Dr. Maxwell and HES in the Capital Improvement Program (CIP)

Maryland Delegate Alonzo Washington and PGCPS CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell, on September 26 at Yogi Castle.

Maryland Delegate Alonzo Washington and PGCPS CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell, on September 26 at Yogi Castle.

On September 26, PGCPS CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell came to Yogi Castle on Route 1 to answer questions directly from PGCPS families. The event was sponsored by Maryland Delegate Alonzo Washington.

Dr. Maxwell was greeted by a packed house, with parents identifying themselves as associated with Hyattsville Elementary School, Felegy Elementary School, University Park Elementary School, Riverdale Elementary School, Northwestern High School and others as well.

Dr. Maxwell brought eleven staff members with him, including the heads of Instruction, Maintenance, and Transportation, to ensure that he could answer questions on the spot, with appropriate and up-to-date information.

The HES PTA asked multiple questions, focused on the county’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP), and the need at HES for a new school building to replace our current outdated building.

When PGCPS previously studied all the capital improvement needs in the district, HES was ranked fourth most in need of reconstruction or renovation in the county’s CIP. Since that assessment was made, the schedule for such a replacement or renovation for HES has been pushed back to begin in 2020, with likely completion in 2024. The budget available for the project has also been cut.

The HES PTA continues to monitor PGCPS actions on this plan, and has been advocating for an appropriate time schedule, more funding, and continued maintenance support for our current building while our children remain in attendance there.

At the close of the Yogi Castle event, HES PTA President Marquisha Powell gave Dr. Maxwell a letter listing our questions and concerns (later followed up with an email), and invited Dr. Maxwell to visit Hyattsville Elementary.

You can read the letter to Dr. Maxwell here.

You can watch part of the Yogi Castle event on Facebook Live here.

For more information about the county’s Capital Improvement Program, visit here.

Want to know more about this issue? Please attend the PTA meeting tomorrow night, October 3, at 7:00 in the HES Library. Free babysitting is available.



The Zombies are coming!

The Zombies are coming!

Mark your calendar for October 14, 2017, for the second Hyattsville Zombie Run 5K. The Halloween themed 5K race is USATF certified and timed, and the 1 Mile Kids’ Challenge and 1K Family Fun Run are opportunities for everyone to participate. Dress up as a zombie or any Halloween costume to add to the fun! All races will start and finish at Magruder Park.

This event is hosted by the Hyattsville Elementary School PTA and proceeds will support HES, including the purchase of art supplies, musical instruments, coats for students, field trips, teacher professional development, and more.

How can you be a part of this fun event?
—Run in the race!
—Volunteer to help!
—Make a donation!
—Sponsor a kid!

The race day schedule is:
8:45   1K Family Fun Run
9:00   1 Mile Kids’ Challenge Run
9:30   5K Zombie Run

For more information about the race, to register to run, or to volunteer, visit the HES PTA website at hyattsvillees-pta.org/zombierun/ .


Become an individual fundraiser for your school and

How it works:
When you register to run in the Hyattsville Zombie Run, you can also set up a fundraising page that allows your friends and family to sponsor you. Every dollar raised through this fundraising page goes directly to the HES PTA.

For every $10 you raise by 9pm on October 13th, your name will be entered into a raffle to be held on race day.

1st prize is a bike from Arrow Bicycle, valued up to $500!
2nd place is a Kindle Fire
3rd place will be a gift package from Regal Cinema

Special thanks to Arrow Bicycle for their generous support of this project to help all local Hyattsville schools.

How to do it:

  • Sign up for the Zombie Run now at https://runsignup.com/Race/MD/Hyattsville/HyattsvilleZombieRun
  • When you register, it will ask if you would like to become a “Fundraiser”. Click on the Fundraiser banner.
  • Follow the directions to complete the online form, making sure that you select your own school from the dropdown box under “Fundraiser Type.”
  • Please include a personal message about why this is important to you and that the money raised will go to your school’s PTA. Upload a picture if you can!
  • After you complete registration, you will receive an email with your unique website. Share this link with everyone you know and start training for race day!

