Hearst Family Update

September 7, 2020

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Principal's Message

Good evening, Hearst Families,

What a great first week of school! While we had a few glitches here and there, our staff set a high bar for what virtual instruction can look, sound, and feel like in every grade level and every classroom. All of the preparation they put into last week was evident and it led to engaging, joyful, and welcoming classrooms that gave kids the opportunity to build community and begin to practice some of the learning routines that they will need to be successful in the coming weeks. They did all of this while also completing welcome calls with you, calls that will continue in the coming weeks for families who have not yet had them. We couldn't have done any of it without you, and are grateful that you were able to balance tech support and behind-the-scenes encouragement and guidance for your kids with everything else that you have on your plates. Thank you!

As we look to the week ahead, here is a reminder of our goals for this week.

Students will:

  • –Experience a collaborative and inclusive learning community
  • –Make personal connections by working with a variety of classmates
  • –Practice essential academic routines and daily routines (eg. sustained writing or transitioning to Inner Core live lessons)
  • –Generate learning goals (Hopes and Dreams/Goals) & see work proudly displayed
  • –Brainstorm a list of possible classroom rules

Staff will:

  • –Strengthen family partnerships
  • –Begin the Living Through History Cornerstone

Thank you for your partnership and support on and off screen and I hope you've had a wonderful weekend,


News and Announcements from Hearst

Upcoming Key Dates

  • Wednesday, September 16 - K-5 complete iReady math online assessment (look for additional information in next week's update)
  • Wednesday, September 16, 6:00-7:00pm - Back to School Night (additional information will be shared in next week's update)

  • Thursday, September 17, 4:00-8:00pm - Community Dining event at Potomac Pizza to support Hearst PTA

  • Wednesday, September 23 - Grades 2-5 complete Reading Inventory (RI) online (look for additional information in next week's update)

Quick Updates

  • You'll notice that when your child(ren) log into Canvas tomorrow, there is a banner at the top of the Canvas page with the morning announcements. Starting tomorrow, morning announcements will be posted in this way on Canvas and no longer be posted on Bloomz.
  • There are many blended learning programs for our students provided by DCPS and accessible via Clever. In K-2, our focus for now is on having kids use Lexia, Zearn, and Eureka Math in Sync. In 3-5, our focus is on iReady ELA, Zearn, Eureka Math in Sync. We hope to have Words Their Way Online for K-2 and Lexia for PK available in the coming weeks. We also know there have been some challenges in accessing Typing Agent and hope to have more information from DCPS soon about how we can get access for all of our students.

Technology Information and Supports

  • Our student-facing learning platform, Canvas, can be accessed at: dcps.instructure.com. User Name: StudentId@students.k12.dc.us and Password: DOB (MM/DD/YY). If you do not know your child's student id/user name, please reach out to your child's teacher as soon as possible.
  • Canvas 101 Video for Families (English); (Spanish)
  • For a quick 2-page reference guide on common technology support requests, including the new student and family-facing call center, please reference this document.
  • If students have access issues and cannot log in, please call the DCPS main line: (202) 442-5885 where we have a team of customer support ready to triage beginning 6am on 8/31.
  • Teachers are also sharing the contact information of staff who will be supporting students in their virtual classes in the first weeks of school. Please feel free to email those support staff if your child is having trouble accessing Canvas or Teams.
  • Please be sure to update Teams to the latest version so kids can see all their classmates (Large Gallery View). Click the link for a how-to guide:

News and Announcements from DCPS

Sharing Attendance Guidance with Families

Thank you for reminding families that student attendance is recorded every day, even on Wednesdays! Please share the Reopen Strong – Virtual Attendance Guidance for more information on student attendance procedures during virtual instruction days. It clarifies that if a student is already logged into Canvas (e.g. from the day before), any activity within Canvas will transfer to attendance. This means that a student should click on the link for the day’s activities, click on a Teams meeting link, open a course, or work on an assignment in ClassNotebook within Canvas so it can translate into attendance for that day.

Tech Tips for Families

We want to make sure every student can use their technology device to learn at home. Click on this link and share, easy-to-follow directions about how to “Log On, Get Ready, and Go!” with your school community. This resource is also available as a one-pager on Sharepoint. From using a new computer to becoming familiar with Canvas, we recognize families had questions this week as the school year started. Families can visit backtoschool.dc.gov for answers to common questions such as how to reset a student’s password and review user guides for DCPS devices. If they would like to talk to someone at our help desk for further assistance, call 202-442-5885. Families can also attend free trainings each week with Microsoft about how to use Teams and the Surface device. Details are here.

News and Announcements from Other Organizations

Hearst Park August Update

Hello Hearst Community!

Attached is the August, 2020 construction update for the Hearst Park and Pool project. We hope you are all staying healthy and well during this epidemic. Now that the project is moving ahead after some unforeseen water intrusion onto the site, which effected the project schedule, we will be providing more regular updates once again.

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

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