Hawk Highlights

October 27, 2021

Dear Families and Friends of the Hollys,

As an educator with multiple veterans in my family, teaching students about Veterans Day is very important to me! I want students to understand the true meaning of this holiday, which honors military veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Our veterans have defined patriotism throughout history. Students and staff will explore and learn about this holiday and the courageous veterans of our community who possess strong beliefs in truth, justice and freedom.

This year, the students and staff will collaborate on a variety of activities to commemorate Veterans Day!

  • We will have our “Veterans Wall of Honor” where we share pictures and information about veterans in our community at each school. We wish to honor friends and family members of the Hollys who have served our country in one of the many branches of the armed services. We invite you to send information about a Veteran family member or friend by Friday, November 5. Families can submit information in a variety of ways. You can use the attached form and send in a hard copy image and information about your Veteran. Students can also obtain hard copies of this form in the front office. The bottom of the form may be used to add information about the veteran such as special accomplishments and recognitions, years of service, and/or it may be used for the child to add why he/she is so proud of this person. Families can also send images and information via e-mail to me directly in a different format mdrvenkar2@cherrycreekschools.org. Families can create their own poster, art piece or picture collage to honor their Veteran. All submissions will be returned in early December.
  • We will also invite veterans to class video chats. We will set up a schedule to connect virtually with the our local veterans from American Legion LCW Post 1. Veterans typically share their military story and experience. Students will prepare questions in advance. We would like video chats to be interactive. Our students look forward to thanking veterans for their service to our country and to our school community.
  • Classes will also take virtual field trips and share our video tributes from last year. Here are some of the virtual tours of national monuments, museums, and battlefields:
    National Mall
    Veterans and War Memorials
    Virtual Tour of Washington D.C.
    National Veterans Memorial and Museum
    National Museum of the US Navy
    National Museum of the United States Air Force
    Gettysburg National Battlefield
    The Alamo

  • The VFW Women’s Auxiliary will visit our third graders to share a presentation about our flag and the flag folding ceremony. We will record and post the visit for all to see.

  • Students and staff will also share letters, artwork and messages of thanks to be delivered to our local veterans from American Legion LCW Post 1.

The Hollys are committed to honoring our heroes, the active service members and veterans who have sacrificed to ensure our freedom, our happiness and our safety. This year, while celebrations are largely virtual, we hope you’ll join us in honoring those in our community who have given so much for this country.

Together in education,

Molly Drvenkar


Scholastic Book Fair November 12, 15 & 17

Holly Hills will hold an in-person Scholastic Book Fair during Parent Teacher Conferences November 12, 15 and 17. For more information, go to: scholastic.com/bf/hollyhillselementaryschool1. Don't forget to stop by!

Overdrive Digital Library

EBooks, audiobooks and streaming videos are available from the CCSD Overdrive Digital Library for download to PCs, Macs, Kindles, iPads, smartphones, MP3 players and other devices.

Overdrive is available even during breaks from school and summer vacation. And since all books are online, there are never any lost or damaged books.

A reminder for staff and students on how to log onto Overdrive:

To access the Overdrive catalog, go to: my.cherrycreekschools.org

  • Log in with your school username and password (if you need your student's login information, contact the front office)
  • Click on Dashboard, then select Applications in the dropdown menu
  • Select the myLibrary tab in the left column
  • Select the image for Overdrive
  • Log in again with your school username and password.

Use the Help link on the Overdrive website for detailed checkout instructions and software requirements for Overdrive eBooks and audiobooks.

Checkout periods are 21 days for eBooks or audiobooks, and 5 days for videos. A total of 5 eBooks, audiobooks and videos may be checked out at one time. They will automatically expire at the end of the checkout period.

You may place holds on items that are checked out. A total of 5 eBooks, audiobooks and videos may be placed on your holds list at one time.

Happy Reading!

A Message from the Hollys PTCO

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Overland High School Fall Festival

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Community Outreach

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