Thomas Holme Elementary
9120 Academy Rd.
Providing all students with the academic, technological & social skills needed to be productive & contributing citizens in our society.
Thomas Holme School
Safe Water at Holme
October 7, 2016
Dear Holme School Family,
To guarantee that students have access to safe drinking water at school, from 2000 to 2010, The School District of Philadelphia (District) conducted a water testing program at schools throughout the District. Nearly 30,000 drinking water outlets were tested and all tested outlets that remain in service produced results that were below the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) action level for lead in water of 20 parts per billion (ppb) and were safe for drinking.
In response to recent public health concerns about lead in water nationally, the District began retesting drinking outlets in your child's school. Our mission remains to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff and because of this we have instituted a stronger water safety threshold of 15 ppb, which is below the national EPA measurement of 20 ppb.
At your school, based upon the latest sampling results, 20 of the water outlets passed this stronger water safety threshold and the water is safe to drink. Three water outlets were found to have results above our stronger water safety threshold and were immediately shut off. We are currently developing an action plan to repair or permanently remove them. In addition, we have begun installing hydration stations in schools across the District. So far we have installed these stations in 64 schools and by the end of the year we will have hydration stations in every District school.
Federal studies indicate that children under the age of six are at the highest risk for harmful lead exposure, and children can be exposed to lead from a variety of sources, including paint, soil and even some consumer products. If you are concerned about your child's possible lead exposure risks, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) recommends contacting your pediatrician or neighborhood Health Center for testing.
Additionally, PDPH's lead hotline can address any health related questions you may have or help you in deciding whether to have your child tested; for questions or more information, please call (215) 685-2788. For additional information about lead and children you can visit www.cdc.gov/lead.
If you wish to view the detailed results from your school you may visit the District's website at www.philasd.org/waterresults to learn more.
This re-testing is one part of the District's Drinking Water Program, also available on our website. A key focus is to provide students with healthy hydration - safe, accessible and appealing drinking water in every school.
Francine Locke, MS Environmental Director
A copy of this letter will be sent home with your student on Monday, October 10, 2016, or you may download a copy here.
School Supply Lists for 2016-2017A complete set of K-6 school supply lists can be found here.
Austin Meehan Middle School Welcomes Incoming 7th Grade StudentsStaff from Austin Meehan Middle School visited Thomas Holme on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Information was shared with students about the opportunities at Austin Meehan and a survey was distributed to students. The completed survey will help Austin Meehan staff find the best fit for incoming students. You may download a copy of the welcome letter from Ms. Jackson as well as the survey by clicking here.
School Year Calendar : 2016 - 2017
The following is the calendar for all schools and Pre-Kindergarten Programs for the 2016 - 2017 school year:
The uniform at Thomas Holme Elementary School consists of navy pants or skirts and a light blue collared shirt. The Thomas Holme gym uniform consists of navy shorts or sweats and a red Thomas Holme or plain red t-shirt. "Hoodies" are not permitted at any time. Students may wear a navy blue sweater.
No Smoking on School Grounds
Please keep in mind that Thomas Holme is a SMOKE FREE ZONE!!! We ask that you refrain from smoking on school grounds, and especially in the yard when picking up and dropping off your children.
Monthly Breakfast and Lunch Menus
Want to know what's for lunch at Thomas Holme? Full service menu's are posted monthy by the School District of Philadelphia's Division of Food Services. (Thomas Holme Elementary is considered a K-8 school when selecting the appropriate menu.)
My name is Mrs. Potocki, I am looking forward to another fantastic school year. I will be teaching our students to enjoy, appreciate, and create art...We will look at and talk about major works/styles and cultures from around the world.
During the years as an Art teacher at Thomas Holme, I had the pleasure of working with wonderful and very talented young artists in my classroom. The artwork of our students has been recognized and awarded by organizations such as Fresh Artists and Linback Foundation. Thomas Holme Artists participate in art clubs, fieldtrips, art shows and win contests and awards every year for their outstanding productions. Last year our very own student has been awarded a gift sponsored by State Representative Ed Neilson for participating in a presidential poster contest.
As always we have another amazing and creative journey ahead of us in the Art Room. However, this year, in order to continue this journey we will need parents be help us be equipped with art supplies for the upcoming school year.
We cannot make this year as successful without your contribution.
If you would like to donate to our Art program, you may have the opportunity to place your desired amount in the account provided by Donorschoose.Org. The account is a simple list of art supplies I have requested for all my students this school year.
Please follow this link "Art Donations", which will take you directly to an account box where you can place your desired amount. Every dollar goes a long way.
Once the dollar amount for the supplies has been met the supplies will be directly sent to our school. I thank you in advance for participating in your child's Art Program this year.