September 5 – 11 (All School)

Posted on: Sep 04, 2020

Welcome back!

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

  1. NEW: Parent Meetings — including MS, 9th grade and Back to School Night
  2. NEW: Watch the HH-Cascia game!
  3. NEW: All-School Info — including Late Start Wednesdays, School Picture Day, Uniform updates and more
  4. NEW: Upper School News — including a New US Nurse
  5. NEW: Primary School News — including new pick-up info for parents with students in more than one branch
  6. Campus health: Find out where you can see the campus COVID-19 numbers 



Middle School PA Meeting

Middle School Parents: The first Parents’ Association meetings will be held through Google Meet on Tuesday, Sept. 8. To allow you time to drop off your students and get back home for a virtual meeting, we will change the start times for our meetings to 8:30 a.m. Click here to join. Our first meeting will be a Q&A since we know there are a lot of questions. Please email your questions to Diane Jennings at djenningsfamily@gmail.com. You will also be able to type questions into the Chat feature on the Google meet during the meeting. Please log on with microphones off.

Google Meet Link:

Go Dutch!

9th grade Parents Meeting

We will have a livestream Google Livestream at 6:30 pm on Thursday evening. The purpose of this meeting is to talk through the start of school and to discuss the transition to the Upper School. The Deans of students (Whitney Udwin and Michael Berglund), the School Counselor (Ryan Myers), and the Head of Upper School (Frances Fondren-Bales) will be running this meeting. The link to the Google Livestream will be posted on the School Calendar.

Back to School Night

Back to School Night is set for Sept. 17, and will be virtual this year. Watch here and in your emails for more information soon!



Holland Hall vs. Cascia Hall Football Livestream

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


Kickoff is at 7 p.m.



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.

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 your which days you’ll be using it. If you need drop-in services, please communicate that to your child’s teacher and Debbie Almohandis by email the day you need it.
This procedure allows us to have a record from you, so that teachers know when to drop your child off to the Extended Day staff.

School Picture Day

School pictures are scheduled for Sept. 14 in Primary and Middle School grades, and on Sept. 14 and 15 for Upper School and faculty. The images for all grades will be used for ID cards, and fifth through twelfth grade cards will have a magnetic strip allowing them to enter their buildings. Retake day is scheduled for Oct. 12. These images will be printed in the 2021 yearbook for EPK through 11th grade.

Pictures are available for purchase online, shop.jostenspix.com by creating a free account. Click here to learn more about ordering online. No envelopes, checks, cash or any other traditional hassles are required. You may do it all online, with a variety of order options for backdrops and premium items. Best of all, the photos will be delivered to your home. No more smashed backpack envelopes.

At home learners are welcome to get their school pictures as follows:

  • Primary School: Oct. 12
  • Middle School: Oct. 12
  • Upper School: Sept 14 and 15, Oct. 12

Contact Shirley Sokolosky at ssokolosky@hollandhall.org

C&J Uniforms

C&J Uniforms has the white Primary School uniform shirts back in stock. The Middle School Gray polo is NOT in stock.

Please call C&J at 918-610-7470 for specific sizes and style questions.

2020 Yearbooks

2020 yearbooks will be distributed next week to those who did not pick up their orders in the spring. For grades 9 through 12, supplements will be distributed during advisory groups. Please insert your supplement into the yearbook by removing the sticky strip and pressing firmly inside the back cover of the book. 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.

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

Families, please remember that dropping off lunch to students this year is not allowed. Students will need to bring a lunch or order through the Flik IS Dining app or website. Order a week ahead online at hollandhall.flikisdining.com or on the FLIK IS Dining app.

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

Registering Your Car with Security

The safety of our students, faculty and staff is of the utmost priority at Holland Hall. Beginning this year, we will require Vehicle ID stickers for all HH families.  These stickers must be visible on the front lower drivers side windshield. At this time every HH family will be issued two stickers. If additional stickers are needed for an extended family member or caretaker that frequents the campus during school hours, please contact Campus Safety for more information at 918-879-4717. All vehicles not displaying the ID sticker during school hours — excluding drop-off or pick-up — will be stopped by Campus Safety. Student drivers and faculty members will also be required to have a sticker.

