The Hawk

Holmes Elementary School - Week Ending - 9/28/2018

Leader in Me: Habit 1 - Be Proactive

Our next Hawk Nest is October 3rd. During this session, we will introduce Leader in Me Habit 1 - Be Proactive. As I work to practice this habit, I wanted to share this information with you prior to our first lesson, so you can begin to proactively use this language at home with your child.

Being Proactive means to take responsibility for your choices and behaviors. Habit 1 is the key to all of the other habits; that’s why it comes first. Be Proactive says, “I am in charge of my own life. I am responsible for whether I am happy or sad. I can choose how I react to other people or situations. I am in the driver’s seat.” Young children can easily learn to understand that different choices yield different results. The goal is to teach them to think about those results before they decide what to do. Discussions can focus on taking care of themselves, taking care of their things, reacting or not reacting to others’ behavior, planning ahead, and thinking about what the right thing to do is. With your child, think of ways to Be Proactive at home.

Library Volunteers Needed

Do you want to help volunteer for our new Holmes Library? Contact Jennifer or sign up now by clicking Questions? Email Jenny Balsten at

Want to Support Student Learning and Help Us Close the Achievement Gap? Volunteers Needed

Do you want to help support our children’s math development? Number Hawks Tutoring Program is a tutoring program coming back to Holmes! It is a volunteer-based tutoring program for students in K-2. The goal of this program is to:

1) Increase number sense;

2) Build mental math capabilities (fluency); and

3) Encourage flexibility, accuracy, and efficiency in math.

If you’d like to help students with math at the school, we are looking for parent volunteers to help. Tutoring will take place once a week, on Tuesdays, for 30 minutes per grade level.

  • Kindergarten: 1:25-1:55
  • 1st Grade: 12:55-1:25
  • 2nd Grade: 11:30-12:00

All parent volunteers must have a background check prior to volunteering (visit the D97 website on how to get a background check here). Questions about signing-up, Email Questions about Number Hawks email

Ready to sign up? Click here.

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!


  • Fall Carnival - September 29, 4:30-7:00pm
  • International Walk to School Day, Oct 10
  • Community PTO Meeting, Link-To-Learning, Leader in Me! -Oct 17, 8:15-9:45am
  • DINE OUT! Noodle's and Company - October 25, 4:00-8:00pm
  • Picture Retake Day - Monday, Oct 29
  • Trivia Night! - November 9, 7:00pm

Community Hawk Nest

1. Holmes Carnival is tomorrow, Saturday September 29 from 4:30- 7:00!! Please join us to our annual, FREE, Holmes Carnival! Swing by the Holmes playground for games, face painting, bouncy houses, and more to enjoy an evening of fun with our Holmes friends. The event is free of charge and food will be available for purchase at a low cost. If you have a bit of time to spare Saturday to volunteer, please sign up here! Hope to see you tomorrow!
2. October 10 is International Walk to School Day. Students from Holmes School will celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 10th. Oak Park will join children and adults from all over the globe celebrating the fun and healthy tradition of walking and biking to school. Some ways to participate:

    1. Help your children enjoy Walk to School Day even more by walking with them yourself!

    2. Organize a “walking school bus” or "biking train" by picking up children, who know you, on the way to school.

    3. Make special arrangements to join the walking school bus or biking train, even if your child normally rides the bus.

By encouraging the walk to school on October 10th and every day, we support an easy, healthy and fun way for children to travel to school.

3. First PTO Community Meeting on October 17 at 8:15 AM - 9:45 AM: Leader In Me! Please join us for our first PTO community meeting to learn more about our school’s implementation of Leader In Me! Holmes teachers will share with us the Leader in Me framework and the exciting changes happening at Holmes. Want to know more? Visit the Leader in Me website: We will also provide other PTO business and programming updates at this meeting. The coffee is on us!
4. The next Holmes PTO DINE OUT will be on October 25 at Noodles & Co 4pm - 8 pm. Take a break from cooking and come DINE OUT with your fellow Holmes Families and support the PTO!! Coming up on October 25, join us at Noodles & Co from 4 pm- 8 pm. Dine in and they'll donate 25% of your check back to Holmes. Flyers will go home in backpacks. Digital version is available on the Holmes PTO website and by opening the following PDF.

Oak-Park Community Announcements:

1. The Imagine OPRF Work Group is a community-led group tasked (by the D200 Board) with creating a long-term facilities master plan for OPRFHS. The Work Group has spent the last year researching OPRF’s facilities, documenting needs, and devising a facilities master plan to address them over the next decade. Want to learn more? There will be a Community Conversation with Imagine on October 3, 7-9 pm at OPRF High School when people can get accurate information about the plan and ask all of their questions. Click the following PDF for more information.