Posted on: Oct 14, 2021
From the Head of School: Mask policy changes
Weekly, Holland Hall reviews our local Covid data and the school’s internal data against the published temporary mask policy we shared in August. Since the first day of school we have experienced 10 known cases of Covid on campus, and eight individuals have entered our Covid protocols. Our data also suggests we’ve had no transmission on campus.
With local cases below 30 per 100,000, we are moving into the middle range of our policy. This means vaccinated individuals may choose whether or not to wear a mask during the school day. Unvaccinated individuals, for now, should remain masked. Again, we will assess our approach against the numbers weekly.
Join us for the opening of ARTworks
Holland Hall ARTworks in bigger than ever in this centennial year.
Come celebrate with us as at the 2021 ARTworks Gallery Opening featuring Whitney Forsyth, a noted artist and ceramicist.
Meet the artist while viewing her collection in this come-and-go event in Holland Hall’s Holliman Gallery in the Walter Arts Center. Works will be for sale during the event. Enjoy appetizers, beer and wine. Tickets are $25 per person, and the event is open to anyone 21 and older in the Holland Hall community. Patron levels also are available.
Holland Hall’s signature ARTworks program runs from Oct. 25-30. All Kindergarten-12th grade students will have the opportunity to enjoy an in-person workshop with Whitney Forsyth. The clay pieces the students create during the workshops will become part of a collective community mandala honoring Holland Hall’s Centennial.
ARTworks volunteers needed
We need volunteers to help with workshops in each branch! Please click the links below to sign up:
Help us honor our Distinguished Alumni
Please join the Holland Hall Alumni Association as it celebrates the 2020 and 2021 Distinguished Alumni on Thursday, Oct. 21.
This year’s honorees include Dr. Deborah Jenkins ’75, LeAnne Taylor ’80, and Kathy LaFortune ’76 along with Young Alumni Achievement Award winner Adele Beasley Weaver ’11 and Service Award winners Heather Snoke Pohl ’89 and Keith Goddard ’87.
The night will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception followed by dinner and the awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Dining and Wellness Center.
For tickets, go to https://www.hollandhall.org/events/alumniawards/
If you remember the Refectory ….
… You need tickets to Dutch Divine.
The Holland Hall Alumni Association is bringing back Dutch Divine — a night of gourmet food, fine wines and music provided by alumni — on Nov. 6. Current families, as well as alumni and alumni parents, are invited!
This year’s menu is Cafeteria Chic, in honor of its new location at the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Dining and Wellness Center. Local restaurant owner and chef Justin Thompson ’98, Juniper chef Myles McClanahan ’98, and current parent Kate Atkinson are preparing a 5-course dinner guaranteed to make you forget those hotdogs and Clearly Canadians from way back when.
Wines are provided by wineries with local ties — Darms Lane, 32 Winds and Downward Dog — and Nicholas Foster ’10 and his band will serenade the crowd hanging out in the “Commons.”
Tickets are $125, and sponsorships are available to honor your favorite alumna/alumnus, faculty member or class. All proceeds benefit the Alumni Fund for Financial Aid.
AND IT’S A FREE DRESS DAY!
Tickets and sponsorships: https://hollandhall.wufoo.com/forms/q2nk2zg19fnzuy/
Something big is coming!
Keep an eye out for the biggest party on campus — coming April 9, 2022. What in the heck is Gezellig? Find out soon!
Families, students can get flu shots on campus
Holland Hall families are invited to get flu shots on campus, courtesy of Med-World Pharmacy, on Oct. 20.
Shots are free for Holland Hall employees, and there is no copay for families with Health Choice, Community Care, Blue Lincs and Global Health insurance. Those with other insurance companies — or those paying out of pocket — will be charged $35. If your insurance pays for the shot, you will be refunded by mail.
Bring a copy of your insurance card or take a photo of it when you register online.
No appointment needed. Please complete the online vaccination intake form using the link here: https://hipaa.jotform.com/212564062155147. (Additional forms available onsite if needed.)
- 8 a.m.-noon October 20 in the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy’s Self Conference Room
- 12;30-4:30 p.m. October 20 in the Primary School Teachers’ Lounge
Dutch Exchange open next week
Looking for a vintage spirit shirt or need a new uniform shirt or two?
The Dutch Exchange will be open for shopping on Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 3-4 p.m., and there are some treasures to be found.
The Exchange has free, gently used Holland Hall uniforms and outerwear and is located in the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Dining and Wellness Center next to the old Middle School Refectory.
Didn’t feel as glam as Mr. Spencer in your school photo?
Picture retakes and primary school class groups will be taken Monday, Nov. 1, by JostensPix. If you would like a retake for your student, all they need to do is go to the camera in their branch on the morning of Nov. 1. No paperwork is required. You may wish to communicate with their teacher or advisor to ensure they go to the camera.
