Hollifield Herald

Weekly News - 10th Edition - 11/11/19

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  • 11/11 Veteran's Day - Grades 3rd-5th AM assembly - Stay tuned for pictures on Twitter
  • 11/11 School Psychology Awareness Week
  • 11/11 Report Cards Issued
  • 11/11 Parent-Teacher Conference Scheduling Opens
  • 11/13 ESP Day - Educator Support Professional's Day
  • 11/18 American Education Week (More information to come)
  • 11/18 The Council of Elders Celebration of Academic Achievement - 7:00 p.m. - LRHS
  • 11/20 - 11/26 - Book Fair (Information below)
  • 11/25 Kid's Heart Challenge
  • 11/25 - 26 Scholastic Book Fair
  • 11/25 Schools Close 3 hours early - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 11/26 Schools Close 3 hours early - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 11/27 Schools Closed - Parent/Teacher Conferences

  • 11/28-11/29 Schools Closed


  • 12/3 - 12/4 CoGaT Testing 3rd & 5th Grade
  • 12/6 Staff, Group and Club Yearbook Pictures
  • 12/11 Art Assembly 5th Grade (PTA sponsored)
  • 12/12 Art Assembly 4th Grade (PTA sponsored)

Celebrations: NOVEMBER - National American Indian Heritage Month

Walking Wednesday

No Walking Wednesdays on the following dates due to staff meetings:

November 26, March 11, April 29, May 20.

Advanced Planning Calendar: In order to avoid any confusion, I will be taking down the advanced planning calendar and using the weekly newsletter only to communicate dates. I am in the process of updating our website. This will also have a calendar of events.

HSES Website: http://hses.hcpss.org/

PTA Website: What is a PTA? "The main role of the local PTA is to build strong working relationships among parents, teachers and schools, in support of students. This can include recruiting and coordinating volunteers, providing special recognition in awards ceremonies or through other activities, organizing parent education events, planning teacher appreciation activities and much more."


Curriculum for coming weeks (Click Here):

As the school year gets underway, we will provide the standards that each grade level is focusing on for that week. For deeper understanding of the standards, please visit HCPSS.org for links to the curriculum - https://www.hcpss.org/academics/english-language-arts/curriculum/

Curriculum Corner Quarter 1: attached below.

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Hollifield Station Giving Tree

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Parent-Teacher Conferences Information Below

HCPSS uses your HCPSS Connect/Family File account to schedule Parent Teacher Conferences which will take place on November 25th & 26th, and for some teachers on November 27th. You will be able to schedule your child’s conference by logging on to HCPSS Connect at www.hcpss.org/connect to access Synergy Conference Management beginning on November 11th at 12:01 AM through November 22nd at 11:59 PM. You can then choose your desired conference time from each teacher’s availability.

If you are unable to attend conference during the conference days/evenings, please contact your child’s teacher directly to arrange a different time.

Tips for Scheduling Conferences

  • First Quarter Conferences will be with English Language Arts teachers.

  • Parent Teacher Conferences will be scheduled in 20-minute increments.

  • Conferences will need to begin and end on time.

  • Please allow yourself travel time between conferences.

  • Please do not schedule back-to-back conferences with different teachers if at all possible. This will ensure timely arrival to your conference.

Directions for Signing up for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Quarter One Report Card Information

Report Cards

With this 1st quarter report card, we will continue using the HCPSS Report Card Envelopes to deliver students’ report cards and interim reports to our families. Please sign the envelope and then return it to your child’s teacher. As a reminder, Report Cards will be sent home with students on Monday 11/11. This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss the achievements that your child has made as well as discuss goal setting for the next quarter.

Learning Behaviors

Beginning this quarter, you will notice a minor modification to your child’s report card.

The PreK-5 Learning Behaviors section of the report card has been modified to align with changes recently made to HCPSS Policy 8010: Grading and Reporting. The new behaviors complement the curriculum content taught in the elementary grades and are a natural part of learning about oneself while interacting with others.

Learning behaviors now included on the 2019-2020 report card help support parents and teachers in identifying areas of focus. The learning behaviors are:

  • Demonstrates interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrates responsibility

  • Demonstrates perseverance

  • Demonstrates collaboration

  • Demonstrates initiative

On the HCPSS website, you will find a list of the specific behaviors, actions and expectations that align with each learning behavior. Teachers will report student performance on each learning behavior based on developmental and age-appropriate expectations. You will also find example report cards, frequently asked questions and information in multiple languages.

American Education Week - November 18th -22nd

American Education Week

Monday, November 18 – Friday, November 22

American Education Week is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education.

All families are invited into school to visit their child’s classroom during this week.

We ask that you follow the guidelines below:

  • Try to visit on the day assigned to your child’s grade.
  • Arrive AFTER 8:45 a.m. as the bus loop will not be available for parking. Remember, parking is limited!
  • Sign in when you come into the building and wear a visitor pass.
  • Please do not bring younger siblings with you. As this is instructional time, teaching and learning will be going on.

Recommended days to visit:

Kindergarten – Friday, November 22nd

1st Grade – Thursday, November 21st

2nd Grade – Monday, November 18th

3rd Grade - Thursday, November 21st

4th Grade – Tuesday, November 19th

5th Grade – Wednesday, November 20th

*School Wide Schedule shown below*

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Redistricting Information

At the beginning of the school year, information was shared about the HCPSS process for redistricting. The Board of Education ultimately makes the final decision to adjust school boundaries. Their plan could align with published plans outlined during the process or it could involve sections of communities that have not been part of the initial proposed plans.

The Board of Education listened to the public through a series of public hearings throughout September and October. A record of the public hearings is posted on the HCPSS website along with information about the redistricting process.

The Board of Education is currently in the middle of Board Public Work Sessions where they work out the details of a final plan in an open forum. The public may attend the work sessions, but they may not participate in the sessions.

Ultimately, the Board of Education will make the final decision regarding redistricting. It is encouraged that the public pay close attention to the work sessions so that you are informed of any impact to our community. Individuals may submit written testimony via USPS mail (Board of Education, 10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042) or email to redistricting@hcpss.org only. All Board members have access to this account and will read all testimony submitted.

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Counselor News Letter - Attached below

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Entries will due on December 2

Link with more information is here.

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Yearbook Pictures - Dropbox Links

Yearbook Dropbox links

If you have great pictures of your children that you would love to see in the 2019-2020 yearbook please add them to the dropbox links below for the different school events!

Please upload all/school-wide HALLOWEEN pics here:


Folders for grade-specific various events (field trips, classroom photos, etc) here. These folders will be available all year!:



1st Grade:


2nd Grade:


3rd Grade:


4th Grade:


**5th Grade:


**I will solicit 5th grade annual events (Gingerbread, Mt. Vernon) separately

Box Tops - Super Easy! Makes HSES Money!!!!!

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Reminder - Distribution of community flyers in schools: Community organizations wishing to distribute flyers must have an approval letter from the Public Information Office prior to distribution. Electronic announcements must also be pre-approved, and will be posted on the Community News and Programs webpage. Please include the following statement in your school newsletter rather than individual community announcements: Please visit the Community News and Programs webpage (http://www.hcpss.org/community-news-and-programs/) for all announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations. Schools should refer any organization requesting distribution to Public Information at 410-313-6682 or publicinfo@hcpss.org.

Hollifield Station Elementary School

Vision - Our vision is to create and support a safe, diverse and nurturing learning community where staff, students and families are valued and respected.