Holly Hall Elementary

Family Update 01.16.22

A Message from the Principal

Greetings Holly Hall Families,

We hope you are enjoying your 3 day weekend as a family. The weather has been a bit temperamental but hopefully you were able to carve out some time to enjoy time together.

As we look toward the end of our built in inclement weather days PLEASE keep in mind that we are building information for potential virtual snow days. If your child DOES NOT have access to a device and/or internet it is vital the survey we have sent home 8 times be filled out we cannot provide devices the day of an announcement.

A signature on a Chromebook loaner agreement will be required before pickup. The health and care of the device will be the parent responsibility. In addition, it takes our staff many many hours to input the information and distribute the devices required. Please be respectful of our time and efforts beyond our normal duty day to help families.

NO STICKERS OR anything else should be added to the device. This is school property and should be treated as such. We do not have devices for every student and we do not have chargers for every device due to devices not returned and/or damaged last year. Please utilize a loaner device only if absolutely necessary.

These will need to be taken home the day before a school closure and returned on the first student day back from the closure to allow your student to do their work in class. Teachers are working with students to get them comfortable on the Schoology and Zoom platform that we are using this year. Your child should be relatively comfortable logging in.

Staff will continue to work with your student(s) to ensure a smooth transition IF should an event occur.

Enjoy and have a fabulous week,

Ms. Lowe

Parent Communication Survey

CCPS is committed to continuous improvement and works to solicit feedback from our family

stakeholders. In this spirit, we are asking you to take the time to complete the survey linked below that will help us gauge how we can better communicate with you.

Please use the following link to complete the survey.

AVID Focus: SMART Goals for Home

Your AVID student can bring goal setting into your home. Considering fewer than one in ten people achieve their goals, teaching children to set effective goals while they’re young can be very advantageous to them in the future. What’s more, with the constant uncertainty of the economy and job market, we all want our kids to be prepared to be competitive job candidates in the future, and learning how to set SMART goals will help them get that extra boost they need.

Parents play an important role in demonstrating and teaching children how to set goals for themselves. the great thing about the SMART goal method is that it can be used for any kind of goal from building confidence as a child to retiring early as an adult the SMART goal method teaches people how to break their large ambitions down into bite-sized, actionable steps that they can realistically follow through with, meaning they will be more likely to reach their goals.

As parents, we want to teach our kids life skills that actually matter, and learning how to create targets for what we want to achieve gives us a vital sense of direction in a life that can otherwise become very…routine.

Setting goals and following through with them can be especially difficult for kids because their mindset is not set on the future like it is for us as adults. Children can be easily distracted from focusing on working toward their goals because it’s difficult for them to recognize the impact that their actions of today may have on tomorrow.

When kids develop the skill of setting SMART goals, it gives them a confidence boost and offers a sense of purpose as they make progress toward their accomplishments. Setting SMART goals also helps children focus and make positive choices about their future. Following the SMART goal method can help keep kids motivated to achieve whatever they’re aiming for as they hit their smaller milestones along the way.

One thing to keep in mind when teaching your children how to set SMART goals is to make sure that you’re allowing them to set their own goals. You want your child to be intrinsically motivated and have a true desire to reach their goal, so while you can help him or her brainstorm and consider some things they want for their future, it’s important to ultimately allow them to make that choice. This will also allow them to have a sense of ownership over their subsequent actions that they take to be successful. (But if your child is still too young to set their own goals, helping toddlers establish a good morning routine is a good start to developing good habits.)

Sample Goal for Home:

“Over the next month, I will spend one hour per weekend sorting through all of my old toys so I can donate toys that are gently used to others and declutter my space.”

S: This child plans to spend one hour each weekend cleaning out his play areas to put aside toys that can be donated to help other kids and to make room for new things.

M: This goal can be measured using time– set a timer each day this activity is set to occur!

A: This is an achievable goal for any child–as most probably have toys or clothes they have outgrown.

R: This is a relevant goal for all children–plus, it will teach them about being generous to others.

T: The deadline for this goal is in four weeks.

Goal of AVID:

AVID is designed to ensure that all students:

    • Succeed in an advanced curriculum.
    • Challenge themselves to pursue a rigorous college preparatory path.
    • Maintain academic focus, set academic goals, and develop organizational systems.
    • Achieve their academic potential.
    • Become responsible participants and leaders.

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Elementary Tutoring

CCPS is offering virtual support for all students after school hours. CCPS teachers will provide support for Reading, Writing, or Math. These support sessions will be conducted after the school day through Schoology using a Zoom link. If you are interested in registering your child for this support, please register HERE. A separate form should be completed for each child. Once we have processed your request, you will receive an email to access your support session.

Counselor's Corner

Food Pantry

The new HHES Food Pantry is located outside the main entrance of Holly Hall Elementary school. This is open to families who are experiencing short or long term financial difficulty. Please feel free to take food items needed for your family.

Weekend Food Bags

If your family is experiencing financial hardship, food bags are available for your child over the weekends. Please contact Amy Cook, School Counselor (410-996-5050 ext 30036) or Latoya Nelson, CommunitySchool Advisor (410-996-5050 ext 53886) if you would like to register your child for this program.

Classroom Guidance

From January-March, we will begin our Personal Safety unit. Students will learn about stranger safety, personal boundaries and privacy, inappropriate and appropriate contact, and how to identify when and who to go to for help when they feel unsafe. The following topics will be covered at each grade level.

  • Stranger Awareness and Safety Rules(PK-5)

  • “No, Go, Tell” Response(PK-5)

  • Identifying Touches as Being Okay or Not Okay(K-5)

  • Good secrets vs. Bad secrets(K-5)

  • Examples of lures(1-5)

  • The “Uh-oh Feeling”(2-5)

  • Internet Safety Rules(2-5)

  • Personal Safety Rules(3-5)

  • Personal Safety Vocabulary(4-5)

  • Communication Styles(5)

Please contact Mrs. Cook if you have any questions about this curriculum.

Perseverance is our Character Trait for January!

Check out these great ideas for fostering GRIT in your child.

Ways to Raise a Competent, Confident Child with GRIT

PBIS News Alert:

We are so excited to share that so far in January 2022…

  • 19 awesome students have earned Sunshine Calls!

39 awesome students have completed their Heron Passport and have earned a prize from the Heron Market for showing the Holly Hall Way! We are so proud of them.

YMCA Before & After Care

We are excited to have the YMCA Before & Aftercare Program back to Holly Hall. For more information please contact the YMCA directly.

Important Dates to Remember:

  • 01.17- No School MLK Day
  • 01.22- PTO Snow Ball 6:00-9:00pm
  • 01.25-2nd Marking Period Ends
  • 01.26 Wellness Night-Please note the change of date!
  • 01.28 Picture Retake Day
  • 2.15 Math Night

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Cafeteria Menu for the Week of 01.18

Monday- No school

Tuesday- Cereal

Pizza ripper or Chicken Nuggets

Wednesday- Poptarts

Meatball sub or Mozzarella sticks

Thursday- Cinnamon rolls

Grilled cheese or Chicken drumsticks

Friday- Muffins

Ham & Cheese melt or Pizza