Hearst Family Update

February 28, 2021

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Principal's Message

Good evening, Owl Families,

Thanks to all who were able to join the Term 4 Planning Kick Off Meeting on Wednesday morning. For those who were unable to do so, the presentation shared Wednesday is attached below for your reference.

As previously noted, our Term 4 planning process will include a series of meetings held by the Hearst Reopen Community Corps (RCC) to gather input and feedback on Term 4 reopening. As with Term 3, we'll be holding individual grade level meetings as well as a few whole school meetings. Details about these meetings are below in the Upcoming Key Dates section. Stay tuned for links to the meetings and know that following these meetings, we'll also be sending out a Term 4 survey to all families to gather additional feedback.

One note is that CES meetings are not yet scheduled. Families in our CES programs will receive communication from me via Bloomz about a separate meeting for our CES programming in Term 4, given that the planning guidelines and constraints are different for CES and general education classrooms. In the interim, all families can use this form to elevate any Term 4 questions, concerns, and suggestions that you may have.

In partnership,


News and Announcements from Hearst

Upcoming Key Dates

    • Tuesday, March 2 - Asymptomatic COVID testing for in person students with permission slips on file, 1:30-3:00pm
    • Wednesday, March 3 – Reopen Community Corps (RCC) planning meeting, 6:00-7:00pm
    • Friday, March 5 - Parent Teacher Conference Day (no school for students)
    • Monday, March 8 - 2nd Grade Term 4 planning meeting, 5:00-6:00
    • Tuesday, March 9 - K Term 4 planning meeting, 5:00-6:00
    • Tuesday, March 9 - 3rd Grade Term 4 planning meeting, 7:00-8:00
    • Wednesday, March 10 - 1st Grade Term 4 planning meeting, 5:00-6:00
    • Wednesday, March 10 - 5th Grade Term 4 planning meeting, 6:00-7:00
    • Wednesday, March 10 - PK Term 4 planning meeting, 7:00-8:00
    • Thursday, March 11 - 4th Grade Term 4 planning meeting, 7:00-8:00
    • Wednesday, March 17 - Reopen Community Corps (RCC) planning meeting, 4:30-5:30pm
    • Wednesday, March 17 - PTA Meeting, time TBD
    • Tuesday, March 23 - Term 4 Town Hall to share final plan with community, 7:00-8:00pm (link forthcoming)
    • Wednesday, March 24 - Hearst Spring Picture Day
    • Wednesday, March 24 - Term 4 Coffee Chat for Families to share final plan with community, 9:00-9:30am (link forthcoming)
    • Monday, March 29 - Term 4 student offers start (tentative, awaiting confirmation from DCPS)
    • April 12-16 - Spring Break for Students
    • Monday, April 19- Term 4 starts

    Quick Updates

    • DCPS has updated the School Planning blog with information around the new school planning process at the Foxhall & MacArthur sites in Ward 3. This is where they will share updates, meeting materials, etc., after the working group meetings in the coming months. Because the opening of these schools may impact the Hearst boundary and/or feeder schools in the future, please be sure to regularly review the site to stay up to date on the latest developments.
    • Reminder: Because our building is open to students, any non-staff members who would like to come to the building to pick up materials, switch out a device, etc., must have an appointment in order to come into the building. Please email Ms. Johnson (kestaganer.johnson@k12.dc.gov) or call (202-282-0106) to set up an appointment if you need to come into the building for any reason. Thanks!
    • Reminder: DC is publishing COVID data specific to DCPS and it can be found here: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/node/1506966. With both staff and students back in school buildings, please visit dcpsreopenstrong.com/health/response/ to learn more about DCPS' COVID-19 Response Protocol, including testing available for students and staff.

    Reminder: Information for Families with Students Returning In Person in Term 3

    We are excited to welcome back our students who are participating in in-person learning in Term 3.Please take time to review the In-Person Learning family guide for resources to help you prepare for your child's first day back to the classroom. It includes important forms that parents or guardians need to sign:

    We will send home these documents with students on their first day of school and ask that you return them as soon as possible. If you'd like to print, sign, and send them in with your students, we welcome that as well.

    As you know, school will look a little different this year. There may be instances where class is cancelled for the day due to staff availability, quarantines, or building operations. In those instances, we will notify you via Bloomz as soon as possible.

    Reminder: Access to Reading Materials/Books

    There are many different ways that you can access physical and digital books for your child to read at home. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Ms. Vandivier or your child's homeroom teacher if you are having difficulty getting access to a wide variety of books and/or books at an appropriate reading level for your child. We are here to help!

    • Option 1: Check out books from the Hearst library!

    • Option 2: Check out books from the DCPS library!

      • As a Hearst student, your child can get a library card for DC public libraries! Please head over to the DCPS libraries website for more information on how to sign up and how book checkout/pickup works: https://www.dclibrary.org/

    • Option 3: Purchase books from Scholastic!

      • Each class has a Scholastic account. Due to the pandemic, you can currently purchase books and ship them directly to your home! It is very convenient. Website https://clubs.scholastic.com/home Please reach out to your homeroom teacher directly for a class code.

    • Option 4: Sora

      • You can access Sora for free via the Clever Portal. Sora offers a wide variety of books to read and to listen to!

    • Option 5: Epic

      • Epic is an extra website that you may have access to! Some classes have a class account. Epic provides TONS of books at all different levels. https://www.getepic.com/sign-in Please reach out to your homeroom teacher or Ms. Vandivier directly for a class code.

