Holly Academy News & Views

September 10, 2021

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As you know, today is Jen Potteiger's last day as a Holly Academy Husky. Jen began her journey at HA as a Spanish teacher and over the years held several roles: middle school ELA teacher, reading coach, Student Director, and Curriculum Director. Jen was exemplary in each of these roles. It is with heavy hearts that we say "good-bye" to Jen today. Holly Academy is the exceptional school it is today in no small measure due to Jen's talents. She always has put student needs first and this approach has resulted in HA's continued success. While Jen won't be present in the school, her legacy and high expectations will drive our working days. We wish Jen nothing but the best in her new adventure, and we send her off with love from her entire Husky family. It's great to be a Husky!

20th Anniversary of 9/11

As we honor the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001, we do so while reflecting on the devastating terror attacks that took nearly 3,000 lives. We commemorate those who we lost and give thanks to the brave first responders who put their lives on the line. Take a moment tomorrow to consider what we stand for as a nation and how we can work together to make the world a better place for all.
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Dear Husky Families,

For almost twenty years, Holly Academy has been home to me. I began my teaching career within these walls, spent nine years as a parent at the Academy, and had the privilege of being an administrator for the past nine years. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your Husky’s educational journey. Some of you sat in my classroom as students, and now you bring your own children to HA. All of you have found a very special place in my heart. Thank you for the opportunity to serve your families through the years. It has been an honor to watch your Huskies grow and learn within these walls.

I want you to know that my decision to leave HA was not an easy one. It was not because of a pandemic, or masks, or angry people. My decision had everything to do with my family, nothing more, nothing less. These are tough times. Decisions are made by people outside of the walls of the school, decisions that must be adhered to. Whether or not you agree with them, just be kind. Be kind to the administrators of this school, the teachers, the paraprofessionals, the office personnel, the maintenance staff, and other families. My hope is that each of us exemplifies Husky Pride in our interactions with one another. Remember, our children are watching us and how we handle the ever-changing landscape we are living in.

My experiences and time spent at HA will forever be etched in my mind and my heart. It is too difficult to say goodbye, so I will simply say see you later.

With much love,

Jen Potteiger

Virtual Curriculum Night

Monday, September 13th, is our Virtual Curriculum Night via Zoom. Teachers will present an overview of their curriculum during a 20 minute session. For families with multiple Huskies, sessions will be repeated. Please mark your calendars for Monday the 13th from 5:30-7:30pm.

5:30 - 5:50 grade level sessions or Read by Grade 3

5:55 - 6:15 PE/music/computers AND Spanish/science or Read by Grade 3

6:20 - 6:40 grade level sessions or Read by Grade 3

6:45 - 7:05 PE/music/computers AND Spanish/science or Read by Grade 3

7:10 - 7:30 grade level sessions or Read by Grade 3

Please use the following links to access the sessions:


Young 5’s: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6079296328?pwd=UFcxbDJ0aTRMc0ErZUF2R01UYSttdz09



First Grade:


Second Grade:


Third Grade:


Fourth Grade:


Fifth Grade:


Sixth Grade:


Seventh Grade:


Eighth Grade:







Read By Grade Three


Dare to be remarkable, Huskies!


Due to new pupil accounting guidelines, students will be marked as unexcused unless a parent calls the attendance line. When calling please include your child's name, grade, and reason for the absences. If your child is ill please include symptoms.

To reach the attendance line call 248-634-5554 and press 7.

Food Service News

If your child is quarantined and you ordered meals, you are still eligible to receive those meals. Please email Angie Cryderman at crydermana@hollyacademy.org if you would like to arrange pick-ups for meals.

