January 30 – February 5 (All School)

Posted on: Jan 29, 2021

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

  1. All-School news — State of the School Video, Yearbook Deadlines Approaching
  2. Upper School News
  3. Middle School News
  4. Primary School News
  5. Arts
  6. Athletics
  7. Campus health



State of the School Video

If you missed the State of the School Address on Wednesday, Jan. 27 you can view the video recording by clicking below.


Dutch Zone volunteers needed

The Dutch Zone needs volunteers! We have shifts available on Fridays from 8-10 a.m. and 2-4 p.m., and hope to open this spring on Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. if we can secure enough volunteers.

Please email Meredith at mrogers@hollandhall.org if you are interested in helping out.


Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

Join the Parents’ Association in recognizing the wonderful teachers and staff of Holland Hall. We will be celebrating during the week of February 8-12 and the theme will be RAINBOW CONNECTION. Be on the lookout for more information and a Signup Genius from your grade coordinator with ways you can help. Let’s thank the teachers and staff for all of their hard work and dedication this year.


Buy your yearbook

Last chance for personalized yearbooks coming Jan. 31.

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.



Senior Internships & Spring Event Calendar

Parents of the Class of 2021:
We announced this week to students and are now letting you know that we have made the decision to cancel Senior Internship as a graduation requirement for this year. We had set the goal of making this decision by February 19, but we decided to go ahead and make the call because we do not think places of business or not-for-profits will be equipped to host interns easily, given the current health situation. Because of this decision, we are now preparing some dates for senior spring. Here is what we have for now (soon to be posted on the school calendar):

  • Senior Skip day: a surprise for the class sometime in April!
  • Senior/Parent Celebration: likely outdoors on Wednesday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. More details to come!
  • JR/SR Breakfast and Senior T-shirt day: Wednesday, May 5
  • Senior Sunset: Thursday, May 6
  • College T-Shirt Day: Friday, May 7
  • Dead Days for seniors (no assessments, but students are in classes): Monday, May 11 and Tuesday, May 12
  • Penciling in Senior Exams: May 13, 14, 15 (NOTE: if a student is enrolled in an AP class, the AP exam functions as the final exam, so students do not take a final exam on campus in AP classes)
  • Seniors are not asked to be on campus during the week of May 17 – 21
  • Dutch Weekend: Seniors and their dates only: we are working on the place and the details: likely outdoors and a Saturday in May (Details TBA)
  • Commencement rehearsal / Senior Luncheon / Baccalaureate: Tuesday, May 25
  • Commencement: Wednesday, May 26


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.


Summer Program Suggestions

For more information about any of these programs, please contact Ms. Ashlee Lowry at alowry@hollandhall.org.

Summer Program Suggestions »



Middle School Parents’ Association Meeting

Please join us on Tuesday, February 9 at 8:30 a.m. for our virtual meeting!

  • We will have Gina Johnson and Amanda Josserand from the Academic Support Department on the topic of How to help your student get organized at school and at home!
  • Announcements: Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week February 8-12
  • Middle School announcements from Jennifer White and Meredith Rogers

Look forward to seeing everyone!


8th Grade Parent Virtual Meeting: Registering for 9th grade classes

Frances Fondren-Bales, Head of Upper School, and Joe Ford. Scheduler, will host a lunchtime virtual meeting on Thursday, February 11 from 12-12:45 p.m. to talk through the process of registering 8th grade students for classes for their 9th grade year.

We will be meeting with the 8th grade students from 8-8:30 a.m.  Feb. 11. Our hope is that students and parents can get important information on the same day so that discussions can begin to happen at home and with 8th grade homeroom teachers who will be working through the registration worksheet with students.

We will send out a link to the recorded meeting to all 8th grade parents after the meeting so that you can watch the recording if you cannot attend in person.

Please 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!

We will send the link out for the google meet as we get closer to the date!



Primary School Parents’ Association Meeting

Please join us via Google Meet for our 3rd Parents’ Association Meeting on Wednesday, February 10, at 9:30 a.m.

Our guest speaker will be Primary School Counselor Cassie Gray. She will discuss her role in supporting our students.

If you have any questions you’d like to have answered during the meeting, please email them to the Head of Primary School, Vanessa Jones, vjones@hollandhall.org or Krista Childress, krista.r.childress@gmail.com by Monday, February 8.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the meeting. Please join with your mute button on and this meeting will be recorded for those that cannot attend.



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 seventeen 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.



Tulsa World All-World Cross Country Team

Junior Ike Walker was selected to the All-World Boys Cross Country 1st Team. This is his 3rd straight year to earn this honor. Click here to view the complete list.

Senior Libby Rowland was selected to the All-World Girls Cross Country 1st Team. This is her 2nd straight year to earn this honor. Click here to view the complete list.




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.