Dutch Weekly May 6-12
The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round!
Holland Hall needs more bus drivers to take students on field trips, to sporting events, and meetings and contests at other schools. Teachers and coaches who can drive school buses are in short supply. Parent volunteers willing to become licensed school bus drivers could greatly help our students, teachers, and community. Becoming a licensed school bus driver isn't difficult, but it does require passing the written CDL (Commercial Drivers' License) test and a 25-hour class. The Parents' Association is hoping to recruit enough parent volunteers to conduct a bus driver training class on campus late this summer or early next fall. If you want to help or get more details, please contact Tobey Ballenger, next year's PA President, at Tobeyjeff@hotmail.com 918-625-2169. Thanks! Beep! Beep!
2023 yearbooks are here
Yearbook distribution has been happening this week and will continue into next week. The waitlist is open and we will likely have more to sell. Go to Jostens.com to add your student's name to the queue.
Celebrate Excellence with the Dutch Athletics awards
The ceremony provides current student-athletes and their families the opportunity to celebrate the great tradition of Holland Hall sports with alumni athletes being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Upper School student-athletes and teams will also be recognized for their athletic accomplishments during the 2022-23 school year.
When: Friday, May 19
Where: Tandy Dining and Wellness Center
6 p.m.: Doors open
6:30 p.m.: Italian dinner
7 p.m.: Program begins
Tickets: $20 Each
Dress: Business Attire
Please RSVP by Tuesday, May 16, at the link below.
For questions contact Cathy Rowland at email@example.com.
Summer Programs registration is open! Act fast.
Have you planned your summer? Camps are filling quickly! We have Dutch athletic camps, Summer Athletic Commitment to keep our athletes conditioned and primed, Geometry & Reading, Coding & Fishing, BAM Circus Fun & Magic Camp, Welcome to Holland Hall prep camps for your child's rising grade, Gardening, Science, Jewelry Making and Theatre to name a few. We look forward to sharing our summer with you!
Seven one-week sessions run from May 30 - July 21.
Classes are available for 3-year-olds through adults. Call the Summer Programs office at (539) 476-8169 with any questions.
Newly Added Camps/Sessions
7254-02 - Little Sprouts Gardening - EPK-PreK
#5 - 6/26-6/30 P.M.
7322-01 - Interactive International Cuisine - 3-7
#6 - 7/10-7/14 A.M.
7337-02 - Okie Dokie BBQ! - 3-7
#6 - 7/10-7/14 P.M.
7322-02 - Interactive International Cuisine - 3-7
#7 - 7/17-7/21 P.M.
7337-01 - Okie Dokie BBQ! - 3-7
#7 - 7/17-7/21 A.M.
7230-02 - Welcome to Second Grade - 2nd
#7 - 7/17-7/21 A.M.
To register, go to www.hollandhall.org/summer.
Meet our new Director of Belonging and Inclusivity
After a thorough search, Bryan Burnham has been selected as Holland Hall’s first Director of Belonging and Inclusivity.
Mr. Burnham was most recently was a professional athlete and representative for the Canadian Football League’s Players Association, and he brings a fresh perspective to campus and a wealth of knowledge that will help us bring more intentionality to our efforts, helping ensure everyone has a voice and can reach their full potential.
"I feel so incredibly fortunate to be joining Holland Hall. In my short time on campus, I have been impressed by the level of care and respect the faculty has for the students," Mr. Burnham said. "I have been equally impressed by the maturity shown by the students, which is a testament to the families that make up this community. I am passionate about creating spaces where everyone feels valued and respected; I know what it feels like not to belong, to be bullied, and to question who I am, and these are feelings I wish no child had to endure.
“I look forward to immersing myself in this school and joining a team of dedicated individuals working hard to drive Holland Hall toward a brighter, more inclusive future."
Welcome, Mr. Burnham!
Are you looking for a fun and meaningful way to get involved with the Holland Hall community? Gezellig (in-person party) is back in 2024 and we want your help! We are excited to welcome anyone interested in helping plan this spectacular evening filled with great food, entertainment, and a gathering of friends. If you would like to be a part of the Gezellig experience, please complete this form or reach out to Gezellig 2024 co-chairs, Bronya Zamarin firstname.lastname@example.org and Kulsum Siddiqui email@example.com.
