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February 21st, 2021 Hornet Happenings

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE 

Hello again, Hollymead! It was great to see so many families of virtual students at Valentine’s pickup last Friday. Despite the snow, it was great to see our students shower one another with kindness – and treats.

The activities of the PTO depend entirely on volunteers, and we want to say a big thank you to parents Jill Dowling and Megan Haas. Both have volunteered at Hollymead for years to make sure activities including PTO Board and Dining Night Out occur without a hitch. This year they’re the keys to making sure our Hollymead yearbook comes together – no easy task, especially in a year when most students and staff have not been in the building! Please pay special attention to the note below about yearbook deadlines, and say a big thank you to Jill and Megan when you see them.

We are excited to share the new Hollymead Community Support Series. We know this past year has put a lot of stresses on families. We hope that this time to virtually gather, share ideas, and ask questions will increase our sense of community. We will kick of this series from 7-8PM on Tuesday, the 23rd with a COVID Resilience presentation from Region Ten. Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday thereafter we will meet virtually for further conversation. Please see more details and the zoom link below in this newsletter.

Have a great week, Hornets!

Crystal Pariseau & Amy Cochran

PTO Co-Presidents

WELCOME BACK STAFF LUNCH 

As we prepare for Stage Four we would like to welcome back more staff to our building with a Wrap Lunch on March 9th and we NEED YOUR HELP!! Please sign up to donate towards the purchase of wraps from Revolutionary Soup or purchase some of the other lunch items.

Welcome Back Staff Lunch Sign Up

Monetary donations need to be received by March 5th and donated items can be dropped off at school by March 9th.

Thank you for loving our staff well!

DINING NIGHT OUT THIS TUESDAY 

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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), thebrickovenva.com. Let’s do our part to support a local business, while enjoying a delicious meal at the same time! 

YEARBOOK PHOTO SUBMISSIONS DUE NEXT FRIDAY 

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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. You can submit your own portrait photo. 

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 5.

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!!

SUBMIT YEARBOOK PHOTOS

KROGER & HARRIS TEETER GROCERY CARDS 

Do you have a Kroger Plus or Harris Teeter VIP Card? Simply by purchasing their regular groceries, our supporters earned over $1,900 for Hollymead classroom activities last year. The important thing to remember is that you have to relink your card to Hollymead PTO every year. Check your online accounts or give the store a call and make sure the Hollymead PTO is identified as your community rewards partner, then shop as usual, knowing you’re earning moey for the classroom. Thank you!

GOT SNEAKERS?? 

Hollymead PTO is sponsoring a sneaker drive! Bring your outgrown athletic shoes—all sizes, all conditions, all brands—to be donated in the labeled bin at Hollymead’s front door running from February 15th-March 15th. We will receive between $.25 – $7.00 per pair of sneakers based on the condition. All sneakers from our sneaker drive fundraiser program are recirculated to people who want quality, reusable footwear at affordable prices or repurposed into new surfaces such as playgrounds and tracks.

** Athletic shoes (sneakers, rubber cleats) only. Please no non-athletic shoes such as boots and flip flops.**

For more information check out gotsneakers.com or contact Kate DeLuca

HOLLYMEAD COMMUNITY SUPPORT 

The Hollymead PTO will be hosting bi-weekly zoom sessions for caregivers of Hollymead students looking to connect with others in our Hollymead community. Our hope is that it will be a place for people to share ideas, ask questions, and feel supported as we continue to navigate the obstacles COVID has created with regards to education and our children. Please come with ideas to share, questions to ask, or just to listen in on what others are sharing.

To kick off Hollymead Community Support, Region Ten will be hosting a zoom presentation titled “Resilience During COVID” for Hollymead families which will focus on strategies for managing the challenges students and caregivers continue to face during COVID. 

Hollymead Community Support will meet virtually on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month 

from 7:00 – 8:00PM beginning February 23rd.

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IT’S BOX TOPS TIME AGAIN! 

Hello, Hollymead Elementary School Community! Even with all the strange times going on, we are still collecting box tops for our school! Thank you so much to everyone sending in Box Tops and to those who are using the App to scan Box Tops. If you’ve not added the App yet, here is a link to give you more info on that:

Box Tops for Education
For this collection, we are looking for box tops with a date of 03.01.2021 and beyond. We will be collecting physical box tops through Friday, February 26th. You can send them in to the school if you have children attending in person or you may drop them off during any of the drive-thru pick up days for the next few weeks.

