Hello Hollymead! There has been a lot going on for the PTO this year and we couldn’t be more grateful for the many volunteers who are making it all happen. 

The Hollymead Directory was distributed to each family just before the holiday break. We hope it has helped you connect with other families during this odd school year. Please be sure to thank the many local businesses for advertising and helping to finance the directory and support Hollymead. Many thanks go to Jonelle Kinback and Kate DeLuca for their skills and time to produce the directory! 

Our staff and teachers are working extra hard this virtual year, and the PTO’s Hospitality Team went above and beyond in organizing a Soup Lunch for them that looked quite different from a typical year. Thanks to Shannon Hall and Allison Agarwal for organizing the Revolutionary Soup delivery, and to the many families who donated cash to offset the costs and individually wrapped goodies.

We hope you enjoy the offerings of our Hollymead Talent Show. Many thanks to Marion Hight for organizing and producing the video. It is so fun to see students share their interests and skills no matter the stage!

Go Hornets!
Crystal Pariseau & Amy Cochran, PTO Co-Presidents


Watch now and enjoy the wonderful talent of our Hollymead students in this years Winter Cheer Talent Show. This year’s showcase includes a large variety of talents including piano concertos, origami, singing, talented furry friends, jump rope exhibitions, animations, juggling and much more!



Local medical personnel are working overtime to help our community stay safe and get available COVID-19 vaccines. To show our appreciation, the Hollymead PTO will be holding a snack drive. Starting Tuesday, 1/26 – Friday 2/05, we invite you to bring individually wrapped packs of snacks (granola/protein bars, goldfish, dried fruit, applesauce, etc) to Hollymead and deposit them in the labeled bin located outside the building. After 2/5, we will take the snacks out to those working hard to serve our community and teachers. Thank you! 


Hello Hollymead families! We have started working on the 2020/2021 Hollymead yearbook and as you can imagine, it’s a challenging task so we are asking for your help! We would love if you shared any photos you have of your Hollymead students at home.

What types of photos are we looking for?

We are hoping to get lots of candid photos (ie: your children participating in virtual learning with their homeroom teacher, virtual specials, spirit days, virtual field trips, ways they are spending their time at home such as hikes, crafts, biking, reading, etc.) as well as a close-up portrait/head shot type photo. Hollymead mom and photographer Jayna Prochazka will be offering socially distanced portrait sessions from her backyard again in February as she did in the fall. You can submit your own portrait photo or work with Jayna. 

How can you submit photos? 

You can submit photos using the secure/private links found on the PTO website. When submitting a photo, please include your child’s name and grade. If you share photos, you give permission for them to be used in this year’s yearbook (they will not be used anywhere else). 

When do we need photos by?

Please submit your photos by March 19.

What is the 5th grade baby photo section? 

The yearbook will include a 5th grade dedication section with baby photos and a short blurb from your family for your graduating 5th grader. If you would like to participate in this special section, you can submit a baby photo (please include your child’s name!) and we will be in touch soon to request your short blurb for that section. 

If you have any questions, you can contact Jill Dowling and/or Megan Haas. Thank you!!



The Alliance Française of Charlottesville is offering a FUN, INTERACTIVE, and ENGAGING online French club for Hollymead elementary school students this winter!

Come learn French in a supportive and action-packed atmosphere once/week for 8 weeks,February 1 – March 22, 2021. The teachers are experienced with online teaching and know how to make the lessons fully interactive! 

The club focuses on French speaking and listening as they explore the French language and culture through songs, movement, and crafts! 

This session’s theme is “How to be a tourist in Paris”. Students will climb the Eiffel Tower, visit Notre Dame, become street artists at Montmartre, order in a café, take the metro, and more! 

Online registration is open until Thursday, January 21stVisit

Questions? Contact Michelle Katstra


Virginia is for lovers…. lovers of Italian food and lovers of our local businesses!!! What better way to spread the love than to support Hollymead Elementary School and a locally owned restaurant all at the same time?!?! On Tuesday, February 23rd The Brick Oven will donate a portion of its’ takeout proceeds to Hollymead Elementary School. This event is all day long, and is for takeout orders only. Be sure to mention Hollymead Elementary School when placing your order or picking up your food (if placing an online order put “For Hollymead Elementary School” in the Special Comment section). The Brick Oven is located at 1966 Rio Hill Center, C’ville 22901 (near the Kroger at Rio Hill), Let’s do our part to support a local business, while enjoying a delicious meal at the same time! 


Tue 1/26-2/5 // Snack Drive for Vaccinators

WED 1/27 // Rising 6th Grade Parent Meeting with Sutherland, 6:00 pm

THU 1/28 // School Board Meeting – Joint Meeting with Board of Supervisors, 4:00 pm

THU 1/28 // School Board Meeting – Work Session, 6:30 pm

FRI 1/29 // End of 2nd Quarter

MON 2/1 // Start of 3rd Quarter

WED 2/10 // Long Range Planning Advisory Committee Meeting, 5:30 pm

THU 2/11 // School Board Meeting – Regular Board Meeting, 6:30 pm

TUE 2/16 // PTO Meeting, 7:30 pm

TUE 2/23 // Dining Night Out at The Brick Oven