October 10

Hello, Hollymead Hornets!

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the PTO during our first Dining Night Out of the 2021-22 school year! We had a great turnout despite the light rain, and we loved seeing everyone as we collected our delicious pizzas and popsicles. Special thanks to our sponsors for this event: Popitos and La Flor Michoacana!

A few scheduling reminders: We do have school Monday, October 11. October 13th is a half day for students. The afternoon will be professional development for teachers. Also, teachers are in the process of scheduling parent-teacher conferences. Make sure to check your email or check with your teacher for sign-up information.

Although we’re still unable to hold many of our traditional fall events due to COVID restrictions, we are planning on hosting or supporting a few fun activities over the next few months, including classroom pumpkin decorating, an outdoor movie night, and Hollymead CARES Day. We’ll be sending out more information about these events as we get closer to them. Please also remember that our Board meets on the first Wednesday of each month, and these meetings are a great way to learn about the ways in which the PTO is supporting the Hollymead community, as well as voice your suggestions about community events. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 3rd at 7:30 PM (these meetings are virtual until further notice, and the link is at the bottom of this email). We hope to see everyone there!

Meagan Gregory & Crystal Pariseau

Hollymead PTO Co-Presidents

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March 13, 2022

We hope everyone enjoyed the (hopefully last!) taste of winter this weekend. We know we’re all looking forward to warmer weather starting next week, just in time for our PTO-sponsored Camp4Real afterschool club! For more details, please see the Camp4Real section later in this newsletter.

We are also gearing up for our Hollymead Talent Show, that will be held on March 26th at 4:00 on the black top. We are so thankful to our wonderful volunteer Talent Show coordinator Katie Arostegui for all of the work she has put into helping Hollymead’s talented students prepare for the show! Please plan on coming out to support our students on the 26th. 

A few more reminders for important days in the upcoming weeks:

  • Friday, March 18th – Teacher Work Day (no school for students)
  • Wednesday, March 30th – Dining Night Out – Torchy’s Tacos
  • Friday, April 1st – Half day for students
  • Saturday, April 2nd – Sunday, April 10th – Spring Break
  • Wednesday, April 13th – Hollymead PTO Meeting
  • Monday April 25th – Friday April 29th – Scholastic Book Fair

Finally, don’t forget that 2021-2022 yearbooks are on sale now (flyers went home in folders last week)! The last day for flyer ordering is April 1st and the last day for online ordering is April 3rd

Thanks, as always, to all of our volunteers, as well as all of the families, caregivers, staff, and students that make the Hollymead community so great. 

Go Hornets!

Hollymead PTO Co-Presidents

Meagan Gregory and Crystal Pariseau

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January 30, 2022

Hopefully everyone managed to stay warm during our snow this past weekend; and here’s hoping this is among the last major weather events of the school year!

As January winds to a close we want to extend a massive “thank you” to our amazing Hollymead community for everything everyone is doing to keep our kids safe and in school. From the teachers who keep the kids engaged in the classroom each day, to the staff who brave the cold with our kids during dropoff/pickup and outdoor recess/lunch, to the parents and caregivers who have shown tremendous support for our school during yet another unconventional year, to our kids who enthusiastically show up to school each day–every one of you helps make our community a wonderful, nurturing, caring place in which we all can thrive. Despite the weather and the continued health concerns of the past month, we’re really looking forward to the second half of the school year and the exciting opportunities that we hope will be able to go off as planned!

To that end, Camp4Real is currently in session and is going well so far! In addition, please save the date for our next Hollymead Dining Night Out at Skrimp Shack on February 9th from 4:00 – 8:00 PM. More info about this DNO can be found further down in the newsletter. 

Also, please remember that we have a PTO Board Meeting on February 2nd at 7:30 PM. We hope you all can join us!

Until then–Go Hornets!

Hollymead PTO Co-Presidents

Meagan Gregory and Crystal Pariseau

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January 16, 2022

Happy new year! We’re all excited to be getting back into our school routines, and are so thankful for all our students, staff, families, and caregivers who are helping to make the return to school safe for all. We hope that everyone has had a wonderful first week back!

