Holly Academy News & Views
October 18, 2019
PETS IN SCHOOL
FALL ON THE FARM
COFFEE & CONVERSATION
Did You Know...
- HA has eleven staff members that have worked here since the doors opened in 1999?
- Twenty-one staff members (not including the 11 above) have worked at HA for 10+ years?
- Sixty-five percent of our staff members have Master's or Post-Master's Degrees?
Did you know that Michigan has adopted new standards for social studies? The updated social studies standards were finally adopted in June of this year after a lengthy process.
Last week, our 4th graders travelled to Lansing for their annual visit to the Capitol and the Hall of Justice. While there, they had the opportunity to participate in government, by protesting the Governor's line item veto of charter school funding. This is supported in the Michigan Academic Standards for social studies.
UPDATE FROM THE ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT
As many of you know, Governor Whitmer used a line-item veto on September 30th to negate the $240 per pupil State Aid increase for all charter school students for the current school year. If her veto is approved, this will obviously have a major negative financial impact on the state’s nearly 300 charter schools and 150,000 students.
Our fiscal year began on July 1st, and we are now four months into our school’s budget. We are definitely hoping for an override of this unjust political action. Both the House and the Senate have introduced bills to bring back $256 million into the State’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget - included in these bills is the $35 million for charter school funding.
The Democratic governor and the Republican-led legislature have been unable to reach a consensus. However, Governor Whitmer’s decision to use the line-item veto to deny charter school students the standard funding increase is unacceptable. Our Husky students deserve the same per-pupil funding increase as the traditional public school students. Please continue to make calls to advocate for a repeal of the line-item veto:
Governor Gretchen Whitmer: 517 373-3400
Senator Ruth Johnson: 517 373-1636
Power of the Pack!
GRANDPARENTS ARE AN UNTAPPED RESOURCE
Want to be a part of your grandchildren’s school life? Join the Grandparents Club.
Some of the opportunities currently available are:
- Help with flowerbeds in the spring
- Assist younger students with computers
- Decorate classroom doors or bulletin boards
- Deliver pizza to classrooms on Pizza Mondays
- Assist teachers with classroom projects
Contact: Janie Cryderman
Remember, it takes a village!
Holly Academy Education Foundation will be hosting a Tacos and Trivia Night on November 8th. HAEF is seeking to raise money for immediate and long term classroom initiatives. The more sponsors we have, the more money we can raise. We’re asking for your help! Please tell us about businesses or families you believe might want to sponsor this event. There are opportunities for sponsorship at various levels. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Oct. 18 - Book Fair begins
- Oct. 18 - PTO Parking Spot Auction begins
- Oct. 21 - 5th grade Mackinac Info Meeting at 5:30pm
- Oct. 21 - Fire drill at 10:00am
- Oct. 23 - Unity Day-students can dress down if they wear orange or Stand Up to Bullying shirt
- Oct. 23. - Coffee and Conversation at 8:00am in media center
- Oct. 24 - Book Fair ends at 8:15am
- Oct. 24 - PTO Parking Spot Auction ends at 4:00pm
- Oct. 25 - Athletic dept. dress down day, $1.00
- Oct. 28 - Spirit Week begins
- Oct. 30 - Board of Directors meeting at 5:30pm in the media center
- Nov. 1 - Half day, dismiss at 11:30, free dress down day
- Nov. 4 - Picture retake day
- Nov. 7 - PTO meeting at 8:00am in the media center
- Nov. 8 - PBIS dress down day, $1.00
- Nov. 12 - 5th grade to middle school transition night
- Nov. 13 - Report cards are sent home
- Nov. 15 - PTO dress down day, $1.00
- Nov. 18-25 - Vision screening for Y5, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th grades