BACK TO SCHOOL EVENTS AND INFORMATION
Mark your calendars and plan to join us at the following events:

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2015
Athletics Parent Night, HCHS
THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2015
Check-In Day at HCMS, 12-5pm
Ice Cream Social at Rose Park, South Side, and Pine Ridge Elementary Schools, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2015
First full day of school, Grades K-9
Check-In Day at HCHS, 11:30 am - 5pm
TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2015
First full day of school, Grades 10-12
MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2015
Preschool and enrichment classes begin

SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS
Rose Park Supply List
South Side Supply List
Pine Ridge Supply List
HCMS Supply List


MRS. RYNSBURGER GOES TO WASHINGTON
JULY 5, 2015
Did you hear about Maker's Week 2015 at South Side Elementary? The White House asked Principal Mrs. Miska Rynsburger to join in the discussion about how students are engaging and learning in unique ways. Read the whole story here.

STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN OAISD "SUNDAE SCHOOL"
JULY 5, 2015
Rose Park Christian Elementary students participated in creating unique ice cream sundae recipes with local businesses. Students from South Side Christian Elementary School, along with friends from Georgetown Elementary, received the Judge's Choice award for their ultimate mega chocolate sundae. Students from Rose Park Christian Elementary School received the People's Choice award for their cookie berry cherry sundae with friends from Holland West. Click here for the whole story from The Holland Sentinel. 

SCHOOL SUPPORT SERVICES SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAMS
The Michigan Department of Education Office's program "Meet Up & Eat Up" offers meals for children over summer vacation. Click here to learn more, including a map of where they will be located next.

ANNUAL SOCIETY MEETING
If you were unable to attend the Annual Society Meeting, please click here for the slides and videos presented.

THE HOLLAND CHRISTIAN STORY PROJECT
It is our pleasure to announce an exciting new project underway at Holland Christian Schools! We have retained Dartlet, a leading reputation strategy firm, to help us with an important research and consensus-building project to promote growth and clarity for the institution. We’re calling it The Holland Christian Story Project, and it will take several months to complete. The culmination of the work will be a new reputation strategy and communication platform for our school. What that means is that we will have a better idea of who we are as a school and how to tell our story to everyone in the community for the next 10-20 years.

Dartlet is an industry leader in reputation research and strategy, specializing in crowd-sourced and consensus-driven processes to achieve authentic results. Their original and proprietary methodology has been delivered to organizations across the country, with a focus in education.

The Holland Christian Story Project will only succeed with YOUR involvement. Dartlet’s method is entirely built around the input of the people who know Holland Christian Schools the best—that means you! A series of 10 live workshops will be conducted in April and May, and your voice is absolutely essential to the success of this important work. We need your participation at one or two of these workshops, and we need you to encourage other parents, donors, staff and supporters to attend as well. Click here to register.

The central question across all of the workshops: Who is Holland Christian Schools at its best? As you will learn, the “who” is a very important variable to understand, and Dartlet’s proprietary philosophy will help us crystalize this. The results are powerful. Thank you in advance for your participation and active involvement in this important work.

BUDGET OPEN FORUM
The Board strongly encourages the attendance of all parents at the upcoming Budget Open Forum scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, at 7:00 PM in the Middle School Auditorium. The Superintendent and Board will be sharing some exciting news about the educational offerings at HCS and presenting the proposed budget for 2015-16. Your input on the proposals would be appreciated as the Board makes decisions for the next school year.

INTRODUCING JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN
Junior Kindergarten is a new program for the 2015-16 school year! Junior Kindergarten prepares students for the transition to kindergarten with a more formal, structured learning experience than a traditional preschool class. The content and teaching style of this class are appropriate for 5-year-olds who will benefit from the gift of time before starting kindergarten or 4-year-olds desiring a more accelerated experience.

