Important March Dates

Thurs, March 1 Conferences
TK-7 Conferences 3:30-6:30 | 8-12 Conferences 4:30-7:30

Tues, March 6 1/2 Day for students, Conferences
TK-7 Conferences 12:00-3:00 | 8-12 Conferences 12:30-3:30

Thurs, March 8 Conferences
TK-7 Conferences 3:30-6:30 | 8-12 Conferences 5:30-8:30

March 30-April 6 Spring Break

State of the District Address

Holland Public Schools

Holland Public Schools and Superintendent Davis will be hosting informational meetings for parents of Holland Public Schools on March 1 and March 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria of East K-7 located at 373 E. 24th Street and March 15, 9 am and 7 pm at Holland Early College, this meeting is specifically for familes of HEC. 

The purpose of these meetings is to share a "State of the District Address" on the current/future plans and needs of the district, and results of the most recent parent survey. Read More

Holland Heights January Newsletter 2018


Happy New Year!!!!

January  2018 Newsletter

Winter Weather Reminders:

The school building isn’t open until 7:30 am. 
Be sure to dress your children in their warm coats, gloves, boots, and hats when they leave home in the morning.  We go outside during the day, and your child needs to be dressed for the weather.  We have some donated winter weather items, so let us know if we can help. 

Attendance:  Absences and Tardies

The K-5 bell rings at 7:55 am, to let the kids know it’s time to line up, with class beginning at 7:57 am.  6/7 Music busses leave at 7:45 and 7:50.  It is very important for your child to be here on time every day to make sure they aren’t missing learning time.  We are required to report students with excessive tardies and absences to the truancy officer.  This is something that I don’t like to do, but we need your help in getting your child to school on time every day.  Thanks. 

Traffic Update

Please be sure to pick up your child at the appropriate location.  K-3 will continue to pick up out front and 4-7 will pick up on the back circle drive.  Be respectful of the buses that pick up in front and back and please do not park in their spaces. Also, please do not stop or park on the street, blocking traffic, to pick up your child.  For the safety of all, please park on one of the side streets and walk over to pick up your child.

Dads Night w/Mr. Derr Friday, Jan. 19

Please mark your calendar for our next Dads Night w/Mr. Derr on Friday, Jan. 19.  We will be meeting here at school for some pizza and social time at 6:00.  We will then head over to Holland High School for the Varsity Boys Basketball game around 6:45.  Game time is 7:30.  The Varsity Girls game will be going on when we arrive so we will be able to watch some of that game also.  Bring your children and enjoy a night out with them.  Please call the office, 494-2750 or email Mr. Derr (, by Jan. 17, if you plan to attend so we can get an idea of how many will be attending.  There is no cost for this event. 

Important Dates and Events

Jan. 12 – End of First Semester – Grades for 6/7 are completed.  All makeup work must be done.

Jan. 15 – No School – Martin Luther King Day

Jan. 16 – First day of Late Winter Sports  - 6,7/8 Boys Swim/Dive, 7th Girls Basketball, 6,7/8 Wrestling

Thanksgiving Coin Drive raised $521!

Holland Heights Student Council is collecting coins for the Rescue Mission. 


We raised over $521 for the Rescue Mission!  This money is going to feed 125 people at the mission. Thanks to everyone who supported us.  Special Thanks to Mrs. Ruhf's class who donated $112 dollars!

Students wanted to do a service project that would help our community.  This money will be used by the Rescue Mission to buy Thanksgiving meals for those in need.  Our first goal is to raise $40 and that would feed 20 people and our second goal is to get to $80.  Each Thursday we will be sending some student council members to your room to get the change bottle to count the money in there.  We will bring it back so you can keep collecting until November 17th.  We will keep a tally and the winning class will receive donuts and juice from the student council.  Thanks in advance for helping to make this coin drive successful!

Holland Heights November Newsletter

Notes from the Nurse

When Your Child is Ill

With flu season right around the corner this year, keeping sick children home from school is more important than ever.  While prevention is the key, there may be times when your child does become ill with the flu.  In order to protect the health of other students and school staff, children who are sick should not attend school.  Students who are sick should remain home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.  Keeping your child home allows your child to rest and recover.  If your child’s symptoms become severe, you should contact your child’s health care provider.  Thanks for your help in keeping our school as healthy as possible. 

A Note From Mr. Derr - Parent-Teacher Conferences Are Here!

