Holmes News and Events

April 13, 2021
Parent Weekly Update (4/13/2021)

Greetings Holmes Families!  This is Mr. Anglin with your weekly update for Tuesday, April 13th.

All 2nd-5th grade students were welcomed back to Holmes on Monday, April 12th.

We are excited to welcome back all of our students and especially our students in the building for the first time this year in Ms. Kim, Ms. McKinney, Ms. Whited, Ms. Bearman, and Ms. Herrin’s classes!  


Important Information

If you or your child are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, please consider keeping your child home until you are sure they are healthy.  This is in an effort to help protect from the spread of Covid-19 and other viruses.

  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of smell or taste 
  • Fever 
  • Chills 
  • Body or Muscle Aches
  • Headache 
  • Sore Throat 
  • Nausea or Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Congestion or runny nose 
  • Severe Tiredness or Fatigue

I have also included the Washtenaw County Health Department’s FAQ with latest information regarding quarantine and isolation for Covid-19.  

FAQ Information 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Mr. Anglin



Quarter 3 Report Card Access

Quarter 3 Report Cards are available to view in PowerSchool in the Parent Portal.  The Parent Portal provides important information regarding attendance, assignments, grades, and report cards. 

I have provided information regarding the Parent Portal in the link below.  Please reach out to the main office 734-221-2100, or your child’s teacher if you need assistance.

PowerSchool Tutorial Link

Happening at Holmes:

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences are Wednesday, April 21st and Thursday, April 22nd, from 12 pm - 6 pm.  Your child’s teacher will be reaching out to schedule your conference day and time.  

We look forward to meeting with you to discuss your child’s progress.  Thank you for your time and partnership with us!

Due to Parent Teacher Conferences, there will be a Half Day of School 8 am - 11 am on:

  • Wednesday, April 21st
  • Thursday, April 22nd 

M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Education Progress)

Holmes is making plans to administer the state mandated M-STEP and Mi-Access for our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.  These assessments are aligned to Michigan's learning standards and are administered each spring to students in grades 3-8.

2021 M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress)

  • M-STEP - 5th grade Assessment Window April 12th - May 21st
    • Subjects: ELA, Math, Social Studies, and Science
  • M-STEP - 3rd and 4th grade Assessment Window April 26th - June 7th
    • Subjects: ELA and Math

All Holmes 3rd-5th grade students will be scheduled to take state assessments unless a parent or guardian requests for their child to “opt out”. Due to the pandemic, participation in this assessment and accountability has been waived. Therefore, there are no ramifications for families that choose to opt out. 

If you have not heard from your child’s teacher yet regarding this information, please complete the form linked below to indicate your choice for your child and state testing this year. You must submit your choice by using this url: https://emo.short.gy/Test.

If you have any questions please reach out to me or your child’s teacher.

Mr. Anglin



NWEA Assessment

The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)  is a standardized assessment that helps to identify student academic levels and assesses student growth.  We will be administering the spring NWEA assessment for our 2nd - 5th grade students beginning next week.  The spring assessment window is April 19th - May 27th.  The data from this assessment will help us identify areas we can support and any areas your child is already excelling in the curriculum. 

Your child’s teacher will be communicating with you soon about their specific assessment schedule for their class.

If you have any questions regarding the NWEA assessment, please do not hesitate to contact me ganglin3@ycschools.us, or your child’s teacher.

Updates and Information:                            


If you are experiencing transportation issues please contact our Transportation Department at 734-221-2449, or our main office at 734-221-2101.

Resilience Lab

The YCS Resiliency Center is accepting new referrals for coats, winter clothing, school supplies, and PPE for students and families in the district.  Please see the flyer and use the link to sign up for assistance.  The link provided below is the preferred method to process requests and to provide the best customer service.


Virtual Learning Labs

Ypsilanti Community Schools has partnered with several organizations in the Washtenaw County area to bring Virtual Learning Labs for students to utilize while learning remotely.  Some of these labs are in-person with strict safety precautions, and some are virtual.   