Keep up the clipping and scanning!!!! Thank you so much for your efforts in raising Box Tops For Education funds for our Hollymead School; they really add up to help our community! 

UPCOMING DATES 

TUE 2/23 // Dining Night Out at The Brick Oven, 12:00-8:00 pm

TUE 2/23 // Hollymead Community Support, 7:00 pm

WED 2/24 // 4-5 Hybrid Students Stage 4 Meeting, 9:00 am

WED 2/24 // 4-5 Hybrid Students Stage 4 Meeting, 8:00 pm

MON 3/1 // K-5 Virtual Students Stage 4 Meeting, 9:00 am

MON 3/1 // K-3 Hybrid Students Stage 4 Meeting, 10:00 am

MON 3/1 // K-3 Hybrid Students Stage 4 Meeting, 8:00 pm

WED 3/3 // K-5 Virtual Students Stage 4 Meeting, 8:00 pm

FRI 3/5 // Yearbook Photo Submissions Due

MON 3/8 // Asynchronous School Day

TUE 3/9 // Asynchronous School Day

TUE 3/9 // Welcome Back Staff Lunch

TUE 3/9 // Hollymead Community Support, 7:00 pm

WED 3/10 // Stage 4 Return to School

TUE 3/16 // PTO Meeting, 7:30 pm

February 7th, 2021 Hornet Happenings

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE 

What a week of snow we’ve had! Hopefully everyone was able to enjoy the weather, either with a cozy book inside or lots of sledding and play outside. The snow sure turned everything beautiful! Please remember to send in your photos of both online learning and snow day activities to the yearbook committee – see Hollymead PTO Community Events for links and information. 

Thank you to everyone who sent in items for our “snacks for vaccinators” drive. Ms. Kopley will help us take items over to the vaccination site soon so we can give a little treat to those working to make sure our teachers and community members have access to covid shots. 

We appreciate you all. Have a great week, Hollymead!

GOT SNEAKERS?? 

Hollymead PTO is sponsoring a sneaker drive! Bring your outgrown athletic shoes—all sizes, all conditions, all brands—to be donated in the labeled bin at Hollymead’s front door running from February 15th-March 15th. We will receive between $.25 – $7.00 per pair of sneakers based on the condition. All sneakers from our sneaker drive fundraiser program are recirculated to people who want quality, reusable footwear at affordable prices or repurposed into new surfaces such as playgrounds and tracks.

** Athletic shoes (sneakers, rubber cleats) only. Please no non-athletic shoes such as boots and flip flops.**

For more information check out gotsneakers.com or contact Kate DeLuca

IT’S BOX TOPS TIME AGAIN! 

Hello, Hollymead Elementary School Community! Even with all the strange times going on, we are still collecting box tops for our school! Thank you so much to everyone sending in Box Tops and to those who are using the App to scan Box Tops. If you’ve not added the App yet, here is a link to give you more info on that:

Box Tops for Education
For this collection, we are looking for box tops with a date of 03.01.2021 and beyond. We will be collecting physical box tops through Friday, February 26th. You can send them in to the school if you have children attending in person or you may drop them off during any of the drive-thru pick up days for the next few weeks.

Keep up the clipping and scanning!!!! Thank you so much for your efforts in raising Box Tops For Education funds for our Hollymead School; they really add up to help our community! 

LOOKING FOR YEARBOOK PHOTO SUBMISSIONS 

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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!!

SUBMIT YEARBOOK PHOTOS

FEBRUARY DINING NIGHT OUT 

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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), thebrickovenva.com. Let’s do our part to support a local business, while enjoying a delicious meal at the same time! 

UPCOMING DATES 

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

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

FRI 2/12 // Valentine’s School Pick-Up, 11 am – 2 pm

TUE 2/16 // PTO Meeting, 7:30 pm

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

January 25th, 2021 Hornet Happenings

PRESIDENTS’ MESSAGE 

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

WINTER CHEER TALENT SHOW

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!

WATCH NOW

SNACK DRIVE FOR VACCINATORS 1/26-2/5 

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! 

LOOKING FOR YEARBOOK PHOTO SUBMISSIONS 

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!!

SUBMIT YEARBOOK PHOTOS

HOW TO BE A TOURIST IN PARIS

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 afcville.org

Questions? Contact Michelle Katstra

FEBRUARY DINING NIGHT OUT

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), thebrickovenva.com. Let’s do our part to support a local business, while enjoying a delicious meal at the same time! 

