Hawk Highlights

April 23, 2021

Dear Families and Friends of the Hollys,

May 3 – 7 is our superhero-themed staff appreciation week! We will take the week to honor and celebrate the “Hollys Superheroes” from the classroom to the cafeteria. During this unprecedented time, our teachers and staff members have conquered uncertainty, change and challenge. I am incredibly proud of their perseverance and dedication. They championed in-person learning and shifted to remote learning throughout the year with flexibility, grace and unwavering love for our students. Because of their hard work and inspiration, our Holly Hawks reached new heights in learning and relationships this school year. I am forever grateful for all that our superhero teachers and staff members do to support our Hollys nest. I encourage community members and students to take a moment to recognize a staff member during staff appreciation week. You can write a note of thanks. Record a message in SeeSaw. Send a staff member an artistic creation. Make a poster. Send a sweet treat or flower. Choose any simple gesture to let a staff member know you care. Thank you for your consideration.

All of you have taken on some level of teaching in your homes as you guided your children through periods of remote learning over the past year. THANK YOU for all that you have done to contribute to the education of your children. The entire staff at the Hollys appreciates you! You are all teachers, too. It has been a blessing to have such a wonderful community to support the journey.

We are about to embark on the season of testing. Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 across Colorado take the state’s standardized tests “Colorado Measures of Academic Success” (CMAS) in science, social studies, math, and language arts. The computer-based tests will ask students to answer a variety of questions, show their work and explain their reasoning. They will assess critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. These tests also assess the knowledge and skills all students need for the careers of tomorrow. This includes the ability to communicate effectively, apply math to real world situations, critically analyze literature and informational texts, and demonstrate problem-solving techniques. Please see the assessment schedule for upcoming dates and times. We begin testing Monday.

In other news, a Colorado neighborhood was named one of the best places to live in the United States! That’s right, it was our neighborhood. Holly Hills was named one of the best places to live for the second year in row. In case you did not catch the Denver Post article, I have included the link here. Congratulations, Holly Hills!


We value your partnership in education and appreciate all your efforts to promote student success at the Hollys. Thanks for all you do at home to nourish strong character, too. Our community is terrific!

Together in education,

Molly Drvenkar

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Dress Like A Superhero Day - May 6th

As part of staff appreciation week, Thursday, May 6th is Dress Like a Superhero Day! Students and staff are encouraged to participate.

CMAS Testing Schedule

We will begin CMAS testing on Monday, April 26, 2021 through Monday, May 4, 2021.

Fifth Grade English Language Arts CMAS Testing: 4/26/21, 4/27/21, 4/28/21

Fourth Grade Math CMAS Testing: 4/27/21, 4/28/21, 4/29/21

Third Grade English Language Arts CMAS Testing: 4/29/21, 4/30/21, 5/4/21

Make-Up Testing: May 5 – 12, 2021

Non-Contact Day, No School for Students: May 7, 2021

Please Bring a Water Bottle to School

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, school water fountains are not available, so please make sure your child brings a reusable water bottle to school every day.

Online Scholastic Book Fair!

Our Scholastic Bookfair is entirely online this year! Shop until May 2nd. All profits benefit Holly Hills and Holly Ridge libraries equally.

To learn more about how to navigate the virtual fair, go to:


To shop, go to: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/hollyhillselementaryschool1

A Message from the Hollys PTCO

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HipPOPs Gelato Truck Fundraiser!

The Hollys PTCO is excited to partner with the HipPOPs gelato truck for a fundraiser this Friday, April 30th starting at 2pm. The gelato truck will be parked in the Cottage Preschool parking lot next to Holly Ridge. This is an after school event and will not impact the school day. All orders, including pre-orders, will need to be picked up by an adult family member. Please be sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing guidelines. A percentage of all sales until 3:30pm will support the Hollys PTCO.

You can pre-order online at www.hippops.com/order-denver/.

Field Day at the Hollys

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Virtual Colorado STEM Night

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Hawk's Nest Before and After Care

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Sign Up for ECS Summer Camp!

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Creek Adventure Summer Camps (Incoming 6th-8th Graders ONLY)

Next Year's School Calendar

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Wear Your Mask

Please wear a mask on campus at all times. Research and science show that wearing a mask is critical to slowing the spread of the virus. We require masks for all students, community members and staff regardless of state mandates. If you do not have a mask, we will provide a disposable mask for you. If you are unable to wear a mask, please contact the Principal or Assistant Principal to make alternate arrangements for student drop off and pick up. We appreciate your partnership in keeping our community safe.

Additional Resources

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