the public are invited to provide testimony at the hearing. Individuals or groups wishing to testify should register online at http://bit.ly/DCPS2018BudgetHearing. Testimony will be limited tothree minutes during the hearing. Witnesses should bring five (5) copies of their documentation, including a written copy of their testimony and any supplemental information. All documents will be included as part of the official record. Testimony sign-up will remain open until Monday, November 5 at 3 p.m. For questions or concerns, please contact the DCPS School Funding Team at (202) 442-5112 or dcps.schoolfunding@dc.gov.

Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Engagement Public Community Forums

DCPS Leadership will be hosting two community forums to allow DCPS friends, families, and stakeholders the opportunity to provide input on DCPS’ Fiscal Year 2020 Budget.

  • Wednesday, December 12 at 8:45am at Moten Elementary School- 1565 Morris Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020
  • Wednesday, December 12 at 6pm at Janney Elementary School - 4130 Albemarle St NW, Washington, DC 20016

Join us at one of the Budget Engagement Forums! RSVP here.

DCPS Now Accepting Summer 2019 Study Abroad Applications

DC Public Schools (DCPS) is now accepting Summer 2019 Study Abroad applications. Study abroad programs will occur throughout the summer, with trips departing between June 22 and July 6, 2019.

DCPS Study Abroad programs are between 8-12 days long, and focus on language learning, community service, and/or global leadership. Middle and high school students who are selected for DCPS Study Abroad are assigned a trip based on their world language course history and interests. All eligible students are encouraged to consider applying for DCPS Study Abroad.

Applications will be accepted through November 2, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Find more information on DCPS study abroad programs HERE.

PTA Corner


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

A Message from Kim Campbell from Hearst Recreation Center

Please inform the parents at Hearst ES that they cannot just pop up and have a Birthday Party after school for their child on the playground. There is a permit procedure to permit the area, they can go on dpr.dc.gov and click on permits or call the DPR Permit Office at 202-671-2597 or for immediate assistance they can inquire at the Rec Center. This is happening monthly and the parents are saying that they got permission from the school or they did not know that you could not have parties without permission. Thanks!

Kim Campbell, Recreation Specialist

Hearst Recreation Center

3950 37th St. NW

Washington, DC 20008

E; kim.campbell@dc.gov

P; (202)282-2207

Reminder: W3EdNet November Meeting - Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health in DCPS

Please join the Ward 3–Wilson Feeder Education Network on Tuesday, November 13 at 7pm at the Georgetown Public Library. We will be discussing Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health in DCPS with special guests Deputy Chancellor of Social, Emotional, and Academic Development Dr. Melissa Kim and Director for the DC Department of Behavioral Health Dr. Tanya Royster.

Please send an RSVP to w3ednet@gmail.com if you think you will attend.

Thank you,

Ward 3–Wilson Feed Education Network Co-Chairs

Melody Molinoff and Brian Doyle

Website: http://w3ednet.com

Twitter: @W3EdNet