Cheetah Chronicles

October 5, 2018


10/8 - Fun Run for Tracks 1,2,3

10/10- Walk to School Day

10/11- Run Club from 4:15-5:30

10/15- Make up field day for 3-5 grade (Tracks 1 & 3) at 9:45

All WCPSS schools will open on a two-hour delay on November 6, 2018 due to the state and local elections.

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Welcome to our Cheetah Family

I am excited to announce that Jan Hargrove has joined our Cheetah Family as interim assistant principal until the vacancy is filled. Ms. Hargrove is an amazing leader, mentor, and committed educator to Wake County! We look forward to all that she will bring to Holly Springs Elementary.



We have already raised over $25,000 for Laptops, Literacy and Landscaping! Our goal is to raise $28,000, and we need YOUR help!

Here’s how you can support Holly Springs:

  • Register your student on by searching “Holly Springs Elementary then use to log pledges for your child.
  • Reach out to sponsors. Every student’s goal is to connect with 10 sponsors. And with’s smart sharing features, reaching out to sponsors is easier than ever. The easiest way to get pledges is to simply click the Facebook share button on your student’s pledge page. Plus, with a few clicks you can create a custom Student Star video to share on social media. You can also use the Easy Emailer to connect with friends and family. As you gather pledges, be sure to record each sponsor’s e-mail address so they have the opportunity to easily pay for your student’s pledge online via credit card.
  • Ask your child about the MindSpark Mystery Lab Character Lesson of the day! This year’s character program is a S.T.E.A.M theme all about solving problems with character. As they solve mysteries together, five brainy students will encourage our students to live with character. Join along by watching the fun character videos with your child on
  • Come to the Fun Run on Monday, October 8th (Tracks 1, 2, & 3)! All students are included in the Fun Run, regardless of financial participation. Remember, students will be running 30-35 laps, and we would love for you to come out and cheer!

Thank you for supporting our school. We hope to see you at the Fun Run!

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National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention month, and WCPSS is preparing for a month of activities to help celebrate and bring awareness to our efforts around bullying prevention. Here is a great resource for parents to use at home!

October 24 is Unity Day – wear orange to unite around kindness, support and inclusion.

The WCPSS Communications Department will be posting information on the WCPSS website for parents and the community, and we will be tweeting your highlights and pics throughout the month of October. Tweet your pics @WakeSchCounslor and @WCPSS using #SpeakOutWCPSS

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Registration is OPEN for the 2018-2019 Holly Springs Elementary School Science Fair.

Registration will close on October 15, 2018. Please note that this year's Science Fair will be judged. Every student who enters the Science Fair will receive the minimum of a participation ribbon. Projects submitted by students in grades K-2 will be provided positive feedback by our volunteer judges. Judges will use a checklist to evaluate the projects and provide feedback. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each individual grade. All students will receive a participation ribbon. Projects submitted by students in grades 3-5 will be carefully examined by 3-4 volunteer judges. Judges will use a rubric to score individual projects. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and 2 honorable mention awards given to the five highest scoring projects. These five student projects will be invited to represent our school in the 2019 NC Regional Science Fair on February 10th, 2018! All students will receive a participation ribbon.
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Literacy Night

Cheetah Families, We are so excited to host a Literacy Night for students and their families on Tuesday, October 30th. This event will provide a wonderful opportunity for families and members of our community to participate in engaging and hands on literacy activities. From guest readers to digital literacy resources to photo booths, the night will be full of exciting activities! Encourage your children to dress as their favorite book character and make it even more special by dressing up, too!

Pre-ordered dinner will be served by the 5th grade committee and will be available from 5:00-5:30PM in the cafeteria. Each meal will include 2 slices of cheese pizza, chips and water for $5.00. Please complete the pre-order form and return to your child's teacher.

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For the second consecutive year, WCPSS will partner with the Carolina Hurricanes to bring READvolution to all elementary schools. This exciting partnership will support a community-wide literacy campaign around daily reading outside of school, plus allow students the chance to attend a Hurricanes game.

This year the READvolution time frame will be between Monday, Sept. 24 and Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Your child will be able to be part of this event by reading daily for 20 minutes!

This year’s challenge features both individual and school-wide components, as well as goals for each.

The individual component will include the following:

● Through an online tracking system, students will provide their name and the number of minutes read each day. Please see the log-in instructions.

● Students who achieve the goal of reading 20 minutes per day throughout the allotted time frame (for a total of 800 minutes) will receive two complimentary ticket vouchers to a Hurricanes home game.

This information is available in Spanish HERE and more information can be found on the WCPSS READvolution site found HERE.

Thank you for your willingness to participate in the READvolution program! We appreciate this opportunity to build lifelong readers and learners in our community.

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State Fair

Online Advance Sale Only: August 1-October 11

We are excited to expand our Tools for Schools program in 2018~ Support Wake and Edgecombe Public Schools by purchasing tickets in advance of the N.C. State Fair with your school code.

For every Adult FastTrack Gate Admission Ticket purchased using a school code, the State Fair will donate $2 to the school. For every Child FastTrack Gate Admission Ticket purchased using a school code, the State Fair will donate $1 to the school.

To support your school, simply enter your school code under "Membership" at check-out on the Tools for Schools link. This promotion is only available online in advance of the Fair. Tickets must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11.

FastTrack Gate Admission skips the ticketing line at all N.C. State Fair gates. FastTrack Gate Admission does not apply to carnival rides or the State Fair Flyer.

The school code for HSES is 447

Sign Up for Free/Reduced-price Meals

Dear Parent:

This is a message from Wake County Public School System Child Nutrition for families about school meals.If your student is eating school meals this year after receiving meals benefits last year, the 2017-18 benefits will expire Tuesday, October 9.

Please be sure to apply now for 2018-19 benefits. The process is even easier now with online applications for free and reduced price school meals. Go to to determine if your student qualifies and then complete the online application.

Families may also visit their school where paper applications will be available.

We want to make sure all qualified families enroll for free and reduced price meals. Thanks for your support of the Wake County Public School System.

WCPSS Child Nutrition Services


Does your child enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Then join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme, “Heroes Around Me,” calls for your own unique interpretation through the arts. Email with questions. Let us know you are working on a project by signing filling out this form. Projects are due October 19th . For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships at Download the student packet with registration form here.


Rent or renew one or more 19" print with your family or child's name painted on it. One Paw $50, each additional Paw $35 or renew your current paw(s)-one Paw Renewal $40, each additional $25. All of the money raised goes directly to our HSES PTA. Advertise your business with a paw for $100. Rent your "paw" until the end of the school year and you will have the opportunity to rent it again next year. Forms will be coming home with your children soon!

More Info

For more information about your PTA and events coming up, please visit our website at or click on the link from the school's site.