We have a few exciting events planned for the first few months of the year:

  • January 19 – February 3: Camp4Real is back! There is still space to register your child for either the All Stars (3-5 Grade) or Rising Stars (K-3 Grade) sessions, all of which will take place outdoors at Hollymead. See below for more details and the registration link. 
  • February 9: Dining Night Out at Skrimp Shack! Thanks to our amazing Dining Night Out chairs, Nicole Felini and Kristen Jones, we will have our next DNO at Skrimp Shack located in the Rio Hill Shopping Center. More details will be coming home in a flier, but please hold the date for February 9th. 

Thank you again to all of our chairs and volunteers, as well as all our families, caregivers, and staff members who make up our wonderful Hollymead community.

Go Hornets!

Meagan Gregory and Crystal Pariseau

Hollymead PTO Co-Presidents

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December 7, 2021

Happy December, Hollymead,

We can’t believe that in just a few short weeks we’ll be off on Winter Break! As students and teachers are planning their own ways to celebrate the holidays in school, we have a few PTO-sponsored events coming up to round out 2021:

  • On Wednesday, December 8th we will have a Dining Day Out at Martin’s Grill. It’s a half-day for students, so you can plan your after-school lunch or dinner at Martin’s Grill. A percentage of all sales will go to Hollymead on the 8th!
  • On Friday, December 10th, Hollymead will be hosting a Kids Night Out. Weather permitting, the event will be held outside (and so far the weather is looking great!)

Thank you to everyone who has participated in a fundraising events or donated to the PTO this year. We’re excited to share that we were able to grant funds for three grade-level grants at our PTO meeting on December 1st. Thanks to this community’s generosity, we were able to help purchase materials for tee-shirt decorating for second graders, new books for third graders, and new “Genius Hour” supplies for fifth graders. Thank you again!

Relatedly, as you go about your holiday shopping this year, don’t forget to:

We are hoping to host more in-person events in the spring, and your donations will help make it possible for everyone to attend and have a great time as a Hollymead Community!

Until then, thank you for all of your support, and Go Hornets!

Your PTO Presidents,

Meagan Gregory and Crystal Parisea

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November 21, 2021

The last time we wrote we were prepping for Halloween, and now, in what seems like a blink of an eye, we’re getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving. We have a lot to be thankful for this year already, and in the spirit of the holiday, we’d like to take the time to give a few shout-outs this month. So, without further ado, thank you to:

  • Our Hospitality Chairs, Alison Agarwall and Shannon Hall, who have been keeping our teachers and staff stocked with snacks.
  • Our Attractions Book volunteer, Kate DeLuca, for running our successful recent fundraiser, netting nearly $2,000.
  • Our Dining Night Out volunteers, Kristen Jones and Nicole Felini, who schedule the delicious meal nights that bring extra business to our locally owned restaurants while raising funds for Hollymead.
  • Our SpiritWear volunteers, Tiffany Lynch and Jonelle Kinback for getting a storefront set up in time for orders to ship before the holidays.
  • Our copies volunteer, Briana Reid, who copies the flyers that are sent home with students to remind families and caregivers about important upcoming events
  • All of our Hollymead teachers and staff who do an amazing job of keeping our kids safe and healthy during this school year
  • Our community for always being so generous in support of our Hollymead Hornets!

As we head into the last month of the year, please keep the Hollymead PTO in mind for charitable donations. The PTO supports several initiatives designed to ensure that all of our Hollymead kids have the very best educational experience. Most recently we were asked to fund two teacher grants (one for a book series for 3rd Grade and 5th Grade “Genius Hour” supplies) thanks to our community’s generosity. In the second half of the year, we hope to sponsor a few larger projects to help improve our school, as well as (hopefully!) a spring Fun Fair. Remember that you can donate to Hollymead’s PTO either with a check or through the PayPal link on our website. 

Thank you all again for being such an awesome community. We wish all of our staff and families a happy Thanksgiving!

