Holly Academy News & Views

April 16, 2021

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COVID-19 Guidelines

When we returned from spring break MDHHS and Oakland County changed the CDC recommendations for quarantine from 10 days to 14. For our cases that occurred prior to the change we "grandfathered" in those cases and used the 10 day guideline. Those that are quarantined now fall under the 14 day guidelines. We have had many parents questioning us about the quarantine period. Please understand that health guidelines change often and we are continually trying to hit a moving target. To make things even more complicated, some doctors are telling patients that the quarantine period is 10 days. Having a child quarantined becomes a difficult undertaking for a working parent, and we are sensitive to that. As a school community, we have done an outstanding job of doing our part to keep our Huskies in school.

The exact wording of the CDC guidelines is as follows:
Your local public health authorities make the final decisions about how long quarantine should last, based on local conditions and needs. Follow the recommendations of your local public health department if you need to quarantine. Options they will consider include stopping quarantine

  • After day 10 without testing
  • After day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)

CDC continues to endorse quarantine for 14 days and recognizes that any quarantine shorter than 14 days balances reduced burden against a small possibility of spreading the virus.

*Holly Academy is required to follow the guidance of the Oakland County Health Department.

Clearly, Michigan is seeing a rise in cases, causing MDHHS to pivot back to a 14 day quarantine. The burden inherent in making decisions that impact the health of our Huskies is one I do not take lightly. As an educator, I do not have the insight that a doctor, nurse, or epidemiologist has, and I have to make decisions based on the guidelines made by those who are trained in public health. Holly Academy will follow the Oakland County Health Division guidelines for quarantine as we do our part to stop the spread in Michigan. However, we will allow a 10 day quarantine after receiving a negative test result if the test occurs on day 5 or later. Thank you for your continued support. Power of the Pack!

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Summer School

Holly Academy will be offering summer school this year. To receive funding we must offer eight weeks of math and reading. We will offer two, half day, three-week sessions and one two-week session at no cost to you. You can opt your Husky into any or all of the sessions. Please fill out the Google Form below if you are interested. Dare to be remarkable!


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March Top Readers!

Congratulations to the following students who were the top readers in their grade level for the month of March.

Y5's - Claire Kolky

K - Lydia Marconnit

1 - Kylee Toomer (HVA)

2 - Weston Wilson

3 - Ben Rowen

4 - Maggie Gloeden (HVA)

5 - Lucas Vetter

6 - Liam Chalawich (was HVA)

7 - Naomi Svenkesen

8 - Ian Smith/Meeka Lopp

These students will be recognized Friday, April 23rd at a special Top Reader Breakfast event.


Testing season has arrived! On Thursday, April 22nd, our fifth grade HVA students will begin M-Step testing in the areas of math and science. On Monday, May 3rd, fifth grade HVA students will take the ELA and social studies M-Step assessments. Eighth grade students will take their science and social studies M-Step on Wednesday, April 28th. On testing days, HVA students should report to the middle school computer lab at 10:00 am for a 10:15 am start time. Students will have lunch at school, please send a water bottle and lunch with your student. Parents should plan on picking up their student no later than 2:45 pm at the middle school computer lab door. Mrs. Potteiger will be emailing all fifth and eighth grade HVA students and parents with the upcoming testing schedule for M-Step. Students in grades 3, 4, 6, and 7 will not take the M-Step test until May. All NWEA testing will be done remotely for our HVA students.

We are so excited to see our HVA students in person in the coming weeks!

It’s GREAT to be a Husky!

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Teacher Request Form 2021-2022

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Healthy Huskies

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We want the fourth term to be as safe and healthy as possible. To achieve this it is imperative that you are symptom-checking your Husky each morning. Should your student/s display any symptoms of sickness, please keep them home. Power of the Pack!
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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  • April 22 - Earth Day
  • April 23 - Husky Helps dress down, $1.00
  • April 26 - Young 5/Kindergarten Round-Up
  • April 26 - No school for Y5/K only
  • April 28 - Board of Directors' meeting, 5:30pm in the media center
  • April 30 - PTO dress down, $1.00
  • May 7 - Half day, dismiss at 11:30am, free dress down day
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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.


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.


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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May/June Pizza Form

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May/June Milk Form

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The PTO is happy to announce that the online uniform clothing store will be open 4.5.2021 through 4.19.2021.

Place your orders online. Delivery is estimated at 3 weeks after close of shop.

Get a jump start on next school year's clothing or get what you need to finish out this year!



PTO Elections

Elections for the PTO Board are held at the May 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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