Hornet Happenings

A Bi-Weekly Newsletter from the Hollymead PTO

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September 26, 2021

Hello Hollymead!

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!

Car Pick Up Lane Request

The school has requested that car engines be turned off while parked and waiting for morning drop off and pick up to reduce the number of cars running directly outside of the school building. Thanks for your support in this matter!

Attractions Book

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We are fundraising with the Attractions Dining and Value Guide! The purpose and goal for our fundraising with Attractions is to be able to raise enough money that we reduce the cost of field trips for every Hollymead student. If we buy or sell at least one book per student it will help us reach our goal of 350 books sold!

Attractions is a money-saving coupon book with thousands in LOCAL savings. Families save an average of over $370 a year using Attractions! Your fundraiser packet includes a coupon book to show, sell, or buy!


  • SHOW THE BOOK – Show the money-saving coupon book to your family and friends. Ask them to help support our fundraiser!
  • REGISTER YOUR SELLER PAGE – You can use the Free Seller Page to easily share our fundraiser with everyone you know by text, email, and social media. Upload a photo to personalize your page. Register at attractionsbook.com/seller/invite/HollymeadPTO
  • COST OF BOOK: $25. Collect payments for orders and return in the order envelope provided by 9/30/2021. Orders will be filled 09/30/21!
  • PAYMENTS ACCEPTED: Cash, Checks -Make Payable to Hollymead PTO, Credit Cards (EZPay). EZPay is safe and secure. Go to attractionsbook.com/pay...EZPay Code: HollymeadPTO. Write the EZPay confirmation code for the order on your order envelope.
  • Questions? Contact Kate DeLuca at hollymeadptosecretary@gmail.com or 434-973-8301 call school and leave a message.
  • If you cannot participate in our fundraiser, please return the book included in your fundraiser packet in its original condition immediately.

Dining Night Out

Calling all pizza lovers!

The Hollymead Dining Night Out team is trying something new with bringing food trucks to Hollymead Elementary this year! The PTO is very excited to work with a local truck, Popitos, makers of wood fired pizza. They will be parked at our school on Wednesday, October 6th from 4:30-7:30. Order ahead to skip the line or take an evening stroll with your family to place your order and enjoy pizza as it should be, right out of the fire.

Thank you Popitos for donating a portion of the proceeds back to the PTO!

Preorders will go live at PopitosPizza.Square.Site on October 1.

Please send some pizza love to the amazing staff at Hollymead. Popitos will have pizza ready for our staff on their way home for the day. Send cash or a check for $12 (HM PTO) in an envelope marked Food Truck Bucks in your child’s folder or dropped off at the front office.

Venmo option @Allison-Agarwal with Hollymead in the comments.

Thank you for extending your pizza dollars into the classroom!


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The Hollymead Directory is coming! The Directory is free to all families and caregivers, and is the best way for us all to share contact information for play dates and get-togethers. There are two ways you can help support the Directory:

  • Please make sure that your contact info is up-to-date in PowerSchool and that you have checked "YES" to the Directory when you verify your student's information.
  • If you are or someone you know is interested in purchasing ad space in the Directory this year, please email HollymeadDirectory@gmail.com for more information.

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

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!

Thank you for the Tents!

Thank you to everyone who loaned pop up tent's for outdoor dining! The students were able to eat outside all but one day (due to rain). The school is ready to return tent's to their owners. Please pick them up from the school office during regular business hours.

Hear from a few of our staff about how much our students enjoyed the tents:

"Thank you parents. It was a welcome reprieve for the kiddos on those blazing days."-Mrs. Jones

"The kids really appreciated it. Thank you!!"--Mrs. Laprade

"Thanks everyone! It was great to have some extra shade while eating outside." -Mrs. Provines

School Support Survey

When it comes to us and our children, we are the ‘pitchers’ and they are the ‘cups’.
It is hard to “fill them up” when you are running on empty. We at Hollymead Elementary understand the stress that families feel as they juggle work, home life, and their children’s school needs. We want to help. Our goal is to find out what our Hollymead families need that would make their lives a little easier. We know that we aren’t miracle workers, but maybe there is something that we can do. Please take a few minutes and fill out this CONFIDENTIAL survey to help us to better support our Hornet families! All forms will be handled with discretion and responded to by your School Counseling Team.

Upcoming Dates

MON 9/27 No School, Teacher Workday

WED 9/29 Dance Club for 4th & 5th Graders

THURS 9/30 Attractions Book Orders Due, Dance Club for 2nd & 3rd Graders

WED 10/6 Popitos Dining Night Out, PTO Meeting 7:30 PM, Dance Club for 4th & 5th Graders

THURS 10/7 Dance Club for 2nd & 3rd Graders

WED 10/13 Half Day; No Dance Club

THURS 10/14 Dance Club for 2nd & 3rd Graders

WED 10/20 Dance Club for 4th & 5th Graders

THURS 10/21 Dance Club for 2nd & 3rd Graders

WED 10/27 Dance Club for 4th & 5th Graders

FRI 10/29 No School, Teacher Workday

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: 446969

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