Holly Academy News & Views
October 11, 2019
Did You Know...
- Michigan charter schools were founded in 1994?
- Michigan charter schools offer parents (regardless of residence, race, wealth or heritage) diverse, high quality educational options?
- There are approximately 300 charter schools in Michigan serving over 150,000 students?
- 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)?
- 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?
- Self-managed charter schools do everything that a traditional district's central administration does, but inside the walls of the school?
- Ms. Kildee's famous quote is, "We are only as good as the people inside these walls, and we're really good!"?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIDAY FUN DAY
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!
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 email@example.com for more information.
- 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
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.
Friday, October 18th & Saturday, October 19th
Middle School Robotics Team Fundraisers
PTO CLOTHING STORE
FALL ON THE FARM
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.