UPCOMING DATES 

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

January 10th, 2021 Hornet Happenings

CHAIR THE SPRING BOOK FAIR 

The Hollymead PTO is looking for parent volunteers to chair the 2021 Book Fair and school raffle! Please email the volunteer coordinators at hollymeadptovolunteer@gmail.com if you are interested in either position or additional information. These events will likely be held virtually. Thank you for considering! 

HOW TO BE A TOURIST IN PARIS 

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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 afcville.org

Questions? Contact Michelle Katstra

WINTER CHEER TALENT SHOW! 

We all need smiles on our faces as we are headed into a long winter in this pandemic! Our winter holidays may look a little different during this global pandemic – so let’s uplift each other by sharing our children’s talent with classmates, teachers and our Hollymead Community.

Please submit a short video of your young talent (2 min max) by Friday, January, 15, 2021

The sky’s the limit for your contribution: submit a/your poem, perform a song, be a dancer, let us marvel at your magic, be a comedian or artist, even tricks with your pets are allowed! 🙂

You will have until FridayJanuary 15, 2021 to submit your videos. Depending on how many we receive, we will either have one long Virtual Talent Show or several shorter videos grouped by grade. The videos will only be accessible via a link and will not be published on any social media.

Our hope with this project is to let your talent shine and put smiles on every face watching! 🙂 

Questions? Email Marion Hight.

We look forward to seeing all of your amazing videos and talent!

Let us uplift each other, spread happiness, smiles and cheer. Let’s have a virtual Winter Cheer Talent Show

SUBMIT NOW

NOTE: We do reserve the right to hold back any videos that the talent show panel doesn’t deem school appropriate. 

LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS 

The Hollymead Elementary School PTO is always looking for helping hands. No matter your skill or interest, we have a role for you! We know this school year continues to bring a lot of unknowns, but we are still looking for help. If you have questions, please contact Ashleigh Wright and Marion Hight at hollymeadptovolunteer@gmail.com for more information on how you can get involved. Thank you!

SIGN UP

LOOKING FOR YEARBOOK PHOTO SUBMISSIONS 

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Please consider submitting photos of your kids for this year’s yearbook. This will be a memento of one of our children’s shared moments in time. They may not be physically together, but we are all in this experience together.

WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER 

Looking for support? Have grade specific questions? Want to get to know your fellow parents? The PTO is here to help. We have gathered a list of grade specific private Facebook groups. If you are interested in joining click on the appropriate link below:

More information on fall clubs and activities will be coming out soon, stay tuned.

UPCOMING DATES 

THU 1/14 // Regular Board Meeting Meeting, 6:30 pm

MON 1/18 // Martin Luther King, Jr., No School

TUE 1/19 // January PTO Meeting, 7:30 pm

THU 1/21 // Special Board Meeting Meeting, 6:30 pm

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

FRI 1/29 // End of Quarter 2

December 6th, 2020 Hornet Happenings

DINING ALL DAY OUT THIS TUESDAY 

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On Tuesday December 8th, two local business have offered their support to the Hollymead PTO, Which Wich and Sweet Frog. Both are offering carry out options and dining on the patio. Please mention Hollymead when you pay and a portion of the sales will be donated. Which Wich also offers online ordering and, Hollymead Fundraiser, can be written in the special instructions section to let them know you are supporting your school. Thank you for supporting these local businesses and the Hollymead PTO!

DOWNLOAD THE FLYERS:

If you are looking to support the Hollymead PTO any other day of the school year, keep in mind that when ordering pizza from the Forest Lakes Papa John’s to use the promo code, HOLLYMEAD. Online orders only will be counted to receive a 10% donation.

HOLIDAY STAFF SOUP LUNCH 

It is time to appreciate our staff and wish them Happy Holidays with a curbside Soup Lunch on Friday, December 11th and we NEED YOUR HELP!! We have not been able to do much this year and are limited to individually packaged food so please click the link below and sign up to donate towards the purchase of soup from Revolutionary Soup or purchase some of the other lunch items.

SIGN UP

All items and donations need to be received by December 10th and can be dropped off at the front office.

Thank you for loving our staff well!

STAFF WISH LIST 

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Thinking about holiday gifts for our amazing Hornet staff? Here’s a little staff-created wish listto give you some ideas. 

ORDERING PHOTO BOOKS AND HOLIDAY CARDS? 

