Hornet Happenings

A Weekly Newsletter from the Hollymead PTO

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September 12, 2021

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Hello Hollymead!

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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Support the PTO While You Shop!

The easiest way to support the PTO is to link your grocery cards and AmazonSmile accounts. The PTO earned $120 over the summer thanks to your support on AmazonSmile! Be sure to re-link your grocery cards every year. These simple things, with next to zero effort, can bring big cash for our students, staff, and classrooms.

How to Help

  • Register for Amazon Smile
  • Re-link your grocery cards (Kroger: Hollymead ID# 80574, and Harris Teeter: Hollymead ID# 5899). These must be updated every year.

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?

Board Positions Available:

  • Co-Vice Presidents

Non-Board Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Book Fair Coordinator
  • Yearbook Coordinator
  • Directory Coordinator

While most positions are a 2 year commitment, you have a co-chair to assist you. Non-Board Volunteers are not required to attend the monthly meetings and are only active during limited times of the year.

Learn more about the positions of the board and contact HollymeadPTOVolunteer@gmail.com with questions.

All the best,

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

Get Involved

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 Marion Hight and Vanitha Perumal at hollymeadptovolunteer@gmail.com or fill out this form for more information on how you can get involved. Thank you!
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Dance Club Returns This Fall

The PTO is happy to announce the return of Ms. Katie's "Dance Club" for boys and girls, 2nd grade through 5th grade! The Dance Club will be held outdoors in the grassy patch and on the black top. Students will be dismissed to Dance Club directly after school and can either be picked up at 4pm or dismissed to EDEP.

Class Description:
Learn primary to intermediate dance rhythms, patterns and dance skills that can be advanced over time while learning the true skills of dance. Styles include but are not limited to, jazz, hip hop, ballet, swing and Latin. Please understand and explain to your child/children the following before signing up. Kids will be moving and dancing and having fun the entire class. It is vital that your child is prepared with the appropriate attire, shoes, and wants to learn dance.

Wednesdays- 4th & 5th graders (9 & 10 yr. old’s)
Dates: September- 22nd, 29th, and October 6th, 20th & 27th (13th is a half day)
Time: 2:35pm - 4pm

Thursdays- 2nd & 3rd graders (7 & 8 yr. old’s)
Dates: September - 23rd, 30th and October 7th, 14th & 21st
Time: 2:35pm - 4pm

Total Cost: $60.00 (per student)

Checks payable to Hollymead PTO. Send the check with your child the next school day after signing up. Thank you!

Sign Up Form

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

WED 9/15 PTO Meeting 7:30 PM

TUES 9/21 French Club Starts

WED 9/22 Dance Club Starts

THURS 9/23 Dance Club Starts, Back-to-School

MON 9/27 No School

PTO Meeting Information

Our PTO meetings are held on monthly on Zoom. All caregivers are invited to attend. The Zoom link is the same for each meeting.

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Meeting ID: 390 430 0889
Passcode: L3SMk6
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Meeting ID: 390 430 0889
Passcode: 446969

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