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Cold Weather Recess Policy

Parents & Guardians,

Please be sure to dress you child appropriately for the weather.

The high tomorrow will be in the mid-upper 30’s and we want to be sure our students are safe and comfortable.

As a reminder, the Hollymead cold weather policy is as follows…
1. Temperatures 40 degrees or lower require coats and long pants
2. Indoor recess will be held when temperatures are below 25 degrees (and is based on wind-chill temps.)
3. A lot of students like to wear shorts all year long. Please encourage them to wear sweat pants over their shorts. Then they will have long pants for outside and shorts for inside.
4. If students are not dressed appropriately, they will stay inside at recess.

Our students look forward to recess and we don’t want to keep them in if they are not dressed appropriately!

Thank you for your support and if you have any questions, please contact the office.

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Foster Art – December Day Camp!

Hollymead Parents,

There will be a Foster Art Session on December 20th & 21st!

These sessions are for ages 5 and up and cost $75/day.
They run from 10:00 am-2:00 pm.
Early bird drop off is available (9:30am) for an extra $5.00.

Join us in making handmade candles, printed cards, weavings, pom-poms, wire sculptures, painted ceramics, jewelry, handmade soaps and ornaments.

Each day will be different with what we create! All gifts will be wrapped in handmade paper.

Workshops will be held in the AUDITORIUM at Hollymead Elementary School.

Drop off and pick up will be at the Auditorium Entrance.

Please send in a LUNCH with your child. Snacks will be Provided.

Limited scholarships are available.  Email fosterartforkids@gmail.com for more information.

Find out more at https://www.fosterartforall.com/winter-art

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Yearbook Photos Needed!

Dear Hollymead Families!

The 5th Grade Yearbook Club is working hard and doing a fantastic job with this
year’s yearbook!  We are on the hunt for some pictures…and need your help!

Can you please check to see if you have photos from the activities listed below?
You can send them to me at jabaker925@icloud.com.

Pictures Needed:

1.)  Team Sports – all Hollymead students

2.)  Class pictures – field trips, events, parties, etc.

3.)  Spirit Week – any and all pictures

4.)  1st Day of School Pictures

5.)  Community service – any pictures of your student volunteering in the community

Thank you again...please send in as soon as possible!

Julie Boyer, PTO Yearbook Coordinator

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Hollymead PTO News – December 13

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What’s Happening at Hollymead?

Spirit Wear Update

Thank you to all who ordered Hollymead Spirit Wear!  The delivery date is scheduled for Monday, December 18th.  Items will either be sent home with your student or made available for pick up in the front office.


Reminders

French After School Class

Registration closes THIS Friday, December 15th so sign up now!
If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Katstra at mkatstra@gmail.com.

Amazon Smile

Did you know that in the past month, 53 purchases have been made from Amazon and our PTO received 0.5% of their total purchase?  To date we have earned almost $500 from Amazon!  It is so simple for you to support your PTO through Amazon.  Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/46-3054786bookmark it, and then shop! Amazon will then donate to Hollymead Elementary Parent Teacher Organization.  Thank you in advance for your support!

Lost & Found

The lost and found is overflowing with jackets and sweatshirts!  It will be emptied before next week’s winter break, so while you are in the school over the next few weeks for class parties and events, please check the closet for any lost items.  Thank you!


Important Dates

12/15               Registration deadline for French After-School Class
12/20-1/2        No School, Winter Holiday
1/3                   School Resumes
1/8                   French After-School Class begins, 2:40-3:30pm
1/15                 No School, Martin Luther King Jr Holiday
1/22                 No School, Teacher Workday
1/29                 PTO Parent Community Chat, 6:30pm


PTO Message

With the holidays almost here, we want to thank you for all of your efforts to make our school a success for our children and our staff this year.  The PTO is made up of volunteers who work hard all year long and we thank you for being a part – big and small.  The Board would like to wish you the best of the season – a healthy and happy holiday, and a chance to spend time with family and friends.  We look forward to seeing you in 2018!


