Calendar HES Newsletter

The HES PTA sponsors many of the programs your child(ren) and family will benefit from throughout the school year. Become a member today!

Welcome to Hammond Elementary PTA!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

10975 Johns Hopkins Rd.
Laurel, MD 20723
(301) 497-4497

Present this flyer to the cashier and our PTA will receive 20% of all sales generated by Hammond Elementary School families. Help support the Hammond Elementary PTA!

Our annual yard sale will be held in the HES parking lot on Saturday, May 10th from 8am-12pm (rain date Sunday, May 11th). Despite our recent weather, spring IS coming and you may be planning on doing some spring cleaning. Save all your treasures to sell and reserve your spot. If you have any questions, please contact our Chair, Tami Schiavone ( tami.schiavone@gmail.com ).

Registration Form, flyer

Important Dates and Times

Registration Due: Thursday 2/13, please send in to school
Act Reviews: Tuesday 2/25 Wednesday 2/26 & Thursday 2/27 4-6 p.m.
Dress Rehearsal: Wednesday 3/19 4:15- 6:45p.m.
SHOWTIME: Friday 3/21 6:30 p.m.

Registration Form is available here.

Sponsored By: Hammond Elementary PTA
HES Cafeteria
8110 Aladdin Drive, Laurel
Doors open at 6:00pm
First game starts at 6:30pm
$18 Advance / $20 At the door
Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.

To purchase bingo tickets, complete the form (PDF format or Word format), detach and return to HES in an envelope to: Basket Bingo, HES PTA. Ticket will be distributed at will call at the night of the event.

The Afterschool Program Committee is pleased to bring you the following line-up this winter:

Mondays: Science Encounters (started January 6th)
Tuesdays: KidzArt (on-going)
Wednesdays: DramaKidz (on-going) and Overtime Athletics (www.otaregistration.com) (beginning Jan. 29)
Thursdays: Chess (started January 9th offered through Parks & Rec) http://www.howardcountymd.gov/2014winterguide.htm
Fridays: Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO and Engineering with LEGO, Engineering FUNdamentals (both starting January 24th and offered through Parks & Rec) http://www.howardcountymd.gov/2014winterguide.htm

Please support the program(s) that your child is interested in so they may return. Do not send registration information to the school. See the website or flyer for details on how to register for each program. Questions or comments about our programs can be directed to Michele Johnson, chelejohnson2@yahoo.com or Farah Noble at farahnoble@hotmail.com.

Mark those calendars for Friday evening, March 21st. The 2014 "Paws of Pride" Talent Show is coming! Get your acts of greatness ready! What gets your paws moving---singing, dancing, acting, juggling, magic tricks, piano, violin, drums or kazoo.... what makes you roar with pride? Mandatory dress rehearsal is Wednesday, March 19th. Act Reviews tentatively set for the week of February 24th. Sign up forms and more information forthcoming in next month's take-home folders. Stay tuned!


Two weeks ago:


Think Green! There are many exciting things going on with our Green School program. Please take a look at the HES Green School website (http://hesisgreen.weebly.com).

ATTENTION: New recycling effort is starting - we need your help!!

We are now collecting discarded juice pouches and Lunchable containers in the cafeteria during the student lunches. We made a Sign Up Genius to set up a weekly pick up schedule. Both of these brigades will be collected in large blue trashcans in the cafeteria which are clearly labeled! We have attached the directions for storage so you will know all of the tricks for preventing odors! All parts of the lunch kits (lunchables) are recyclable.

It's most helpful if one family signs up for collecting recyclables for the entire month. For example, if you collect juice pouches, it's easiest if you sign up for each Friday (or Thursday if school is closed on a Friday) in that month to collect juice pouches. Each Friday during your month, you would go to the cafeteria and get the bag of recyclables that were collected by the students during the week. You would store these recyclables at your home in the bags from the recycling container. Sometimes the bottom of the bags with juice pouches have extra juice in them - just poke a hole in the bottom and let all the juice empty out and then put into another bag (should be extra bags in recycling bins at school). Keep a running count of how many recyclables you have.

At the end of the month, you would get in touch with the next family for the next month. You can give them all the recyclables that you have collected and give them your total count. They would keep all the recyclables for the month, go each Friday to collect new recyclables, and keep a running count. Then they would pass everything along to the family for the next month, etc.

