Hearst Weekly Update

January 28, 2020

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Principal's Message

Hello, Owls!

Thanks to all of those who completed the Term 2 survey - I appreciate your feedback, particularly the input on what to put on our website's future iteration. DCPS is also asking for your feedback about Hearst and the link to that survey can be found here: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/dcps/family/surveys/v2/67954343?language=en. To date 12 of our 289 families have completed the survey and I hope that you will take a few moments this week to complete the DCPS Panorama survey.

Thanks for your support and feedback,


What I'm reading this week: The Instructional Change Agent by Adam Drummond

News and Announcements from Hearst

Upcoming Key Dates

  • 1/30 - LSAT Meeting, 4:30-5:30
  • 2/5 - Term 2 Report Cards and MOY data reports go home
  • 2/7 - Community Meeting; Open House
  • 2/17-2/21 - February Break

Please check the Bloomz calendar for other important dates.

Say Hello, Part 3

Please join me in welcoming Jonyce Cole to our staff as the partner teacher working with Ms. Boyle and the Leading Lions! Some of you may remember Jonyce as a student teacher in one of our PK classes last year or also know her as the mom to two current Owls. I hope you'll say hello when you see her around our school.

A Note From Jonyce:

Hello everyone! My name is Jonyce Cole and I am excited to be joining a wonderful community at Hearst. I was born and raised in Washington DC. I enjoy spending time with my three beautiful children and husband, I also enjoy writing whenever I have spare time. I received my C.D.A in May of 2018 and I am currently a junior at UDC. I look forward to meeting everyone!

News and Announcements from DCPS

DCPS Head Start Update

Attached is a message from DC Public Schools Deputy Chancellor Dr. Melissa Kim providing an important update for the district’s early childhood education. Please note that Hearst Elementary School is not a recipient of Head Start funding, so our early learning programming will not be impacted by any changes to the grant award. The number of Pre-K classrooms we offer will remain the same. For more information about how and Head Start is changing in DCPS, feel free to view the presentation below and reach out with any questions.

Reminder: My School DC Lottery Now Open

The My School DC lottery application for school year 2020-2021 is now open. My School DC is the city’s common application and public school lottery for DC Public Schools (DCPS) and the majority of public charter schools (grades PK3-12).

Families must use the My School DC lottery application to apply to:

  • DCPS PK3 / PK4 programs (including programs at in-boundary DCPS schools);
  • DCPS citywide and out-of-boundary schools (PK3-12);
  • DCPS selective high schools (9-12); and
  • all participating public charter schools (PK3-12)

The application deadlines are February 3, 2020 for grades 9-12 and March 2, 2020 for grades PK3-8.

Have questions or need help with your application? Call the My School DC hotline at (202) 888-6336, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or email info.myschooldc@dc.gov.

For more information and to apply, go to www.myschooldc.org.

News and Announcements from Other Organizations

Free DC Camp Fair - Thursday, January 30th from 6-8pm

Dear DC School and PTA Leaders,

Are families at your schools already making plans for summer camps and activities for students?

The JO Wilson Elementary School PTA is hosting our 6th Annual DC Camp Fair on Thursday, January 30th from 6-8pm.

At this FREE event, families will be able to:

  • Meet with representatives from 40 (and counting) summer camps
  • Learn about a wide variety of summer activities, ranging from traditional camps to academic, arts, music, and special interest camps.
  • Enter drawings to win FREE weeks of summer camps - 12 great camps to choose from!
  • Meet with camps that range from Pre-K to Middle School.
  • Find care options for Winter, Spring and Summer breaks
  • Meet with reps from My School DC, Stuart Hobson and JO Wilson

Learn more about the camps participating at https://www.dccampfair.com/

Please help us spread the word about this great event!

The Camp Fair will take place at JO Wilson Elementary School - located at 660 K Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002.

Jo Wilson is easily accessible by bus, metro, streetcar and there is street parking surrounding the school.

We are happy to answer any questions about the event. Thanks for your help and happy summer planning!


JO Wilson PTA

Let Your Kids Shine: Writers Contest

Encourage your kindergarten through 3rd graders to showcase their creativity by participating in the 2020 WETA PBS Kids Writers Contest! Children will have the chance to practice their writing skills by submitting an original story, poem, or piece of non-fiction.

Please share this information with other teachers in your school. There will be prizes for the winning entries of each grade and the school or institution that submits the most entries will receive children's books and a visit from a famous WETA PBS Kids character.

For more information on the contest, including entry forms, rules and flyers: click here. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at outreach@weta.org. Note: all entries must be postmarked no later than April 27, 2020 to be eligible for the contest.

We look forward to working with you to inspire students in the Greater Washington area to get creative and showcase their writing abilities.


Paula Barrios

Outreach and Community Engagement


3939 Campbell Avenue

Arlington, VA 22206

Continuing Conversations on Housing

Join the Bowser Administration at the Howard Theatre on Saturday, February 8 for the third event in a series of citywide discussions on housing. At this event, we will discuss how policies affect the places we call home, and how we will meet Mayor Bowser’s #36000by2025 goal for housing equity.

Learn more and RSVP at housing.dc.gov/conversations.

Budget Engagement Forums

Join fellow DC residents at forums to share your values, priorities, and ideas with the Bowser Administration as the Fiscal Year 2021 budget is developed.

  • Monday, February 10 at 12:00 p.m.: Senior Telephone Town Hall
  • Tuesday, February 18 at 6:30 p.m.: Budget Engagement Forum at the Edgewood Recreation Center (301 Franklin Street, NE)
  • Thursday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m.: Budget Engagement Forum at the UDC Student Center (4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW)
  • Saturday, February 22 at 11:00 a.m.: Budget Engagement Forum at Kenilworth Recreation Center (4321 Ord Street, NE)

Learn more and RSVP HERE.

Open Enrollment Ends Next Week

DC residents have one more week - until January 31, 2020 - to get covered and stay covered through DC Health Link.

DCHealthLink.com, the District’s state-based health insurance exchange established under the Affordable Care Act, provides health insurance to more than 16,0000 residents through the individual marketplace and more than 79,000 people through the small business marketplace. Residents can visit DCHealthLink.com to shop for, compare, and enroll in affordable, high-quality insurance plans.