April 10 – 16 (All School)

Posted on: Apr 12, 2021

In this issue of Dutch Weekly, you will find information on:

  1. All-School News — Online Auction, Summer Programs, Important dates
  2. Upper School News
  3. Middle School News
  4. Primary School News
  5. Campus health



Holland Haul Online Auction open for bids


Make sure to visit the auction page to find this year’s amazing items — from premier parking spots to special Dutch experiences. Plus, this year, you’ll find an assortment of parent and alumni-owned businesses packages and artwork created by our EPK-5th grade students. There is something for everyone!

Exciting news: Look for some special featured items next week.

Visit hollandhall.org/auction, click “Sign Up” in the top right corner and follow the prompts to set up your account. Once you create your account you can view the full catalog.

Bidding will close on April 16 at 9 p.m.


Summer Programs registration now open

Do your kids want to visit a rock quarry and collect fossils? Join our Geology of Tulsa camp. Want to improve their golf game while they take in some fresh air and sunshine? Dutch Golf Camp is perfect. Those are just two of the more than 160 camp session options that are now open. It’s time to get ready for summer!

Do your kids want to learn to fish? Or perfect their photography skills? Get that summer reading done? Those are just three of the more than 160 camp session options that are open now.

Go to hollandhall.org/summer to find out more.


2021-22 School Year dates

Next year’s school calendar is listed below.  Click here for printable version.

August 18: Opening of School
September 6: Labor Day – Campus Closed
October 15, 18: Fall Break – No Classes
November 4: All School Evening Parent Conferences
November 5: All School Parent Conferences – No Classes
November 23: Grandparents and Special Friends Day (Thanksgiving Break begins at Noon for PreK-Grade 12)
November 29: School Resumes
December 13-17: Final Exams for Grades 9-12
December 17: Winter Break begins at Noon for PreK-Grade 8 and after Final Exam for Grades 9-12
December 31: New Year’s Day Observed – Campus Closed
January 1: New Year’s Day – Campus Closed
January 3: Professional Day
January 4: School Resumes
January 17: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No Classes
February 21: Winter Break – No Classes
March 10: All School Evening Parent Conferences
March 11: All School Parent Conferences – No Classes
March 14-18: Spring Break
March 21: School Resumes
April 15: Good Friday – No Classes
May 16-20: Final Exams for Grades 9-11
May 18-20: Final Exams for Grades 6-8
May 20: Final Day of School
May 24: Baccalaureate
May 25: Commencement


Senior Soccer Night

Important dates for the rest of the school year

April 23: Virtual day for 4th-12th grades: half-day in-person for Primary School

April 26: Virtual day for 4th-12th grades; normal day in Primary School

May 14: Last day for Early PreK – 5th grade; please see branch news below

May 14: Last day for seniors

May 21: Last day for grades 6th – 11th grades

June 1: First day for Summer Programs. (Online registration opened April 1.)

Please note: 

Friday, April 23, and Monday, April 26, are Virtual Days for 4th-12th grades.  The Primary School will have a half day of school on Friday, April 23 and a normal, in-person school day on Monday, April 26. 

The purpose of these virtual days is to break up the five-day weeks for students and teachers to give a break from mask wearing and the need for social distancing. These days also allow for planning time for teachers during lunches, study halls, and recess times when they are typically supervising students. 

We recognize that many work places are opening and that parents may be working more from offices than from homes. We also recognize that some students struggle with virtual learning at home. 

For that reason, we want to remind you that 4th-6th grade students may do their virtual days at school while supervised by HH extended day staff. We will open this up to 7th and 8th graders for these two days, as well. If you would like for your child to be on campus for virtual learning days, please email Debbie Almohandis (dalmohandis@hollandhall.org). 

We will also make plans to supervise your 9th-12th grade student if that would be helpful. Email Frances Fondren-Bales (ffondrenbales@hollandhall.org) if your upper school student would be better served on campus.  The students will still be attending classes virtually and teachers will not be able to meet with students in person on these days.  That said, we can provide a school environment and a bit more structure if that would be helpful to families.  