When you order from Shutterfly, 8% of every purchase will be donated back to Hollymead. All you need to do, is start at our Hollymead specific URL –HollymeadACPS.ShutterflyStorefront.com – and then it is open creativity as usual. Including Shutterfly’s 100% happiness guarantee.

ORDER NOW

WINTER CHEER TALENT SHOW! 

We all need smiles on our faces as we are headed into a long winter in this pandemic! Our winter holidays may look a little different during this global pandemic – so let’s uplift each other by sharing our children’s talent with classmates, teachers and our Hollymead Community.

Please submit a short video of your young talent (2 min max) by Friday, January, 15, 2021

The sky’s the limit for your contribution: submit a/your poem, perform a song, be a dancer, let us marvel at your magic, be a comedian or artist, even tricks with your pets are allowed! 🙂

You will have until FridayJanuary 15, 2021 to submit your videos. Depending on how many we receive, we will either have one long Virtual Talent Show or several shorter videos grouped by grade. The videos will only be accessible via a link and will not be published on any social media.

Our hope with this project is to let your talent shine and put smiles on every face watching! 🙂 

Questions? Email Marion Hight.

We look forward to seeing all of your amazing videos and talent!

Let us uplift each other, spread happiness, smiles and cheer. Let’s have a virtual Winter Cheer Talent Show

SUBMIT NOW

NOTE: We do reserve the right to hold back any videos that the talent show panel doesn’t deem school appropriate. 

LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS 

The Hollymead Elementary School PTO is always looking for helping hands. No matter your skill or interest, we have a role for you! We know this school year continues to bring a lot of unknowns, but we are still looking for help. If you have questions, please contact Ashleigh Wright and Marion Hight at hollymeadptovolunteer@gmail.com for more information on how you can get involved. Thank you!

SIGN UP

LOOKING FOR YEARBOOK PHOTO SUBMISSIONS 

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As we look back at our last 9 weeks of virtual learning we have all been gifted a peek into the daily lives of our students, for better or worse. These moments are part of our 2020-21 Hollymead year, and we want you to share them with each other. Please consider submitting photos of your kids for this year’s yearbook. This will be a memento of one of our children’s shared moments in time. They may not be physically together, but we are all in this experience together.

SUBMIT ONLINE

ADD SMILE TO YOUR AMAZON APP 

Shop much from your phone? Now you can add Amazon Smile to your Amazon App! With this 0.5% of all of the eligible purchases you make on the go, will be donated to your favorite charity, hopefully Hollymead. Get started now with Amazon’s three step instructions

WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER 

Looking for support? Have grade specific questions? Want to get to know your fellow parents? The PTO is here to help. We have gathered a list of grade specific private Facebook groups. If you are interested in joining click on the appropriate link below:

More information on fall clubs and activities will be coming out soon, stay tuned.

BOX TOPS COLLECTION 

Box Tops for Education collection time is upon us! We have a great opportunity to raise some money through those little clippings. Many I suspect are already using the App to scan receipts as I see that we already have some money on there and it keeps rising, so thanks for your efforts! If you haven’t yet, download the app and/or more general info.

Despite the digital option, there are still some physical, clipped box tops out there, of course. We have permission from Principal Dommer to drop off these box tops at Hollymead on any supply/library/etc. pick-up days so when you come through, bring your box tops for the bin through the end of October. For this collection, any with a date of November 2020 and beyond are eligible. Please help out and have your box tops in an envelope or ziploc bag for ease of exchange. Sorting for eligible dates will also be especially appreciated this year.

This is a great way to raise some funds and help support our Hollymead School; thanks for your efforts!

UPCOMING DATES 

TUE 12/8 // DNO: Which Wich and Sweet Frogs, 12:00 pm

THU 12/10 // Regular School Board Meeting, 6:30 pm

TUE 12/15 // December PTO Meeting, 7:30 pm

MON 12/21 – FRI 1/1 // Winter Break, No School

November 22nd, 2020 Hornet Happenings

SPIRIT WEAR SHOP CLOSES SATURDAY 

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The Hollymead Spirit Shop is open for one more week! Check out the wide selection of tee shirts, long sleeve, jackets, pants and more. It is a great way show your hornet pride.

The store is open until November 28 to ensure delivery before the holidays. Contactless delivery is available for orders placed when you opt to have your order shipped directly to you.

HOLLYMEAD ONLINE STORE

ORDERING PHOTO BOOKS AND HOLIDAY CARDS? 

