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Reading Without Walls Challenge!

Students and families are invited to take Hollymead’s Spring Reading Challenge by choosing books they wouldn’t normally choose to read.

reading without wallsThis three-part challenge includes reading the following:
(1) a book with characters who don’t look or live like you,
(2) a book about an unfamiliar topic, and/or
(3) a book in a format that you don’t normally read for fun (chapter book, graphic novel, book in verse or audio book)

Interested students can pick up Reading Without Walls Activity Guides in Room 6, leave recommendations for fellow students on the temporary Reading Without Walls mural outside Room 6, and return their completed guide (with their Reading List) to Room 6 during the final week of April.

Parents, share your efforts to “read without walls” with the hashtag #readingwithoutwalls to be a part of a national effort this month to add diversity to our reading.

For more information, contact Liz Player (, our Reading Interventionist.

Camp4Real Kids Night Out at Hollymead

The PTO and Camp4Real invite you to join us on Friday, May 4th from 6:15-8:30pm at Hollymead for a night of awesome physical activities and a healthy snack too! Mr. Carroll and Mr. Williams from Meriwether Lewis will be leading the fun as they give us a preview of what Camp4Real will look like in the summer!  Any current Hollymead student in grades K-5 can attend the KNO. Registrations before May 2nd are $25 per child (price increases to $35 per child after that date). Register by completing the C4R Flier and returning it with payment to your classroom teacher as soon as possible.  All PTO proceeds will go towards Camp4Real scholarships. Camp 4 Real Kids Night Out flier

French Art After-School Class

Bring out the Renoir in your child! Please join the Alliance Française and the Hollymead PTO for four Monday afternoons, April 30th – May 21st as we combine French and Art in a fun and exciting club! We will introduce your child to four different French artists, learn the French that goes along with the highlighted painting, and then make something that reflects that artist! A fun hour of French and Art all in one! Please fill out the form being sent home in the Thursday folders. The cost is only $60 for the 4 weeks, which includes all supplies. Please make checks payable to Hollymead PTO with your child’s name on the memo line. These classes fill up fast. There is space for 12 little artists in each class (Grades 1-2 and Grades 3-5). Registration deadline is Wednesday, April 25th. No French experience required. French Art flier

Dining Night Out, Timberwood Grill

Do you want to take a night off from cooking? Do you like to support Hollymead? Come join us for our April Dining Night Out next Monday, April 16th from 4:00-9:00pm at the Timberwood Grill. Dine-in or take-out, and Timberwood Grill will donate a portion of all sales to the Hollymead Elementary PTO.  No special code or flier is needed.  TImberwood Grill is a locally-owned, Charlottesville favorite and has always been a great supporter of our school. If you have any questions, please contact
For more information, see DNO Timberwood Grill


2018 Greatest Show on Earth

Hollymead Talent Show, Preview of Acts & Rehearsal Information

Calling all students with an act and a dream: the Hollymead Talent Show is just a few weeks away!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 28th to share your special skill! Whether you sing, dance, juggle, tell jokes, play an instrument, recite poetry, or have any other fun skill, we’d love to have you!

Preview of Acts begin THIS week on Thursday, April 12th. Rehearsals will start next week on Friday, April 20th.  See attached flyer for specific information and plan to come out!
Talent Show Flier

Important Dates

4/16                       French After-School class, 2:40-3:40pm (snow make up)
4/16                       Marvelous Mondays PE Games Club, 2:30-4:00pm
4/16                       Timberwood Dining Night Out, 4:00-9:00pm
4/17                       Terrific Tuesdays PE Games Club, 2:30-4:00pm
4/23                       PTO Board Meeting, 6:00-7:00pm (new date)
4/28                       Hollymead Talent Show, 5:00pm
4/30                       French Art After-School program begins
5/4                         Camp 4 Real Kids Night Out at Hollymead, 6:15-8:30pm

PTO President’s Message

Last Call for Hollymead Spirit Wear!

The Hollymead PTO Spirit Wear store is closing soon!
Orders will be accepted until 5:00pm THIS Friday, April 13th.

To order online click here: Spirit Wear Order Form.
PLEASE FILL OUT *ONE* FORM PER ITEM – YOU MAY PAY FOR THEM ALL AT ONCE after you submit your individual orders.  Please submit payment using PayPal or credit card by following the link after you submit your order.  You can also send cash or check to school (made out to Hollymead PTO) in an envelope marked “spirit wear.” The tentative delivery date is May 4th.

NEW! Long-Sleeved T-Shirt $16
Youth Shorts – $15
Keychain – $6
Water Bottle – $10
T-Shirt – $10 youth and $12 adult ($15 for adult XXL)

Contact Spirit Wear Coordinator Brittany Roberts at if you have any questions.

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

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