Notice to Neighbors: Some roads will be closed and parking will be restricted along the race route on the morning of the race, from 6:00 to 11:00 am. To see which streets are affected, visit
hyattsvillees-pta.org/zombie-run-logistics/ .

Questions about the Hyattsville Zombie Run? Visit our website at hyattsvillees-pta.org/zombierun/ or email Race Director Kevin Blackerby at hyattsville5k@gmail.com .

PTA Meeting Agenda, October 3rd

Please join your neighbors and the HES community for the first Hyattsville Elementary School PTA meeting of the school year.

Tuesday October 3rd
7:00pm, HES Library

If you have not yet joined the PTA or renewed your membership this year, you can do so at the meeting. You may also join or renew online at hyattsvillees-pta.org/join-pta-2/ .

Free babysitting will be provided.

PTA Meeting Agenda:

Zombie Run Update

Capital Improvements

Upcoming Events

  • Zombie Run, Oct 14
  • Wing Stop Fundraiser, Oct 17th
  • Prospective Family Social, tentative Vigilante, Fri Oct 27th
  • Garden and Grounds, tentative Saturday Nov 4th
  • Franklins Fundraiser, Dec 5th
  • Tag Informational Session, early October (additional details from HES to come)

Outreach Sub-Committee, Community & School

PTA Budget Update

New Drop-Off Plan

PTA Membership

2017 – 2018 Goals:

  • Major project, Extra Curricular Club, Athletics or Arts & Beautification
  • Reconsider International Baccalaureate Program
  • Retaining Wall Landscaping
  • HES Swag, T-shirt, etc.
  • Jefferson Mural for Barbara Leith (previous crossing guard)

Open Discussion

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 right after drop off to chat with other parents, and have some coffee and snacks.

Principal Bey and the PTA officer team will be there to answer questions, renew your PTA membership for this school year, and share information about the 2017 Zombie Run. Please stay for the PTA vote on the 2017-2018 PTA budget!

The cafeteria will be open to parents from 7:45 to 8:30. The coffee is complimentary.

Upcoming events for HES

Upcoming events for HES

Some dates have changed–please update your calendar!

August 17 (tomorrow)–there will not be an ice cream social at HES as previously advertised. Instead, there will be a meet and greet at the City of Hyattsville Summer Jam.

August 18--Come to the Hyattsville Summer Jam at Magruder Park, 6:30-8:30. Principal Bey will be there to introduce our new Assistant Principal, Duff Durkin. New staff have also been invited. As usual, the Summer Jam will feature a bounce house, face painters, balloon animals, and live music (Black Masala!). If wet weather is predicted, the event may move to the Hyattsville Municipal Building on Gallatin, so please check the city’s website for updates.

August 31–Kindergarten orientation is at HES, 11:00-12:00. Parents will meet with Principal Bey to become familiar with school policies and procedures, while the new students will go to the classrooms with the kindergarten teachers. If you have questions, contact the main office at HES, at 301-209-5800.

Let’s get ready to start a great new school year!

Rising Kindergartner Meet-up, August 6

What: HES Rising Kindergartner Meet-Up
When: August 6, 10:30-12:30
Where: King Park on Gallatin Street
Why: To meet and talk to other HES kindergartners and families

Do you have a rising HES kindergartner, and want to get to know other kindergarten families? Join other families of rising HES kindergartners for a getting to know you meet up.

Thinking about HES in the future for your pre-schooler? Come to meet other HES families.

Already at HES and willing to share your knowledge of the school? Please join us, too!

The HES PTA will have some drinks and snacks on hand. Parents can chat while kids make new friends on the playground.


August 17, 6:00-7:00 pm: Ice Cream Social. Come talk with Principal Teresa Bey, and meet our new Assistant Principal and our new teachers.

September 14, 5:30-7:00: Back to School Night. Visit your child’s classroom and see what his/her day is like.


Registration is open NOW. If your child is not already registered for kindergarten, please go to HES to register your kindergartner as soon as possible. Registering helps the school make appropriate plans for the number of students, teachers, and classrooms that will be needed in the fall. Waiting to register until late summer or the start of school can be disruptive for children at an already uncertain time. Students who have already been attending HES do not need to register again.