When you order from Shutterfly, 8% of every purchase will be donated back to Hollymead. All you need to do, is start at our Hollymead specific URL –HollymeadACPS.ShutterflyStorefront.com – and then it is open creativity as usual. Including Shutterfly’s 100% happiness guarantee.

ORDER NOW

DINING NIGHT OUT DECEMBER 

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It will be a double header with dinner at Which Wich and dessert at Sweet Frog on December 8th. Just make sure you mention Hollymead when ordering. If you order online then just include Hollymead in the comments.

At last months Dining Night Out at Martin’s Grill over $70 was raised for Hollymead.

WINTER CHEER TALENT SHOW! 

We all need smiles on our faces as we are headed into a long winter in this pandemic! Our winter holidays may look a little different during this global pandemic – so let’s uplift each other by sharing our children’s talent with classmates, teachers and our Hollymead Community.

Please submit a short video of your young talent (2 min max) by Friday, January, 15, 2021

The sky’s the limit for your contribution: submit a/your poem, perform a song, be a dancer, let us marvel at your magic, be a comedian or artist, even tricks with your pets are allowed! 🙂

You will have until FridayJanuary 15, 2021 to submit your videos. Depending on how many we receive, we will either have one long Virtual Talent Show or several shorter videos grouped by grade. The videos will only be accessible via a link and will not be published on any social media.

Our hope with this project is to let your talent shine and put smiles on every face watching! 🙂 

Questions? Email Marion Hight.

We look forward to seeing all of your amazing videos and talent!

Let us uplift each other, spread happiness, smiles and cheer. Let’s have a virtual Winter Cheer Talent Show

SUBMIT NOW

NOTE: We do reserve the right to hold back any videos that the talent show panel doesn’t deem school appropriate. 

SUPPORTING FAMILIES DURING COVID-19 

The ACPS Parent Council along with Region Ten would like to share with you Strategies to Support Families during COVID-19. Please watch the presentation from their October 2020 Meeting.

WATCH NOW

LOOKING FOR YEARBOOK PHOTO SUBMISSIONS 

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As we look back at our last 9 weeks of virtual learning we have all been gifted a peek into the daily lives of our students, for better or worse. These moments are part of our 2020-21 Hollymead year, and we want you to share them with each other. Please consider submitting photos of your kids for this year’s yearbook. This will be a memento of one of our children’s shared moments in time. They may not be physically together, but we are all in this experience together.

SUBMIT ONLINE

ADD SMILE TO YOUR AMAZON APP 

Shop much from your phone? Now you can add Amazon Smile to your Amazon App! With this 0.5% of all of the eligible purchases you make on the go, will be donated to your favorite charity, hopefully Hollymead. Get started now with Amazon’s three step instructions

WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER 

Looking for support? Have grade specific questions? Want to get to know your fellow parents? The PTO is here to help. We have gathered a list of grade specific private Facebook groups. If you are interested in joining click on the appropriate link below:

More information on fall clubs and activities will be coming out soon, stay tuned.

BOX TOPS COLLECTION 

Box Tops for Education collection time is upon us! We have a great opportunity to raise some money through those little clippings. Many I suspect are already using the App to scan receipts as I see that we already have some money on there and it keeps rising, so thanks for your efforts! If you haven’t yet, download the app and/or more general info.

Despite the digital option, there are still some physical, clipped box tops out there, of course. We have permission from Principal Dommer to drop off these box tops at Hollymead on any supply/library/etc. pick-up days so when you come through, bring your box tops for the bin through the end of October. For this collection, any with a date of November 2020 and beyond are eligible. Please help out and have your box tops in an envelope or ziploc bag for ease of exchange. Sorting for eligible dates will also be especially appreciated this year.

This is a great way to raise some funds and help support our Hollymead School; thanks for your efforts!

UPCOMING DATES 

WED 11/25 – FRI 11/27 // Thanksgiving Break, No School

TUE 12/1 // Family Tech Matters: Managing Screen Time, Getting a Cell Phone, Cyberbullying & Social Media, 7:00 pm

THU 12/3 // Family Tech Matters: Social Media, Gaming & Mental Health, 7:00 pm

TUE 12/8 // DNO: Which Wich and Sweet Frogs, 5:00 pm

THU 12/10 // Regular School Board Meeting, 6:30

TUE 12/15 // December PTO Meeting, 7:30 pm

MON 12/21 – FRI 1/1 // Winter Break, No School

November 8th, 2020 Hornet Happenings

SPIRIT WEAR SHOP IS OPEN 

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Looking for the best way to show off your school pride? Or a gift idea for teachers? Check out the Hollymead Online Store for a wide selection of tee shirts, long sleeve, jackets, pants and more.

