I hope everyone had a restful weekend.  I am looking forward to the opportunity we have to make gains with our students over the next 3 weeks heading into our Spring Break.  I know it is often challenging to do the work we are asked to do, but I know we are the staff best fit to serve our students, and if not us, then who?


Have a great week at Holmes!




Holmes Notes:


  • 5th Annual Grizzly Awards...Please Complete the Survey HERE

    • It’s that time of year for us to consider who Holmes will nominate for this year’s Grizzly Awards!  Grizzly Awards Information and CategoriesTimelines

      • 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.)


  • Imagine Learning PD 3/18 

    • Andy Leonard from Imagine Math and Learning & Literacy will be at Holmes for PD on 3/18.  He will meet with teachers during their prep. Kim has sent out calendar invites to all teachers.  


  • Breakfast Coverage 7:15 am

    • This is a friendly reminder that our agreed upon expectation is that staff are available by 7:15 am to help supervise students in the cafeteria.  It is understood that there may be some days where last minute preparations are needed for your instruction. If this is the case, please communicate with me or your colleagues so we know to support your class in the cafeteria.  Thank you in advance for your attention and support of this expectation.


  • Rotary Club of Ypsilanti Food Drive for Food Gatherers

    • Message from Taryn Willis - Each year Ypsilanti Community Schools participates in the Rotary Club of Ypsilanti Food Drive supporting Food Gatherers, who is a major supporter of YCS!  The boxes will be in the buildings starting next week---let's make sure we support this great cause!


The food drive begins on March 9th through March 20th!


  • 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!


  • 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, 3/9 - 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, Greg @ Board Office 1 pm - 1:30 pmStaff Meeting Time 2:45 - 3:45 pm

Wednesday, 3/11 - A Great Day at Holmes!, Picture Book Workshop at Estabrook 3 - 4:15 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


The Week Ahead:


Monday, 3/16 - Morning Announcements for the week (Burrows/Brown) Announcements Information Skill: Positive Intent

Tuesday, 3/17 - St. Patrick’s Day,  Staff Meeting Time 2:45 - 3:45 pm

Wednesday, 3/18 - Imagine Learning PD throughout the day at Holmes

Thursday, 3/19  - A Great Day at Holmes!

Friday, 3/20 - A Great Day at Holmes!


Good Reads for the Week:


Upcoming Events:

  • Family and Community Empowerment Conference (F.A.C.E.) Saturday, March 14th, 9 am - 1 pm at Ypsilanti High School.  This is a FREE conference for YCS parents and the community!  We have a full line-up of events and conference sessions on the topics of care, safety, academics, and partnerships!  


Keynote speaker is DJ Envy from the Breakfast Club.  Feel free to come out and support this event if you are able!