February 13 – 19 (All School)

Posted on: Feb 12, 2021

In this issue of Dutch Weekly, you will find information on:

  1. All-School news – Ash Wednesday, Online Directory, PA Meeting
  2. Upper School News
  3. Middle School News
  4. Primary School News
  5. Arts
  6. Athletics
  7. Campus health



Ash Wednesday — ashes to go!

If you would like to receive the traditional imposition of ashes on Wednesday, February 17, there will be a station located at the Tandy (outside the dining area weather permitting, inside if not).

This is a come and go event from 7:45-8:30 a.m.


Virtual NCAA Information Night

Join our hosts for an information session about playing collegiate sports and NCAA procedures involving incoming student athletes on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.

This event is geared toward:

  • Student athletes who attend Holland Hall or any surrounding school
  • Parents
  • Coaches
  • Athletic Department administrators

Topics will include:

  • NCAA Clearinghouse
  • Scholarships
  • Fully funded vs. equivalency sports
  • Exposure camps
  • MORE


  • Kevin Harris, Head Coach – Crew – University of Tulsa
  • Christy Utter- Head Coach – Field Hockey – Holland Hall and former Brown and Louisville assistant field hockey coach
  • Steve Heldebrand – Director of Athletics – Holland Hall

RSVP on the Facebook event page or send an email to crowland@hollandhall.org to register.


Dutch Exchange

The Dutch Exchange will be open Wednesday, February 17 from 3-4 p.m. Come drop off your gently used items or come and shop!

If you have any question please email Gayle Taylor at wanmbr1mom@cox.net.


Dutch Zone Winter Sale

Stop in and get 25% off most items in the store.

The DutchZone will be open an additional day for our sale

Wednesday, February 17: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Friday, February 19: 8 – 10 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.


Parents’ Association Meeting

All parents are invited to a virtual meeting on March 2 at 11:30 a.m. to vote on changes to the Parents’ Association Bylaws. Proposed changes alter the nominations process to select officers and other representatives of the Association, and address verbiage inconsistencies in the bylaws, which were last updated in 2014-15. A Google Meet code will be sent in next week’s Dutch Weekly.

Click here to view the proposed bylaws revisions.


Buy your yearbook

Starting Feb. 1, non-personalized books will be on sale through Feb. 28.

Place your orders on jostens.com for a once-in-a-lifetime yearbook. The student staff is working hard to capture the year as a lasting history book for your students and family.


The app — new and improved

Parents, we are revamping the Holland Hall app, and we started with the directory. If you’ve uninstalled the app, it’s time to go to the App Store and add it back.

When you click directory in the app, you will see a login screen. Click forgot password and enter your email for an auto-generated password. You should only have to log in once or twice a year.

Once you’re logged in, if you see that your information is incorrect — or isn’t there at all — make sure you’ve updated your information in the Parent Portal, go.hollandhall.org/parentportal, and click the Family tab.

The directory will be updated once a week — usually on Tuesdays.

COMING SOON: An anonymous tip line for emergencies, plus a question line for any question you want answered. Stay tuned.


Holland Haul Online Auction

The HOLLAND HAUL online auction is gearing up for mid-April — in an enhanced format this year. Help us raise funds for our students and teachers by donating an item or service from your business. We’d love to include it in our fantastic auction offerings! Please contact mrogers@hollandhall.org to participate.

Thank you so much for supporting Holland Hall and making this such a special community!



Cycle day reminder

Tuesday is D day and Wednesday is a combined E/F day with 45 minute classes, whether we are in person or virtual.


Upper School Parents’ Association Meeting

The next monthly virtual Upper School Council Meeting will be Thursday, February 18 at Noon.

Our guest speaker will be Ryan Myers to discuss student stress right now: what we are seeing and what we are doing to help support students more in the midst of the pandemic, winter blues, etc.

We hope you can join us!

2021-22 school year class registration

Advisors are beginning to work with students on signing up for classes for the 2021-22 school year. Parents will be hearing from advisors about those choices by phone or email.


Virtual college fairs

The Great Plains Association for College Admission Counseling (GPACAC) is hosting two different upcoming events for students and families.

GPACAC – College Admission Directors Panel – Feb. 21
Sunday, February 21 from 1-1:45 p.m.
Students register here: https://app.strivescan.com/students?id=5657

The goal of the panel is for the experts to share advice and recommendations for students and families as they prepare to research and apply to college in 2021 and beyond. Topics will include the future of standardized tests, the impact of COVID on colleges and college admissions, and advice for researching colleges and determining a fit. The panelists will share perspective and insight on the broad picture of college admissions and higher education.

GPACAC Virtual College Fair – Feb. 21
Sunday, February 21 from 2-4:45 p.m.
Choose from more than 100 colleges and explore up to 18 different colleges.
Register here: https://app.strivescan.com/students?id=5657

Dallas Area Regional Network College Fair – Feb. 25
Thursday, February 25, 6-7 p.m.
This 1-hour virtual college fair provides students from Denton County, Wichita Falls, and Oklahoma the opportunity to engage with college representatives who are based in Dallas and are members of the Dallas Area Regional Network (better known as DARN). Families can learn more about a wide variety of institutions located in 24 different states in a more traditional, college-fair style setting. Parents/Guardians: If you are registering for your student, please complete the registration with their information.

Registration is FREE but LIMITED. Go to: https://tennessee.zoom.us/j/97699444905 (Password is received upon registration)


ACT District Test – March 2

Holland Hall College Counseling will give the ACT Test to current juniors on Tuesday, March 2. All juniors are invited to take the test. We will handle registration and also survey students soon for those who need to opt out of taking this district test. If your student chooses to take the test, your family’s account will be billed later in the spring. The approximate cost is $45.

