Holly Academy News & Views

December 6, 2019

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Coffee & Conversation

Each school day we are entrusted to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for our Huskies. Families expect us to keep their children safe from all threats including human-caused emergencies such as crimes of violence. Holly Academy staff has taken steps to plan for, and mitigate, these threats by being ALICE trained. We invite you to attend Coffee & Conversation on Wednesday, December 18th at 8:00am in the media center to hear how we ensure each individual knows his or her options for response and can react decisively in the event of an emergency. We hope to see you then. It’s great to be a Husky!

Did You Know...

  1. Three times per school year grade level teams and administration meet to discuss the academic progress for each individual student who attends HA?
  2. Our "Power-Up" program was created to meet the needs of individual learners in our elementary grades?
  3. Our SRT elective is designed to provide extra time for our middle school students to complete assignments and receive teacher assistance with school work?
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Tis the season for holiday concerts! Holly Academy's concert season kicked off this week with our young 5's, kindergarten, and first grade concert. Next week, our second and third graders perform on Tuesday and our fourth and fifth graders perform on Thursday. Concerts are at 1:00pm and 6:30. The following week our middle school band, choir, and Academy Arts Ensemble have performances.

We are so fortunate to have Mr. Dufresne and Mr. Linden heading up our Music Department. Not only are they excellent educators, but they are also musicians outside of school. Because of this, our students learn much more than music theory and songs.

Dare to be remarkable!

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Thank You To All Our Hallway Decorators

“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” – Sherry Anderson

HA is so thankful and blessed for all the parent volunteers who have decorated the school for the winter season! An extra special thank you to Laura Petrauskas for coordinating all our parent volunteers, along with decorating!

Our special helpers:

  • Jen Turner
  • Brittani Moore
  • Maggie Russell
  • Keri Lay
  • Lisa Musgrove
  • Lindsay Franson
  • Danielle Gaves
  • Christy Poole
  • Stephanie Durnen
  • Elizabeth Von Allmen
  • Yasmin Correa
  • Rachel Corby
  • Jan Van’tZelfde
  • Ashley Leighton
  • Aimee Finney
  • Danette Gralewski
  • Karen Marsee
  • Kellie Lopiccola
  • Nicki Miller
  • Jennifer Schneider
  • Dianna Bailey
  • Faye Jones
  • Leslie Nabozny
  • Amber Cutler
  • Barb Bunker
  • Sarah and Galen Paxton
  • Amber Rowen
  • Tammy Svenkesen
  • Alysia Kretschmar and Nicki Miller for the stage decorations
  • Barb Bunker and Mrs. McClelland for the main building and middle school lobbies
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Congratulations Middle School Robotics Team!

The Robotics team went to the Pellston FTC Qualifier on Saturday, November 23rd, and took 8th place overall in the competition, as well as, 2nd place for the Design Award. Their next competition will take place at the Coloma FTC Qualifier on Saturday, December 7th.
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Back row, left to right:
Sean Hannula, Brandon Hannula, Dwight Van’tZelfde, Anthony Kelly, Sam Fuller
Front row, left to right:
Jesse Hansen, Ryan Sprague, Ben Foster
Not pictured: Sophia Pittman

Husky Fruit Stand

Students will be able to purchase apples for $.25 cents in front of the office. Sales will start on Monday the 9th and continue until they are gone. Huskies make healthy choices!!

Winner of the raffle

Congratulations to Casey Moore. She was the winner of the Giving Thanks Memory Board!

It pays to read the newsletter!

Mystery Number of the Week Winners

Each week students are shown a picture of a container of objects. They are then asked to estimate how many objects there are in the picture. They are given clues to help narrow down the possibilities. The students write their guesses on a slip of paper and are entered in a drawing each Friday. Last week's winners were:

Y5-2 Zander Isaac, Brett Musgrove, and Emily Moffitt

3-5 Aria Guru

6-8 Morgan Zrenchik

We are proud of your math skills Zander, Brett, Emily, Aria , and Morgan ! Dare to be remarkable!

