Holmes Notes:


  • Picture Book Workshop at Estabrook

    • Dr. LaRose has provided an opportunity for the teachers of Holmes and Estabrook to explore award-winning books and make suggestions for lessons. In doing so, teachers would be contributors to this nationally-distributed curriculum resource, and would be recognized.  There will also be food and give-aways!

      • What: EJK Picture Book Workshop

      • When: Wednesday, March 11th from 3:00-4:15pm

      • Where: Estabrook, room 121

      • Presented by: Ramona Caponegro (EMU Children's Literature professor) & Jackie LaRose (EMU Teacher Ed professor)

    • There was a google form shared with you to complete if you would like to attend. Google Form.  I hope you are able to take advantage of this great opportunity!


  • 5th Annual Grizzly Awards

    • It’s that time of year for us to consider who Holmes will nominate for this year’s Grizzly Awards!  Grizzly Awards Information and Categories.  More information forthcoming.

      • Timelines

        • March 18th - All Student Nomination and Staff Consideration Forms are due by 6 p.m. 

        • April 8th - All staff and students are notified of their nominations

        • May 7th - Show is 6-8 p.m. (Red Carpet is at 5:00 p.m.)


  • CPI/NVCI Training About CPI  NOTE:  I have communicated our interest in the training.  I will let you know if there will be an opportunity this year.

    • The District has recognized the need for offering Crisis Prevention Institute/Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training for staff and is looking into the opportunity to provide this training. 


The District would like to assess the interest and need for this training.  If you are interested in receiving training, or if you need a refresher course (training from last year expires soon) please indicate HERE.


  • Window Coverage 

    • A friendly reminder that Michigan law states classroom windows cannot be covered more than 20%.  I recognize that this poses a problem with following our lockdown procedures. If you need assistance with a system to cover your classroom door window when necessary, please let me know.  Another resource may be your colleagues, as many classrooms already have systems where they can easily cover their windows when required. Thank you for your attention to this matter.


  • Summer Maintenance Work at Holmes

    • In preparation for the heating and cooling work scheduled this summer, all classrooms will have to have the floors cleared, as is standard, but additionally, the area where your heating and cooling units are located must be cleared as well.  


We will not be able to stack boxes in this area, or on top of the heating and cooling units and connected shelving.  More information will be forthcoming detailing this process, but I wanted to make you aware of this information. Early preparation for packing rooms is strongly encouraged.


Happening This Week:


Monday, 3/2 - Morning Announcements for the week (Dennis) Announcements Information Skill: Positive Intent

Tuesday, 3/3 - Staff Meeting Time 2:45 - 3:45 pm, Superhero FLIP Night 6 pm - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, 3/4 - BNT 2:45 - 3:45 (Rescheduled)

Thursday, 3/5  - A Great Day at Holmes!

Friday, 3/6 - MEC K-3 Reading Corps School Visit with Eastern Michigan University at Holmes @ 10:00am.


The Week Ahead:


Monday, 3/9 - Morning Announcements for the week (Gray) Announcements Information Skill: Positive Intent, Tornado Drill @ 9:30 am

Tuesday, 3/10 - Greg @ DNT mtg 9:30 am - 11:30 am, Staff Meeting Time 2:45 - 3:45 pm

Wednesday, 3/11 - A Great Day at Holmes!, Picture Book Workshop at Estabrook 3 - 4:30 pm

Thursday, 3/12  - Greg @ Culturally Proficient Instruction - Racial Literacy PD 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Friday, 3/13 - Grizzly Gathering - Skill: Positive INtent


Good Reads for the Week: