The Cardinal Rule

A Weekly Update for Holly Tree Families

Last Day of School is Friday, June 9th - it is a noon dismissal

Reminder: Due to testing, we have discontinued volunteers and lunch visitors until June 8th.

DUE: All Library Books and Lunch Charges

Holly Tree Elementary Calendar

Upcoming events at our school.

Lunch Balances

If you have a lunch balance, please pay it by Friday, June 9th. Our current school balance is $1839.53. Unfortunately, unpaid balances are paid by the school's general fund, reducing the funds we can spend on learning materials. If you owe money, you received a letter and will receive another letter as a reminder.

Last Cardinal Rule of the 2022-2023 School Year!

On behalf of the staff, I would like to wish you all a very restful and joyful summer! It is our pleasure to work with your children every day, and we appreciate our Holly Tree families!

The school office will be open over the summer most days, Monday - Thursday, from 8:00-3:00. Please stop by or call with any questions or concerns (910-790-2250). You may also reach me by email at

A Note From Nurse Kim

If you have any medications at school for your child, please pick them up in the nurse office no later than 2:00pm Friday June 9th. Any medications not picked up by this time will be discarded per school policy.

Thank you!

Holly Tree Elementary Field Day

Thursday, June 8th, 9am-2pm

3020 Web Trce

Wilmington, NC

Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade 9:00-11:00

Third Grade, Fourth Grade, and Fifth Grade 12:00-2:00

All parents are invited!!

5th Grade Celebration

Friday, June 9th, 9am

3020 Web Trce

Wilmington, NC

Please arrive early and be seated by 8:50. Everyone will be required to sign in and show ID.

EOG Testing Schedule for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students

Most students completed their EOG testing on Friday, June 2nd! They worked so hard and we are proud of them!

Students who do not pass Science (5th), Math (3rd-5th), or ELA (4th and 5th) on the first administration and are within six standard points of a passing score, will receive a letter about summer testing. The summer remediation sessions (4- 90 minute sessions, one of which must occur after the last day of school) and testing days are listed below. We will contact the parents of eligible students on June 2nd. Parents may opt out of remediation and summer testing.

June 5th - Remediation during the regular school day

June 6th - Remediation during the regular school day

June 8th - Remediation during the regular school day.

June 12th - Remediation (Student half day)

June 13th and 14th - Summer testing dates - Student Half Days

Students who do not pass ELA in 3rd grade and do not have a good cause exemption will be eligible for Reading Camp and retesting at the end of camp. Students who do not have a good cause exemption will have the opportunity to take the Read To Achieve Test on Friday, June 2nd, to meet grade level expectations. We will contact the parents of eligible students By June 1st.

Location: College Park Elementary

Dates: Monday-Friday June 19th-30th and July 5th & 6th (12 days)

Time: 8 am - 3 pm

It's so hard to say goodbye...

We want to share changes coming soon to our staff as several retirees and staff members are moving on.

Congratulations to our retirees.

Dawn Smith - Assistant Principal

Lisa Brobst - Second Grade Teacher

Teri Howard - Kindergarten Teacher Assistant

Media Coordinator Kim Marone received the NC Principal Fellowship for NHCS and will work as a principal intern next year at another school.

Ashlee Dees, Third Grade Teacher, will stay home with her sweet baby boy next year.

Please help us thank them for all they have done for Holly Tree and wish them the best of luck!

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Habit of the Week May 30 - June 9

Habit 8: Find Your Voice

Find Your Voice

It's when you share your passion and interests with others.

Calling all parent artists!! Summer murals project!

As part of our Leader In Me initiative, we are ready to start on the physical climate of our building. We are seeking parent volunteers to help us with some new murals over the summer months. If you are interested, please fill out the form found here. We are looking for

  • Parents who will design a lead a team of parents to create a mural
  • Parents who can help paint murals
  • Parents who can design and complete a mural alone

We would like to begin our efforts by June and finish up by August 20th.

Lost and Found

All items left at the end of the school year will be donated.
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PTA Information

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A note form the PTA

Thank you for a good year: Big thanks to coffee cart volunteers, school store volunteers, library volunteers, book fair volunteers, movie night, bingo night, talent show and anyone who made physical or financial donations or bought a t-shirt. This was a rebuilding year and we were able to spoil teachers with school supply allotments, gift cards, snacks, and lunches throughout the year along with having some community building time for our HT families and some extra opportunities for students. It takes a village to support so many things and if you would like to get more involved next year we will have many opportunities available!

T-shirt Contest

Fourth graders had an opportunity to draw a design for our PTA sponsored 2023-2024 t-shirt contest. Cash Bannister designed the winning design! Congratulations to him, and stay tuned for the design reveal at a later date!

Yearbook Information

Yearbooks were sent home with all students last week. If students would like to keep the yearbook, the price is $14, which can be paid online or with the provided envelope. If you do not want the yearbook, please return them to school by Friday, June 2.