October 10 – 16 (All School)

Posted on: Oct 09, 2020

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

  1. All-School Info — including Fall 2020 Grades, Comments, and Conference information
  2. Arts — ARTworks Gallery Opening
  3. Campus health
  4. Upper School News
  5. Middle School News
  6. Primary School News


Fall 2020 Grades, Comments, and Conference information

October 23rd marks the midpoint of our first semester. At this grading period, we highly encourage all parents and students to sit together to check gradebooks for each class on PowerSchool between October 23 at 4 p.m. and October 25th at midnight (5th -12th grades). In doing so, you will see the current midterm averages in each class as well as any missed assignments or low grades. The midterm averages are a snapshot of how a student is doing in classes. The only average recorded on report cards and transcripts are the semester averages.

All students who are new to Holland Hall as well as those who have a grade below 70% will receive written comments from teachers. In addition, we have a window of time for you to schedule virtual conferences with your child’s advisor from November 6-13.

Primary School
In the Primary School, each student will be assessed and checklists will be mailed to all families prior to conferences. The checklists provide an overview of your child’s skill set in all areas of development.

Middle School
In Middle School, School Skills benchmarks will be sent home to all families. These benchmarks, as well as overall performance, will be discussed in more depth during the virtual conferences with advisors.

Upper School
In the Upper School, advisors will be provided with feedback about student performance in classes to be discussed at conferences. New students’ families will receive a full set of comments in the mail so that you can have more information about the transition to a new school. Students with an average below 70% in a given class will receive a written comment in order to have more information about improvement during the second half of the semester.


Flu Shots

Date: Wednesday, October 14
Times: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Cochran Conference Center (the old Alumni Center). Enter through A.R. and Marylouise Tandy main entrance and walk through thermal scanner.  — OR — 12:30 – 4 p.m. in the Primary School Lounge. Enter main PS door and walk through thermal scanner in the multipurpose room.
Cost: free for employees, $35 for non-employees. Checks or cash, only. No insurance cards or credit/debit cards.
Who: All members of the community are invited. Parents must accompany children.
Type: Quadrivalent flu shot. No flu mist.
Requirement: Must wear short sleeves!

School Pictures Available

School pictures from Sept. 14-15 are available for viewing and ordering.


Click here for more information about viewing and ordering.


School Picture Retakes

Retake Day will be held Oct. 12 for those who missed All School Picture Day, those who would like a retake or who are At-Home Learners. No paperwork or envelopes are required.

Options for At-Home Learners

Primary School: open 8 a.m. through 11:30 a.m. Adults should accompany At-Home Learners to the main entrance and ring the bell. Their children will be escorted to and from the gym by school staff.

Middle School: open 8 a.m. through noon. At-Home Learners may enter through the Tandy, walk through the scanner and proceed to the Middle School Black Box.

Upper School: open 8 a.m. through 3 p.m. At-Home Learners may enter through the wood front doors and pass through the scanner before proceeding to the SMT mini-commons.

Click here for more information about viewing and ordering.


Dutch Zone

Are you ready for some NEW dutch apparel?

We have new merchandise IN STOCK!

Come by on Friday, 8-10 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.

Go Dutch!

Late Start Wednesday

Every Wednesday, the Primary and Middle schools have a 9 a.m. late start. Upper School Morning Meeting starts at 8:45 a.m.

  • In the Primary School, students may arrive at 7:50 a.m., if needed, and go to their classrooms. PreK and EPK students should be dropped off at Before-School Care, as always.
  • In the Middle School, the building opens at 8:45 a.m. Before-School Care remains available at 7 a.m. in the Tandy for students who arrive early. Holland Hall will provide complimentary Before School Care from 7:45-8:45 a.m.  At drop-off each morning, all students will walk through our Thermal Imaging Scanners.
  • In the Upper School, students may arrive early, as in years past.  They are asked to sit in a socially distanced manner in the Commons until 8:30 a.m.

We need your contact information

Parents, our new software system should soon make your life easier! The Parent Portal will be the place to find billing, your student’s schedule, a student directory and more. But we need your help!

Please log on to go.hollandhall.org/parentportal and update your information or make sure you’ve already done so. You will select the “Family” tab, and click on the topic areas on the left-hand side of the screen, or the headers at the top of each box, to update your information.

This allows us to:

  • Send emails to the right address to keep you informed about the school and your student
  • Contact you in an emergency
  • Update our student directory that is so popular — with each parent or guardian’s name and email address, if so desired

Please make sure to add:

  • A Household email and phone number. This should be the email and phone number that you want to receive school emails and calls.
  • A Main email and phone number that will be listed in the online directory for each parent or guardian who wants it listed
  • Other emails and phone numbers that will be used in case of emergency but will not be published
  • Your name as you want to be addressed
  • Your Household Salutation or mailing name(s) — for example, John Doe and Jane Jones or Mr. and Mrs. John Doe


2021 Yearbooks are on sale now

A staff of 25 Upper School scholastic journalists is hard at work making this once-in-a-lifetime book. You can purchase the book through Feb, 2021, and covers can be personalized with your child’s name and icons depicting their interests through Jan, 2021.

Click here to purchase your 2021 yearbook.


Volunteers Needed

The Admission Team is seeking parent volunteers for various virtual events, such as open house events and parent panels, to visit with prospective families and help answer their questions. Please complete the online volunteer form by Monday, October 12 to let us know you are available and interested! Once we receive all volunteer information, we will then schedule a virtual kick-off meeting. We hope you will consider partnering with us!



