Holly Academy News & Views
October 16, 2020
Wednesday is Unity Day. The purpose of Unity Day is to demonstrate that we stand together against bullying. Teachers stress the importance of inclusivity during the week of October 19th, that we are united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion of all students. To support the event, students may wear orange or our HA "Stand Up To Bullying" shirts with dress down bottoms on Wednesday, the 21st. Recent events in our nation have emphasized the need for a culture of acceptance in all situations. Dare to be remarkable!
We have extra Unity Day Stand Up to Bullying t-shirts. The sizes we have available are:
$12.00 short sleeve t-shirts: youth small (3), youth medium (3), youth large (3), adult small (2).
$15.00 long sleeve t-shirts: youth small (2), youth large (2), and adult small (1).
Purchase on a first-come, first-served, basis.
Coffee & Conversation
Our first session for this school year is Wednesday, October 21st, from 8:15am-9:15am. Unfortunately, this year you will have to provide your own coffee! We will be conducting this year's sessions virtually, through Zoom. This month we will run a "town hall" type session to discuss topical issues such as, COVID-19, virtual learning, health and safety, and any issues you want to discuss. Please use this Zoom link to participate:
Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/5925047525?pwd=U2hSUUdncnErOUlGcFNrK3c2U0dlUT09
All Michigan schools are required to publish their "probable" and "confirmed" cases of COVID each week. For the past two weeks I have been providing detailed accounts of students who leave with possible symptoms, those who stay home with possible symptoms, and those with test results. The health department has informed us that this type of detailed account is unnecessary. Beginning today we will publish "probable" and "confirmed" cases only.
We are also updating our requirements for staff and students regarding isolation or quarantine:
- If a student or staff member displays symptoms at home or at school they must either get a physician's note stating they can return to school or
- Quarantine for 14 days. If a student or staff member with symptoms receives a negative COVID test, they must still quarantine for 14 days
- A student or staff member with a positive test result must quarantine for 10 days from the first date of symptoms
Thank you for your continued diligence. Character defines us!
Confirmed Case: A person with laboratory confirmation of COVID-19 infection, irrespective of clinical signs and symptoms.
Oakland County News Release
Coulter Announces “Safe For School” Hotline To Assist Families Attending School
Pontiac, Michigan – Oakland County Executive David Coulter announced today a partnership with Beaumont Health making available a telephone screening hotline to assist parents and guardians to pre-screen and identify potential illness in students prior to entering a school. Hotline staff can help answer questions about COVID-19 symptoms, the need for testing, and what circumstances are considered high-risk when sending a child into a school facility.
“As more Oakland County students return to in-person learning, we want to ensure various resources are available to our families and schools to remain safe,” Oakland County Executive David Coulter said. “We are excited to partner with Beaumont to help parents and guardians navigate their health concerns or questions with health experts.”
Beginning Monday, October 12, the hotline will be available at 248-551-4242 from 5 a.m.- 8 a.m. Monday-Friday through December 30. Callers will speak to Beaumont health care professionals who can provide guidance and any recommendations necessary and refer some to the Health Division or other healthcare providers for additional follow-up.
"The Board along with county administration stand ready to support our students and parents as we begin to open our schools safely," Board of Commissioners Chair David T. Woodward (D-Royal Oak) said. "This hotline is a resource to keep our kids and everyone safe."
“We know many parents have questions right now about COVID-19 and we’re thrilled to partner with Oakland County to help provide some answers,” said Maureen Murphy, nurse practitioner at Beaumont. “We hope our clinical team will be able to offer comfort and guidance to parents who are trying to do what’s best for their children.”
In addition to the hotline, the county continues to support Oakland County’s public and private schools as they implement re-opening plans. Oakland County Health Division hired public health nurses who are assigned to assist school officials in developing and adhering to safety protocols. The Oakland County COVID-19 Public Health Toolkit for K-12 Schools also offers local, state and federal recommendations to reduce COVID-19 transmission in the school settings.
General COVID-19 resources can be found on the Health Division’s website at www.oakgov.com/covid or by contacting Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Nurse on Call is available 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday. For up-to-date public health information, follow @publichealthOC on Facebook and Twitter.
For media inquiries only please contact Bill Mullan, Oakland County media and communications officer, at 248-858-1048.
Michigan Department of Health & Human Services
This communication is being sent by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) in partnership and on behalf of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).
MDHHS has issued several Public Health/Epidemic Orders.
