Holly Academy News & Views

April 28, 2023

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On Wednesday, April 26th, I joined the MAPSA team at the Capitol to learn about crucial legislative and legal updates that will impact charter schools. The day was very informative for me and I enjoyed learning more about every aspect of Charter Schools. Please take a look at the attached pdf to learn more information.

#Get the Facts on Michigan Charter.

Parent Survey

Please take 10-15 minutes to complete our Annual Parent Survey. Your opinions are of the utmost importance to us. We have implemented changes to our facilities and programs over the years based on your feedback. We ask that you complete the survey by May 5, 2023. When you finish the survey, please contact your child/ren's homeroom teacher for your child to receive a dress-down coupon redeemable this school year.

Click on this link to access the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HA23

Summer School

Due to funding restrictions, summer school 2023 will be by invitation only. If your child has received a summer school letter, please respond by May 5th to be enrolled. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mr. Bushon at bushond@hollyacademy.org or Mrs. Craven at craventina@hollyacademy.org.

2023-2024 School Calendar

The Board of Directors has approved the 2023-2024 school calendar. There are two calendars attached below. One is for the Y5-Kindergarten students and the other is for first-eighth graders.
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New Enrollment Referral

As a way to say thank you to our current families, we are offering parents an incentive for referring new families to Holly Academy. For every child you bring into HA that is accounted for in our October count, you will receive $100. For example, if you refer a family with 3 kids that would be $300!! Go spread the word to all your family and friends about how remarkable HA is!

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March is Reading Month Winners

Congratulations to the following students who are the March is Reading Month winners!

Y5s - Ella Black

K - Thomas Hoffman

1st grade - Tristan Havneraas

2nd grade - Wilson Schumann

3rd grade - Oliver Hegdahl

4th grade - Quinn McGregor

5th grade - Ben Rowen

6th grade - Maylie Hegdahl

7th grade - Levi Ruzzin

8th grade - Chloe Dugan


Congratulations to Easton Ostrander who placed 4th in the Michigan Charter School Spelling Bee! Great job Easton!
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Mrs. Price would like to thank Mrs. Barton for helping two of our horticulture students to build a secondary shed for outdoor supplies. She worked closely with Ella Price and Grace Barton to build the shed from the ground up. They worked hard to complete this project.

Special Dress Down Day

There will be a special dress-down day on Monday, May 15th all Holly Academy students. This dress-down day is an additional day and was not part of the yearly payment. It is to benefit the 8th grade end-of-the-year events including the formal dance and graduation ceremony, which are very special events. The majority of our 8th graders have been here since kindergarten, and the events at the end of the year are meant to celebrate their successes. After Covid, we were unable to sustain a reasonable amount of money in the 8th-grade fund, which resulted in a shortage this year.

We are asking students to pay $1.00, or more, to participate in this dress-down.

There are so many special things our 8th graders get to do such as Washington D.C., formal awards and graduation ceremony, 8th-grade slideshow, 8th-grade formal dance at a local venue, Fensington Fun Day (on campus), Field Day, Mural and Rock Painting, the burial of uniforms, and 8th grade clap out. Holly Academy is unique in planning all these activities for our 8th graders. Please help us continue our traditions for this year’s class of 2023.

Please remember even students who pre-paid will still have to pay for the dress down on Monday, May 15. Many thanks for your continued support.

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Thursday, May 4th - Cross Country meet away at Shepherd of the Lakes at 5:00pm
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Cinco de Mayo Lunch For Grades 5th-8th

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Crosswalk Helpers

We are looking for an individual to help direct traffic in the morning drop-off lanes. This is a paid position which would be from 7:30-8:00am on all school days. If you are interested please email melerojose@hollyacademy.org.
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Holly Academy Education Foundation is excited to announce that registration for the 10th annual 5k and Kids' Obstacle Course & Fun Run is now open! Please register by April 14th to receive a free t-shirt!

You can also sign-up for a Family Sponsorship for $200, which includes 5 registrations and your last name on the t-shirt! (Please pay for Family Sponsorships ONLY using HAEF & Rev Track)

Race Registration Link:


Contact HAEF with any questions, hollyacademyedufund@gmail.com.

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Camp Invention

Camp Invention is back for its 5th year at Holly Academy!

Register today: https://invent-web.ungerboeck.com/programsearch/moreinfo.aspx?event=40136

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Husky Helps Pantry

The Husky Helps pantry is available to all families. The pantry is open every school day from 7:40am - 3:40pm. If you would like to utilize the pantry please use the door buzzer on the east side of the main building.

If there is an item you are in need of and we are out of stock in the pantry please email Angie Cryderman at crydermana@hollyacademy.org. All information will remain confidential.

2022-23 Yearbooks

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Staff Appreciation Week

May 1st thru May 5th is Staff Appreciation Week. Every year the Holly Academy PTO provides special treats for the staff during this week.

Here is what you and your student can do to get involved this week:

There is no gift too big or too small to honor our teachers and staff during this week. Most importantly, we ask that you say a simple “THANK YOU” to them.

· Write a “Thank you” note to a teacher or staff member

· Bring in a special treat or gift for a teacher or staff member

If you are interested in providing a staff member with a special treat, below is the link for a list of their favorite things:

Holly Academy Staff-Favorite Things

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Popcorn Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers to assist with bagging popcorn for popcorn days. Popcorn will be bagged on Thursday from 11:30am to 2:00pm. If you are able to assist, please sign-up using the link below.


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  • May 5 - PTO dress down day, $1.00
  • May 5 - Cinco de Mayo
  • May 5 - Middle school Spring Fling dance
  • May 9 - 2nd/3rd grades Spring Concert at 1:00pm & 6:30pm
  • May 9-12 - 8th grade Washington DC trip
  • May 11 - Y5/K/1st grades Spring Concert at 1:00pm & 6:30pm
  • May 12 - Half day of school, dismissal at 11:30am
  • May 15 - Special dress down day, $1.00
  • May 16 - 4th/5th grades Spring Concert at 1:00pm & 6:30pm
  • May 17 - PTO meeting at 8:00am
  • May 17 - Board of Directors meeting at 5:30pm in media center
  • May 19 - Caring Committee dress down day, $1.00
  • May 22-24 - 5th grade Mackinac trip
  • May 23 - AAE/Pan Jams Concert at 1:00pm & 6:30pm
  • May 24 - “A Journey Through Genres” 8th grade portfolio presentations 4:00-5:00pm in the multi-purpose room
  • May 25 - Band/Choir concert at 1:00pm & 6:30pm
  • May 25 - 4th grade Global Market Day from 1:30-2:30pm
  • May 26 - Half day of school, dismissal at 11:30am
  • May 26 - Senior Alumni walk through at 9:00am
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