Holly Academy News & Views

October 18, 2019

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We have had an influx of adults bringing pets (mostly dogs) into school at drop-off and pick-up. While we appreciate your desire to have your pet with you at all times we have many students who are allergic to, and/or scared of animals. Please understand that pets are not permitted in the school unless prior approval has been obtained from the administration and the visit would be for a specific academic activity. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Power of the Pack!


Holly Academy has a vibrant and unique school culture. One of our most loved traditions is Fall on the Farm. We are so grateful to our PTO for sponsoring this event. As chair of the Fall on the Farm committee, Angie Cryderman amazes us year after year! To create this awesome day for 10 grade levels is nothing short of miraculous! Thank you to our PTO, Angie, and the many volunteers that "dared to be remarkable" today to make this annual event so enjoyable for our Huskies. Power of the Pack!


Please join us on Wednesday, October 23th at 8:00am in the media center for Coffee & Conversation. Our topics will include the results of last year's annual parent survey, the results of 18/19 standardized assessments, and what you should know about charter schools. There will also be time for you to ask any questions you may have. We hope to see you then! It's great to be a Husky!

Did You Know...

  1. HA has eleven staff members that have worked here since the doors opened in 1999?
  2. Twenty-one staff members (not including the 11 above) have worked at HA for 10+ years?
  3. Sixty-five percent of our staff members have Master's or Post-Master's Degrees?


Jan Van'tzelfde is the winner of the Battle Alley Coffee gift card. We appreciate our parents taking the time to read the entire newsletter and stay up to date on important information and events.

Winter Wonderland

For our returning Husky families, remember how magical our hallways were for the holidays and the winter season last year? Our parent "elves" transformed the main building into a beautiful winter wonderland. This year we would like to include the middle school in the decorating. We are looking for parents (new and returning) who are willing to decorate the hallways. HA will provide all the materials, we just need some manpower and a few parents to "chair" this initiative. It would be perfect if the decorating can be completed by the time we return from Thanksgiving break. We know there are some very creative parents who would be perfect for this project! Please email me or Mrs. Potteiger (kildeej@hollyacademy.org or potteigj@hollyacademy.org) if you are interested. It's great to be a Husky!
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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.


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!

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The book fair opened today! Check out the flyer below for the dates and times.
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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!


Items in the lost and found bin will be donated on November 1st at 2:00pm. If your child is missing something, please take a minute to look in the bin.

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 haef@hollyacademy.org for more information.

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  • 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
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JV Volleyball Tournament

Friday, October 18th at Cornerstone 4:00pm-9:00pm

Saturday, October 19th at Cornerstone TBD

Soccer Tournament

Saturday, October 19th at Holly Academy 8:00am

Middle School Robotics Team Fundraisers

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If you purchased items from the PTO clothing store that was offered in September, we would appreciate you taking a minute and letting us know about the products you purchased. Please send us an email at PTO.hollyacademy@gmail.com.