Hearst Weekly Update

October 8, 2018

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Principal's Message

Good afternoon Owls! Although it's technically fall, it's been feeling a bit summer-ish these last few days and while I could wax poetic about the changing of the seasons, this time of year has me thinking about some of the less pleasant things that autumn brings to elementary schools across the land. Namely, I'm thinking about colds, viruses, and everyone's favorite, lice. Over the last week, we've started to see kids and adults, me included, come down with a virus that has resulted in more than a few sick days, so it's not too early to start reminding your kids about good hygiene practices. Some of these practices include sneezing or coughing into a tissue or into the crook of the arm, keeping hands away from mouths, noses, and eyes, and washing hands regularly. All of these practices will help us prevent the spread of germs at school. Additionally, as the weather cools and more kids begin wearing hats, headbands, and other head gear, please remind your kids not to share these items with friends so that we can limit the potential spread of lice. We haven't had any reported cases of lice thus far this school year and we'd love to keep it that way! For more information about what to do if your child is feeling sick and when it's ok to have your child report back to school, please feel free to contact Nurse Fisher at SyFisher@childrensnational.org or 202-282-0258. Thanks and I hope you've had a lovely long weekend!


This week I'm reading Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More by Morten Hansen. If you'd like to know more about the book and some of the strategies suggested, please reach out!

PTA Corner

    • Thanks so much to Romesh Ratnesar, who will be the parent point of contact on Hearst gear. He will work with Ms. Boyle and Ms. Prince to come up with great ideas for items we can purchase to show our school spirit. If you have any ideas, please reach out to any of them.


      And if you are interested in volunteering in any way, please reach out to Co-Presidents Amanda Provost at amanda@wydlerbrothers.com and Christine Galano atChristine.Galano@gmail.com



      Owl Fund Contest: Please donate! The grade level with the highest participation rate (our goal is 100%) wins a CLASS PARTY! The Owl Fund Contest runs through October 31st.


      The Owl Fund contest is the PTA's fundraising campaign to help raise money to support after-school enrichment programming and management, field trips, classroom supplies, professional development for our teachers, instructional software licenses for Lexia and i-Ready for every student and more! While the suggested annual donation per student is $750, we welcome donations at other levels and appreciate any contribution. Please donate today to support our school and children. You can donate online at http://www.hearstes.org/owl_fund or Venmo @PTAfunds-HearstDCPS or Paypal at treasurer@hearstes.org or by check (check made payable to "Phoebe Hearst PTA"). With all donations, please include the name and grade level of your child. Contact Kay Parry (kaylparry@yahoo.com) or Elham Dehbozorgi (elham17@gmail.com) with any questions. Thank you!



      EVENTS:


      PTA Meeting: The PTA will hold its next regular meeting on Wednesday, October 10, at 6pm in the library. Pizza and childcare will be available for all potty-trained kids. Please provide a water bottle for your child(ren). To sign up, please click here:

      https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Dbm0kkXBjLWlAVZDZF6zfmcMF9B_aZbWkUX_vGsdoew/edit


      Hearst Owls at DC United: Join us for our first Hearst Day at Audi Field on Saturday, October 13th at 5pm as D.C. United and Wayne Rooney take on FC Dallas! Tickets for the match start at $30. Follow this link to sign up: https://fevo.me/2M2VVqK.


      E-Cycle: It’s almost time to recycle your unused, broken, unwanted or obsolete electronics. That’s right – it’s almost E-Cycle time! Please spread the word and join us on Saturday, October 20 from 9am to noon, for Hearst’s annual E-Cycle event right at our school. You can also donate, swap or pick up a new bike; buy or donate gently used children’s and adult books; visit our delicious, student-run bake sale; bounce in the bounce house; drop off unused diapers for DC Diaper Bank; donate gently-worn and clean winter wear for Friendship Place; Donate sporting goods to Leveling the Playing Field.


