We all know that this has been a challenging year. From a global pandemic to sweeping social unrest, we’ve had to really examine how we define our community, and what our place in it is. Now Halloween is almost upon us, and it’s time to look at the holiday from every angle and ponder its… Read More »
October is LGBTQ+ History Month! If you’d like some guidance talking to children about the diverse history of the continuing fight for LGBTQ equality, Teaching Tolerance has an extensive collection of lesson plans geared toward K-2 or Grade 3-5 students. Though the lessons are created specifically for classroom use, parents and caregivers may find many… Read More »
The HES PTA is pleased to facilitate a discussion about An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, the latest selection of the HES Equity Committee. Please join us on Wednesday, November 18, immediately following the PTA General Meeting, to discuss this “meticulously documented…thought-provoking treatise” and 2015 American Book Award-winner. If you… Read More »
If you missed Equity forum held Monday, August 3, you’re in luck! This amazing session was recorded and is here for you watch. Visit https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/4PUqBLOty3hOQInqw0zYY_Q7Gd3hT6a81HUerqVYmBoXFf8gNl373E5uMyZa9HHb with the password: 3n$=U9w= for full access to everything covered.
Discrimination isn’t always blatant. Sometimes it’s hard to recognize how what you’re reading may be building bias in your subconscious. Take Tikki Tikki Tembo, for example, a decades-old children’s book billed as an adaptation of a Chinese folktale. It is not. And there is danger in treating it as an example of Chinese culture. For one… Read More »
Looking to freshen up your wardrobe? Need a new hoodie for the fall? Visit the new Hedgie Gear shop at threadless.com! All proceeds benefit the Hillcrest Elementary School PTA.
Save the date for a PTA fundraiser at Peace a Pizza: Thursday, November 5th, from 3-7 pm! To place orders, call 410-747-2255 or 410-747-2299. Visit http://www.peaceapizzacatonsville.com/ to view the menu. · Curbside pick-up only. Orders must be called in and will be brought out to your vehicle. · In order for Hillcrest to receive credit for the… Read More »
The HES PTA is pleased to facilitate a discussion about Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Tatum, PhD, the latest selection of the HES Equity Committee. Please join us on Thursday, October 1 from 7-8:30 to discuss this “unusually sensitive” national bestseller. Using the Courageous Conversations protocol (https://courageousconversation.com/about/),… Read More »
Black Lives Matter has compiled an online library of books for kids. Click on individual book covers to link to that book being read aloud. Topics cover Activism and Advocacy, Self-Love and Empowerment, and Black History. There’s also a small section of Spanish-language titles! And for those who want an excellent breakdown of race as… Read More »
The HES PTA, in partnership with the HES administration, is pleased to offer our second virtual community forum, focusing on the voices of our Hillcrest Community. Our panel will be made up of parents, students, and faculty, and members will share their perspective of the Black Lives Matter chalk artwork and the impact of race… Read More »