PTSA Weekly Newsletter 1.28.19

Sale Ends Thursday!

Did you miss the last Pilots hoodie sale? Does your student need some new PHMS shorts? Here is your chance to order premium Pilots athletics gear! Sale ends on January 31. Items will arrive by mid-March.


The PTSA is hosting its’ Winter Dance on February 22. Grades 6-8 are invited. We are in need of volunteers! Please click HERE to sign up. Any questions should be emailed to Victoria Artis @

Cultural Arts at Pine Hollow.  We currently have two events planned and have another two in the works.

February 5 – Tracks 2 & 4

February 26 – Tracks 1 & 3

North Carolina Theatre Conservatory will perform Sounds of Freedom to our 7th and 8th Graders.

 In this enriching and interactive performance students will hear songs from many different genres of African-American music as well as narratives that set historical context about how the genres came into existence. The program develops chronologically, starting with Call and Response, then moving to Negro Spirituals, Ragtime, Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Motown, Rap, and ending with present day. This dynamic team of singer and pianist will bring the history of American Civil Rights alive and provide your students a deeper understanding of this ongoing journey.

March 8 – all grades will enjoy “The Beast”.

Students learn elements of Storytelling, Improvisation and Call and Response in American Music through a brilliant mix of TedTalk-style interactive lecture with an exciting live band. During SANKOFA, students learn about oral tradition through the West African storyteller/poet known as the Griot; explore coded language in Spirituals; discover improvisation in Jazz; learn call and response in Reggae, and party with their teachers to classic Hip Hop

WAKE Up and Read Book Drive: Attention Pilot community: we need your new and gently used children’s books! From now through February 15, WAKE Up and Read will collect new and gently-used books for children ages birth to 12 across the WCPSS. The goal is to collect 110,000 books – enough to share at thirteen schools, as well as community centers and child care facilities across Wake County. Please drop your books off in our main office. Our school hopes to collect at least 500 books to donate toward this effort. For more information, see the flyer in the weekly message. 

Family Nights in 2019.  Be sure to mark your calendars!

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LACROSSE CLUB: The Leesville Road Middle School Boys Lacrosse Club is seeking 6th-8th student-athletes to participate in their spring lacrosse program. Students from our immediate community are welcome to join our program, regardless of school they attend. We will compete against other middle school club teams in the area. NEED GEAR? No worries, we've got you covered! We received a US Lacrosse grant for 20 sets of gear for first-time players, valued over $300 per player.  We will be offering FREE play-dates during December and January, if you just want to check-it out (weather permitting)! For complete details, please visit We hope to see you on the field!

Pine Hollow Community Reads

What we can do - a Community Reads After-School Gathering: Wednesday, January 30th from 3:15-4:30pm in the PHMS Library. Gather with your PHMS community to create ways of making the refugee experience visible. This after-school gathering is open to students, parents, staff, and others in our community who have read the book, Refugeeby Alan Gratz, and are eager to share this important topic with others. Activities, supplies, and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP at ly/Refugeebookgathering . If you have questions about this event, please contact Kristen Ziller, school librarian ( or Mike Hutchinson, Social Studies teacher (