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Holmes Elementary School - Week Ending - 4/19/19

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PBIS Update

Opportunity - The University of Illinois is offering this opportunity for parents. Bold Conversations: SEL and Parenting is a one-day social and emotional learning chat and chew style seminar designed to bring parents together to exchange ideas on how we can help our children address the challenges they may face. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Town Hall Meetings - we are excited to share that we had our first round of Town Hall meetings with our students at Holmes last week. Entire grade levels came together to look at our school-wide behavior data and discuss how students and adults in the school can work together to improve it!

PBIS website- Please remember that you can find all of our Second Step (Social Emotional Curriculum) home links on our school website. Click on this link to access the Holmes School website and enjoy extending your student's Social Emotional growth!

Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee Meeting

On Saturday, April 27, there will be a parent café at the main branch of the Oak Park Public Library that will also serve as the first official meeting of the Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee in D97. The event will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., food and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the event

District 97 Adventure Run

The Physical Education Department will be hosting a District 97 Adventure Run on Saturday, May 4th at Lindberg Park. The Adventure Run is free of charge and open to all Kindergarten through 5th-grade students in District 97. This is a culminating event to celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Week. If your child wants to participate, please fill out the following form.

Yearbook Deadline Extended to April 23rd

Registration Dates

Following are the registration dates for the 2019-20 school year. Our goal is to have ALL kindergarten registration completed by the end of April. Returning student registration is scheduled for the month of May. All kindergarten and returning students should be registered prior to the end of the school year. Be sure to register early - this ensures that we have the right number of classrooms and staff needed to support our students' learning.

If you know that you will not be returning to Holmes for the 2019-2020 school year, please notify your child's teacher.


  • April 30 - 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • May 6-27

Celebrate Holmes Staff

Families, have you noticed a Holmes teacher or staff member who deserves a compliment or a thank you? Has this person made a difference for your child? Please share the reason in a brief email to me ( so that we may recognize and thank them!


  • S.T.E.A.M Night, April 25 at 6:00-8pm (TIME CORRECTED)
  • Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee Meeting, April 27 2:30-4:30 @ OP Library
  • Popsicles in the Park, April 26, May 10 and May 24 at 3:00 (weather permitting)
  • Kindergarten Open House - May 1 - 3:00-4:00 (for incoming kindergarten students)
  • Kindergarten Meet-n-Greet with Popsicles in the Park - May 1 - following the open house
  • Multicultural Parade, May 4 10:00am @ Julian MS
  • Staff Appreciation Week - May 6 to May 10
  • Volunteer Appreciation Night and Community PTO Meeting, May 15 from 6:00-8:30
  • HAMBingo - May 21 - 7:00
  • Memorial Day - No School - May 27
  • Book Swap - June 3
  • Kindergarten Tribute to Excellence - June 4 - 8:30am
  • 5th Grade Completion Ceremony - June 5 - 8:15am
  • Olympic Day - June 6
  • Last Day of School - June 6
  • Report cards sent home - June 6

Community Hawk Nest

1. We Need your Help Holmes Community!! Hey Holmes Parents! Do you love Holmes programming like Edge, Carnival, Book Fair and Taste of Holmes? Then join us to continue to make events like this happen through the PTO. We are looking for some fun and engaged parents to volunteer next year. Could be for a specific event, or could even be that you might raise your hand to join the PTO board (we are a fun crowd!). Any way that you can donate your time and your smarts, we would welcome it. Our kids and our teachers all benefit when we contribute to the Holmes community, and we would love to have you help us create the Holmes Community Hawks' Nest. Questions? Email Christina Welter at and Layla Krause at, PTO Co-Presidents. Interested? Please fill out this sign-up genius and let us know how you could volunteer your time:
2. STEAM night 4/25th from 6-8pm. Mark your calendars now for this family event! This free event is part of STEAM week at school. If you are interested in being a guest presenter in class or volunteering that night, Click here. Contact Marcia Despe ( with questions.
3. Popsicles in the Park is back! Join our kids and families in the Holmes School Playground starting at 3:00 for popsicles, music, and fun! Dates are Fridays April 26, May 10 and May 24.
4. Can you help us welcome new kindergarten parents on May 1 from 2:45-4:00? Dr. Zelaya and the Kindergarten Teachers have asked for our help with welcoming the parents of incoming Kindergartners. If you are interested in volunteering on Wednesday, May 1 from 2:15-4:15, please sign up using this link:

You would be joining a Holmes student tour guide and answering questions with a small group of incoming Kindergarten parents. Your past experience and insight are greatly appreciated by those who are new to the school system.

