What does your support of the PTA do for HES?

When you become a member of the HES PTA, make a donation, or make a purchase at a fundraiser, what happens to your money?

HES PTA works to improve the educational experience for all HES students. We work together with the teachers and Principal Julia Burton to identify opportunities for assistance that will positively affect all students and families.

So far this school year, the PTA has supported HES through these donations and activities:

In the classroom:
Kiln for art roomhandprints
Glue sticks and reams of paper for the art classroom
Games for indoor recess days
Worm bins for the 1st grade classrooms
Black History Month presentation of “The Birmingham Children’s March” for all students

At the school:
Paint, supplies, and painting of the indoor entry mural and blue retaining wall
Gardens & Grounds Day materials to beautify the school grounds in the fall (and snacks for volunteers)
Marquee board of Staff and Faculty photos (forthcoming, in hallway to cafeteria)
Help with the Ashley Swann donation fund
Teacher Appreciation Week coordination of food donations for faculty and staff

For students and families:
All the pumpkins for the Magruder Park pumpkin patch field trip (no cost to families this year)
Hispanic Heritage Night supplemental food and water
Coffee and snacks for First Day of School parents’ coffee
Popsicles with the Principal
Water and snacks for the 5th grade field trip to Camp Schmidt
Babysitting for all General PTA meetings
Gift bags for distributing knitted donations to the HES community
New winter coats and uniform pants for students
Fall Family Dance and Ice Cream Social
Ice Skating Day at Wells Ice Rink
Movie Night (forthcoming, March 20)


It’s not too late to become a PTA member this school year!

You can help the PTA support Hyattsville Elementary School as a great place to learn. If you’d like to become a member, or if you haven’t renewed your membership this school year, please join us. Membership forms are also available on the PTA bulletin board near the front door of the school, and cash or checks can be given to Mr. Swann in the office.

You do not need to have a child at HES to be a member of the PTA. Strong community support for our neighborhood school is one of the many reasons HES is strong.

PARCC testing begins in early March

This is the first year of PARCC standardized tests. Testing begins in early March for grades 3-5.

Maryland begins full implementation of the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) state assessments in reading and mathematics this school year (2014-15). The new assessments replace the Maryland School Assessments (MSA) in English and mathematics in grades 3-8.

The new PARCC assessments are aligned to the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards, Testing mousedeveloped from the Common Core and fully implemented during the 2013-14 school year. PARCC will provide comparability across states, and be able to assess and measure higher-order skills such as critical thinking, communications, and problem solving. The assessments will be computer-based and include a mix of constructed response items, performance-based tasks, and computer-enhanced items.


The website of the Maryland Department of Education has information about PARCC tests for parents at http://marylandpublicschools.org/msde/programs/parcc/parents/ You may also download an overview of PARCC for parents in English or Spanish.

prepareforparccThere are tutorials available online. The purpose of these is to familiarize students with the computer based testing format and to gain familiarity with the technology platform. See http://parcc.pearson.com/tutorial/ .

Students can also take practice tests. They are available at http://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/ .

Today, February 11th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Secondary Schools) and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Elementary Schools), academic specialists will provide students with testing strategies and answer questions about the upcoming PARCC exam. This will be live on 96 Comcast/38 Verizon. Tweet questions to @PGCPS #PrepareforPARCC

Neighbors in Need

The Portillos, a neighborhood family, with children at Hyattsville Elementary School, Frances Fuchs and Northwestern Senior High School lost all their belongings in a house fire in early January.

Please consider donating clothing, books, school supplies, toys, or money for groceries to help them as they get through this difficult time.

For a list of specific items needed by the Portillo family, visit https://hyattsvillees-pta.org/neighbors-in-need/ . Cash donations for groceries and household goods can also be made online. Gift cards can be given to Mr. Swann in the office.

Please take a look at the list of needed items to help our neighbors in need.

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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 s.dawkinswilson@pgcps.org .

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 hyattsvilleESPTA@gmail.com

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 http://www.gofundme.com/HESart

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


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