HES List Server Message

April 7, 2017

Hello Holland Elementary Parents,

It's been another great week at school with a lot of energy for our PSSA tests and the excitement about the upcoming break. As I stated in an message earlier this week, Friday will be an eventful day at school with our Spirit Day (children are encouraged to wear a Holland t-shirt or blue shirt for our Cooperation Assembly) and the Second Grade Dinosaur Museum.

In addition, tomorrow will be the day in which parents can view third marking period report cards on the Home Access Center (4:00). It's also the deadline for parents to submit input for class placements (HES Class Placement Parent Letter) and for ticket orders for the PTO Father/Son event at the Trenton Thunder (HES Night at Trenton Thunder).

Please also note that during the Spring Break, the school office will be closed on Monday, April 10th, Thursday, April 13th, and Friday, April 14th. Thank you.

HES Proud!

We completed our English Language Arts PSSA testing this week for students in third through sixth grades. The students seemed to maintain a positive attitude regarding the assessments, and many took part in special activities like the sixth graders in their warm-up pictures below. When I spoke with the students throughout the week, I didn't inquire how hard a test was or how they felt that they did. I simply asked if they gave their best effort, and each time I heard an affirmative, "YES!" Like the teachers, I'm so proud of the children!

Class Placement Parent Request

We are fast approaching the time when we begin the class placement process for students for the 2017-2018 school year. Please refer to the link below for information. The final day to submit requests is Friday, April 7th.

HES Class Placement Parent Letter

The March Box Tops are in!

And the winners are…

  • Braxton Oczkowski (407)
  • Ryan Gontarek (90)
  • Natalie Vezina (48)
  • Mia LaFrado (46)
  • Kris Ortman (35)

These were the Top Five collectors for the whole school for the month of March! They have earned a pretzel party with me on May 5th!

The April contest began on April 3rd and will run until April 28th. As always, thank you for your continued support of the PTO!

Father/Son Event at the Trenton Thunder

Please join us for the 2017 Holland Elementary Father/Son Event at the TRENTON THUNDER GAME at the Mercer County Waterfront Park on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM. The Trenton Thunder will be taking on the Harrisburg Senators, and there will be FIREWORKS after the game!

Tickets are $11.00 per person. Checks should be made payable to “Holland PTO.” No Cash! Please submit your order form by Friday, April 7th. Click HERE to download the ticket order form.

Extra: The kids and their special guys can come early and have a pre-game catch on the field! Anyone participating should be there by 6:00 pm. We will meet at the Boomer and Strike sign (right of the main entrance), outside the ballpark. Children should bring their own gloves. The Trenton Thunder will have some baseballs to use or you can bring your own.

If you have any questions, please contact Jill Kearney at 215-378-7180 or email jgkearneyinc@msn.com.

Holland PTO Coach Bag Bingo Fundraiser

Friday, May 12th, 2017 at 7:30pm

Ben Wilson Senior Center

580 Delmont Avenue

Warminster, PA 18974

Doors open at 7:30 pm and bingo will begin at 8 pm.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at door

More details can be found at the following link:
HES Coach Bag Bingo Registration 2017

Council Rock Joint PTO Fifth and Sixth Grade Social


When: Friday, April 28th, 2017 from 7–10pm

Where: Council Rock High School South (cafeteria)

Who: Students in fifth and sixth grades

Dress Code: School appropriate attire

Cost: $12 per student or$10 if you bring any non-perishable food item (see list of needed items on PTO Website)

Light refreshments available for purchase

Walk-ins ONLY, pay at the door with required signed permission slip

Parent Chaperones needed!

Yearbook Orders

Order your 2016-2017 yearbook and start customizing your two free pages!

Simply click on the following link and use Pass Code 1014103733333969: https://www.treering.com/validate

If you have any questions regarding a yearbook, please contact Tara Schiavone (tara4acts@gmail.com).

STEM Club Update

Our year of STEM discovery has been challenging and fun, and flown by so quickly! As we near the end of the school year, we are changing our schedule to accommodate the PSSA testing period, as well as the Spring Break. We apologize for the schedule change, and hope your child can participate in our offerings in May.

STEM will not meet in April. STEM will resume in May for three sessions that will be open to both Curiosity (grades 4-6) and Little Leaves (grades 2-3).

Check out the STEM Update documents at the following LINK.

