Holly Academy News & Views

December 17, 2021

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As we say goodbye to 2021, it is with sadness in our hearts for the lives lost due to the ongoing pandemic and the tragic loss of lives recently experienced in Oxford. Even though the world around us seems to be beating us down, as Huskies we are enduring and doing the hard work of healing emotionally and academically. We are so blessed to belong to a school community that is supportive, positive, and student-centered. Each day it is a privilege to work with our amazing students and supportive families.

May your holidays sparkle with moments of love, laughter, and goodwill, and may the year ahead be full of contentment and joy. Happy holidays from the staff and Board of Directors!

Holiday Treats

Thank you to all the families that provided delicious holiday treats for us over the past few weeks! We have been overwhelmed by your generosity and we've definitely gained a few pounds!

A special thank you to Dave Cruickshank (our Board President) for providing a smoked beef brisket lunch for the entire staff. You should go into the catering business! We also appreciate the parents that provided sides and desserts for the lunch. IT WAS DELICIOUS!

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Just a friendly reminder, sign up sheets for February 10th’s Spelling Bee are in the office. We already have a few signed up, but would love to see more!

This week, we will continue in the holiday spirit with more highlights of the many wonderful things going on in your student's classroom/s.

  • The weeks have been busy with writing! From persuasive essays in 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades, a memoir in 7th grade, and a portfolio in 8th grade, students are finding ways to connect and express themselves, while learning appropriate skills such as grammar, punctuation, and organization.

  • Science has provided students the opportunity to learn about wind, air pressure, climate, and weather. What perfect timing, as the students could apply it to Wednesday’s VERY windy day that we had! In addition, specific grades are participating in STEAM projects that allow students to design and engineer systems to assist, protect, and save lives, whether that is using a gingerbread boy, an egg, or studying the trout population in the Great Lakes!

  • Students have been learning real-life applications in computers. Second and third graders have been working on their learner’s permit in order to earn their Google driver’s license; fourth and fifth graders have kicked it up a notch by obtaining their Class C Google driver’s license. In addition, students have gone on a webquest to determine what is a useful website. This is a very important skill, as this will lend itself well to future writing assignments such as research papers.

  • To promote the importance of well-being, PE has been focusing on the natural movement of the human body. Students, while active, are recognizing the importance of balance and movement and its connection to science for this ability. Here, they have learned about the center of gravity and how our vision and vestibular system are utilized to have balance while emphasizing the importance of posture to maintain balance.

  • The holiday spirit was in full swing this week thanks to the music department! Since we were unable to have our traditional holiday concert, Mr. Dufresne and Mrs. Sprague brought the music to us! Students spent their music period singing winter carols to other classrooms and the office staff. Fourth graders sang, “Put a Little Love in Your Heart,” which I cannot think of a better title to describe the smiles and joy the music students brought to all of us this week.

I have been able to see many of the above live and in action. It is so wonderful to see the students engaged and having fun in the midst of learning!!

It truly is wonderful to be a Husky! Be sure to enjoy your holiday season and see you next year!

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Scheduled Maintenance, December 17th

Due to scheduled maintenance, all Web Stores and RevTrak admin portals will be offline from Friday, December 17th at 9:00 p.m., CT - Saturday, December 18th at approximately 12:00 p.m.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this maintenance.

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Chess Club for 2nd - 8th grades

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HAEF basket winners

HAEF would like to put this in the newsletter this week announcing the basket winners:

Congratulations to the 2021 HAEF Winter raffle basket winners!!

The Palarchio Family
The Musgrove Family
The DiGiamberdine Family

Special Congrats to Mr. Summers! The winner of our staff appreciation basket.
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January Breakfast/Lunch Order Information

Holly Academy Families,

The breakfast and lunch order form for January has been completed. All orders must be placed by 10:00am on Monday, December 20th. At that time the link to the form will no longer be available.

Due to supply chain issues, menu items are subject to change.

All pizza orders for additional slices that were ordered for December have been reconciled. Emails were sent to families if a balance is owed. If you have a balance due and have not paid this by the time the January orders are due, those students will only be eligible for 1 slice of pizza for the month of January.

Step 1:

Please use the link below to place your breakfast and lunch orders through the end of January. A separate form will need to be completed for each child. If a form is completed for a child more than once, we will use the first submission unless we receive communication from the parent/guardian that the first submission should be voided for their child. Once you submit your form you will receive an email that shows all of your selections. The sender of this email will show as Google Forms. Please check your spam folder.

