Hearst Weekly Update

September 29, 2019

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Principal's Message

Good afternoon Owls,

This week marks the 6th week of school for us, which means expectations and routines are established, as well as student goals for the year, and we are set up for a positive and cooperative school year. On Friday morning, we'll have our first community meeting in the gym from 8:45-9:15am, during which we'll replicate the morning meeting format with all students and staff. After greeting one another, we'll share our school expectations, classes will reveal their names and banners to the community, and we'll read the morning message. All families are invited to attend!

This week also marks the Term 1 midpoint, and we are wrapping up our Beginning of Year (BOY) assessments. As a staff, we'll be meeting this week to review students' assessment results and identify students who will be receiving reading and math extensions (interventions and enrichments) with our specialists and other staff. If your child is identified for an extension group, you will receive a letter indicating which group s/he will be in, the focus for that group and the staff member who will be leading the group. Please also look for your child's BOY assessment reports this week in his or her folder/backpack and reach out to your child's teacher with any questions.

Thanks for your continued support and I hope you're having a wonderful weekend,


Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, October 1 - SY19-20 Free and Reduced Meal Application Due
  • Wednesday, October 2, 4:30-5:30 - PTA Executive Board Meeting, Conference Room
  • Friday, October 4 , 8:45-9:15 - Hearst Community Meeting, Gym

What I'm reading this week: The Research Journey: Introduction to Inquiry, Sharon Rallis and Gretchen Rossman

News and Announcements from Hearst

Quick Updates

  • In case you missed the posting on the PTA listserv, a Hearst parent had his credit card information and some cash stolen from his bag after school on the playground on Wednesday. I hope this unfortunate event can also serve as a reminder for everyone to take care of their personal belongings while on the playground.
  • A reminder that drop off is at 8:30am. Students who arrived unaccompanied and are not enrolled in Innis can go to breakfast from 8:15-8:30am, where they must remain until joining their peers on the playground at 8:30am, when Hearst staff is outside to supervise.
  • Please note that the Hearst playground is a DPR facility that Hearst Elementary School uses during the school day. For issues around trash removal, pests, water fountains, use of the fields and courts, etc., please contact DPR. Our point of contact for Hearst Recreation Center this year is Nakia Longerbeam. Her email is nakia.longerbeam@dc.gov.

News and Announcements from DCPS

SY18-19 Kids Ride Free Cards Expiring on Monday, September 30

SY18-19 Kids Ride Free (KRF) SmarTrip cards expire on Monday, September 30. While we have been assured that students will not be blocked from trains or buses, schools should be aware that this transition might cause delays for some students.

News and Announcements from Other Organizations

Share Your Fatherhood Photos

In partnership with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, the Mayor’s Office on Fathers, Men, and Boys has launched #FlipTheScript, a positive visual campaign aimed at dispelling the myth of the absent Black father, combating negative imagery of men of color, and highlighting the role of fathers as it relates to early childhood development.

This initiative uplifts and celebrates positive images of Black and Hispanic fathers with their children. Residents are encouraged to upload proud “Daddy and Me” photos to social media using the hashtag #FlipTheScript.

Learn more by following the Office of Fathers, Men, and Boys on Twitter.

Upcoming Education Meetings -- W3EdNet and Council Hearings on Jelleff on Oct 7 and Ward 3 Dems on Oct 22

The following meetings are likely of interest to families and community members interested in education issues.

W3EdNet -- Monday, October 7, 7pm, Hearst Elementary School Library (3950 37th Street NW)

W3EdNet will welcome staff from DC Public Schools' Office of Operations to talk about an update on renovation plans for schools in the Wilson Feeder pattern as well as other efforts to address overcrowding, and Erin Roth of the DC Auditor's office to talk about their report on the use of At-Risk funds.

The Ward 3 - Wilson High School Feeder Pattern Education Network (W3EdNet) is a group made up of PTO Board and LSAT members as well as other interested community members. We aim to work together to support schools in the Wilson feeder pattern, host community events of common interest, and advocate for better schools across the city.

Council Hearings on Jelleff Field -- Monday, October 7, 11am, John Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Room 500)

The DC Council is holding an oversight roundtable on the DC Department of Parks and Recreation's recent contract with the Maret School concerning Jelleff field. Requests to testify are due by Friday, October 4. Please email RYA@dccouncil.us with your name, address, telephone number, organization affiliation, and title. You may also submit testimony in writing.

The Council announced: "The purpose of the roundtable is to conduct oversight regarding the Department of Parks and Recreation's approval of contract that provides access to the Jelleff Recreation Center for the Maret School during afterschool hours for the next ten years. There has been significant community need for additional field access by the recreation center, neighboring public schools, and the community at large. Community stakeholders provided considerable input expressing their desire for the Department of Parks and Recreation to not renew the use agreement with the Maret School."

Ward 3 Democrats -- Tuesday, October 22, 7pm, Forest Hills of DC (4901 Connecticut Ave. NW)

Ward 3 Dems will host the Deputy Mayor of Education, Paul Kihn, and Chancellor of DC Public Schools, Lewis Ferebee to speak and answer questions.

The Ward 3 Democratic Committee is the official arm of the Democratic Party in Ward 3. The purpose of the Committee is to elect and support Democratic candidates for local and national office; and to provide an issues forum for Democratic voters in Ward 3 and the community.