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.

New Kindergarten Play Date Signup
RECAP: Superhero Costume Party

Thanks to the 80+ families who came to the Superhero Party!! Everyone had a super time making masks at the craft table, power up at the refreshments table, playing games of gigantic proportions, and rockin' out their superhero cool moves on the dance floor!! Special thanks to DJ PRIESTLY and those who volunteered to help clean and set up! Your efforts help make this a truly SUPER event!!

Special Thanks from 1st Grade Team
Special note and photo from the 1st grade team about how they used the their education grant:

Dear PTA,
We in the first grade would like to thank you so much for funding our planetarium in-house field trip. We had an amazing time and learned a lot! The students were able to see the night sky and go on a guided tour of our solar system. We were also able to observe the moon phases and see various constellations! Thanks again! You are helping to make our learning come to life!

The HES First Graders

Special Thanks from 2nd Grade Team
Special note and photo from Ms. Rutledge about how they used the their education grant:

The Hammond Elementary PTA recently funded an exciting hands-on, program from the Maryland Science Center for the second grade students. This program helped enhance and support the second grade science curriculum on properties of matter. The 2nd grade students were able to study the states of matter through hands on demonstrations and experiments. They also had an opportunity to explore and observe the differences between chemical and physical changes. The students really were engaged in this program and benefited from the experience. Thanks to the PTA for supporting the curriculum by providing the students with this great program. What a great way to support engagement and learning!

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!!

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.

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 http://www.hespta.org/volunteering.php for information on current opportunties and how you can get involved.