The store is open until November 28 to ensure delivery before the holidays. Contactless delivery is available for orders placed when you opt to have your order shipped directly to you.

HOLLYMEAD ONLINE STORE

LOOKING FOR YEARBOOK PHOTO SUBMISSIONS 

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As we look back at our last 9 weeks of virtual learning we have all been gifted a peek into the daily lives of our students, for better or worse. These moments are part of our 2020-21 Hollymead year, and we want you to share them with each other. Please consider submitting photos of your kids for this year’s yearbook. This will be a memento of one of our children’s shared moments in time. They may not be physically together, but we are all in this experience together.

SUBMIT ONLINE

WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER 

Looking for support? Have grade specific questions? Want to get to know your fellow parents? The PTO is here to help. We have gathered a list of grade specific private Facebook groups. If you are interested in joining click on the appropriate link below:

More information on fall clubs and activities will be coming out soon, stay tuned.

BOX TOPS COLLECTION 

Box Tops for Education collection time is upon us! We have a great opportunity to raise some money through those little clippings. Many I suspect are already using the App to scan receipts as I see that we already have some money on there and it keeps rising, so thanks for your efforts! If you haven’t yet, download the app and/or more general info.

Despite the digital option, there are still some physical, clipped box tops out there, of course. We have permission from Principal Dommer to drop off these box tops at Hollymead on any supply/library/etc. pick-up days so when you come through, bring your box tops for the bin through the end of October. For this collection, any with a date of November 2020 and beyond are eligible. Please help out and have your box tops in an envelope or ziploc bag for ease of exchange. Sorting for eligible dates will also be especially appreciated this year.

This is a great way to raise some funds and help support our Hollymead School; thanks for your efforts!

UPCOMING DATES 

MON 11/09 // Start of the Second Quarter

MON 11/09 & TUE 11/10 // Virtual Morning Meetings for Hybrid Learners

WED 11/11 & THU 11/12 // First Day of In-Person Instruction for Hybrid Learners

TUE 11/17 // November PTO Meeting, 7:30 pm

WED 11/18 & THU 11/19 // Hollymead CARES Day

WED 11/25 – FRI 11/27 // Thanksgiving Break, No School

October 11th, 2020 Hornet Happenings

DINING NIGHT OUT IS BACK 

Martin’s Grill Dining Night Out – Monday, October 26, 5 – 8 pm

Hollymead’s Dining Night Out is back! Let’s support our local businesses while also supporting our school. Dine-in, enjoy a burger on one of their many patio tables or carry out. Just mention Hollymead and a portion of the sale will be donated to our school. Thank you for your support!

LAST WEEK FOR THE ATTRACTIONS DINING AND VALUE GUIDE! 

The Attractions Dining and Value Guide is a money saving coupon book with great deals on just about everything! You will get your money back in 1-2 uses!

We are raising funds for the PTO tp help our school. Our goal is to raise $2,000. We only have a short time to reach our goal, Thursday, October 15th is our last day!

  • Register your Seller Account.
  • Upload a picture to personalize your page.
  • Through your Seller Account share via email, text, and social media.
  • The cost of each book is $25. Pay online with EZPay and use code: HollymeadPTO.
  • Orders will be filled as they are received! Books will be mailed at no charge to the buyers.

Questions? Contact Kate DeLuca!

For every 5 books you sell, you get 1 free!

STUDENT VERIFICATION & THE HOLLYMEAD SCHOOL DIRECTORY 

If you have not done so yet, please complete your Student Registration Verification as soon as possible. And if you would like to be included in the Hollymead School Directory please be sure to check off that option on the forms.

The directory is a wonderful way to connect with other families in our community. If your kid is like mine, they are going on an on about one of their new classmates, with no recollection of what their last name is. With the directory you can look up the families of your child’s new friends and reach out for virtual and socially distanced playdates. In a time where we are not casually meeting at school functions, the value of the school directory is greater than ever.

Anyone with a local business?

Reach hundred of families and support your community by advertising in the Hollymead School Directory!

Business Card (3.5×2)…$40

1/4 page (4×5)……………$60

1/2 page (7.5×5)…………$75

Full Page (7.5×9.5)…….$120

All ads will be in be printed in black and white. Add your full color logo to hollymeadpto.org for an additional $25!

