Holly Academy News & Views

January 22, 2021

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Good-bye to a Holly Academy Legend

Today marks the end of a long and storied career for our own Ken Kander. As of 3:40pm, Ken is officially retired! Ken has been Director of Finance and Operations for 18.5 years. We are so grateful for Ken's oversight of our budgeting, payroll, and grant acquisition, as well as short and long term planning. Holly Academy is in an enviable financial state due to Ken's excellent stewardship. HA will not be the same without him! Happy, happy, retirement, Ken! You will be greatly missed. The Power of our Pack is lessened by your departure. Congratulations and best wishes!

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Open Enrollment

Holly Academy's annual open enrollment period extends from the day we return from winter break through March. Please remember to re-enroll your Huskies on the Google Form link below by February 26th. If you have a Y5 or kindergarten sibling you must fill out an application form. This is sometimes confusing to families. All brand new students must have application and registration forms filled out prior to acceptance. Spread the word to your friends and family that Holly Academy is accepting new students into our stellar program! Character Defines Us!

Re-enrollment link: https://forms.gle/k5UJduYTBi5R1wRFA

New student application:

National School Board Recognition Month

January is National School Board Recognition Month. This is the time to recognize and celebrate the hard work of our volunteer Board of Directors. We are so appreciative of our Board as they have helped us navigate through the unprecedented past year. The Board has made many crucial decisions in this COVID environment, and throughout, has been steadfast in putting our Huskies first. Prioritizing face-to-face instruction, while ensuring the safety of students and staff has been at the forefront of all decisions. We applaud the Board for donating countless hours to governing Holly Academy, which in no small measure adds to our success. THANK YOU to our outstanding Board:

David Cruickshank, President
Joan Ehrhardt, Vice President

Stephen Jenkins, Treasurer
Dylan Adams, Secretary
Diane Wujciak, Director
Doreen DeBenedictus, Director
Amy Hillman, Director

Annual Education Report

All school districts must publish an Annual Education Report following the Michigan Department of Education guidelines. Please view our 19/20 AER on our website. Paper copies are available in the main office. Dare to be remarkable!

Parking Lot

During morning drop-off, you must park in a designated parking spot if you are walking your students to the door. The drop-off and by-pass lanes may not be used for parking.
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We have had a fantastic first week back following our planned break. Thank you for your continued diligence in ensuring our Huskies are healthy and safe during these challenging times.

If you ever have a need to contact administration or include them on correspondence, please remember each administrator oversees specific grade levels and departments.

Jennifer Burns burnsj@hollyacademy.org

Special education department

Young 5’s through first grade teachers

Jen Potteiger potteigj@hollyacademy.org

Second grade through fifth grade teachers

Music department

Physical education department

Julie Kildee kildeej@hollyacademy.org

Sixth grade through eighth grade teachers

Science department

Office staff

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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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Board Meeting

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Free Vision Screening

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Uniform Clothing Available

There is a table of clothing located in the vestibule by the main office. Please feel free to stop by and take what you need. The items will be available until Friday, January 25th. At this time we are not accepting clothing donations. Thank you!


  • Jan. 27 - Board of Director's meeting, 5:30pm
  • Jan. 28 - Report cards sent home
  • Jan. 29 - Caring Committee dress down day, $1.00
  • Feb. 5 - PBIS dress down, $1.00
  • Feb 10 - Count Day
  • Feb. 11 - PTO meeting at 8:15am via Zoom
  • Feb 12 - Half day, dismiss at 11:30am
  • Feb. 15 - No school, Presidents' Day
  • Feb. 19 - PTO dress down, $1.00
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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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Mother/Son Bowling

In pre-covid times we were attempting to create an annual mother/son event. This typically has been a bowling event, as it is an enjoyable pastime for moms and boys. As bowling alleys are open in Michigan, it would be wonderful to hold a mother/son bowling outing this year. The PTO Board is looking for a parent or two to plan this event. Please contact the PTO at PTO.hollyacademy@gmail.com if you are interested in chairing this event. It's great to be a Husky!

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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