The Hawk

Holmes Elementary School - Week Ending - 8/10/2018


  • Emails sent with classroom teacher - August 16 - 5:00 pm
  • Class List Posting and Meet Your Teacher Event – August 16, 6:00-6:45pm
  • First Day of School – August 22 – Wednesday 2:30pm dismissal

  • PTO Welcome Reception – August 22 – 8:00am – returning families/8:30am kindergarten families

  • Curriculum Night – August 30– Time TBD

  • Al Fresco Friday – September 7 – 3:15-4:15pm

We Need Your Help!

We could still use more volunteers - many hands make light of heavy work.

Based on current construction timelines and occupancy permits, teachers will not have access to the building until 8/17/18. With that said, I am reaching out with a community call to help. We'll need help cleaning, moving boxes, furniture, and unpacking.

If you are able, please set aside some time on 8/17 and/or 8/18 to help. Please click here to sign-up.

All Things Holmes

Are you new to Holmes? Are you an existing Holmes family that always wondered about or would like a procedure refresher?

Please be sure to read the Holmes Family Handbook. Please see the following attachment to have your questions answered.

2018-2019 Student Fees

Student fees may be paid beginning July 1 and are due by September 30, 2018

· Elementary Grades K – 2 $160

· Elementary Grades 3 – 5 $180

Student fee payments can be paid online at by selecting WebStore under Payments tab. You can also pay directly via The preferred method of payment is online but you may also pay by check or cash attached to the appropriate fee form. Fee forms are available at, at the schools, and at the District Office. For more information regarding student fees, please contact the Business Office at (708) 524-7625.

Please note that students qualifying for free or reduced lunch may be considered for a school fee reduction or waiver based on economic hardship. If you are applying for free or reduced-price meals, then it is important to complete the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Application and submit to your student’s school or to the Business Office as soon as possible to ensure timely processing. These applications must be filled out on an annual basis and are available online at, at the individual schools, and at District 97 Administrative Office located at 260 Madison. For additional information regarding the food service program or the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Application, please call (708) 524-7629.

If you have applied for a fee waiver, please wait for approval before paying fees.

Volunteering at Holmes - Part 2

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES are here! Find the right Volunteer Bucket for you and step into supporting our students, our teachers, and our school.

Over the summer, the staff and parents crafted our Volunteer Mission and have charted a pathway to volunteering at Holmes.

Our Holmes School Volunteer Mission:

To proactively transform the school community so that staff, parents, and students:

  • are empowered to do their personal best

  • Inspire the best in others

  • contribute to the success of the entire school

Your Volunteer Support Buckets: Which Bucket is a good fit for you...

(note: we collapsed classroom / room parents into 1, so now only 4 categories)

  1. Classroom Support: Support teachers by promoting parent communications, help plan a class celebration, or provide ad hoc activities within the classroom. *More details at the end of September

  1. Academic Support: Work with our students in Number Hawks. Help provide small group instruction/tutoring with a focus on math-based games for students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. You'll be helping us meet our goal of students meeting grade level in math benchmarks by the time they enter third grade and be a part of closing the achievement gap. *More details in October

  1. School-Wide Support: Find your spot within the larger school. You're help and support will be valued whether it’s within the library, the front desk during lunch, helping with recess supervision, or leading a student club, to name a few. *More details in September

  1. Community Hawks Nest: Be a part of your PTO and support any of our Committees needs: Curriculum night with Academics, International Taste of Holmes with Community Enrichment, Dine-outs and donations with Fundraising, Edge after-school programming with Enrichment, and so much more. *More details in late August

PTO board members will be available with more information and ready with general sign-ups starting with these events in August:

  • Back to School Coffee on Aug 22nd after drop-off

  • Curriculum Night on Aug 30th

*Need to know more now - just email us at

New Staff at Holmes

Please join me in welcoming the following new staff:

4th Grade: Zoe Schimer

1st Grade: TBD

Travel Spanish: Erika Gonzalez

Staff Who Have Left Holmes

We wish the following staff member well as they have moved on to another school closer to their home:

Sameeha Qureshi - 1st Grade

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!

Community Hawk Nest

Welcome-back Coffee, Wednesday Aug 22 at 8AM or 8:30AM for Kindergarten Families. Join us after your child’s school drop-off for the PTO Welcome Reception at 8am (or 8:30 for Kindergarten familes). Meet families and find out about upcoming events and ways to volunteer with the Holmes Community. Coffee’s on us!
Al Fresco Friday, Friday, September 7 from 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM. Join us on the playground after school for popsicles, cool water, friends old and new, and dance music! This outdoor social event helps us make parent and child connections outside of school, the school day, and hurried drop-offs. Come make a friend, get to know your Holmes community, and enjoy the nice weather! All are welcome - parents, students, siblings. FYI-Al Fresco is canceled if it’s raining.