The Hawk

Holmes Elementary School - Week Ending - 11/9/2018

Holiday Gift Basket

We will again be participating in the Oak Park/River Forest Holiday Gift Basket Program. This will be the 7th year that Holmes has participated in this program. Last year we purchased gifts for 25 people. We’re asking the Holmes School families to become involved in helping the larger Oak Park/River Forest Community through the Community of Congregations Holiday Food and Gift Basket Program.

We are handling this as a group project, you will not be asked to purchase an individual gift. The suggested donation is $5 per student to cover the cost of purchasing gifts for these families, however, any donation would be greatly appreciated. Please submit donations in an envelope marked “gift basket” to your child’s teacher by Friday, November 30.

Lori and Margaret

Weather Appropriate Dress

Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. We go out for recess unless the wind chill temperature falls below 10. We have a warming center when the wind chill temp is below 20, but all children have to go out for at least 10 minute.

Holmes Sewer Line

Work will begin Wednesday, 11/14 to repair the sewer line that has caused the flooding of the mpr. This may limit access to our courtyard. Once I learn more about the logistics, I will communicate any changes that impact dismissal and Hephzibah pickup.

Holmes Spirit Wear

You can order Holmes spirit wear year-round and have it sent to your home. Click on the link below to order.

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!


  • Turkey Trot - November 20
  • Thanksgiving Break - November 21-23 - No School
  • On-site dental clinic - December 5-7 - Info will be coming home soon
  • Link 2 Learning - December 12 - 8:00-9:45

Community Hawk Nest

1. Save-the-Date: Link-to-Learning PTO Meeting December 12 from 8:15-9:45 AM.
2. GET YOUR GAME ON! Did you know that the Holmes Hawk family has had a friendly drop-in basketball practice for parents, staff and caregivers every Wednesday for the past twenty years? Yes, it’s true! Come join our friendly scrimmage games which will lead up to practicing for the legendary Holmes Staff versus Parents basketball game that takes place each Spring at Brooks Middle School. Drop-in any Wednesday from 7-9pm, bring a $5 donation and your game face! Adults only please. All donations go directly back to the school to help fund play equipment for our students! Contact Mr. Williams at for more details - or - just show up!!

The PTO and Holmes School Needs You!

1. Holmes PTO has recently partnered with ShopWithScrip. Please utilize ShopWithScrip for your everyday shopping and gift card needs.

How Scrip Works: ShopWithScrip is a different kind of fundraiser—with the help of over 750 brands, it turns your everyday shopping into earnings for our Holmes School. By paying for your purchases with gift cards, also known as scrip, you’ll earn money for Holmes on your everyday purchases (groceries, gas, dining out, home improvement projects, clothing, travel, and more). How? Every gift card has a rebate percentage on it, normally between 2% and 16%. That rebate goes directly to OUR SCHOOL.

Family Registration is easy

1) Log on to

2) Click "Join Program" Blue Button

3) Enter Holmes PTO Enrollment Code 6BL378C861333

4) Shop Away! You use the gift card (at its full value) on your everyday shopping. I.e. a $100 Old Navy Gift card purchased through the Holmes PTO ShopWithScrip program earns you $100 of Old Navy Merchandise AND Holmes School $14 cash. (Old Navy Rebate is 14%).

5) Gift Card Delivery

E-Cards delivered directly to your email at the time of purchase. In order to keep shipping costs at a minimum, physical gift card orders will be placed on the 1st Tuesday of each month and delivered to the Holmes School the following week.
2. Are you interested in a leadership position at Holmes to help us improve our already great school? The PTO has two Vice President (VP) positions open. Our VP of Enrichment and our VP of Diversity are open positions. If you want to learn more about ways to get involved with the PTO and the School at this leadership level, please email us