September 26 – October 2 (All School)

Posted on: Sep 25, 2020

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

  1. All-School Info — including changes to At-Home learning, fall break, school photos
  2. Athletics — Watch the Holland Hall-Mannford Football game and MS Basketball Tryouts
  3. Campus health
  4. Upper School News
  5. Middle School News
  6. 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. 

An update on Holland Hall’s return to school, Fall break scheduled

Click here to read the email that was sent earlier this week.

Click here for the revised Important Dates file.


We hope you’ll join us in congratulating our newest Pauline McFarlin Walter Master Teacher Chair — Patrice Cardiel.

This honor was made possible by a gift from Mrs. Walter, one of Holland Hall’s most generous benefactors, and honors a teacher who is a leader in his or her branch and shows excellence in the craft of teaching.

Mrs. Cardiel has been teaching for 41 years, with 38 of those at Holland Hall. She has taught Kindergarten, First, Second, Third and Fifth grades, and has a special interest in children’s literature and literacy instruction.

She has served as the Primary School Language Arts Coordinator, the Primary School Diversity Coordinator and the People’s Supper Coordinator. She is the mother of 2009 Holland Hall graduate and lifer Hannah Cardiel Park.

Mrs. Cardiel takes this position from Vanessa Jones, who was named head of the Primary School this year.

Congratulations, Mrs. Cardiel!


School Pictures Available Soon

JostensPix has announced they are having server issues and hopes to have our photos up for review and ordering next week.

You may proceed with setting up an account using the email(s) you provided to the school.


If needed, Holland Hall’s event code is FE55220.

If you opt to use an email that does not match those on file, the school will be asked to confirm your identity before ordering. You can expedite that process by emailing Ssokolosky@hollandhall.org with information about preferred emails.

If your student(s) were absent on Sept. 14 and 15 or if you view your images and prefer a retake, those will take place Oct. 12 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 am in the primary school, from 8 am to noon in the middle school and from 8 am through 3 pm in upper school. No paperwork or registration is required.

Virtual learners are welcome to take photos on Oct. 12 as well. Watch for instructions in future Dutch Weeklies.


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!



Painter Eric Tippeconnic will be the featured 2020 Holland Hall artist-in-residence. Be looking for information about the Gallery Opening on Oct. 27, the Patron Workshop on Oct. 31 and times to view the exhibit through Nov. 30.

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


‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’

Join us for an evening under the stars as the Upper School Theatre presents Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedies in the Chapman Green!

SEPTEMBER 26 at 6:30 p.m.

This show is FREE of charge and for all ages. Please bring a lawn chair/ blanket for a picnic style, “Shakespeare in the Park” performance. Please maintain social distance guidelines.


Holland Hall vs. Mannford Football Livestream

You can catch TONIGHT’s Holland Hall vs. Metro Christian 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.





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:

September 25: Hawaiian

October 2: Construction/ Neon

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.



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!




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.


Extended Day

If your family intends to utilize Before- or After-School Care, please communicate that in an email to your child’s teacher and cc Debbie Almohandis, dalmohandis@hollandhall.org, with your detailed needs. If it’s a regular occurrence, please let them know which days you’ll be using it. If you need drop-in services, please communicate that to your child’s teacher and cc Debbie Almohandis by email the day you need it.

This procedure allows us to have a record from you, so teachers know when to drop your child off to the Extended Day staff.

PRIMARY SCHOOL EPK PARENTS: If you want to use the Before-Care services, the normal EPK curbside drop-off time is 7:50-8:10 a.m. This is when an Extended Day Program (EDP) staff member will come to your car, take your child’s temperature from the passenger window, and walk him or her in.

If you arrive after 8:10, there is a new procedure between 8:10 and 8:40 a.m. Please park in the EDP circle drive on the far east side of the building and walk your child to the door. Ring the buzzer and an EDP staff member will come to the door to take your child’s temperature.

Please remain with your child at the door until he or she is approved to enter. We believe this will help streamline drop-off in the mornings and we appreciate your help!



  • Arrival at the Penguin for 3rd grade begins at 7:50.
  • Please do not use rolling backpacks. They become a tripping hazard and are too bulky to hang on the hallway hooks.
  • Please remember to “mask up” before exiting your vehicle in the morning. Don’t forget your water bottles and back up mask.
  • Picture retakes and pictures for the At Home learners will be on October 12. If you are an At Home student coming for pictures, you do not need to make an appointment.


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.



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.

2020 Yearbooks

A limited number of 2020 yearbooks will be for sale in the Dutch Zone soon. If you have questions about a 2020 order, please email Shirley Sokolosky, ssokolosky@hollandhall.org.

2021 books go on sale Oct. 1, 2020. Order information will be provided in late September.