5. MULTI-CULTURAL PARADE AND FESTIVAL 5/4 9:15 AM PARADE STARTS AT 10AM-Join us on Saturday 5/4 as we walk together and represent our school! You can dress in Holmes Gear, Holmes Colors or dress and represent your culture and heritage. Let’s show Oak Park our Fantastic Holmes Community!

Holmes PTO - Support our H.A.W.K.S. - Fundraising Updates

Where does the money go? Did you know that just in the last month, the PTO recruited over 75 volunteers to run the Pancake Breakfast, Book Fair, two workshops, and Junior Achievement? We also recently revised EDGE –our afterschool enrichment program for kids- with new classes, new sign-up system, and additional scholarships so that all kids who want to attend EDGE classes can participate. In order to continue these community events & support EDGE, we need your help!!!

Here’s three easy ways you can help right now.

1. Direct Drive. Please consider a donation through this year’s Direct Drive. Support our HAWKS at H (Heart), $1,000; A (Appreciation), $500; W (Warmth) $250; K (Kindness), $100; or S (Smile) $50 (or any other amount that is comfortable for you).

Ways to Donate to Direct Drive: Please return a check to school made out to the Holmes PTO (put Direct Drive in memo line of your check) or Donate online at

2. Missed our Book Fair? Never Fear! Holmes families: You can still buy books online!
We still have time to order books online to reach our goal. For every $1 you spend, $1 is going straight back to Holmes to support our community.
    1. Go to

    2. Click (SHOP NOW).

    3. Click on any category

    4. Once you Checkout, make sure to enter Holmes School, and Oak Park as your school/city so that Holmes gets the credit

3. GIFTCARDS shopping - Holmes PTO has partnered with ShopWithScrip. Please utilize ShopWithScrip for your everyday shopping and gift card needs.

How Scrip Works

  • By paying for your everyday purchases with gift cards, also known as scrip, you’ll earn money for Holmes. Simply use Script Giftcards for your everyday Groceries, gas, dining out, home improvement projects, clothing and travel needs. How? Every gift card has a rebate percentage on it, normally between 2% and 16%. That rebate goes directly to OUR SCHOOL.

Family Registration notes;

1) Log on to

2) Click "Join a Program" Blue Button

3) Enter Holmes PTO Enrollment Code 6BL378C861333

4) Sign up for PRESTO PAY. We can not accept check payment.

5) Shop Away - Use gift card (at its full value) on your everyday shopping.

6) Questions? Scrip customer service is incredible; call 1.800.727.4715

Gift Card Delivery Notes

E-Cards delivered immediately to your email.

Physical gift card orders placed the 1st Tuesday of each month and delivered to Holmes and then sent home in your child’s backpack.

Community resources and opportunities

  • SUMMER ENRICHMENT AT MANN SCHOOL: Mann Power Summer Session! Summer Bump Up. After conversations with other PTO presidents, we, the Mann PTO presidents Dot Roche and Aimée Eubanks Davis, decided with our community to open this program to students in other D97 schools. This summer program will offer advanced math and reading for students whose MAP test scores typically are between the 80th – 95th percentiles, and who with additional, small group instruction, may accelerate their command of challenging math and/or reading concepts. We are mirroring this after Julian's summer bump up in math.

  • Students who register must be driven personally and excited about this opportunity to grow and realize their full potential within. Homework is expected and at the end there will be an assessment to see how much of the content has been mastered. The advanced math and reading courses will run for three weeks from June 10 to June 24, Monday through Friday at Mann School. The cost will be $360.00 per course for all three weeks. Students who are doing both the morning and afternoon courses may stay for a supervised lunch, at no extra charge.

  • Math: 9:00 – 11:30 AM (Pick up at 11:30 AM, if student is not attending the afternoon
    reading course.)

  • Lunch and Recess Break: 11:30 AM – 12:25 PM (Please bring a peanut-free lunch and
    water bottle.)

  • Reading: 12:30 – 3:00 PM (Drop off at 12:25 PM, if student is not attending the
    morning course.)

To enroll, create an account and sign up here via Class Track. When you see Instructor click on your D97 school (e.g., Holmes, Irving, Lincoln, etc.). If you need support, email Mann Power (MANN.POWER@LIVE.COM). We look forward to our children learning alongside and forming friendships with other students in D97!