8/5/19 Rose Park Newsletter – August Back-to-School 2019 News
Dear Rose Park Parents and Friends,
It’s almost time to wish you and your child a Happy New Year! The upcoming 2019-2020 school year is quickly approaching! I trust that God has been good to you and your families during this summer season. Even though summer is not over yet, and there is more vacation to enjoy with your families, we at Holland Christian Schools and Rose Park have an eye on the horizon with eager anticipation for another new school year of learning, growth, life together, and all that God has in store for us. With eager and joyful anticipation, we look forward to being with our students again very soon! As we prepare for school, we ask that you be in prayer for the year, and all of our students, especially those who are new to our building, as well as for our staff members. We are eager to fill our learning spaces with the energy and joy your children bring!
HC 2019-2020 Theme
Look closely at our new “Living Testimony” image. Do you see the faces of our students worshipping in community? If you’ve ever been blessed to join in with our students in worship, be it high school chapel or preschool praise and worship, you know the Spirit is present and our God is glorified. It is our prayer that the faces of our student body at Holland Christian would continually grow to better reflect the beauty of our community. We pray that each child’s face and heart would be trained to our Father. May God light a fire in the hearts of each person here that we may, in turn, share the love and light of God in many places and spaces of our community. We are excited to work together unpacking this theme throughout our school year.
Whether you are new or experienced at Rose Park, for your convenience, here is a link to our Elementary Handbook found on the HC website. Please refer to the handbook for general information, or with specific questions you may have about life at Rose Park.
If you are still doing some back to school shopping, here is the supplies list by grade level that you can also find on the HC website.
Important To Do Today
It is imperative that you update your demographic information in PowerSchool now with your latest and most accurate contact information. Simply go in your browser to ps.hollandchristian.org, and, if you are a returning parent, log in with your personal log in and password. If you have difficulty, click the “If you are having trouble…” link to retrieve your log in information. If you are a first-time parent, create a login for yourself. Then, either an “update demographic screen” will automatically pop up, or simply click the “change demographics” button on the left of the screen. This information is necessary for field trip participation, emergency response and treatment, student photo permission, and for the office to easily be able to contact a parent or guardian as needed or desired. When listing your child’s emergency contacts, please be sure to list two contacts other than yourself. Again, please do this today to ensure that your child’s teacher has the most accurate contact information for you. The teachers do a lot of communicating with parents especially at the start of the year, and we want to make sure that you receive all of this communication. Thank you!
Just a reminder that all Kindergarten, Junior Kindergarten, and Preschool students need to have a copy of the health information and immunizations turned in at school. These need to be done BEFORE the first day of school (please turn them in this week – August 5-9). Thanks so much for your help on this!
We have some wonderful events planned for you in August. Please find information below regarding these dates and additional items related to the beginning of school:
Ice Cream Social / Open House: Thursday night, August 15, from 6:00 – 7:30 PM
- “Socialize” with old friends and meet new families. (Challenge: Talk to at least three parents with whom you are not very familiar! Also – help your child meet the new students in their class. See names with an asterisk on the class lists posted by the classroom doors.)
- Visit classrooms, introduce yourself to the teacher, find your child’s locker and desk, bring in school supplies.
- Pay for busing, or put money into your child’s lunch account – having your child’s account number will be a huge help. Assistance will be available to new families wishing to fund lunch accounts.
- Inform the teacher about your child’s transportation to and from school – needed information before the first day of school.
- Enjoy some ice cream!
K-6 Parent Night: Thursday, August 22, at 7:00 PM
- Meet collectively as a Rose Park parent and staff community.
- Spend time with your child’s teacher and learn about the year ahead.
- Sorry, no ice cream. 🙁
- IMPORTANT NOTE: Preschool Parent Night is Tuesday, August 13, 6-7PM. (See Preschool News below.)
School begins on Tuesday, August 20, for all students in Preschool through 12th grade. Our first K-6th school day will run from 8:10 AM (first bell) to 3:15 PM. The first day is a full day. Office hours are 7:45 AM – 3:45 PM.
Welcome New Staff to Rose Park!
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to these new staff members at Rose Park this year!
Mrs. Laura Smith will be teaching 6th grade English Language Arts, Social Studies and Bible this year. She is eager to meet her sixth graders and help make this a special culminating year at Rose Park for the kids!
Miss Taylor Cupery will be teaching first grade Spanish Immersion at Rose Park. After extensive training with our partner, Add-a-Lingua, Taylor is ready to impact the lives of her firsties and their families!
Mrs. Alli DeLange will be serving as our brand new Threeschool teacher in preschool! Alli exudes energy, positivity and an authentic love for Christ! She will create a tender yet high-energy home-away-from-home for our youngest maroons this year!
Again, please join in welcoming these new staff members to Rose Park, and pray for them as they begin these new roles!
Important Busing and Carpool Information
Due to our different start dates between our local schools, West Ottawa busing will not begin until Tuesday August 28. This means, obviously, that you will need to provide all transportation for each student to and from school. A shuttle bus will run between Rose Park and the high school and middle school beginning our first day of school, August 20, 2019.
If you desire busing for your student but have not yet signed up through West Ottawa transportation, you are technically past their June due date. However, if you register now, your student may be able to begin riding later in September. To sign up, go to the HC Transportation page under West Ottawa busing on West Ottawa’s site.
