Hearst Weekly Update

August 17, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year

On behalf of the staff of Hearst Elementary School, welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! We've been hard at work over the summer getting ready for a fantastic school year and

if you'd like to see some of the fun we've had this week, check out #Hearstselfiechallenge on Twitter and our staff introduction videos on Flipgrid (https://flipgrid.com/7a73f9). We look forward to seeing our K-5 families on August 21 and our PK families on August 24 or 25!

Hearst Elementary School Staff 2017-2018

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What Happens on the First Day of School?

The weather forecast looks great for Monday morning, which means we'll have outdoor arrival. Staff will be supervising breakfast in the cafeteria beginning at 8:15am and will be on the playground starting at 8:30am* to receive kids. At 8:40, we'll blow a whistle for classes to line up on the soccer field and after introducing our new staff to everyone, we'll head inside. In order to transition into the building smoothly, we ask that families say goodbye to their kids on the soccer field before kids head inside with their teachers. Any supplies that you bring can be left on the soccer field in your child's teacher's line and the custodians will bring those supplies in once the kids transition inside.

Dismissal is at 3:15pm every day. Students who stay for any after school programming will be transitioned to the gym, where they will be met by after school personnel. Students who get picked up at 3:15 will wait for pick up with their teachers on the front plaza if the weather is nice or on the first floor of the building if the weather is inclement.

*Please note: if you are bringing your child to the playground prior to 8:30am, it is your responsibility to supervise him or her until Hearst staff arrives for duty. While we understand the 8:30 drop off time is later than last year, this extra 15 minutes gives our staff time to collaborate and prepare for the day and we appreciate your understanding.

Welcoming Our New Staff

Please join me in welcoming our new staff! Joining us this year are Celina Chelala, Social Worker, Liz Singanong, 4th Grade ELA Teacher, Megan Burleigh, 2nd Grade Teacher, Rich Munz, STEM Teacher, Carol Baker, Music Teacher, Jose Martin, Spanish Teacher, Sydney Murphy, 2nd Grade Partner Teacher, Brittney Inge, K Partner Teacher working with Ms. Prince, and Jana Banks, Math Specialist.

The Solar Eclipse

We will be viewing the solar eclipse on the first day of school. All of our kids and staff will have solar filter glasses from NASA and be outside from 2:30-2:50pm so that we can see the maximum coverage at 2:42. Prior to going outside, staff will conduct a safety session with students on how to properly use the eclipse glasses before the viewing and the procedures for the viewing session, including how classes will line up to view the event and when breaks will be taken. For families who are concerned about their child viewing the eclipse outdoors, we'll set up a live feed in the library for students as well. Please let your child's teacher know if you would like your child to be in the library rather than outside and complete the opt out form found here: https://dcps.dc.gov/publication/guidelines-viewing-great-american-eclipse.

PTA Updates

Please see attached for the Welcome Packet from the PTA, as well as the PTA calendar.