Hearst Weekly Update

September 8, 2019

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Principal's Message

Good evening Owls,

Our streak of great days at Hearst Elementary School continues! As I visited classes last week, it was wonderful to see our kids excited about learning and diving deeper into the routines that will support their success this year. I appreciate the consistently structured, warm, loving, and joyful environments our staff have created for our Owls and know that the routines, practices, and relationships we are building now will continue to bear fruit throughout the school year.

We look forward to seeing all of our families at Back to School Night on Wednesday, where you'll learn more about what kids will be learning this year, what to expect in terms of their social emotional development over the course of the year, how you can support your child this year, and a few nuts and bolts around communication and DCPS and Hearst policies. We'll all be starting at 5:30 in the gym with the PTA presentation before heading upstairs to classrooms. Please see the PTA post to sign up for childcare prior to Wednesday so that the PTA can have an accurate count for food. Thanks!

In partnership,

Principal Jen Geoffroy (pronounced Jeff-roy; formerly Thomas)


Upcoming Events

  • Beginning of Year (BOY) assessment window continues for K-5
  • September 10 - Picture Day
  • September 11 - PTA Meeting and Back to School Night, 5:30-7:30pm
  • September 14 - DCPS Back to School Party


What I'm reading this week: The Speed of Trust, Stephen M.R. Covey

News and Announcements from Hearst

Lost and Found

Our lost and found is in the cafeteria/gym, right inside the entrance. If we see any unclaimed items (clothes, water bottles, hats, etc.) inside the building, staff will bring them to the lost and found so they can be reunited with their owners. Please note that anything left outside will not be brought to the lost and found. There are hundreds of kids who use the playground and fields in the evenings and on the weekends and if we bring in every item left on the field, we make it impossible for those kids to be reunited with their things.

Updated School Lunch Policy

New this year, students are no longer required to take milk when eating school lunch. If kids are bringing water bottles to lunch so that they have something to drink with their school or home lunch, please make sure the water bottles are labeled with their names so that they can be returned if lost. Thanks!

Reminder: Volunteering at Hearst

All volunteers, including parents and anyone chaperoning or attending a field trip with Hearst students, must complete the DCPS Clearance process before volunteer services can be provided. To complete the DCPS Clearance process, complete the following steps:


  1. Complete the online Clearance Application found here.
  2. Complete a TB test or obtain documentation showing cleared TB test results from the last 12 months.
  3. Report to DCPS Central Office (1200 First Street NE, 10th Floor) during operating hours to complete the fingerprinting process Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm and Fridays from 8 am - 3 pm. TB test results must be provided upon reporting to Central Office for fingerprints*. Individuals who fail to produce TB test results from the last 12 months will be denied fingerprinting services.
  4. Wait 3-10 business days for a clearance letter, indicating cleared fingerprinting results.
For additional information, including exceptions to the above process, please visit the DCPS Volunteer page here. Answers to frequently asked questions, see Volunteering FAQs. For additional questions, contact DCPS Clearance by email at dcps.clearance@dc.gov.

PTA Corner

Back to School Night is Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Dear Hearst Community,

We are gearing up for Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 11! As a reminder, the schedule is:


5:30-6:00 PTA meeting, Gym

6:00-6:30 Principal Geoffroy’s presentation, Gym

6:30-7:00 Classroom Visit 1

7:00-7:30 Classroom Visit 2


Information tables will also be set up in the atrium from 6:30-7:30. Come and meet our specialists, Inner Core team, and some of the enrichment vendors, peruse Hearst gear, learn about PTA volunteer opportunities, and learn more about the Owl Fund.


Childcare and pizza will be provided for potty-trained children on the playground. Please sign up using the link by noon on Wednesday:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfKNh4WDjirZP2v5-qt9VvZN4PH5QC2tIiCSj20TK_TTH6Dyg/viewform

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

News and Announcements from Other Organizations

Janney ES Community Event

Janney ES will host its first Community Night of the school year on Thursday, September 12th at 6pm. We are thrilled to welcome Dr. James Gordon from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, who will engage with our community around self-care routines and support in response to everyday stress and trauma. We'll experience meditation, movement, music, and more with him, and learn how to use them to reduce stress and enhance resilience. His widely-acclaimed new book, "The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma" will be on sale. For more about The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, please visit https://cmbm.org. The event will be held in the Janney ES school cafeteria. Janney ES is located at 4130 Albemarle St, NW. We look forward to seeing you there!