Holly Academy News & Views

November 22, 2019

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Happy Thanksgiving

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” ~ Henry Van Dyke

We are so thankful for our Husky families. The myriad of ways you support us each and every day is greatly appreciated! Whether you are volunteering, fundraising, making donations or sharing words of praise, we want you to know how much it means to us all! Holly Academy Staff and Board of Directors wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Have a peaceful and lovely day with your Huskies and a restful mini-break!

Parent/Teacher Conferences

We hope to see you Monday from 1:00pm-4:30pm and 5:30pm-8:00pm or Tuesday from 1:00pm-4:30pm. All conferences are in the main gym. Power of the Pack!

Healthy Michigan Plan

Starting January 1, 2020, Michigan law requires some people with Medicaid health care coverage through the Healthy Michigan Plan (HMP) to work or do other activities, like job search, for at least 80 hours each month. Please see the link below.


Did You Know...

Fun facts about our Young 5 and Kindergarten team:

  1. Ms. Bunyak is part of the Disney Vacation Club and heads to Disney World at least once a year?
  2. Mrs. Foss attended Eastern Michigan University on music and academic scholarships?
  3. Mrs. Melero is the third generation in her family to attend Northern Michigan University and go into the field of education?
  4. Mrs. Idoni is 11 days away from becoming a first time grandma to a sweet baby girl, Sterling Idoni? Please help her come up with the perfect grandma name – she welcomes all ideas!
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Holly Academy offers Spanish to students every other day beginning in Young 5's. This affords our students the opportunity to become increasingly conversational and knowledgeable about Spanish speaking countries and cultures. Many of our students test out of Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 when they go to high school. Students who successfully test out of those classes, receive high school credits for them, allowing them to take additional electives in high school. In addition to the Spanish classes students take at Holly Academy, we have other Spanish opportunities. In middle school this year, students have two Spanish elective choices. Mr. Summers teaches a Spanish Art and Food elective and Mrs. Stefanko and Mr. Summers co-teach Spanish Drama. Spanish Drama is a two marking period course that culminates in a live stage presentation. This year, our students will perform The Wizard of Oz on Friday, March 20th.

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Winner of the raffle

Congratulations to Barb Bunker who is the winner for last week's raffle tickets to the Sloan Museum! It pays to read the newsletter!
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Silent auction

The music department has a silent auction for the first two rows of seating for the upcoming winter concert season. The auction serves as a fundraiser to help pay for instruments, instrument repair, accompanists, workshops, and sheet music. The auction is for four seats in the first row. You will receive two extra tickets in addition to the two tickets that have already been sent home. The silent auction will begin Monday, November 25th and end at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3rd. The auction will be set up outside the main office. Thank you for supporting the music department.

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 Brayson Warner-Cook

3-5 Addison Brazel

6-8 Taryn Craven

We are proud of your math skills Brayson, Addison, and Taryn! Dare to be remarkable!


  • Nov. 25-26 - Half day of school, dismissal at 11:30am
  • Nov. 25 - Parent-teacher conferences (uniform only)1:00-4:30pm & 5:30-8:00pm
  • Nov. 26 - Parent-teacher conferences (uniform only)1:00-4:30pm
  • Nov. 27 - Half day of school, (free dress down) dismissal at 11:30am
  • Nov. 28 - Happy Thanksgiving
  • Nov. 29 - No school
  • Dec. 2-6 - Hearing testing for grades Y5-K, 2nd & 4th grades
  • Dec. 5 - Y5/K/1st grade concert, 1:00pm & 6:30pm
  • Dec. 5 - PTO meeting at 8:00am in media center
  • Dec. 6 - Adopt-a-Family 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 & Converstion 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, $1.00
  • Dec 23-Jan. 3 - No school, Happy Holidays!!
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With winter approaching, some students are in need of basic outdoor attire. The Caring Committee has a donation table in the main hallway for winter outdoor clothing. We are asking for gently used coats, snow pants, boots, and hats/gloves to benefit our students at Holly Academy. The Caring Committee will be accepting these donations from Monday, November 11th through Monday, November 25th.

If your child is in need of any of these items, please feel free to stop by and grab what you need.

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Holly Academy Ski and Snowboard Club

Below please find all the information for the ski and snowboard club.


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



Tuesday, December 3rd @ St. Joe's

JV 5:00pm

Varsity 6:00pm

Thursday, December 5th @ HA vs CSA

JV 5:00pm

Varsity 6:00pm

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Lil' Shopper's Shoppe

The Holiday Shop is running December 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Your child will have the opportunity to shop during school and after school on Wednesday, December 4th from 3:20-4:00pm.

If you’d like to volunteer at the shop please sign up here: ttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0C4EA4A629ABFD0-holiday

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You have finished reading our newsletter! Please stop by the office by 3:00pm on 11/26 to fill out a raffle ticket for a Give Thanks picture board.