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August 1 – 7 (All School)

Posted on: Jul 31, 2020

Remember, school starts August 13!

We’re so close to the new school year that we wanted to send a special summer edition of Dutch Weekly to help you in your back-to-school preparations.

 

Virtual learning survey

If you think you may utilize the virtual learning option, please fill out the following survey by July 31.

 

Dutch Exchange

The Dutch Exchange will be open on Thursday, Aug. 6, from 8-10 a.m. for Back to School shopping. The Exchange offers gently used, stain-free uniforms from all branches and Dutch Day spirit wear at no cost to families. The Exchange is located in the Middle School, next to the Cochran Alumni Center. Please wear a mask and enter through the Tandy building main entrance. At this time, only 1 volunteer and 2 shoppers are permitted in the space at the same time, so you may need to wait in line.

Once school begins, the Exchange will be open for shopping on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 3-4 p.m. Donated items will be collected twice per semester; please note we only accept items during advertised collection times as this effort is volunteer-staffed. Thank you for recycling your outgrown uniforms and Dutch gear to support the Holland Hall family. A tax receipt is available on the website for donated items.

Contact Gayle Taylor with any questions about the Dutch Exchange at wanmbr1mom@cox.net.

 

Get your Dutch Gear!

Did you place a Preorder? You can pick up your pre-order items when you come to shop at the Dutch Zone during back to school hours below.

New families can come shop in the Dutch Zone — in the Tandy Dining and Wellness Center on campus — from 8-10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6.

Everyone can shop from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, and Thursday, Aug. 13; and from noon-4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14.

The Dutch Zone can safely accommodate 2 volunteers and a maximum of 3 shoppers in the store at this time. Shoppers may have to wait their turn to enter the store. We request you space yourselves 6 feet apart while you wait (and wear a mask per the visitor policy).

We will need volunteers for our Back to School dates, so please sign up today!

 

Middle School Lockers

All students in 5th-8th grades are assigned a locker. This year, due to Covid precautions, we need to limit the use of lockers so that we do not have large numbers of students congregating near one another in the hallways.

Grade level teams of teachers will coordinate locker visit times and will communicate with their students the protocols for using lockers this year. Due to this, we are going to allow students to carry backpacks throughout the day. Lockers might be used for extra supplies, coats, lunches, etc., but will not be used in between each class. For this reason, we are not providing a time for students/families to come decorate and set up their lockers prior to the first day of school.

Once students are made aware of when and how they will use their lockers, they may choose to bring in some small items to make the space their own (magnetic pencil holders for the doors, for example). For now, please be sure your student has an awesome backpack and comes with books and supplies on the first day of school!

 

All School Picture Days

All School Picture Days are coming August 24 and 25. JostensPix offers a totally online order system, plenty of options for your images and home delivery. We are excited about this innovative approach.

Click here for more information.

 

Senior Pictures

Time to set up your senior picture appointment. Thanks for your help in this important senior requirement. Please call Ervin Photography 918-209-5050. The studio has to photograph every senior, let them choose their yearbook image and prepare them for yearbook staff so we can meet our fall deadline.

Important Information:

  • All seniors are required to use Ervin for their yearbook senior section photo.
  • Ervin will ask you to choose the image you want for the yearbook once your photos are ready to view.
  • Seniors are asked to wear dressy casual or dressy clothes in the yearbook photo. A good guideline is clothing you might wear to a house of worship or a wedding reception.
  • Props are not permitted in the yearbook photo, either as backdrop or as held objects.
  • As a courtesy, Ervin offers a complimentary yearbook session. This is a quick photo shoot with schedule limitations. The complimentary photo may only be used in the senior section of the yearbook. The complimentary photo may not be used in a senior ad.

Parent Town Halls

If you weren’t able to join us for the Primary or Upper School Town Halls on Wednesday and Thursday, you may watch the recorded versions here:

Primary School recording

Upper School recording

Middle School recording

 

Mask policy

Please remember that all visitors, employees and students on campus must be wearing a mask while on campus.

Masks must be made from at least two layers of cloth and cover the nose and mouth. Gaiters will be allowed if they are made from two layers of fabric. Disposable, N95 and KN95 masks are not permitted.

Many parents have asked about the N95 masks. The two resources below — as well as advice from our medical advisory council — helped inform the decision.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-mask/art-20485449

 

New stop light!

As you come on campus, you may see a lot of construction on 81st Street. The main entrance is getting a traffic light.

It’s set to be installed the week of August 17th, although that is subject to change. So allow yourself a few extra minutes to get to school as that’s happening.

 

3rd Grade Bridge Crossing for returning Holland Hall families

Although the 2019-20 school year ended abruptly, we still want to celebrate last year’s Holland Hall third-graders who marked a big milestone — moving into Middle School!

We will have the annual Bridge Crossing ceremony at 9 a.m. August 12. Families should gather on the Middle School side of the bridge.  Students should meet their classroom teachers near the PS gym.

A few things to note about the celebration:

  • Students should wear their new Middle School uniform or their Primary School uniform
  • Families are allowed to bring 4 guests per child
  • There will not be chairs provided, so bring them if you’d like
  • Everyone — including students — must wear a mask
  • Please try to keep 6 feet of separation between families
  • Anyone showing COVID 19 symptoms should not come to the ceremony

Parents, bring your cameras and feel free to take photos of your student crossing the bridge. After your child crosses, please step to the side so that other families may also take photos.

 

More back-to-school info

Want to know who your child’s teacher is? Want to know what courses your student is enrolled in? Want to know which email address and phone number we’ll use to reach you? It’s all in the Parent Portal!

If you haven’t already set up your account in the Parent Portal,  find the FAMILY tab in this link. Your student’s course info, teacher and more can be found in the STUDENT tab.

More information can be found at hollandhall.org/parents/info