Art Show, March 2

The Hyattsville Elementary School Art Show will be held on March 2, 2016 from 5:30-7:30pm at HES. The exhibit will display works from every single HES student. Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of the PTA.

Audrey Engdahl, a Hyattsville mom, and Mr. Heck, the pre-K teacher, will perform music for us. This is a free event and a great opportunity for HES families to come together.

Thanks to art teacher Ms. Yazvac for organizing the show!

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New date for STEM Fair, March 16

The new date for the STEM Fair is March 16. The date has been changed to allow the students more STEM imagetime to prepare after the school closures during the blizzard. The fair will take place at HES from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

YOU can be a judge! Please consider serving as a judge for the fair. And please pass this on to anyone else who could serve.

Below is more information about fair from Ms. Entwistle, the STEM Fair coordinator:


You are cordially invited to serve as a judge for the 2015-2016 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Fair at Hyattsville Elementary School. Our STEM Fair will be held on Wednesday, March 16, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Coffee and lunch will be provided.

The goal of this annual event is to promote an interest and awareness in science. The STEM Fair experience will be a positive and memorable experience for our students, as well as for the community.

I hope you will consider being a judge this year and help make our STEM Fair a success. Please RSVP by Monday, February 29, 2016. You may email your R.S.V.P. to me at Please feel free to share this letter with other individuals who might also be interested in serving as judges.

If you have any questions, please send me an email or contact me at (301)209-5800.  Thank you in advance for your help!


Nicole Entwistle
STEM Fair Coordinator
Hyattsville Elementary

PTA Meeting, February 2

Please attend the first PTA meeting of 2016 this Tuesday, February 2, at 7:00 in the library. pta-logo-clip-art-629009

We will be discussing upcoming events–the ice skating fundraiser and movie night (we need volunteers!). We’ll also talk about nominations for PTA officer positions for the officer elections in May. There will be a required vote on the PTA’s bylaws. No changes to the bylaws are expected.

Please come join us on Tuesday.


Kids Want Your Board Games for Indoor Recess

board gamesCold, wet weather means indoor recess. Clean your closets of Connect 4 and send your Uno cards to HES! With distractions and technology at home kids might not get full use of their board games. But there’s hope for these toys – send them to your local elementary school and give them an extended life. Teachers have made requests (below), but are open to any donations.

DROP DONATIONS in the main office, or send them into class with your child. Buy games new from Amazon using our AmazonSmile link (and support HES twice!) or pass on your gently used games.

Teacher Name Recess Toys Needed
Ms. Galarza Legos and Barbies (dolls, clothes, whatever!)
Ms. Peele Mr. Potato head /drawing stencils
Ms. Muscardin Board games, cards, drawing paper, craft items
Ms. Hall Legos, Tumble Trax Magnetic Marble Run
Ms. Harrison Legos, drawing paper, Uno, Phase 10, Connect 4, Memory
Ms. Monjes Things for students to build/create  (ex: Legos, K’nex, Magna-tiles, etc)
Mr. Rettstadt Legos, blocks, board games, floor puzzles
Ms. Entwistle Mr. Potato Head, Cariboo, Sequence for Kids, Sorry!, Imaginarium Marble Race
Ms. Rectanus Checkers, Connect 4 (2 of them if possible), Uno, Legos, Jenga
Ms. Ramsey Classic Board games such as  Perfection, Trouble, Operation, Scrabble Jr., Connect 4, Guess Who, etc. Also, Magna Doodles, Wikki Stix, (I am grateful for anything listed or not)
Ms. Stanton Uno Cards, Legos, Jenga, checkers , Mouse Trap, Candy Land, Monopoly, Connect 4, magnet dart game, puzzles
Ms. Holt Disney Junior Guess Who, Chutes and Ladders, Jenga, Tetris, Hungry-Hungry Hippo, Operation, Go Fish & Old Maid card games
Ms. Jones Scrabble, Chess, Checkers, Phase 10, Uno, Jenga, Old Maid, Tic Stac Toe, beads/string for making bracelets

Thanks for supporting our kids and their rainy day entertainment!

Library Volunteers Needed in the New Year

books 1Library volunteers needed in the new year!

HES is in need of more library volunteers in the New Year! With your help, HES is able to help students to easily find exciting books and check them out on a more frequent basis. Many of our volunteer opportunities are extremely flexible, so please consider donating your time to help our students feed their imaginations with books!

Assist with checking out books:

Volunteers are needed to assist students in selecting and checking out books. This allows students to check out books more frequently!

One volunteer is needed for each of the following slots beginning the week of January 12th:

Alternating Tuesday mornings from 7:45 to 9:00
Alternating Friday mornings from 7:45 to 9:00
Alternating afternoons from 1:15 to 2:00


One volunteer is needed on alternating Monday mornings beginning Dec. 21 (times are flexible) to assist librarian with book shelving. Start date can be February, if preferred.


Volunteers needed to adopt an individual shelf in the library and keep that shelf organized alphabetically or numerically. This task should be done regularly, but can be done at any convenient time.

Sign up to help online. Contact Barbara Morris with questions at .



Treats for the Staff, December 21-22

It’s the time of year to show our HES staff how much we care. Join the Parent Teacher Association by bringing in Treats for the Staff:

Treats for staff

Treats for staff

Monday, December 21 and/or
Tuesday, December 22

Show your appreciation in two ways:

  • Bring baked goods (sweet or savory) to the teachers’ lounge either morning (to the right on the ramp to the cafeteria)
  • Write a note of appreciation and drop it off in the staff person’s mailbox

See our online sign up sheet to help with cleanup and to pick a day to bring treats, or simply bring something in!