Tulsa Youth Rowing hosts free clinic in May
Tulsa Youth Rowing will host a FREE introduction to the sport of rowing on May 27 from 8-9:30 a.m. at Tulsa Rowing Club.
Designed for students in 7th through 12th grades and their parents, this clinic will give you a taste of what it’s like to be a part of the rowing community. Rowing is a fantastic full-body workout that challenges both your physical and mental strength. It’s also a great way to make new friends and be a part of a supportive team.
During the clinic, you’ll learn the basics of rowing technique and safety from our experienced coaches. We’ll provide all the equipment you need, so all you have to do is show up in comfortable athletic wear and be ready to have fun.
Aimed at beginners, this clinic is the perfect way to dip your toes into the world of rowing. Who knows, you may even discover a new passion that you’ll love for years to come.
Click here to register.
Click here for more information.
Tulsa Youth Rowing offers summer camps as well. Click on the link below for more information.
Don't forget the Dutch Exchange — visit or volunteer!
As the year nears an end, has your child outgrown their uniforms? Need new shorts or uniform shirts? Choose from carefully curated, gently used khaki and navy shorts and pants, as well as primary, middle, and upper school shirts and skirts, in all sizes.
Dutch Exchange is located in the Dutch Zone in the Tandy and is open Wednesdays from 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m., Thursdays from 8-10 a.m. and 2-4 p.m., Fridays from 8-10 a.m. and 2-4 p.m., and by request at the front desk.
Do you have a donation for the Dutch Exchange? You may drop off outgrown, clean, gently used Dutch outerwear, pants, shorts, skirts, jumpers, and shirts in the yellow bin near Ms. Silkman's desk in the Tandy anytime the Tandy is open. Please check for stains, rips, and tears before dropping your items off. Please donate only uniforms and Dutchwear in good condition that you would want your child to wear. Thank you!
Are you interested in volunteering at the Dutch Zone or Dutch Exchange next year? Each comes with a 20 percent discount pass in the Dutch Zone, and it's a chance to meet other parents and get to know the students. Contact Ashley Parrish, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
4th grade America Day - RSVP by May 5
Book buy back set for May 5-June 2
Click here for more information on how to sell back your books.
Middle School art show runs through May
The Holliman Gallery of the Walter Arts Center is featuring the art created by Middle School students. The show runs through May 16. Stop by during school hours or before evening concerts to view this exhibit.
See the 5th grade drama sharing program
You are invited to the 5th Grade Drama Sharing Program to be performed in the Middle School Black Box. Students will be performing original short plays they have created this semester utilizing their collaborative skills, story construction, and technical design.
Monday, May 8 at 9:15 a.m.
Monday, May 8 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, May 11 at 1 p.m.
Thursday, May 11 at 1:45 p.m.
Mark your calendars for the Middle School Band & Orchestra Concert
When: Tuesday, May 9 at 7 p.m.
Where: Branch Theatre of the Walter Arts Center
Middle School choir concert set
When: Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m.
Where: Branch Theatre of the Walter Arts Center
8th Grade takes in a Drillers game
Eighth-graders will go off campus on Wednesday, May 10, for a field trip to ONEOK Field. The 8th grade will attend morning classes from 9-11:30 a.m. and then board the buses for ONEOK Field to see the Tulsa Drillers play at 12:05 p.m. Students will be back on campus by 2:30 p.m. and head to sports.
Students may wear a Holland Hall top and any (appropriate) bottoms. Shorts are fine. Also, please be aware that the stadium won't allow outside food into the park, so any sack lunches must remain outside the stadium. Students may purchase lunch items inside the stadium.
Visit our Cold War Era Living Museum
Please join us at the 8th grade Cold War Era Living Museum on Monday, May 15.
For the past six weeks, 8th grade students have studied the Cold War Era and created projects for their social studies final. In creating these projects, student's moved from researching the facts, to historical inquiry, and finally to the creation of a project and presentation that allows students to bring the subject to life. Each student picked a topic and will tell the story of experiences in this period of time. The goal is for students to understand what conditions and issues led to mistrust between the U.S. and USSR, thereby leading to the Cold War. Our hope is that they will be able to apply these lessons to the world they are living in today.
Each student has prepared a 1-2 minute presentation as well as a visual representation for their specific topic. Please feel free to move from presentation to presentation as students explain their topics. Students may wear costumes to school on the 15th. Costumes may be simple items found around the house; they do not need to be purchased.
