Hearst Weekly Update

October 20, 2019

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Principal's Message

Good afternoon Owls,

Thank you to all of our families who came to APTT meetings last week. We appreciate your partnership and taking the time out of your busy weeks to spend it at the school learning from and with each other and us. Our goal is for all of our Hearst families to know how their children are progressing and what you can do at home to support their learning. If you were unable to make it to APTTs this week or conferences last week, please do reach out to your child's teacher(s) to schedule a make up conversation or conference.

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


Upcoming Events

  • Monday, October 21 - Hearst's Enrollment Audit
  • Tuesday, October 22 - DCIAA Cross Country Championships
  • Friday, November 1 - Fall Festival

What I'm reading this week: Ethical Leadership and Decision Making in Education, Joan Poliner Shapiro and Jacqueline A. Stefkovich [And yes, if you're thinking that the titles of the books I'm reading for grad school this semester are a little dry, you're not alone :)]

News and Announcements from Hearst

Blended Learning Programs at Hearst

A reminder on this rainy day that through Clever (www.clever.com), students have access to a variety of online programs to support their learning. Our K-5th grade students are able to practice math concepts via iReady math, our 3rd-5th grade students are able to hone their ELA skills and knowledge through iReady ELA, and all students have access to Typing Agent to support their keyboarding skills. Additionally, PK-2 students have access to Lexia to support their foundational reading skills. Lexia can be accessed at: https://www.lexiacore5.com. Students log in to Clever and Lexia using their birthdays and student identification numbers. If you have questions about these programs or need your child's ID number, please reach out to your child's classroom teacher.

Reminder: Halloween

We have heard your feedback about the time and expense that goes into creating/buying costumes for kids to participate in the literacy parade at school. This year, in lieu of a costume parade on October 31, we are going to hold our first Fall Festival on Friday, November 1, to celebrate the bounty of learning that occurs during the fall season. More information about the event will be shared soon so watch this space and Bloomz!

News and Announcements from DCPS

News and Announcements from Other Organizations

Frederick Douglass Oratorical Contest-- Student contestants needed


The annual Oratory Contest at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site is right around the corner and we would like to encourage your students to enter the contest. The contest is open to students of all ages and grade levels (1-12). Students memorize and present a portion of a Douglass speech from a stage to a panel of judges. The application deadline is Friday, November 22. The contest will take place on the dates of December 6th and 7th. The winners will receive a gift card and plaque, and all participants receive a certificate.

Through this contest we are able to involve students of diverse backgrounds in continuing Douglass’ legacy. From the timeless words of Douglass, these students develop a connectedness to this community, Douglass’ history, African American history and American history. Our participants are able to enhance their diction, organizational and memory skills and much more. Students are also exposed to the powerful words of a world-renowned civil rights advocate, orator, abolitionist and statesman that influence our lives in extraordinary ways.

I have attached the contest flyer and application. If you would like more information about the contest or have any questions please contact me at (202) 426-5961 or at Delphine_Gross@nps.gov.

We look forward to working with your school!


Delphine Gross


Delphine Gross

Park Ranger and Volunteer Coordinator


(p) 202.426.5961

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

1411 W Street SE

Washington, DC 20020


Hearst October Update

Hello Hearst Community!

Attached is the October 2019 construction update for the Hearst Park and Pool project. Substantial completion of the new field, pool and pool house is still scheduled for the Summer of 2020, which means we’ll be working hard moving forward after several delays. However, this may mean that the crews may need to work some weekends as noted in the attached flyer in more detail.

Sheeting and Shoring as well as excavation for the new pool house should begin in full swing in the next few weeks, please expect trucks to be entering the site per the attached traffic plans.

The second phase of the playground work, which will include complete resurfacing as well as the installation of the shade structures, will occur from April 8th, 2020 and continue through April 18th, 2020. We have been in direct contact with Hearst Elementary School to ensure there is as little impact on the children and the school as possible and we worked together to find these dates.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns about the project and feel free to visit the project website for information and resources: https://dgs.dc.gov/node/1135096.

Also, for more information on Sheeting and Shoring and safe noise and vibration levels, please find additional resources here: https://www.geostructures.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/TB-9-Vibration-and-Noise-Levels-1.pdf


- Peter


Peter Nohrden, ASLA

Capital Projects, Planning and Design

DC Department of Parks and Recreation

1250 U Street NW | Washington, DC 20009

P: 202.671.1852 | E: peter.nohrden@dc.gov

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