Dutch Weekly October 23-29
From the Head of School: Mask policy changes
Weekly, Holland Hall reviews our local Covid data and the school's internal data against the published temporary mask policy we shared in August. With local cases below 30 per 100,000, we are moving into the middle range of our policy. This means vaccinated individuals may choose whether or not to wear a mask during the school day. Unvaccinated individuals, for now, should remain masked. Read Head of School JP Culley's entire masking message here.
Homecoming and Reunion Weekend
Holland Hall alumni are enjoying events on campus Friday, including the Homecoming game against Jay. Come out and support the undefeated Dutch football team, and say hi to our special visitors to campus!The game starts at 7 p.m. If you can't join us, you can watch at gotohh.org/streamAlso check out this awesome video of Thursday's pep rally and Spirit Stick presentation with KOTV Channel 6's Dave Davis.https://bit.ly/HHspiritstick
Join us for the opening of ARTworks
Holland Hall ARTworks in bigger than ever in this centennial year.Come celebrate with us as at the 2021 ARTworks Gallery Opening featuring Whitney Forsyth, a noted artist and ceramicist.Meet the artist while viewing her collection in this come-and-go event in Holland Hall’s Holliman Gallery in the Walter Arts Center. Works will be for sale during the event. Enjoy appetizers, beer and wine. Tickets are $25 per person, and the event is open to anyone 21 and older in the Holland Hall community. Patron levels also are available.Holland Hall’s signature ARTworks program runs from Oct. 25-30. All Kindergarten-12th grade students will have the opportunity to enjoy an in-person workshop with Whitney Forsyth. The clay pieces the students create during the workshops will become part of a collective community mandala honoring Holland Hall’s Centennial.Buy tickets here.
ARTworks volunteers needed
We need volunteers to help with workshops in each branch! Please click the links below to sign up:PRIMARY SCHOOLMIDDLE SCHOOLUPPER SCHOOL
If you remember the Refectory ....
... You need tickets to Dutch Divine.The Holland Hall Alumni Association is bringing back Dutch Divine — a night of gourmet food, fine wines and music provided by alumni — on Nov. 6. Current families, as well as alumni and alumni parents, are invited!The event starts at 6 p.m. and tickets are $125 with a special rate for faculty or young alumni. Sponsorships are available to honor your favorite alumna/alumnus, faculty member or class. All proceeds benefit the Alumni Fund for Financial Aid.This year's menu is Cafeteria Chic, in honor of its new location at the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Dining and Wellness Center. Local restaurant owner and chef Justin Thompson '98, Juniper chef Myles McClanahan '98, and current parent Kate Atkinson are preparing a 5-course dinner guaranteed to make you forget those pizza pockets and Sun Chips from way back when.Wines are provided by wineries with local ties — Darms Lane, 32 Winds and Downward Dog — and Nicholas Foster '10 and his band will serenade the crowd hanging out in the "Commons."AND IT'S A FREE DRESS DAY!Tickets and sponsorships: https://hollandhall.wufoo.com/forms/q2nk2zg19fnzuy/Cheers!
Didn't feel as glam as Mr. Spencer in your school photo?Picture retakes and primary school class groups will be taken Monday, Nov. 1, by JostensPix. If you would like a retake for your student, all they need to do is go to the camera in their branch on the morning of Nov. 1. No paperwork is required. You may wish to communicate with their teacher or advisor to ensure they go to the camera.If your student missed picture day on Sept. 23, please make sure they get their photo taken. These photos will be used in the 2022 yearbook and be available for purchase.
- Oct. 23-24: Reunion Weekend for alumni
- Oct. 23: Varsity football vs. Jay
- Oct. 23: US Homecoming Dance
- Oct. 25-30: ARTworks with Whitney Forsyth
- Oct. 29: Primary School Halloween Parade
- Nov. 1: Picture Retake Day and Primary School Groups photos
- Nov. 6: Dutch Divine dinner presented by Alumni Association
- Nov. 23: Grandarents and Special Friends' Day (half-day of classes)
Primary School News
Halloween parade volunteers needed
The Primary School is hosting their second Spooktacular Costume Parade on Friday, Oct. 29. Each grade will have a designated 20-minute time slot to parade through the EPK circle drive, and then parents can join their student as they Table Treat their way back to the classroom. Costumes welcome!Please see the sign up genius links per gradeEPK: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48ACA723A2F9C25-earlyPre-K: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48ACA723A2F9C25-prekJK: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48ACA723A2F9C25-jrkindergartenK: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48ACA723A2F9C25-kindergartenFirst: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48ACA723A2F9C25-firstSecond: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48ACA723A2F9C25-secondThird: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48ACA723A2F9C25-thirdFor any questions or concerns, reach out to Parents Association Liaison Meredith Rogers, firstname.lastname@example.org or Halloween Parade Chair Amy McKinnell at email@example.com
A reminder for the pick-up line
In the delicate dance that is the Primary School pick-up and drop-off line, there are some rules to follow to keep everyone going where they need to be.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!
The Primary School staff is happy to make arrangements to store a carseat or booster seat for the day if someone other than you is picking up your child. State law requires primary school-aged children to be in a carseat, even if driving only a short distance away.
New After School Enrichment Classes Starting
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: $150To register: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: $120To register:email@example.com
Middle School News
Comments are coming
You should be able to view comments that your child's teachers have written on Nov. 2 by logging into the parent portal. gotohh.org/parentportal.
Middle School Fall Conference Lunch for Teachers and Staff
The Middle School Parents' Association is hosting a fall conference lunch for the hard working Middle School Faculty and Staff. We are providing a pasta lunch from Napa Flats but need help with extras like dessert, paper goods, drinks and snacks to stock the teachers' lounge. If you are interested in helping out please sign up on the Sign Up Genius listed below.https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080845aaa628a0fa7-fall1
Parent and advisor conferences set
There will be no school on Nov. 5 for parent/advisor conferences. Be watching for more information.
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 thereforefour 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.The information provided in the following link will be shared with students as we approach testing time. Please take a look and help facilitate at home.https://docs.google.com/document/d/1r-ILC7yEz6VFVl-jNXyEsvPXisv_wQ1dZD_8RRIAgXY/edit?usp=sharingHOW 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
The Homecoming Dance is Saturday, Oct. 23
Here are the details:
- On the Chapman Green
- From 8-10 p.m.
- With a DJ
We are excited for all of the fun!
US Parents’ Association Meeting Recording
Thank you to all who joined our Upper School Parents’ Association meeting on October 21. The recording of that meeting can be found by clicking here.
Upper School Parent Coffee
Please join US parents for a come and go coffee. Reconnect with other parents and meet parents new to the school!When: October 28 at 10 a.m.Where: Holliman Gallery, Walter Arts Center
Comments and Conferences scheduled
Families will receive their comments electronically through the parent portal this year. They will be posted on the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 2. Holland Hall will send you an email to let you know they are available in the portal. Please be sure to log in and read those comments with valuable feedback for your child that teachers have worked hard to produce.Later that week, the evening of Thursday, Nov. 4 and all day Friday, Nov. 5, we will will have family conferences. So, please be on the look out for communication from your child's advisor about how to sign up. There will be no classes on Friday, Nov. 5.
Get your yearbook ad
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/
It's going to be legen — wait for it — dary
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
Holland Hall wrestling ramps up
If your Middle School or Upper School student would like to try wrestling, our new coach Travis Goldsworthy wants to know about it!Check out this link.