Muscular Dystrophy Association

During the days of April 19th-21st, HES students are organizing activities to raise funds to fight Muscular Dystrophy. A sixth grade student came up with an idea for activities with the goal to support the millions of lives that are affected by Muscular Dystrophy. To achieve their goal, they would like to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association which supports people that they know and love. The following will take place during student arrival time:
  • Wednesday, April 19th - Wear Green to School and Lollipop Sale ($.50)
  • Thursday, April 20th - Raffles ($.50)
  • Friday, April 21st - Wristband Sale ($.50)

Student Fundraiser for MDA


The PTO soft pretzel sale is on Friday morning! $.50 each!

HES PTO Spring Clothing Drive
This will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 8am-1pm at our school. The PTO asks that everyone please get involved! Get rid of old VCR tapes, stuffed animals, VCR machines, old dishes, housewares, shoes, toys, books, drapes, luggage, old stereo equipment and so much more! Any questions, email Tracy Cantor at the5cantors@verizon.net! PTO

Clothing Drive Items List

Field Day
Mark your calendars - Field Day at HES will be on Friday, May 19th! The rain date will be Monday, May 22nd.

Champions K-Enrichment Program

Now is the time to enroll your child for the fall. Please keep in mind, there are only 24 spots available. Parents can enroll on line at: www.discoverchampions.com.

2017 CRSD Summer Academic and STEM Academy

The Council Rock School District will be holding summer school, offering a variety of academic programs for students entering grades K-8. Programs run between July 3rd and July 27th. Please use the link for registration paperwork and a clear description of all program offerings and dates. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Robert Francis, Director of Summer Programs (rfrancis@crsd.org).

Elementary Class Size Policy (PDF)

Administration Regulation 126.1 states “All new registrants will be guaranteed a space in their home school if they have completed the registration process for the next school year by June 1st.” To review the full regulation, please click the link above.

Champions Before and After Program

Now is the time to re-enroll your child for the fall. The enrollment period lasts until June 9th. Parents can enroll online at: www.discoverchampions.com.

Approved 2017-18 District Calendar:

Click on the following LINK to access the 2017-18 calendar.


Click on the following link to access the monthly menu online: http://crsd.nutrislice.com/.

HES Twitter

Please consider following Holland Elementary on Twitter by clicking on the following


Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, March 31st - PTO Mother/Daughter Event, 7:00pm
  • Monday, April 10th-Friday, April 14th - SPRING BREAK
  • Saturday, April 22nd - PTO Spring Clothing Drive

  • Monday, May 1st - Friday, May 5th - Spring Book Fair
  • Tuesday, May 9th - Spring Instrumental Music Concert, 7:00
  • Thursday, May 11th - Third Grade Wax Museum, 9:30
  • Thursday, May 11th - Celebrity Scoop Night at Rita's Water Ice
  • Thursday, May 11th - Saturday, May 13th - District Art Show
  • Friday, May 12th - Second Grade Mother's Day Program
  • Friday, May 12th - PTO Designer Bag BINGO

  • Monday, May 15th - Spring Choral Music Concert, 7:00
  • Tuesday, May 16th - Election Day - No School for Students
  • Friday, May 19th - Field Day


Welcome to the 2017 CR North/South HS baseball season. In conjunction with CR South HS Baseball the 1st Annual BACKYARD BATTLE will be held on April 22nd at 7:00 PM as CR North will host CR South at Arm and Hammer Park (home of the Trenton Thunder). This is a special event as we will recognize our Senior baseball players during a pre-game ceremony.

In an effort to give back to our community, both programs have committed to donate the net proceeds from the game to the Travis Manion Foundation (www.travismanion.org). If you are not familiar with this organization, The Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) empowers veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations. In 2007, 1st Lt Travis Manion (USMC) was killed in Iraq while saving his wounded teammates. Today, Travis' legacy lives on in the words he spoke before leaving for his final deployment, "If Not Me, Then Who..." Guided by this mantra, veterans continue their service, develop strong relationships with their communities, and thrive in their post-military lives. As a result, communities prosper and the character of our nation's heroes live on in the next generation. If you have a chance please check out the website as this organization is doing wonderful things to help our Veterans and their families. We are honored to play a small role in supporting this wonderful organization.

We would like to invite you and your families/friends, to come out and enjoy a wonderful evening of baseball and support a great cause. Tickets are on a first come, first serve basis and seating will be general admission. Tickets can be purchased at


I apologize for the significant amount of information in this message, but there's so much going on at school, and I simply want parents to be informed and involved. I hope that your family has a safe and fun Spring Break whether you're traveling or chilling out at home. Take care.

Joe MacClay


Holland Elementary School

597 Beverly Road

Holland, PA 18966