November 14 – 20 (All School)

Posted on: Nov 16, 2020

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

  1. All-School Info — including At-Home learning protocols, and more
  2. Campus health
  3. Athletics  
  4. Arts — ARTworks
  5. Upper School News
  6. Middle School News
  7. Primary School News
  8. MISC.


The learning continues on campus

You are probably reading about many area schools going to remote learning this week. Many of those schools face challenges that Holland Hall hasn’t, with resources such as bus drivers and substitute teachers stretched thin. Although the number of positive cases increased in the Upper School this week, the data tells us that there hasn’t been the community spread that would warrant a closure. We are confident that the mitigation efforts put into place for this school year continue to work.

As the holiday approaches, we are thankful to still be able to meet in person. We are encouraging students to be diligent with wearing masks, washing hands and staying six feet apart at lunch and during other common times, and ask that parents help students adhere to the same principles outside of school.

As a reminder: if a family wishes to join the Virtual Learning list in the Upper School, the parents should contact Frances Fondren-Bales a minimum of a day before they would like for their child to start learning at home.  We ask that families commit to being virtual through the Thanksgiving Holiday.  After that, we will ask for a commitment for the time period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, whether a family wants to be in person or at home due to Covid concerns.


Clarifying At-Home learning protocols for MS and PS

As we approach cold and flu season, we realize that we will have students absent from school. As in any other year, a sick child should stay home to rest and recuperate. Only if there is a Covid-related concern (positive Covid test, quarantine from Covid exposure, or awaiting Covid test results) along with an extended absence (beyond 1 day) should a family consider virtual attendance. The parent should make every effort to contact the branch head —  Jennifer White or Vanessa Jones — or Linda Christensen by 5 p.m. the evening before the initial day of virtual school to be added to the virtual student list. Without parents ensuring that students are on the virtual list, the Google Meet codes may not allow them to attend class.


We love Holland Hall Grandparents and Special Friends!

Students had fun in the photo booth this week taking individual Dutch-branded pictures to share with their grandparents and special friends. As a reminder, re-takes are not possible due to the limited photo booth rental.

All students who participated have received their prints to share with their grandparents. Primary School students had their prints in their backpacks on Wednesday and Middle School students had their prints in their backpacks on Thursday, so please be on the lookout.

We are hopeful that students can share this Holland Hall keepsake with their grandparents and special friends sometime this month.




As the holidays approach, questions about travel have been coming up. We always encourage mask wearing, physical distancing, and hand hygiene, of course, but here is the best single source we’ve found to help you plan as safely as possible. The resource link below provides extensive details and recommendations on ways to stay healthy, no matter where you go or how you get there. As always, if you have any questions or would like to discuss your travel plans, do not hesitate to contact Nurse Linda Christensen at lchristensen@hollandhall.org.



Transparency and COVID-19

Holland Hall is committed to transparency and will update a spreadsheet on the school’s website daily with any positive cases on campus. The numbers — if there are any — will be reported by branch (Upper School/WAC; Middle School/Tandy; Primary School). Nurse Linda Christensen is responsible for contact tracing this year and will inform anyone with direct exposure personally.



National Signing Day

Congratulations to Wallace Clark, Grace Peterson and Noah Shepherd on national signing day!

Wallace will be attending the University of Oklahoma to play baseball, Grace will heading northeast to play field hockey for the Blue Hens at the University of Delaware and Noah will play baseball at Kansas Wesleyan.


Dutch Football wins district

Congratulations to the Dutch football team on their 3A-4 district title and 8-0 finish on for the regular season.

The Dutch have a bye tonight and will host the winner of Inola-Checotah next Friday, Nov. 20, at Hardesty Field. All OSSAA playoff tickets will be $7 for adults and students. Dutch Athletic passes will not be accepted. Kickoff is set for 7pm.




ARTworks on display until Nov. 30

The ARTworks Exhibit from Eric Tippeconnic will adorn our Holliman Gallery until Nov. 30th. We will continue to sell pieces and will be accepting commissions on any current work in the gallery until that date.

Please reach out to mrogers@hollandhall.org for any ARTworks related questions.



Upper School Parents’ Association Meeting

Please join us on Thursday, November 19 at noon for our Upper School Parents’ Association Meeting.

Brent Casey from College Counseling will be our guest speaker, talking about standardized testing.


