Week of February 19

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend.  Thank you to all the parents and family members that joined in the Valentine’s Day fun on Friday.  It is hard to believe that for our fifth graders that was their last classroom celebration at Holden.  


Ava Lynn – Sweigart
Quinton Thomas – Loofboro
Anthony Nestor – Metz
Ean Fertig – Stronz
Micah Frank – Hopkins
Carlusie Kazadi – Kunkle
Jacob Dunfee – Wollam
Dalit Alesker – Yeager
Aaron McKinney – Louis
Alexis Kruger – Weitzel
Lorelei Fryberger – Bates
Gavin Edwards – Longanecker

Reminder from student council – During the month of February they will be collecting change to donate to St. Jude Hospital.  St. Jude is a non-profit organization that does not charge their families who can’t afford treatment.  We thank you in advance for your  support.  


I would like to thank the following 4th graders for helping us celebrate Black History Month by sharing information on morning announcements.  This past week we celebrated jazz music.  

Emmanuel Fujamade – Scott Joplin
Andre Thompson – Louis Armstrong
Ava Tinker – Ella Fitzgerald
Omar Elbahmasawy – Ray Charles
Kendall Walter – Abbey Lincoln

This week will be celebrating Motown.

I would also like to the thank the following staff and parents for ushering the basketball game on Saturday.  We only have two more games left in the season.  The last game is already covered.  The next game we only need 4 more people to usher.  

Staff – Mrs. Russell, Mrs. Weitzel, Mr. Bates, Mrs. Longanecker, and Mrs. Wilson

Parents – Javed Khan, Li Baiwen, Craig and Erica Peeps, Hongmei Qu, and Dongyan Li

Click on the link below if you can help out with the next game on February 26th.  

Kent State Basketball

Please click on the link below to complete the district strategic planning survey.  It should only take 7 minutes to complete.

Strategic Planning Survey

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, February 23 – 9:00-12:00 – Holden TEA Room will be open for students and families to come explore and use the equipment to create and solve problems.  THIS IS NOT A TIME FOR STUDENTS TO COME PLAY VIDEO GAMES!! 

Friday, March 1 – Mobile Dentist will be at Holden

Monday, March 4 – HSA meeting from 6:00-7:00

Thursday, March 7 – Holden is hosting the 5 year strategic planning meeting in the gym. 6:00-7:15

Friday, March 8 – 4th and 5th grade talent show – 2:15

Monday, March 11 – Grades K-3 Spring Concert and Art Show – Book Fair will be open for all families K-5

Tuesday, March 12-13 – Spring Book Fair Open for classrooms to shop

Thursday, March 14 – Early Release

Friday, March 15 – No School for students

Week on February 11

2nd Graders will finish up their testing this week.  This will be the last week for testing unless they were absent and need to do makeup testing.  

I would like to thank five of our 5th graders for sharing in the celebration of Black History Month by celebrating the impact of gospel music on our history.  

Bushra Matar – Aretha Franklin
Lindsay Wills – Mahalia Jackson
Anastasia Taylor – Clark Sisters
Savanna Mansfield-Ridge – Sam Cooke
Tinevimbo Chiyaka – Donnie McClurkin

–  Interim reports will be coming home on Wednesday this week.  

–  HSA meeting at 6:00 in the library on Tuesday, February 12

–  3rd Grade Wax Museum at 7:00  on Tuesday, February 12

–  Joe Hendershott Presentation on Student Mental Health at Roosevelt High School  from 6:15-8:00 on Wednesday, February 13

–  Valentines Day Parties at 2:30 on Friday, February 15

–  Monday, February 18 – No School (Presidents’ Day)

–  Yearbook order forms have been sent home.  You can also order the yearbook online.

–  Kids Spring Concert and Art Show for grades K-3, Monday, March 11 7:00-8:00, the book fair will be open too.  

Thank you to the following parents and staff members for ushering the last Kent State basketball game.

Staff –  Mrs. and Mr. Wills,  and Mr. Bates

Parents – Autumn Epps, Melissa Koher, Amy Wells, Beth Budzar, Wendy Miller, Mindy Uhrig, Amy Soyars, Wendy Packer-Mann, and Chris Rotondo 

We only have three games left.  The next two games we still need ushers.  Please visit the link below to help out.  

Kent State Basketball

2/16 – We still need 5 ushers
2/26 –  We still need 2 ushers

Events Coming Up in February

I hope everyone is enjoying the above freezing temperatures.   It is a great day to be outside.  

