Holly Academy News & Views

September 2, 2021

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We have had an amazing first week! Our Huskies have been busy acclimating to the new school year and have been trained in our expectations, routines, and procedures. It has been such a pleasure to see our classrooms full, and students excited to learn! Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend. It's great to be a Husky!

Thank you

We are so appreciative of Nichole Bertucci. She collected gently used uniform clothing, washed it, and displayed it for the clothing swap at Open House! This was a significant accomplishment. Thanks, Nichole!

Picture Day

Picture Day is Thursday, September 9th. You should have received a Skyward communication from your child's homeroom teacher with the link to the online payment system. If you have any questions, please contact the homeroom teachers.

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Food Service News

If your child(ren) will be having breakfast at school, please ensure they are in their classroom by 7:45am. In the event that they do not arrive in time to eat their breakfast before the school day begins at 8:00am, they will have the opportunity to finish their breakfast during their class snack time.

Middle School students that ordered breakfast will need to go to their homeroom class to pick up their breakfast and will then go to their first hour to eat breakfast before 8:00am.

If your child is quarantined and you ordered meals, you are still eligible to receive those meals. Please email Angie Cryderman at crydermana@hollyacademy.org if you would like to arrange pick-ups for meals.

Due to supply chain issues, our vendor had to make the following menu changes for next week:

Tuesday, 9/7/21

Breakfast: Butterscotch Bar changed to Trix Cereal Bar

Lunch: Turkey and Cheese Sub changed to 1 pizza slice (there will not be additional slices available)

If you ordered for these days and your child does not like the new menu choices, please send food with your child for these meals.

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Monday, September 13th, is our Virtual Curriculum Night. Teachers will present an overview of their curriculum during a 20 minute session. For families with multiple Huskies, sessions will be repeated. You will receive zoom links from grade levels and specials teachers next week. Please mark your calendars for the 13th from 5:30-7:30pm.

Sessions will be scheduled as follows:

5:30 - 5:50 grade level sessions

5:55 - 6:15 PE/music/computers AND Spanish/science

6:20 - 6:40 grade level sessions

6:45 - 7:05 PE/music/computers AND Spanish/science

7:10 - 7:30 grade level sessions

Dare to be remarkable, Huskies!

Morning Drop off and Afternoon Dismissal


Please remember that when you are dropping off your Huskies in the morning, to wait for the crosswalk adults to give you a thumbs up before you move forward. We ask that you slow down through the parking lot, as there are children exiting vehicles. Students need to follow the yellow lines to the crosswalk area. Do not cut in between vehicles. Please do not utilize the bypass lane in front of the main building unless you are directed to do so.


If you are dropping off at the middle school, please be aware there is only one lane where students may exit their vehicle. This is the lane closest to the building. Pulling forward to just past the sidewalk allows for five vehicles to unload at a time.


Please have your Husky ready to exit the car when you pull into the drop off lanes.

If possible, middle schoolers should exit from the passenger side of the vehicle only. If younger children need assistance getting out of the vehicle, please use the lane closest to the building and exit them on the driver's side.


Thank you for your patience with the dismissal process this week. We have many new and returning Husky families, and it simply takes time to get all of our families trained in the process. We safely dismiss over six hundred students through the car lines each day. It is critical that you follow all of the expectations during the dismissal process.

These expectations include:

  • No cell phone use
  • No smoking
  • Turn on your right blinker when you have your car loaded
  • Please stay in your lane
  • Staff will direct you to move forward or exit the parking lot
  • Be sure your sign is clearly displayed
  • Train your Husky to know the color and make of your vehicles.
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Annually, Holly Academy observes Unity Day to show unity for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion, and to send a visible message that no child should ever experience bullying. We offer "Stand Up To Bullying" dress code approved shirts that work perfectly for Unity Day, or we allow students to wear orange on that day. The order form for the Stand Up To Bullying shirts is below. Please note - elementary students may not wear the hoodie style shirt as a dress code approved item; however, the hoodie may be worn on dress down days.

Holly Days

We are participating in the Holly Days Parade and Community Play Day on Saturday, September 11th (parade begins at 11:00am). Please mark your calendars to join us to walk in the parade wearing your Holly Academy "swag". We are also looking for a family or two to kindly drive their pick-up truck in the parade. Please contact Mrs. Vana and/or Mrs. Horton if you can provide a truck: vanat@hollyacademy.org, hortone@hollyacademy.org. It's great to be a Husky!
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Healthy Huskies

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  • Sept. 3 - No school
  • Sept. 6 - Labor Day
  • Sept. 9 - Picture day
  • Sept. 10 - Patriot Day (wear red/white/blue), free dress down day
  • Sept. 11 - Holly Days Parade and Community Play Day
  • Sept. 13 - Virtual Curriculum Night, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Sept. 17 - Citizenship Day (wear red/white/blue), free dress down day
  • Sept. 22 - Board of Directors' meeting, 5:30pm in the media center
  • Oct. 1 - PTO dress down day, $1.00
  • Oct. 4 - Picture re-take day
  • Oct. 6 - Count day
  • Oct. 8 - Half day, dismiss at 11:30am
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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 by Sept 30, 2021.


Learn more about HAEF:


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.

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Uniform patches can be ironed on to clothing items to make them dress code appropriate.


- Add the patch to a crewneck sweatshirt (approved dress code colors only)

- Add the patch to a zip up fleece jacket (approved dress code colors only)

If you have any questions regarding the patches, please email pto.hollyacademy@gmail.com

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If you wish to make an annual payment for your child's dress down days, please use the form in the link below. Dress down day $1.00 payments may be made each Friday, as well.
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