11th Grade Parent College Chat with College Counseling

This is the meeting our 11th grade parents have been waiting for! Thursday, November 19, 6-7 p.m. Join the College Counseling team (virtually) for a general overview of the upcoming college search and application process. We’ll discuss admission testing and tutoring options, college visits in a virtual world, family meetings in the spring, an overview of College Seminar, and the Junior Parent Questionnaire. At the end of the evening, we hope you have a better idea of what’s ahead and an assurance that college counseling is here to help!

NOTE: Watch your email mid-week for the meeting link.


No Final Exams in the Upper School

The Department Chairs and Ms. Fondren-Bales have decided not to have final exams in the Upper School this year. Rather, we will be having normal classes with a normal schedule during the final week of school. This decision was made because we think that the continuing in our curriculum is more important right now, rather than taking an entire week for assessments. This is both because we started school later than usual and because of the need to continue to make up some topics from the remote learning of the spring semester (especially in departments where there is a building curriculum such as math and foreign language). Some teachers may choose to give final unit assessments or projects during the final week of school. These assessments may not count more than any other given assessment in the course of the semester. In order to spread these out for the students, we are assigning departments two days of the cycle during which they may give unit assessments or projects may be due:

Thursday December 10 and Friday December 11 (C and D Days): Science and English

Monday December 14 and Tuesday December 15 (E and F Days): Math and Social Studies

Wednesday December 16 and Thursday December 17 (A and B Days): World language and Religion and Computer Science

Friday, December 18: NO assessments, with a half day


Minutes of the Middle School Parents Association Meeting

Click here to view the minutes from the Middle School Parents Association Meeting on November 10.



Video Recording of the Primary School Parents Association Meeting

Click here to view the recording of the Primary School Parents Association Meeting on November 11.

Below you will find the link to view as well as the slides for the Strategic Plan that Mr. Culley shared with us. Our next meeting is slated for Wednesday, February 10th. We hope to see you there.

Strategic Plan from JP Culley, Head of School


Primary School Reminders

Please refer to the traffic maps for PS dismissal. The outside lane is for EPK/JK and Kindergarten only. The inside lane is for Third Grade. All other traffic should be in the middle lane.

Please note some updates to the student dress code for the school year. These changes were published over the summer. With the cooler weather now here, please note the following changes: “Solid color socks are required. Solid, dark color tights or leggings may be worn under uniform in cold weather.” This guideline applies to both both and girl dress code requirements. Thank you for your attention to this change.

2020-21 Student Dress Requirements »


Come join our Bite Size Broadway

After school Enrichment Workshop for four weeks starting November 17! 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. ~ 11/17 – 12/16 (4 weeks) (no class 11/25)
Where: Primary School – (former music room)
Grade: PK4-3rd
Instructors: Ayngel McNall & John Russell
Class size: 16 (3 openings available)
Cost per student: $75/4 weeks
Email to register today: dalmohandis@hollandhall.org


The secret to a good school directory

You’ve told us you want a better school directory — one with addresses and phone numbers for each parent — so that you can send birthday party invites, make coffee dates and more. We’ve listened! But we need your help!

Even if you’re a longtime Holland Hall parent, you need to update your information in our system. Maybe you think you have. But some fields have changed to give you the best possible directory and more.

Please revisit go.hollandhall.org/parentportal and update your information or make sure you’ve already done so.

On your computer, you will select the “Family” tab. On your smartphone, you’ll click the three-line icon (hamburger menu) at the top of the screen, then scroll down to Family.

Follow the prompts and make sure you’ve filled out all of the fields before hitting “Save” on the first page. THEN, on the left-hand sidebar menu, click Parent 1 information and make sure that page is filled out, and so on.

We appreciate your help! If you have questions, feel free to reach out to us at news@hollandhall.org.



Policy update

The daily health survey is no longer be required. We do ask that you continue to check for any symptoms in the mornings, take a temperature, and reach out to Nurse Christensen by phone (918-879-4714) with any questions about whether it’s advisable to come to school.


Order your Dutch gear online!

We are happy to announce that Holland Hall has partnered with local company GreenHouse Outfitters to provide an online spirit store.

All orders from the online store are preorders and cannot be returned to the Dutch Zone. Happy shopping!



Great news about box lunches

Flik is now providing hot lunch options for students and faculty. And you only have to order one day ahead!

Click here to check out the menu.

Register by downloading the Flik IS Dining app or go online to at hollandhall.flikisdining.com.

Detailed instructions on setting up your account can be found here. 


2021 Yearbooks are on sale now

2021 Yearbooks are on sale now at Jostens.com and will be offered through Jan. 31 for personalized books and Feb. 28 for non-personalized books.

Follow us on instagram: hollandhallyearbook

Click here to purchase your 2021 yearbook.