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Holmes Elementary School - Week Ending - 11/30/2018

Holmes School Presents - The Polar Express

Holmes staff is hosting a movie night featuring the holiday classic, The Polar Express. You can make this a family night or drop off your children and run errands. Details in the PDF attached to this weeks update.
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Annual Dental Clinic December 5-7

Sign-up forms were sent home this week for the dental clinic. The clinic is brought to us by the Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society Clinic. The clinic will provide FREE dental cleanings, screenings and sealants. Sealants are only for permanent teeth so this applies more to our older students. The clinic is open to ALL students.

This exam fulfills the requirement for K, 2 and 6th grade dental exams. 5th graders take care of this now.

Turkey Trot

Our annual Turkey Trot will take place on Tuesday, November 20th on the Holmes playground. Parents/guardians are more than welcome to stop by to cheer our students on.

The race times are as follows:

1:00-1:15 3rd Grade
1:20-1:35 5th Grade
1:40-1:55 4th Grade
2:00-2:15 1st Grade
2:20-2:35 Kindergarten
2:40-2:55 2nd Grade

We still need 10 parent volunteers! If you are able to volunteer to help with the Turkey Trot, please click here.

Thank you!

Whistling Vilvadi - D97 Book Club

Have you ever been a part of a Twitter chat? I hadn't but I'm going to be joining this one.

D97 has started our "slow chat" conversation on Twitter about the district's book club selection, Whistling Vivaldi by Claude M. Steele. Please join us by following @d97bookclub on Twitter.

Dr. Kelley recently posted the following question:

Chapter 1, Question 1: Steele opens with the notion of “identity contingencies” and tells several stories about them. Describe a memory about an identity contingency that has affected you negatively. Can you recall a time when you benefited from an aspect of your identity?

Reactions to my questions or general comments about what you are reading can be posted by tagging @d97bookclub and using the hashtag #oakpark97.

Happy reading, everyone!!

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
  • DINEOUT at Potbelly’s, December 3 from 5pm-8pm
  • Staff Appreciation Luncheon - December 4 - 10:45-1:30
  • On-site dental clinic - December 5-7
  • Hawk Nest - December 5
  • Report Card Distribution - December 7
  • Link-to-Learning - December 12 - 8:00-9:45
  • Polar Express Movie Night - December 14 - 6:00-8:30
  • Winter Break December 24 - January 4
  • Classes Resume - January 7

Community Hawk Nest

1. ROCKET INTO READING IS HERE! It is time for Rocket into Reading, Holmes School PTO’s Winter Reading Mission!! Between December 3 and January 8 (including Winter Break), students log reading hours to win classroom prizes. The top student reader will win a special trophy and have their name on a plaque posted at Holmes! This is great way to spend some of those cold wintery days. Let’s get reading!!Tally sheets coming home soon...Rocket into Reading ends with Guest Reader Day (1/11/19), when special guests from around the community join our students in the classroom to share a meaningful book!
2. Tired of cooking? Join the PTO for our next DINEOUT at Potbelly’s. Here are the details:

When: Monday, December 3; 5pm-8pm

Where: Potbelly 1100 W Lake St

Who: Anyone who wants to support the Holmes community

More information? See the following PDF
3. Our next Link-to-Learning PTO Meeting is December 12 from 8:15-9:45 AM! Details TBD.

The PTO and Holmes School Needs You!

1. Help the PTO celebrate our teachers!! The holidays are upon us and the only staff appreciation luncheon of the school year is set for Tuesday, December 4. The luncheon is just one of the ways we show our gratitude to the wonderful staff at Holmes for all they do for our students throughout the year. We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of the Holmes parent community in making this a very special event and we hope that you will consider helping by clicking here.
2. Want to jump start your holiday shopping? For only $8, you can be the proud owner of a Geppetto’s Toy Box discount card and take 20% off your purchases there between November 20 and 27. Email to arrange to buy yours today!
3. 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 every day 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 your email at the time of purchase. In order to keep shipping costs at a minimum, physical gift card orders will be placed the 1st Tuesday of each month and delivered to the Holmes School the following week.

4. Are you interested in a leadership position at Holmes to help us improve our already great school? The PTO VP of Enrichment is open!!. This is an important position that helps lead our EDGE programming. If you want to learn more about ways to get involved with the PTO and the School at this leadership level, please email us