The Museum is set for 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, May 15, in the Middle School BT. You may enter through the main Tandy doors.
8th grade Cardboard Boat Regatta set
Mark your calendars for one of the Middle School's most beloved traditions — the 8th Grade Cardboard Boat Regatta.
This year's contest is set for Thursday, May 18 at 1:45 p.m., at the Jenks Aquatic Center, 495 N. Birch St., Jenks.
Families are welcome to attend and must transport the boat to Jenks.
8th Grade Schedule for the Day:
9-10:30 a.m. - Academic 3 Exam, 8:15-10:30 a.m. (extended time)
10:30-10:45 a.m. - Break
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - Academic 4 Exam, 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m. (extended time)
1-1:30 p.m. - Students eat lunch and change into boat race clothes (parents transport boats to race site)
1:45 p.m. - Begin Boat Line-up outside of Jenks Aquatic Center
2 p.m. - Races begin
3 p.m. - Students excused from site with parents
Early dismissal on last day for 4th and 5th grades
The last day of school for 4th and 5th grades will be May 19 with a 10:30 a.m. dismissal time.
What parents can do to support students during finals
Preparation for final exams in 6th-8th grades is under way and there are important ways you can help. Below are specific ways you can support your child in the weeks leading up to final exams. The student support team will also provide weekly suggestions in the Dutch Weekly, so be sure to check it!
What parents can do the week of finals:
Review will be taking place in class this week. Students should focus on information that is most challenging to them for their home review time.
Continue to monitor their Finals Study Schedule and their active study strategies.
Support students in managing their activity schedule, less is more this week.
Insist upon 9-10 hours of sleep for your student. Removing electronics from their bedroom will help with a more friendly sleep environment.
A healthy breakfast prior to finals.
Students will need a water bottle, pencils, and a book (if they finish their test early). No electronics will be allowed in the testing environment.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
May 10 - No new content presented after this date.
May 15-16 - Exam review days.
MS Final Exam schedule
Final Exams are coming up for 6th-8th grade students. In advisory, we will help them plan their time and organize their materials in preparation for these assessments. The schedule for exam days, May 17-19, can be found below. Gina Johnson will be in touch regarding extended time. Special times for 8th grade students on May 19 are also included.
Save the date for 8th grade graduation
Eighth Grade Graduation is right around the corner and co-chairs, Leigh Ann Moss-Sherburn and Kim Schutz, have plans well underway. They will be coordinating an 8th Grade Video montage for our students. To ensure your child is included in this video, please send 4-5 digital photos of your child (from any age, activities, or family events) in jpeg format with high resolution to HH8thGradeGraduation@gmail.com by April 15. Get out the tissues and start going through photos!
Boys basketball camp is good primer for Dutch sports
The MS Boys Basketball Camp will be an introduction for many into our Middle School Program as well as what our high school program looks like. We will be working on skill instruction and team concepts for the first two days. Then spend two days traveling to Verdigris to compete against other teams from around the state. The last day of camp will be a competition day.
This camp is for those entering grade 7th-9th for the next school year. A physical is required to attend the camp.
Click here to sign-up today.
Senior schedule set
Monday, May 8: Math 9-11 a.m.| Religious Studies and Tech 1-3 p.m.
Tuesday, May 9: Science 9-11 a.m. | Social Studies 1-3 p.m.
Wednesday, May 10: World Language 9-11 a.m. | English 1-3 p.m.
Graduation and Baccalaureate Attire
HERE is the link again. Questions over attire? Please see College Counseling
Rising Seniors - Senior Pictures
Ervin Studio will meet with rising seniors Wednesday May 10 at 8:45 a.m. to discuss picture requirements. Meeting will be held in the Upper School library. Students are required to take their official senior picture with Ervin and it is used in the book and other senior events campus-wide.
Upper School Theatre Night
When: Wednesday, May 10 at 7 p.m.
Where: Newman (blackbox) Theatre of the Walter Arts Center
Upper School final exam schedule
Summer opportunities are on the horizon
It's time to begin conversations with your student about his/her plans to explore academic programs, jobs, volunteer positions, etc.
Each week, we'll showcase various programs at universities throughout the country and local options!
Follow College Counseling on social media for highlights about these programs:
Facebook - Holland Hall College Counselors
Instagram - hhcollegecounseling