November 7 – 13 (All School)

Posted on: Nov 06, 2020

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

  1. All-School Info — including At-Home learning protocols, Parents’ Association Book Club, and more
  2. Campus health
  3. Athletics — Watch the Holland Hall-Inola Football game
  4. Upper School News
  5. Middle School News
  6. Primary School News


Clarifying At-Home learning protocols

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 make every effort to contact the branch head — Frances Fondren-Bales, 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.


Join the Parents’ Association Book Club!

Gather virtually with other parents to read and discuss the novel “Dreamland Burning” by Jennifer Latham. Told by alternating teenage narrators who live almost a century apart, this page-turner explores the horrors of the Tulsa race massacre and its far-reaching effects.

Book Club participants will meet on November 10 and December 8 in the evening. Each meeting will feature a special guest to discuss the novel.

Click here to sign up.

Click here for more information.


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.


Feeling the Love for Holland Hall Grandparents and Special Friends

While circumstances do not permit Holland Hall to host our beloved grandparents and special friends on campus this year, we plan to bring a Holland Hall keepsake to them. Next week we will have a photo booth on campus so students can take their individual Holland Hall photo for their family. Each student will receive two prints.

Students will be encouraged to visit the photo booth based on different branch schedules. If a student is absent, re-takes will not be possible due to the limited rental. Students will bring the photos home in their backpacks (schedule varies by branch; look for a specific communication coming soon). We are hopeful that students can share this keepsake with the grandparents and special friends sometime this month.


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.




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. Starting Monday, we will also be listing the number of students in quarantine in each branch.



Holland Hall at Inola Football Livestream

You can catch TONIGHT’s Holland Hall at Inola football game on the live stream by clicking on the link below:


Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Nov. 6


Cross Country at the State Meet

Congratulations to the Holland Hall Cross Country teams on their finish at the 4A State Cross Country meet on Wednesday at Edmond Santa Fe HS.

Senior Libby Rowland became the first Holland Hall female cross country runner to be a state champion in the two mile race.

Junior Ike Walker finished 6th place overall in the boys 5K, which is the third year in a row Ike has had a top 10 finish.




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


A huge thank you to senior parents

The yearbook staff is grateful for your timely submission of senior yearbook pictures and ad contracts. Because of you, we are on time to meet our page deadlines. This helps our printer deliver our book on time in the spring. We know it seems early, but when you consider our school is doing this work at the same time as thousands of others, it’s easier to understand why deadlines matter. You have helped us immeasurably.


Middle School Parents’ Association Meeting

Please join us on Tuesday, November 10 at 8:30 a.m. for our Middle School Parents’ Association Meeting.

  • We will be joined by Micah Keyan and Dana Rowland to discuss Apple’s ScreenTime feature on iPads and the New Schooltime feature on Apple Watches.
  • Announcements from Jennifer White.
  • Meredith Rogers will have some of our new Spirit Wear to show everyone and give us a wrap up of ArtWorks.

If you have any questions that you would like answered and you are unable to attend the meeting, you can send them directly to jwhite@hollandhall.org or djenningsfamily@gmail.com You then will be able to see those questions answered by viewing our recorded meeting – posted in the next Dutch Weekly.

Here is the link to join the meeting:


Middle School Plays

This year, the Middle School Theatre Department will feature two separate performances in the Walter Arts Center – Branch Theatre. Parents and family members of 7th Grade students are invited to “Snow Angel” and parents and family of 8th Grade students are invited to “Game of Tiaras.” No tickets will be required this year and the seating in the theatre will allow for social distancing.

COVID-19 Precautions

  • Masks must be worn by audience members at ALL times once inside the building
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the doors to utilize before and after the show
  • Families should leave a 6 ft radius around each group’s seating choice
  • No food or drink will be allowed inside the building

7th GRADE PERFORMANCE: “Snow Angel” by David Lindsay Abaire
Holland Hall’s Class of 2026 presents this unique comedy mystery! When the quiet town of Deerpoint, Vermont is hit by the biggest blizzard in 107 years, a mysterious girl named Eva steps out of a snow bank and into the lives of 15 confused teenagers who are asked to help her in her search.

8th GRADE PERFORMANCE: “Game of Tiaras” by Don Zolidis
Holland Hall’s Class of 2025 presents this terrible, hilarious tragedy! Combining the gut-wrenching plot twists of Game of Thrones, and the soul-numbing despair of Shakespearean tragedy, this adaptation of King Lear will leave you dying with laughter as the body count mounts.

Saturday, November 7
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. SNOW ANGEL performed by 7th Grade Students

(Snow Angel audience will exit the theatre to allow Game of Tiaras audience to enter)

8 – 9 p.m. GAME OF TIARAS performed by 8th Grade Students


Band, Choir & Orchestra Concert

The Holland Hall Instrumental and Vocal Ensembles are proud to offer concerts in a creative format on the Chapman Green on Sunday, November 8. Please bring your lawn chairs, blankets and masks to enjoy a Sunday afternoon performance on the lawn.

2:30 pm: Orchestra Concert
Featuring: 7th & 8th Grade combined, Chamber Ensemble, and US Orchestra

3:30 pm: Choir Concert
Featuring: Holland Harmony, HH Singers, and US Concert Choir

4:15 pm: Band Concert
Featuring: 7th & 8th Grade combined, US Band, and Jazz Band

To limit the audience size, this event is offered to the family members of performers only and we ask they attend only the concert of their performer. To maintain social distancing, audience members will be asked to exit the Chapman Green immediately following each performance to allow space for the next group to enter. Masks will be required throughout the entire event.



Primary School Parents’ Association Meeting

All parents are invited to attend the Virtual Parents’ Association Meeting on Wednesday, November 11 at 9:30 a.m. Topics will include: Curriculum Updates, Parent Survey Results, & Strategic Plan Overview. The link to join will be sent via your grade coordinator. Please join with your mute button on and this meeting will be recorded for those that cannot attend.


Virtual Conferences

The dates for virtual parent-teacher conferences are Friday, November 6 and Monday, November 9 through Friday, November 13. Be looking for sign-up information from your child’s teacher.


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 »


Young Rembrandts Class

Come join our Young Rembrandts After School Enrichment Class for four weeks starting November 3! Each week we cover the basics of drawing and lead your artist through a new lesson. We follow a step-by-step teaching methodology, giving your artist a foundation of techniques that they can use in all aspects of art.

Watch out for our adorable Baby Sloth, the cutest character we’ll be drawing all month, and we can’t forget to celebrate the fall season with one of our favorite art history portraits, Hiawatha. All this and more await your child in a Young Rembrandts classroom! Sign up today!

When: Tuesdays 3:15-4:15 p.m. ~ 11/3 – 11/24 (4 weeks)
Where: Primary School – (former music room)
Grade: JK’s-3rd
Instructors: Ariel Myers
Class size: 16
Cost per student: $75/4 weeks
Email to register today: dalmohandis@hollandhall.org