Come Visit Us on Social Media!

www.hollymeadPTO.org           facebook.com/HollymeadPTO       instagram.com/hollymeadPTO

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Menu Change for Tomorrow!

Hollymead Families,

The lunch menu for tomorrow, December 13, is as follows:

Roast Turkey w/gravy
Cornbread stuffing
Cranberry sauce
Mashed Potatoes
Peas & carrots
Fresh Roasted sweet potatoes
And a few surprise goodies
And asstorted fruits and veggies

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Activities, Events and Info – December 8

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Hollymead News-December 8


FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
Student Hours:               7:45am-2:30pm
School Office Hours:     7:30am-3:30pm
Ph: 434-973-8301       Fax:  434-978-3687

Important Reminders:

If you’re visiting the school, be sure to bring in your driver’s license.
Our new policy dictates that  you cannot enter the school without signing in
with your license. (Please be sure to allow extra time for signing in-It may take a few minutes!)
Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Lunch Times by Grade:
K   – 11:25-11:50
1st – 11:50-12:15
2nd- 12:15-12:40
3rd- 12:40-1:05
4th- 11:00-11:25
5th-  1:05-1:30

Change of Dismissal Form:    Change of Dismissal Form
Please be sure to send in this form if your child’s regular dismissal plan is changing for the day.
Dismissal Forms are *REQUIRED* for DI Club, SCA Meetings, Foster Art Classes.


***New Procedure for Reporting Student Absences and Late Arrivals ****

We have implemented a new way of reporting student absences and late arrivals.
For your convenience, we have set up an email address that you can use to communicate this information. It is hesattendance@k12albemarle.org

We will also continue to take absence/tardy information over the phone, as we have in the past.

When you call or send an email, please include the following:

  • Student’s First and Last Name
  • Grade and Teacher’s Name
  • Whether the student will be absent or tardy (If tardy, approximately what time will your child be arriving)
  • Days/Dates your child will be out

It is very important that we receive this information by 8:30 am the day your child will be late or absent.

If we don’t hear from you we will call to ensure that your child is with you and safe!

Finally, feel free to call or email the office in the evening if you know that your child will not be attending school the next day.

We will check all messages when we arrive at school in the morning.

If you have any questions regarding this information, please call the main office at 434-973-8301


Upcoming Dates:

12/11-DI Club, 2:40-3:40pm, Change of Dismissal Needed!
12/12-Foster Art, 2:40-4:00pm, Change of Dismissal Needed!
12/13-Yearbook Club, 2:40-3:30, Change of Dismissal Needed!
12/18-Field Trip: 4th Grade To Washington DC
12/19-4th Grade Pancake Breakfast
12/20-1/2-Winter Break, No School


1/3-Welcome Back to School!
1/15-Martin Luther King Holiday – No School
1/18-Field Trip-2nd Grade to Harrisonburg Children’s Museum, 9:15-1:45
1/19-End Of 9 Week Grading Period
1/22-Teacher Work Day-No School
1/25-Spelling Bee, 8:15 am
2/12-Hoops/Jump Rope For Heart Activity
2/16-Field Trip-1st Grade to Paramount, 10:45-1:45
2/19-Teacher Work Day-No School
2/23-Field Trip-4th Grade to Paramount, 9:15am
3/30-Half Day of School; Dismissal at 11:30 am
4/2-4/6- SPRING BREAK-No School
4/18-Whole School Art Show

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Hollymead PTO Weekly News – December 6th (Updated)

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A Note From Your PTO President

Thank you to all the parents who were able to come out to our PTO Parent Community Chat on Monday night.  We heard from Nancy Teel and Staci England about the Hollymead School Safety Plan and how our teachers and administrators prepare for all situations (weather and emergency).  We talked about lockdown and shelter in place procedures, and what our students are guided to do during those times.  We also learned how parents will be notified of different situations.

