HES PTA 5K Kick off meeting

The Hyattsville Elementary School PTA is starting up a 5K race to be held in Hyattsville next fall. This community wide event will showcase our great city and provide a fun, local, family friendly event for our neighborhood. Proceeds will go to the HES PTA to support the students and teachers at HES.

All are invited to attend a kick off meeting on Wednesday, November 18, at 7:00 pm at HES. We will discuss the current status of race planning, what is coming up next, and volunteer positions.

To make this a success, we need volunteers! You do not need to be a runner or an HES family to be a part of this event! There are many different kinds of work to do, with varying commitments of time needed. We will be asking for help with:running_kids_3

–race registration
–marketing and public relations
–graphic design
–volunteer coordination
–race course management
–race day coordination
–and more

If you are interested in the race, but can’t attend the meeting, contact PTA Secretary Christine Blackerby at blackerbyc@gmail.com to receive future email updates.

PTA Meetings in November

Mark your calendars for two upcoming PTA meetings!

The next general PTA meeting is on Tuesday, November 10, at 7:00 in the school library. At this meeting the PTA will vote on a change to the approved PTA budget for this school year to provide funding assistance for school field trips. The agenda for the meeting is here.

pta-logo-clip-art-629009November 18th will be the first planning meeting for a new PTA 5K race to be held in Hyattsville. The PTA will need lots of volunteers to make this successful, so please plan to attend to find out how you can help support HES and create a great event in Hyattsville. More details and an agenda are forthcoming.


Are you a PTA member? Membership must be renewed every year, so if you haven’t done it yet, don’t delay! Join online now! Paper forms are also available on the PTA bulletin board near the front door of the school. Completed forms can be turned in to Mr. Swann in the office.

Chipotle Fundraiser, November 9

Chipotle fundraiser flyer 2015, for webSupport HES PTA by eating at Chipotle! Give this flyer to the staff when you eat there on Monday, November 9th, between 5:00 and 9:00 pm. Chipotle will donate 50% of the proceeds to the HES PTA!

Copies of the flyer will be sent home with students soon. Please forward this to your neighbors and ask them to come out and support the PTA, too!

Parents Meet and Greet at Vigilante, October 21

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HES Parents: Come out to Vigilante to chat with families and neighbors about HES. The Hyattsville Elementary School PTA invites all local families and community members to learn about Hyattsville Elementary School, chat with HES parents, and meet Principal Julia Burton. The PTA needs you to come out to represent HES and let local families learn from you about what makes HES a great school.

When:  Wednesday, October 21, 7:30–9:30 am

Where: Vigilante Coffee, 4327 Gallatin St, Hyattsville, MD 20781 (around the corner from the city municipal building)

Who: Anyone interested in finding out more about HES

What: Meet neighbors, talk to parents with students at HES, ask Principal Burton questions, and drink coffee. Drop in anytime between 7:30 and 9:30 am.

Why: Hyattsville Elementary is our neighborhood school, and it is an excellent school choice for families. HES has fantastic teachers, fun after school clubs, and a warm community. Come meet parents with children enrolled at HES to find out more about what makes HES a great school.

Questions: Contact HES PTA Secretary Christine Blackerby at blackerbyc@gmail.com .

Garden and Grounds Day — Clean Up Green Up, October 17

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The Hyattsville Elementary School PTA and Hyattsville Middle School PTSO are teaming up to take part in the county’s annual Clean Up Green Up event. Join volunteers as we plant 15 trees at the middle school and plant 20 perennials (and maybe a tree) at the elementary school, while preparing the garden for winter. PGCPS students can earn service hours at this event.

WHERE (your choice):   Meet either in front of Hyattsville Elementary School, 5311 43rd Ave.

Or Meet in front of Hyattsville Middle School, 6100 42nd Ave.

WHEN: Saturday October 17, 2015, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (approximately)

WHAT TO BRING: A shovel, if you have one. Bring work gloves and water to drink. Bring children and bring your friends from the neighborhood.

Sign up to volunteer online or contact Bart Lawrence at bartkathleen@hotmail.com .

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Walk to School Day, October 7

Hyattsville Elementary School is our neighborhood school, so walking to school each day is easy! This year, Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 7.

The City of Hyattsville has designated four gathering points for students to join together to walk to school. Find the gathering point closest to you and be there at 7:15, or join one of the groups at any point on the way.

See you there!Hyattsville Elementary Flyer, Walk to School Day 2015

PTA meeting, October 6

Please plan to attend the next general PTA meeting on Tuesday, October 6, at 7:00 in the HES library.

These items are on the agenda:AWS logo

  • Green Schools: Representatives from the Anacostia Watershed Society and HES 1st grade teacher Emilee Hall will discuss plans to bring an environmental education program to HES.
  • After school clubs
  • Garden and Grounds Day: help weed, mulch, and plant trees to make HES look beautiful!
  • 5K: There will be a discussion of plans to start a 5K run fundraiser for the PTA. We are seeking volunteers!

