Holly Academy News & Views

March 25, 2021

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Today marks the end of the third term. This summer when we were so unsure of how in-person school would go this year we said, "Hopefully, we'll be able to get two weeks under our belts so we can show our Huskies how to access remote learning." Little did we know how successful we would be! We have 50+ HVA students returning to in-person learning for the fourth term. It will be so good to see them! To all our Husky families - have a wonderful spring break, be safe and cautious if you're traveling and have fun if you're staying put. See you on April 5th! 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.

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Healthy Huskies

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We want the fourth term to be as safe and healthy as possible. To achieve this it is imperative that all our Huskies are healthy returning to school on the 5th. Please monitor your student/s for any symptoms of sickness and keep them home if they display any signs of being ill.

Power of the Pack!

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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Poster Contest Winners!

Congratulations to our March is Reading Month poster contest winners! All 1st place winners will have their submissions made into full-size posters that will be hung in our media center!
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Y5-2nd Grade Winners

1- Quinn McGregor 2nd Grade-HVA student

2- Lily Lagorio 2nd Grade (pictured)

3- Evelyn Carpenter 2nd Grade-absent

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3rd-5th Grade Winners

1- Alyssa Corby 5th Grade

2- Josie Gust 5th Grade

3- Cambria Escamilla 3rd Grade

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6th-8th Grade Winners

1- Tanner Craven 6th Grade

2- Ela Knight 7th Grade

3- Kierstyn Rutley 7th Grade

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Door Decorating Contest

Many thanks to the following teachers for decorating their doors for the March Is Reading Month Door Decorating Classroom Contest:

Mrs. Shouse

Mrs. Melero

Mrs. Idoni

Mrs. Natalie Shephard

Mrs. Allen (Miss Kolinsky)

Mrs. Stefanko


Mrs. Allen's class won the contest by decorating their door that represents how we all sport uniqueness. Congratulations to Mrs. Allen and her class!
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  • March 26 -April 4 - Spring Break
  • April 4 - Happy Easter
  • April 5 - School resumes
  • April 8 - PTO meeting at 8:15am via Zoom
  • April 9 - PTO dress down, $1.00
  • 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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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!


We will have an important informational meeting for students who are interested in cross country, on Monday, April 5, 2021, from 4:30-5:30pm. Please plan on attending this important meeting with your child. We will be discussing what to expect in the cross country program, including the MDHHS requirement for antigen testing.

Please use this link to join the meeting.

Jose Melero is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 954 5734 6035
Passcode: FU1hz0

Please contact me with any questions at melerojose@hollyacademy.org.

Have a great spring break!

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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PTO Meeting

Please join us for our PTO meeting via Zoom on Thursday, April 8th at 8:15am. PTO Board elections will take place at this meeting. We look forward to seeing you!

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PTO Board

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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