Holly Academy News & Views

October 11, 2019

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Often, when I meet with parent groups the topic of communication is high on the list of priorities. To this end, administration conducts four "Coffee & Conversation" sessions per school year for all parents and two specified sessions for new families. Our first "all parent" Coffee & Conversation session is October 23rd at 8:00am in the media center. Our topics will be the results of last year's annual parent survey, the results of our 18/19 standardized assessments, and what you should know about charter schools. Our C & C sessions are also a great venue for you to ask us any questions you may have. Please join us on October 23rd - we look forward to seeing you! Power of the Pack!

Did You Know...

  1. Michigan charter schools were founded in 1994?
  2. Michigan charter schools offer parents (regardless of residence, race, wealth or heritage) diverse, high quality educational options?
  3. There are approximately 300 charter schools in Michigan serving over 150,000 students?
  4. Charter schools receive 20% less funding per pupil compared to students in traditional public schools (charter schools cannot levy taxes in the form of a millage)?
  5. Holly Academy is in the small minority of self-managed charter schools in the state; meaning we are not run by a for profit management company?
  6. Self-managed charter schools do everything that a traditional district's central administration does, but inside the walls of the school?
  7. Ms. Kildee's famous quote is, "We are only as good as the people inside these walls, and we're really good!"?

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 Holly Academy is piloting a new math program called Big Ideas in 4th through 8th grades? So far it is going really well for both teachers and students alike! As long as we continue to see success with this program, we will move toward adopting Big Ideas in those grades for the 2020-2021 school year. It is also our intent to pilot Big Ideas in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. If you have any questions about the new math curriculum, please contact Mrs. Potteiger at potteigerj@hollyacademy.org.

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A huge thank you to Carl and Faye Jones and the Freedom Center for the use of the inflatables last Friday. Our Huskies had a fun day celebrating Holly Academy's success on the M-Step and PSAT last year. We are so proud of the hard work by students and staff!

A special thank you to those who helped with the set up and tear down last week! Thank you Carl Jones, Mike Lay, Matt Anderson, Angie and Dave Cryderman, Rob Harris, and Mr. Spooner. We appreciate you!


Friday, October 18th - Thursday, October 24th

Please see the note below for all the details.

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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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Upcoming Events

  • Oct. 18 - Fall on the Farm
  • Oct. 18 - Book Fair begins
  • 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. 23 - Book Fair ends
  • 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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Boys 5th-8th Grade Basketball Try-Outs

Boys interested in playing basketball must sign up online at https://www.hollyacademy.org/sports/.

Try-outs will be held in the main gym on Monday, October 14th, Tuesday, October 15th and Thursday, October 17th from 6:00pm-8:00pm.

Soccer Tournament

Friday, October 18th & Saturday, October 19th

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.
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Fall on the Farm will be Friday, October 18th. Most of the events are outside. Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather (layers, hat, gloves, etc.). For any younger children that cannot tie their shoes, please make sure they have shoes that they can put on by themselves.

Class snack will be cider and a Kellogg's Rice Krispie treat. Kroger brand powdered donuts will be used for the Donut Eating Contest. If your child has an allergy to any of these items, please send in an alternate snack for your child. For the safety of those children with allergies, the PTO will not be providing any alternatives for these items.

For questions, please contact Angie Cryderman at the thecrydermans@gmail.com.


We appreciate you taking the time to read the entire newsletter! Please stop in the office by Wednesday 10/16 to enter a drawing for a Battle Alley Coffee gift card! The winner will be announced in next weeks newsletter.