October 24 – 30 (All School)

Posted on: Oct 23, 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
  3. Campus health
  4. Upper School News
  5. Middle School News
  6. Primary School News


Take the survey

As we hit the halfway point of the first semester, we’re asking families to take a few moments to complete this survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HH2020-21). Much planning for this year, and the next, remains, and your early feedback would be extremely helpful to that work. The survey will remain open until next Friday, October 30, at noon.


Policy update

Starting Monday, the daily health survey will 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.


Fall 2020 grades, comments and conference information

October 23 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 25 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.


Want to make your life easier? Get 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.


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!



Dutch Exchange

The Dutch Exchange, Holland Hall’s uniform exchange shop, will be accepting your gently used uniforms on Wednesday, October 28. There will be two collection times — 8:30-9 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. — in front of the Tandy main entrance.

The shop accepts gently used, clean with no stains, shirts for all branches, skirts and pants for primary school, skirts for MS and US and Dutch Wear. It is well stocked with khaki shorts and pants at this time.

Please have skirts on hangers.

The Exchange is free for families and is open for shopping on the third Wednesday of every month from 3-4 p.m. It is located in the Tandy in front of the Cochran Alumni Center.


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. 


C & J School Uniforms Halloween Sale

When: October 30 – 31

Where: 4984 S. Memorial Drive, Tulsa, OK, 74145

Sale: 31% off entire purchase

Either parent or child must be dressed in their costume to receive the discount.



AR and Marylouise Tandy Dining and Wellness Center recognized

The AR and Marylouise Tandy Dining and Wellness has been nominated in this year’s American Institute of Architects design award. If you have a quick second, please take time to click on the link below and vote.

Click here to vote.



Retake day pictures are ready for viewing

School pictures from Oct. 12 are available for viewing and ordering.



Click here for more information about viewing and ordering.


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.



Holland Hall’s signature program, ARTworks, is Oct. 26-31

All Kindergarten-8th grade and select Upper School students will enjoy a virtual gallery tour and also experience an in-person workshop with our acclaimed artist-in-residence, Eric Tippeconnic. Visit our website to learn more about the program.

Due to social distancing requirements, the ARTworks gallery opening and reception on Oct. 27 is sold out. We will not accept walk-ups at the event to maintain the health and safety of our community.

You can still view the art and make purchases if you sign up for a self-guided gallery tour Oct. 28-30 from 3-4 p.m. The art will be on display until Nov. 30.

For those of you who purchased ARTworks merchandise, it will be sent home with your student next week (unless you opted for direct shipping).

Special thanks to ARTworks Chair, Tanya Tippeconnic-Shaw.





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.



Changing Weather: Lunch and Outdoor Classrooms

With the changing weather, we just wanted to update you on our plans for lunch and the use of the outdoor classrooms. Nurse Katie Griffel has put together a plan for eating lunch indoors (if it is around 55 degrees or colder) in common spaces such as the SMT Mini Commons and the Barnard Commons), spreading students out as much as possible. We have searched for heat lamps to use safely in the outdoor classrooms. Thus far, we have not been able to procure a safe solution. Therefore, we are asking teachers to stay inside if it is around 45 degrees or colder. That said, please encourage your child to keep a blanket and warm layers in his or her locker in case there is class outside on a chilly day!


Diversity and Inclusivity Video/Discussion

This week, the Diversity and Inclusivity Council presented a short video about the history of the Black Lives Matter movement. The students on the council felt that this was a topic in the world around us that students would benefit from exploring. The first day consisted of the video made by the council and the second day consisted of discussion in our advisory groups. We just wanted you, as parents, to be aware of the work on this topic in case your children come home discussing it! Feel free to contact Frances Fondren-Bales, Whitney Udwin, and/or Michael Berglund with questions.


US Parents’ Association Meeting Recording

Thank you to all who joined our Upper School Parents’ Association meeting on October 22. The recording of that meeting can be found by clicking here.


Upcoming Dress Up Days

October 30: Halloween costume. We ask that students not wear costumes from the neck up, like costume-y masks, because we need to be able to see that they are wearing their Covid-prevention mask. It is fine if they wear a hat or bobble ears on their head.

November 6: Pajama Day


Yearbook Senior Ads

Senior Ad Contracts due by Sunday, Nov. 1. Please scroll to “Senior Ads” section of the link to choose your ad size, design method and submit payment. Meeting the Nov. 1 deadline will ensure the space for your senior in the 2021 yearbook.

Click here to sign up for a senior ad.

Questions? Please contact Emma Gardenhire ’22, egardenhire22@hollandhall.org.



Halloween Spirit Week, Oct. 26-30

Monday – Pink Day (wear your full pink outfits)

Tuesday – Halloween Themed Mask Day (as in cover-19 mask, not costume masks)

Wednesday – Halloween Sock Day

Thursday – Halloween T-Shirt Day (uniform bottoms)

Friday – Halloween Costume Day (no costume pieces above the neck, including face paint, makeup, hats or costume masks)


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.

Thursday, November 5
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)

8:00 – 9:00 p.m. GAME OF TIARAS performed by 8th Grade Students

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)

8:00 – 9:00 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.



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.


Drop-Box Reminder

Please remember that the drop-box in front of the PS is for forgotten supplies (homework, books, etc.). Please DO NOT bring lunches and leave them in the box. Our staff is not always immediately available to collect and deliver the items. If you child forgets their lunch, we have a supply of heavy snacks to supplement them for the day.


Bite Size Broadway Workshop

Come join our Bite Size Broadway – After school Enrichment Workshop for six weeks starting November 4! 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. ~ 11/4 – 12/16 (6 weeks) (no class 11/25)
Where: Primary School – (former music room)
Grade: PK4’s-3rd
Instructors: Ayngel McNall & John Russell
Class size: 16 (minimum 10 for class to make)
Cost per student: $114/6 weeks
Email to register today: dalmohandis@hollandhall.org