May 9 – 15 (All School)

Posted on: May 12, 2020

We are almost there … although I’m not sure where ‘there’ is.” — Heard in the Upper School.

Now for some announcements …

From the Upper School …

The week of May 11: This will will be a week to wrap up work for all classes, reflect on the school year, finish up projects, do fun activities for classes, and celebrate the completion of the year.

Thursday, May 14: Summer Reading lists will be available by this date on the Chapman Library part of the Holland Hall website. There will be a clickable link titled 2020 Summer Reading. Please check there with your child to find out about summer reading!

Friday, May 15: On the last day of school, students may pick up their locker contents, artwork, and yearbooks. Students should bring a backpack or large bag to gather these items. Be prepared to drop off any borrowed or checked-out items such as library books, instruments, athletic uniforms, or science supplies.
In order to keep everyone safe, we will spread this out throughout the afternoon, so please plan to come during your designated time, which is listed below. If you cannot come during your designated time, please contact Ms. Udwin and Dr. Berglund.


1:00 – 2:00 Last Names: A – G
2:00 – 3:00  Last Names: H – M
3:00 – 4:00  Last Names: N – S
4:00 – 5:00  Last Names: T – Z

Click here for more details about pick-up and drop-off »

Thursday, May 21: Diplomas conferred on the Class of 2020. Be looking for more details soon.

Thursday, July 9: Commencement exercises for the Class of 2020 on the Holland Hall campus.


From the Middle School …

The week of May 11: A week to wrap up work for all classes, reflect on the school year, finish up projects, and celebrate the completion of the year.

Thursday, May 14: The annual Middle School Talent Show will be virtual this year. Watch for the link.

Thursday, May 14: The 2020 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony video broadcast will be streamed at 1 p.m. If you cannot make it at this time, no worries! We will send you a link so that you will be able to watch later and multiple times if you’d like. This is the time of day that our Promotion ceremony typically takes place, so we hoped to honor that tradition in a small way.

Thursday, May 14: 8th Grade Promotion will be celebrated “parade style” on Thursday, May 14 beginning at 5 p.m. immediately following the supply pick-up and drop-off. Cars will drive through the West drive and be met with a surprise at the top of the hill in the driveway. More details will be sent to 8th grade families, but please plan to come in only one car that evening.

Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15: Supply pick-up and drop off. Details below.

Thursday, May 14: 

6th grade – 1-2 p.m. in the circle drive east of the MS
7th grade – 2-3 p.m. in the driveway west of the MS
8th grade – 5-6 p.m. in the driveway west of the MS**
Click here for more information »

Friday, May 15th

4th grade – 11 a.m.-noon, drop your student off at the 4th grade sidewalk/door, drive forward, and pick up your child at the 5th grade sidewalk/door.
5th grade – Noon-1 p.m., drop your student off at the 5th grade sidewalk/door, drive forward, and pick up your child at the 6th grade sidewalk/door.
Click here for more information »

Monday, May 18th: Anyone who was unable to make it to the above scheduled times for pick up may come by the main MS entrance between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to pick up items.


From the Primary School …

See below for specific grade level times to collect items from school and celebrate the last day of school! Teachers and teaching assistants will be working in the coming weeks to collect and organize all student items for pick up at these times. Unfortunately, we will not be able to allow families or students to enter the building. Look for more specific grade level instructions in an upcoming email.

Monday, May 18: 

Third Grade Bridge Crossing: The Third Grade Bridge Crossing Ceremony has been rescheduled for Friday, August 7. Time TBD. We are postponing this ceremony hopefully to increase the possibilities for pictures and to ensure all guidelines for social distancing for these types of experiences have been thoroughly tested.

Great Family Conversation Starters (Part XV)
1) Who is your favorite person in the neighborhood, and why?
2) Which relative is the most fun to visit? Which one is the most fun, when they visit you? Why?

Digging Books!
Be on the alert!! Final episodes are on the way, in the Digging Books! series.

Don’t miss these “Stay at Home” editions! »


Music Department Senior Recognition & Awards for 2020

The music department is proud to acknowledge the seniors who have been the leaders of the Band, Choir and Orchestra and to announce our end of year special awards.


Jonathan Atkinson, Caleb Baird, Alex Booker, David Hernandez-Perez, Alex Kasiske, Sheridan Miller-Kardos, Jordan Wheeler

Ann Arnold, Jonathan Atkinson, Daniel Bowers, Brock Davis, Elle Elmburg, Deja Harris, Brian Head, Brooklyn Pfannenstiel, Ryan Rule, Jayden Sexton

Luka Abufadil, Marta Almozavaite, Jaxon Castillo, Logan Littlefield, Jacob O’Hara, Regina Scott

Awards of Special Distinction

John Philip Sousa Award – Jonathan Atkinson

Bill Brown Jazz Award – Alex Booker

Most Valuable Band Musician – Sheridan Miller-Kardos

The David Rollo Outstanding Choir Student Award – Ryan Rule

The David Bishop Moffett Vocal Music Award – Daniel Bowers

Music Book Award Winner – Regina Scott

Click here to view the full list »


The Dutch Exchange

Cleaning out your closets during quarantine? Have a pile of outgrown Holland Hall uniforms and don’t know what to do with them? Set them aside for The Dutch Exchange!!

In the near future, Holland Hall families will be able to donate and/or take gently used uniforms from The Dutch Exchange which will be located in the Middle School next to the Cochran Alumni Center. They will be free for the taking. First come, first serve.

  • Donated uniforms must be clean and on a hanger.
  • Clothes must be stain free.
  • We accept skirts, shirts for all 3 branches, shorts, sweatshirts, sweaters, pants, ties or Dutch wear.

Donation drop off dates TBD due to Covid-19.


Last Chance to Buy From Holland Haul

Formerly known as the Online Auction, items such as Upper School reserved student-parking spots, naming the Middle School Drive, and reserved commencement seats are available for a “buy-it-now” price by clicking on the link below. Sales close on May 15. This is the last big fundraiser of the year, so if you’re thinking about ways to help the school, please take a look and see if there is something your family would enjoy.

Holland Haul Online Auction »


Last chance to buy a yearbook

YEARBOOKS ARE IN! If you want one on the last day of school, you can still get one but you have to act fast.

If you did not buy a yearbook, you can still go to Jostens.com Friday, May 8 through Wednesday night May 13 at midnight. Books are $100 each. Once we sell out, there will be no more books available. If you would like to confirm whether you bought a book, please contact Mrs. Sokolosky, ssokolosky@hollandhall.org. This is the only way to purchase a book. We are also unable to accept cash or checks at distribution.

Support our HH community …

As you go about making sense of your temporary “new normal,” think about some of those families in our HH community with small businesses. Getting take-out? How about supporting a restaurant with a community tie? Need a new doctor or your doctor isn’t taking appointments? We have some wonderful physicians in our community. Visit this link to find some businesses who would love your support right now, and if you own a business, let us know about it!


As we have heard time and time again, we are all in this together

Our teachers are working earnestly to provide learning opportunities for your students. Our technology specialists continue to work diligently to provide platforms and services for the teachers and students during their remote learning. Grounds and building maintenance continue even as our campus is closed. Although we may not be together in our buildings, we are together as a community. Your annual fund gift helps make everything possible.

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