The Cardinal Rule

A Weekly Update for Holly Tree Families

Holly Tree Elementary Calendar

Upcoming events at our school.

Last day for volunteers and lunch visits - Thursday, May 25th

Due to testing, we will discontinue volunteers and lunch visits beginning Thursday, May 25.

All parents who are interested in volunteering for Field Day:

We would love to have your help and participation in this year's Field Day on Thursday, June 8th. Grades K-2 will participate from 9am-11am, with grades 3-5 participating in the afternoon from 12pm-2pm. Morning volunteers will assist with the setup, and afternoon volunteers with the clean up. Lunch will be provided to all volunteers from 11am-12pm. For interested parents, there are links below to sign-up forms for K-2 stations and 3-5 stations. Once the forms are full, they will be closed. We hope to see you there! The forms look very similar, so please make sure you are signing up on the correct link.

K-2 Signup link:

3-5 Signup link:

PTA Meeting and Spring Choral Concert

Tuesday, May 23rd, 6pm

3020 Web Trce

Wilmington, NC

Voting for the new PTA board (see below for nominees) and the Cardinal Chorus will perform.

Holly Tree Elementary Field Day

Thursday, June 8th, 9am-2pm

3020 Web Trce

Wilmington, NC

Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade 9:00-11:00

Third Grade, Fourth Grade, and Fifth Grade 12:00-2:00

5th Grade Celebration

Friday, June 9th, 9am

3020 Web Trce

Wilmington, NC

Please arrive early and be seated by 8:50. Everyone will be required to sign in and show ID.

Congratulations Beginning Teachers!

Congratulations to our beginning teachers and their mentors on a successful year! Thank you to Amanda Diveglio, who serves as our beginning teacher coordinator and led the team through monthly professional development.
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EOG Testing Schedule for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students

Friday, May 26th - Science EOG (5th only)

Wednesday, May 31 - Reading EOG (3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades)

Thursday, June 1 - Math EOG (3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades)

Students who do not pass Science (5th), Math (3rd-5th), or ELA (4th and 5th) on the first administration and are within six standard deviations of a passing score will be eligible for summer testing. The summer remediation sessions (4- 90 minute sessions, one of which must occur after the last day of school) and testing days are listed below. We will contact the parents of eligible students By June 2nd.

June 5th - Remediation during the regular school day

June 6th - Remediation during the regular school day

June 8th - Remediation during the regular school day.

June 12th - Remediation (Student half day)

June 13th and 14th - Summer testing dates - Student Half Days

Students who do not pass ELA in 3rd grade and do not have a good cause exemption will be eligible for Reading Camp and retesting at the end of camp. Students who do not have a good cause exemption will have the opportunity to take the Read To Achieve Test on Friday, June 2nd, to meet grade level expectations. We will contact the parents of eligible students By June 1st.

Location: College Park Elementary

Dates: Monday-Friday June 19th-30th and July 5th & 6th (12 days)

Time: 8 am - 3 pm

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Habit of the Week May 15 - May 26

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw®

Balance Feels Best

I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others.

Calling all parent artists!! Summer murals project!

As part of our Leader In Me initiative, we are ready to start on the physical climate of our building. We are seeking parent volunteers to help us with some new murals over the summer months. If you are interested, please fill out the form found here. We are looking for

  • Parents who will design a lead a team of parents to create a mural
  • Parents who can help paint murals
  • Parents who can design and complete a mural alone

We would like to begin our efforts by June and finish up by August 20th.

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PTA Information

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PTA Volunteer Breakfast

May 24th: Volunteer Breakfast 8am- 9am

The PTA would like to thank all of our volunteers for their time and energy this year! Hope to see you there!

PTA Board Nominees

We hope to see you at our PTA meeting (and chorus concert) on May 23rd. We will vote for next year's board. Our Holly Tree PTA Nominations for 2023-2024 are:

President: Mindy Baker

Vice President: Liz Moysey and Jason Marone

Secretary: Emily Good and Natalie Norris

Treasurer: Rand Pennington and Jennifer Pennington

Kindergarten Representative: Michelle McBride

1st grade Representative: Kate Galligian

2nd grade Representative: Holly Smith

3rd grade Representative: Glori Olsen

4th grade Representative: Shanna Lawton

5th grade Representative: Lauren Sleesman