Hollifield Herald

Weekly News - 18th Edition - 1/27/20

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  • 1/29 - 7:00 p.m. Winter Concert II (Evening performance for Beginning Band, Beginning Orchestra, 4th grade chorus and Station Singers)


  • 2/3 - Grade 1-5 MAP testing window opens
  • 2/3-2/7 - School Counselor Week
  • 2/4 - Schools and Offices Closed for Election
  • 2/6 - Class Group Picture Day
  • 2/13 - 3 hour early closing - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 2/14 - 3 hour early closing - Parent/ Teacher Conferences
  • 2/17 - Schools and Offices Closed - President's Day
  • 2/21 - Spirit Day - Favorite Color Day
  • 2/28 - Grade 1-5 MAP testing window closes
  • 2/28 - Change Matters donations for GrassRoots kicks off during lunches

Celebrations: February - Black History Month/ Martin Luther King Jr.

Walking Wednesday

No Walking Wednesdays on the following dates due to staff meetings:

March 11, April 29, May 20.

HSES Website: http://hses.hcpss.org/

PTA Website: What is a PTA? "The main role of the local PTA is to build strong working relationships among parents, teachers and schools, in support of students. This can include recruiting and coordinating volunteers, providing special recognition in awards ceremonies or through other activities, organizing parent education events, planning teacher appreciation activities and much more."


Curriculum for coming weeks (Click Here):

As the school year gets underway, we will provide the standards that each grade level is focusing on for that week. For deeper understanding of the standards, please visit HCPSS.org for links to the curriculum - https://www.hcpss.org/academics/english-language-arts/curriculum/

This Quarter's Curriculum Corner is attached below.

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Parent Teacher Conferences in February (More information to come)

Parent/teacher conferences for math will be held on February 13 and 14. As a reminder, all students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. on both days. We encourage you to take this opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s progress.

Let's get Jan Brett at HSES!

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Patapsco Middle School - career day

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Winter MAP Testing

Winter MAP Testing

We will be administering MAP assessments in reading and mathematics to all HSES students in grades 1-5 throughout the month of February. Teachers will share specific testing dates with their students using Canvas messages and/or students’ agenda books. MAP is a computer adaptive assessment. In a computer adaptive assessment, as a student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down the difficulty of the questions presented to the student. This creates a personalized assessment for every student.

A score report will be sent home to our families a few weeks after the Winter administration of the assessment concludes on February 28th. This report shares your child’s overall score in reading and math, as well as scores in a variety of areas. MAP assessments measure a student’s growth over time in reading and mathematics. MAP assessments let teachers know where a student’s strengths are and if help is needed in any specific instructional area(s). Teachers use this information, along with the results of various other assessments and their own observation of student performance, to help guide instruction. Students will be writing their math and reading MAP assessment dates in their agenda books. Our students are familiar with these assessments.

Additional information is on the HCPSS website.

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Road to Kindergarten Workshops

The Howard County Public School System’s Office of Early Childhood Programs, in partnership with the Howard County Transition to Kindergarten Workgroup, is pleased to present The Road to Kindergarten, an informational workshop to support families of children headed to kindergarten. The purpose of the session is to help make the process of entering kindergarten less stressful and more exciting! Howard County parents with children who will be five years old by September 1, 2020 are invited to come to one of the sessions.

Each workshop will offer information for the upcoming kindergarten year, such as kindergarten registration, school readiness and kindergarten curriculum. Workshops will be held at several locations throughout the county and childcare is available for children ages 2 and older.

Doors open at 6:10 p.m. for child care sign-in; information sessions are from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Please check out the Road2KEvent Flyer 2020 (1).pdf

Kindness Pantry and Amazon Wish List

HSES and HSES PTA have two additional ways of supporting our school and our students!

HSES has joined Kindness Pantry. Every school has students who have additional needs and times when there is a family crisis. When this occurs, we want to be able to support our families. Here are two ways you can support HSES students and families:

HSES - Kindness Pantry

Click on the link below to donate. The items you wish to donate will be delivered DIRECTLY to that school.

Hollifield Station ES: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2UEXFYS6VHGHQ

HSES PTA -- Amazon Smile!!

When purchasing from Amazon go to https://smile.amazon.com/ instead and give back to the school. It is super easy, after loading the page under the search bar you should see "supporting" and what charity you are currently supporting. Change to "Hollifield Elementary School PTA" to give back to the school with every purchase

School Counselor Week - Feb. 3 - 7

National School Counseling Week 2020 (#NSCW2020) is Feb. 3–7, 2020. The week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and the tremendous impact they can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. Take a moment to thank your local school counselor(s). Follow #NSCW2020 on social media. To learn more about National School Counseling Week, visit www.schoolcounselor.org/nscw.

Mrs. Honza and Mrs. Jones do so much to support our students and staff. Consider sending them a note of thanks or recognition. We are proud to have them as members of our staff!!!

Concert Schedule for SY 19-20

Wednesday, January 29, 7pm
Beginner’s Concert for

Beginning Band and Orchestra

4th grade chorus and Station Singers

Tuesday, May 5, 7pm

Spring Orchestra Concert for
Beginning, Intermediate, and

Advanced Orchestras

Station Singers

Friday, May 15 12:00-6:00pm (approx.)
Howard County Elementary Jazz Festival
Thursday, May 21 6:30-8:00pm
Enrichment Fair
JAZZ BAND (performs at 7:30)
Thursday, May 28, 7pm
Spring Concert for Beginning,
Advanced and Jazz Bands
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PTA - Rescheduled PTA Meeting

The PTA meeting that was cancelled on January 7th will be rescheduled to January 28th at 6:30 p.m.

HSES Technology teacher, Heidi Shorter, will be presenting on understanding and managing technology as an elementary parent. In addition, you will hear more about our Husky Heroes initiative to involve male role models in various roles here at HSES.

PTA Sponsored - 2019- 2020 Assemblies

April 2

Grades: K-5

Author Visit: Chris Barton

Time: All day 3 shows.

Location: GYM

Description: Chris Barton is the author of picture books including bestseller Shark Vs. Train, Sibert Honor-winning The Day-Glo Brothers, and Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions, included on 19 state reading lists. His newest books include Dazzle Ships, the Mighty Truck early-reader series, and What Do You Do with a Voice Like That? The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. Chris and his wife, YA/middle-grade novelist Jennifer Ziegler, live in Austin, Texas, where Chris has advocated for greater diversity in children's literature by cofounding the Modern First Library program with BookPeople. For more information about him, please visit https://www.chrisbarton.info

Reminder - Distribution of community flyers in schools: Community organizations wishing to distribute flyers must have an approval letter from the Public Information Office prior to distribution. Electronic announcements must also be pre-approved, and will be posted on the Community News and Programs webpage. Please include the following statement in your school newsletter rather than individual community announcements: Please visit the Community News and Programs webpage (http://www.hcpss.org/community-news-and-programs/) for all announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations. Schools should refer any organization requesting distribution to Public Information at 410-313-6682 or publicinfo@hcpss.org.

Hollifield Station Elementary School

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