Hearst Weekly Update

March 8, 2020

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Principal's Message

Hello, Owls!

As an update to the Bloomz message posted last week, please know that DCPS continues to partner closely with DC Health in monitoring the recent coronavirus outbreak. More information and resources can be found on the DC government's public information website, https://coronavirus.dc.gov/. With local cases of COVID-19 now identified, kids may be talking even more about it. If you are searching for ways to talk to your kids about COVID-19, please check out this video: https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR1rryg0CHoFtFJsWbJ2CitjxTijwRqPXPgMrNmdbiqdIOJ0kCJGAeckdso

Know that we will continue to reinforce proper hand washing and hygiene with students including: covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or coughing/sneezing into their upper arms, as well as avoiding touching their eyes, noses, and mouths with unwashed hands.

Below are resources that were shared with Hearst staff and that you may find useful as you reinforce hand washing and good hygiene practices at home:

Thanks for your continued support and I hope you had a great weekend,


What I'm reading this week: Leading Change Together by Eleanor Drago-Severson and Jessica Blum-DeStefano

PS - The background photo is another one that was taken by one of our 5th grade students.

News and Announcements from Hearst

Upcoming Key Dates

  • 3/11 - Deal Night at Hearst, 5:00-6:00pm, Library; PTA Meeting, 6:00-7:30pm, Library
  • 3/16 - Hearst Inclusion Council (previously the Hearst Autism Fund) Meeting, 3:30-4:30, Room 214
  • 3/17 - Hearst Arts Night, 6:00-7:30
  • 3/18 - LSAT Meeting, 4:30-5:30
  • 3/20 - PD Day - no school for students
  • 3/28 - Hearst Auction, 6:30pm

Please check the Bloomz calendar for other important dates.

DPR Facilities Use

A few parents have emailed about the outside organizations using the soccer field after school. We reached out to DPR and they indicated that the group has a permit to use the field after school last week and this week. All property to the south of the parking lot is DPR property and as a school, we have a memorandum of understanding with DPR that allows the school to use these facilities from 8:30am-3:30pm, Monday through Friday. Please know that any outside organization that wants to use the soccer field, playground, and/or basketball court can apply for a DPR permit to do so after 3:30. To my knowledge, Innis does not have a permit to use the field, basketball court, and playgrounds, and this means that organizations and groups who have such a permit do will get priority for using these spaces after school.

News and Announcements from DCPS

2020 DCPS Math Bowl

The 2020 DCPS Math Bowl will be held at Roosevelt High School (4301 13th St, NW, Washington, DC). The elementary, middle and high school bowl competitions will occur simultaneously on Thursday, March 12th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Volunteers are needed as early as 4:30 pm. Please sign up here!

Immunization Attendance Policy - SY20-21

District law requires that all students comply with immunization requirements. Beginning SY20-21, non-compliant students will have 20 school days to provide immunization certification or they will be removed from school until the required documentation is received. More information on the immunization process is available on OSSE’s website.

Elementary Summer Learning

DC Public Schools (DCPS) is dedicated to ensuring that all children receive a world-class education that prepares students to be successful in college, career, and life. Registering your child for summer school is one of the best things you can do to help your child stay on track and be prepared for the following school year. With that in mind, we are excited to announce that online registration for DCPS’ K-5 Summer School 2020 starts on Tuesday, March 10. Spaces are limited, so please register as soon as possible to secure a seat for your child! Please note the following:

1. Only current kindergarten through 5th grade DCPS students are eligible to participate in this program. If your child does not secure a seat in K-5 Summer School, DCPS will offer several other great opportunities across the district. Check the DCPS website at dcps.dc.gov throughout the spring for more information. Unfortunately, this program is not open to prekindergarten or non-DCPS students.

2. Enrollment for K-5 Summer School is done online only through https://dcps.dc.gov/service/summer-learning. Computers are available at your child’s school for you to use to complete the enrollment process if needed. Computers are also available at local DC Public Libraries (dclibrary.org).

3. These summer sites will also host Springboard Collaborative, a program intended to provide enrichment in reading. In addition to targeted reading instruction, the program also includes home visits, family workshops, and incentives for students and for families. Eligible families will be contacted directly by DCPS with instructions to register if they are eligible.

We look forward to working with you this summer in a learning community dedicated to your child’s ongoing success. If you have any questions about K-5 Summer School registration, please contact the registrar at your student’s school or the DCPS Office of Out of School Time Programs at 202.442.5002.


DCPS Summer Team

Additional Information:

Elementary Enrichment Program Offerings

We are excited to launch several new enrichment courses designed to engage students with hands-on projects and experiential learning. While sites vary in the courses they will offer, below is a list of our elementary offerings:

  • Law and Order: Investigating Crime and Fighting for Justice
  • Heroes and Villains
  • Animal Kingdom- NEW!
  • Journey Through America- NEW!
  • Kid Doctors- NEW!
  • All the World’s a Stage
  • Simple (Not Really) Machines
  • Humanities
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
For more information regarding the content of these courses, please visit our summer school website.

Springboard Offerings

DCPS is pleased to continue our partnership with Springboard Collaborative and will be hosting its program for early readers at all 8 sites. This program is intended to provide enrichment in reading. In addition to targeted reading instruction, the program also includes home visits, family workshops, and incentives for students and for families. Registration will also begin on March 10. Eligible families will be contacted by DCPS with instructions to register.

Student Grade Levels: Current Kindergarten through 2nd Grade

Dates: Monday, June 29 – Friday, July 31, 2020 (except July 3)

Times: 8 am to 1 pm (optional afternoon program 1 – 5:30 pm)

Afternoon Programs

A summer afternoon program provided by a community partner organization or DCPS staff will engage students in enriching summer activities from 1:00- 5:30 p.m. each day Summer School is in session. A snack will also be provided for each student. The program is free of charge. Only DCPS students registered for Summer School from 8-1:00 p.m. are eligible to participate. Afterschool seats will be available at all 8 sites, but are extremely limited.

Site Locations

  • Barnard ES (K-5)
    Ward 4, 430 Decatur St. NW
  • Bruce-Monroe ES (K-5)
    Ward 1, 3560 Warder St. NW
  • Burrville ES (K-5)
    Ward 7, 801 Division Ave. NE
  • Miner ES (K-5)
    Ward 6, 601 15th St. NE
  • Noyes ES (K-5)
    Ward 5, 2725 10th St. NE
  • Randle-Highlands ES (K-5)
    Ward 7, 1650 30th St. SE
  • Savoy ES (K-5)
    Ward 8, 2400 Shannon Pl. SE
  • Simon ES (K-5)
    Ward 8, 401 Mississippi Ave. SE

You can access the feeder patterns here.

If a student would like to register for a different summer site than the one assigned, they should register for the assigned summer site and email dcps.summer@k12.dc.gov.

If space is available, the student's registration will be transferred to your preferred site.

If no space is available, parents will have the option to keep the original site or place the student on a waitlist for the alternate site.

News and Announcements from Other Organizations

Exclusive but Inclusive!

Hearst Elementary School is invited to our 1st Annual Autism Day Thursday May 7, 2020

from 10:30am - 5pm, the park is open EXCLUSIVELY for a sensory friendly experience!

This event will be EXCLUSIVE but INCLUSIVE to those within the autism community and their guests.

Tickets are OVER 50% off to this event! BIG savings for BIG fun. FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE

Michelle Doerr, Account Executive

Six Flags America & Hurricane Harbor