Vehicle ID Stickers can be obtained from the receptionist in the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Dining and Wellness Center lobby or from any Campus Safety Officer. Stickers are available now and must be displayed no later than the day after Labor Day.




We are asking that food not be delivered to US students this year. Students should either bring their lunch or order it through Flik. If a student forgets a lunch, the Deans and the Head of Upper School have some heavy snacks to tide them over. If parents need to drop off non-perishable items that a student needs, we will have a large tub in front of the US building starting Wednesday, September 9. Please place items in the tub with your child’s name clearly marked on them and then text or email your child to let him/her know to pick the item up out of the tub. Thanks!


US Nurse

We are excited to announce that the Upper School has a dedicated nurse on staff this year. Katie Griffel ’15 has joined us for this year. We would like to invite parents and students to be in touch with Mrs. Griffel with any health issues and with any medical needs during the school day. Her direct number is (918) 879-4793. Mrs. Griffel is stationed at our Thermal Scanner in the mornings and is with students and faculty members throughout the day. You might also see her on the sidelines of the football games! Please feel free to reach out to her with questions, concerns or needs, and please help us in reminding your children that they can go see Mrs. Griffel anytime during the school day. Her office is the first one you see as you walk through the wood doors at the front of Upper School (the one that used to be the attendance office, with the Dutch door).


PS TO MS Student Transfer

Many families with students in the Primary and Middle schools have used our “bus and shuttle” service, which, by the way, has nothing to do with either a bus or a shuttle.

This year, instead of walking Primary School students to the Middle School for a one-stop pickup for families, the Primary School will keep younger siblings in the Primary School. So parents should pick up their Middle School students first, then come to the Primary School, where students will be waiting at the 2nd grade porch. This should relieve some of the traffic congestion we’ve seen on campus.

If you have students in both branches, please let Vanessa Jones, vjones@hollandhall.org, know that the Primary School should keep your child for the later pickup.


PLEASE READ: PS Traffic Update

Please remember that the inside far-right lane of the Primary School drive is for third-grade families doing pick-up and drop-off at the Penguin.


3rd grade (7:40-8:10 a.m.): Families, please use the right lane (green diamond) and students will be dropped off at the Penguin. Security will be at the Penguin crosswalk to direct traffic.

K-2nd grade (7:50-8:10 a.m.): Use the middle lane and turn right into the loop when directed

Afternoon Pickup:

3rd Grade (3 p.m.): Pick up at Penguin inside far right lane.

1st/2nd Grade (3 p.m.) Middle lane (red square)

    • 1st Grade parents enter into middle lane until crosswalk by the penguin. Then turn right into the PS loop then stay in right lane and pick up students on 2nd Grade Porch
    • 2nd Grade parents enter into middle lane until crosswalk by the penguin. Then turn right into left lane of the PS loop and proceed until right before flagpole crosswalk where a teacher will merge you into the right lane for pickup.


Kindergarten. (3 p.m.): Parents enter into outside left lane (blue circle) and proceed to Vanessa Jones, who will be directing cars into EPK loop 

See the new maps here.


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.


Forget Something? Don’t Panic

Academic buildings are closed to visitors for the 2020-21 school year. If your child forgets homework, books, lunches or anything else, there are bins in front of each branch. Please label your item with your child’s name.

In the Primary and Middle schools, the box will be checked mid-morning and mid-afternoon.


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 indirect and direct exposure personally.


Changes to the Student Directory and HH App

You may have noticed a change to the directory on the Holland Hall app. A technology issue meant the directory wasn’t up-to-date. You’ll now find a link to your Parent Portal when you click “directory” on the app. Use your PCR Parent Portal login at the prompt, and follow links to the portal. Or log in from a computer or smartphone browser by going to go.hollandhall.org/parentportal.