February 28, 2022

By Allan  


Hi Everyone,

Fifteen items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – Three Staffing Updates

• CLC Job Postings and Interviews – Our two CLC vacancies are now posted on the 4J Jobs website and will close on Tuesday. If HR can get me candidate names in a timely manner, my hope is to hold interviews for the CLC Teaching position Monday, March 7th and the CLC EA position Wednesday, March 9th after school if any of you would like to volunteer your time to help with interviews. Let me know if you are interested and I will get you applications and interview questions.

• School Nurse Update – Holt has a new RN who was hired last week, Awbree Cardwell. She will be at Holt and Monroe. She’ll have the same hours as Hailee and will be on-site in the morning on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays. Nurse Cathy is going to start training her this week. And if you’re keeping score on the Holt Same Name Game, we now have Aubree & Awbrey, Ashley & Ashley, Debbie & Deb, Jackie & Jacque, Jeff & Geoff, Katie, Katherine & Kathy, Kelly & Kelly, Lisa, Lisa & Lisa, Liz & Elizabeth, and Robin & Robin.

• REPEAT: 22/23 Staffing Survey – To help me with next year’s staffing plan, if you haven’t already, I’d like staff to complete the linked 2022-2023 Staffing Survey. All answers will be kept confidential and let me know if you have any questions.

• Friday PD – Watch for a separate email regarding this Friday’s PD, which will focus on the ACT area of Social Emotional Learning and Self Care.

• Classified Appreciation Week is Coming! – A reminder for licensed staff, shared earlier in the Sunshine Newsletter, next week on March 7th is our Classified Appreciation Week “Potato Bar” Luncheon. This day we celebrate all our amazing classified staff, and everyone is welcome!

K – grated cheddar, butter, sour cream, Greek yogurt
1 – baked potatoes (70) 50 regular/20 sweet potato
2 – desserts
3 – chopped green onions, diced tomatoes, steamed/roasted broccoli, guacamole, salsa, sliced olives,
4 – salads and/or slaws
5 – fruit platter or fruit salad
Specialists – chili (in crock pot), black beans (in crock pot), chopped bacon or bacon bits or diced ham

• REPEAT: BMX Virtual Assembly, MONDAY@8:30 & 1:15 – This Monday is our very cool BMX Virtual Assembly from Guinness World Record Holder, Matt Wilhelm. Zoom links are on the Holt Staff Calendar and times for the assembly are:

Grades K-2: 8:30-9:15
Grades 3-5: 1:15-2:00

See Last Week’s Announcements and Ashley’s Email for prior shared info.

• Sluggo’s Home Run Reading Challenge Kick-Off Assembly, March 7th – Tuesday, March 8th (Grades K-2: 8:30-9:15 and Grades 3-5: 1:15-2:00) is our virtual Kick-Off Assembly for Sluggo’s Home Run Reading Challenge. See Last Week’s Announcements or the Ems’ Email for details on how kids can earn 2 FREE tickets to an Ems Game. Attendance is optional for this assembly, but it can be fun for kids.

• COVID Updates – In COVID news…

• Mask Rules Updates (No Change) – You may have read the ODE and CLC announcements regarding new mask guidelines, but everything in 4J is status quo for now. March 19th (a staff work day) is when school district have the option to lift indoor mask rules. On a related note, I asked at a recent principal meeting if they were considering changing the mask requirement for when student are not around (like how it was last spring) and was told that’s a local rule and it is something they are looking at.

• Close Contact Sport at Recess OKAY – It was asked at a principals’ meeting last week if kids can now play close contact sports, such as soccer and basketball, and the answer was this IS allowed now.

• Working w/Minor COVID Symptoms if you had COVID? – It was also asked if a staff member who has had COVID in the last 90 days can come to school with minor cold symptoms (i.e. sore throat, cough, etc.). The answer was, yes, with minor cold symptoms, but they should not be at work if they look contagious. Staff need to be fever free for 24 hours and free from diarrhea/vomiting for 48 hours.

• Erin’s Law & Second Step Child Safety Unit, Lesson #5 – All classroom teachers should use the Second Step Child Protection Unit for meeting the state Erin’s Law requirements. For each grade level, there are six lessons, which are to be covered at three points in the school year, with Lessons 1-4 in the fall, lesson 5 right before spring break, and lesson 6 right before summer break. 4J purchased only one kit per grade level, but linked here are Child Protection Unit Scans of the teacher guides if that makes things easier.

