Hearst Weekly Update

December 8, 2019

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Principal's Message

Good evening Owls,

I hope you've had a lovely weekend and thanks to everyone who came out for the chorus concert and Proper Topper community event.

Thanks for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you in the morning,


What I'm reading this week: Long Gone by Alafair Burke (thanks to the Owl that put this book in the Hearst lending library!)

Upcoming Events

  • 12/9 Hearst Autism Fund Meeting, 3:30-4:30, Room 214

  • 12/11 PTA Meeting, Library, 6:00-7:30

  • 12/14 EdFest at DC Armory
  • 12/18 LSAT Meeting, Conference Room, 4:30-5:30
  • 12/20 PTA-sponsored Holiday Luncheon for Students
  • 12/21/19-1/1/20 - Winter Break, No school for students and teachers

News and Announcements from DCPS

EdFEST 2019

On Saturday, December 14, join Mayor Bowser at EdFEST 2019, DC’s annual citywide public school fair, and meet representatives from all DCPS and public charter schools (PK3 – grade 12) before the common lottery application opens on December 16, 2019. EdFEST will also feature many free services and fun activities for the whole family, including lottery application information and guidance, free boxed lunches for youth, and immunizations for youth and adults.

Interpretation will be available in American Sign Language, Spanish, Amharic, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and French. Admission and parking are free.

Learn more HERE.

News and Announcements from Other Organizations

Hearst Park and Pool Project Update

Hello Hearst Community!

Attached is the December 2019 construction update for the Hearst Park and Pool project. Substantial completion of the new field, pool and pool house is still scheduled for the Summer of 2020, which means we’ll be working hard moving forward after several delays mainly due to permits and contracts with subcontractors taking longer than expected. This means that the crews may need to work some weekends as previously noted.

Sheeting and Shoring as well as excavation for the new pool house is now in full swing, please expect more trucks to be entering and exiting the site.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns about the project and feel free to visit the project website for information and resources: https://dgs.dc.gov/node/1135096.


- Peter


Peter Nohrden, ASLA

Capital Projects, Planning and Design

DC Department of Parks and Recreation

1275 First Street NE | Washington, DC 20002

P: 202.671.1852 | E: peter.nohrden@dc.gov

the man•u•script

This fall, the Bowser Administration, in collaboration with Facebook DC, released “the man•u•script,” an original web series focused on issues that impact the mental health of boys and men in Washington, DC.

The series is being used to highlight issues such as depression, grieving after a loss, trauma after gun violence, and the effects of incarceration on families. Episodes are hosted by Jason R. L. Wallace, the Director of the Mayor’s Office on Fathers, Men, and Boys, and include authentic perspectives of District residents, public figures, and licensed therapists.

Episodes are now streaming on Facebook.

Free Lifeguard Training Now Available

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is offering free lifeguard training certification courses for residents ages 15 and up. DPR employs the International Lifeguard Training Program (ILTP) to train and certify lifeguards to work at both indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities throughout the District.

Learn more and register HERE.