I would just like to take a minute to remind you about the importance of attending Parent-Teacher Conferences during the week of Oct. 30.  Please make sure you signed up for a time with your child’s teacher.  It is very important to stay in communication with the staff here at school, in order to stay on top of what your child is learning throughout the school year.  We want to make sure that you are informed, and this is a great time to hear about the many different things that are going on with your child at school.  It is also a chance for you to inform the teacher about any concerns you may have and also learn what you can do at home to support your child’s learning.  Our goal is for 100% of our parents to attend Parent-Teacher Conferences, so we look forward to seeing you during that week. 

Parent-Teacher Conference Schedule

Oct. 31 – 12:00 – 3:00

Nov. 1 – 3:30 – 6:30

Nov. 2 – 3:30 – 6:30

½ Day of School on Oct. 31 and Nov. 3 – School Dismissed at 11:00 for ALL STUDENTS.

Winter Reminders

As we near the cold winter season, it is very important that we make sure our children are coming to school with the appropriate clothing.  We will be going outside during the school day, so please be sure to have your child dressed for the weather.  A winter jacket, gloves/mittens, hat, and boots should be worn to school each day.  Your child can bring a pair of shoes to wear during class time in their backpack or they can leave them here at school in their locker or by their hook.  We do have a few donated winter weather clothing items, so let us know if there is something we can help you out with.   

Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 22 – 24    No School – Enjoy time with your family!!

Dad’s Night w/Mr. Derr for Holland Heights Dads –  Monday, November 20th

Monday, November 20th, will be our third Dad’s night with Mr. Derr.  Plan to meet from 5:30 – 6:30.  We will again have a meal together and spend some time discussing how the Dads of Holland Heights learners can impact our school.  Please call the main office (494-2750) to let us know if you are able to attend so we can plan for the food that night. 

Quote of the Month

“Work hard to create in your children a good self-image.  It’s the most important thing you can do to ensure their success.”

Holland Heights October Newsletter

Holland Heights October Newsletter

A.  A Note from Principal Derr:  School Wide Behavior Expectations Reminder!!

Please continue to remind your child about the school expectations on Being Respectful, Acting Safe, Being Responsible and coming to school Ready to Learn.  These are also expectations you can have with your child at home.  We want to improve on these as learners every day here at school.  We must work together, as a team, to teach our children these expectations.  

B.  Traffic Safety Note:

 Just a reminder, when dropping off on the back drive in the morning, the lane nearest the sidewalk is for drop off only.  The outside lane is for those who have dropped off to pull out and exit the parking area.   Please do not stop in that lane to drop off your child.  Also, please note that when exiting you are in the correct lane for going right or left.  Thanks for being patient with each other at the busy times of the day when dropping off and picking up your child. 

C.  POTBELLY Fundraiser for Holland Heights!!!

Tuesday Oct. 24 from 5-8 PM at Potbelly Sandwich Shop at the Shops at Westshore.   12359 James Street Suite 10

Invite your family and friends  to participate in this event!!!


D.  October Parent Night – Reading / Technology Night

                  Mark your calendars!!  Holland Heights K-7 Parent Night Oct. 26, Dinner at 5:30 with Tech/Reading sessions from 6:00 – 6:30.  We will have information for you about how we are using Technology at school and some safety tips for technology at home.  We will also have a session to give you some tips to help your children improve their reading skills.  Kids are welcome to come that evening in their Halloween costumes.  Mark your Calendar!

E. Dad’s Night w/Mr. Derr – Oct. 16

 ATTENTION HOLLAND HEIGHTS DADS!!!  Clear your calendar for Monday Oct. 17 for an hour of food and discussion with Mr. Derr.  This event begins at 5:30 and will end around 6:30.  We will spend some time having a meal together and then Mr. Derr has a few things he would like to share with you.  So, Dads of Holland Heights, make sure to put this date and time on your calendars so you don’t miss this event.  Please call the office or email Mr. Derr at to let us know if you will be attending.  Thanks.

F. Volunteer forms

Please make sure to fill out and turn in your volunteer form for this school year.  We need this in order for you to help us out here at school or to chaperone on field trips.  We want you involved as parents or guardians, so make sure to fill this out and return it to the office.  We also need a few parents to help with PTO.  PTO is different this year, now it’s called the Parent Participation Committee, but we need 3-4 parents to help with this program.  Please contact the office or Mr. Derr if you are able to help with PPC.  Thanks!

G. School Attendance: A Key to Success

By making your child's school attendance a priority, you will be taking an important step in supporting your child's school success, and setting a good example. Starting in October at the end of each month children with perfect attendance for the month will be given a key ring to add monthly brag tags for each month they have perfect attendance. Also, at the end of both semesters in January and June there will be a celebration party with ice cream or pizza for all of the students who have had perfect attendance for the semester! I’m looking forward to celebrating with your child for their AMAZING attendance! – Ms. Williams – DHHS Success Coach



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 , 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!

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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