PTA supported professional development for HES teachers

When you join or donate to the HES PTA, what does that money go toward? One of the many ways that the PTA supports our students and our school is to support our teachers.

In June after school let out for students, three HES teachers went to school themselves to take a class. Sue Riebman, Nicole Entwistle, and Tracy Battle attended a professional development seminar/workshop with support from the HES PTA. The two-day workshop was put on by Creative Mathematics.

Ms. Riebman said, “This was one of the best math workshops I have been to. I learned over 30+ games Creative Mathematics logothat will help the children learn and practice every topic that we will cover throughout the year. I was also able to purchase some of the materials and tools that we will use for these games that I can share with my team. I am looking forward to sharing all these games with my K – 5 teacher friends at our staff meeting when we return back to school. Thank you so much. It was greatly appreciated.”

This isn’t the only teacher workshop that the PTA supports. More HES teachers will be spending time this summer at professional development workshops, with assistance from the PTA. And when school starts in August, our teachers will be excitedly awaiting the opportunity to try out their new skills on our students!

To help support the HES PTA, join here, or volunteer to help with our new fundraiser, the Hyattsville Zombie Run 5K race.

Rising kindergarten events this summer

If you have a rising kindergartner who will enroll at HES, here are three items to put on your calendar:


Registration is open NOW. Please go to HES to register your kindergartner as soon as possible. Registering helps the school make appropriate plans for the number of students, teachers, and classrooms that will be needed in the fall. Waiting to register until late summer or the start of school can be disruptive for children at an already uncertain time.

To register your kindergartner, bring these documents:kindergarten registration

  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Records
  • Proof of Residency: can be a copy of your mortgage statement, tax assessment or current lease

For pre-kindergarten, bring these documents:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Records
  • Proof of Residency: can be a copy of your mortgage statement, tax assessment or current lease
  • 2 pay stubs or tax return

The HES office is open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm for registration. Questions? Call Mr. Swann or Ms. Tolson in the office at 301-209-5800.

For students whose language is other than English, please call ISCO 301-445-8460.


Meet other families with rising kindergartners this summer! The PTA is sponsoring a rising kindergartner playdate at King Park on Gallatin Street (across from Yoga Space). It will be on July 22, 5:30-7:30. Drop in anytime during that window to meet new classmates!


Kindergarten orientation will take place at HES on Thursday, August 18th, from 9 – 10:30 am. Kindergarten teachers will read a story and do an activity in the classroom with the children while the parents are getting information and completing paperwork with Principal Julia Burton. Later in the day students and parents will see the teacher to which students have been assigned when the class lists are posted.


Receive email updates from the HES PTA by signing up on the PTA website at . Follow us on Facebook, too!

Congratulations to our new officer team!

Our circle of friends has widened.

Last night, Hyattsville Elementary School PTA proudly elected the new officer team! Take a moment to congratulate these awesome parents and wish them well as the teams transition over the summer.

HESPTA new officers 2016

REMINDER–Teacher Appreciation Week starts tomorrow!

This is the week to show our amazing teachers how much they mean to our children! Please participate in these activities for Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6.

Here is the schedule for the week:

Parade 2016 (66)Monday: Bring in a breakfast item to the teacher’s break room before school starts
Tuesday: Students bring flowers for their teachers
Wednesday: The PTA will provide lunch sandwiches for the teachers, please bring in a side item, drink, or dessert; sign up here.
Thursday: Students bring a piece of fruit for their teachers
Friday: Students bring a thank you note for their teachers

Show ’em that we care!

Field Days volunteers needed!

Field Days are coming! Please help make the days amazing for our students. Mr. Hook needs some parents to help run the games.


Parent volunteers should meet Mr. Hook at Magruder Park at 8:45 am. The individual events will run in the morning from 9:15-11:15. There will be a hot dog lunch, and then the class events will run in the afternoon until about 1:00. We need parents to be time keepers, heat organizers, and generals. Bring your own water bottle!

5th Grade is May 13 (update–new date is May 24)
2nd/3rd Grades are May 26
4th Grade is June 7
K/1st Grades are June 9


The individual events are:

50 yard dash
100 yard dash
1 mile relay
Shuttle run

Class events:

Sack race
Playground obstacle course
Tire relay
Tug of war

Sign up here to volunteer! Contact Mr. Hook with questions.