Volunteer workshops

HES needs you to volunteer! There are many opportunities to help out at HES–chaperoning field trips, monitoring the lunch room, and math and reading tutoring, to name a few. To offer your help, directly contact your child’s teacher, or Ms. Penate.

All volunteers need to get a background check and be cleared by Child Protective Services (CPS). There are several upcoming opportunities to do this. Mark your calendars to get this done so that you can help your child’s school!


December 7
Langley Park-McCormick Elementary (8201 15th Avenue Hyattsville, MD 20783 / Phone: 301-445-8423)

January 25
G. James Gholson Middle School (900 Nalley Road Landover, MD 20785 / Phone: 301-883-8390)

February 8
Benjamin Tasker Middle School (4901 Collington Road Bowie, MD 20715 / Phone: 301-805-2660)

March 1
Greenbelt Elementary (6301 Breezewood Drive Greenbelt, MD 20770 / Phone: 301-513-5040)

March 15
Dodge Park Elementary (3401 Hubbard Road Landover, MD 20785 / Phone: 301-883-4220)

April 12
Potomac High School (5211 Boydell Avenue Oxon Hill, MD 20745 / Phone: 301-702-3900)

April 26
Columbia Park Elementary (1901 Kent Village Drive Landover, MD 20785 / Phone: 301-925-1322)

Each Workshop Will Include These Sessions:

Fingerprint Background Check and CPS Clearance Sessions*, 4-6 p.m.
The fee is $56.57.
There is no fee for families whose children receive free and reduced-price meals (FARMS). Please bring a copy of your FARMS certification letter.
“Keeping Our Children Safe”
Family Institute Workshop

5-6 p.m. & 6:15-7:15 p.m.
Learn how to recognize the often subtle signs of abuse and neglect in children.

  • PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Visit www.pgcpsfamily.org
  • FREE CHILDCARE AVAILABLE Prekindergarten through fifth-grade students

*Please bring a valid, unexpired government-issued photo identification card, such as a driver’s license; state, school or military ID; U.S. passport; permanent resident card or employment authorization card.

Contact the PGCPS Department of Family and Community Engagement for more information:

Support HES PTA by shopping at Amazon!

HES PTA is on AmazonSmile! Support HES PTA by shopping at Amazon!

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Hyattsville Elementary School every time you shop at Amazon.com, at no cost to you. When you shop through Amazon Smile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to HES PTA.

To shop at AmazonSmile to support HES, simply use this Amazon Smile link, and shop as you normally would. You use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same. Replace your Amazon shortcut with the link here and then use it to give to HES every time you shop! Please share this link with your friends and family, too.


HES Coat Drive, December 5

Do you have any coats in your closet that your kids have outgrown, or that you no longer use? See any coats on sale while you are holiday shopping? Please donate them to the HES Coat Drive.

Gently used coats, hats, scarves and gloves are welcome, for both children and adults. Bring coats to HES by Monday, December 4th. They will be distributed on December 5th at 8:00 am.

Questions? Contact Cecilia Penate, Parent Engagement Assistant, at 301-209-5800 x54721

Garden and Grounds Day Saturday November 4th 8am

Fall Garden and Grounds Day is this Saturday, November 4th from 8:00 am until noon.

Please come to help make Hyattsville Elementary School look great! Bring your shovels, spades, and rakes to do some weeding, trimming bushes and trees, preparing beds for winter (planting bulbs for the spring, etc) and painting our h planter. Kids are welcome to help, too!

Head to the front door of HES to find the other volunteers.

We hope to see you there!

Wing Stop fundraiser, October 17


Eat wings to support your school! No, really!!


On Tuesday, October 17, have lunch or dinner at Wing Stop, and 20% of the proceeds will go the HES PTA. All you need to do is tell them when you pay that your order is for HES.

Wing Stop is located in the Shoppes at Metro Station—it’s near the corner of East-West Highway and Belcrest Road, across from PG Plaza Metro in the same center as CVS and Starbucks.

6211 Belcrest Rd #103, Hyattsville, MD 20782

You can order online and simply and quickly pick up your meal! Pick up hours are 11:00 am to 11:00 pm.  https://order.wingstop.com/menu/wingstop-1140-hyattsville-md-20782

Wing Stop is a sponsor of the HES PTA Zombie Run 5K race! It’s easy to say thanks by eating some wings!

Dr. Maxwell and HES in the Capital Improvement Program (CIP)

Maryland Delegate Alonzo Washington and PGCPS CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell, on September 26 at Yogi Castle.

Maryland Delegate Alonzo Washington and PGCPS CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell, on September 26 at Yogi Castle.

On September 26, PGCPS CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell came to Yogi Castle on Route 1 to answer questions directly from PGCPS families. The event was sponsored by Maryland Delegate Alonzo Washington.

Dr. Maxwell was greeted by a packed house, with parents identifying themselves as associated with Hyattsville Elementary School, Felegy Elementary School, University Park Elementary School, Riverdale Elementary School, Northwestern High School and others as well.

Dr. Maxwell brought eleven staff members with him, including the heads of Instruction, Maintenance, and Transportation, to ensure that he could answer questions on the spot, with appropriate and up-to-date information.

The HES PTA asked multiple questions, focused on the county’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP), and the need at HES for a new school building to replace our current outdated building.

When PGCPS previously studied all the capital improvement needs in the district, HES was ranked fourth most in need of reconstruction or renovation in the county’s CIP. Since that assessment was made, the schedule for such a replacement or renovation for HES has been pushed back to begin in 2020, with likely completion in 2024. The budget available for the project has also been cut.

The HES PTA continues to monitor PGCPS actions on this plan, and has been advocating for an appropriate time schedule, more funding, and continued maintenance support for our current building while our children remain in attendance there.

At the close of the Yogi Castle event, HES PTA President Marquisha Powell gave Dr. Maxwell a letter listing our questions and concerns (later followed up with an email), and invited Dr. Maxwell to visit Hyattsville Elementary.

You can read the letter to Dr. Maxwell here.

You can watch part of the Yogi Castle event on Facebook Live here.

For more information about the county’s Capital Improvement Program, visit here.

Want to know more about this issue? Please attend the PTA meeting tomorrow night, October 3, at 7:00 in the HES Library. Free babysitting is available.