UPDATE: DATE IS TBA • 4J OSAS Testing Window & Training Reminder – Principals and Data Coordinators were emailed the 4J OSAS testing window for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade, which is April 11 – June 3. Gloria will give the annual test security training next week on Friday, March 11th at 1:30. EAs who will be in 3/4/5 classrooms or SPED classrooms when testing occurs should attend as well and can bank trade time for coming to this training.

• REPEAT: Read Across America, March 2nd – NEA’s Read Across America is this Wednesday. This year’s theme is: Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers. For some ideas and resources, check out NEA (National Education Association), The Book Wrangler’s Month Long Reading Calendar (Google Slides linked to books on Epic!), and Reading Rockets.

• Electronics Recycling Competition 2022 – Holt has won this in the past, but the 2022 Electronic Recycling Competition is coming in April. I’ll start advertising the event in the Quick News and on social media, but staff can also feel free to talk it up to kids as well. Here’s the blurb I’ll use:


2022 Electronics Recycling Competition!

Have any old electronics collecting dust? If it has a plug or takes batteries, and wether it’s working or not, just drop them off at at NextStep (245 Jackson St.) during March and April (making sure you tell them it’s for Holt) or drop them off at at Holt’s main entrance the week of April 4th and 8th.

Cell phones, monitors, computers, phones, cables, etc. we’ll take it all!

The school with the most “e-waste” collected wins a $500 gift certificate and a Next Step Robot made by a local artist. Holt won this competition in the past, so let’s see if we can win again!


• GagaBall Pit Update – Our Gaga Ball Pit it here, but it’s a permanent installation and not a portable pit, so I need to get approval from the Facilities Department before we can put it in, so it may be a while before we have GagaBall up and running. Stay tuned!

• District Admin Updates – Morgan Christensen, principal at Kennedy MS earlier this year, will continue as the Title IX Coordinator through the end of the year. Jennifer Hebard, assistant principal at at Kennedy MS, will become interim principal through the end of the year. Scott Marsh, principal at Edison, is moving to serve as the interim assistant principal at Kennedy MS for the rest of the year. etired admins will cover Edison for the remainder of the school year. See the linked email for full details. R

• HANDBOOK HIGHLIGHT: Animals/Pets – This week’s highlight from the Holt Staff Handbook, is on Animals/Pets:


• Animals are not allowed inside the school, nor in or around arrival and dismissal areas.
• The only exception are registered service animals. All service animals must be approved by the front office.

• Women’s History Month – March is Women’s History Month. Jacque found a cool Women’s History is Epic “Wall of Fame” Slide Show for 23 school days in March from Book Wrangler, which contains direct links to Epic! books on each of the woman highlighted. Book Wrangler also has printable posters and bookmarks. Other resources to check out include:

National Education Association (NEA)
We Are Teachers

• Schedule of Upcoming Events – See the Holt Staff Calendar for future events, but here are the events of note for the next two weeks:

February 28 (M)
ELD/Speech/Title/Counselor Staff Room Duty
8:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
8:30-9:15, K- 2 Virtual Assembly – Matt Wilhelm BMX Show (Zoom)
9:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
1:15-2:00, 3-5 Virtual Assembly – Matt Wilhelm BMX Show (Zoom)

March 1 (T)
8:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
9:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
2:45-3:25, Staff Meeting (Cafeteria or Library)

March 2 (W)
NEA’s Read Across America
Monthly Walk+Roll to School Day
8:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
9:00-10:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
9:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
7:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

March 3 (H)
8:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
9:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin

March 4 (F)
1:10-2:00, Kona Ice – Holt Shave Ice Fundraiser! (Hard Play)
1:30-2:25, Friday PD – ACT SEL/Self-Care (Async)

March 7 (M)
Classified Employee Appreciation Week
SPED/PE Staff Room Duty
Erin’s Law Lesson #5
8:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
9:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
2:45, CLC Teacher Interviews (Tentative)

March 8 (T)
8:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
8:30-9:15, K- 2 Assembly – Sluggo’s Home Run Reading Challenge (Zoom)
9:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
1:15-2:00, 3-5 Assembly – Sluggo’s Home Run Reading Challenge (Zoom)
2:45-3:25, PBIS Team Meeting (Volunteer’s Classroom)
6:00-7:00, Parent Education Series – Conscious Discipline (Zoom)

March 9 (W)
8:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
9:00-11:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
9:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
2:45, CLC EA Interviews (Tentative)

March 10 (H)
8:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
9:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
5:00-6:00, Site Council (Zoom)
6:00-7:00, PAHS (Parents at Holt School) Meeting (Zoom)

March 11 (F)
1:30-2:25, Friday PD – Staffing & OSAS Test Security Training (Cafeteria)

14 kid days until spring break!