Volunteer workshops

HES needs you to volunteer! There are many opportunities to help out at HES–chaperoning field trips, monitoring the lunch room, and math and reading tutoring, to name a few. To offer your help, directly contact your child’s teacher, or Ms. Penate.

All volunteers need to get a background check and be cleared by Child Protective Services (CPS). There are several upcoming opportunities to do this. Mark your calendars to get this done so that you can help your child’s school!


December 7
Langley Park-McCormick Elementary (8201 15th Avenue Hyattsville, MD 20783 / Phone: 301-445-8423)

January 25
G. James Gholson Middle School (900 Nalley Road Landover, MD 20785 / Phone: 301-883-8390)

February 8
Benjamin Tasker Middle School (4901 Collington Road Bowie, MD 20715 / Phone: 301-805-2660)

March 1
Greenbelt Elementary (6301 Breezewood Drive Greenbelt, MD 20770 / Phone: 301-513-5040)

March 15
Dodge Park Elementary (3401 Hubbard Road Landover, MD 20785 / Phone: 301-883-4220)

April 12
Potomac High School (5211 Boydell Avenue Oxon Hill, MD 20745 / Phone: 301-702-3900)

April 26
Columbia Park Elementary (1901 Kent Village Drive Landover, MD 20785 / Phone: 301-925-1322)

Each Workshop Will Include These Sessions:

Fingerprint Background Check and CPS Clearance Sessions*, 4-6 p.m.
The fee is $56.57.
There is no fee for families whose children receive free and reduced-price meals (FARMS). Please bring a copy of your FARMS certification letter.
“Keeping Our Children Safe”
Family Institute Workshop

5-6 p.m. & 6:15-7:15 p.m.
Learn how to recognize the often subtle signs of abuse and neglect in children.

  • PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Visit www.pgcpsfamily.org
  • FREE CHILDCARE AVAILABLE Prekindergarten through fifth-grade students

*Please bring a valid, unexpired government-issued photo identification card, such as a driver’s license; state, school or military ID; U.S. passport; permanent resident card or employment authorization card.

Contact the PGCPS Department of Family and Community Engagement for more information:

Support HES PTA by shopping at Amazon!

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HES Coat Drive, December 5

Do you have any coats in your closet that your kids have outgrown, or that you no longer use? See any coats on sale while you are holiday shopping? Please donate them to the HES Coat Drive.

Gently used coats, hats, scarves and gloves are welcome, for both children and adults. Bring coats to HES by Monday, December 4th. They will be distributed on December 5th at 8:00 am.

Questions? Contact Cecilia Penate, Parent Engagement Assistant, at 301-209-5800 x54721

Garden and Grounds Day Saturday November 4th 8am

Fall Garden and Grounds Day is this Saturday, November 4th from 8:00 am until noon.

Please come to help make Hyattsville Elementary School look great! Bring your shovels, spades, and rakes to do some weeding, trimming bushes and trees, preparing beds for winter (planting bulbs for the spring, etc) and painting our h planter. Kids are welcome to help, too!

Head to the front door of HES to find the other volunteers.

We hope to see you there!

Wing Stop fundraiser, October 17


Eat wings to support your school! No, really!!


On Tuesday, October 17, have lunch or dinner at Wing Stop, and 20% of the proceeds will go the HES PTA. All you need to do is tell them when you pay that your order is for HES.

Wing Stop is located in the Shoppes at Metro Station—it’s near the corner of East-West Highway and Belcrest Road, across from PG Plaza Metro in the same center as CVS and Starbucks.

6211 Belcrest Rd #103, Hyattsville, MD 20782

You can order online and simply and quickly pick up your meal! Pick up hours are 11:00 am to 11:00 pm.  https://order.wingstop.com/menu/wingstop-1140-hyattsville-md-20782

Wing Stop is a sponsor of the HES PTA Zombie Run 5K race! It’s easy to say thanks by eating some wings!

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!

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