Principal's Message

Dear Hollis Families,

Welcome to the Hollis School website! I hope that you find the information on this site both useful and valuable. Our website is updated often by Hollis parent Erin Kennedy. We appreciate her work and would welcome any advice as to how to improve our site.

Hollis School is a K-5 elementary school with approximately 500 students. We are the largest elementary school in town in terms of enrollment and teaching staff. Hollis School also houses the district's Language Based Program. We are a school that is dedicated to improving student achievement at all levels. The staff is highly qualified and committed to educating Braintree's young children. Our students are hardworking and accepting of others. The Hollis School PTO is an active group that consistently strives to help our school through organized fundraising activities.

The curriculum of the Braintree Public Schools is rigorous. With that in mind, we know that everyone must work together to raise intelligent and caring children. The motto of Hollis School is Together Everyone Achieves More or TEAM. We know that when students, teachers, families, and staff members work together as a team, there is nothing we can't accomplish!

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. Take care and enjoy our website.

Sincerely,
Tim MacDonald
Principal

Newsletters

September 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! I think this had to be the quickest summer in history! Nevertheless, we are all excited to get back to work at the greatest elementary school known to mankind!! HOLLIS……HAWKS!!

There have been a few staffing changes over the summer. After Mrs. Martin retired from her music position in January, we were lucky to have Ms. Nicole Callum fill her position. Over the summer, Ms. Callum was awarded the permanent music position at Hollis, and we are thrilled. We are also excited to welcome Margaret Amann (grade 1) and Jenna Kornack (grade 5) as teachers in our Language Based program. Both of these ladies have experience working in Massachusetts elementary schools and will be fine additions to our staff. Lastly, we welcome Erin (Haugh) Smith to Hollis. After teaching kindergarten at the Highlands School for several years, Mrs. Smith joins us as an additional full day kindergarten teacher. We are happy to have two full day kindergarten classrooms, and very excited to welcome Mrs. Smith aboard.

This was the second year of our new Open House format. This format is done intentionally to help our students feel comfortable on the first day of school. Hopefully, visiting classrooms, meeting teachers, seeing friends, and making new friends, helped lessen the typical nerves that 5-11 year olds might feel before the first day of school. We thank our generous PTO for providing popsicles that night. It is our hope that many families have joined this talented and hardworking group. Our PTO plans many fun family activities, provides Cultural Arts programs for our students and supports our staff tremendously whenever a need occurs. Our first PTO meeting of the year will be Thursday September 20th at 7PM in our cafeteria.

As a father of four children, I can recognize and appreciate the many hurdles parents face raising children today. I can also relate to dealing with the disappointments children may encounter both inside and outside of school. While it is hard to watch, we must sit back and help our children learn from these disappointments by working with them and giving them strategies to handle these tough situations or events. A resilient child is one who will thrive at Hollis and beyond. It is our hope that we can build high achieving, inclusive, socially conscious children here at Hollis who also are resilient and can handle situations that don’t go as planned.

If you remember, last school year we started a terrific community service program with our grade 3-5 students. Each month, a grade level would take on a school wide project (collecting items for a food pantry, helping our Veterans at Grove Manor, etc.) and then report on that project at one of our assemblies. This year we will continue this program and expand it to all grade levels. It is important that we do our part as a school community to reinforce the concept of gratefulness and appreciation. Our staff and students should appreciate the many blessings we have so when we are asked “Who has it better than us?” - we can respond with a resounding and emphatic “NOBODY!”

Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 23rd! This is the day of our annual Fall Carnival. The Fall Carnival takes place in the field behind our school and involves many fun activities which are sure to entertain your entire family.

I would also like to remind everyone of our theme here at Hollis School. TEAM, which stands for Together Everyone Achieves More, is our school motto. We know that when students, teachers, families, and staff members work together as a team, there is nothing we can’t accomplish.

Lastly, please read all the materials in our monthly newsletter. It is a great monthly resource for all Hollis parents. Best wishes to all of our families for good health and an outstanding school year!

Sincerely,
Mr. Tim MacDonald Principal

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Braintree Public Schools, in partnership with parents and the community, is to prepare all students to become responsible and contributing members of a diverse and global society.  We motivate and enable each student to develop intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally through a rigorous and supportive educational program within an inclusive and safe environment that nurtures creative and critical thinking, the development of values, and the pursuit of lifelong learning.