If your student missed picture day on Sept. 23, please make sure they get their photo taken. These photos will be used in the 2022 yearbook and be available for purchase.
- Oct. 14: Varsity Football at Berryhill
- Oct. 15-18: Fall break: No classes
- Oct. 21: Distinguished Alumni Awards
- Oct. 22-23: Reunion Weekend for alumni
- Oct. 23: Varsity football vs. Jay
- Oct. 23: US Homecoming Dance
- Oct. 25-30: ARTworks with Whitney Forsyth
- Oct. 29: Primary School Halloween Parade
- Nov. 1: Picture Retake Day and Primary School Groups photos
- Nov. 6: Dutch Divine dinner presented by Alumni Association
- Nov. 23: Grandarents and Special Friends’ Day
Primary School News
Halloween parade volunteers needed
The Primary School is hosting their second Spooktacular Costume Parade on Friday, Oct. 29. Each grade will have a designated 20-minute time slot to parade through the EPK circle drive, and then parents can join their student as they Table Treat their way back to the classroom. Costumes welcome!
Please see the sign up genius links per grade
A reminder for the pick-up line
In the delicate dance that is the Primary School pick-up and drop-off line, there are some rules to follow to keep everyone going where they need to be.
Please remember that the inside lane — next to the Penguin — is reserved for third-grade parents.
Third-grade parents, please remember to yield to the other lanes, who are going around you to get to the PS drive and the EPK circle drive.
The Primary School staff is happy to make arrangements to store a carseat or booster seat for the day if someone other than you is picking up your child. State lawrequires primary school-aged children to be in a carseat, even if driving only a short distance away.
New after-school enrichment class starting
Ballet/Contemporary I-II After School Enrichment Class ~ Session 2
Come join Ms. Allison for Session 2 of the basics of ballet and contemporary technique. For eight weeks, the class will do stretching, barre work, center floor exercises, and choreography. Explore other dance movements including contemporary floor work, rolls, and fun conditioning exercises. If this is your first time, come and join the fun! A performance for parents is set for Dec. 15.
When: 3:15-4:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 20 through Dec. 15 (no class 11/24-Thanksgiving Break)
Special date: Holiday Showcase – Dec. 15 at 4 p.m.
Where: Primary School Multi-purpose Room
To register: email@example.com
Ms. Ariel’s Art Studio ~ Session 2
Calling all young artists! Learn about line, balance, perspective, and color theory. Join Ms. Ariel for lessons on using oil pastels, marker, and colored pencils while creating harvest, Thanksgiving, and holiday drawings.
When: 3:15-4:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 3 through Dec. 15 (no class 11/24-Thanksgiving Break)
Who: K-3rd grade
Where: Primary School Art Room
To register: firstname.lastname@example.org
Middle School News
Spirit Week set
Have fun and help us celebrate our Dutch spirit on homecoming week — Oct. 19-22.
Monday – No School
Tuesday – NEON Day
Wednesday – “Sports Day” (favorite sport, team, or coach)
Thursday – HH/Dutch Spirit (wear HH gear, Dutch colors)
Friday – Tie Dye Day
Comments are coming
You should be able to view comments that your child’s teachers have written on Nov. 2 by logging into the parent portal. gotohh.org/parentportal.
Parent and advisor conferences set
There will be no school on Nov. 5 for parent/advisor conferences. Be watching for more information.
Upper School / College Counseling
The week of October 19 – 22 is Spirit Week in the Upper School, as we round the corner to Reunion Weekend and the Homecoming Dance on the Chapman Green from 8 pm – 10 pm Saturday, October 23. On Thursday, October 21, will have a combined Spirit Stick Pep Rally with the middle school! Please see the “theme days” for dress up days above.
Get your yearbook ad
Parents, honor your senior with a yearbook ad.
A Holland Hall tradition, these ads are available in a variety of sizes/prices. Contracts are due no later than Nov. 15. Once you’ve completed the contract, you will be directed to a site for payment. Once payment is received, you will receive a receipt from Ad Manager Emma Gardenhire ’22 with ad preparation information.
Upper School PA meeting set
Join other Upper School parents for a virtual meeting on Thursday, Oct. 21.
WHEN: Thursday, October 21 · 12:00 – 1:00pm
WHERE: Google Meet
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/cxh-afcc-bje
Or dial: (US) +1 347-954-0005 PIN: 377 976 717#
Go, girls! Take state
The volleyball team is headed to Shawnee High School Oct. 15-16 to compete for the 4A state championship.
Game time is noon Friday.
To watch, go to https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/ossaa/gam50eef7831e
Holland Hall vs. Berryhill
The undefeated Dutch football team takes on Berryhill tonight — Thursday — at Berryhill.
Holland Hall wrestling ramps up
If your Middle School or Upper School student would like to try wrestling, our new coach Travis Goldsworthy wants to know about it!