    Reminder: Spring Portrait Day

    We'll be holding our Spring Portrait Day on Wednesday, March 24, from 9am to 3pm. Portraits will be outdoors and socially distanced and you can sign up for an appointment at https://tuab0xbvaa.timetap.com/#/. Please see the attached flyer for additional information.

    Reminder: Yearbook Photos Needed

    Ms. Schiers and Ms. Boyle are getting started on the SY 20-21 Hearst Yearbook, and need your help collecting photographs! Please upload any candid or posed photos that you have of your child and Hearst children from THIS school year! Please know that by uploading a photo into this album, you are giving consent for that photo to be used in our yearbook. More information is forthcoming regarding how to order your yearbook, and about a socially distanced and outdoor portrait day with Freed Photography.

    News and Announcements from DCPS

    No Shots, No School! Stay on Track with Routine Childhood Immunization Requirements for In-Person Learning

    The DC Health and OSSE Immunization Policy for In-Person Attendance requires school health teams to check immunization compliance status before a student returns to the building. With certain exception, including student experience homelessness, all students must be up to date with their childhood immunizations to attend any in-person activities. OSSE's website has resources available for schools and families to support meeting immunization requirements. For questions about the Immunization Policy for In-Person Attendance, please contact osse.schoolhealth@dc.gov. For questions about immunization information, data, and locations where families can receive immunizations, schools can visit DCPS ReOpen Strong or contact DC Health at doh.immunization@dc.gov or visit the DC Health Immunization Program webpage.

    Notification: COVID-19 Health Guidance and Quarantine

    DCPS acknowledges the evolving Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 guidance published over the past several days regarding vaccinations, quarantine times, and cohort mixing. Until DC Health finalizes their guidance, DCPS will continue to operate on current 14-day quarantine protocols regardless of vaccination status.

    High-Priority Update Regarding Spring 2021 Summative Assessments

    OSSE has announced that it will submit a waiver to the U.S. Department of Education to suspend summative assessments for Spring 2021. With this new development, schools have been asked to halt previously communicated preparations for PARCC. Further updates will be shared as soon as they are available.

    School Food Collaborative Newsletter Launch

    The DCPS Food & Nutrition Services, in partnership with DC Greens, is excited to reintroduce the School Food Collaborative (SFC) newsletter for SY20-21! The SFC seeks feedback on school meals from school community stakeholders including parents, students, educators, and other invested community members. Highlights of the newsletter include a recap of operations this school year during the COVID-19 public health emergency, Black History Month celebrations, the upcoming Elevate Student Voice in School Meals campaign, and more! Please click here to read the full newsletter and sign-up for future editions.

    Reminder: DCPS FY22 Budget Update

    Initial school budget allocations for Fiscal Year 2022 (School Year 2021-2022) have been released and can be found at our new budget website, dcpsbudget.com.

    Dcpsbudget.com replaces the old DCPS Datacenter site that LSAT members from previous years will likely remember. The new site is a one-stop-shop for all things DCPS budget. In addition to housing the FY22 Budget Development Guide, information about how DCPS is funded, how schools are funded, and how the Central Office budget is developed, the site's Budget Data page has School Budget Worksheets from previous fiscal years. This is where you will find the FY22 initial allocation worksheets. Additionally, the Budget Data page has an interactive tool where you can compare an individual school's budget year-over-year, see how a school's submitted budget may have differed from their initial budget in a given year, and compare budgets from school to school.

    If you have questions while reviewing the information on the new site or at any other time during the budget development process, please email dcps.schoolfunding@k12.dc.gov and a member of the School Finance Team will be available to support.


    DCPS Community Action Team

    Reminder: Travel Guidance for In-Person Students and Staff

    We recognize that some staff working in person and families attending in-person programming may be traveling over the spring break. Per the Mayor’s Order 2020-110, individuals who have traveled to any place other than Maryland or Virginia are required to either (1) self-monitor and limit daily activities—including not attending school—for 14 days after returning to the District (or coming to work for a District agency), or (2) self-monitor and limit daily activities—including not attending school—for three to five days and then receive a negative COVID-19 PCR COVID-19 test.

    All DCPS staff members who are working in person, whether they are a District resident or not, can show their school ID to be prioritized at any District public testing sites.

    See DC Health’s Guidance for Travel for more information and the flyer below for easy-to-follow dos and don’ts on this topic.

    News and Announcements From Other Organizations

    Next W3EdNet Meeting March 8 at 7pm: DME Kihn

    The next meeting of the Ward 3 - Wilson Feeder Education Network (W3EdNet) is on Monday, March 8 at 7pm via Zoom (link below). We are very happy to host Deputy Mayor for Education Paul Kihn. They will be on hand to update us about reopening, school budgets, and overcrowding. Mr. Kihn will begin with some remarks and then we will have a Q&A session.

    We look forward to seeing you there.

    Melody, Karin, and Brian


    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.

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

    Twitter: @W3EdNet

    Email: w3ednet@gmail.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.co

    You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

    When: Mar 8, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Register in advance for this meeting:


    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    Future W3EdNet Dates:

    Monday, April 5 -- TBD

    Monday, May 10 -- Council Chair Phil Mendelson

    Monday, June 7 -- DC Education Research Collaborative

    Hearst Park: January Update

    Dear Community Stakeholders of Hearst Park:

    The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the DC Department of General Services (DGS) are pleased to share the January 2021 construction update for the Hearst Park and Pool project. Please find the flyer attached for progress information.

    For additional information, please 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, 8th Floor | Washington, DC 20002

    P: (202) 671-1852 | E: peter.nohrden@dc.gov

    DPR.dc.gov | Twitter, Facebook and Instagram: @dcdpr