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Attractions Book Fundraiser

The PTO will be selling the Attractions Dining & Value Guide again this year –-the coupon book will be coming home next Thursday, September 7th with your child!

Keep an eye out for the flier in your student’s Thursday Folder for more information, and if you have any questions, please contact Steph DeNicola at

School Directory

Don’t forget to sign up for the Hollymead School Directory!  The directory is published each year and provides a means of getting in touch with other parents for parties, play dates, class, and school events. Even just a small amount of contact information helps knit our school community together!  Update your information online today—it will take just a few minutes of your time and last the whole year long!

Girls on the Run

The Fall 2017 Girls on the Run / Heart & Sole Program Registration is OPEN!  The season will officially start on Tuesday, September 5th.  Our awesome coaches are ready to change the world, one girl at a time. If you have any questions about Girls on the Run please contact Lisa King at 434-973-8301 or via email at

Click below to see the list of participating sites, practice days and times, fees and to

**Also Be SURE to send in a Change of Dismissal Form for every session!

Hollymead Hornets Resource Rescue Program

You may have heard your kids talk about giving their uneaten school lunch food to other children or even horses, goats and chickens.  In an effort to keep good food out of the trash, parents have been volunteering to educate the kids during their lunch period on how to recycle the uneaten food.

Food is not permitted to return to the kitchen once it has left therefore, untouched food such as whole pieces of fruit, bagged carrots, applesauce cups, cartons of milk, and packaged crackers are collected in baskets at the end of lunch.  These items are then made available to share with any student that would like additional food.  At the end of the day any leftover food items are made available to the children in the EDEP after-school program.  If any food is left over at the end of the week, volunteer parents take the food to a local program that packs weekend food bags for the food insecure children at Hollymead.  Food that is partially eaten or opened is collected for farm animals belonging to teachers and staff at Hollymead.

The kids have been super supportive and excited to participate.  We take great care in making sure the children understand they should eat the food or take it home first.  We are only there to collect food that would be going in the trash.  If you have questions or want to help, contact Allison Agarwal at .

Hollymead PTO Website and Google Translate

The Hollymead PTO is excited to share our updated website!  Please visit our homepage to see what the PTO is working on. You can view our latest news, view the calendar for upcoming events and Parent Community Chats, and read over past newsletters.

We hope that by providing an online link to our weekly PTO newsletter, we open up the opportunity for families to read the information in their native languages.  Families can use Google Translate to change the language of the newsletter, allowing them to read the content in the language that is best for them.

How Can I Help?

The PTO is looking to fill some key roles this year. You can lead an event with a friend (or friends!) to collaborate and share the responsibility.

  1. Spirit Wear Coordinator: We are looking for someone to take over the ordering of our T-shirts, Water Bottles, and other spirit items. This person would be responsible for ordering, as well as selling during key events.
    Timing: Full school year. Commitment: Medium.
  1. Read-A-Thon Coordinator: The PTO is hoping to revamp the Read-A-Thon this year, focusing it more on promoting reading and books, and less on fundraising. We are in search of someone with creative ideas.
    Timing: Coordinator to determine. Commitment: Large effort for 4-6 weeks.
  1. Assembly Coordinator: This job needs someone committed to helping enhance the education of students through school-wide assembly offerings (bringing in outside programs to augment classroom learning).
    Timing: Full school year. Commitment: Medium.
  1. Family Night Coordinators:There are several opportunities in this area to lead single events, such as Family Bingo Night (early October), Family Game Night (TBD), concessions at the Talent Show (Spring), etc.
    Timing: TBD based on availability. Commitment: Small.
  1. Raffle Coordinator:We are looking for someone to redesign our Raffle, and maybe even consider doing a silent auction. The opportunity is wide open here and we’re hoping someone can bring new ideas.
    Timing: Spring. Commitment: Large.
  1. Staff Appreciation Coordinator:In late spring, we have a week dedicated to showing our appreciation for teachers and school staff. This position leads that effort, and is responsible for coordinating with our community to make the week a success.
    Timing: May. Commitment: Medium.

Please e-mail Kristen Lyons and Jill Dowling at for more information on any of these positions.

Important Dates

9/4: No School, Labor Day
9/5 & 9/7: Girls on The Run, 2:30-4:00pm
9/6: Back to School Night, 6-7:30pm
9/8: Community Movie Night, 7:30-9:30pm
9/18: Parent Community Chat & PTO Meeting, 6:30-7:30pm
9/21: Field Trip-5th Grade to Fralin Museum
9/22: No School, Teacher Workday


Grocery Cards & Amazon Smile
Consider supporting Hollymead while doing your grocery shopping at Kroger, Harris Teeter, or Giant.  Additional support for our school comes from shopping through Amazon Smile. Visit our homepage for links to sign up or update your participation in these programs:

Does your child want to learn French?
Fliers to register for the “Travel to Provence” French program sponsored by the PTO program were sent home in last week’s Thursday folder.  Classes begin on Monday September 11th.  Questions? Please contact

Community Movie Night
Join us for this school-wide PTO event where we will be showing the movie, Inside Out, at dusk. Come join other families at 7:30pm with your blanket and chairs.

PTO Pride—Thank you!

Thank you to… the Helping Hands volunteers who helped our young students get on and off the bus during arrival and dismissal during the first week of school.                              

Kristen Jones                       Megan Haas                         London Liebengood
Alexandra Williams           Shannon Hall                       Jill Dowling
Allison Agarwal            Jamie Owed & daughter Shelby    Amy Cochran & daughter Maddie

A Note from Your PTO

President’s Volunteer Spotlight

 Meet Hollymead parent and volunteer – Stephanie Boynton!

Stephanie has a first grader and this is their second year at Hollymead.  Stephanie is the accounting manager for the Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development.  She enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her dog.  She also likes cooking and photography.  Stephanie had a blast volunteering in art and in the library once a week last year.  She also coordinated our school supply drive last year and plans to do it again this year.

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