“At Holland Christian our goal is to equip the whole child through their academic journey,” says Preschool Director Amanda Brouwer. “Each child is uniquely created by God. Junior Kindergarten is a program that provides a bridge for children from preschool to kindergarten. It’s a great program for a 4-year-old who is ready for an accelerated early childhood experience or a 5-year-old who meets the age cut-off for kindergarten but could benefit from additional time and experiences before starting kindergarten. I am excited about the new Junior Kindergarten program because it is another way that Holland Christian is honoring the unique, God-given design of our youngest learners. It also allows us to partner with families to prepare students for kindergarten and beyond."

Superintendent Dan Meester says, “Early childhood education lays the foundation for all the years of schooling that are to come. It equips kids with knowledge and skills, but it also teaches them how to “do school” as they learn to adjust to a larger group setting than they have at home. Students are ready for a more formal school experience at different times in their development, so I’m excited that HCS is offering Junior Kindergarten for 4-year olds who are prepared for a more accelerated learning environment, as well as 5-year olds who would benefit from the gift of time before beginning Kindergarten.”

Families interested in learning more are invited to attend Holland Christian’s Discovery Nights on January 20 at Rose Park Elementary and January 22 at South Side Elementary from 6-7:30 pm. Enrollment begins February 10 at hollandchristian.org/apply. For questions, please contact Amanda Brouwer at (616) 820-4055 or abrouwer@hollandchristian.org.

2015-2016 PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT
2015-16 kindergarten and preschool enrollment is right around the corner! Kindergarten enrollment begins February 3 and preschool enrollment begins February 10. Please enroll online here. If you are not able to complete an online application, please call (616) 820-2804 and we would be happy to assist you! If you have any questions, please contact Courtney Lampen, Admissions Director, at (616) 820-2804 or clampen@hollandchristian.org.

INTRODUCING LITTLE ADVENTURERS!

We are excited to announce that HC will be offering Little Adventurers, enrichment classes and extended care for preschool children, at Rose Park Elementary (556 Butternut Dr.) and South Side Elementary (913 Pine Ave.) for the 2014-15 school year. Little Adventurers will complement the preschool programs for 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, and Young 5’s offered in the morning. The program, in conjunction with our Before and After School Program, will provide care for preschool students from 8:15 am – 5:30 pm each day it is offered.
For more information and to register, please click here.

GRANDPARENTS DAY 2014
THANK YOU to all grandparents and grandfriends who were able to join us as we celebrated God's faithfulness through all generations! You are a blessing to our schools, our community, and especially your children and grandchildren! Psalm 145:4 "One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts."
Please follow these links for photos:
Rose Park Photos - Grandparents Day 2014
South Side Photos - Grandparents Day 2014
Pine Ridge Photos - Grandparents Day 2014

REMEMBERING 9/11
A Return to Mission Avenue

Yesterday during chapel, Mr. Hiskes challenged the High School students to us to look within themselves and to root out the prejudice that might be lurking under the surface of their lives. They were faced with a passage from The Merchant of Venice and were prompted to see everyone as the image bearers that they are. Then at the end they were encouraged by the litany of ways in which people, that were sitting in the room with them, are bringing light into a darkened world.

Thirteen years ago today, darkness seemed so evident. In the midst of this tragedy we were reminded of the tragedy that many live in everyday. It is in our remembrance of 9-11 that our eyes are opened and hearts are softened to the reality of tragedy that continues to darken our world.

But we are a resurrection people. We are a people that believe that though the darkness seems so dark, there is a light that shines and the darkness cannot understand it. We know that because of the resurrection of Jesus, sin and death have been conquered and light overcomes the darkness.

So today, on a day that our nation remembers a tragedy, let’s be a people of light. Let’s do simple acts of love, shining light into our world. Maybe we can start right here in our schools, homes, churches, and places of work. Take just a moment to write a thank you note to someone you have seen being light this year. Or maybe you want to write a note of encouragement to someone that could use a ray of light in their life today. Have the courage to give that to them today and on a day when we remember darkness, be a source of light.

 
 
 
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