Holly Academy News & Views

September 3, 2020

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WE DID IT! We had a wonderful first week of school. What a delight it is to see our in-person Huskies and to see our virtual Huskies via all of your social media posts! I applaud our staff for prioritizing health and safety this week by teaching safety protocols. It has been heartwarming to observe our students following our guidelines and adjusting to our "new normal".

It has been a challenge getting ALL of our families through our dismissal process in a timely fashion. Monday found many cars waiting on Academy Rd. which we problem-solved for Tuesday. Dismissal is always slow the first few weeks of school. As families and students get more used to the process it speeds up considerably. Please help us by letting your child/ren know who is picking them up at dismissal. Also, make sure your child knows the color and make of your vehicle. These two pieces of information dramatically assist the adults that walk students to vehicles. Dismissal guidelines require you to not be on your cell phones while in line. This also speeds up moving traffic. Thank you for your patience this week. Power of the Pack!

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend! It's great to be a Husky!


We understand there is a learning curve for our new procedures. Please know that our priority will always be the safety of our students, from the beginning of the day at drop-off until the end of the day through pick-up. There have been students in the morning being dropped off at the main parking lot, and then the students are running through the parking lot to the south side second grade entrance. This is dangerous for everyone – PLEASE either drive through to the assigned drop-off area for your students OR, if you park in our main lot, please walk the student(s) to the sidewalk --- for everyone’s safety. Thank you.

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In June we ordered transparent "sneeze guards" for every elementary student to have at their desk/table. Our order finally arrived on Wednesday. As you can imagine, it will take a bit of time to assemble 400 of them! We will be adding them to classrooms as soon as possible.

Healthy Huskies are happy Huskies!

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Welcome back to school, Huskies!

Regardless of the format, circumstances, or challenges ahead, the 2020-2021 school year will be a great one if we choose it to be so. Our choice in attitudes is the most powerful choice we can make each day. I know I believe this year represents a chance for us to have our best year ever, no matter what.

I'm looking forward to all that lies ahead for students and staff. We've worked hard all summer, thinking about kids - about learning - about developing our craft - and meeting the needs of our students and community. Will we be perfect? No. Will we be better than ever? That's all we planned for over the last several months.

You can't have an adventure with only smooth sailing, there will be storms and high seas for sure. But that's where we will find our strength, and learn just what we CAN be when we put our minds to it.

Once again, welcome back to Huskies everywhere. Choose your attitude each day. Be grateful and have fun. Treat others with respect and show everyone you care. Make 2020-2021 your best year ever!

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We understand that this first week of virtual learning has presented many challenges to our virtual families, please know that we are working diligently on our end to ensure smoother weeks ahead. Generally, the first couple weeks of school are spent teaching procedures and expectations in the classroom and throughout the school. This year is no different, with the exception that we are also spending a significant amount of time teaching safety protocols to our in-person students. How does this impact our HVA families? Well, it means that in an effort to mirror what happens inside the brick and mortar classroom, this week and next will be spent learning procedures and expectations in their virtual classrooms. There typically is not a lot of homework assigned during the initial week or two of school, and it probably feels different to our families at home. Please know that you are not caught in limbo, but rather seeing the first weeks of school through a different lens.

This week, we have encountered some challenges, as you are well aware of. The first was that our much loved Mrs. Horton cannot continue in her role as an HVA teacher. Her intent was to teach from home as she is immunocompromised. Unfortunately, some additional health issues have arisen that will affect her teaching on our virtual platform. We are pleased to announce that Mrs. Stacy Price has accepted the position and will be moving into her role at HVA effective Tuesday, September 8th. We are confident she will be a great addition!

Some important items to note:

  • Daily attendance is required in our virtual program. Online school is just like a traditional school in that attendance matters. Typically, students who fall behind in virtual classes do not pass those classes. In virtual schooling, families set the daily schedule...the classes are not bound by the regular school schedule.

  • Complete lessons in order of due dates, please do not do them out of order.

  • Your HVA teacher is your first point of contact.

  • It is imperative for families to keep track of student usernames and passwords.

  • Young 5 - 2nd grade students will be utilizing Google Classroom and Big Ideas Math. They will NOT be utilizing the Odysseyware platform.

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Picture Day

Picture day is Thursday, September 10th for all Huskies. Uniforms are required. In-person pictures will be taken in the morning. HVA students will have their pictures taken in the afternoon following the last name schedule below to allow for social distancing. Blended students may come to school that day if you wish. If blended students come to school on the 10th they must stay for the entire day. If blended students do not come to school, please follow the last name schedule:

A-I 1:00-1:30pm

J-R 1:30-2:00pm

S-Z 2:00-2:30 pm

Pictures will be taken in the main gym. HVA and blended families should arrive at the gym at your scheduled time (masks, please). Only students will be allowed into the gym for pictures, parents must wait outside. Thank you for your support and cooperation. This is how we continually dare to be remarkable!

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UPCOMING EVENTS (pending State mandates)

  • Sept. 4 - No school
  • Sept. 7 - Labor Day - No school
  • Sept. 8 - Full days start (8:00am-3:15pm)
  • Sept. 10 - Picture day
  • Sept. 10 - PTO meeting at 8:00am - location TBD
  • Sept. 11 - Patriot Day (wearing red/white/blue is suggested)
  • Sept. 11 - PTO dress down day - $1.00
  • Sept. 11 - Husky Helps Pantry items are due
  • Sept. 14-16 - Hearing testing for Y5, K, 2nd & 4th grades
  • Sept. 17 - Citizenship Day, students can wear red/white/blue tops and dress down
  • Sept. 22-25 - Vision testing for Y5, 1st, 3rd, 5th & 7th grades
  • Sept. 23 - Board of Directors meeting - 5:30pm - location TBD
  • Sept. 25 - PTO dress down day - $1.00
  • Oct. 2 - PTO dress down day - $1.00
  • Oct. 5 - Picture re-take day
  • Oct. 7 - Count day
  • Oct. 8 - PTO meeting at 8:00am - location TBD
  • Oct. 9 - Half day, dismiss at 11:30am - free dress down day
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