Holly Academy News & Views

March 19, 2021

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Each year the PTO grants a $1,000 scholarship to a Holly Academy senior alumni. To be eligible to apply for the scholarship the student must have attended HA kindergarten through eighth grade and write an essay on the topic, "What Holly Academy Means to Me". A committee of teachers reads each essay (student names are redacted) and a winner is selected. For the 19/20 school year, the winner is Sydney Bommersbach! Sydney is currently in the U.S. Air Force. She has completed basic training and is now in tech school. We are so proud of Sydney for winning the scholarship AND serving her country! CONGRATULATIONS! We are currently in the 20/21 "season" for choosing our latest winner. It's great to be a Husky!

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Annually, our eighth graders take the PSAT in April. This is a required assessment by the Michigan Department of Education. The PSAT will take place on April 13, 2021. All students, including HVA eighth graders, will be required to test in the building. HVA students will test separately from the in-person students. Testing will begin at 8:30 am on April 13th. Specific arrival and testing information for HVA students will be sent to parents directly via email. Please contact Mrs. Potteiger with any questions. potteigj@hollyacademy.org


With the increased number of students returning to in-person learning on April 5th, Mrs. Fairbanks will be taking over as the HVA teacher for all elementary students after spring break. Mrs. Price will no longer be available to HVA students, as she is returning to the building to work with students in math and reading intervention.

March is Reading Month

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Healthy Huskies

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If you or your Husky receives a positive COVID result, please contact the school as soon as possible. On a weekend or in the evening, you can email any of the administrators. There are measures that we have to take immediately, including contacting the health department if a student tests positive. Thank you.
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Book Fair

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  • March 24 - Board of Directors' meeting, 5:30 pm
  • March -26-April 2 - Spring break, no school
  • April 5 - School resumes
  • April 8 - PTO meeting at 8:15am via Zoom
  • April 15 - Report cards go home
  • April 16 - PTO dress down, $1.00
  • April 22 - Earth Day
  • April 23 - Husky Helps dress down, $1.00
  • April 26 - Young 5/Kindergarten Round-Up
  • April 26 - No school for Y5/K only
  • April 28 - Board of Directors' meeting, 5:30 pm
  • April 30 - PTO dress down, $1.00
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Winner of the raffle

Congratulations to Lisa Musgrove, winner of last week's raffle! It pays to read the newsletter!

From the Athletic Department

Cross Country

Hello Holly Academy families! It is great to see the sunshine and temperatures rising daily! After having to cancel our previous sports seasons due to COVID, I'm excited to announce we plan on running our cross country program this spring! Our practices usually begin when we return from spring break, so if your Husky is interested in running, we need you to fill out the form on the following link with your child's information. This information is important, as it is how the coaches and I will contact you!


Included on the web page is our Student Athletic Handbook, which has to be filled out completely. Your Husky will also need to complete the required sports physical. Please print and have all forms filled out completely.

Cross country is one of our co-ed sports and open to students from fifth through eighth grades. Fifth and sixth graders run one mile, while seventh and eighth graders run two miles. Running is a great life-long activity that can be part of a healthy lifestyle. I encourage every student to try it! Here are a few benefits to running:

- Boost your immune system

- Strengthens your lungs

- Promotes a sense of well being

- Burns calories and aids in weight loss

- Builds and tones muscle

- Increases bone density

- Supports healthy blood sugar levels

- Promotes cardiovascular health

- Strengthens your heart

- Promotes a positive self-image

Please be aware, I anticipate there may be restrictions by MHSAA (Michigan High School Athletic Association), whose rules we follow, and MDHHS (Michigan Department of Health and Human Services), such as wearing a mask by both the runners and spectators and social distancing by the spectators. By signing up for cross country, both the athletes and families are agreeing to these and any other requirements by MHSAA and MDHHS.

Lastly, but equally important, I am in search of cross country coaches to organize and manage the runners. If you are interested, please contact me as soon as possible, melerojose@hollyacademy.org, or 810-845-5484.

I look forward to seeing everyone on the cross country course!

Camp Invention

The biggest Camp Invention discount of the season ends 3/31! The nationally acclaimed Camp Invention® comes to HOLLY ACADEMY from 8/2/21 to 8/6/21 with an inspiring new K-6 program: Recharge! You can attend in-person or at-home camp.

Register using RECHARGE40 by 3/31 to SAVE $40 at https://invent-web.ungerboeck.com/programsearch/moreinfo.aspx?event=31786&_ga=2.58266474.1955117588.1615388828-611153769.1603110028

Holly Academy Education Fund Open Trustee Position

Are you looking for a fun way to become more involved in your child’s school? Do you enjoy meeting new people and working toward a positive goal? Then consider applying to become a trustee for the Holly Academy Education Foundation (HAEF)!

Fill out the application to apply.


Please submit to the office by May 1, 2021

HAEF MISSION: The Holly Academy Education Foundation (HAEF) expands educational opportunities for Holly Academy students by generating financial assets to achieve current and future academic goals.


Through HAEF, you can leave a lasting imprint for your child on Academy grounds. A personalized paver is a permanent way to document your child’s years at Holly Academy. Pavers ordered this school year are installed over the summer. Students returning to HA next fall will enjoy finding their pavers and seeing it as they grow throughout their years at the Academy.
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April Pizza Slingers Needed

The PTO is looking for three volunteers twice a week, Mondays and Fridays to sling pizza. Please sign up on the link below.


PTO Elections

Elections for the PTO Board are held at the April meeting. There will be some turnover of our current Board for the 21/22 school year. Typically, we like prospective candidates to have attended three PTO meetings prior to being nominated for a Board seat. Should you be interested and not meet this requirement, please follow-through by emailing PTO.hollyacademy@gmail.com, we do not want to turn away any candidates that have a passion to serve! Power of the Pack!

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