Hearst Weekly Update

October 14, 2018

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Principal's Message

Good afternoon Owls! It feels like fall is finally here and as a lover of autumn, I'm incredibly excited for the crisp feeling that welcomes me when I walk out the door in the morning. With this cooler weather, we know that kids will be coming to school with jackets, sweatshirts, and other outer wear, layers that they may shed when they head outside for recess. Over the next few weeks, we'll start to see the piles of sweatshirts on the playground growing, both from our kids and all of those who use the fields after school and on the weekends. Our staff always does their best to make sure that kids are bringing back into school all of the items that they took outside for recess, and in order to help return items to your child, we ask that you write your child's names on their items. Please know that unlabeled items left on the playground will not be brought inside to the school's Lost and Found, as we have no way of knowing whether or not the item belongs to a Hearst student or someone else who was using the playground and fields.

Our Lost and Found is located inside the gym entrance. All lost items found inside the school will be placed in the Lost and Found in the hopes that kids can be reunited with their misplaced items. In order to help reunite items with children, please write their names on anything they bring to school, clothing, water bottles, lunch boxes, rain boots, etc. Please note that at the end of each quarter, all unclaimed items in the Lost and Found will be donated to a local charity.

This week I'm reading: Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization.

Quick Updates

  • There is a rumor going around the playground among some parents that we are pulling all science instruction from classrooms. Please know that this is false. If you have questions or concerns about your child's science instruction, please reach out to your child's teacher and Mr. Munz for additional information.
  • Congratulations to Owen C. and Simon P., Hearst's top two finishers at last Wednesday's DCIAA Elementary and Middle School Developmental Meet at the Old Soldiers Home.
  • Congratulations to Mr. Levin, who has been awarded the Copeland Award from the Embassy Adoption Program for his constant enthusiasm and his willingness to go above and beyond in supporting the program!

PTA Corner

  • Thanks to everyone who came out on a chilly Saturday afternoon to support D.C. United! What a fun win!


    E-Cycle: It’s almost time to recycle your unused, broken, unwanted or obsolete electronics. That’s right – it’s almost E-Cycle time! Please spread the word and join us on Saturday, October 20 from 9am to noon, for Hearst’s annual E-Cycle event right at our school. You can also donate, swap or pick up a new bike; buy or donate gently used children’s and adult books; visit our delicious, student-run bake sale; bounce in the bounce house; drop off unused diapers for DC Diaper Bank; donate gently-worn and clean winter wear for Friendship Place; Donate sporting goods to Leveling the Playing Field.

    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.

    Other Stuff:

    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

Reminder: Next W3EdNet Meeting: Candidate Forum for the Ward 3 State Board of Education

Please join the Ward 3 - Wilson Education Network on Monday, October 15 at 7pm at the Tenley-Friendship Library for a Candidate Forum for the Ward 3 Representative for the State Board of Education. Candidates Dora Currea and Ruth Wattenberg have both agreed to attend.

And we are very happy to announce that Jenny Abamu, the Education Reporter for our local NPR station, WAMU, will be moderating. Thank you, Ms. Abamu!!

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


Melody Molinoff and Brian Doyle

Ward 3 - Wilson Feeder Education Network, Co-Chairs

Website: https://www.w3ednet.com/

Twitter: @W3EdNet