Braintree Public Schools Beliefs

Since excellence in instruction and student achievement is our primary objective, we are committed to the following beliefs:

  • Students should acquire a rigorous core of knowledge in an environment that promotes higher level thinking skills across the curriculum by thinking critically and creatively, and making wise judgments.
  • All students can achieve academic proficiency and strive for excellence.
  • All students possess unique talents and gifts and should be encouraged to reach their maximum individual potential.
  • Students should be able to collaborate and communicate effectively through reading, writing, speaking, computing, the arts, and technology.
  • Students should acquire the knowledge, skills, and motivation necessary to achieve and maintain optimum health and lifelong fitness.
  • Students should develop a sense of self-discipline, self-respect, and self-reliance and demonstrate social, civic and environmental responsibility.
  • Students should acquire skills to adapt to an evolving and technologically advancing society.
  • Students should understand, respect, and appreciate the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of our society and the democratic principles upon which this nation was built.
  • A safe and orderly environment, free of prejudice, drugs, violence, bullying, hazing and harassment of any kind is essential to promote student learning.
  • Ongoing opportunities for the professional growth and development of staff are essential for improving teaching and learning.
  • Parents, guardians, and caregivers, in partnership with schools, are an integral part of their child’s learning.
  • Community involvement should be actively solicited, encouraged and developed.

Values

The Braintree Public Schools recognize their shared responsibility with parents in developing students’ values. This shared responsibility includes educating the whole child and working toward developing a good and informed citizenry.

In support of the above, the Braintree School Committee affirms the following values as integral part of the students’ overall education.

Achievement

Creativity

Inclusivity

Respect

Honesty

Courtesy

Courage

Kindness

Integrity

Cooperation

Responsibility

Empathy

Work Ethic

Perseverance

Loyalty

Citizenship

Fairness

Acceptance

Homework Policy (K-5)

Introduction

Homework in the Braintree Public Schools is an essential part of the school program.  Assignments will vary in accordance to the needs of the class and will relate to classroom instruction.  Homework assignments are intended to reinforce and extend learning initiated in the classroom and serve as a tool for teachers to assess student understanding of classroom instruction.  Completion of routine homework can motivate students to develop good work habits, while increasing the opportunity for individual initiative and responsibility.  Homework can also stimulate creativity, critical thinking and awareness that learning can take place outside of the classroom.  The guidelines below indicate how students, parents, teachers and administrators all have a responsibility for the success of homework.

Homework Policy Guidelines for Students

  • Always do your best work
  • Record directions for homework in an assignment notebook. 
  • Understand assignments clearly before leaving class
  • Bring home the proper materials to complete the assignments 
  • Hand in completed assignments on time
  • Budget time properly for long-term assignments
  • Complete any work missed due to absence from class
  • Understand how homework will affect your class grade
  • Talk to your parents and teacher if you are having difficulty with homework
  • Homework will not be assigned during school vacation except for the completion of previously assigned long-term projects.

Homework Policy Guidelines for Parents

  • Be familiar with the philosophy and guidelines of the homework policy
  • Check your child’s assignment notebook
  • Provide a time and place to do homework assignments with limited interruptions
  • Actively supervise homework completion, assisting, but not doing the work
  • Oversee completion of long-term assignments to assist in understanding time management
  • Contact the teacher with questions or concerns especially if your child exceeds the allotted time frame
  • Homework will not be assigned during school vacation except for the completion of previously assigned long-term projects.

Homework Policy Guidelines for Teachers

  • Assign homework on a regular basis in keeping with the homework policy
  • Assignments may be on a daily basis or of a long-term type, such as a report
  • Students are to understand clearly all homework assignments
  • Require that each student have an assignment book
  • Homework may take the form of class, group, or individual assignments
  • Group projects should not be assigned as homework, unless students can work on their individual parts independently
  • Teachers should coordinate assignments, tests, and projects with other teachers, as appropriate, to avoid overburdening students.
  • Assignments should be discussed, checked and when appropriate, corrected and returned to students
  • Specific policies/practices of teachers are to be submitted to the principal and clearly communicated to students and parents
  • Teachers have the responsibility to communicate with parents of students who are falling behind in completing homework assignments
  • Homework will not be assigned during school vacation except for the completion of previously assigned long-term projects.