Due to supply chain issues our vendor had to make the following menu change for next week:

Breakfast for Tuesday, 9/14

New item: Zee Zee Bar

This week there have been some questions pertaining to the breakfast/lunch program. Below are the responses to some questions that were asked:

1. Guidelines for this school year are slightly different than in years past. Just like most commodities, there are supply chain issues and therefore not all items are as readily available in large quantities. There are some waivers that USDA has issued to allow schools and their vendors more flexibility with meal options.
2. There are requirements for whole grain, vegetables, fruit, meat/meat alternatives that need to be met on a weekly basis.
3. Breakfasts are not slated to change over the course of the school year; meaning we will not be switching to a hot breakfast.
4. The lunch menu is slated to change to a hot meal in the future, but that date is still to be determined.
5. Our vendor provides meals to many schools and they provide the menu directly to Holly Academy.
6. As we continue with this program, I believe we will have a better idea of what meals students like/dislike based on future orders that we receive. If there are menu items that are not popular, I will open the conversation with our vendor about different options.
7. We are not able to change vendors mid year. Next Spring we will send it out for bid again and have historical data to show approximately how many meals we will need each day. Hopefully we will have more bidders in the future.
8. If a student does not participate, we do not receive funding. Funding is based solely on the number of meals served.

If you have any questions pertaining to the breakfast/lunch program, I would be happy to answer them. Please email Angie Cryderman at crydermana@hollyacademy.org

Angie Cryderman

Finance Assistant

Holly Academy

248-634-5554 x154


Parking lot

The safety of our Huskies is our number one priority. We have noticed that students are running between cars in the morning in the west parking lot. If you are dropping off your Husky to walk into the school, we request that you walk them from the car to the door. Thank you.

Summer Workbooks

Students who completed any summer learning materials can submit them to the office or their homeroom teacher by Friday, September 17th. Please make sure all work is labeled with the child's first and last name, along with the homeroom teacher's name. All students that turn in proof of completing summer learning materials will earn a dress down ticket, award, and recognition on our summer learning bulletin board.
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Holly Days

We are looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow for the parade and Community Play Day! It's great to be a Husky!
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Healthy Huskies

Over the past two weeks, it has been unfortunate that we have had some positive COVID cases and have had to quarantine students and staff members. We need your help to keep our Huskies as safe and healthy as possible. Please adhere to the following guidelines:

1. If your Husky has any symptoms related to COVID, keep them home and visit a physician. Huskies may return with a physician’s note. We recommend COVID testing if your student has symptoms for three days.

  • COVID symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.

2. If anyone in your household is getting tested, please keep your Husky at home until you receive the negative test results.

Current quarantine guidelines:

Oakland County Health Department has considered the need to balance COVID-19 transmission risks with the impact of longer quarantine periods on student learning and participation in school activities when endorsing the following three quarantine scenarios:

  1. A 14 day quarantine is still the best quarantine strategy after known COVID-19 close contact.

  2. OCHD is recommending a 10 day reduced quarantine strategy (stay home for 10 days after exposure while wearing a mask and physically distancing from others). Holly Academy is now adhering to the 10 day quarantine, rather than 14 days.

  3. A 7 day COVID-19 test option can be implemented. The test must be:

  • A PCR test (not a rapid or at-home test)
  • The testing occurs no sooner than 7 days after the exposure date
  • The student may return to school on day 8 with a negative PCR result

* These modified mitigation measures may be changed at the discretion of OCHD.

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Many thanks to Cornerstone Church in Highland for dropping off multiple backpacks full of school supplies for our students!
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  • Sept. 11 - Holly Days Parade and Community Play Day
  • Sept. 13 - Virtual Curriculum Night, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Sept. 17 - Citizenship Day (wear red/white/blue), free dress down day
  • Sept. 22 - Board of Directors' meeting, 5:30pm in the media center
  • Oct. 1 - PTO dress down day, $1.00
  • Oct. 4 - Picture re-take day
  • Oct. 6 - Count day
  • Oct. 8 - Half day, dismiss at 11:30am
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Annually, Holly Academy observes Unity Day to show unity for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion, and to send a visible message that no child should ever experience bullying. We offer "Stand Up To Bullying" dress code approved shirts that work perfectly for Unity Day, or we allow students to wear orange on that day. The order form for the Stand Up To Bullying shirts is below. Please note - elementary students may not wear the hoodie style shirt as a dress code approved item; however, the hoodie may be worn on dress down days.

Order forms are due Friday, September 17th.

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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 by Sept 30, 2021.


Learn more about HAEF:


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.

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Uniform patches can be ironed on to clothing items to make them dress code appropriate.


- Add the patch to a crewneck sweatshirt (approved dress code colors only)

- Add the patch to a zip up fleece jacket (approved dress code colors only)

If you have any questions regarding the patches, please email pto.hollyacademy@gmail.com

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