Dutch Weekly Sept. 24-Oct. 1
From the Head of School's office: Continue to mask next week
Based on the data from this week and likely projections for the next, we will maintain our mask requirement for adults and students for the coming week. Please trust we would all like to get to a mask optional stance as quickly and as safely as possible. The current numbers and lack of access to a vaccine for our youngest simply do not make that reasonable right now.As a reminder, we are taking a measured approach to masking. We require them for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals when the daily Tulsa County Covid numbers are at 31 cases per 100,000 residents or more. We will announce the following week's mask status in Dutch Weekly every Friday. The policy is listed here below for reference.
COVID on campus
When there is a confirmed COVID case on campus, we will update our website here. If your child has been identified to quarantine, you will be contacted personally. Please keep your child home if they are experiencing any signs of illness and contact our Director of Health Services Kathleen Alabbasi, email@example.com. Also, if your child develops symptoms typical of allergies, a sinus infection, or the common cold, we ask that you contact your physician for determination of the need for a COVID test. Data indicates that the Delta variant primarily presents with similar symptoms and thus can be easily overlooked, according to our nursing staff.
Flu shots available
Holland Hall families are invited to get flu shots on campus, courtesy of Med-World Pharmacy, on Oct. 20.Shots are free for Holland Hall employees, and there is no copay for families with Health Choice, Community Care, Blue Lincs and Global Health insurance. Those with other insurance companies — or those paying out of pocket — will be charged $35. If your insurance pays for the shot, you will be refunded by mail.Bring a copy of your insurance card or take a photo of it when you register online.No appointment needed. Please complete the online vaccination intake form using the link here: https://hipaa.jotform.com/212564062155147. (Additional forms available onsite if needed.)Morning session
- 8 a.m.-noon October 20 in the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy's Self Conference Room
- 12;30-4:30 p.m. October 20 in the Primary School Teachers' Lounge
We love our grandparents
One of the many unique Holland Hall traditions we hope to continue this year is Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day. It is set for Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 8:30 a.m. Please enter contact information for your grandparents and special friends here by Oct. 11 so that we can invite them to be a part of this celebration.
Photo Retake Day
If you didn't get your photo taken this week, or want to have our child's photo retaken, photographers will be back on campus on Nov. 1. That's also the day we are photographing Primary School groups.
- Sept. 24: Varsity Football at Mannford
- Sept. 26: DSAT Buddy Walk on campus (see item below)
- Oct. 1: Primary School Night at the Football Game
- Oct. 5: MS PA meeting
- Oct. 6: Virtual 12th Grade Parent Meeting
- Oct. 6: Welcome Wednesday for prospective families
- Oct. 7-8: Upper School Play
- Oct. 8: Varsity Football at Vinita
- Oct. 8: Middle School SOOD
- Oct. 13: Field Day
- Oct. 13: PS PA meeting
- Oct. 13: Virtual Welcome Wednesday for prospective families
- Oct. 13: FIELD DAY
- Oct. 14: Varsity Football at Berryhill
- Oct. 15: Fall break: No classes
- Oct. 21: Distinguished Alumni Awards
- Oct. 22-23: Reunion Weekend for alumni
- Oct. 27: ARTworks with Whitney Forsyth begins
- Nov. 1: Picture Retake Day and Primary School Groups photos
- Nov. 6: Dutch Divine dinner presented by Alumni Association (stay tuned!)
- Nov. 23: Grandarents and Special Friends' Day
Primary School News
Primary School Night at the football game
PS families, come cheer on the Dutch, enjoy food trucks and be recognized on the field on Friday, October 1.Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs to the south lawn for food from Andolini's, Curb-Side Comfort, Frios and T-Town Gourmet — all of which will take cash or credit cards — starting at 5 p.m.Then:6 p.m. — Surprise
- You'll want to be at the game for a special surprise.
6:30 p.m. — Drumline and line up
- PS students will line up at their grade-level signs at the 50-yard-line on the visitors' side. Parents, please walk with your EPK-K students.
6:35 p.m. — Primary School Parade begins6:45 p.m. — K-3rd grade performance6:49 p.m. — Spirit Line and National Anthem6:57 p.m. — Exit through south gate
- Student pick-up will be on the south lawn.
7 p.m. — Kick-Off against Tulsa CentralPlus: Stay until halftime for a peformance from the PS/MS Cheerleading campers
Middle School News
Let's hear it for SOOD
MS SOOD (School Out of Doors) is set for Friday, October 8, during the school day on the Holland Hall campus for 4th-7th grade students. Each grade level will plan engaging learning activities outdoors, and it's always a very exciting experience!That day, all students will need to wear appropriate outdoor clothing for the day, bring a refillable water bottle, and have sunscreen/bug spray as needed. We will be catering Chick Fil A chicken sandwiches, a cookie, and chips for lunch that day. We will also provide snacks. If this does not meet your child's dietary needs, please have your child bring a sack lunch.Eight grade SOOD8th grade SOOD will be at Camp Loughridge. Busses will depart Holland Hall at 8:20 a.m., please be sure your child arrives to school on time. Students will return to Holland Hall at 4 p.m. That day, all students will need to wear appropriate outdoor clothing for the day, bring a refillable water bottle, and have sunscreen/bug spray as needed. We will be catering Chick Fil A chicken sandwiches, a cookie, and chips for lunch that day. We will also provide snacks. If this does not meet your child's dietary needs, please have your child bring a sack lunch.
