Hearst Weekly Update

November 17, 2019

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Principal's Message

Good evening Owls,

Another busy week in the books, a week capped off by the amazing Talent Show and the E-cycle! Thanks to everyone who planned, supported, and attended both events and for your continued support of our Hearst community. Thanks also to all those who attended the PTA meeting on Wednesday. At that meeting I shared an overview of this year's Comprehensive School plan. Please see next week's update for more information about our Comprehensive School Plan and our focus on Universal Design for Learning.

Thanks for all you do for our school and I hope you've had a wonderful weekend,


What I'm reading this week: How Great Leaders Think: The Art of Reframing, Lee G. Bolman and Terrence E. Deal

Upcoming Events

  • 11/20 - LSAT Meeting, 4:30-5:30
  • 11/21 - Fall Concert, 9:00-10:00
  • 11/22 - Open House, 9:15-10:30
  • 11/27-11/29 - Thanksgiving Break, no school for students

News and Announcements from Hearst

Reminder: End of Term 1 Survey

With the completion of Term 1, it's time to check in on our progress toward the goals listed in our Comprehensive School Plan (CSP). Based on feedback from you at the end of last year, we set a goal of communicating with each family about their child's individual progress at least twice per term. Please take a minute to let us know if we are meeting this goal by completing the one question survey found here. Thanks!

News and Announcements from DCPS

Attendance and Winter Weather

Dear Parent/Guardian,

As the winter months approach, DCPS would like to remind you about the importance of regular school attendance. We want to encourage you to commit to your child coming to school if school is open, despite cold and potentially inclement weather. We recommend the following suggestions to prepare you and your child:

1. Make sure your child has appropriate and warm winter clothing for the walk or commute to school. If you need assistance, please contact your school's attendance designee, Ms. Hinchey. We are here to help.

2. Stay up-to-date regarding school closures/delays by visiting the DCPS website or a local news channel. Students who are absent when school is open without a valid excuse will accrue unexcused absences.

3. Closely monitor weather-related WMATA schedule and routing changes. Be prepared to leave home a little earlier to ensure timely arrival.

4. Please communicate with school attendance staff and provide excuse documentation following all health-related absences. DCPS understands that cold, flu, and asthma conditions can become problematic during the winter months.

We look forward to seeing your child in school this winter!

News and Announcements from Other Organizations

DC's Shelter Hotline

During hypothermia season, residents can help keep everyone safe by calling the Shelter Hotline to report a person experiencing homelessness who may be impacted by extreme temperatures.

Transportation to shelter is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you see someone outside in need of shelter or a welfare check, call the Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093 or dial 311. If there is an immediate risk to safety call 911. When calling, please include the time, the address or location of the person you are concerned about, and a description of the person’s appearance.

Additionally, residents are invited to join Mayor Bowser, the Department of Human Services, and the DowntownDC BID on Thursday, November 21 at Triangle Park (adjacent to the Downtown Daytime Services Center) to raise awareness about services available during the winter months for individuals experiencing homelessness. Learn more HERE.