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.



Budget meeting, August 6



Come review and vote on this year’s PTA budget, Thursday, August 6th. A short meeting will be held in the school library at 6:30 pm, followed by drinks afterwards at Franklin’s to celebrate the last month of summer.


To the Parents of 5th graders

Come meet your new best friends! The Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) at Hyattsville Middle School will be hosting its final meeting of the year on Tuesday, June 9, from 6:00-7:00 pm. If you currently have a child in middle school or if your child will be in 6th grade next year, join us to learn about the strengths and challenges of the school and how you can help!

The current PTO members have been building momentum, advocating for our students and for the needs of our school. Your role as an informed parent is an important part of this. Become an active contributor to our education community and help make the future bright for our kids.

Also, get your 6th grade school supply shopping done with just a click! You can order a kit that contains exactly the supplies that your child’s teacher needs, and it will be delivered directly to HMS. Order online by June 26, and you’ll know your student is ready to go for next school year.

HMS supply kits 2015

Capital Improvement Report meeting, June 16

The HMS PTSO and the HES PTA are holding a joint meeting to discuss the findings of the final reportconstruction of the PGCPS Master Plan Support Project (MPSP).The purpose of this project is to improve the way school construction and renovation projects are prioritized.

The MPSP “creates a more comprehensive evaluation criteria where we look at the condition of our schools in three critical areas – mission, condition, and function,” said Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer for PGCPS. The project aimed to collect data from schools that not only looks at the physical aspects of the building, but evaluates how school buildings currently meet the academic needs of students and how they can support future PGCPS initiatives.

The data collected for this report will affect how reconstruction or renovation funding from the county is prioritized for our Hyattsville schools. Hyattsville residents and parents from both the Elementary School and Middle School are invited to attend to understand the report and the implications for our schools moving forward. Sarah Woodhead, the director of the PGCPS Department of Capital Programs, will attend to discuss the report. This meeting is a follow up to the April 14th meeting at HMS on the same topic. Notes from that meeting are available here.

When:  Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Where: Hyattsville Elementary School
Who:     Aretha Heigh, Seiji Hayashi, organizers

Read more about the project that produced this report.

The MPSP presentation for this meeting is available online here.

The final report will be posted here soon.

PTA Meeting for budget review, June 2

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Please come to a PTA meeting on Tuesday, June 2, at 6:30 for a short meeting on budget changes. The meeting is to amend the 2014-2015 PTA budget to provide $3000 to support teacher training. The meeting will be in the school library.

Art Show, May 28

Coming up on Thursday, May 28, the students of Hyattsville Elementary will be having their spring art show. This show is not a contest but a celebration of the hard work all of our young artists have put in this year during art class. Each student has selected an art work to be featured on the walls of our wonderful school.

Beginning at 6:30 PM students and their families are invited to explore our “galleries” and discovery what other grades have been working on this year in art. We are so proud of all of our students’ work and the progress they have made this year. Ms. Yazvac hopes that all of our Hyattsville community will come out to celebrate our fabulous Hyattsville artists. See you at the Art Show!!

WHAT:     Art Show of all students’ art work

WHEN:    Thursday, May 28, 6:30-8:00

WHERE:  Hyattsville Elementary School

Art show 2015

Bake Sale for the Sole Sisters, May 16 at the Native Plant Sale

And here is yet another way you can help your school—bake something tasty!

Our elementary school’s running club, the Sole Sisters, will be selling snacks during the Native Plant Sale at HES this Saturday, May 16, from 8:30-1pm. Please donate baked goods, snacks, coffee, bagels, donuts, etc., and help support this great group of hard-working girls! Purchased baked goods are welcome, too!

You can bring your baked goods to the table when you arrive to do your plant shopping or for your volunteer shift (have you signed up yet to help?) You can also leave them in the staff lounge this week with a sign indicating that it is for the bake sale on Saturday.

This is a great way for your kids to contribute to their school as well.

Sole Sisters 2015

Field Days–Volunteers needed!

Field Days are coming! Please help make the days amazing for our students. Mr. Hook needs some parents to help run the games.


Parent volunteers should meet Mr. Hook at Magruder Park at 8:45 am. The individual events will run in the morning from 9:15-11:15. There will be a hot dog lunch, and then the class events will run in the afternoon until about 1:00. We need parents to be time keepers, heat organizers, and generals. Bring your own water bottle!


4th/5th Grades are May 14th (Rain date May 15)
2nd/3rd Grades are May 28 (Rain date May 29)
K/1st Grades are June 11 (Rain date June 12)


The individual events are:sack race

50 yard dash
100 yard dash
1 mile relay
Shuttle run

Class events:

Sack race
Playground obstacle course
Tire relay
Tug of war

Sign up here to volunteer! Contact Mr. Hook with questions.



Prince George’s County Council FY2016 Budget Public Hearing

The Prince George’s County Council will hold its final public hearing for the proposed FY 2016 County Budget on Monday, May 4, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.

This is our final opportunity to speak directly to the Council regarding the budget for schools. The amount of money in the county budget allocated to schools, particularly for capital improvements, will affect whether or not HES gets a new or improved building.

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Prince George’s County Council

FY2016 Budget Public Hearing

Monday, May 4, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

County Administration Building
Council Hearing Room, First Floor
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772

Please come to speak for Hyattsville Elementary School. Sign up to speak to the Council for three minutes. Some suggested talking points are below. Select a few that are most important to you and make a case for better school buildings in Hyattsville.


  • Thank you council members for the opportunity speak
  • My name is __________, and I’m from Hyattsville.
  • I have children at Hyattsville Elementary/Middle
  • I’m here to advocate for our kids, public education, and especially our neighborhood schools.
  • There are 5 key characteristics to high performing schools, and they are
    1. Strong leadership
    2. Committed teachers who are supported by their administration
    3. Strong family and community engagement
    4. Using data to improve quality and performance
    5. Facilities and environments conducive to learning
  • Hyattsville has made tremendous strides in 4 of the 5 areas. One area lacking is in the facilities.
  • We have no space and the space we have is grossly inadequate.
  • Both Hyattsville Elementary and Hyattsville Middle are well over its capacity and the situation will get worse over the coming years.
  • We are advocating for better buildings and facilities because we know it makes a difference for learning.
  • Here are some of the ways buildings matter
    • Better facilities are associated with higher performance. This has been demonstrated by numerous research studies. In some studies, it has show 10-15% higher test scores.
    • Better facilities are associated with better teacher recruitment and retention
    • Ironically, poor facilities are associated with higher teacher absenteeism
    • Better facilities have lower physical and social disorders such as fighting and misconduct.
  • We understand that it takes money, and we also understand that capital improvement takes time.
  • But, we need a short term solutions as well as a longer term solution, so that means we have to start now to reinvest in our schools.
  • We are advocating for our kids now and we are advocating for the kids who will enter school in the coming years.
  • Please help us help our neighborhood schools.
  • Thank you.

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8

Teachers are a lot of things: mentors, leaders, agents of change. Teachers are superheroes. We have 41 teachers at Hyattsville Elementary School. Help celebrate all they do for us!

To volunteer to bring the teachers a sweet or savory treat any morning during the week of May 4-8, sign up here. You can also sign up help clean up the staff lounge at the end of the day.

Check out this flyer for other ways to show your appreciation for the wonderful teachers at HES!

Teacher appreciation week flyer

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