Hearst Family Update

January 22, 2021

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Principal's Message

Good evening, Owl Families,

Please see below for a few updates around Term 3, as well as reminders from previous updates.

Thanks for your partnership and have a great weekend,


News and Announcements from Hearst

Upcoming Key Dates

  • January 28 - PD Day for staff returning in person; Asynchronous day for students of staff returning in person in Term 3 (see below for names of staff returning in person in Term 3)
  • January 29 - Term 2 Ends (no school for students)
  • February 1 - Term 3 Begins
  • February 10-11 - Term 2 Report Cards Published in Aspen
  • February 12 - Term 2 Report Cards and MOY Data Reports Mailed Home
  • March 31 - Hearst Spring Picture Day (see below for more information)

  • Ongoing during month of January, Janna Walker will be completing TRC/DIBELS MOY assessment for K-1 students and DIBELS for 2nd grade students

Quick Updates

  • Reminder: Because our building is open to students, any non-staff members who would like to come to the building to pick up materials, switch out a device, etc., must have an appointment in order to come into the building. Please email Ms. Johnson (kestaganer.johnson@k12.dc.gov) or call (202-282-0106) to set up an appointment if you need to come into the building for any reason. Thanks!

  • Reminder: DC is publishing COVID data specific to DCPS and it can be found here: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/node/1506966. With both staff and students back in school buildings, please visit dcpsreopenstrong.com/health/response/ to learn more about DCPS' COVID-19 Response Protocol, including testing available for students and staff.

Updated Staff Roster for Term 3

The approved Term 3 plan includes the following in person learning options for students in Term 3:

  • PK CARE classroom, maximum of 8 students, staffed by Ajene Gill and Maurice Hill, contract staff
  • K-2 CARE classroom, maximum of 10 students, staffed by Rhonda Forbes, Hearst partner teacher
  • 3-5 CARE classroom, maximum of 11 students, staffed by staff with education experience
  • K in person learning classroom, 10 students, staffed by Dawn Gray, Hearst K teacher, and Jonyce Cole, Hearst K partner teacher. Families with students in Ms. Gray and Mrs. Cole's classroom, we'll be following up with you directly about the Term 3 transition.
  • CARE+ classroom for English Language Learners (ELLs), maximum of 11 students, the morning CARE classroom component will be staffed by Genesha Williams, Hearst partner teacher, and the afternoon in person instruction will be led by Brian Garfield, Hearst ELL teacher.
  • CARE+ classroom for students with disabilities (SWDs) in the general education program, maximum of 11 students, the morning CARE classroom component will be staffed by Ian Norden, Hearst partner teacher, and the afternoon in person instruction will be led by Sarah Boone, Hearst Special Education (SPED) teacher.

As of Friday afternoon, our K in person learning classroom is full and we will not be making any additional offers for that class at this time. Offers for all other classes are ongoing and we hope to finalize those rosters by next Wednesday. If you have received a message from Ms. Hinchey with an offer for a Term 3 seat, please respond with your decision as soon as possible. Thanks!

Reminder: Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action

From February 1-5, 2021, Hearst will be participating in Teaching for Change's D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice D.C. Area Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action. This week of action will be built on the momentum of past local weeks of action and the National Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action campaign taking place in cities across the U.S. to promote a set of national demands based in the Black Lives Matter guiding principles that focus on improving the school experience for students of color.

Our goal is for every student at Hearst to engage in an activity related to BLM during the week of action. This may be a lesson directly connected to their grade level curriculum, a continuation of the conversations had with students in the aftermath of the events on 1/6, or a discussion incorporated into morning & afternoon meetings. Please look for more information from your child's teacher and reach out to Dr. Chen if you have any questions.

Reminder: Access to Reading Materials/Books

There are many different ways that you can access physical and digital books for your child to read at home. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Ms. Vandivier or your child's homeroom teacher if you are having difficulty getting access to a wide variety of books and/or books at an appropriate reading level for your child. We are here to help!

  • Option 1: Check out books from the Hearst library!

  • Option 2: Check out books from the DCPS library!

    • As a Hearst student, your child can get a library card for DC public libraries! Please head over to the DCPS libraries website for more information on how to sign up and how book checkout/pickup works: https://www.dclibrary.org/

  • Option 3: Purchase books from Scholastic!

