April 4 – 10 (All School)

Posted on: Apr 03, 2020

Our gratitude for your support — for the collective sacrifice and solidarity shown — is unending. — JP Culley, Head of School

The 2020 Holland Haul

Formerly known as the Online Auction, items such as Upper School reserved student-parking spots, naming the Middle School Drive, and reserved commencement seats are available for a “buy-it-now” price by clicking on the link below.  Sales close on May 15. This is the last big fundraiser of the year, so if you’re thinking about ways to help the school, please take a look and see if there is something your family would enjoy.

Holland Haul Online Auction »

More announcements …

The No Harm philosophy

Schools across the country are taking a hard look at grading policies during this unprecedented time. Middle and Upper School faculty and administrators agreed to adopt this philosophy after many discussions.

“In the shortest form, we are adopting a No Harm philosophy as, what we believe to be, the most respectful and understanding position.  It honors our students’ efforts prior to spring break and affords opportunities for improvement of grades while learning remotely — and doing no harm for students not performing optimally in this new temporary paradigm.”

Find specifics in emails from your Branch Heads.


From the Upper School …

It was a big week with big announcements.

Students were given a Google Doc to help wade through the fall class selection process. They’ll all meet with their advisors remotely on Tuesday, April 14. Check your emails for more.

And a collective cheer went up when JP Culley announced that there would be no final exams, although “Where and when appropriate, faculty will work to define culminating projects or other types of assignments for students.”


From the Middle School …

The Middle School is settling into a routine. Some things to expect weekly:

  • Monday is Chapel Day and Mr. Boyd will be sending a short message to students to kick off their week
  • Friday is Advisory Contest day and I will be sending out a weekly video as well as a feedback form with a contest of some sort (ask to see today’s photos for a guess who? contest)
  • Advisors are doing regular check ins – via Hangout Meets or phone
  • Teachers are posting on PSL daily and many are also sending emails with lesson plans and supplemental communication

From the Primary School …

14th Episode of Digging Books!

Check out the latest funny episode of this series intended for our Primary School students! An interesting cast of characters wander in to read stories aloud, and craziness ensues. Check out the entire series, by clicking the link below:

14th Episode of Digging Books »


Good resources for all of us …

Here are some resources for online books from PS librarian Mr. Christian. Click on the word to go to the designated site.

Overdrive– This is our HH ebook and audiobook library. You will need to know the student’s HH number to sign in (same as lunch card and on the contract). You will see books for all divisions. Search for Juvenile to find books for Primary School Students. You can find this either on the Primary School Library website or an app named Sora.

Tumblebooks–  This is an animated book site to which we subscribe. Usually our users would need to sign in with the username hollandhall and the password books but because of the current situation they are offering it for free.

KidLit TV– this is a website with authors and illustrators reading their own books as well as showing students how to draw.

Storyline Online– famous actors reading beloved children’s books.

Audible– Free audiobooks from Audible for students and their parents.

Capstone Publishing Interactive Books– (newly added) Use the username “continue” and the password “reading”. Capstone Publishers are offering free access to their interactive ebooks for the rest of the school year. Lots of great fiction and non-fiction titles. Over 1,600 of these titles include their Guided Reading Levels.

Amicus Publishing (newly added)- This publishing company has offered free access to their ebooks. There are several non-fiction sets such as Baby AnimalsSports Biographies and many more. The site also includes some fiction titles as well as non-fiction for older students.


Some advice or reflections from your Holland Hall team this week …

  • Be KIND, engage in your work, seek help when needed, and take care of yourselves. — Middle School Head Ms. White
  • Thank you ALL for riding this Roller Coaster period in the life of our community shoulder-to-shoulder with me and with each other. — Upper School Head Ms. Fondren-Bales to faculty
  • Be patient with yourself, your teachers, your family members.  Find ways to take “happy” breaks to get away from your screens. — Upper School teacher Ms. Holmes
  • When you’re moody, get up and shake your booty!! Turn on your favorite music and just dance!! — 1st Grade teacher Ms. Synar

What might have been …

We loved this story from KTUL Channel 8 on our own Coach Teddy Owens and his father. And we’re reminded again of our athletes who are missing so much this school year. If you haven’t seen this video, watch it here.

We’d have all been freezing today during the ISAS Arts Festival that was set to happen this week. But we’d have made it great. Special thanks to Steve Dyer, Jayme Ostroski, the parent volunteers, faculty and everyone who had a part in the intense planning. Students, we’re sorry you couldn’t show off your hard work, and we’d love to see it online! Share it with us at news@hollandhall.org.

Memories to cherish  …

“Sometimes I remember the good old days when we went to school. … I can’t wait to see my friends, teacher and coaches. I can’t imagine anything better than that.” — Patrick Roberds, 3rd grade, in a writing assignment in Ms. Lopez class about “the good old days.”


And some kudos  …

Bryn Russell received a $500 honorarium for a piece that was entered into the K12 Ceramic Exhibition! This national competition is extremely prestigious and difficult to get into. Joseph Studebaker also had a piece accepted, itself a big honor.

Support our HH community …

As you go about making sense of your temporary “new normal,” think about some of those families in our HH community with small businesses. Getting take-out, how about supporting a restaurant with a community tie? Need a new doctor or your doctor is full? We have some wonderful physicians in our community. Visit this link to find some businesses who would love your support right now, and if you own a business, let us know about it!

Have news to share?   …

Parents, faculty, students, we want to hear from you! Send submissions for Dutch Weekly to news@hollandhall.org