      Community Dining Night: Our first Potomac Pizza night will be Thursday, November 8. Please join us from 4-9pm at 19 Wisconsin Circle, Chevy Chase, Md. Dine in or carry out but please make sure to mention you’re with Hearst and our school will receive a percentage of our proceeds.

      Community Dining Night: Join your fellow Hearsties for dinner at Nando's Peri-Peri on Wednesday, December 5, from 4pm to 9pm. It's fun, tasty and 40 percent of the proceeds will go back to Hearst! Nando's Tenleytown is located at 4231 Wisconsin Ave. NW.


      Last Call - Buy New Hearst Shirts: The PTA is exploring some fun new options for Hearst gear! This is our first new style; many more will be coming throughout this school year! We are so excited to share this baseball tee with you, featuring the vintage Hearst mascot design! This shirt comes in adult and child sizes (no child's XS in the baseball tee, but future sales will include this size for our smallest owls!) and is a unisex shirt. When you order, it will ship directly to your house and a proceed of the sales will go directly to the Hearst Owl Fund to support our students! This shirt will be on sale for the next month and is expected to arrive early to mid-November at your home. The link to buy shirts is: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/hearst-vintage-baseball-tee


News and Announcements from Other Organizations

Zero Waste DC: Community Composting

Did you know that in addition to the nine food waste drop-off sites across the District, the Department of Parks and Recreation also has 50 community compost bins for residents to use? The Community Compost Co-op can handle around 100 composters per site, and all that is required to join is a one-hour training and a commitment to participate in the composting process for one hour per month.

Learn more HERE.

Next W3EdNet Meeting: Candidate Forum for the Ward 3 State Board of Education

Please join the Ward 3 - Wilson Education Network on Monday, October 15 at 7pm at the Tenley-Friendship Library for a Candidate Forum for the Ward 3 Representative for the State Board of Education. Candidates Dora Currea and Ruth Wattenberg have both agreed to attend.


And we are very happy to announce that Jenny Abamu, the Education Reporter for our local NPR station, WAMU, will be moderating. Thank you, Ms. Abamu!!


Please send an RSVP to w3ednet@gmail.com if you think you will attend.


Thanks,


Melody Molinoff and Brian Doyle

Ward 3 - Wilson Feeder Education Network, Co-Chairs

Website: https://www.w3ednet.com/

Twitter: @W3EdNet

DC Public Education Master Facilities Plan 2018 Community Engagement

Join fellow DC residents to receive an update on the DC Public Education Master Facilities Plan 2018. Take part in a workshop where you will learn about the latest analysis and preliminary findings, and provide feedback about public school facilities planning in the District.


Tuesday, October 9th, 6:30PM RSVP Here

Roosevelt High School

4301 13th St NW

Metro Station: Georgia Ave-Petworth (Green/Yellow)



Thursday, October 11th, 6:30 PM RSVP Here

Woodridge Neighborhood Library

1801 Hamlin St NE

Metro Station: Rhode Island Avenue (Red)



Saturday, October 13th, 10:00 AM RSVP Here

Kramer Middle School

1700 Q St SE

Metro Station: Anacostia (Green)




Únase a otros residentes de DC para aprender sobre los análisis y hallazgos preliminares del plan maestro de instalaciones de las escuelas públicas de DC del 2018. También puede participar en un taller para compartir tus comentarios acerca de la planificación de las instalaciones escolares públicas en el distrito.



Martes, 9 de octubre, 6:30PM “RSVP” aqui

Roosevelt High School

4301 13th St NW

Metro Station: Georgia Ave-Petworth (Green/Yellow)



Jueves, 11 de octubre, 6:30 PM “RSVP” aqui

Woodridge Neighborhood Library

1801 Hamlin St NE

Metro Station: Rhode Island Avenue (Red)



Sábado, 13 de octubre, 10:00 AM “RSVP” aqui

Kramer Middle School

1700 Q St SE

Metro Station: Anacostia (Green)