Dutch Weekly: Nov. 6-12
From the Head of School: Masks are optional
Masks are optional for all students and faculty, whatever their vaccination status, at this time. Because background infection rates have dropped, this move is in line with our current policy. Changes could be coming to our mask policy, however. Read Head of School JP Culley's entire letter to the community here.
Fall 6th-12th Grade Choir Concert
Join us as the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Choirs, Concert Choir, Singers, and Holland Harmony perform on Tuesday, November 9, in the Branch Theatre of the Walter Arts Center.The concert will begin at 7 p.m. with the students set to arrive at 6:15 p.m.
ARTworks journals featuring Whitney Forsyth's work are for sale in the DutchZone. They would make a great Christmas gift.
We know some parents have had a hard time finding uniforms because of supply chain issues or long shipping times. If you have trouble finding shirts, know that your child can wear a plain shirt without a logo for now.Also, please remember that we have an awesome resource on campus in the Dutch Exchange, which is run by a parent volunteer. The Exchange is usually open once a month — but will be open on Nov. 10 and Nov. 17 or by appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Parents can also ask about visiting the Exchange at the front desk of the Tandy.The shortage also means we need your gently used uniforms. The Dutch Exchange has plenty of red Middle School shirts and khaki pants, but could use outwear and Primary School uniforms.
- Nov. 5: Varsity football vs. Inola
- Nov. 6: Dutch Divine dinner presented by Alumni Association
- Nov. 9: 6th-12th grade Choir Concert
- Nov. 10: PS Parents' Association meeting
- Nov. 15-17: ERB CTP testing for 6th-8th grades
- Nov. 18: US Parents' Association meeting
- Nov. 23: Grandparents and Special Friends' Day (half-day of classes)
- Nov. 24-28: No school
Primary School News
Primary School Community Coffee
Please join us November 11 at 9:15 a.m. for the Primary School community coffee.We will meet at the A.R. & Marylouise Tandy Dining and Wellness Center.A campus tour to follow for those who are interested.
Kids Heart Challenge
Be a part of a Holland Hall Primary School tradition! On Thursday, November 18, all students in Junior Kindergarten through 3rd grade will be jumping ropes, shooting basketballs and listening to their hearts with a stethoscope! All money raised goes directly to the American Heart Association's mission for helping those with heart issues.Donation packets have been handed out, or you can donate via the Kids Heart Challenge App. Our very own Asher L. in 2nd grade is a featured child for the American Heart Association! We are so proud of him!
Please contact your child's PE teacher if you have any questions.
Third-grade lunch moving
Parents, the 3rd grade students will begin eating in the cafeteria after Thanksgiving break.
PS Parents Association meeting set
Join the virtual PA meeting at this link on Wednesday, November 10, at 9:30 a.m.Matt Christian will be giving an update on new books and activities in the library.
A reminder for the pick-up line
Please remember that the inside lane — next to the Penguin — is reserved for third-grade parents.Third-grade parents, please remember to yield to the other lanes, who are going around you to get to the PS drive and the EPK circle drive.Thank you!
Interested in Holland Hall wrestling?
If your Primary School student would like to try wrestling, our new coach Travis Goldsworthy wants to know about it!Check out this link.
After-school enrichment classes
Ballet/Contemporary I-II After School Enrichment Class ~ Session 2Come join Ms. Allison for Session 2 of the basics of ballet and contemporary technique. For eight weeks, the class will do stretching, barre work, center floor exercises, and choreography. Explore other dance movements including contemporary floor work, rolls, and fun conditioning exercises. If this is your first time, come and join the fun! A performance for parents is set for Dec. 15.When: 3:15-4:15 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 15 (no class 11/24-Thanksgiving Break)Special date: Holiday Showcase - Dec. 15 at 4 p.m.Who: PreK-3rdWhere: Primary School Multi-purpose RoomFee: ProratedTo register: email@example.com Ms. Ariel’s Art Studio ~ Session 2
Calling all young artists! Learn about line, balance, perspective, and color theory. Join Ms. Ariel for lessons on using oil pastels, marker, and colored pencils while creating harvest, Thanksgiving, and holiday drawings.When: 3:15-4:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 3 through Dec. 15 (no class 11/24-Thanksgiving Break)Who: K-3rd gradeWhere: Primary School Art RoomFee: ProratedTo register:firstname.lastname@example.org
Middle School News
Thank you to all who attended the last Middle School Parents' Association Meeting of 2021
If you would like to watch school counselors Ryan Myers and Cassie Gray share insightful and practical tips on parenting Middle School students, please click on the link below.MS PA 11-2-21 RecordingSee you next year!Do you have ideas or suggestions of topics that you would like covered in Middle School Parents' Association Meetings in 2022? We want to hear from you! Please email Tobeyjeff@hotmail.com with suggestions.