More Updates and Reminders from HES PTA

welcome_to_kindergartenKindergarten Registration:

Is your kindergartner registered yet? Please don’t wait any longer. The HES office is open Monday-Thursday from 7:30-3:00. Please stop in to register as soon as you can. For more info, see The PTA webpage. https://hyattsvillees-pta.org/2015/04/kindergarten-registration-opens-today/

HES Kindergarten Orientation/Transition:

HES will host an orientation for rising kindergartners on Thursday, August 20, 9:00-11:00 am. You and your student can come to HES to see the school and hear from Principal Julia Burton. This will be the transition day for kindergartners—there will not be an HES Transition Day program on Monday, August 24. All students will start on Tuesday, August 25.

Pop And Swap:

The Pop and Swap is Thursday, August 20, 5:30-7:00 at HES.Marquee 2015

  • Come out to get a popsicle and see the posting of the class lists to find out whose class your child will be in this year.
  • The Uniform Swap will take place during the Pop and Swap. You can buy gently used uniforms for a this school year. Do you have uniform clothes that your kids have outgrown but are still in good shape? Please bring them to the HES office by Tuesday, August 18 (office hours are 7:30-4:30).
  • The Teacher Marquee is up! With the support of the PTA, the new marquee board has been installed and has been filled with photographs of the great teachers at HES. Just in time for the posting of the class lists, now you can look at the marquee board and find out who your child’s teacher is. A few missing photos will be added soon. It is located in the hallway to the cafeteria.

Community Update on the PGCPS Master Plan Support Project Report:

Glaros Aug 20This Community Update will take place on August 20, 7:00-8:30, at William Wirt Middle School in Riverdale. Through the Master Plan Support Project, PGCPS evaluated every school building in the County  in three critical areas: mission, condition, and function. The BOE will use these results to prioritize school construction, renovation, boundary changes, school closures and more.

Prince Georges’ County Council Member Dannielle Glaros has invited PGCPS Director of Capital Programs Sarah Woodhead to come to our community to share the report and recommendations and to answer your questions. For more information about the Master Plan Support Project and the final report, see http://www1.pgcps.org/cip/index.aspx?id=203913



School Supplies:school supply pic

School Supply Kitz have been delivered! If you ordered a kit last spring, your 3-5 grader will arrive on the first day of school with all their supplies ready to go at their desk. If you ordered a kit for your K-2 grader, your teacher will add the materials from your kit to the classroom supply.

First Day of School Parents Coffee:

It’s the first day of school and you are sending your child off to a new classroom. Join your fellow parents in the cafeteria after the first bell to chat with other parents, have some coffee and snacks, and ask questions of the PTA or Principal Burton. The cafeteria will be open to parents from 7:30 to 8:30 am.

Back to School Night, September 9th:

Mark your calendar for Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 9th. Parents can visit their children’s classrooms from 5:30-7:00. Afterward, please join the PTA meeting in the cafeteria at 7:00.

Note: Back to School Night was originally scheduled for September 22—please note the change in date.

Join the PTA:

Help make Hyattsville Elementary School a great place for kids! Membership is $10 per person and must be renewed annually—so please be sure to join us again this year! Membership forms are available on the PTA Bulletin Board in the front hallway of school and at any PTA event. You can also join online at https://hyattsvillees-pta.org/join-pta-2/ .


Art Works after school art club

Art Works is offering an after school art club this year—at HES!

WHERE: Hyattsville Elementary School

WHEN: All school year long from dismissal to 6:00pm

WHAT: Snacks, play time, and homework time will be provided.

Our weekly themes will revolve around:

Munchable Mondays
2D Tuesdays
Wiggly Wednesdays
3D Thursdays
Farming Fridays with ECO City Farms

HOW MUCH: $125 a week per child

HOW TO SIGN UP: See artworksnow.org/hyattsville-after-school-art-club


School is almost here! Upcoming events

The new school year is almost here, and there are several events coming up at HES to put on your backtoschoolcalendars.

August 6
The first HES-PTA meeting of the school year, 6:30 pm

Come out to meet other parents and vote on the budget. After we finish PTA business, we’ll move to Franklin’s to continue the conversation. The meeting starts at 6:30 in the school library.

August 20
Kindergarten Orientation, 9:00-11:00 am

Hear from Principal Julia Burton about HES, and ask questions.

August 20
Pop and Swap, 5:30-7:00 pm

The class lists for the school year will be posted on Thursday, August 20. Come down to find out who your students’ teachers are this year, reconnect with your friends, and have a popsicle!

At the same time, we will have a Uniform Swap. Take some uniform items for your child, and leave some that no longer fit. Please bring clean, gently worn uniform items to the school office by August 18 so that they can be sorted.

August 25
First Day of School Parents Coffee, 7:30-8:30 pm

It’s the first day of school and you are sending your child off to a new classroom. Join your fellow parents in the cafeteria after the first bell to chat with other parents, have some coffee and snacks, and ask questions of the PTA or Principal Burton. The cafeteria will be open to parents from 7:30 to 8:30 am.

September 9
Back to School Night/PTA Meeting, 7:00 pm

Back to School Night is from 5:30-7:00, and the PTA meeting starts immediately afterward at 7:00 in the cafeteria. Please come out to learn about your PTA and help your school by finding a project to volunteer for.



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