Community Academy Session - Bully Prevention

"What Parents Need to Know: Bullying Prevention and Social Media".
Documentation will be distributed that describes the process for reporting bullying and a School Resource Officer (SRO) that is a member of the Howard County Police Department (HCPD) will be one of the speakers.

When: Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017
Time: 9 am
Where: Oakland Mills Middle School

To help provide the correct number of copies, please register at:

Superhero Costume Party

Calling all Hammond Superheroes! Grab your cape and mask and get to the Superhero Dance on February 3,2017 at 6:30pm in a FLASH! Your mission if you choose to accept it: Get ready to dance with DJ PRIESTLY. Play games and win some prizes. Snacks and light refreshments will be served. Cost: $7 per family in advance or $10 at the door. Return the bottom portion of this flyer to your child's homeroom teacher to preorder your tickets by January 27, 2017. We will need a few parent volunteers to help with setup after school and with clean up. If you are willing to help please contact Maria Rocco at

Special Thanks from 5th Grade Teachers and Staff

Thanks to the education grants provided by the PTA, 5th grade students learned so much about the Chesapeake Bay! Below is a summary of the experience by, Ms. Tully:

The Howard County Conservancy came out on 12/23 to explain to students how humans impact the Chesapeake Bay and the species that live in the bay. The kids learned about the grade that our watershed was given and how it has improved over the last few years, but still needs to improve further. This correlates directly to our first quarter unit as we discuss the different parts of the Earth and how pollution impacts everything. Kids got to meet a Terrapin and learn a little about the turtles life in the bay. Then, the Conservancy did an interactive exhibit with a watershed table where the kids could see how pollutants directly affect the land and water sources. Kids learned about different ways to protect the water.

Thank you so much!!

Upcoming PTA Meeting

The PTA Executive Board hopes that you all had a nice break and got to spend quality time with family and friends. We look forward to seeing you at our last 2 General PTA meeting of this school year. March 15, 2017 at 7pm in the Media Center and May 25, 2017 at 7pm in the Media Center. At the March PTA meeting we will be joined by HES's Board of Education liaison, Dr. Bess Altwerger, and at the May PTA meeting we will elect the 2017-2018 PTA Executive Board members.

Tuffy's Pride Award

The HES PTA wants to thank our October Tuffy's Pride Award Winner, Mrs. Overfelt. Thank you for going above and beyond for the students at HES.

Start the new year off bright for a teacher or a staff member at HES. Ask your child who has made their school day a little bit brighter and nominate that person for the HES PTA Tuffy's Pride Award. Nominations can be made here and only take few minutes of your time. The teacher or staff person selected will receive a certificate of appreciation and a small gift card.

Save & Send Box Tops

Please continue sending valid Box Tops to school in envelopes or baggies (kindly check expiration date) labeled with your child's name and teacher's name.

Recap - Talent Show

HES's Got Talent 2016 - the talent show took place on December 16, 2016. It was a wonderful event that showcased talent in 22 acts by 32 of our HES students from grades K thru 5. The event photos can be viewed by clicking here. The PTA would like to acknowledge the hard work of our students in refining their talents, their parents, Mrs. Ciarapica, Mrs. Oswald, Mrs. Armstrong, Mrs. Godbout, Mrs. Rocco, Mrs. Beaverson, and Mrs. Alberts for making this event such a wonderful success.

Recap - Holiday Group Gift For Teachers

Thank you so much for your contribution to the holiday group gifts this year!
Over $2,800 worth of gift cards to their favorite places were given to the teachers and paraeducators. Your generosity was evident and all the teachers were very appreciative!

Recap - Holiday Shop

The Holiday Shop was a wonderful experience for many of our HES students. They carefully shopped and found treasures for their loved ones. Thank you to Nina Shearer and all the super volunteers who set-up and staffed holiday shop and made the experience a positive one for our students. Thank you!

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering is one of the best ways to be a part of the HES Community! This year we are connecting families to volunteer opportunities that fit their lifestyle. Please bookmark the HES PTA Volunteer Website at for information on current opportunties and how you can get involved.