Holland Heights September Newsletter

A Note from Principal Derr:  Heights Power and Heights Pride!

The learners at Holland Heights have started the year learning about having the Power to make a positive difference in their school and taking Pride in themselves and their school.  There are four expectations we have of every learner here at Holland Heights:  Show Respect, Take Responsibility, Act Safely, and come to school Ready to Learn.   If all of the learners at Heights use their power to fulfill these expectations, we believe they will have a big impact on the climate and culture here at school.  We can only improve the climate and culture at school with your continued support of the expectations we have of your children.

 We are off to a great start this fall and the expectations are high for ALL of our learners at Holland Heights.  Thank you for allowing the staff at Heights to teach your child every day.  We look forward to partnering with you this school year to help your child be the best they can be!

School Safety Procedures

Please be sure to check in at the office if you have specific business at the school.  You must have a school issued ID badge in order to enter the main building.  You will need to provide some type of collateral in order to get a badge.  This ensures that we will get the badge returned before you leave.  If you plan to be in the building with your child for a specific purpose, you must have an approved volunteer form on file in the district.  Forms have been sent home or you can pick one up in the office.  We want all of our children to be safe, so please support us in making your child’s school as safe as can be. 

Traffic Safety Note:        

Please be alert when dropping off your child in the morning.  Please do not park in the staff parking lot during the school day, especially in the morning when staff is coming to work.  Please use the parking spots on 12th Street if you need to come in the building.  At the end of the school day, please do not park on the road across the street from the school or stop in the road to pick your child up.   Instead, meet your child out in front of the school and walk with them to your car.  Thanks for your cooperation with this safety matter.

 Parent Participation Committee News – Volunteers Needed!

Many exciting activities are being planned for the school year.  In order for these events to take place, the PPC is in need of volunteers.  Please consider donating some of your time to help with one or more of these events.  I would like each parent to commit to volunteering a minimum of 2 hours this school year.   If you have any questions, please feel free to call the school.    Remember, you must have a volunteer form on file in order to volunteer.  Forms are available in the main office.  Thank you for considering this opportunity to help your child’s school.  If you are interested in helping out with the PPC team, please call the office and leave your name and contact number and/or email address.  Thank you.

Mark your Calendar:

 Dad’s Night w/Mr. Derr – Sept. 18,  5:30 – 6:30 pm

This will be our kickoff night for Dad’s Night with Mr. Derr during the school year.  We will spend our first night having a meal together and getting to know each other.  All dads/stepdads/grandfathers or guardians of Holland Heights learners are invited to attend this event.  Please call the office at 494-2750 or email Mr. Derr at kderr@hollandpublicschools.org , by Sept. 16, to let us know you can attend so we can plan for how much food we will need.  Thanks. 

Title One Info Night – Sept. 25, 5:30 – 6:00 pm

From 5:30 – 6:00 there will be a parent meeting in the media center to discuss what it means for your child attending a Title One School.
This is also the time of year where your child’s teacher will be sending home information about where your child is starting the year academically.  Your child has taken assessments during the first month of school, in Reading and Math, to determine areas of strength and areas needing support.  Please make sure to look this information over and contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.  We want all of our learners to be successful and this can happen if we work together in supporting your child. Your child’s teacher will be able to share with you what you can do at home to help your child continue to grow as a learner.

Quote of the Month

Expect the Best from your child and yourself!

Office Staff

Holland Heights

856 East 12th Street
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: 616-494-2750
Kevin Derr
Sharon Hoitenga
Site Supervisor
Diana Sandoval-Dominguez

School Times
K – 5th Grade
7:57 am – 2:59 pm
6th – 7th Grade
8:00 am – 3:04 pm

Half Day
K – 5th
7:57 am – 11:00 am
6th – 7th
8:00 am – 11:00 am