April 3 – 9 (All School)

Posted on: Apr 02, 2021

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

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



Summer Programs registration now open

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.


Holland Haul Online Auction

The Holland Haul online auction is less than a week away! Get a preview of the catalog now. It has everything from premier parking spots to special Dutch experiences and an assortment of parent and alumni-owned businesses packages — there is something for everyone!

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 opens on April 8 at 8 a.m. and will close on April 16 at 9 p.m.


Important dates

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
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.)



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.


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

The Events Committee of Student Council has set the date for 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.



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


8th Grade visits US

Eighth-grade students will visit the Upper School with their advisories on either April 8 or April 9, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. While in the US, they will have a tour with US student ambassadors, they will have informational sessions with a group of US students and another with a group of faculty, and they will eat lunch in the US Amphitheater. We ask that all students bring a sack lunch from home on their visit day.

Middle School Parent Coffee

Join us for the Middle School parents community coffee, please keep social distancing guidelines in place while enjoying a hot cup of coffee!

When: April 9
Time: 8-9 a.m.
Where: Chapman Green


8th Grade Dinner/Dance

Our postponed 8th grade Dinner/Dance is now 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.


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.



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.


Popsicle Social for Primary School

Community fun coming in April! Each grade will be invited to stay after school for a playdate with their class. Frios Gourmet Pops will be provided by Holland Hall. Come connect with Primary School families in your grade. Look for an email from your grade coordinator with details.


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.

After school enrichment classes

Come join “Ms. Ariel’s Art Studio”
Join an after school Enrichment Workshop! This is an interactive class to explore the elements of art and strengthen drawing skills using various media. Your young artists will create a new drawing each week ranging from real and imaginary landscapes, animals, plants, fantasy creatures and everyday still life. Students will strengthen their color theory through the use of markers, color pencils and pastels while exploring art history and learning more about artists and their works.

When: Tuesdays 3:15-4:15 p.m. through May 4
Where: Primary School (former music room)
Grade: PK4-3rd
Instructor: Ariel Myer
Class Size: 16
Cost per student: $110/6 weeks
Email to register today: dalmohandis@hollandhall.org

Come join our Bite Size Broadway

After school Enrichment Workshop for six weeks starting March 24! This musical workshop will focus on the basics of acting, dance, singing, and stage production. Bring your high energy and let’s get together for some FUN! ACT-DANCE-SING!

When: Wednesdays 3:15-4:15 p.m. through April 28
Where: Primary School (former music room)
Grade: PK4-3rd
Instructors: Ayngel McNall & John Russell
Class size: 16
Cost per student: $95/5 weeks; $75/4 weeks
Email to register today: dalmohandis@hollandhall.org


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.