Holiday Week

Dec. 16 - Holiday hat day - students may dress down if they wear a holiday hat.

Dec. 17 - Holiday sock day - students may dress down if they wear holiday socks.

Dec. 18 - Holiday accessory or flannel day - students may dress down if they wear holiday accessories of a flannel shirt.

Dec. 19 - Holiday top day - students may dress down if they wear a holiday top.

Dec. 20 - PTO dress down day - $1.00


  • Dec. 9 - Board meeting, 5:30pm in media center
  • Dec. 10 - 2nd/3rd grade concert, 1:00pm & 6:30pm
  • Dec. 12 - 4th/5th grade concert, 1:00pm & 6:30pm
  • Dec. 13 - Half day of school, dismissal at 11:30am
  • Dec. 17 - AAE/Pan Jams concert, 1:00pm & 6:30pm
  • Dec. 18 - Coffee & Conversation 8:00am
  • Dec. 19 - Band/Choir Concert, 1:00pm & 6:30pm
  • Dec. 18 - 5th grade Mackinac fundraiser at Hungry Howies in Holly
  • Dec. 20 - PTO dress down day, $1.00
  • Dec 23-Jan. 3 - No school, Happy Holidays!
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HAEF Grants

The HAEF Board would like to congratulate the following teachers for being awarded grants through the Holly Academy Education Foundation:

Miss Behrendt: "QBall: Tossable Microphone"

Mr. Dufresne: "Kindles to Drive Student Responsibility and Agency"

Mr. Linden: "Expanding Inventory with World Percussion Instruments"

Mrs. McClelland: "Chromebooks for Science"

Mrs. Mison: "Growing 21st Century Learners with Classroom Chromebooks"

Mrs. Price: "Chromebooks for Content"

Mrs. Craven: "Headphones to Enhance Learning"

Mrs. Maly: "Re-Kindle the Love for Reading"

Mr. McVey: "Middle School Recreation: Gaga Ball Pit"

Mr. Craven: "Middle School Recreation: Basketball Hoop"

Kudos to these teachers for expanding the opportunities for Holly Academy's students!
Dare to be remarkable!

SUBWAY LUNCH-January 2020

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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.

Nobel Prize Day is December 10

This summer, you can learn from Nobel Prize-winning National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductees at Camp Invention®! In this all-new program, you will team up with your friends to solve fun STEM challenges from these world-changing inventors.

When: June 22-26th, 2020

Time: 9am-3:30pm (before/aftercare is available)

Where: Holly Academy

For children entering grades K - 6

SAVE $25 expires 3/31/20. Promo code DSB25
SAVE $15 use between 4/1/20-5/12/20. Promo code DSB15

Secure your spot today hollyacademy.org/ci

Our Coaches Are So Appreciated!

A huge THANK YOU to Bill Melton for coaching both the varsity and junior varsity boys' basketball teams! This is a big endeavor and involves a lot of time and energy! Thank you also to Matt Vetter who is the assistant coach for the varsity team. Tina and Travis Craven are also assisting the teams when games conflict since Mr. Melton cannot be in two places at once! It really takes a village! We appreciate all of you. Power of the Pack!



Tuesday, 12/10

JV 5:00 vs SOTL @ HA

Thursday 12/12

JV 5:00 vs Cornerstone @ HA

Varsity 6:00 @ CSA

Tuesday 12/17

JV 4:30 @ MSD (Michigan School for the Deaf)

Thursday 12/19

Varsity 5:00 vs MSD @ HA

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Lil' Shoppers Holiday Shop

Thank you to the PTO for running the Lil' Shoppers Holiday Shop for our Huskies this week! It was fun to watch the students choosing gifts for their families! It's great to be a Husky!

January 2020 Pizza Form

January 2020 Milk Form

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