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End-of-year Information for all Holland Hall students

Posted on: Apr 28, 2020

April 28, 2020

Dear Holland Hall Families,

In light of the announcements about the end of the academic year last week, please see the specific Branch guidance for end-of-the-year activities below. As always, please be in touch with your Branch head or classroom teachers for any accommodations or questions you may have.

Remember, Friday, May 15, is the last day of school. We will be in remote learning until that time.

Upper School

Student Life for 2020-2021

Student Council Officers for 2020-2021 will be announced on May 5. Candidates are preparing video speeches and students will vote through Google Forms.

Freshman Orientation Leaders, Honor Council Members, and Diversity and Inclusivity Council Members will be announced on May 13. Students are working on applications that will be vetted by faculty committees for these positions.

Non-academic days

The Upper School will continue to have 4-day weeks for school tasks, with one day dedicated to non-academic work.

    • Tuesday, April 28, we will be having club/ extracurricular/ sports team meetings, one-on-one advisory meetings, and time for students who are applying for a leadership position to work on their videos and/or applications
    • Tuesday, May 5, we will have non-academic meetings of clubs/ extracurricular/ sports team meetings
    • Friday, May 15, we will have a day devoted to picking up and dropping off materials at school (more info below)

Last day of school activities

Students will have an opportunity to come to campus one last time this year on Friday, May 15 to pick up their locker contents, artwork, and yearbooks. Students should bring a backpack or large bag to gather these items.

Be prepared to drop off any borrowed or checked-out items such as library books, instruments, athletic uniforms, or science supplies. More information will be disseminated closer to the event.

In order to keep everyone safe, we will spread this out throughout the afternoon, so please plan to come during your designated time, which is listed below. If you cannot come during your designated time, please contact Ms. Udwin and Dr. Berglund.

PICK-UP TIMES FOR ALL UPPER SCHOOL GRADES

1-2 p.m. Last Names: A – G
2-3 p.m. Last Names: H – M
3-4 p.m. Last Names: N – S
4-5 p.m. Last Names: T – Z

Other Upper School events and announcements

Friday, May 1: Senior College T-shirt day will be a parade through campus from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on May 1, the last day of school for seniors (except those in an AP class). Details about the event are being sent to Senior parents and students.

The week of May 11: This will will be a week to wrap up work for all classes, reflect on the school year, finish up projects, do fun activities for classes, and celebrate the completion of the year.

Thursday, May 14: Summer Reading lists will be available by this date on the Chapman Library part of the Holland Hall website. There will be a clickable link titled 2020 Summer Reading. Please check there with your child to find out about summer reading!

Thursday, May 21: Diplomas conferred on the Class of 2020. Be looking for more details soon.

Friday, June 5: Powderpuff Football and the Senior Sunset on campus (time TBA). If the rules of social distancing prevent us from being able to have it on this weekend, we will reschedule it again for later in the summer.

Saturday, June 6: Dutch Weekend formal dance at the IDL Ballroom downtown from 8-11 p.m. If the rules of social distancing prevent us from being able to have it on this weekend, we will reschedule it again for later in the summer.

Thursday, July 9: Commencement exercises for the Class of 2020 on the Holland Hall campus.

Middle School

Executive Council Officers for 2020-2021 will be announced the week of May 4. Candidates prepared speeches that were shared with our student body via video on May 1 and students then cast their votes via Google forms.

The annual Middle School Talent Show will be virtual this year. Our Executive Council has been planning this event, calling all performers to share their talent via video, and the entire show will be shared with our middle school students on our last week of school, Thursday, May 14.

The week of May 11 will be a week to wrap up work for all classes, reflect on the school year, finish up projects, and celebrate the completion of the year.

Last days of school activities

Students will have an opportunity to drive through their carpool lines one last time this year to pick up their locker contents, artwork, PE items, and yearbooks, wave to their teachers, drop off library books, and return instruments as well as iPads (4th/5th/8th grades only). We ask that one person leave the vehicle to collect the items that will be set out alphabetically. More details to come in grade level emails on these plans.

Thursday, May 14th

      • 6th grade – 1-2 p.m. in the circle drive east of the MS
      • 7th grade – 2-3 p.m. in the driveway west of the MS
      • 8th grade – 5-6 p.m. in the driveway west of the MS**

Friday, May 15th

      • 4th grade – 11 a.m.-noon in 4th grade carpool line north of the MS
      • 5th grade – Noon-1 p.m. in the circle drive east of the MS

Monday, May 18th

      • Anyone who was unable to make it to the above scheduled times for pick up may come by the main MS entrance between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to pick up items.

** 8th Grade Promotion will be celebrated “parade style” on Thursday, May 14 beginning at 5 p.m. immediately following the supply pick-up and drop-off. Cars will drive through the West drive and be met with a surprise at the top of the hill in the driveway. More details will be sent to 8th grade families, but please plan to come in only one car that evening.

Advisories and grade levels will celebrate the end of the school year in various ways during the last week of school.

Primary School

See below for specific grade level times to collect items from school and celebrate the last day of school! Teachers and teaching assistants will be working in the coming weeks to collect and organize all student items for pick up at these times. Unfortunately, we will not be able to allow families or students to enter the building. Look for more specific grade level instructions as the day nears.

Friday, May 15th

    • Early PreK and JrK: 9-10 a.m.
    • PreK: 10-11 a.m.
    • Kindergarten: 3-4 p.m.
    • First Grade: 2-3 p.m.
    • Second Grade: 5-6:00 p.m.
    • Third Grade: Noon-1 p.m.

Third Grade Bridge Crossing: The Third Grade Bridge Crossing Ceremony has been rescheduled for Friday, August 7. Time TBD. We are postponing this ceremony hopefully to increase the possibilities for pictures and to ensure all guidelines for social distancing for these types of experiences have been thoroughly tested.