For Primary School students, there is an option for afternoon childcare for the afternoon of Friday, April 23.  If you are in need of childcare, please email Vanessa Jones (vjones@hollandhall.org) and indicate if you need childcare until normal 3 p.m. dismissal time or if your child will also attend EDP. 



Upper School Parents’ Association Meeting

Our monthly Upper School Council meeting is set for Thursday, April 15, at noon. We will hear information regarding Summer Enrichment Programs as well as updates and information for end-of-the-year happenings. Lots of information to be discussed and shared, so be sure to join us!

Google Meet code

Phone Number
+1 929-287-3239 PIN: 214 259 987#


Senior Parent Picnic

The kick-off to the commencement season will begin on April 21 at 6 p.m. with the Senior Parent Picnic.

Click here to RSVP by Sunday, April 4.

If you have any questions, email Meredith Rogers at mrogers@hollandhall.org.


Seniors should rent tuxedos by May 1

Parents of the Class of 2021: We sent out a detailed email last week with information about the upcoming Commencement season (Hooray!!!). One detail that has a deadline is that those who will be wearing tuxedos at Commencement need to get them rented by May 1.

Here are the details:
Students are wearing a tuxedo with a powder blue jacket to celebrate the 50th anniversary of commencements on this campus — the class of 1971 wore powder blue jackets, so we are asking the Class of 2021 to do the same! Tuxedos with powder blue jackets are to be rented before May 1 from Ed Beshara’s Formal Wear, 3539 S. Harvard, (918) 743-6416.


No final exams: Plan for final cycle of CLASSES

Although we are not having final exams, many teachers will want to give a final unit assessment. Departments will be assigned days for any final unit assessments (projects, papers, tests, etc.). These assessments may not weigh any more than any other assessment during the semester. We are also going to use the following policy to take some pressure off the students: “As long as the final assessment is submitted/taken by the due date and demonstrates effort, it cannot hurt your grade.” Here is the schedule for the last cycle if a teacher is giving an assessment:

Thursday, May 6 and Friday, May  7 (A and B days): World Language, Religion, Computer Science

Monday, May 10 and Tuesday, May 11 (C and D days): Science and English

Wednesday, May 12 and Thursday, May 13 (E and F days): Math and Social Studies

Friday, May 14 will be an A day with no assessments as our final day of traditional classes.

Please note: Wednesday, May 12, will be a late start schedule because it is Wednesday.

Thursday, May 13, will be a late start schedule in order to have our Awards Assembly at 8:10 a.m. On Friday, May 14, we will have a late start schedule in order to distribute yearbooks and have signing parties.

We DO have required experiences and activities during the following week (the week of May 17-21). These days count as school; they are simply not going to be filled with traditional classes. More to come about that! The final day of school will be a half day followed by lunch and FUN on Friday, May 21.


Freshman Orientation this spring

For the parents of the Class of 2024, a Covid-version of Freshman Orientation will happen this spring. During the week of May 17 – 21, we will divide the freshman class into two groups to go on a one-night overnight camping trip. This year, Freshman O will take place about 15 minutes outside of Tulsa. Families will have the option of dropping off and picking up their child OR having their child ride the bus from campus. As in years past, Freshman Orientation will be led by senior leaders who were selected last spring and by faculty members. We will strive to preserve the most important aspects of the trips — class bonding, community understanding, leadership training — though the adventure will be less physically challenging (less hiking!) and shorter than in years past.

In the next few weeks, we will communicate:

  1. Which session (either May 17 – 18 or May 19 – 20) your child is assigned to attend.
  2. The packing list for the trip.

All 9 -11 grade students will be on campus on Friday, May 21 for a half day and lunch. This will be the last day of classes for the 2020-21 school year.


