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.

HCMS INFORMATION NIGHT MAY 26 7:00 pm

Current HC 6th grade parents and students and any family considering enrollment at Holland Christian Middle School for the 2015-16 school year are warmly invited to attend the HC Middle School Information Night in May at HCMS. Join us for a tour, student panel discussion, Q&A with the principal, and a session on the wide variety of co- and extra-curricular activities available to HCMS students. It's going to be a great night; please join us! For questions or more information, please contact Courtney Lampen, Admissions Director, at (616) 820-2804 or clampen@hollandchristian.org.

GRADUATION 2015
You are invited to Graduation for the Class of 2015 which begins at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, May 19, at Central Wesleyan Church. If you are unable to join us, watch live here. 

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.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE SIGN-UP INFORMATION

Parent Teacher Conferences for all of the Holland Christian Schools will take place on Monday, March 30, and Tuesday, March 31, from 5-8:30 PM and Wednesday, April 1, from 1-3 PM. The online reservation system will open on Thursday, March 19 at 8:00 a.m. until Saturday, March 28, at 11:00 p.m. Here's the link: www.virtualparagon.com/hollandchristian/conference/
If you have difficulty you can email vp_support@hollandchristian.org or you can call your school's office for assistance.

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.

YOU’RE INVITED TO OUR PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN DISCOVERY NIGHTS!
Meet our teachers, tour our classrooms, and learn more about how Holland Christian intentionally integrates faith and learning to develop the God-given gifts of each child. Children are welcome. Please join us!

January 20, 6:00-7:30 pm
Rose Park Elementary School
556 Butternut Drive, Holland 49424

January 22, 6:00-7:30 pm
South Side Elementary School
913 Pine Avenue, Holland 49423

If you have any questions, please contact Courtney Lampen, Admissions Director, at (616) 820-2804 or clampen@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.

HIGH SCHOOL SHOWCASE 2015
All area 6th–8th graders and their parents or any family with 9th–11th graders considering transferring to Holland Christian High School are invited to join us Monday, January 26, from 7:00–8:15 pm. Tour the High School, meet our faculty, learn about our 1:1 laptop program, listen to our High School musicians, and more! If you have any questions, please contact Courtney Lampen, Admissions Director, at (616) 820-2804 or clampen@hollandchristian.org.

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

TUITION GRANT FUND AUCTION
Saturday, October 4, 2014
You are cordially invited to attend this year's Auction. An entertaining evening is planned for you with a delicious dinner catered by AlpenRose with music by Living Hope Singers and HC Jazz Band. Best of all, you will have the opportunity to bid on over 130 fabulous gifts graciously given by our community! There are gifts at all bidding levels. Once again, we will offer the "Buy-A-Chance" and "Buy-A-Line" items. Come support the Tuition Grant Fund and have a blessed evening with friends! Click here for the 2014 Tuition Grant Fund Auction Booklet.

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.

REMEMBERING 9/11
Students at South Side lowered the flag together this morning, recited the Pledge of Allegiance, and prayed for our nation. Join us in remembering . . . here's the video.

CHAMPS GOLF OUTING
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Registration for the CHAMPS Golf Outing is due by September 9. The golf challenge will be from 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm on Saturday, September 13, at Diamond Springs Golf Course. More information is available here.

KIDS' STUFF RESALE
Saturday, September 20, 2014
The next Holland Christian Kids' Stuff Resale will be Saturday, September 20 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Take the time to shop for clothing for newborns up to girls' size 16 and boys' size 18. There will also be maternity clothes, toys, games, baby gear, kid gear, Halloween costumes, and more. If you are interested in selling please contact kidsale@hollandchristian.org or call (616) 820-2805. There will be seller's packets available at all five Holland Christian Schools and the Administration Office. The sale will take place at Holland Christian High School. Admission is $1.

FIRST WILL SEMINAR
Monday, October 6, 2014
The Foundation First Will Program will help friends of Holland Christian Schools (including parents, grandparents, alumni, and friends) get started with provisions for your family by creating your will. Join us at 7:00 pm in the HCHS Media Center to learn more! If you would like to attend this event, have any questions, or would like more information, please contact Dale Scholten at (616) 820-2819 or dscholten@hollandchristian.org.

WELCOME BACK!
AUGUST 25, 2014
Welcome back everyone! Kindergarteners through 8th graders were welcomed back by staff and teachers at Rose Park, South Side, Pine Ridge, and HCMS. 9th graders explored HCHS and had a great morning with Link Crew. There are lots of pictures available here. If you have photos to contribute, please email us! We are looking forward to another blessed year for the entire HC community. If you missed Convocation, the video is here.

WELCOME AND INVITATION
Dear Families of Holland Christian Schools,
The 2014-15 school year is almost upon us, and I wanted to send you a personal message video to thank you for the warm welcome my family and I have received from all of you. We are almost ready to begin classes, and I continue to marvel at the quality of the staff here at Holland Christian. We are in for an amazing year, and I can't wait to get to know each of you better. If you are able, please join us for our Convocation service on Sunday afternoon at 3pm in the High School Auditorium.
See you soon,
Dan Meester
Superintendent

NEW STAFF INTRODUCTIONS
The new staff members at HCS introduced themselves through this video at our Staff Development meetings. We thought you might like to meet them too! Enjoy!

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, 2014
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
SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, 2014
Convocation and Commissioning, HS Auditorium, 3pm
MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 2014
First full day of school, Grades K-9
Check-In Day at HCHS, 11:30 am - 5pm
TUESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2014
First full day of school, Grades 10-12
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2014
Preschool Begins

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

FREEDOM CHRISTIAN FAMILY INFORMATIONAL MEETING & OPEN HOUSE
TUESDAY, JULY 29, 7 pm
Families from Freedom Christian School are warmly invited to join us on Tuesday, July 29, at 7 pm, to learn more about Holland Christian's distinctly Christ-centered, academically excellent programs. We will meet in the Holland Christian High School Lecture Hall (950 Ottawa Avenue, Holland). This meeting is open to families with children in grades K-12. Families interested in traditional enrollment as well as our homeschool program are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Courtney Lampen at at (616) 820-2804 or clampen@hollandchristian.org. We look forward to meeting you and learning how we can partner with you in the education of your children! For more information please click here.

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 compliment the preschool programs for 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, and Young 5’s offered in the morning. The program, in conjunction with our 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.

2014-2015 PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT

2014-15 kindergarten and preschool enrollment continues! Enroll online at www.hollandchristian.org/apply. 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.



 
 
 
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