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!

Franklins Fundraiser, December 7th

Eat, Drink, and Shop!

Support HES by visiting Franklins, your locally owned restaurant! Eat, drink, and shop at Franklins all day long on December 7th. Before you leave, give your receipt to the host/hostess/cashier and tell them you’re there to support HES-PTA. Franklins will generously donate 20% of the pre-tax sale to HES-PTA.

Franklins takes reservations for parties of six or more. To make a reservation, call  (301) 927-2740.

Franklins Restaurant, Brewery, and General Store
5123 Baltimore Ave Hyattsville, Maryland
(301) 927-2740



Shop and support HES PTA

AmazonSmile-logoHES PTA is on AmazonSmile! AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Hyattsville Elementary School every time you shop at, 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 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 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 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 .

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 .

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