- UPDATED: Gathering Prohibition and Mask Order
- Reporting of Confirmed and Probable Cases of COVID-19 at Schools
- Final MDHHS congregate care and juvenile justice epidemic order
- Final MDHHS residential care epidemic order
Please visit the MDHHS Epidemic Orders website to view the most current updated versions
NWEA testing wraps up next week. If your Husky is a blended student, they may come to school on testing days that fall on Tuesdays or Thursdays.
Below is the testing schedule for next week.
Monday, October 19: 4th grade science
Tuesday, October 20: 3rd grade science
Wednesday, October 21: 4th/5th grade science
Thursday, October 22: 3rd/5th grade science
Friday, October 23: Make ups
Calling all HVA families! Please fill out the Google Form below indicating whether your student(s) will be remaining virtual or returning to in-person learning on Monday, November 2nd. Please note the deadline is just over a week away. Should your choice be to return to in-person learning it must be full time, we are not accepting additional students to our blended model. The survey must be completed by noon on Monday, October 26th. Power of the Pack!
NWEA testing make ups continue next week for our HVA students. It is extremely important that your student logs in to their testing at the appropriate time. Students may not have their phones on during testing. Look for specific make up dates and times with Zoom and testing links from Mrs. Fairbanks, Mrs. Price, or Mrs. Craven.
Beginning in the second marking period, ALL elementary HVA students will transition to Google Classroom. This will replace the Odysseyware platform in all subject areas. We understand that there have been many hiccups with the Odysseyware platform on the student end. Moving to Google Classroom allows us to better align with what our face to face students are doing inside the classroom. Should you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Potteiger. email@example.com
Virtual middle school students will continue to utilize Odysseyware for their online work
Holly Food Distribution
Event Code: FE2320
Good news! Your Husky’s re-take photos are now available for viewing and ordering!
Click on the link below to create a free account and get started.
Steps to finding your student’s photos.
1. Create a free account
2. Click “find your student” at the top of the page
3. Fill in all the boxes (school name – Holly Academy, event code: FE2320, student’s first name and student’s last name)
4. Click search
5. When asked for a home number type in the numbers of your address
Did you know…
- You can personalize your photos with a variety of backgrounds and text
- Photos are shipped directly to your home
- High-res digital downloads are available
- If you have more than one child, you can order together and pay once
Please contact Matthew Then, at JostensPIXAdmin@jostens.com, if you have any questions.
From the Athletic Department
I regret to inform all of you that we will not have a boy's basketball season this year. Just as the girl's volleyball and co-ed soccer seasons were canceled this past fall, not much has changed since then. There are many factors that brought me to this decision, including the requirement to wear masks during athletic competitions and practices; positive Covid cases are on the rise in the area; and we are just heading into the traditional flu season, meaning we will continue to see a rise in cases.
We have been very fortunate to have such few cases in our school, mostly due to the diligence of our staff and students.
Thank you for your understanding!
- Oct. 21 - Unity Day - wear orange or Stand Up to Bullying T-shirt to dress down
- Oct. 21 - Coffee & Conversation 8:00am - location TBD
- Oct. 21 - Hearing re-test day for K, 2nd and 4th grades
- Oct. 23 - HAEF dress down day - $1.00
- Oct. 26-30 - Spirit Week
- Oct. 28 - Board of Directors meeting at 5:30pm - in the auditorium
- Oct. 30 - Half day, dismiss at 11:30am - free dress down day
- Oct, 31 - Happy Halloween
- Nov. 5 - PTO meeting at 8:15am - via Zoom
- Nov. 6 - PTO dress down day - $1.00
- Nov. 12 - Report cards go home
- Nov. 13 - PTO dress down day - $1.00
- Nov. 18 - Board of Directors meeting at 5:30pm - in the auditorium
- Nov. 20 - PTO dress down day - $1.00
PTO Fundraiser Crust
The PTO is partnering with Crust in Fenton again this year selling punch cards. These cards are redeemable for bread loaves, cookies, cupcakes, and pies. They are great to have for Thanksgiving and as a gift to hostesses, teachers, coaches, etc. this upcoming holiday season. Cards will be distributed to students by November 9th. Virtual students can mail-in orders or drop them off at the office but they must be received by November 2nd.
The information below will be sent home with students Monday.
Art to Remember
Our school is participating in a creative fundraiser with Art to Remember that allows you to purchase keepsake products customized with your child's art. There are over 60 products and many are less than $15.
These make great gifts and a percentage of every purchase goes right back to our school. Click on the link below and enter the online order code shown on your child's order form or to search for your child's artwork. Then, have fun shopping!
Questions? Contact Nichole Bertucci firstname.lastname@example.org
Pizza Volunteers Needed for October
The PTO is looking for three volunteers to sling pizza on Mondays and Fridays.