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What’s Happening at Hollymead?

Hollymead Heritage Festival, January 26th

The annual Heritage Festival is just weeks away! It will take place at Hollymead Elementary School on Friday, January 26th from 6:30pm-8:30pm. We will celebrate the many cultures and ethnic backgrounds represented in our school and in our community. This will be a great opportunity for all.

There are many ways you can contribute to help make the event a success.  Please consider bringing food for others to sample, wearing or displaying clothing traditional to your culture, creating a display of books, artifacts, or pictures, demonstrating a traditional dance, sharing various types of music, and participating in other activities that might represent your cultural heritage and traditions.  We have had tremendous participation by Hollymead families in the past and look forward to even more this year!

If you are willing to do any of the above, please complete the reservation form and send it to school with your child(ren) no later than Tuesday, January 16th. We need your information early so that we are able to plan prior to the event. Everyone is invited to come, so you don’t have to create a display or presentation, or donate additional time in order to attend.

Hertitage Festival Registration Form: HF Letter 17-18 Registration Form

If you have any questions regarding how you might participate, please contact Becky Brown ( via email or by calling 434-973-8301.

PTO Open Chat, January 29th

Please join us on Monday, January 29th from 6:30-7:30pm for our PTO Open Chat. We are finalizing details for this meeting and will share more information in next week’s Hornet Happenings.  We hope you plan to join us.  And by the way, please let us know if you ever have ideas you’d like the PTO to consider for Open Chats. If you have topic suggestions, you can email them to London Liebengood at


After-School PE Games: Floorball

Join Mr. Carroll for FLOORBALL CLUB!

What is Floorball? Invented in Sweden as an off- season conditioning program for ice hockey players, it is a high movement floor hockey type game that uses a ball instead of a puck. Students will be placed on teams and play a 5 -week round robin tournament. No experience necessary, but interested students should enjoy team sports and like to move!

Floorball is open to all Hollymead students in grades 3-5.  Classes will meet on Tuesdays from January 30th –February 27th in the Hollymead gym from 2:35-4:00pm.  Cost is $60 for 5 weekly sessions.

Due to recent school closures, registration has been postponed.   Registration will now open on Monday, January 22nd at 8:00pm via a link from the Hollymead Buzz.  Registration is limited to 24 students. First come first serve.

Mr. Carroll and Mr. Whitehead anticipate offering a spring session of Marvelous Mondays (K-2) and Terrific Tuesdays (3-5) in March.

Hollymead PTO Family Fun Fair, March 24th

SAVE THE DATE! Mark your calendars for the Family Fun Fair on Saturday, March 24th from 4:00pm-6:00pm! The Family Fun Fair is fun for all ages and will feature games, crafts, a bounce house, photo booth, refreshments, and more!  Contact with any questions.

French After School Class: Registration has been extended!

After-School French Class spots are still available! Due to snow days and ACPS days off, our French class will now start on Monday, January 29th. We are ready to celebrate winter festivals with grades 1-5 on Mondays from 2:40-3:40. We are celebrating the International Balloon Festival, the Winter Festival of Quebec, Mardi Gras, the International Circus of Monaco, and MORE! No French experience necessary. The cost is $150 for the 10 weeks. If you need registration form, please email Michelle Katstra at Checks are made out to HES PTO. Come have fun learning about cultures and the French language!

 Important Dates

1/22                 NO SCHOOL, Teacher Workday
1/29                 French After-School Class, 2:40-3:30pm
1/29                 PTO Parent Community Chat, 6:30pm
1/30                 After-School PE Games class begins, 2:35-4:00

PTO Volunteer Spotlight

Thank you Julie Boyer!

Julie is mom to Katie, 5th grade and Claire, 8th grade.  Julie has graciously served the Hollymead community for all the years her children have attended, and sadly this is her last year as her youngest child transitions to middle school.  Julie has volunteered in and out of the classroom as PTO President, HCE coordinator, and Yearbook Advisor.  Julie is a tech recruiter for Infor and enjoys ballroom dancing, especially Latin dancing.  She is focusing on competing in May at an international competition in England.  We will dearly miss you Julie and thank you for all your time serving the students and staff of Hollymead!

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