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Holmes Elementary School - Week Ending - 12/7/2018

5 Essesntials Survey

Your feedback is important for our continued improvement. The online survey was developed by the University of Chicago’s Consortium on Chicago School Research. It is derived from the Five Essentials for School Success, which is an evidence-based framework that identifies five factors that can lead to important student outcomes, including improved attendance and significant gains in test scores.

These five factors are:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environment
  • Ambitious Instruction

The parent survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. You may skip questions you do not wish to answer, but the survey must be completed in one sitting and cannot be retrieved once it is submitted.

As with the student and teacher surveys, your identity will be kept completely confidential and your responses will not be linked to you. In addition, school-level reports will only be generated if at least 20 percent of our parents/guardians complete the survey. The survey can be accessed until January 31, 2019 by visiting

If we our response rate is greater than 20%, we will receive our reports in March 2019. The results will also be made available to the public via the Illinois School Report Cards, which will be released in the fall.

Holmes Coat Drive

Please donate new or gently used adult or children's coats to the front office of Holmes School through Thursday, Dec 20th. The coats will be donated to Austin Community Family Center.

Staff Appreciation Luncheon

On behalf of the Holmes School staff, I extend our thank you to PTO and all the bakers and volunteers for your delicious contributions to the staff appreciation luncheon. We appreciate your time, generosity, and the delicious lunch and desserts.

Weather Appropriate Dress

Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. We go out for recess unless the wind chill temperature falls below 10. We have a warming center when the wind chill temp is below 20, but all children have to go out for at least 10 minutes.

What’s Happening at Holmes

For the third year, Holmes 3-5 graders are participating in's "Hour of Code," a global campaign that seeks to promote computer science for all students through easy to learn, one hour introductions to coding. The hour is designed to coincide with Computer Science Education Week (December 3-9). Using the fun, introductory projects on, the Holmes library seeks to foster problem-solving skills, build logic, and nurture creativity through computer science.

Notes From Nurse G

Holmes Families:

It is National Handwashing Week: Dec. 4 - 10! For kids, washing hands can be a fun and entertaining activity. It is simple enough for even very young children to understand. Handwashing gives children and adults a chance to take an active role in their own health. Once kids learn how to properly wash their hands, they can—and often do—show and encourage others to wash hands, too.

For more information about handwashing, visit the CDC's Handwashing webpage at

Adults can help keep their kids healthy by:

  • Teaching them good handwashing technique
  • Reminding their kids to wash their hands
  • Washing their own hands with their kids

When hands should be washed:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

                    How to wash your hands:

                    • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
                    • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
                    • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
                    • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
                    • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

                    For more information about handwashing, visit the CDC's Handwashing webpage at

                    Your Nurse:

                    "Nurse G" (aka: Anne Guerrier, BSN, RN, PEL-CSN, NCSN)

                    National Certified School Nurse

                    Holmes School

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                    Holmes Spirit Wear

                    You can order Holmes spirit wear year-round and have it sent to your home. Click on the link below to order.


                    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!


                    • Link-to-Learning - December 12 - 8:00-9:45
                    • Polar Express Movie Night - December 14 - 6:00-8:30
                    • Winter Break - December 24 - January 4
                    • Holmes PTO Winter Skating Event - January 2, 9:00-10:20
                    • Classes Resume - January 7
                    • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Monday, January 21 - NO SCHOOL
                    • Holmes PTO Community Business Meeting - January 23 - 6:30 - 8:00
                    • Parent Teacher Conferences - Thursday & Friday, January 31 & February 1 - 11:00 am dismissal
                    • Holmes Book Fair - Tuesday - Thursday, January 29-31, 9:00 - 7:00 and Friday, Feb 1, 9:00 - noon

                    Community Hawk Nest

                    1. Please join us for an important PTO Link-2-Learning Workshop Wednesday, December 12 from 8:15-9:45 AM. Link-2-Learning PTO meetings feature Holmes teachers or guests training the Holmes Community on important lessons our kids are learning. This Link-2-Learning will be host Dr. Colleen Cira (an Oak Park parent), Founder and Executive Director of Cira Center for Behavioral Health. During this workshop, you will learn:

                      1. Factors that contribute to social-emotional and behavioral challenges for children (e.g. children who are on the autism spectrum, have experienced trauma in their lives, or suffer from anxiety);

                      2. Practical strategies parents can use to talk with their children about the diverse needs of their peers; and

                      3. How Holmes can come together as a Community Hawk Nest to support all children.

                    2. Save-the-Date for Winter Skating!! Our annual Winter Skating event, Wednesday, January 2nd from 9:00a - 10:20a at Ridgeland Common in Oak Park. Admission is free and skate rental is $3 per child.
                    3. ROCKET INTO READING IS HERE! It is time for Rocket into Reading, Holmes School PTO’s Winter Reading Mission!! Between December 3 and January 8 (including Winter Break), students log reading hours to win classroom prizes. The top student reader will win a special trophy and have their name on a plaque posted at Holmes! Tally sheets went home this week..Rocket into Reading ends with Guest Reader Day (1/11/19), when special guests from around the community join our students in the classroom to share a meaningful book! This is a great way to spend some of those cold wintery days. Let’s get reading!!

                    The PTO and Holmes School Needs You!

                    1. Holmes PTO has recently partnered with ShopWithScrip. Please utilize ShopWithScrip for your everyday shopping and gift card needs.

                    How Scrip Works: ShopWithScrip is a different kind of fundraiser—with the help of over 750 brands, it turns your everyday shopping into earnings for our Holmes School. By paying for your purchases with gift cards, also known as scrip, you’ll earn money for Holmes on your every day purchases (groceries, gas, dining out, home improvement projects, clothing, travel, and more). How? Every gift card has a rebate percentage on it, normally between 2% and 16%. That rebate goes directly to OUR SCHOOL.

                    Family Registration is easy

                    1) Log on to

                    2) Click "Join Program" Blue Button

                    3) Enter Holmes PTO Enrollment Code 6BL378C861333

                    4) Shop Away! You use the gift card (at its full value) on your everyday shopping. I.e. a $100 Old Navy Gift card purchased through the Holmes PTO ShopWithScrip program earns you $100 of Old Navy Merchandise AND Holmes School $14 cash. (Old Navy Rebate is 14%).

                    5) Gift Card Delivery

                    E-Cards delivered directly your email at the time of purchase. In order to keep shipping costs at a minimum, physical gift card orders will be placed the 1st Tuesday of each month and delivered to the Holmes School the following week.

                    2. Are you interested in a leadership position at Holmes to help us improve our already great school? The PTO VP of Enrichment is open!!. This is an important position that helps lead our EDGE programming. If you want to learn more about ways to get involved with the PTO and the School at this leadership level, please email us

                    Oak Park Community News

                    1. “Is Implicit Bias a Cop-Out?” Professor Dr. David Stovall will present on December 20th from 6:30-8:00 PM to discuss “Is Implicit Bias a Cop-Out?” at Irving Elementary at 1125 S Cuyler Ave. Please see the following flyer to register. Free childcare and pizza are provided.
                    2. Interested in starting a Girl Scout Troop at Holmes? The Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana ( are here to help! Please reach out to Tessa Poulsen, Community Organizer, Girl Scouts Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana at or (224)207-9250 work for more information.