If you were not able to join us and are interested in learning more please see our meeting minutes attached here: PTO Meeting Minutes Dec 4 2017

Our next Parent Community Chat will be Monday, January 29th.  We hope you can join us.


Reminders

Hollymead Spirit Wear is ON SALE NOW!

Looking for the perfect holiday gift?  How about HOLLYMEAD SPIRIT WEAR?!

Hollymead hoodies, sweatpants, t-shirts, and shorts are on sale now through TOMORROW, Thursday, December 7th.  Orders will arrive by December 18th.

The online store is open now!  Spirit Wear Order Form

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French After School Class

Registration will be open until Wednesday, December 13th

The Alliance Française of Charlottesville will offer “FESTIVALS du monde français” at Hollymead for students in grades 1-5! Embark on a journey to the French-speaking world and explore seasonal festivals!

Pricing for this program is $150 for 10 weeks. This price includes all supplies. The class will be offered on Mondays from 2:40-3:40 from Jan 8th through April 9th.

Additional information and registration forms will be sent home tomorrow in Thursday folders. Questions? Please contact Michelle Katstra at mkatstra@gmail.com.

Lost and Found

The lost and found is overflowing with jackets and sweatshirts!  It will be emptied prior to winter break, so while you are in the school over the next few weeks for class parties and events, please check the closet for any lost items.  Thank you!


Important Dates

12/7                 Deadline to order Spirit Wear (tomorrow!)
12/13               Registration deadline for French After-School Class
12/20-1/2        No School, Winter Holiday
1/3                   School Resumes
1/8                   French After-School Class begins, 2:40-3:30pm
1/15                 No School, Martin Luther King Jr Holiday
1/22                 No School, Teacher Workday
1/29                 PTO Parent Community Chat, 6:30pm


PTO Pride—Thank You!

Kathy Hines & Bethany Teachman for their hard work in planning and hosting the highly successful Young Entrepreneur Fair.

Jennifer Dettmer for organizing the Family Movie Night at the Young Entrepreneur Fair.


If you have information to be included in our weekly Hornet Happenings, please remember to email us at hollymeadptocommunications@gmail.com by the Monday before our Wednesday e-newslettter.


Come visit us on social media!

www.hollymeadPTO.org           facebook.com/HollymeadPTO       instagram.com/hollymeadPTO

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SEAC Meeting Tonight at 7:00 pm

Hollymead Parents,

The next SEAC meeting is tonight, December 5th at 7:00 pm.

It will be held at the county office building, 401 McIntire Rd, room 320.

If you have a child who needs extra help in school (or if you think your child might need help),

you should know about the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC).

This group of parents meets monthly to discuss services available for students throughout

Albemarle County.

Meetings are open to the public, and anyone can attend.

As the SEAC representative for Hollymead Elementary School, I’d like to personally invite you

to join us and learn more about special education in Albemarle County.

Share your thoughts and concerns or just listen—either way, you are welcome!

I hope you can join us tonight!

Warm Regards,
Cate Hudtloff
Cell: 434-466-2283
Cate.hudtloff@gmail.com


Click here to view the ACPS SEAC Web Page

Additional Resource for Parents:
PREP: Click Here to view the PREP Web Page
(Piedmont Regional Education Program (PREP) is a public regional organization
designed to meet the needs of special education students)

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PTO Parent Chat is TONIGHT at 6:30 pm!

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Reminder! The Parent Community Chat is TONIGHT
6:30pm to 7:30pm, Hollymead library

Come to learn about the Hollymead School Safety Plan and how our staff takes precautions to prevent crises and keep our children safe.

Following the Chat, we will have a brief PTO update.  Refreshments and a raffle will be provided!

Also, Hollymead Spirit Wear is on sale until THURSDAY

Looking for the perfect holiday gift?  How about HOLLYMEAD SPIRIT WEAR?!

Hollymead hooded sweatshirts, sweatpants, t-shirts, and shorts are on sale now.

Orders will arrive by December 18th.

The online store is only open until THURSDAY so act now!  Spirit Wear Order Form