May 2 – 8 (All School)

Posted on: May 01, 2020

“It’s okay if you fall apart sometimes. Tacos fall apart and we still love them.” — An anonymous meme shared by Head of the Upper School Frances Fondren-Bales that seems pretty appropriate right about now.

In case you missed it, Holland Hall Head of School JP Culley announced that May 15 would be the last day of school, and that remote learning would continue until then.

Watch JP’s video here.

Now for some announcements …

From the Upper School …

Congratulations to all our Upper School Award Winners

Click here to view the list of all the winners.


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


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**
Last day of school activities
More details to come in grade level emails on these plans.

Friday, May 15th 
4th grade – 11 a.m.-noon in 4th grade carpool line north of the MS
5th grade – Noon-1 p.m. in the circle drive east of the MS

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 as the day nears.

Friday, May 15: 

  • Early PreK and JrK: 9-10 a.m.
  • PreK: 10-11 a.m.
  • Kindergarten: 3-4 p.m.
  • First Grade: 2-3 p.m.
  • Second Grade: 5-6 p.m.
  • Third Grade: Noon-1 p.m.

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.

Senior Portfolio Exhibit

Please take the time to enjoy this new virtual art show for our graduating seniors. Most of them have worked hard for four years to develop as visual artists, and this is their final performance.

The Arts Department put together the exhibit, which features images of the seniors’ work. Click on the link below to view the full show or on the individual.

Senior Portfolio Exhibit »

2D Visual Arts
Julian Abhari »
Elle Arens »
Rachel Atwood »
Lilah Brauninger »
Elise Goldberg »
Alex Nunneley »

Ceramic Sculpture and Pottery
Erika Asbjornson »
Caroline Lawson »
Stephanie Maldonado »
Elle Mullendore »

Photography / New and Mixed Media Art
Grayson Migliore »
Mac Sanders »
Emi Self »
Tyia Treleaven »


The 2020 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 »

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!

Some kudos for our community

In case you didn’t see it, check out this column from The Tulsa World about 7th grade teacher Mark Johnson and his Downtown Studies program! Read it here.

And check out this story from KOTV Channel 6 about Holland Hall’s Owen Ostroski! Watch it here.

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