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.

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6

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Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week! Your students can show how much their teachers mean to them by participating in this week’s activities. Here is the schedule for the week:

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 sponsor a lunch for the teachers, please bring in a side item or dessert
Thursday: Students bring a piece of fruit for their teachers
Friday: Students bring a thank you note for their teachers

Volunteer to help with the Native Plant Sale, May 13 and 14

It’s HES PTA’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and we need your help! Much of the support that the PTA provides to the school all year long comes from this single event.

The 7th annual Native Plant Sale is Saturday, May 14.

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YOU DO NOT NEED TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT PLANTS TO VOLUNTEER! Mostly, volunteers will help customers separate the plants they want from others in the large containers they come in. Bring a pair of scissors to cut through the plastic tubs, wear clothes that can get a bit dirty, and come with a helpful smile.

We also need help with set up and clean up. Set up happens Friday evening before the sale, and involves setting up tables, hanging plant identification signs, and moving plants from the truck to the tables in the gym.

You can sign up to volunteer online for a two hour time slot. Sign up for two time slots if you can!

What: Hyattsville Elementary School PTA’s 7th Annual Native Plant Sale
When: May 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: HES Gym, 5311 43rd Ave., Hyattsville, MD 20781
Contact: Bart Lawrence,

For more about the sale, visit the PTA’s Native Plant Sale page.


Officer elections, May 3

HES PTA will hold officer elections on May 3rd to select new officers for a two-year term. The elections will be held at the regular monthly PTA meeting at HES on Tuesday May 3rd at 7:00.

All five officers positions will be elected. A nominating committee has identified a slate of candidates for the positions. They are:vote image

President: Marquisha Powell

1st Vice President: Chad Copeland

2nd Vice President: Kevin Blackerby

Treasurer: Rommel Sandino

Secretary: Karina Palacios


Candidates can also be nominated from the floor at the meeting, so consider whether you or someone you know would want to serve the school.

Please come to the May 3rd PTA meeting to learn about the candidates and to vote for the new officer team. Also on the agenda for the meeting is the Native Plant Sale, the budget, field days, and updates from Principal Julia Burton.



Native Plant Sale, May 14

Talia's yard 1It’s HES PTA’s biggest fundraiser of the year! Beautify your yard AND support your local school at the same time!

Please come to Hyattsville Elementary School’s 7th Annual Native Plant Sale!

Looking to make your garden or yard more beautiful, interesting, and inviting to birds, bees, and butterflies? Do you want to plant fruit-bearing shrubs? Or, maybe you want to replace some English ivy that’s smothering your garden. You can find all the plants you need to make these changes at the Hyattsville Elementary School PTA’s 7th Annual Native Plant Sale.

What:    Hyattsville Elementary School PTA’s 7th Annual Native Plant Sale
When:   May 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: HES Gym, 5311 43rd Ave., Hyattsville, MD 20781

Learn more and look for updates on our website at

The photos on the website are of native plants that were purchased at prior HES-PTA sales and are growing in Hyattsville, with no watering or pesticide use…and they keep coming back!

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Why Use Native Plants?

-They grow with minimal use of water, fertilizers, and pesticides.
-Wildlife species have evolved with these plants and use them as their habitat.
-They are adapted to local soil, rainfall, and temperature conditions.
-They have developed natural defenses to many insects and diseases.
-Using native plants helps preserve the balance and beauty of natural ecosystems.

Visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ website to learn more about creating a garden to attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees.

Mark your calendar for May 14th and come to the Native Plant Sale!