ARTWorks Gallery Opening

Celebrate the 2020 ARTworks exhibit at a gallery opening featuring Eric Tippeconnic. Come and go from 5:30–8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27 to view and purchase original works of art, meet the artist, and enjoy beverages and hors d’oeuvres in our outdoor setting. Click on the link below to purchase tickets.



Eric Tippeconnic, Ph.D., an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, is a painter, historian and faculty member at California State University San Marcos. Eric uses traditional methodologies to convey Native history and the diverse Native populations that he has lived with his entire life.

Promotional Items
Order your shirts now and wear them during ARTworks week, October 26-30.

Deadline: Sunday October 11 (11:59pm CDT)



Visit www.hollandhall.org/events/artworks/ for more information on attending the events or becoming a sponsor.




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.

If your child is absent

Please let your branch assistant know why your child is absent when calling in the morning.

Daily Health Forms

Parents, please get into the habit of completing the daily health form for your children before arriving on campus. You’ll need to fill it out for each child after you take his or her temperature in the morning.



Ordering Box Lunches

Don’t forget that Flik is serving box lunches to students on campus this year.

Hot items are now available for ordering, including pizza. Click here to check out the menu.

You can now start ordering 3 serving days out.

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

The deadline to order is Tuesday for next week’s lunches.

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




Parents of the Class of 2021

We will be having a Virtual Senior parent meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 12. On the agenda for this meeting will be items such as: updates from college counseling, tips for senior year, yearbook information, internship information, and reports from the committees who are running the graduation events. The meeting will be recorded and emailed to parents of seniors so that you can watch at another time if this timing does not suit your schedule. The agenda will be emailed to you by Frances Fondren-Bales on Monday October 12, so keep an eye out for it so that you can scroll through the paperwork pertaining to the meeting.


Upper School Parents’ Association Meeting Date Change

The meeting will be on Thursday, October 22 at 12 p.m. The featured speaker is Art Scrutchins who will be speaking about the Episcopal identity of the school.


Testing Day – October 14

Wednesday, October 14 is the National PSAT Test Date. Students are automatically registered by Holland Hall.

All 10th grade students will test, for practice and a baseline score, and all 11th grade students will take the actual exam to gain knowledge and a baseline evaluation should they choose to take the SAT at a later date. This test also qualifies 11th grade students, across the nation, for National Merit Semifinalist status.

All 9th grade students will take the PreACT. Results give us valuable insights into your student’s predicted performance on the ACT. The assessment is multiple-choice and includes four sections: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. More information will come via email from Ashlee Lowry in College Counseling regarding the PreACT.

The 12th grade students are excused from school that day.

Arrival time for all students is 7:45 a.m. While Wednesdays are normally a late start, we are required to start testing promptly at 8 a.m. We are asking all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students be in their seats in their testing location at 8 a.m. Testing will end between 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. We are sorry that we cannot be exact about that timing, but the nature of standardized testing means that some proctors move through the directions more quickly than others. Students are released for the day at the end of testing. Coaches will individually communicate their practice times to players.


F DAY in the Upper School on Thursday, Oct. 15

The rest of campus will be running an A day on the 15th, but the US will have missed two F days for standardized testing so the teachers need to make up that day. In addition, this will allow us to finish the cycle before Fall Break.


Dress-up days

UPDATED: October 15 is a normal uniform day.

  • Oct. 23: Decades Day
  • Oct. 30: Halloween Costume Dress-up Day — details to come
  • Nov. 6: Pajama Day

Students can wear free-dress bottoms or athletic bottoms. Leggings/yoga pants must be worn with a long shirt. Outfits must cover shoulders and midriffs.




Minutes from the Middle School Parents Association Meeting

Click here to view the minutes from the Middle School Parents Association Meeting on October 6.


Cell Phones

In Middle School, students are not allowed to have their cell phones with them during the school day. The expectation is that they are off and in lockers from the time they arrive until the time they pack up at the end of the school day. Please help us by discussing and supporting this from home. If you need to get a message to your child, simply call the middle school office and we will get that message to them in a very timely manner.

Click here for a video that has been shared with all students about the reason behind this rule.



We know that there will be times when you need to pick up your child early or in the middle of the day. If this need arises, please let Ms. Danner and your child’s advisor know via email what time your child needs to be in the office to be picked up. Advance notice will allow us to find the student and be sure he/she is ready when you arrive! If you are dropping your child off at school late or after an appointment, just send the child in to the Middle School office, parents do not need to escort them in.

As a reminder, we are trying to limit visitors in the building. If your child forgets something, there is a plastic bin just outside the main Middle School doors that will be checked once before lunch and once again in the afternoon. Please clearly label what you are dropping off so that we can get it to the correct person!



Picture Retakes

Please communicate with your child’s teacher if you are wanting a retake on Monday.


Virtual Conferences

Virtual conferences will be held November 6-9. Classroom teachers will be scheduling these important conference soon.



  • Please continue to send a snack, lunch, water bottle, and extra mask with your child each day.
  • Remember we are not accepting hot lunch drop-offs.
  • If your child forgets an important item, please leave it in the tub by the front door. Thank you for your help with this important change.


Bite Size Broadway returns

Come join our Bite Size Broadway – Afterschool Enrichment Workshop for the month of October! 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. ~ 10/7-10/28 (4 weeks)
Where: Primary School – under the patio tent off of the southeast breezeway
Grade: PreK-3rd
Instructors: Ayngel McNall & John Russell
Class size: 16 (minimum 10 for class to make)
Cost per student: $75
Email to register today: dalmohandis@hollandhall.org