Hornet Happenings

A Weekly Newsletter from the Hollymead PTO

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August 29th, 2021

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Welcome Back!

Hello Hollymead Elementary Families! Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! Our amazing staff and students have worked very hard in their first week!

The Hornet Happenings is a bi-monthly email from your PTO. These emails will help keep you informed about upcoming events, club opportunities, and ways to support and thank our wonderful teachers, Hollymead staff and students.

Presidents Message

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

Grocery Cards & Box Tops & More

Some of the easiest ways to support the Hollymead PTO are things you’re already doing! Shopping at Harris Teeter and Kroger earns us PTO cash (be sure to re link your cards annually!); scan your grocery receipts to earn box top cash for the PTO; and connect your Amazon Smile account to the Hollymead PTO for even more PTO earnings. These simple things, with next to zero effort, can bring big cash for our students, staff, and classrooms.


  • Visit the PTO Website. Coming soon, we will post the 2021-2022 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 (Kroger: Hollymead ID# 80574, Giant: Hollymead ID# 02393, and Harris Teeter: Hollymead ID# 5899). These must be updated every year.

The PTO meets Wednesday, September 8 at 7:30 PM. Please join us!

Join the PTO

The Hollymead PTO Board is a fun group of family members who gather monthly to plan exciting activities for students and ways to support teachers and staff. Can you join us? While most positions are a 2 year commitment, nearly all have a “co” so the work is split and you always have a partner. Learn more about the positions of the board at https://hollymeadpto.org/get-involved/ and contact HollymeadPTOVolunteer@gmail.com with questions.

We also have many opportunities for volunteering in non-Board capacities- contact us at the above email to learn more.

We are still in search of the following:

  • Co-Vice Presidents
  • Co-Communications Chair
  • 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,

Crystal Pariseau, Meagan Gregory, Kate DeLuca, Sara Harrison, Shannon Hofer, Marion Hight, and Sarah Wilson

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Pop-Up Tents/Canopies Needed

Do you have an extra pop-up tent or canopy we can borrow? The school would like to put these up for students during outdoor lunch and snack. They will be staked down during the day, and brought in at night. We still need about 4 more tents to borrow through Labor Day. Please label your tents so we can make sure to get them back to you. Thank you for your help!

French Club Returns this Fall

Alliance Francaise Charlottesville has been offering an after school French program at Hollymead for many years. The new Fall 9 week programs will run virtually from September 21- November 10. For each Hollymead student that enrolls 10% of the tuition will be donated back to the Hollymead PTO. For questions about the French Club please reach out to Michelle Katstra at mkatstra@gmail.com or 434-981-7201. Registration begins August 30 at Frenchcville.org.

Upcoming Dates

MON 9/06 Labor Day Holiday

WED 9/15 PTO Meeting 7:30 PM

THURS 9/23 Back-to-School

MON 9/27 No School

Come Visit Us on Social Media

If you have information to be included in our weekly Hornet Happenings, please remember to

Email us at hollymeadptocommunications@gmail.com by the Thursday before our

Sunday evening distribution.