You must make a selection for every meal. You will have multiple choice options for each day.

All breakfasts and Tuesday through Thursday lunches:

1. None

2. Menu item w/ White Milk

3. Menu item w/ Chocolate Milk

Pizza Days (Mondays and Fridays, plus Tuesday, 1/18/22)

1. None

2. 1 slice w/ White Milk (no cost)

3. 1 slice w/ Chocolate Milk (no cost)

4. 2 slices w/ White Milk ($1.50)

5. 2 slices w/ Chocolate Milk ($1.50)

6. 3 slices w/ White Milk ($3.00)

7. 3 slices w/ Chocolate Milk ($3.00)

January Breakfast/Lunch Order Form

Step 2:

If you choose additional slices of pizza for your child(ren) you will need to make a separate payment on RevTrak (preferred method of payment) or send a check or money order to the school.

For those families that choose to pay via RevTrak, below is the link to the RevTrak account that we will be using for payments. You must pay for each child separately as these are tracked by homeroom teachers. If you are new to Holly Academy or have not used RevTrak in the past, you will need to follow the steps in RevTrak to create an account. New account set-up will be completed once you choose to checkout. Please do not pay under any other account in RevTrak other than Food Service.

Food Payment Link (RevTrak)

If you are paying via check/money order, you may pay for all students on one check or money order. Please make the check payable to HOLLY ACADEMY, label the envelope as Pizza Lunch and ensure that all student names and homerooms are listed on the memo line of the check or money order or provide a sheet stating this information.

All payments are due by Monday, January 3rd.

Sample payment amounts for pizza orders (pricing is only for the January dates):

2 slices on Monday/Friday for all applicable days: $12.00

3 slices on Monday/Friday for all applicable days: $24.00

2 slices on Monday only (plus Tuesday, 1/18) for all applicable days: $7.50

3 slices on Monday only (plus Tuesday, 1/18) for all applicable days: $15.00

2 slices on Friday only for all applicable days: $4.50

3 slices on Friday only for all applicable days: $9.00

If you have any questions regarding the menu or food service program please contact Angie Cryderman at crydermana@hollyacademy.org.

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HA Snowboard & Ski Club

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2021-22 Yearbooks for Sale

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Healthy Huskies

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OCHD Covid Guidance

Please remember if anyone in your household is getting a COVID test any members in the home need to be excluded from school.
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Boys Basketball

January 4th

JV Maroon at home vs JV White- 5:00pm

Varsity Maroon at home vs Varsity White - 6:00pm

January 6th

JV Maroon at home vs SOTL - 5:00pm

Varsity Maroon at home vs SOTL - 6:00pm

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Husky Helps Pantry

Earlier this school year our Huskies donated items to help replenish our Husky Helps Pantry. We are excited to open the pantry to any families in need. We have been patiently waiting for the installation of a door buzzer to allow families to enter the school near the pantry. However, like most things these days, labor and material shortages have continued to be an issue.

If you are in need of any assistance, please reach out to Angie Cryderman at crydermana@hollyacademy.org to schedule a time for you to gather any items you need from the pantry. She will let you into the building near the Husky Helps pantry. If you are not comfortable entering the building, you can also email her a list of items you need, and she will gather these items and let you know when they are ready and you can do a curbside pick up. Please know that she will keep your identify confidential.

In addition to the food items in the picture, there are also cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, and other personal hygiene products.

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Holly Academy Apparel

All items offered have limited inventory. If the inventory is not available for a particular item/size, the site will not allow you to purchase the item. The store is currently open and will remain open through 1/5/2022.
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  • Dec. 20 - Dec. 31 - Holiday break
  • December 25- Merry Christmas
  • Jan. 1 - Happy New Year
  • Jan. 3 - School resumes
  • Jan. 7 - PTO dress down day, $1.00
  • Jan. 12 - PTO meeting at 8:00am in the auditorium
  • Jan. 14 - Half day of school, dismiss at 11:30am - free dress down
  • Jan. 17 - No school, MLK Jr. day
  • Jan. 19 - Board of Directors meeting at 5:30pm in the media center
  • Jan. 21 - PTO dress down day, $1.00
  • Jan. 27 - Report cards go home
  • Jan. 28 - Husky Helps dress down day, $1.00
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