This also means that we have more car traffic and carpool activity at the start than any other time of the year. Please remind yourself of our communal expectations regarding Carpool, Parking Lot, and Driveway at Rose Park. Here are a few highlights:
- When your car is in the loading zone area – please turn on your hazard lights UNTIL you have all the children in your carpool, then turn lights off.
- If you are in the loading zone, and your child does not see you or has not come to your car, feel free to ask the person on duty to help your riders find their way to your car. Please stay inside of your car.
- Do not allow your children to come to your car if you are not yet in the loading area.
- Please use the carpool plan whenever possible. If you must come and get your children from the sidewalk, please park in the designated parking spots and walk in front of the loading zone area, not between cars that are waiting in the carpool lanes.
To alleviate the extra traffic we will experience that first week of school, please stagger pick-up times at the end of the day:
- If you are the driver of a carpool and your last name begins with A-I, please try to be in carpool line at 3:15 PM.
- If you are the driver of a carpool and your last name begins with J-P, aim for 3:20 PM.
- Drivers with a last name beginning with Q-Z, please arrive closer to 3:25 PM.
HCS Back-to-School 2019 Convocation for all Preschool-12th grade students and all who are part of the HCS community: Wednesday, AUGUST 28, 9AM, HCHS Gymnasium
You are invited along with the entire Holland Christian Schools community to our annual Convocation Ceremony to kick-off our 2019-2020 school year. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, alumnus, friend, or supporter, we would love to welcome you along with all of our Preschool-12th grade students in a time of celebration, prayer, praise, and listening to God’s Word at the beginning of this exciting new year. Various Holland Christian students, staff, and community members will lead in song, prayer, and devotion. Come and join us Wednesday, August 28, 9AM in the high school gym for this very special convocation service. You will be blessed!
For those of you really planning ahead, Rose Park’s picture days are Wednesday, September 18, and Thursday, September 19. More specific information and scheduling will come once we are underway through classroom and the Rose Park blogs.
We hope you have treasured the note written to your child from last year’s teacher and tucked inside the special HC baton. It’s not too late to write your own note to your child, or ask a close family friend, leader, or mentor to write their encouragement to your child about what they see as God’s gifts in your student at this point in their growing. We ask that each baton be returned to school in time for our convocation on August 28. Your child’s teacher has a special devotional planned during which batons will be passed from your child to his or her new teacher. You are welcome to bring these batons to the Ice Cream Social event, during Parent Night, or on the first day of school, whichever is most convenient for you. Please keep in mind we need to have them here at school by Wednesday, August 28.
Before/After School Programs
We offer a before school program for families that need to drop off students as early as 7:30 AM, as well as our after school program starting at 3:15 until 5:30. Families need to pre-register prior to using these programs to allow us time to provide adequate supervision. We will allow drop-in’s as long as space allows. Please give the office a call at least 24 hours in advance. Click this online registration link to begin the registration process for either of these programs. If you have any questions regarding these programs please contact program director Tammy Grassmid at 616-820-3535.
While we will still send home the occasional email, weekly information from the office (Fridays), as well as the weekly notes from classroom teachers, will be posted on each teacher’s blog page, as well as Rose Park’s blog page. We will send out the links for blog pages for you to bookmark in your browser very soon. If and when papers that need to be returned to school are sent home, we will notify you of this in our blogs, as well.
Preschool Paperwork is now available on-line here. Please download and print all forms and return to the school office before August 9, 2019.
Our Preschool Parent Meeting is Tuesday, August 13, 6-7 PM in your child’s classroom. This meeting is for parents only. You will hear more from the teacher regarding the year and your student’s experience. You don’t want to miss this!
Preschool families join the whole Rose Park Christian School family on Thursday, August 15 from 6:00-7:30 PM for our annual Ice Cream Social. This is a great night to come out and visit your student’s classroom, meet the teacher, and enjoy fellowship with other Rose Park families.
Join us in thanking our custodian Rob Westfall, and his team of Nona Westfall, Michelle Kuipers, Paige Rietman, Emily Vos, Meghan Urbytes, Ashley Brouwer, and Allie Dekinga for all of their work to ready our building for students, staff, and the new school year. They washed, scrubbed, and waxed during our summer vacation, getting the classrooms and halls ready for us to use and enjoy, and they look great!
That’s all for now…
Please feel free to call or email our school secretaries–Diane Steenwyk and Carla Chase, or me with any questions you may have regarding this upcoming school year. If you know any families who are still making school decisions for their children, and are interested in learning more about HC, please give them my number. I would love to show them around and tell them about the great things that happen here!
I am looking forward to seeing you all, again, very soon. I am eagerly anticipating a great year experiencing what God again has in store for us at Rose Park! Please continue to join me in prayer for this coming school year.
All joy and peace,
Miska L. Rynsburger
13 – Preschool Parent Night, 6-7PM
15 – Ice Cream Social, 6:00-7:30 PM
20 – First day is a full day, 8:10AM-3:15PM
20 – Preschool Starts
22 – Parent night 7:00-8:30
28 – Convocation, 9AM
22 – Kids Stuff Resale
18 – Picture Day
19 – Picture Day
25 – Walk-a-thon Fundraiser
3 – Grandparents’ day
21 – Parent/Teacher Conferences
23 – Parent/Teacher Conferences
24 – CEA – No School
25 – CEA- No School