The YCS Learning Lab is open at Parkridge Community Center (591 Armstrong Dr, Ypsilanti, MI 48197) for YCS students to receive academic support, internet, plus breakfast and lunch.  This opportunity is for students K-5 only.  For more information, please email learninglabs@ycschools.us.

Virtual Learning Labs List

Classroom Information

If you need your student’s live instruction information, please contact me via email, ganglin3@ycschools.usganglin3@ycschools.us, or call 734-221-2100.

Technology Devices

If you are having technology issues you can contact the YCS Technology Department by emailing techsupport@ycschools.us or calling 734-221-1088. 
Internet Options

YCS will continue their partnership with Comcast.  If you need Internet Access please review the link below or call 734-221-2100.

YPSI Live Essentials Sign-Up Information

YCS Meal Service Information 

Meal Service Days are Fridays 9 am - 2 pm at A.C.C.E. and Holmes.

Meal Service Sites:

  • A.C.C.E. School / 1076 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48198
  • Holmes Elementary School / 1255 Holmes Rd. Ypsilanti, MI 48198.

If you have any questions, or if you need any support please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or me at ganglin3@ycschools.us OR call  734-221-2102.

Check out our new website at www.ycschools.us for the most up to date information and follow Holmes Elementary School on Facebook or Instagram at holmes.elementary.


Be Safe and Take Care!

Mr. Anglin


April 10, 2021
Holmes M-STEP Opt-Out Information


Please read the attached letter in regards to the upcoming M-STEP test.  This letter contains a Google form that captures your option for your child taking the M-STEP state assessment.

This year, the Michigan Department of Education is asking that the administration of the test occur, but with no financial, retention, or other consequences.

This choice is for ALL parents with students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades at Holmes (2nd graders do NOT take this test).

If you have not already heard from your child's teacher, you will in the near future.  Please reach out to Mr. Anglin, or your child's teacher, if you have any questions.

M-STEP Opt Out Letter - 2021

April 6, 2021
Parent Weekly Update (4/6/2021)

Mr. Anglin's weekly update for Tuesday, April 6th. 

April 4, 2021
Pandemic EBT Information

Please see the following flyer for important information for parents and guardians of student's eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch at Holmes Elementary.

Pandemic EBT for Holmes Elementary

April 2, 2021
No In-Person Learning at Holmes Next Week

Greetings Holmes Families,

I hope all is well with you and your families. I wanted share information regarding YCS’s decision to only provide online instruction for the week of April 5th - April 9th.  All Holmes students (2nd - 5th grade) will receive online instruction this upcoming week.  There will be no face to face learning at Holmes this upcoming week.  

YCS Message to Families 

We recognize that this news is frustrating as we were getting our 2nd and 3rd grade students acclimated to the building again, and we were looking forward to welcoming our ASD, 4th and 5th grade students back to the building this week.  The district’s decision to hold school virtually next week was made due to the rising number of cases of Covid-19 in our community.  This decision is centered around helping to keep students and staff safe while we are still in the midst of a pandemic.


Important Information:

  • How long will my student be learning online?  The current district plan is for online learning to be from Tuesday, April 6th to Thursday, April 8th. (There is still no school for students on Monday, 4/5,  and all Fridays are virtual learning for students)


  • What time will online learning begin? All students (2nd - 5th grade) will begin online instruction from 8 am - 2 pm this week. If you need Zoom link information for Tuesday, please reach out to your child’s teacher.


  • When will my student return to in-person learning?  The current district plan is for 2nd - 5th grade students to return to buildings on Monday, April 12th.  Please continue to check the district website (www.ycschools.us) and I will continue to send email and Remind communications with the most updated information.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at 734-221-2102 or ganglin3@ycschools.us.

Thank you,

Mr. Anglin








Link to the YCS Code of Conduct


Link to YCS Wellness Policy Synopsis