Ready to advertise with us?

  1. Reserve ad space by emailing hollymeaddirectory@gmail.com
  2. Make checks payable to Hollymead Elementary PTO
  3. Mail payment to: Hollymead Elementary, Att: Directory, 2775 Powell Creek Drive, VA, 22911
  4. Email your pay or JPG ad to hollymeaddirectory@gmail.com

SHOW OFF YOUR HORNET PRIDE 

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Accessorize with a puravida bracelet for $6 or a Hollymead football for $8. If you want to purchase either item, email Tiffany Lynch to set up delivery. 

BOX TOPS COLLECTION 

Box Tops for Education collection time is upon us! We have a great opportunity to raise some money through those little clippings. Many I suspect are already using the App to scan receipts as I see that we already have some money on there and it keeps rising, so thanks for your efforts! If you haven’t yet, download the app and/or more general info.

Despite the digital option, there are still some physical, clipped box tops out there, of course. We have permission from Principal Dommer to drop off these box tops at Hollymead on any supply/library/etc. pick-up days so when you come through, bring your box tops for the bin through the end of October. For this collection, any with a date of November 2020 and beyond are eligible. Please help out and have your box tops in an envelope or ziploc bag for ease of exchange. Sorting for eligible dates will also be especially appreciated this year.

This is a great way to raise some funds and help support our Hollymead School; thanks for your efforts!

EASY WAYS TO HELP 

The Hollymead PTO uses the money it raises to provide teachers with classroom supplies, fulfill specific teacher grant requests, supplement field trip expenses and much more. In addition to Box Tops collection mentioned above, there are a couple other very easy ways you can help!

  • Register for Amazon Smile
  • Update your grocery cards to benefit Hollymead Elementary (Kroger: Hollymead ID# 80574, Giant: Hollymead ID# 02393, and Harris Teeter: Hollymead ID# 5899). These must be updated every year.

WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER 

Looking for support? Have grade specific questions? Want to get to know your fellow parents? The PTO is here to help. We have gathered a list of grade specific private Facebook groups. If you are interested in joining click on the appropriate link below:

More information on fall clubs and activities will be coming out soon, stay tuned.

UPCOMING DATES 

TUE 10/20 // October PTO Meeting, 7:30 pm

MON 10/26 // Martin’s Grill Dining Night Out, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

TUE 11/03 // Election Day, No School

MON 11/09 // Start of the Second Quarter

TUE 11/17 // November PTO Meeting, 7:30 pm

WED 11/25 // Thanksgiving Break, No School

THU 11/26 // Thanksgiving Break, No School

FRI 11/27 // Thanksgiving Break, No School

September 27th, 2020 Hornet Happenings

Introducing Your PTO Board

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! We know this year looks very different. Our focus will be on fostering community and supporting all of our staff and students. We will be utilizing our website, Facebook, and bi-weekly newsletter to inform you of all of the PTO Hornet Happenings!

Co-President

Crystal Pariseau (6th, 4th, and two 1st graders)
Amy Cochran (7th and 5th)
hollymeadptopresident@gmail.com

Co-Vice President

Meagan Gregory (1st and pre-K)
Could Be You
hollymeadptovp@gmail.com

Secretary

Kate DeLuca (5th and 3rd)
hollymeadptoboard@gmail.com

Co-Treasurer

Tiffany Lynch (3rd)
Sara Harrison (4th and K)
hollymeadptotreasurer@gmail.com

Co-Communications Chair

Jonelle Kinback (6th, 3rd, and 1st)
Sarah Wilson (4th, 2nd, and pre-K)
hollymeadptocommunications@gmail.com

Co-Volunteer Chair

Marion Hight (4th and 2nd)
Ashleigh Wright (1st and pre-K)
hollymeadptovolunteer@gmail.com

Administration

Craig Dommer
Laura Morris

Teacher Representative

Cindy Hersman

Co-Hoospitality Chair

Allison Agarwal
Shannon Hall

If you have any questions about the board please feel free to reach out! We look forward to talking to you.

Who is the Hollymead PTO?

You are!

ALL Hollymead parents, teachers, and staff are members of our Parent-Teacher Organization. There are no dues or obligations, and all positions and roles are held by volunteers.

