Hearst Family Update

November 8, 2020

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Principal's Message

Good evening Owl families,

I hope this finds you well and excited for the start of Term 2 tomorrow. It's been a bit of a wild ride in the sense that it was only a week ago that we thought we'd be starting in-person classes tomorrow and here we are starting the term all virtual, at least for the time being. I thank you for your patience as we work through whatever Term 2 brings in terms of reopening (or not) and appreciate your continued support.

Hope that you were able to get outside this weekend and enjoy the amazing weather,


News and Announcements from Hearst

Upcoming Key Dates

  • Monday, November 9 - Term 2 starts (all students will be learning virtually)
  • Wednesday, November 11 - Veteran's Day (no school)
  • Wednesday, November 18 - LSAT Meeting, 4:30-5:30pm; PTA Meeting, time TBD
  • November 25-27 - Thanksgiving Break (no school for students and teachers)

Quick Updates

  • We will be continuing with Social Studies in Term 2 to provide more continuity with the curriculum. We will make the transition to Science in Terms 3 and 4.

  • MTSS small groups resume November 9th.

  • Students in Grades 3-5 will take the ANet 2 Math assessment on 12/9 and the ANet 2 ELA assessment on 12/14. More information will be shared by teachers as we get closer to those dates.

Impact Aid Survey Open (10/30-12/22)

The DCPS Impact Aid survey is now available electronically for completion! Please encourage all DCPS families to complete one survey per child, not per household, in their preferred language to generate additional federal funds for DCPS. The Grant Administration team will be collecting surveys for our initial application through Tuesday, December 22. For questions, please contact DCPSImpactAid@k12.dc.gov.

Hearst School Spirit Fridays

Show off your creativity and outfits as you get ready for our School Spirit Fridays. Spread the word and reach out to Dr. Chen if you have any questions.

Reminder: Vaccinations Required to Return to Learning in the Building

Help your kids #StayOnTrack and ready for school-entry with on-time vaccinations.

Hearst has a current immunization compliance rate of 80.83% as of 10-11-2020. Remember to send your child's immunization records to manik.hinchey@k12.dc.gov. Make appointments with your health care providers and provide the proper documentation before the start of in-person school (see here for a list of required immunizations). Immunizations must be up to date to take an in-person seat or CARES seats starting in Term 2.

Por favor ayuden a sus hijos a mantenerse vacunados y listos para el regreso a la escuela.
La escuela ha comenzado, recuerde enviar los registros de vacunación de su hijo/a a manik.hinchey@k12.dc.gov. Haga citas con sus proveedores de atención médica y proporcione la documentación adecuada antes del inicio de clases en persona (tentativamente a partir del 6 de noviembre de 2020). Consulte aquí para obtener una lista de las vacunas requeridas. A pesar de que estamos comenzando en forma remota, nos comunicaremos con todos los alumnos a los que les falta el certificado de vacunas.

News and Announcements from DCPS

#ReopenStrong Updates for Families • Trendency Survey Outreach

DCPS is partnering with Trendency Research to understand more about your experiences with learning from home. It is important to us that your perspectives are considered as we plan for the remainder of the school year.

As a reminder, your responses to the Trendency family survey will be kept strictly confidential. No identifying information will appear in the survey results, and all answers provided will be reported in the aggregate.

Sign up to share your opinion with us. New survey questions will be released every few weeks and sharing feedback should take less than 90 seconds of your time:

Note: When you create your Trendency account, the activation link may go to your Spam folder.

Please email ceo.info@k12.dc.gov for assistance or questions about this survey.

Thank you for your willingness to provide the feedback we need to move forward.

School Readiness Checklists Now Online

Elementary school principals are leading safety walkthroughs with members of their community to show first-hand how buildings are ready to welcome back students and staff. While these walkthroughs are by invitation only, we are posting information for the public at dcpsreopenstrong.com/school-plans/. On each page, you can download a reopening plan for that school, review the status of its school readiness checklist, and find other resources for the school community around reopening. All of our health and safety resources for families are online at dcpsreopenstrong.com/health/.