Contact Brent Casey in College Counseling with any questions at bcasey@hollandhall.org.


Upper School Play — ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Join the Holland Hall Upper School Theatre for another evening under the stars as they present the spring performance of “Alice in Wonderland,” adapted by Eva Le Gallienne and Florida Friebus.

Based on the beloved classics by Lewis Carroll, “Alice in Wonderland” is a journey into a world of complete illusion. When Alice steps into Wonderland, she is immersed into a fantastical, wacky world full of chaos and nonsense. Filled with zany characters, music and active staging, “Alice in Wonderland” is the perfect play for young and old audiences alike. You don’t want to miss it.

Dates: March 10-12
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Where: Upper School outdoor Amphitheater
Admission: Free

*Masks and social distancing guidelines will be in place, bring a blanket*



Cycle day reminder

Tuesday is D day, Wednesday will be a combination E/F day for 6th-8th and E day rotations for all electives and fine arts.


8th Grade Parent Virtual Meeting rescheduled

Head of Upper School Frances Fondren-Bales will host a virtual meeting on Tuesday, February 16 from 12-12:45 p.m. to talk through the process of registering 8th grade students for classes for their 9th grade year.

Students will meet from 8-8:30 a.m. that same day.  A recording will be available for families who aren’t able to attend the meeting.

Feel free to email Frances Fondren-Bales at ffondrenbales@hollandhall.org if you have particular questions on your mind and she will be sure to incorporate that information into the meeting.


Middle School Parents’ Association Meeting recording and minutes

Thank you to all who joined our Middle School Parents’ Association meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

The recording of that meeting can be found by clicking here.

The meeting minutes can be found by clicking here.

The sleep presentation can be found by clicking here.



Check PSL for updates

Individual grades are communicating about rescheduling activities from this past week. Be sure to check your grade level PSL page for updates.



Holliman Gallery exhibit: Kenneth Brown


An American artist hailing from Pioneer, Texas, Kenneth Brown and his four siblings worked hard in their family’s business ventures — farming, ranching, custom harvesting, a quarter horse track, a family-owned cable TV company and more. His favorite memories from a young age are 17 summer seasons of custom harvesting, where he gained an appreciation and love for old buildings and country landscapes. READ MORE >>

Click here to view the gallery.



Elise Hill named Tulsa World player of the week

Sophomore Elise Hill was named the Tulsa World player of the week after scoring a career high of 24 points and leading the team to victory against Pinnacle Conference rival Lincoln Christian.


Swimmer heading to state meet

Freshman Will Schenk qualified for the state swim meet in 100m Fly and 100m Breaststroke after his performances at the regional meet. The state meet is set for Feb. 22-23.



Home COVID testing

From our nurses:
We accept PCR and antigen (rapid) tests that have been collected at a health-care facility.  At this time we do not accept any at home COVID tests, but will revisit our policy as research indicates.

If you have health questions

Although the nursing staff is glad to answer your COVID-related questions, your doctor should always be your first call. And the staff has put together this Q-and-A for more guidance.

Q. What qualifies as direct exposure/close contact?

A.  “You are a close contact if you are within six feet of an infected person (a diagnosed COVID case) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes within a 24-hour period, starting from two days before illness onset or two days prior to a positive COVID test.”  — Oklahoma State Department of Health

Direct exposure is not …

    … being around someone who has had direct exposure to a known positive COVID case. (That is a secondary exposure and no action is required)

    … being around someone who is ill unless and until they receive a positive COVID test. (They might have the flu or a different illness as opposed to COVID)

If you have had direct exposure to a known positive COVID case: 

    • First — Call your primary care physician for guidance.

    • If your primary care physician is unavailable, please follow these guidelines.

      • Immediately separate yourself from the known positive COVID individual.
      • If they are a member of your household, they must be isolated in a separate bedroom and use a separate bathroom from the rest of the household. You should not have any contact with the individual for 10 days.
      • Remain separated from the known COVID individual and obtain a COVID test five days (or more) after your last contact with the individual.
      • If your test result is negative, you may resume your normal activities, however, you must remain separated from the COVID positive individual for 10 days after their diagnosis.
      • If your test result is positive, you will need to quarantine for 10 days from the date of your positive test or the development of COVID symptoms.
      • If you are unable to separate from the COVID positive individual in your household, you must quarantine for 15 days and then obtain a COVID test.

Travel and Spring Break

“If you plan to travel internationally, get tested before you travel by air into the United States, or be prepared to show proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel.

On January 12, 2021, CDC issued an order requiring all air passengers arriving to the U.S. from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. This order will go into effect on January 26, 2021.”

Here is the link to the CDC travel order:


“CDC officials announced new guidance for testing before and after traveling: Someone planning a trip should get a test one to three days in advance and then be tested again three to five days after returning. The agency reiterated its recommendation against travel this holiday season amid a massive spike in coronavirus infections nationwide that is filling hospitals with COVID-19 patients.”

Here is the link to the CDC travel recommendations:


Here is the link to the Washington Post article referenced above:



Transparency and COVID-19

Holland Hall is committed to transparency. This spreadsheet on the school’s website is updated daily with any positive cases on campus. The numbers — if there are any — are reported by branch (Upper School/WAC; Middle School/Tandy; Primary School). Nurse Linda Christensen is responsible for contact tracing this year and informs anyone with direct exposure personally.