Hollifield Herald

Weekly News - 11th Edition - 11/18/19

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  • 11/18 American Education Week (Information below)
  • 11/18 The Council of Elders Celebration of Academic Achievement - 7:00 p.m. - LRHS
  • 11/20 - 11/26 - Book Fair (Information below)
  • 11/25 - 26 Scholastic Book Fair
  • 11/25 Schools Close 3 hours early - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 11/26 Schools Close 3 hours early - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 11/27 Schools Closed - Parent/Teacher Conferences

  • 11/28-11/29 Schools Closed


  • 12/3 - 12/4 CoGaT Testing 3rd & 5th Grade
  • 12/6 Staff, Group and Club Yearbook Pictures
  • 12/9 - 12/15 - 6th annual HCPSS Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week (Information below)
  • 12/11 Art Assembly 5th Grade (PTA sponsored - Information below)
  • 12/12 Art Assembly 4th Grade (PTA sponsored - Information below)
  • 12/20 - Brian Curry - Pop Quiz! Assembly K-5 (PTA sponsored - Information below)

Celebrations: NOVEMBER - National American Indian Heritage Month

Walking Wednesday

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

November 26, 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/

Curriculum Corner Quarter 1: attached below.

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HSES Book Fair

Save the Dates!

November 20, 21, 22, 25, and 26, 2019! 9:00 am - 6:30 pm

Our 23rd CELEBRATION of Children’s Book Week! We will host a Scholastic Book Fair with

the theme Arctic Adventure Book Fair in our Library Media Center.

Three ways to shop:

24/7 online November 14 through 27, 2019 https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/hollifieldstation

Spend $25.00 and get free shipping to your home!

By submitting your child’s Wish List and cash/check (made payable to HSES) November 20-26, 2019 to

your child’s teacher in an envelope labeled Book Fair! Orders will be filled by volunteers and delivered to

students prior to dismissal.

In person November 20, 21, 22, 25, or 26 9:00 am to 6:30 pm. If shopping at school, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

you may need to be patient as classes will take precedence over Book Fair sales.

Hope to see you at our Scholastic Book Fair, Mrs. Sczepanski and Mrs. Spence - School Librarians HSES

December 9 -15 - Hour of Code

  • The Hour of Code, created by Code.org, is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that everyone can learn the basics.
  • All HCPSS schools will be participating in this event in the capacity deemed appropriate for each level.

Weather Guidelines/Recess

Exercise outdoors is healthy and is strongly encouraged. It provides a break from the regular school routine, a chance to get some outside air, and an opportunity to burn off excess energy. If conditions preclude the full recess time, even a five minute break can revitalize children and prepare them for more sitting and academic learning. Children are expected to wear clothing appropriate for forecasted conditions when participating in recess or outside activities.

The decision to go out or stay in for recess is the decision of the administrator at individual schools. On rare occasions due to extreme weather, a decision may be made at the school system level. The following factors are considered in determining if recess is to be held outside:

  • Temperature and humidity
  • Wind chill
  • Heat index and air quality
  • Age of students
  • Length of time outdoors
  • Adequacy of the children’s clothing
  • Condition of the playground
  • Falling precipitation (more than a sprinkle or mist)
  • Thunder and lightning

Generally, it is assumed that students will be outside for recess when the temperature combined with the wind chill is not less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit or the heat index reading is less than 95. Children with certain health conditions may need special accommodations during extremely hot or cold weather. Parents of those children should provide medical documentation and may be consulted to determine if other arrangements are necessary. During hot weather, teachers should provide students a water break before and after recess. Additionally, any student who shows signs of heat exhaustion or overheating should be allowed a water break during recess.
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Hollifield Station Giving Tree

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Parent-Teacher Conferences Information Below

HCPSS uses your HCPSS Connect/Family File account to schedule Parent Teacher Conferences which will take place on November 25th & 26th, and for some teachers on November 27th. You will be able to schedule your child’s conference by logging on to HCPSS Connect at www.hcpss.org/connect to access Synergy Conference Management beginning on November 11th at 12:01 AM through November 22nd at 11:59 PM. You can then choose your desired conference time from each teacher’s availability.

If you are unable to attend conference during the conference days/evenings, please contact your child’s teacher directly to arrange a different time.

Tips for Scheduling Conferences

  • First Quarter Conferences will be with English Language Arts teachers.

  • Parent Teacher Conferences will be scheduled in 20-minute increments.

  • Conferences will need to begin and end on time.

  • Please allow yourself travel time between conferences.

  • Please do not schedule back-to-back conferences with different teachers if at all possible. This will ensure timely arrival to your conference.

Directions for Signing up for Parent-Teacher Conferences

American Education Week - November 18th -22nd

American Education Week

Monday, November 18 – Friday, November 22

American Education Week is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education.

All families are invited into school to visit their child’s classroom during this week.