Dutch Weekend

As a reminder, Dutch Weekend will only be for seniors and their dates, and it will take place on Saturday, May 22, on campus.

The time will be announced closer to the date! We are excited to have this special dance for the senior class, and we hope they will attend. Because Dutch Weekend is a weekend of events, we plan to have some special activities for the 9th-11th grades the day before (May 21), on their last day of classes.



Join us for our Middle School Parents’ Association VIRTUAL Meeting

When: Tuesday, April 13
Time: 8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
Speaker: JP Culley, Head of School
Topic: Strategic Plan for 2021/22 school year
Announcements: Jennifer White, Meredith Rogers, Diane Jennings

Google Meet code

I hope everyone can join us — we will have a lot of important information to share!

8th Grade Dinner/Dance

Eighth grade Dinner/Dance is scheduled for Saturday, April 17. “Under the Stars” will be a Zoom Formal (meaning dressy on top, comfy on bottom) and dinner will be hosted by 8th grade families on the HH campus in tents. Following dinner, students will watch a movie on the Chapman Green. Photos will begin at 6 p.m. and the pick-up time that evening is 9 p.m.


Check in & out

Where are your children? We need to know! Please be sure that your children check in and check out with Ms. Danner when leaving or arriving to school during the school day. If they do not check out with her, we do not know that they are gone. If they arrive and do not check in, we do not have them recorded as present. Thank you for helping deliver this message to your children!


Sakawa Wanata 

This year, parents are invited to attend this annual event and we ask that they remain in the bleachers with masks. Students are asked to wear any blue or red shirt that they already have.

  • 6th Grade — April 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • 4th Grade —  April 21, 1-3:10 p.m.
  • 5th Grade — April 21, 9:15-11:30 a.m


Last day of school info

4th-5th Grade
The last day of school for 4th and 5th grades is Friday, May 14. Students in 4th and 5th grades will be dismissed that day at 10:30 a.m.

6th-8th Grade
The last day of school for 6th-8th grade students is Friday, May 21. Though we are not having final exams, we will still have our shorter days during which faculty and grade level teams will plan for year-end activities that culminate our year. On Wednesday, May 19 – Friday, May 21, school will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m.

8th Grade Celebration
On Friday, May 21, we will celebrate our 8th-graders. At 11:30 a.m., all 8th grade students will be treated to a lunch on campus with faculty. They will be ready to be picked up at 12:30 p.m. At 6 p.m., families are invited to campus for a Parade Celebration. Come with your cars decorated and be ready for a lively and fun parade with faculty, music, and plenty of photo opportunities. Following the parade, students will remain on campus for a fun celebration on the Chapman Green and in The Tandy Dining Hall. Parents will need to pick their children up by 9 p.m. at the Tandy. Students will be gifted a Promotion T-Shirt to wear for the parade/photos/celebration along with any casual bottoms.



Primary School Parents’ Association Meeting

Please join us via Google Meet for our final Parents’ Association Meeting on Wednesday, April 14 at 9:30 a.m.

Our guest speaker will be Debbie Almohandis, Director of Auxiliary Programs. She will discuss the different Holland Hall camps available for our Primary School students this summer. Also joining us will be next year’s Vice President of the Primary School Parents’ Association, Morgan Johannsen.

If you have any questions you’d like to have answered during the meeting, please email them to the Head of Primary School, Vanessa Jones, vjones@hollandhall.org or Primary School Parents’ Association VP, Krista Childress, krista.r.childress@gmail.com by Monday, April 12.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the meeting. Please join with your mute button on and this meeting will be recorded for those that cannot attend.

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Free Dress Day!

Dylan Richards, who served as the Primary School Head for the Day, made a very important declaration. Thursday, April 15 is a Free Dress Day in the PS!


Don’t forget your masks and COVID procedures

Parents, please remember that children still need to wear properly-fitted masks to school every day. And please pack an extra one in backpacks for instances when masks are dropped or lost.

