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What’s Happening at Hollymead?

Hornet Helper Day – November 9th

In the spirit of kindness, service to others, and team building, Hollymead Hornets will come together next week to tie fleece blankets for UVA Children’s Hospital and make homemade cards and collect nonperishable food items for Meals on Wheels.  We are still looking for a few more volunteers.

If you can volunteer your time to help us, click here.

We are collecting food items to help Meals on Wheels provide their clients with an emergency food supply for the winder.  You are encouraged to bring one or more of the items listed below (by grade level) to school on November 8th and 9th.  

KINDERGARTEN – vegetables in single serve containers
FIRST GRADE – packs of fruit cups
SECOND GRADE – peanut butter in jars or individual portion sizes
THIRD GRADE – soup, stew or pasta in easy-to-open containers
FOURTH GRADE – chicken or tuna pouches
FIFTH GRADE – cup o’ noodles or ramen noodles

Young Entrepreneurs Night—December 1st

Calling all Junior Entrepreneurs!

This is your chance to share your million-dollar idea.  All Hollymead students are invited to participate in the PTO’s Young Entrepreneur Fair on Friday, December 1st from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Set-up will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.  Use your imagination and best business sense to create a product or service that you can sell to fellow students and families!  In the past, we’ve had students sell their homemade crafts, holidays gifts, and baked goods – the possibilities are limitless! All items should be priced at $5 or less.

To participate, please register by Monday, November 27th. We strongly encourage students to sign up in pairs (space is limited).

You can find the registration form hereYoung Entrepreneur Registration

Questions can be directed to Bethany Teachman ( or Kathy O’Connell Hines (


Kids Night Out @ ACAC Adventure Central

Our annual PTO Kids Night Out at ACAC for Hollymead students is coming soon! Your kids can join their friends on Friday, November 10, from 6-9pm for structured activities, free play in the Big Room, sports, crafts, and a pizza dinner.

Please return the registration form with payment by, by Friday, November 3rd

Payment can be made with cash, check (payable to ACAC) or by indicating your ACAC member account number to charge it to your account.

 $25 for one child, $40 for two children, $50 for three children, $60 for four children

Please contact Jill Dowling at with questions.

Important Dates

11/6                       No School, Professional Development
11/7                       No School, Election Day
11/9                       Hornet Helper Day
11/10                     Kids’ Night out at ACAC Adventure Central
11/22-24               No School, Thanksgiving Holiday

A Note from Your PTO

PTO Volunteer Spotlight: Vanitah Perumal

With her oldest son in 10th grade and her youngest in 1st grade, Vanitha Perumal has been a Hollymead volunteer for 5 years and counting.  Vanitha has been a book fair co-chair for the last two years and is responsible for helping with photocopies for Thursday folders. She also keeps the front marquee updated—rain, snow, or shine.  Vanitha is always willing to help wherever needed.  When not at Hollymead, Vanitha likes to cook, paint, and spend time traveling and camping with her husband, Venkat, and their children.  Going to UVA games and watching football are a few other activities Vanitha enjoys with her family.  Vanitha enjoys giving back to the community and also volunteers at the local soup kitchen and Salvation Army.  Thank you, Vanitha, for all you do for Hollymead and our community!

Thank you from the PTO!

Amy Cochran and the many volunteers who helped make Hollymead School Picture Day a success!  Thank you all!

If you have information to be included in our weekly Hornet Happenings, please remember to email us at by the Wednesday before.

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