Middle School clubs announced
- Academic Team, Thursdays 3:15-4:30 p.m., beginning in mid-October for 6th-8th grade students
- Ceramic Club, 1st and 3rd Thursdays, after sports for 7th/8th grade students
- French Club, second semester, Tuesdays after school
- GEMUN, A Days at lunch for 7th grade students
- Math Counts, Mondays 3:15-4:45 for 5th-8th grade students
- Science Club, Thursdays 3:10-4:15 2 times per month for 4th grade students
- Spanish Club, every other Monday 3:15-3:40 for 4th-6th grade students and 3:40-4:10 for 7th/8th grade students
Middle School reminders
- 6th-8th grade students need to have their IDs with them each day. Please help them remember these each morning. They are keys to open doors and they are the payment method for lunch.
- We have a number of students forgetting their masks. Parents, please be sure they exit your vehicle in the morning with a mask in hand to put on when they enter the building.
- If your student forgets something, including lunch, and you want to drop it off, there is a gray bin outside the main MS entrance. Please email Kelly Danner if you place something in the box.
- Lastly, if your student arrives late or leaves early for any reason, they need to sign out in the office with Kelly Danner so that we know who is on campus and who is not!
Middle School basketball tryouts
Save these dates for Middle School basketball tryouts
- 7th grade boys: September 27 and 29, 3:45-5 p.m. in the MS gym
- 7th and 8th grade girls: October 6 and 13, 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the MS gym
Upper School / College Counseling
Mark your calendars
On Wednesday, Oct. 13, the 9th-11th grade students need to arrive around 7:30 a.m. to start testing (PSAT and Pre-ACT) at 8 a.m. sharp! We are required by national regulations to begin at 8 a.m., despite our normal late arrival on Wednesday.
Seniors will be in career panels with alums from 9:30-11:30 a.m. After testing and career panels, students will set up for Field Day, which is that afternoon from 5-7 p.m.
The Upper School is going through more than 50 disposable masks per day. Parents, please remind US students to bring their own masks. Thank you!
Upper School PA meeting minutes
Please click below to watch the Parent Council meeting from Thursday, Sept. 16. Frances Fondren-Bales spoke about the work the faculty is doing in the Upper School surrounding feedback, summer reading, stress/resilience, and overall mental health. Ryan Myers spoke about the opening of school retreat: why we had it and what we accomplished. We also reviewed some important dates for upcoming events.Watch the meeting here.
Upper School Clubs
Student proposed Upper School clubs began meeting this week. They will meet again on Friday, October 1. Be sure to ask your child which club he or she is joining and what their Field Day booth is going to be!Field Day (the sole fundraiser for all clubs and grades) will be from 5 - 7 pm on Wednesday, October 13.Upper School ClubsArt ClubAsian Culture ClubBilliards ClubBook ClubChess ClubCompany 21Environmental ClubDutch SpiriteSportsFCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes)Girl UpHorror Analysis ClubInvestment ClubMath ClubMed ClubNews and PoliticsSpeech and DebateSpanish ClubTabletop Gaming ClubTechnology/Coding ClubTreadsUltimate FrisbeeYoung ConservativesYoung Progressives
Holland Hall vs. Mannford
The Dutch head to Mannford to play the Pirates at 7 p.m. tonight.You can watch it on our livestream at gotohh.org/stream Admission to the game is $5.
DUTCH IN THE COMMUNITY
We like Ike
Senior Ike Walker won the Holland Hall Cross Country Invitational last weekend.“I was extremely happy for Ike’s win,” Coach Greg Spencer told the Tulsa World. “I (had) never seen one of my runners win our home meet, and actually it’s been 27 years since we have had a Holland Hall runner win it.”Walker’s victory is even more impressive, considering everything he currently has on his plate.“With Ike being in the school play and both play practice and cross country at the same time, I don’t get to see him every day,” Spencer said of Walker, who finished sixth at last year’s 4A state championship. “But he is still working hard on his own so he can do both. Going into the race, I wasn’t sure of his fitness to win, but when I saw him exit the woods with a half-mile to go in second place, I knew he would win.”Walker even stayed busy after he crossed the finish line, according to Spencer.“After he won, I had a few people ask me if it was customary for the winner to congratulate everyone as they finished the race,” Spencer said. “I said, ‘No, that’s what Ike likes to do after most races.”Read the story here: bit.ly/HHIke
HH to host Buddy Walk Sunday!
Faculty member Leslie Long is helping organize this year's Buddy Walk on the Holland Hall campus. Whether you know someone who has Down syndrome, or just want to show your support, take the first step and donate to the Down Syndrome Association of Tulsa or come take part in a day of celebration!The welcome celebration will begin at 12:45 p.m. along the Tandy Walkway. Bring signs, noise makers, and help us cheer on our friends and families as they arrive and then again at 2:45 p.m. around the football field as the walk begins.Take part in the event festivities beginning at 1:30 p.m. on the lower practice field, with a DJ, Josh’s Sno Cones, Inflatables, Safari Joe's Exotic Animals, Fun Zone and so much more!More information on the Tulsa Buddy Walk and ways to donate and support can be found at https://www.ds-stride.org/tulsabuddywalk