The Hawk

Holmes Elementary School - Week Ending - 10/19/2018

Missed Wednesday's PTO Meeting? No Problem - Check out our LIM Presentation

We're sorry you missed our PTO meeting on Wednesday. To help ensure our entire community is informed, please see the following link to our Leader In Me presentation.

Holmes Spirit Wear

Woot Woot! Check out our new online spirit wear store.

Orders can be placed all year, at any time!

Orders shipped to your home!

Lots of new styles to choose from!

Adult, Youth, and even some Toddler sizes!

Our Growing Lost and Found

On you next visit to school, please be sure to stop by our lost and found rack and bin. We have many jackets, sweaters, lunch boxes, and water bottles that we know are missing their owner. If you’re unable to stop in be sure to remind your child to check for missing items.

It is helpful to put your child’s first and last name on their belongings. This way we can help ensure they find their way back to their owner.

Celebrating Halloween at Holmes

Detailed information will be coming home next week. We are finalizing our parade and party times.

We recognize that not all students participate in these activities and therefore plan alternate activities for students in the library with Ms. Jaros. If you have an objection to your child participating in the fall parade and classroom celebrations, please let their teacher know.

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!


  • Race, Allyship and America to Me at Holmes School: Saturday, October 20 1:00 - 3:00
  • Parent Teacher Conferences Students dismissed at 11:00am - October 25
  • DINE OUT! Noodle's and Company - October 25, 4:00-8:00pm
  • Parent Teacher Conferences Students dismissed at 11:00am - October 26
  • Picture Retake Day - Monday, Oct 29
  • Halloween parade and classroom parties - October 31 - Parade at 1:10pm
  • Trivia Night! - November 9, 7:00pm - PTO sponsored adult event

Community Hawk Nest

1. Please join the Holmes Community for an important workshop entitled Race, Allyship and America to Me at Holmes School TOMORROW --Saturday, Oct 20 from 1:00 - 3:00. Cynthia Brito, VP of strategy for the DivCo leadership team and an accomplished community organizer in immigration, racial justice, and youth advocacy, will conduct an interactive and action-oriented workshop that will center on issues of race and allyship in our school community. Learn why addressing equity and inclusion matters to all families and walk away with tools and knowledge that you can apply in your everyday life and within our Holmes Community. This workshop is free and free babysitting will be provided.
2. Noodles and Co Dineout Thursday, October 25 from 4pm - 8pm. Tired of having to figure out dinner between school and work and soccer practice and trombone lessons and homework and ... well, everything? Come join the Holmes community and support the PTO with a Dineout at Noodles and Co in River Forest, October 25th, 4pm-8pm. 25% of the cost of your dinner will be donated back to the PTO. Flyers will come home in backpacks next week and are also available here and in the digital backpack.
3. What’s the Most Fun Night in Town? Holmes Trivia Night on Friday, Nov 9!

The Place to Be?: Holmes PTO Trivia Night Fundraiser on November 9th at the Nineteenth Century Club from 7-11P. Book those babysitters early!

What’s in Store?: Trivia! Silent Auction! Raffle Prizes! Dinner as an additional option (provided by Hecho en Oak Park)

What Can I Do?:

1) It won’t be a party without you. Buy group or individual tickets here

2) If you can donate an item for our silent auction, please fill in this form

3) If you can donate your time, look for the signup soon. All help is appreciated. And all ideas are welcome. Email

4. GET YOUR GAME ON! Did you know that the Holmes Hawk family has had a friendly drop-in basketball practice for parents, staff, and caregivers every Wednesday for the past twenty years? Yes, it’s true! Come join our friendly scrimmage games which will lead up to practicing for the legendary Holmes Staff versus Parents basketball game that happens each Spring at Brooks Middle School. Drop-in any Wednesday from 7-9pm, bring a $5 donation and your game face! Adults only, please. All donations go directly back to the school to help fund play equipment for our students! Contact Mr. Williams at for more details - or - just show up!!