Ways to Get Involved

  • Visit the PTO Website. Coming soon, we will post the 2020-2021 School Directory Sign-Up form and Volunteer form.
  • Register for Amazon Smile
  • Join our PTO Facebook and Instagram to receive updates on events
  • Update your grocery cards to benefit Hollymead Elementary. These must be updated every year.
    • Kroger: Hollymead ID# 80574
    • Giant: Hollymead ID# 02393
    • Harris Teeter: Hollymead ID# 5899

The PTO meets the third Tuesday every month. Please join us!

We Are In This Together

Looking for support? Have grade specific questions? Want to get to know your fellow parents? The PTO is here to help. We have gathered a list of grade specific private Facebook groups. If you are interested in joining click on the appropriate link below:

More information on fall clubs and activities will be coming out soon, stay tuned.

Attractions Dining and Value Guide

The Attractions Dining and Value Guide is a money saving coupon book with great deals on just about everything! You will get your money back in 1-2 uses!

We are raising funds for the PTO tp help our school. Our goal is to raise $2,000. We only have a short time to reach our goal, Thursday, October 15th is our last day!

  • Register your Seller Account.
  • Upload a picture to personalize your page.
  • Through your Seller Account share via email, text, and social media.
  • The cost of each book is $25. Pay online with EZPay and use code: HollymeadPTO.
  • Orders will be filled as they are received! Books will be mailed at no charge to the buyers.

Questions? Contact Kate DeLuca!

For every 5 books you sell, you get 1 free!

Upcoming Dates

THR 10/01 // Back to School Night, 7:00 pm
FRI 10/02 // K-2 Supply Pick-Up, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
THR 10/08 // School Board Meeting, 6:30 pm
TUE 10/20 // October PTO Meeting, 7:30 pm

TUE 11/03 // Election Day, No School
TUE 11/17 // November PTO Meeting, 7:30 pm

September 13th, 2020 Hornet Happenings

AND WE ARE BACK

Welcome to the other side of week one, and what a week it was. Technology was not perfect, but our teachers have been amazing, and our children so resilient. They all live up to this school years guiding principle, be flexible.

It is so nice getting to see so many old friends and meeting new ones. Our kids are getting to explore art and music, pretending to be Spiderman in gym class, listen to stories, refreshing those math muscles, and with a view into their homes they are getting to share who they are with their teachers and friends in a whole new way. Weaved through out the Seesaw assignments these little ones are showing off their big personalities in uniquely creative ways.

Looking back another week. Thank you to all of our wonderful Hollymead families that contributed to our Back to School bags. Thanks to your generosity snacks and gift cards were distributed to the whole staff. Meanwhile, the teachers were busy packing up and distributing bags of goodies for all of our kids. Driving through the pick up line, it was so nice seeing so many of the teachers again. And continuing to build on the excitement for first week of classes the spectacular Hollymead teachers and staff decorated their vehicles and drove by in a parade of green and yellow. Thank you to everyone that helped make it such a fun way to start the new school year.

WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER

Looking for support? Have grade specific questions? Want to get to know your fellow parents? The PTO is here to help. We have gathered a list of grade specific private Facebook groups. If you are interested in joining click on the appropriate link below:

More information on fall clubs and activities will be coming out soon, stay tuned.

FRENCH CLUB REGISTRATION HAS BEGUN

The Alliance Francaise Charlottesville is offering fun, interactive, and engaging online French classes for elementary and middle school students this fall!

Come and learn French in a supportive and action-packed atmosphere the seeks of September 21st – November 6th.

Our classes will focus on French speaking and listening as we explore French culture and do exciting crafts along the way! The AF will provide all craft materials needed for our lessons.

Visit afcville.org for more information. If you have questions, contact Michelle Katstra at mkatstra@gmail.com or 434-981-7201

Remember registration is now open and classes will fill up quickly. Scholarships are available for Title 1 students.

THE PTO IS LOOKING FOR YOU

The Hollymead PTO is still looking to fill a few positions. Our board meets once a month, along with a member of the Hollymead administration and our teacher representative. For each position we like to find two members to collaborate with and distribute the tasks.

We are still in search of the following:

  • President
  • Co-Vice President
  • Co-Volunteer Coordinator

If you have any questions about the board please feel free to reach out! We look forward to talking to you.

All the best,
Meagan Gregory, Tiffany Lynch, Sara Harrison, Jonelle Kinback, Sarah Wilson, Marion Hight and Kate DeLuca

UPCOMING DATES

09/21-09/25 // Start of French Club
TUE 09/22 // September PTO Meeting, 7:30 pm