We ask that you follow the guidelines below:

  • Try to visit on the day assigned to your child’s grade.
  • Arrive AFTER 8:45 a.m. as the bus loop will not be available for parking. Remember, parking is limited!
  • Sign in when you come into the building and wear a visitor pass.
  • Please do not bring younger siblings with you. As this is instructional time, teaching and learning will be going on.

Recommended days to visit:

Kindergarten – Friday, November 22nd

1st Grade – Thursday, November 21st

2nd Grade – Monday, November 18th

3rd Grade - Thursday, November 21st

4th Grade – Tuesday, November 19th

5th Grade – Wednesday, November 20th

*School Wide Schedule shown below*

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Redistricting Information

At the beginning of the school year, information was shared about the HCPSS process for redistricting. The Board of Education ultimately makes the final decision to adjust school boundaries. Their plan could align with published plans outlined during the process or it could involve sections of communities that have not been part of the initial proposed plans.

The Board of Education listened to the public through a series of public hearings throughout September and October. A record of the public hearings is posted on the HCPSS website along with information about the redistricting process.

The Board of Education is currently in the middle of Board Public Work Sessions where they work out the details of a final plan in an open forum. The public may attend the work sessions, but they may not participate in the sessions.

Ultimately, the Board of Education will make the final decision regarding redistricting. It is encouraged that the public pay close attention to the work sessions so that you are informed of any impact to our community. Individuals may submit written testimony via USPS mail (Board of Education, 10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042) or email to redistricting@hcpss.org only. All Board members have access to this account and will read all testimony submitted.

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PTA Sponsored - 2019- 2020 Assemblies (as of Nov 11.)

December 11 & 12th

Grade 5 on the 11th and Grade 4 on the 12th

London Brass Rubbing Workshop presented by Margaret Lidster

Location: Mrs. Eisensteins Room

Time: All Day

Description: A fun & educational activity for students in 4th and 5th grade to take home a piece of history! The Brass Rubbing Workshop brings history alive and offers the fun of brass rubbing - an age-old English craft. Each session includes an introductory lecture and demonstration and multiple workshops, where the students create their own rubbings. PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084FA4A82EA6FD0-london


December 20

Grades K-5

Brian Curry - Pop Quiz!

Location: Cafeteria

Time: 2 shows: 9am - 9:50, 10am - 10:50 (setup will begin at 8:15, tear down will be complete by 11:10)

Description: Sensational Hit Game Shows like "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader," "Deal or No Deal," and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" have captivated the public and changed the face of television. Now, Pop Quiz brings the same thrills and excitement to your school by challenging your students' knowledge of Math and Science concepts. Student contestants will encounter six challenges involving crazy props like pinwheels, targets, bean bags, and a fog machine. Each challenge reviews mathematical theory or scientific facts in a way that they will remember long after the show!


January 7

Grade: Kindergarten

Location: Cafeteria

Time: 9-10am (setup will begin at 8:15, tear down will be complete by 10:20)

Extreme Weather presented by the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia Traveling Science Program

Description: Lightning, twisters and hail—oh my! This dynamic show reveals the science of weather—to the extreme. Where does our weather come from, and what factors make it a sunny day or a blustery one? We will discuss the water cycle, explore thunder and lightning, and even make a cloud. We promise a stormy ending to this show as we demonstrate how tornados are formed!

Pre Show Documents for Students and Parents https://www.fi.edu/sites/default/files/documents/resources/Weather_preshow.pdf

Post Show Activities https://www.fi.edu/sites/default/files/documents/resources/Weather_Postshow.pdf

January 16 & 17

Grade: 4

Location: Mrs. Glass’s Classroom

Time: 9-12pm

Beyond Building presented by the Maryland Science Center Traveling Science Program

Description: Students will Participate in three engineering activities designed to engage in the engineering design processes, engage in engineering skills beyond building, including manipulating light with lenses and amplifying sound with different materials, and explore various real-world careers that use engineering to get the job done

January 22

Grade: 1

Location: Cafeteria

Time: 9-11:30am (setup will begin at 8:15, tear down will be complete by 12pm)

Cosmic Adventures Traveling Planetarium presented by Greg Anderson:

Description: We bring the planetarium (a twenty foot dome classroom) to your site and give presentations with our state-of-the-art digital projector that fire students' imaginations while teaching them about the motions of the skies, the wonders of space, and the effects of light pollution.


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

Yearbook Pictures - Dropbox Links

Yearbook Dropbox links

If you have great pictures of your children that you would love to see in the 2019-2020 yearbook please add them to the dropbox links below for the different school events!

Please upload all/school-wide HALLOWEEN pics here:


Folders for grade-specific various events (field trips, classroom photos, etc) here. These folders will be available all year!:



1st Grade:


2nd Grade:


3rd Grade:


4th Grade:


**5th Grade:


**I will solicit 5th grade annual events (Gingerbread, Mt. Vernon) separately

Box Tops - Super Easy! Makes HSES Money!!!!!

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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

Vision - Our vision is to create and support a safe, diverse and nurturing learning community where staff, students and families are valued and respected.