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March 13 – 26 (All School)

Posted on: Mar 12, 2021

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

  1. All-School news – PA Nominations
  2. Upper School News
  3. Middle School News
  4. Primary School News
  5. Campus health

 


ALL SCHOOL INFO

Get involved in the Parents’ Association!

Changes to the PA Bylaws governing the nominations process were approved on March 2. We invite you to nominate yourself or others for 2021-2022 PA leadership positions and/or express your interest in serving the Parents’ Association in another capacity.

Click here for descriptions of all PA volunteer leadership positions.

Click here to access the nominations form. Nominations will be accepted through March 15.

 

Important dates

March 15-19: Spring break
March 22-25: Virtual days for 4th-12th grades. In-person class for Primary School
March 26 (Friday): Everyone back on campus
April 2: Good Friday (no classes)
April 23: Virtual day for 4th-12th grades: half-day in-person for Primary School
April 26: Virtual day for 4th-12th grades; normal day in Primary School
May 14: Last day for Early PreK – 5th grade
May 14: Last day for seniors
May 21: Last day for grades 6th – 11th grades
June 1: First day for summer programs. (Be watching for the course catalog before spring break. Registration opens April 1.)

Note: Dates for 8th grade promotion, 3rd grade bridge ceremony and other key events — as well as 6th-8th grade schedules for the last days of school — will be announced soon

 


UPPER SCHOOL NEWS

Upper School Parent Coffee

Join us for the Upper School parents community coffee, please keep social distancing guidelines in place while enjoying a hot cup of coffee!

When: March 26
Time: 8-9 a.m.
Where: Chapman Green

 

Dutch Weekend

The Events Committee of Student Council has set the date for Dutch Weekend. As a reminder, Dutch Weekend will only be for seniors and their dates, and it will take place on Saturday, May 22, on campus.

The time will be announced closer to the date! We are excited to have this special dance for the senior class, and we hope they will attend. Because Dutch Weekend is a weekend of events, we plan to have some special activities for the 9th-11th grades the day before (May 21), on their last day of classes.

 


MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Course selections for current 5th-7th grade students

Course selections for the 2021-2022 academic year have been sent to all current 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students. A very simple process, each student will need to choose three courses in the google form that was emailed and this will need to be completed from their Holland Hall google account with their Holland Hall email Students will all be enrolled in English, Social Studies, and Science. Current math teachers will place students in their Math class. In addition, students will choose their world language (Chinese, French, or Spanish), their Music (Band, Choir, or Orchestra), and their Fine Arts Elective (8th Grade: Art, Drama, or 3D Art, 7th Grade: Art, Drama, or Photography, 8th Grade: 2D Art, 3D Art, or Drama). If a student has been recommended or would like to be considered for Academic Support, this will take the place of the World Language course and is an option on the Google Form. All students will also be enrolled in PE. 7th and 8th grade students will have opportunities to sign up for athletic teams by season instead of PE. We ask that students send a copy to themselves so they have a record of what they selected. If they change their mind after submitting, they need to email Ms. Danner or Ms. White.

These course selections are due no later than March 26.

 

8th Grade Dinner/Dance

Our postponed 8th grade Dinner/Dance is now scheduled for Saturday, April 17. “Under the Stars” will be a Zoom Formal (meaning dressy on top, comfy on bottom) and dinner will be hosted by 8th grade families on the HH campus in tents. Following dinner, students will watch a movie on the Chapman Green. Photos will begin at 6 p.m. and the pick up time that evening is 9 p.m.

 

Last day of school info

4th-5th Grade
The last day of school for 4th and 5th grades is Friday, May 14. Students in 4th and 5th grades will be dismissed that day at 10:30 a.m.

6th-8th Grade
The last day of school for 6th-8th grade students is Friday, May 21. Though we are not having final exams, we will still have our shorter days during which faculty and grade level teams will plan for year end activities that culminate our year. On Wednesday, May 19 – Friday, May 21, school will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m.

8th Grade Celebration
On Friday, May 21, we will celebrate our 8th graders. At 11:30 a.m., all 8th grade students will be treated to a lunch on campus with faculty. They will be ready to be picked up at 12:30 p.m. At 6 p.m., families are invited to campus for a Parade Celebration. Come with your cars decorated and be ready for a lively and fun parade with faculty, music, and plenty of photo opportunities. Following the parade, students will remain on campus for a fun celebration on the Chapman Green and in The Tandy Dining Hall. Parents will need to pick their children up by 9 p.m. at the Tandy. Students will be gifted a Promotion T-Shirt to wear for the parade/photos/celebration along with any casual bottoms.

 

MS Day of Service

The challenges that the 20-21 school year have presented require the Middle School service day to be a unique one! On April 1, students will be helping the community around them from their own classrooms. We will be planning COVID-friendly activities so that everyone is able to participate in a safe and enjoyable service day.

Students will be participating in activities such as making crafts, writing cards, organizing cans, researching charities, and so much more to not only help the Holland Hall community- but all of the community around us.

 


PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWS

After school enrichment classes

Come join “Ms. Ariel’s Art Studio”
Join an after school Enrichment Workshop for six weeks starting March 23! 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. March 23 – April 27
Where: Primary School (former music room)
Grade: PK4-3rd
Instructor: Ariel Myer
Class Size: 16
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 March 24! 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. March 24 – April 28
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

 


CAMPUS HEALTH

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:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

“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:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html

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

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/cdc-quarantine-time-covid/2020/12/02/18159172-349e-11eb-b59c-adb7153d10c2_story.html

 

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.