Holly Academy News & Views

March 12, 2021

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What a difference a year makes! On March 12, 2020, we wrote a communication to families outlining the activities that we would have to cancel due to the first COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Michigan. The very next day, Governor Whitmer closed all schools in Michigan. We all thought that we would be closed for a few weeks and would return to school after spring break. How little we knew! Fast forward to a year later and many schools in Michigan haven't opened yet for in-person teaching and learning! I am so proud to be part of our Holly Academy community. Our staff and Board of Directors have prioritized student achievement during the pandemic, just as we had prior to last March. We are one of the very few districts to have provided full time in-person teaching and learning this school year. We also created Husky Virtual Academy to provide instruction to our virtual learners. We could not have pulled off these feats without the commitment from our Husky families. Thank you for partnering with us to do what is best for our students. We continue to "dare to be remarkable" even in the most adverse of times! It's great to be a Husky!

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Attention all 8th graders heading to Holly High School next year!

Holly High has created the following video for our 8th graders and their families. If your student will be attending Holly High in the fall, please take a moment to watch the following video:


https://www.loom.com/share/de31660744d24ec184bc27a0dc48b315?sharedAppSource=personal_library


Additionally, there are freshman orientation videos on the counseling page. See the link below:


https://www.hask12.org/schools/holly-high-school/hhs-counseling/parent-night-information--presentations/class-of-2025-freshman-orientation/


Please contact Mrs. Potteiger or the counseling department at Holly High with any questions.

Reading is my Favorite Sport

To align with our March is Reading Month theme, "Reading is my Favorite Sport", the PBIS focus for March is sportsmanship. Our P.E. teachers, Mrs. Thick and Mr. Spooner, are choosing the student that has displayed the best sportsmanship in each class. These students' names will be put into a drawing to receive a token for the book vending machine. One student per den (Y5-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th) will be selected to be the first students to use the vending machine. Again, many thanks to the PTO for purchasing this awesome machine for the school! Power of the Pack!

March is Reading Month

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Congratulations!

Congratulations to Lucas Vetter who received the Young Person of Distinction Award from the United Way. Every year United Way gives out awards to recognize student leaders in their community. We are so proud of Lucas! Dare to be remarkable!
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Healthy Huskies

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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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Book Fair

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Third Grade Pen Pals

Aligning with our global citizenship focus, our third grade students have become pen pals with students from Taizhou Phoenix Primary Academy in Taizhou City, Jiangsu Province, China. We have sent and received our first pictures and letters. What an awesome way to "dare to be remarkable" third graders! This is so exciting!
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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • March 14 - Spring forward, turn clocks forward one hour
  • March 17 - Happy St. Patrick's Day
  • March 19 - PTO dress down, $1.00
  • March 24 - Board of Directors' meeting, 5:30 pm
  • March -26-April 2 - Spring break, no school
  • April 5 - School resumes
  • April 8 - PTO meeting at 8:15am via Zoom
  • April 15 - Report cards go home
  • April 16 - PTO dress down, $1.00
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From the Board of Directors

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Winner of the raffle

Congratulations to Jennifer Schneider who is the winner of last week's raffle! It pays to read the newsletter!

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!


https://www.hollyacademy.org/sports/


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!

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.

https://www.hollyacademyeducationfoundation.org/join-the-board.html

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.

BRICK PAVER

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 Fundraiser

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April Pizza Form

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April Milk Form

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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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Congratulations

Thank you for reading our newsletter! Please email info@hollyacademy.org with your name and phone number to be entered in a raffle for a $5.00 gift certificate to Dairy Queen.