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Hollymead Spirit Wear is ON SALE NOW!

Looking for the perfect holiday gift?  How about HOLLYMEAD SPIRIT WEAR?!

Hollymead hoodies, sweatpants, t-shirts, and shorts are on sale now through December 7th.  Orders will arrive by December 18th.  A limited stock of T-shirts will be on sale during the Young Entrepreneur Fair.

The online store is open now!  Spirit Wear Order Form

Hollymead Tshirts

Family Movie Night and Young Entrepreneur Fair

Friday, December 1st, 7:00 to 8:30pm

Come shop and support our young entrepreneurs!  More than 50 Hollymead students will be showcasing and selling their handmade creations, including holiday gifts, crafts, ornaments, decorations, jewelry and more.  You’ll also find delicious cupcakes, cookies, and other treats for sale.

After buying some treasures at the Fair, come join us in the Auditorium for some family fun.  The PTO will be showing some Disney Animation Short films throughout the evening.  Don’t miss this fun and festive evening! Hope to see you all there!

French After School Class

Registration will be open until Wednesday, December 13th

The Alliance Française of Charlottesville will offer “FESTIVALS du monde français” at Hollymead for students in grades 1-5! Embark on a journey to the French-speaking world and explore seasonal festivals! We will celebrate the International Circus in Monaco, Mardi Gras, the Winter Carnival of Quebec, and more! We will learn basic French greetings, numbers, months of the year, food, eat a King cake, the culture of the region, and do an activity to represent each festival.

Pricing for this program is $150 for 10 weeks. This price includes all supplies. The class will be offered on Mondays from 2:40-3:40 from Jan 8th through April 9th.

Additional information and registration forms will be sent home tomorrow in Thursday folders. Questions? Please contact Michelle Katstra at


Parent Community Chat:
Monday, December 4, 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Hollymead Library
Has your child told you about fire or lock down drills?  Ever wonder what they do during these drills?  Come learn about the Hollymead School Safety Plan and how our staff takes precautions to prevent crisis and keep our children safe.  Following the Chat time, we will have a brief PTO update.  Refreshments and a raffle will be provided!

Amazon Smile

Did you know that in that last week 12 people have made a purchase from Amazon and our PTO received 0.5% of their total purchase?  To date we have earned $384.17 from Amazon.  It is so simple for you to support your PTO through Amazon.  Go to, bookmark it, then shop and Amazon donates to Hollymead Elementary Parent Teacher Organization.

Important Dates

12/1                       Family Movie Night & Young Entrepreneur Fair, 7:00-8:30pm
12/4                       Parent Community Chat & PTO Meeting, 6:30-7:30pm
12/13                     Registration deadline for French After-School Class
12/20 -1/2            No School, Winter Holiday
1/8/18                   French After-School Class begins, 2:40-3:30pm

PTO Pride—Thank You!

Sam Haas and Kristen Gass, our wonderful PTO Co-Treasurers, for all of your time and dedication to managing the finances and budget.

A Note from Your PTO

President’s Spotlight – Meet Mrs. Nancy Brase 

She is often that friendly face who greets you as you enter our school but did you know that Nancy enjoys bowling and knitting?  Nancy and her husband Bill have 2 grown children, Nicole and John and Nancy has been working at Hollymead for 24 years.  She is in charge of payroll and substitutes (tracking timesheets for teaching assistants, paying substitutes, and helping arrange coverage for classrooms), keeping copiers and laminator in working condition.  She also arranges for the buses for field trips and hallway monitors during SOL testing.  And yes, Nancy spends some of her free time participating on a bowling league with Mrs. Gallagher!  Mrs. Brase – we are so thankful for you!

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