Warm weather gear
With the weather getting colder, students need to bring a jacket or coat daily. NO BLANKETS will be allowed in the Middle School.
MS students visiting TU
Monday, November 22, all students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades will travel to the University of Tulsa with their teachers to participate in a full day of STEM challenge activities. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and we are excited to be able to attend. T-Shirts and lunch will be provided. More information can be found here. We will travel by bus, departing Holland Hall campus at 8:30 a.m. and we will return to Holland Hall by 3:10 p.m. 7th and 8th grade students will not have sports practices that day, all students will need to be be picked up at 3:10 p.m. or go to after care.
Standardized Test: Nov. 15-17
After two years of not providing standardized testing to our students due to COVID, we are resuming this yearly practice this fall. Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 will be completing the ERB Comprehensive (CTP5) assessmentonline.As you may remember, we had been using the ACT Aspire assessment online for several years prior to 2020. As with so many things in the recent past, we have taken a close look at the instrument, the reporting mechanism and the benefit for our families and have decided to return to ERB. We confidently used ERB Comprehensive for many years and believe it is the right fit for our students at this time.TESTING DATES:November 15 - Students will be completing a tutorial so they are familiar with the testing format. They will take the Quantitative subtest in the morning. Following this test, student schedules will resume as normal.November 16 - Students will take the Mathematics 1, Mathematics 2, and Verbal Reasoning subtests in the morning. Following these tests, student schedules will resume as normal.November 17 - Students will take the Writing Concepts, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and Writing Mechanics subtests. The Vocabulary and Writing Mechanics subtests are quite short therefore four subtests can be managed well. These tests will also be administeredin the morning. Following these tests, student schedules will resume as normal.Adequate stretch and bathroom breaks are built into the testing schedule, as well as, a recess time on November 16 and 17.HOW YOU CAN HELP:
- Make sure your student gets adequate sleep.
- Make sure your student eats breakfast in the morning.
- Make sure your student has a fully charged iPad each day.
Upper School / College Counseling
Free mods usage
As we have transitioned from the block schedule back to the modular schedule this year, we have noticed more students signing out to leave early during free mods. Seniors have off-campus privileges and can leave for up to 6 mods during the school day. We ask that 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students prioritize remaining on campus during free mods, unless they need to be at a medical appointment. Students can only engage in the work of meeting with teachers and working on group work if they are on campus, and that is an integral part of the experience at Holland Hall. We appreciate your help in honoring the spirit of the modular schedule.
Monday assemblies in the Upper School
On Monday, November 8, we will have two assemblies in the Upper School:BoysThe boys will attend an alumni panel talking about what it was like to be a boy in high school through college. The goal is for folks who have been part of our culture at Holland Hall to talk through the transition from boy to man and issues pertaining to masculinity in an environment where the boys will feel comfortable asking questions.GirlsThe girls will have an assembly with Lizz Carter Clark, class of '94 at Holland Hall. She has written a book, "How to Find Your Moxie: A Roadmap to Empowerment with Grit and Grace," and she travels the country speaking to college women about confidence, conviction and contentment. She is now working on a book about the transition to college for young women. You can read more about Lizz Carter Clark at the link below.www.collegemoxie.org/our-peeps
Junior Parent College Chat
Junior parents, College Counseling is in the final stretch with seniors and we look forward to working with your junior student in the spring semester! Please plan to join us for an overview of college counseling and what will take place from now until college application season ends for your student. Some of these things involve you, so you'll not want to miss this informative, and hopefully fun, meeting. We'll meet in-person only.Monday, Nov. 8, 20216-7 p.m.Upper School - Lecture Center
Senior Ad Contract deadline is Monday, Nov. 15
Parents, honor your senior with a yearbook ad.A Holland Hall tradition, these ads are available in a variety of sizes/prices. Contracts are due no later than Nov. 15. Once you've completed the contract, you will be directed to a site for payment. Once payment is received, you will receive a receipt from Ad Manager Emma Gardenhire '22 with ad preparation information.https://hollandhall.wufoo.com/forms/q190lbd401g113v/
Charlie Brown books are in!
Coach Charlie Brown has documented his life and his 56 years at Holland Hall in a new book. All proceeds from the book will be donated to the Charlie Brown Endowment for Financial Aid."Consider this book your opportunity to spend time in conversation with Coach Brown as he tells stories of his determined life journey that reveals what I believe to be his greatest gift — his ability to build relationships and positively influence young men," University of Tulsa standout and Buffalo Bills (NFL) Offensive Lineman Jerry Ostroski, Jr. wrote for the back of the book.Order your copy for $20 — $25 shipped — at hollandhall.org/cbbookTo give to the Charlie Brown Endowment for Financial Aid, go to hollandhall.org/charliebrown
The Dutch football team hosts Inola tonight.You can watch the livestream at gotohh.org/stream starting at 6:50 p.m.