Thursday, January 29, 2015

Jump Rope For Heart

Its that time of the year where we get to help other people in our community and around the world. How? Great question. We are participating in the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart program at our school.  

This is your chance to collect donations from family members and people you know in order to help those individuals here in NC and around the world who have been diagnosed with a heart problem or may have suffered a heart attack or stroke.  

You can set up a website to collect your donations for Jump Rope for Heart or you can use the form that was sent home. All money collected by you will be turned into Coach Benson during the week posted on the Holly Grove Calendar for your track.  

All money will be donated to the American Heart Association. The American Heart Association will deliver prizes and ducks to coach Benson at the end of April or May.  

We will be jumping rope, learning about ways to keep our heart healthy in gym class and participate in our Jump Rope for Heart Day in class. This will be a day of Jumping fun through various stations in the gym with an emphasis on jumping and keeping our hearts healthy. Thank for all your support and donations to the American Heart Association.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Read Across America Week

Read Across America Week

Tracks 1 & 3 March 2nd – 6th
Tracks 2 & 4 March 9th – 13th

NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

Important Dates and Events

Author Visit: On Monday March 2nd, author Aaron Reynolds will be visiting Holly Grove for two presentations: K-2 & SPED: 1:15- 2:15 3-5: 2:30 – 3:30 This program is for all tracks. Track 2 students are welcome to attend with their parents.

Book Fair Family Night:

Tracks 1 & 3: March 5th 6:00 pm
Tracks 2 & 4: March 9th 6 :00 pm

* The WakeUp and Read Book Drive will continue to go on through the end of the bookfair. Bring in your gently used books to donate and purchase some new ones for home!

Library Card Drive

As part of Read Across America Week we like to provide the opportunity for students without Wake County library cards to apply to receive one. Our local library is a great resource for your child and we want to encourage you to use it! The application has been provided electronically in the links below. If you need a paper copy, please let your child's teacher know and one will be provided. Please fill out and return to your child's teacher by February 27th. We will take care of the rest! Your child should receive their library card within a few weeks after the due date.

Optional At-Home Activities

* Read nightly with your child. Choose a favorite author to introduce them to!
* Explore online reading resources. – Celebrities read aloud their favorite stories – Free audio stories for kids

Friday, January 23, 2015

First Grade, Track 1 Celebrates their 100th day!

First grade students, track 1, celebrated their 100th day of school. Students dressed up, shared 100th day projects, ate a special "100" calorie snack, and participated in a host of 100th day activities. Way to go 1st graders!

Friday, January 16, 2015

WAKE Up and Read Book Drive Begins February 1st

The book drive will kick off with a fun event at Quail Ridge Books & Music on January 31 at 3:00PM. Then, beginning on February 1, Holly Grove Elementary will collect new and gently-used books for children ages birth-12. 

Book donation boxes will be located in the HGES Media Center.

Book donation guidelines
Donated books will be distributed to children across Wake County to build home libraries.  If you need guidance on specific titles, WAKE Up and Read has Wish Lists with Quail Ridge Books, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.   
         Books must be new or gently used and appropriate for children birth – 12
         Titles like Curious George, The Magic Tree House, Charlotte’s Web, and bilingual books are appreciated
         For gently used donations, book covers, pages, and spines should be intact and without rips, tears, or added pencil/crayon markings (names of original owners/dedications are acceptable)
         Gently used books should not be damaged by mold, water, or fire, and should not show signs of discoloration or age
         No textbooks or used coloring or activity books, please

About WAKE Up and Read
The WAKE Up and Read campaign was launched in 2012 to address one of the most critical junctures to lifelong success, reading on grade-level by 3rd grade.  This unique community collaboration includes education, civic, philanthropic, and business leaders from across Wake County, all working together to help every child develop the necessary skills for success in school and beyond.  Our shared goal is to ensure that more children from low-income families have the tools and resources they need to become lifelong readers and learners.  Working together, we can build stronger students and a stronger community.  To learn more, visit

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Cyber-Bullying Comic Strips

5th grade students learned about cyber-bullying in their Digital Citizenship classes with Ms. Starkey.  The students learned what a cyber-bully is and what they should do if they ever find themselves in a situation where they or someone they know is cyber-bullied.  As a final project the students created comic strips to tell a cyber-bullying story.  You can see more of the student's work here.