Please visit our Sign Up Genius to pick a month that is convenient for you!


If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Takeuchi (lbtakeuchi@gmail.com). Thank you for your help with this!

National Recycle Day is November 15th. In honor of this special day we are challenging all students at HES to create a “Litter Bug” from only recycled materials. The finished products must fit in a reused sealed bag no larger than gallon size. Bugs should be made from lightweight materials so they can be displayed on a bulletin board. These little critters will remain with their new friends and not returned to owners! Please see details here.

If flipping through catalogs searching for items to buy to support the PTA is not for you, consider our hassle free way of giving, the "No-Bake Bake Sale." Make a tax deductible donation to support the PTA. Information and a donation form are being sent home on Thursday, August 29. Just fill out the donation form from your child's folder or click on the link below to print one out. 100% of donations will go directly to support HES PTA activities and events!

Our school spirit wear program is underway! A full-color order form will be coming home soon with your student. There are several great items to choose from along with 6 designs to select from to show your Spirit! Be sure to check out our new Glitter Design. It's awesome!!

The sale will continue through Friday, October 11, 2013.

Order forms and envelopes will be sent home in the coming days..simply complete the order form and return it (along with payment) to the school. For your convenience, here is a link to the order form.

For questions, please contact The Sports Hut at info@thesportshut.com or 866-663-0815.

**Youth sizes (especially the shirts) run small...consider ordering a size larger than you normally buy.


  • President - Kerri Ukstins
  • Vice President - Membership - Lisa Takeuchi
  • Vice President - Communications - Anne Braun
  • Treasurer - Maureen Harkins
  • Recording Secretary - Carol Cavanaugh
  • Communications Secretary - Leah Veeck
  • Delegate - Natasha Brown
  • Delegate - Mike Schmeckpeper

Our HES PTA After School programs will be returning for winter sessions! Please check your child’s folder for registration forms. If you have specific questions regarding the programs, please contact the program director. Remember, the parent volunteer receives 50% off tuition!

  • Mondays - Science Encounters K-2nd “Light and Color Fun”; 3rd-5th “Get Wired” 8 weeks Jan 17-Mar 11 for $105
  • Thursdays - Spanish class K-5th 10 weeks Jan 10-Mar 21 for $160
  • Thursdays - French class 1st-5th 8 weeks Jan 17-Mar 14 for $125

For more information, please contact HES PTA Afterschool Chairs, Deveonne Hamilton-Stokes or Michele Johnson.

NEW Online Volunteer Training Program! This web based seminar will provide you with a clear understanding of the ethics, policies, and procedures required when volunteering at Hammond Elementary School. To participate in the training, please go to online training. Here you will watch a video, read through the policies and submit a form - all online! Once you have completed this training, you will be added to our approved volunteer database. If you have any technical questions regarding the training or need assistance accessing the website, please feel free to contact Mr. Tark via email at Aaron Tark or call the main office number at 410-880-5890.
PLEASE NOTE: If you were trained at HES last year, you do not need to be trained again this year.

Attention Hammond Elementary School Shoppers! Please update your shopper cards for the 2012/2013 school year and Hammond will receive credit for your purchases:

  1. Harris Teeter Code # 8583. Please tell the cashier during check out to add account #8583 to your Harris Teeter VIC card. 

  2. Food Lion Code #211691. Please attach this number to your MVP card. Please contact Dawn Abunassar (dawnab05@verizon.net) if you would like help signing up for your MVP card. 

  3. Giant Code #00388. Please attach this number for the rewards program. 

  4. Target Code #58038. Please register your Target Visa or Target card at www.target.com/tcoe or call 1-800-316-6142 to register.

Hammond PTA needs help from everyone who is willing and able to help. Please remember to fill out the volunteer form in the folders that will go home the first week of school or fill in online at Membership, Directory and Volunteer Form and return to your child's teacher ASAP. If you have any questions/concerns on how you can help, please contact Lisa Takeuchi at lbtakeuchi@gmail.com

If you haven’t subscribed to the Howard County Public School System’s e-communication service, don’t put it off another minute! You will need to sign up for HCPSS NEWS at https://www.hcpssnews.com to continue receiving email messages from your child’s school and the school system.  Remember to update your child's grade for the 2012-2013 school year!