Homework Policy Guidelines for Administrators

  • Include this homework policy in all teacher, parent and student handbooks
  • Require teachers to communicate homework policy to students and parents
  • Make certain that teachers are implementing the homework policy consistently and uniformly
  • Assist teachers, when necessary, in implementing this homework policy
  • Observe use of homework during classroom visits
  • Review homework samples and assignments periodically
  • Give suggestions to teachers, when necessary, on how assignments could be improved
  • Develop homework incentive programs/practices with teachers and parents to assist and enhance homework completion

Time Frame of Homework Assignments

While it is understood that the time it takes to complete homework assignments may vary with each child, the times below are the general guidelines for each grade level.  If your child is having difficulty on a consistent basis completing assignments within the time frames established, please contact your child’s teacher for assistance.

Grade Homework Time Frame
K
  • Up to 15 minutes of reading* per night, Monday through Thursday
1
  • 15 minutes of reading* per night
  • 15 minutes of homework four nights per week, Monday through Thursday
2
  • 15 minutes of reading* per night
  • 15 minutes of homework four nights per week, Monday through Thursday
3
  • 15 minutes of reading* per night
  • 20 minutes of homework four nights per week, Monday through Thursday
4
  • 40-45 Minutes of homework four nights per week, Monday through Thursday
  • Students may be required to spend time on the weekends for any long-term assignments and required reading
5
  • 45-60 minutes of homework four nights per week, Monday through Thursday
  • Students may be required to spend time on the weekends for any long-term assignments and required reading

 

Students should be encouraged to read for pleasure on weekends and vacations.

*  Reading also includes having adults reading to children.

If a student is experiencing difficulty, parents/guardians have the option of signing off at the upper time limit for completing homework, if the student has worked studiously and has produced quality work.

Approved:  Braintree School Committee – August 13, 2007

Hollis School Staff for 2018-2019

PRINCIPAL:

  • TIM MACDONALD

ADMIN. ASSISTANT:

  • KATHLEEN BAKIS

NURSE:

  • JANE BAGLEY

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS:

  • DR. WILLIAM FLEMING
  • KIM TYSZKOWSKI

KINDERGARTEN:

  • JOANNA GARRIGAN
  • ERIN SMITH

GRADE 1:

  • FRAN FLETCHER
  • VIRGINIA TOBIN
  • KERRI WAITE

GRADE 2:

  • JENNIFER ANDERSON
  • KATHLEEN BOWES
  • MAUREEN MURPHY NARBONNE
  • CLAIRE POLES

GRADE 3:

  • PAMELA BOURGET
  • CHRISTINE GIACOMOZZI
  • LINDSAY HULKE
  • KAREN LAURIA

GRADE 4:

  • KRYSTEN CLANCY
  • KEVIN POWERS
  • RHONDA TERRILL

GRADE 5:

  • EMILY DONOVAN
  • JOANNA NEWTON
  • TRACI SULLIVAN

LANGUAGE BASE

  • KINDERGARTEN: ERIN KENDRICK
  • GRADE 1: MARGARET AMANN
  • GRADE 2: LISA PACINO
  • GRADE 3: ASHLEY DUFFY
  • GRADE 4: KAITLIN TAFE
  • GRADE 5: JENNA KORNACK

SENIOR CUSTODIAN:

  • JACK GRANEY

CUSTODIANS:

  • ANTHONY FEDERICO
  • JEFF SINGLER

ART:

  • MAUREEN RILEY

MEDIA SPECIALIST:

  • TARA HYLAND

ELL:

  • ELISE MCHUGH

SPEECH:

  • JANET HORGAN
  • LAURA MCINTYRE
  • MAUREEN LEVRAULT

MUSIC:

  • NICOLE CALLUM
  • ZORAN REBROVIC

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST:

  • AMY JENKINS SUTTON

COTA:

  • AMY SHERWIN

READING SPECIALIST:

  • PATRICIA COTTER
  • SHERRI HOGAN
  • SHEILA ILYINSKI

MATH SPECIALIST:

  • MARILYN CONNELL

RESOURCE:

  • BETH JEANJAQUET
  • KIRSTEN MCNAMARA
  • JOAN SULLIVAN

PHYSICAL EDUCATION:

  • LISA KATILUS
  • CAITLINN CASEY

SUPERVISORY AIDES:

  • CAROL LEAHY
  • ELENA MCHUGH
  • BETH STERLING

PARAEDUCATORS:

  • ANN ANTONELLI
  • KAREN BALBONI
  • DEBBIE BARNES
  • DEBBIE CROWLEY
  • KATHY CROWLEY
  • CINDY KELLY
  • MARY LOCASCIO
  • MARY MAHONEY
  • DONNA MCGEGGEN
  • DONNA MIRABILE
  • MARYANN QUINN
  • JANENE QUINTILIANI
  • MARY SMITH

CAFETERIA MANAGER:

  • DENISE GALVIN

CAFETERIA:

  • BARBARA BUTTERFIELD
  • JEAN MCGRATH
  • KAREN WATSON

DRIVING RANGE Hollis School opens at 8:35 A.M.

In order to assure the safety of everyone, please adhere to the following instructions when dropping off your child in the morning. All parents must pull into the large side parking lot, turn around, and pull up to the side walkway where a staff member will be waiting to greet you and let your child out. Please keep cars in a single line and do not let your child out of the car if you are the second or third car in line. There have been too many near misses of pedestrian accidents with parents unloading their children on the wrong side and allowing them to cross the side driveway with cars entering and exiting.

PTO

 



Please join us for our 1 st PTO Meeting

On THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH

At 7:00 PM in the Cafeteria


HOLLIS FALL CARNIVAL

2018

Sunday, September 23rd

2:00-5:00 pm

Hollis Elementary School

(in the cafeteria, gym & parking lot and field behind the school)

 

What will be at the fall carnival?

Carnival games for all ages

Cake walk

Inflatable obstacle course

Bouncy house

Popcorn

Cotton candy

Face painting

Balloon animals

Pony rides

Pumpkin decorating

More!

 

Cost: $20/family before 9/21, $25/family at the door

Cost includes 50 tickets

Please note this is a "Ticket Only" event - all games, activities and food will be paid for with tickets

Additional tickets can be purchased at the event 
$1 for 2 tickets

 

Like the PTO Facebook Page "Hollis Elementary School PTO" for updates and info

Want to help out?  Contact:

  • Kristen Dennison, kristin.dennison@gmail.com
  • Kara Garrity, karagarrity1@gmail.com
  • Heidi Ackerman, heidsal@yahoo.com

     

PENNY POWER PLUS

WEDNESDAYS are Penny Power Plus Days!!!

Do you have coins scattered around your house/auto/office? Send them into school with your child every Wednesday. These coins are collected to help defray the cost of the read-a-thon trophies handed out in June.

KICK OFF OF PPP WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH.

You Make The Call

If your child is absent, please call 781-380-0120 – press option 1 and leave the following information on the answering machine:

  • Child’s Name,
  • Teacher
  • The Day & Date
  • Reason for absence

If your child is listed as absent and you have not called in, we will call your home to verify his/her absence.

HOLLIS SCHOOL PICTURE DAY

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th

On line pre-ordering will again be available this year.

Information will be sent home soon. Remember to look your best and to wear your brightest SMILE!!!

HEALTH ROOM NOTES

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a healthy, fun summer. I want to remind every parent to fill out their emergency cards completely (both sides) and return them as soon as possible. If your child is going to take any medication during school hours, please make sure you have a written doctor’s order and a parental permission slip filled out. Do not send any medication in with your child. This can be an extremely dangerous situation. Please contact me with any health issues, safety concerns, etc. My office hours are 8:45 – 2:50. You may reach me by phone at 781-380-0120 press option 3. Here’s to a happy and healthy school year!

From The Office

SCHOOL HOURS – 8:45 – 2:50 PM
Students should plan on arriving at school no earlier than 8:35. They should not be dropped off before that time. Always make sure there is a staff member there to greet them before leaving the area.

ATTENDANCE – Students need to be present to gain the skills, understanding and study techniques required to master the curriculum. Unnecessary absences and tardiness interrupt the continuity and consistency of the learning process. A child entering the building after 8:45 will be marked tardy in the attendance database. Notes are required for every absence. If tardiness and absenteeism becomes a chronic problem, a conference with the principal will be scheduled. Please call 781-380-0120 and press 1 for the absentee phone line if your child is absent.

DISMISSAL – If your child is to be dismissed before the end of the school day, a note or yellow Transportation change slip should be sent to the teacher that morning informing the school of the time of dismissal and the name of the person who will be picking your child up. The adult who picks your child up must come to the office with identification and sign the dismissal book before any student is released.