February is Black History Month.  Holden will be celebrating the influence of African Americans through music.  The different genres that we will highlight include gospel, jazz, motown, and hip-hop. Each day we will focus on a specific artist from that genre.  Students will enter the building with a song playing and a student will share information on morning announcements.  At the end of the month, we have two parents who will be sharing music at a school assembly.  During the assembly, students will hear gospel singing and the playing of African drums.  Parents are welcome to attend the 30 minute assembly.  Teachers will also be doing activities in their classrooms to highlight African American achievements in different areas other than music.  

We only have 4 more basketball games left to usher and then ushering will be finished for the year.  We still need help with three of the games.  Please click on the link below if you can help out.  

2/5 – 4 Ushers Needed
2/16 – 6 Ushers Needed
2/26 – 2 Ushers Needed

Kent State Basketball

February 4 – February 14  – 2nd graders will be taking the IOWA/COGAT tests – More information about the assessments can be found on the Holden website.  

February 4th – Kindergarten Field Trip to Kent Stage – Alice in Wonderland
Friday, February 8th – 6:00 Holden Movie Night
Monday, February 11 – Interim Reports Go Home
Tuesday, February 12 – HSA Meeting 6:00
Tuesday, February 12 – 3rd Grade Wax Museum – 7:00-8:00
Wednesday, February 13 – Joe Hendershott Parent Presentation – 6:15 @ Roosevelt
Friday, February 15 – Valentine’s Day Parties 2:30 pm
Monday, February 18 – No School

Cold Week Ahead

Outdoor Recess – We will go outside if the temperature is 20 degrees and above with the windchill.  Please make sure your child is dressed for the weather.  If your child needs a new winter coat we do have some at the building.  Please contact our office and we will attempt to get one that fits your child.  Students are only allowed in the snow if they have BOTH winter boots on and snowpants.  They must have both to be in the snow.  

Attendance – I know that information was sent home at the beginning of the year but I thought a reminder may be good.  The state passed a new law a few years ago outlining what schools must do regarding attendance.  Schools must send attendance letters once a child has missed 5 days of school, another when they miss 10 days and finally a meeting has to be scheduled when the child misses 12 days of school.  We do exclude days when a doctors note is provided (please send them to the office) and if we have to send them home from school because of an illness.  These are the guidelines we have been given.  If you have any questions please contact the office. 

February 4 – 15 – 2nd Graders will be taking the IOWA/COGAT test.  This is done in the classrooms and will be done on the computer.  Parents will receive a copy of the results when we receive them.  We use this information to identify student learning styles, strengths and areas of improvement, and finally to determine eligibility for our enrichment program.  Please make sure your child is rested and understands to just do their best.

Thursday,January 31 – Writers’ Club after school
Monday, February 4th – 3rd Grade Reading after school – First Day  – It is every Monday and Wednesday
Tuesday, February 5th – 5:30 Kent State Basketball – 7 Ushers still needed.  
Thursday, February 7th- 5:30 Writers’ Club after school
Friday, February 8th – 6:00 HSA Movie Night

Thank you to the following people for ushering the last two basketball games.


Staff  – Mr. and Mrs. Bates, Miss McConnell, Mr. Wollam, Ms. Louis,  and Mrs. Lynn

Parents – Wendy Miller, Rob Fischer and Melissa Koher


Staff – Mrs. Russell, Mr. Bates, Mrs. Hopkins, and  Mr. and Mrs. Longanecker

Parents, – Craig and Erica Peeps, Hakeem Mohammed, Shamal Al-Dohuki, Beth Budzar and Sister, and Rob Fischer

We have 4 games left to usher.  We still need your help.  Please click on the link below if you can help out on any of the dates listed.

2/5/19 – 5:30 – We still need 7 ushers
2/16/19 – 5:30 – We still need 7 ushers
2/26/19 – 5:30 – We still need 2 ushers
3/8/19 – 5:30 –  We are all set!!!

Kent State Basketball

Week of January 21

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend and was able to shovel all the snow out of their driveways.  School starts back tomorrow.  
Also don’t forget that for grades K-3 the spring concert/art show has been moved to March 11th instead of March 13th.  

Tuesday, January 22

–  5:30 Report Time for Ushers – Basketball Game – We still need 4 ushers

Thursday, January 24
–  Yearbook pictures are being taken.  Group pictures including student council, safety patrol, ambassadors, writers club will also be taken.  

Friday, January 25
–  Kent State Basketball Game – Still need 3 more ushers  – Report time is 5:15.  

Thank you to the following staff members and parents for volunteering for Saturday’s game.

Holden Staff Members

Mrs. Loofboro
Mrs. Bates
Mr. Bates
Mrs. and Mr. Longanecker
Mrs. Russell
Mrs. Blatt

Ellen Soyars
Lindsay Slack
Jason Slack
Lily Su
Chaundong Hu

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