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Screenagers Movie Viewing

The ACPS Parent Council and Sutherland Middle School PTO are hosting a viewing of the movie, SCREENAGERS, on Thursday May 3rd from 6:30 – 8:30pm in the Gathering Area at Sutherland.

Here is a brief write up from the film’s website:

“Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.”

For additional information about the event and the movie, visit Screenagers Web Site

Blue Ridge Food Bank Update

Thank you to everyone that contributed to our Neighbors-4-Neighbors School Food Drive.  This year all of the schools collectively brought in 4,884 pounds of food. Hollymead collected 161 pounds of food AND got 3rd out of all of the elementary schools. Thank you so much for your help this year!

If you would like more information about way to help out our community, check out the flier: Blue Ridge Food Bank Family Events


Hollymead Talent Show, THIS Saturday

The Talent Show is just a few days away! We hope to see you this Saturday, April 28th from 5:00-6:30pm as students showcase their talents singing, dancing, juggling, joke telling, playing an instrument, reciting poetry, and many other fun skills! Reminder that the final dress rehearsal for participants is this Friday, April 27th from 2:30-4:30pm.  Snacks and drinks will be served during the intermission of the Talent Show, so plan to come hungry!  2018 PTO Talent Show Flier

Hollymead Staff Appreciation

Hollymead Staff Appreciation Week is coming soon! From May 7th-11th we would love to treat our staff to gift cards to thank them for all they do for our children and school each day. If you can contribute, please consider picking up a gift card at one of your favorite restaurants, shops, gas station, dessert shop, or store—$5 and $10 gift cards would be greatly appreciated. Please use the Sign-Up Genius below to volunteer to purchase a gift card. Gift cards should be dropped off to the school office by April 30th. Please note that if you use Groupon, they have a deal this week for purchasing discounted gift cards to Starbucks and Barnes & Noble.  Gift Cards Sign-Up

If you have questions, please contact Corey Hawker at

Reading Without Walls Challenge!
We hope your student has had an opportunity to begin participating in Hollymead’s Spring Reading challenge!  It is a great opportunity to challenge students to choose books they wouldn’t normally read.

This 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 should pick up Reading Without Walls Activity Guides in Room 6.  They can then leave recommendations for fellow students on the temporary Reading Without Walls mural outside Room 6 and return their completed guide (with their Reading List) 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
Plan for your child to attend the Camp4Real Kids Night Out on Friday, May 4th from 6:15-8:30pm at Hollymead for a night of awesome physical activities and a healthy snack too! Any current Hollymead student in grades K-5 can attend the KNO. Register by completing the C4R Flier and returning it with your $25 payment (by 5/2) to your classroom teacher.  All PTO proceeds will go towards Camp4Real scholarships.
 C4R Kids Night Out flier

French Art After-School Class
Registration ends soon, so plan to return your form and payment today! The Alliance Française and the Hollymead PTO present the French Art after-school class on four Monday afternoons, April 30th – May 21st. A fun hour of French and Art all in one! Register using the flier in the link below by this Friday, April 27th and make checks payable to Hollymead PTO with your child’s name on the memo line. The cost is only $60 for the 4 weeks, which includes all supplies. No French experience required.
French Art Flier

Important Dates

4/27                       Talent Show Dress Rehearsal, 2:30-4:30pm
4/28                       Hollymead Talent Show, 5:00-6:30pm
4/30                       French Art After-School program begins
5/3                         Screenagers viewing, Sutherland Middle School, 6:30-8:30pm
5/4                         Camp 4 Real Kids Night Out at Hollymead, 6:15-8:30pm
5/7-5/11                Teacher Appreciation Week
5/21                       Parent Community Chat, 6:30-7:30pm
5/28                       No School, Memorial Day
6/1                         Hollymead Field Day
6/7                         Last Day of School

PTO President’s Message


  1. Benefit your child: Research shows that children perform better when parents are involved both at home and school.
  2. Get connected: There is no better way than to know what is happening at school.
  3. Tap into a network: PTO connects you with other parents and teachers through meetings, events and communications, helping to build a sense of community.
  4. Make a difference: in your community and in your school.

We meet once every other month and our meetings are short, fun, and informative.  Here are minutes from our most recent board meeting last night: 4.23.18 Board Meeting Minutes

If you are interested or know someone who would be great, please contact Shannon at or London at

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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