PARKING – Parking is allowed only in designated areas. There are two parking lots, one to the side of the school and one in the rear off Webster Road. Do not park in the 'no parking' areas, namely the front circular drive and the side driveway leading to the parking lot. The Braintree Police Department will ticket you.

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS – If your child is attending an “After School Program” or has special arrangements for pick-up after school at any time throughout the school year, please indicate your wishes in writing to your child’s teacher. Students will be put on their regular bus home or if he/she is a walker, sent home as usual unless the parent has written a note to the teacher to the contrary. There is a form available in the office expressly for this purpose. Many students mix up the days, special arrangements, etc., and thus become confused after school not knowing what to do. Please help us avoid phone calls home at the last minute and the unpleasant moments for your child. No child is permitted to ride any other bus except the one he/she is assigned to.

BREAKFAST Served upon arrival. $1.25 Reduced $0.30

LUNCH Complete paid lunch $2.75 Reduced $0.40 Milk .50 Second Helping 1.00 Children order their lunch at the beginning of the school day. If only purchasing milk , they may purchase it at lunchtime in the cafeteria. It helps a great deal if your child has the correct change. You may also prepay for your child’s lunch by going directly to www.myschoolbucks.com.

SCHOOL SECURITY – All visitors must report to our school office immediately upon entering the building. Passes will be given to all visitors.

HEALTH ROOM NOTES – Mrs. Bagley is our school nurse here at Hollis. She will be in the health room daily. If you have any questions regarding your child’s health, please feel free to call her in the health office.

In order to take any medication in school (over-the-counter or prescription) written permission from the physician and the parent (with the original prescription bottle) is required and arrangements must be made with the school nurse to receive said prescription. The nurse is the only person allowed to receive medication from the parent or guardian. Under no circumstances should a child be allowed to carry his/her medication to school. We cannot accept it. A doctor’s certificate is required for any student returning to school for the following reasons: 1. any prolonged illness (5 days or more) 2. any operation 3. an accident 4. any restrictions on activity, including the use of crutches. Please send these certificates to the nurse. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact her at 781- 380-0120 and press option 3.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETINGS – Agenda for School Committee Meetings can be previewed at the school after 11:00 AM on the day of the meeting or two days prior to the meeting date at www.braintreeschools.org. The dates and times for the meetings are listed on the monthly school calendar, as well as in the Patriot Ledger newspaper.

BUS TRANSPORTATION – The bus that your child has been assigned to is the ONLY bus that your child may travel on to and from school. If your child misses the bus, he/she may not ride on another bus to school. If your child has made plans to go to a friend’s house after school, he/she CANNOT ride on any other bus other than their assigned bus. Parents must make arrangements to pick them up at school. Both children will need a note.

SPECIALISTS – Each week, students have classes in music, art and physical education with a specialist. You will be notified by his/her teacher of ‘DAY IN THE GYM’ so that your child can dress appropriately and wear sneakers.

PLEASE KEEP FOR FUTURE REFERENCE

EARLY DISMISSAL DAYS 2018-2019

  • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
  • WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24
  • WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21
  • THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6
  • FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21
  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 29
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 7
  • MONDAY, MARCH 25
  • FRIDAY, MAY 24
  • TUESDAY, JUNE 18 (if no snow days)

Students in Full Day Kindergarten & grades 1-5 are dismissed at 12:10 p.m. Lunch will NOT be served

If your child’s after school destination or transportation changes on these early release days, please send a note to the teacher. We will follow the regular bus route.

NO SCHOOL DAYS 2018-2019

  • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 – TEACHER WORKSHOP
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 8 – COLUMBUS DAY
  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 – ELECTION DAY/TEACHER WORKSHOP
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12 – VETERAN’S DAY OBSERVED
  • NOVEMBER 22 & 23 – THANKSGIVING
  • MONDAY, JANUARY 21 – M.L. KING, JR. DAY
  • FRIDAY, APRIL 19 – GOOD FRIDAY
  • MONDAY, MAY 27 – MEMORIAL DAY

VACATION WEEKS 2018-2019

  • WINTER BREAK – DECEMBER 24 thru JANUARY 1
  • FEBRUARY BREAK – FEBRUARY 18 - 22
  • SPRING BREAK – APRIL 15 - 19

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – JUNE 18th (early dismissal)

Please see School Year 2018/2019 Calendar