The Cardinal Rule

A Weekly Update for Holly Tree Families

Holly Tree Elementary Calendar

Upcoming events at our school.

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Holly Tree Talent Show

Tuesday, March 21st, 6pm

3020 Web Trce

Wilmington, NC

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Congratulations Battle of the Books Team!

Have you heard? Our Battle of the Books Team finished in second place at the county competition! These students have been preparing for a year and we are so proud of them! Well done Lucas Wheeler, Tyler McClellan, Ellie Guerra, Polly Carlson, Olivia Alger, and Gina Neu. Let's not forget their coach who has worked so hard - Kim Marone!

Kindergarten Registration

New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) will hold initial kindergarten enrollment March 1-March 15, 2023. In order to be enrolled for kindergarten, children must be five years of age on or before August 31, 2023. While it may appear early for registration, this timeline allows NHCS to better prepare for staffing needs and hiring certified teachers at each school, efficiently plan for the next school year, and ensures the prompt processing of your student's enrollment request.

Kindergarten enrollment must be completed using our online platform; if you need in-person assistance with registration, please contact your zoned school. Parents/legal guardians can access NHCS’s online enrollment for the 2023/2024 school year by using this website:

National School Breakfast Week

Join us in celebrating National School Breakfast Week. The links below will take you to Dig Into School Breakfast Activities. Three of the activities are games. One of the activities is titled My Breakfast Builder Success Story. If your child completes the story, have them bring it to the office. We will display stories in the cafeteria!

My Breakfast Builder Success Story

National School Breakfast Week Games

Student Photographers

Our five student photographers share what it's like to be a Holly Tree student.
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Habit of the Week March 13 - March 24

Habit 3: Put First Things First®

Work First, Then Play

I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

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Lost and Found

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PTA Information

5th Grade Parent Reminder - Baby Pictures

Attention 5th Grade Parents! If you have not submitted your child's baby picture for the yearbook you still have time! Please email ( or text (910-262-1384) Katie Ripley with your submissions.

New PTA Co-Vice President

Please join us in welcoming our new co-vice president, Liz Moysey, to our PTA board. Due to a resignation, we had a need, and Liz has graciously agreed to bring her energy and positivity to our board. A little about Liz; her family relocated to Wilmington from Fairfax, VA, in 2021. She has two children at Holly Tree, Max (1st grade) and Skylar (3rd grade). Liz works full-time as a video and podcast producer, and her husband, David, works in procurement. They love the outdoors and spend most of their free time camping, boating and fishing. She is excited to be part of this amazing PTA team!

Volunteers Needed!

We are always looking for leaders and volunteers to become more involved in our PTA at Holly Tree. Please see this list of committees below. If there is an area that you would like to be involved in, please, reach out to the committee head and ask how you can help! Some of our committees need leadership heads for the remainder of the school year and some for next year. To help make our school successful we are planning for the future and your help would be so appreciated. If you are interested in getting more involved in any of these positions, please, contact Mindy Baker ( ) with any questions.

Currently have committee heads that are committed to 2023/2024 as well

Library Volunteers - Committee Head - Mrs. Marone (

Yearbook - Committee Head - Katie Ripley (

Coffee Cart - Committee Head - Bethany MacGillivary - (

Holly Tree Sign - Melissa Wagner (

Family/Restaurant Nights - Natalie Norris (

T-shirts - Emily Good (

Talent Show - Mindy Baker (

School Store - Shanna Lawton and Jason Marone ( and

Classroom PTA liaison - Emily Good (

Fall Festival - Liz Moysey (

Committee Heads needed ASAP

Staff Appreciation Week - Committee Head needed now

Nomination Committee - Committee Head needed now

Gift Card Appreciation Committee - Committee Head needed now

Committee Heads needed 2023/2024

Attraction Books - Committee Head needed 2023/2024

Reflections - Committee Head needed 2023/2024

Movie Night - Committee Head needed 2023/2024

Bingo Night - Committee Head needed 2023/2024

Boosterthon - Committee Head needed 2023/2024

Book Fair - Committee Head needed 2023/2024

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