Hearst Weekly Update

September 23, 2018

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Principal's Message

This week marks the sixth week of school for most of our kiddos and with that come several exciting events. On Wednesday, I will meet with a representative from each class to create our school rules. At our first school wide meeting in October 1st, all classes will bring their class banners and a sign with the class rules they developed. In addition to having each class unveil their name and banner, we'll also display all of the sets of classroom rules from which our school rules came. The representatives from each class will explain how they came up with the rules and then unveil our school rules for the year. We will then post these rules in the hallways, shared spaces, and in classrooms, as well as share them with you.


We're also wrapping up our final beginning of year (BOY) assessments across all grade levels this week. We'll be meeting in grade level teams in the coming week to analyze where each child is finding success and where s/he may need an extra push, and then creating targeted reading and math groups to support further growth. As we develop these groups, we'll be reaching out and sharing this information with you and if you have any questions about how the Hearst team is supporting your child, please do reach out to his or her homeroom teacher.


As a new feature of the Principal's Message, each week in this space I'm going to share what I'm reading. Because I'm in an Executive Master's in Leadership Program at Georgetown, my reading list is looong and varied and this week I'm reading Uncommon Genius: How Great Ideas are Born by Denise Shekerjian and Positive Intelligence by Shirzad Chamine. If you'd like to know more about either book, please reach out!

News and Announcements from Hearst

Quick Updates

  • Congratulations to 5th graders Genevieve P (3rd place) and Natalie D (7th place) for their performances at Thursday's Lafayette Cross Country Invitational. Congratulations to 4th grader Owen C, who came in 13th in the boys race!
  • The building closes to non-staff at 6:00pm so that our custodial team can do their final cleaning. If you or your child need to use the bathroom after 6:00, please use the facilities at the Rec Center cottage. Thanks!
  • Our first LSAT meeting of the year will be held on Wednesday, September 26, from 4:30-5:30 in the conference room.
  • We've added more events, for example the Science Fair, Math Night, and more, to the Hearst Bloomz calendar so be sure to check it out to see all of the exciting things in store this year!

PTA Corner

  • 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.


The Owl Fund contest is the PTA's fundraising campaign to help raise money to support after-school enrichment programming and management, field trips, classroom supplies, professional development for our teachers, instructional software licenses for Lexia and i-Ready for every student and more! While the suggested annual donation per student is $750, we welcome donations at other levels and appreciate any contribution. Please donate today to support our school and children. 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!


  • Screen on the Green: Please join us on Friday, September 28, for our Screen on the Green event. We will be showing A Wrinkle in Time, with the movie start time as after sundown, around 7:15pm. We also will have some food trucks on hand, including Far East Taco, Z Burger and Fred’s Ice Cream. Bring your blankets and flash lights but please, no lawn chairs on the field.
  • Auction Committee: Yes, the auction isn’t for months, but it takes a lot of planning to pull off such an awesome event. The Auction Planning Committee will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, October 2, at 7pm at the Whole Foods in Tenleytown. We will meet in the upstairs cafe area. Please join us! If you have any questions, please reach out to Kim Cooper at kzaikov@gmail.comand Christina Burnett at Christina.Burnett10@Outlook.com.
  • Hearst Owls at DC United: Join us for our first Hearst Day at Audi Field on Saturday, October 13th at 5pm as D.C. United and Wayne Rooney take on FC Dallas! Tickets for the match start at $30. Follow this link to sign up: https://fevo.me/2M2VVqK.
  • 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, for Hearst’s annual E-Cycle event.
  • Community Dining Night: Join your fellow Hearsties for dinner at Nando's Peri-Peri on Wednesday, October 24 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.

News and Announcements from Other Organizations

Reminder: Fifth Annual DC Parent and Family Engagement Summit

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is pleased to announce that the Fifth Annual DC Parent and Family Engagement Summit will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Information provided at the Summit will engage, inform, and empower parents and families to effectively support the highest level of quality education for all the children in the District of Columbia. The Summit will also allow parents to provide feedback to OSSE on the state education plan.

Please encourage parents and family members to join OSSE for this event.

RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dc-fifth-annual-parent-and-family-engagement-summit-tickets-48259229655
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Virginia Tech Maker Festival - Nov. 3rd

The Virginia Tech Maker Festival is entering it’s 4th Year. For 3 years, the Virginia Tech Maker Festivalhas hosted its STEM festival at the Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church, VA. The goal of this event is to increase STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) learning in all ages, nationalities, genders, and socio-economic backgrounds.


Virginia Tech is one of the leading research universities in the country specializing in Engineering, Science, and Math. Our very own students and Professors discovered the lead in the water in Flint, Michigan. With our partnerships, and laboratories, Virginia Tech wants to expand the STEM growth in the National Capital Region with the Virginia Tech Maker Festival. We hope to inspire future generations of Science, technology, engineering and math students, researchers, professors, leaders, and beyond.


We will have robots, experiments, and interactive games. Come join the fun, & Register Now!


We are also in need of volunteers. This is a great way for high school students to earn service hours, support the local community, and learn more about STEM. As a thank you, lunch will be provided and you will receive a Certificate of Appreciation.


If you are interested, please complete the volunteer application here and you will be signed up.


Thank you and we hope you will join us on Nov. 3rd!