Also, please remember that the building is closed to parents this year. If you need assistance, please call the front desk, 918-879-4725 or 918-481-1111, and someone will come out to help you. Thank you for your understanding!


Last day of school plans

Plans for the last day of school, May 14, have been finalized.

Because families have missed many opportunities for classroom engagement this year, they are invited to visit classrooms one more time this year.  In order to do this safely, our last day will be structured similar to our Open House day in August.  This will not be a full day of school.  Please only attend during your designated time.  Masks will be required.  There will NOT be childcare available this day.  We are asking families to visit classrooms during the following times slots, divided by last name:


Time Last Name
9:00-9:45 a.m. A-G
9:45-10:30 a.m. H-M
10:30-11:15 a.m. N-Z


Bridge Crossing Ceremony

Third grade students should arrive at school at 11:15 a.m. on the last day of school, May 14. The Bridge Crossing Ceremony will begin at 11:30.  Please look for specific information from the third grade team.


3rd Grade visits MS

Third-grade students will visit the Middle School on Monday, May 3, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Each student will partner with a 4th grade student for playground time and outdoor lunch. Students will also have a tour of the middle school with Mrs. White and a visit to the MS Library. We ask that all 3rd and 4th grade students bring a sack lunch from home.

Open House for 3rd grade parents — Welcome to the MS 

Third-grade parents are invited to come see the Middle School and meet the 4th grade teachers on Tuesday, May 4. This will be an Open House style event for parents only. Lopez homeroom parents are invited to visit from 5:30-6 p.m., Jackson homeroom parents are invited to visit from 6-6:30 p.m., and Cardiel homeroom parents are invited to visit from 6:30-7 p.m.


Primary School Half Day

The Primary School is scheduled to have a half day of school on Friday, April 23. We will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. If you are in need of afternoon childcare, please email your child’s name and grade to vjones@hollandhall.org so we can plan for staffing. Please also indicate if your child will stay for EDP.



Home COVID testing

From our nurses:
We accept PCR and antigen (rapid) tests that have been collected at a health-care facility.  At this time we do not accept any at home COVID tests, but will revisit our policy as research indicates.

If you have health questions

Although the nursing staff is glad to answer your COVID-related questions, your doctor should always be your first call. And the staff has put together this Q-and-A for more guidance.

Q. What qualifies as direct exposure/close contact?

A.  “You are a close contact if you are within six feet of an infected person (a diagnosed COVID case) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes within a 24-hour period, starting from two days before illness onset or two days prior to a positive COVID test.”  — Oklahoma State Department of Health

Direct exposure is not …

    … being around someone who has had direct exposure to a known positive COVID case. (That is a secondary exposure and no action is required)

    … being around someone who is ill unless and until they receive a positive COVID test. (They might have the flu or a different illness as opposed to COVID)

If you have had direct exposure to a known positive COVID case: 

    • First — Call your primary care physician for guidance.

    • If your primary care physician is unavailable, please follow these guidelines.

      • Immediately separate yourself from the known positive COVID individual.
      • If they are a member of your household, they must be isolated in a separate bedroom and use a separate bathroom from the rest of the household. You should not have any contact with the individual for 10 days.
      • Remain separated from the known COVID individual and obtain a COVID test five days (or more) after your last contact with the individual.
      • If your test result is negative, you may resume your normal activities, however, you must remain separated from the COVID positive individual for 10 days after their diagnosis.
      • If your test result is positive, you will need to quarantine for 10 days from the date of your positive test or the development of COVID symptoms.
      • If you are unable to separate from the COVID positive individual in your household, you must quarantine for 15 days and then obtain a COVID test.


Transparency and COVID-19

Holland Hall is committed to transparency. This spreadsheet on the school’s website is updated daily with any positive cases on campus. The numbers — if there are any — are reported by branch (Upper School/WAC; Middle School/Tandy; Primary School). Nurse Linda Christensen is responsible for contact tracing this year and informs anyone with direct exposure personally.