Meagan Gregory and Crystal Pariseau

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October 29, 2021 Hornet Happenings

Hello, Hollymead families and caregivers!

We hope everyone is enjoying the fall weather! Thank you to everyone who came out to our movie night on Friday. We loved finally being able to get together (safely!) and enjoy some time with the broader Hollymead community. We hope to be able to do one or two more COVID-conscious events before the end of the year, so stay tuned!

Speaking of upcoming events, we hope that everyone can join us for our next PTO Meeting, which will take place on November 3rd at 7:30PM. During this meeting we will be discussing important initiatives such as community-building events, fundraising opportunities, and how we can use PTO funds and resources to best serve the Hollymead community. All meetings will be on Zoom for the rest of the calendar year, so please feel free to join us virtually and help us brainstorm upcoming PTO activities!

Thank you again for all of your support and engagement. Go Hornets!

Hollymead PTO Co-Presidents

Meagan Gregory and Crystal Pariseau

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September 26, 2021

Hello, Hollymead! We hope everyone was able to join the awesome Virtual Back to School Night on the 23rd. Thank you to all of the staff members who took time to put together helpful presentations, answer questions, and give us a glimpse into classroom life. As families and caregivers, it’s always nice to have a reminder that our children are in such wonderful hands!

We have a few current and upcoming events in the next few weeks that we want to make sure everyone is aware of. First, your student should have received an Attractions Book in their backpacks this week. The Attractions Book is a great way for the Hollymead community to support both the PTO and local organizations! You can learn more about the Attractions Book fundraiser further on in this newsletter. In addition to the Attractions Book, we will also be having our first Dining Night Out on Wednesday, October 6th. We’re excited to be offering our first food truck DNO experience with Popitos Pizza! Our wonderful Staff Appreciation and DNO volunteers are also collaborating this month so that families and caregivers can sponsor pizzas for Hollymead staff. More information about DNO and Staff Appreciation will come home on September 27th, but please mark your calendars now for the 6th!

As always, thank you all for your support. We hope to see everyone at our next PTO meeting on Wednesday, October 6th at 7:30 PM. Yes–it’s the same night as the DNO, so hopefully everyone will have delicious pizza in hand!

Go Hornets!

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September 12, 2021

We are so excited to be kicking off another year. Although things still aren’t exactly back to “normal,” we’re grateful to all of the teachers, staff, families, and students who are already banding together to make this year great!

The fall has historically been a busy time for the PTO as we organize events for the Hollymead community. This year, we will be rearranging and/or reimagining several events so that we can hold them safely (either as virtual/outdoor events or in the spring, when in-person events will hopefully feel a little safer). That said, we still plan to be quite busy this fall, and we invite you to join our first PTO meeting on September 15th at 7:30 PM so you can hear all about the activities we will be supporting over the next few months! Our first meeting will be held over Zoom.

Whether you’re able to join us on Wednesday or not, please know that we are always looking for volunteers to help us throughout the year. Some of our upcoming opportunities for volunteering include helping to create the Hollymead Directory, helping with yearbook compilation and design, and volunteering for our (spring!) book fair. If you’re interested in learning more about opportunities to help support Hollymead teachers, staff, and students, please either fill out this form or email hollymeadptovolunteer@gmail.com.

Hopefully we see many of you at our meeting this week. Please join us by clicking on this link.Until then…

Go Hornets!

Crystal Pariseau & Meagan Gregory, 

PTO Co-Presidents

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August 29, 2021

Greetings, Hollymead! We’re one week in and we hope you’re as excited to be back at school as we are. It was amazing to see so many smiling eyes during orientation – thanks for stopping by the PTO table and introducing yourself! 

Like many of you, we are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to have a year full of fun PTO-sponsored activities, and hope to see much more of both children and families. The success of those activities depend on you – your time and donations – so please watch your students’ take home folders, PTO social media, and this newsletter for information on how you can contribute. We all thank you! 

-Meagan Gregory & Crystal Pariseau,

PTO Co-Presidents

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