To register your kindergartner, bring these documents to the main office of HES:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Records
  • Proof of Residency: can be a copy of your mortgage statement, tax assessment or current lease

The HES office is open from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday- Thursday for registration. Questions? Call the main office at 301-209-5800. For students whose language is other than English, please call ISCO 301-445-8460.


Receive email updates from the HES PTA by signing up on the PTA website at hyattsvillees-pta.org/ . Follow us on Facebook, too! www.facebook.com/HyattsvilleESPTA/

Field Days are coming!

Please help make the days amazing for our students. Mr. Hook needs some parent volunteers 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 box lunch delivered to the park, and then the class events will run in the afternoon until about 1:00. We need parents to be lunch helpers, time keepers, heat organizers, and generals. Bring your own water bottle!

5th Grade is May 16 (rain date May 17)
4th Grade is May 18 (rain date May 19)
K/1st Grades are May 23 (rain date May 24)
2nd/3rd Grades are May 25 (rain date May 26)

Sign up to volunteer HERE or talk to Mr. Hook.

HES in the Hyattsville City Parade Saturday April 29


Students!  This Saturday, April 29th at 11 a.m. please join your fellow students, parents, and teachers as we march in the 131st Hyattsville Anniversary Parade!

Students wanting to march should:

  • be at Hyattsville Middle School no later than 10:45 a.m. and look for the HES banner and flags
  • wear super hero themed attire
  • feel free to make banners or signs to show your Lion spirit
  • Check-in with the HES parade coordinator when you get to Hyattsville Middle to be counted

This year’s parade will step off at 11 a.m. from Hyattsville Middle School (6001 42nd Ave.) and follow 42nd Ave., Jefferson St., and Hamilton St. until it reaches the reviewing stage at Magruder Park. There will be a carnival at Magruder Park after the parade with games, rides, music and fireworks that night provided by the City of Hyattsville.  

The PTA will award an ICE CREAM PARTY to the class with the most students participating, so be sure to bring along your classmates and check-in with the HES parade coordinator when you get to the staging area in order to be counted for your class!

Upcoming Events – Spice 6 Fundraiser and Hyattsville City Parade

Please note these fun and exciting upcoming events on your Calendar. Stay tuned for additional information…

  • Spice 6 FundraiserMonday April 24th – 11am – 9:30pm – 5501 Baltimore Ave #107
    • It’s the first day back at school after the break…do you really want to cook dinner after getting back into the routine??  No!  Then how about some delicious curry, naan, chick peas, lamb…sounds like it is Spice 6 time!  Come out and show your support for HES this coming Monday, April 24th all day long.  Just let the cashier know that you are supporting HES when you checkout.  Delicious food, fabulous friends, and dinner solved…sounds like a quick fix for the end of break blues.
  • Hyattsville City Parade – Saturday April 29th – Starts at Hyattsville Middle School at 10:45am
    • Come represent HES and march in the Hyattsville City Parade! Wear your favorite super hero costume.
  • PTA Meeting – Tuesday May 2 – 7pm – HES Media Center
    • Please join us for our next general PTA meeting on Tuesday May 2nd at 7pm in the Media Center.

Agenda for PTA Meeting Tuesday April 4

Please join us on Tuesday April 4th at the HES Library at 7:00pm for a PTA meeting. Here is the agenda:

Camp Invention – Details presented by Ms. Stanton

Bursting on the Scene – Mural Painting at West Hyattsville Metro Station 

Hyattsville Parade – Saturday April 29th

Finger Printing Session at HES – Wednesday April 26th, 5:00 – 7:00pm 


Field Day 

5th – 5/16         Rain Date – 5/17

4th – 5/18         Rain Date – 5/19

K & 1st – 5/23  Rain Date – 5/24

2nd & 3rd 5/25  Rain Date – 5/26

Jefferson Mural 


Zombie Run

Follow-up Garden & Grounds Day

2017-2018 Library Volunteer Coordinator

PTA Budget Update 

2017-2018 HES Budget Summary, Principal Bey 

Other News (no need to post)

– Another Successful Art Show

– HES Swag underway

– UP Azealla Run, Saturday April 8th

– School Supply Boxes

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