January 16 – 22 (All School)

Posted on: Jan 15, 2021

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

  1. Athletics  — Basketball live stream
  2. All-School news — School Lunch Survey, Dutch Exchange, State of the School Address
  3. Upper School News
  4. Middle School News
  5. Primary School News
  6. Campus health


Home varsity basketball livestream

You can watch all home varsity basketball games online, go to the livestream at go.hollandhall.org/hhbroadcast.

Upcoming games

Friday, January 15
Holland Hall vs. Metro Christian
Varsity Girls – 6:00 p.m.
Varsity Boys – 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 19
Holland Hall vs. Regent
Varsity Girls – 6:00 p.m.
Varsity Boys – 7:30 p.m.


Ostroski named to the Oklahoman’s All-State Football 1st Team

Senior Owen Ostroski was selected to the Oklahoman’s 108th All-State Football 1st team. Ostroski was selected for being one of the top players this year at his position, defensive line.

Click here to view the complete list.



MLK Day Art Contest Winner

Congratulations to Serena Siddiqui, a third-grader, who placed third in the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Society’s Youth Art Contest. Tulsa students in K-6th grade were asked to create an illustration based on one of three themes that characterize Dr. King’s life and work — love, peace or unity. The drawings are showcased in the 2021 MLK Souvenir Book. Great job, Serena!


Dutch Exchange

The Dutch Exchange will be open on Wednesday, January 20 from 3-4 p.m.

We will be accepting donations. Keep in mind that outerwear is the most requested. We are fully stocked on khaki pants and shorts.

Please contact Gayle Taylor if you have any questions, wanmbr1mom@cox.net.

Click here for more information about the Dutch Exchange.


State of the School Address

Please join us on January 27 at 6:30 p.m. for the community-wide virtual State of the School Address presented by JP Culley, J.W. Craft (Board of Trustees Chair), and Beth Goddard (Parent Association President & Trustee).


Important Yearbook Deadlines Approaching

Buy your personalized yearbooks by Jan. 29.

Buy your non-personalized yearbooks by Feb. 28.

Starting March 1, there will be a first-come, first-served purchase offer and the price increases to $100 per book until the plant overruns are all sold.

Books are sold online at www.jostens.com.


Spring 2021 School Lunch Survey — make your voice heard soon

We need to hear from parents soon about your family’s experience with the school lunch service. Please fill out the following survey about possible changes.




Upper School Parents’ Association Meeting

Please join us on Thursday, January 21 at Noon for our Upper School Parents’ Association Meeting.

Our guest speaker will be Head of School JP Culley to share details of the school’s Strategic Plan.


ACT Test – February 6

Friday, January 15 is the registration deadline for the Saturday, February 6, ACT test. Cost is $55  without writing, or $70 with writing. To register, go to www.actstudent.org.


Presidential Inauguration

In the Upper School, we believe that students and faculty should have the opportunity to watch Presidential Inaugurations, as part of our education about civics and government. Therefore, we will have a special schedule on Wednesday, January 20. Classes will be an hour and fifteen minutes, rather than an hour and thirty minutes. We will have a time period from 10:40 – 11: 25 a.m. when classes will stop and those who wish to watch the Inauguration may go to the US gym to do so. Those who do not wish to attend will be able to go to a study hall and/or have lunch outside (weather permitting). We have chosen this 45-minute window because it should encompass the swearing in of the president and the vide president.

If it is important to your family to watch the entirety of the proceedings, we encourage you to record it and watch it together in the evening. This will offer the opportunity of seeing some important moments without missing too much class. As always, be in touch with Frances Fondren-Bales with questions!


Reminder about Virtual Learning

We continue to have families requesting virtual learning when a student is home sick for a day and it is not Covid-related. Please remember that we still want students to take a sick day if they need rest and recovery.

In addition, the management of the revolving door of students on and off the virtual list is a difficult issue for our teachers to manage. Though we honor that students are trying to do the right thing by tuning in for class from home, we ask that the virtual learning platform be used only once it is cleared by Frances Fondren-Bales for Covid-related issues. Please just reach out to Ms. Fondren-Bales with questions!


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 Community Service Outreach for Emergency Infant Services

Upper School students will be collecting gently used toys, coats, gloves, and scarfs of ALL sizes for Emergency Infant Services of Tulsa.

Disposable diapers of all sizes will also be accepted to benefit those in need at Emergency Infant Services.

Please have your student drop off their donated items in the Upper School bins in the Commons from January 11 through January 20.

If you have questions, please contact Nancy Baumann, Community Service Coordinator, nbaumann@hollandhall.org.



MS Extended Day Reminders

Personal Devices
Policies for personal devices that are stated in the student/parent handbook that are in place for the regular school day, apply to MS Extended Day Program until 6 p.m. See handbook excerpts below:

2020-2021 Middle School Student Parent Handbook

Personal Electronic Devices (including smart watches)
Our Philosophy – We acknowledge that cell phones are an integral part of our communication today. We prioritize the appropriate and healthy use of them in an academic setting. Academic work, social development, and balanced living are priorities at school. The culture of learning at Holland Hall prioritizes face-to-face interactions. Because all students have devices (laptops or iPad) that will allow them to do the majority of the activities that would be done on a cell phone, we choose to significantly limit cell phones during the academic day. We acknowledge that it requires self-control to resist the urge to check one’s cell phone and studies show that distance between person and cell phone is the best way to focus on the task at hand rather than the urge to check. For this reason, all cell phones should be off and stored in student lockers during the school day.

MS Personal Device Rule
Any permitted activity on a personal electronic device, including cell phones and smart watches, should be for academic purposes or as otherwise approved by a Holland Hall faculty member or coach. If a student feels the need to use their device (s)he needs to ask permission. If a student is using his/her device without permission, faculty members will confiscate the device and turn it into the MS Office. Parents are then asked to pick the phone up at the end of the school day. If this becomes a regular occurrence, students will be required to turn their device in to a faculty member when they arrive to school.

Inbound parents picking up your child from the MS aftercare program, please call the MS child care phone at 918-879-4764. This information can be found on the Parent Portal tab of the HH website under the Extended Day Program link.

3:10-3:55 p.m. – Tandy south doors/QR code mobile scan
4:00-4:30 p.m. – MS playground curbside/QR code mobile scan
4:35-6:00 p.m. – Tandy south doors/QR code mobile scan



Come join “Ms. Ariel’s Art Studio”

Join an after school Enrichment Workshop for six weeks starting January 19! This is an interactive class to explore the elements of art and strengthen drawing skills using various media. Your young artists will create a new drawing each week ranging from real and imaginary landscapes, animals, plants, fantasy creatures and everyday still life. Students will strengthen their color theory through the use of markers, color pencils and pastels while exploring art history and learning more about artists and their works.

When: Tuesdays 3:15-4:15 p.m.  January 19-February 23
Where: Primary School (former music room)
Grade: PK4-3rd
Instructor: Ariel Myer
Class Size: 12
Cost per student: $110/6 weeks
Email to register today: dalmohandis@hollandhall.org


Come join our Bite Size Broadway

After school Enrichment Workshop for six weeks starting January 20! This musical workshop will focus on the basics of acting, dance, singing, and stage production. Bring your high energy and let’s get together for some FUN! ACT-DANCE-SING!

When: Wednesdays 3:15-4:15 p.m. ~ 1/20 – 2/24
Where: Primary School – (former music room)
Grade: PK4-3rd
Instructors: Ayngel McNall & John Russell
Class size: 16
Cost per student: $110/6 weeks
Email to register today: dalmohandis@hollandhall.org


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.