    • Each class has a Scholastic account. Due to the pandemic, you can currently purchase books and ship them directly to your home! It is very convenient. Website https://clubs.scholastic.com/home Please reach out to your homeroom teacher directly for a class code.

  • Option 4: Sora

    • You can access Sora for free via the Clever Portal. Sora offers a wide variety of books to read and to listen to!

  • Option 5: Epic

    • Epic is an extra website that you may have access to! Some classes have a class account. Epic provides TONS of books at all different levels. https://www.getepic.com/sign-in Please reach out to your homeroom teacher or Ms. Vandivier directly for a class code.

Reminder: Spring Portrait Day

We'll be holding our Spring Portrait Day on Wednesday, March 24, from 9am to 3pm. Portraits will be outdoors and socially distanced and you can sign up for an appointment at https://tuab0xbvaa.timetap.com/#/. Please see the attached flyer for additional information.

Reminder: Yearbook Photos Needed

Ms. Schiers and Ms. Boyle are getting started on the SY 20-21 Hearst Yearbook, and need your help collecting photographs! Please upload any candid or posed photos that you have of your child and Hearst children from THIS school year! Please know that by uploading a photo into this album, you are giving consent for that photo to be used in our yearbook. More information is forthcoming regarding how to order your yearbook, and about a socially distanced and outdoor portrait day with Freed Photography.

News and Announcements from DCPS

Reminder: Free Internet Service

Mayor Muriel Bowser wants to make sure your student has internet at home for virtual learning. Through a new program called Internet for All, DC Government will be paying for a year of residential internet service for eligible households provided by Comcast and RCN.

How it Works: DC Government will reach out directly by text, phone call and email to SNAP and TANF eligible households with PK3- 12th grade students enrolled at DC traditional and charter public schools.

Once you agree to participate in the program and allow Comcast or RCN to contact you, they will reach out to initiate the internet installation process. Please be sure to answer their call! Please contact your student’s school to check your eligibility and program status. Internet for All is part of the Tech Together DC Partnership. Find more information online at techtogether.dc.gov and see the flyer below.

Reminder: Travel Guidance for In-Person Students and Staff

We recognize that some staff working in person and families attending in-person programming may be traveling over the upcoming long weekend in January.

Per the Mayor’s Order 2020-110, individuals who have traveled to any place other than Maryland or Virginia are required to either (1) self-monitor and limit daily activities—including not attending school—for 14 days after returning to the District (or coming to work for a District agency), or (2) self-monitor and limit daily activities—including not attending school—for three to five days and then receive a negative COVID-19 PCR COVID-19 test.

All DCPS staff members who are working in person, whether they are a District resident or not, can show their school ID to be prioritized at any District public testing sites.

See DC Health’s Guidance for Travel for more information and the flyer below for easy-to-follow dos and don’ts on this topic.

DCPS continues to follow the CDC’s and DC Health’s Holiday Travel Guidance released November 9th, remember the safest way to celebrate the winter holidays is to celebrate at home. Gatherings with family and friends who are not a part of your household can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.

Reminder: DCPS Immunization Compliance Updates and Immunization Requirements for CARE and In Person Classroom Participants

As a reminder, all public and public charter schools in DC are required to verify student compliance with school immunization requirements before students may participate in any in-person learning opportunities. Students must be up to date with all required immunizations in order to accept a seat in a DCPS CARE or in person classroom. Our school nurse can confirm students’ current immunization status and whether they have been cleared to participate in in-person learning. She can be reached at SyFisher@childrensnational.org.

News and Announcements from Other Organizations

Calling all young filmmakers! Bethesda Film Fest 2021

The Bethesda Film Fest is seeking young documentary filmmakers to apply for the 2021 virtual festival. There is no application fee for filmmakers under 18 years old and selected young filmmakers will receive a $250 honorarium.

The Bethesda Film Fest is for short documentaries, 5-30 minutes in length, that were completed in the last two years and all topics are eligible. This year’s festival will be completely virtual, there will not be an in-person screening. Selected films will be available ahead of the April 16 virtual filmmaker discussion.

The application deadline is Friday, January 29, all submissions are through Film Freeway: https://filmfreeway.com/BethesdaFilmFest

If you have any questions about the festival, please reach out to Brenna O’Malley at BOMalley@bethesda.org.