October 3 – 9 (All School)

Posted on: Oct 02, 2020

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

  1. All-School Info — including changes to At-Home learning, school photos
  2. Parent Meetings — Primary & Middle School Parents’ Association Meetings
  3. College Counseling — Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  4. Arts — ARTworks Gallery Opening
  5. Athletics — Watch the Holland Hall-Tulsa Central Football game and MS Basketball Tryouts
  6. Campus health
  7. Upper School News
  8. Middle School News
  9. Primary School News


Important changes to the virtual learning At-Home model

Now that we have a few weeks of school under our belts, we feel the need to adjust and clarify what virtual learning is and who is eligible. Engaging and teaching virtual students is complex for our faculty. We want to reiterate that the virtual option is offered this year due to Covid. We also want to be sure that moving forward, virtual learning is offered for Covid-related concerns only.  We are committed to providing a quality virtual experience, given our environment, but virtual learning cannot duplicate the in-person experience.  

A Covid diagnosis, Illness, quarantine, waiting for test results, or health concerns for those living in the home all fall under the Covid-related need for virtual school. Families may opt into virtual learning for two-week increments for Covid-related reasons.  There may be examples of students needing to step into virtual learning for shorter increments to quarantine and get a Covid test.  We will certainly accommodate those shorter stints of quarantine with virtual learning.  

As in all years past, if your child is ill or if your family is traveling, these days away from school will be counted as absences and faculty will work with your child to make up missed work. These absences do not need to be virtual school days. You simply need to notify the branch assistant of the absence. Per our handbooks, students will need to gather makeup work and complete assignments within a predetermined measure of time.

If your child needs to be in our virtual classroom for a Covid-related concern, you must contact your branch head to discuss how to begin this, expectations, and how to go about returning to school if and when that is part of the plan. 


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.


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!



Middle School Parents’ Association Meeting

Our next Middle School Parents’ Association meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 6 at 8:30 a.m. Ryan Myers and Cassie Gray will be speaking on “How COVID19 affects our adolescents” and how to talk to them during this challenging time. If you have any questions and aren’t able to attend the meeting, you can email your questions ahead of time to Jennifer White at jwhite@hollandhall.org or Diane Jennings at djenningsfamily@gmail.com

Ryan Myers provided this article. It is a great read if you have a few minutes.

NYT: How to Handle Anxiety Over Back-to-School Decisions


Primary School Parents’ Association Meeting

It’s time for our first Parents’ Association Meeting for this school year. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 7, at 9:30 a.m. and log-in for this virtual meeting with Primary School Head Vanessa Jones, Head of School JP Culley, and Director of Health Services Linda Christensen.

If you have a question you would like to have answered by the panel, please email it to Mrs. Jones at vjones@hollandhall.org by Monday, October 5.

Please join with your mute button on. This meeting will be recorded so those who cannot attend live will have the opportunity to view when time allows.



Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Senior Parents:
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is now available to you as of October 1. If your family plans to apply for federal aid, this form begins the process. Most colleges request that you have it submitted by February 1.

Make certain you are utilizing the FREE application with the .GOV in the URL address. It can be found here: FAFSA.ed.gov

Questions? Please reach out to College Counseling for more information.


Financial Aid Virtual Information Session

Join Vicki Hendrickson, Director of Student Financial Services at the University of Tulsa, this coming Monday evening, October 5, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for a virtual information session on all-things college financial aid. Vicki has been our guest for many years and is highly regarded as the local expert on the topic. Holland Hall’s Admission Representative, Amy Beaudoin, will also attend.

Go to: https://utulsa.zoom.us/my/tuamyb to join the meeting.

Questions about this event? Contact Brent Casey in the College Counseling office at bcasey@hollandhall.org or 918-879-4718.



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.



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



Holland Hall vs. Tulsa Central Football Livestream

You can catch TONIGHT’s Holland Hall vs. Tulsa Central football game on the live stream by clicking on the link below:


Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m.



Middle School Basketball Tryouts

7th Boys
Oct. 6 & 7 – 2:30-3:45 p.m. in MS gym

7th Girls
Oct. 8 & 9 – 2:30-3:30 p.m. in MS gym

8th Boys
Oct. 13 & 14 – 2:30-3:45 p.m. in MS gym

8th Girls
Oct. 15 & 16 – 2:30-3:30 p.m. in MS gym

Students must attend both tryout dates, unless receiving prior approval.


Varsity Volleyball to State

Congratulations to the varsity volleyball team as they won their 4A Regional yesterday at Cache HS. The Dutch defeated Chickasha, 3-0 and Cache, 3-1. This is the third trip to State in the last four years for the Dutch volleyball program. Next up will be the State Tournament on Oct. 9 and 10 at Westmoore HS!





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. 




Dress-up days

The next few Fridays will be dress-up days in the Upper School and correspond to the that night’s football game!

The dates are:

October 9: Pink out

October 15: Western

October 30: Pajamas

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.




National Geographic Geography Bee Cancelled

The National Geographic Geography Bee has been cancelled this year. Please see their announcement by clicking here.


Middle School School Out of Doors

SOOD (School Out of Doors) is set for Thursday, October 8, and Friday, October 9. All grades in the middle school will participate in SOOD on the Holland Hall campus during regular school hours on these days, there will not be any overnight stays. Students will follow their regular schedules and teachers will plan fun and engaging outdoor activities for both days. On both of these days, students will have free dress and we will be giving them official SOOD shirts to wear on one or both days if they’d like. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Lunch on Thursday will be Chick-Fil-A and on Friday will be pizza. If your child does not like these foods or has specific food sensitivities, he/she is welcome to bring lunch from home. Students must bring their own refillable water bottles and we highly encourage them to wear and/or bring sunscreen, bug spray, a hat, sunglasses, and appropriate clothing for the weather those days. We are looking forward to School Out of Doors on our beautiful campus and we know that the students will have fun and make wonderful memories of 2020 SOOD!


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!




Big Thank You to Ashley Bray

The PS Faculty and Staff would like to send a big thank you to Ashley Bray for the “Extreme Teacher’s Lounge Makeover.” The lounge is now an inviting place for teachers to catch a moment of relaxation before and after the school day. The results of this project exceeded our expectations! Thank you, Ashley!


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.


PS Masks

Everyone should bring two (2) masks to school each day. Students need a backup mask in the event of a mask breaking, becoming wet, or being unusable. Please make sure your child’s mask fits correctly and is sized for his or her face. Please have your child wearing their masks before they exit the the vehicle in the morning.

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



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.