This Week is Peace Week

Peace crayons This week is Peace Week. Guidance Counselor Ms. Dawkins has a few activities planned.

Each day, Ms. Dawkins will read a “Peace Quote” on the morning announcements. If parents would like to send in child-friendly quotes, Ms. Dawkins would be delighted to read them over the air and of course give credit to the parent and their child for submitting it.


Every day during Peace Week will be “Random Acts of Kindness Day”. Staff, students, and parents may act as observers to record kind acts during the day and submit them to Ms. Dawkins to read over the air. Each person identified as having committed a “Random Act of Kindness” will receive a certificate.

If you have a quote or a nomination to submit, you may stop by the office or email Ms. Dawkins at .

Ice Skating Success!

Thank you Hyattsville!

What a fun time at the ice rink today! Thanks everyone for coming out to skate with your neighbors and to support your community school. We raised over $400 today!

A big thank you also goes to Vigilante Coffee, which generously donated coffee to the PTA concession sales.


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Join HES on the Ice!

Everyone is welcome!
Join Hyattsville Elementary at our ice skating fundraiser.

WHEN: Sunday, February 11, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

WHERE: Herbert Wells Ice Rink, 5211 Paint Branch Pkwy, College Park, MD 20740

COST: $6.00 per ticket can be bought at the rink  (for admission & skate rental)

Pre-sales for tickets are closed, so the fundraising through tickets is over, but come and JOIN US anyway – since it’s going to be a great day.

Concessions bought on site from all patrons benefit the school

Questions? Contact

Appreciation for one Sweet Lady

Dear Hyattsville Families:

thank you

During the last three months, Ashley Swann has donated her time every day to help us in the office while Mrs. Pam Tolson is out on medical leave. Ashley has recently graduated from college and is working as a food server at night while she continues to look for employment in social services.


One of our families suggested that we take up a collection to give to Ashley to recognize her efforts and time. The PTA has agreed to accept donations and then they will give Ashley a check. Thank you for your generosity. This is a surprise for her and it will be a great way for us to say thank you for helping us!




Julia Burton


HES Principal


–Pay online below
–Bring cash or check to the Winter Concert, Wednesday, December 10
–Mail a check to PTA Treasurer Heather Roymans, c/o Hyattsville Elementary School (please write Ashley Swann on the memo line)

Thanks for helping us appreciate this very special young woman and all the contributions she has made to our school community!

Teacher Appreciation Week, December 15-19

Teachers and school staff shape the minds of our children and our future. There really are no words to express gratitude for all they do. Join us in celebrating their commitment to our children.

You can participate in these three ways:

1)    Bring a savory or sweet breakfast treat into the staff lounge one morning! (PTA will make sure there is coffee and tea, but parents are asked to add: muffins, hard boiled eggs, fruit, croissants, breakfast casserole, donuts, etc.) Sign-up today!

2)    Write a thank-you note on a strip of paper, labeled with the staff person’s name. You can write a general note of appreciation, even if you don’t know the staff personally and sign it from “Hyattsville Parents” to let them know we are thinking of them. Place notes in the manila envelope on the PTA bulletin board near the front office by Tuesday December 16. We will sort and place the notes in staff mailboxes on Wednesday morning.  See a staff list here.

3)    Have your child draw a picture or write a card, thanking the office staff, specialty staff or teachers for all they do to make Hyattsville Elementary a great place to learn and grow! These can also be left in the manilla envelope on the PTA bulletin board or delivered through your child’s classroom teacher.

Thanks for helping us recognize the hard work of our HES teachers and staff!


The art room needs a drying rack

HES’s new art teacher, Sarah Yazvac is seeking help to purchase a drying rack for students’ art. With no good place to put the art when it’s still wet, students place their paintings on window sills, on top of cabinets, and on the floor. A drying rack will provide a clean, safe place for students to store their work.

art paletteIf you’d like to help, you can make a donation through the GoFundMe site set up by Ms. Yazvac at

You can also read the article about it in the Hyattsville Life & Times.

Franklins Fundraiser, December 8th

Eat, Drink, and Shop!


Support HES by visiting Franklins, your locally owned restaurant! Eat, drink, and shop at Franklins all day long on December 8th. Before you leave,  return your receipt to the host/hostess/cashier 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


HES Book Fair, December 8-12

Do you have an hour or two to help?

HES is seeking volunteers for the December Book Fair. The Fair will run December 8-12, 2014 in the HES Library. Descriptions for various volunteer jobs, days, and times are posted on the Hyattsville PTA website listed under current Volunteer Sign Ups or contact .

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HES Rocked!

The HES gym was rocking on Friday night at the PTA sponsored Fall Family Dance and Ice Cream Social! The gym was full of balloons, limbo dancers, and jumping tunes. The cafeteria was hopping with ice cream, M&Ms, and whipped cream.

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Special thanks go to the volunteers who made it happen! Audrey Engdahl and Michelle Garren did a wonderful job organizing. Barbara Morris, Lisa Davidson, Ellen and Jerry Simmons, Joan E. Myles, and Amy Boccardi were top notch ice cream scoopers and topping monitors. Talia Guzman-Gonzalez and Anton Viegas graciously loaned their sound/dance equipment. Ms. Burton and Ms. Penate spread the word via robocall. And DJ Jazzy James Johnson rocked the gym!

Thanks everyone for a fun night!





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Fall Family Dance!

The PTA is sponsoring an evening of fun with a family-friendly dance and ice cream Sundae Social! 
6:00-8:00 pm

HES cafeteria and gym
$5 per family
Students, siblings, and parents are invited to show us your moves and make your own delicious ice cream dish!

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