Back to School

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Welcome back students and staff!

We are excited to welcome our students and staff back to school, and we are looking forward to kicking off another great school year. Please take a moment to read Dr. Zrike’s Back-to-School Letter to Families (En Español – PDF). It contains some important back-to-school information such as key dates, school start and end times, and upcoming school year highlights.

Back-to-School Events

Please note, not all back-to-school events are listed below.

Back-to-School Welcome

Please come support our students on August 27th for their first day of school! We need volunteers to help usher in the new school year by welcoming our students at the front door of their respective schools. We ask that you arrive 1/2 hour before the opening bell (times below reflect when you should arrive). Please select the school of your choice and consider splitting up to cover several schools if you are an organization. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Jose O. Bou Jr, at Thank you in advance for your supporting Holyoke students!

Sign up to welcome our students!

Pre-K & Kindergarten Parade

Save the date for Holyoke’s 4th annual Ready for Pre-K & Kindergarten Parade happening on Thursday, August 29th, 2019. The event will take place from 4:00-6:00 pm at the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round. The parade will depart at 5:10pm from the Merry-Go-Round  and end at 5:30pm in front of City Hall. We invite everyone to dress up as their favorite superhero to cheer on our young learners, and come with your pom poms and musical instruments to make it festive and memorable.

Check out the Parade flyer for more information. (En Español.)

Important Back-to-School Dates

  • August 27th – First day of school for grades 1-12
  • September 2nd – Labor Day observed, schools closed to students and staff
  • September 3rd – PreK and Kindergarten open house, from 10 am – 11 am
  • September 4th – First day of school for Kindergarten and PreK

Please be sure to check out our Calendar, Bell Times and Events web page for other important dates.

School Start and End Times

Start and end times have shifted for some of our schools. Please be sure to confirm your school’s start and end times to see if your school schedule has changed.


View important information about back to school transportation.

Summer Learning

Summer isn’t over yet! There’s still plenty of time to enjoy more summer reading, and to join our math and summer reading challenges.

Athletics Tryouts

Attention all Fall athletes, the Fall Sports season will be here soon! Football tryouts start August 16th and Cheerleading on August 21st. All other sports start on August 22nd.
The tryout schedule with coaches contact information, as well as registration information and forms, can be found on the Athletics Page of our website. Please contact Ms. Martin if you have any questions or need help with the paperwork or getting a physical.
Let’s get ready to Go, Knights!!

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