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Holmes Elementary School - Week Ending - 9/21/2018

Reminder: Picture day is Monday!

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Number Hawks is Coming Back to Holmes

Do you want to help support our children’s math development? Number Hawks Tutoring Program is a tutoring program coming back to Holmes! It is a volunteer-based tutoring program for students in K-2. The goal of this program is to:

1) Increase number sense;

2) Build mental math capabilities (fluency); and

3) Encourage flexibility, accuracy, and efficiency in math.

If you’d like to help students with math at the school, we are looking for parent volunteers to help. Tutoring will take place once a week, on Tuesdays, for 30 minutes per grade level.

  • Kindergarten: 1:25-1:55
  • 1st Grade: 12:55-1:25
  • 2nd Grade: 11:30-12:00

All parent volunteers must have a background check prior to volunteering (visit the D97 website on how to get a background check here). Questions about signing-up, Email Questions about Number Hawks email

Ready to sign up? Click here.

District 97 Seeking Nominations for New Monthly Profile Series

This year, District 97 is launching a campaign titled "We are D97." As part of this campaign, we plan to profile one student or staff member each month to help highlight the tremendous work being done across the district to advance our vision, achieve our goals, and create a strong sense of community and belonging. Learn more about the campaign and how you can nominate someone to be profiled >

Putting the Icing on the Cake

With the construction project winding down, we have the opportunity to begin working on enhancing the grounds.

At our request, the contractor left a large section in front of the school where we can plant a flower garden. Our goal/idea is that all students will be involved in planting and caring for the garden.

My initial thought was to plant fall bulbs, but I now realize that much more is needed to keep it looking amazing from spring through fall.

The immediate need is for help in designing the garden. If you are a landscape designer, have a connection to a landscape designer, or just have a passion for gardening we need your expertise. A design would be needed by October 5th to ensure enough time for gathering materials and planting. Please contact Margaret O'Malley,, if you are able to assist in the design process.

Our garden project needs to be fully funded with donated time and materials. Our students, along with teachers and staff, will provide the gardening labor. Though I'm sure additional help will be needed.

Once we have a design in place, we will reach out again for donations of plants and bulbs.

We're optimistic that the garden can be planted this fall and are already anticipating the kaleidescope of color and texture that will bloom come spring.

Early Childhood Screenings

District 97's special education department is offering free early childhood screenings for children ages 3 to 5. You can access additional information about these screenings, which are by appointment only, by visiting

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!


  • Al Fresco Friday - September 21, 3:15-4:15pm - weather permitting
  • Picture Day - Monday, September 24
  • Fall Carnival - September 29, 4:30-7:00pm
  • Rain Date for Picture Day - Monday, October 1
  • Community PTO Meeting, Link-To-Learning, Leader in Me! -Oct 17, 8:15-9:45am
  • DINE OUT! Noodle's and Company - October 25, 4:00-8:00pm
  • Trivia Night! - November 9, 7:00pm

Community Hawk Nest

1. We still need more help Fall Carnival on September 29 from 4:30-7:00 PM! Thank you to those who have already volunteered - Please consider signing up for a shift if you haven’t already. There is a lot of work to be done to make this FREE event a success. There are still many open slots to help before, during and after the event: get involved in setup, bring a baked good for the cakewalk, run a game during the event (no setup required), or help us clean up after! You can even share a shift with a partner or another parent - older kids are welcome to sign-up too. Sign Up here! If you have questions, please contact the PTO Community Engagement Chairs and Carnival Organizers: Afshan Syed Norris at and Nicole Sumida at
2. First PTO Community Meeting on October 17 at 8:15 AM - 9:45 AM: Leader In Me! Please join us for our first PTO community meeting to learn more about our school’s implementation of Leader In Me! Holmes teachers will share with us the Leader in Me framework and the exciting changes happening at Holmes. Want to know more? Visit the Leader in Me website: We will also provide other PTO business and programming updates at this meeting. The coffee is on us!
3. Thank you all for your support for our first PTO DINE OUT. The next DINE OUT will be on October 25 at Noodles & Co 4pm - 8 pm. Take a break from cooking and come DINE OUT with your fellow Holmes Families and support the PTO!! Coming up on October 25, join us at Noodles & Co from 4 pm- 8 pm. Dine in and they'll donate 25% of your check back to Holmes. Flyers will go home in backpacks. Digital version is available on the Holmes PTO website and by clicking here.

Oak-Park Community Announcements:

The Imagine OPRF Work Group is a community-led group tasked (by the D200 Board) with creating a long-term facilities master plan for OPRFHS. The Work Group has spent the last year researching OPRF’s facilities, documenting needs, and devising a facilities master plan to address them over the next decade. Want to learn more? There will be a Community Conversation with Imagine on October 3, 7-9 pm at OPRF High School when people can get accurate information about the plan and ask all of their questions. See the following PDF for more information.