SS/PR Newsletter, May 18, 2018 ~ Buzzing to the Finish

This morning we were blessed to welcome many new kindergarteners to South Side. Lord willing, these little ones will be the class of 2031! Oh my. Statements like that remind me of how big and how faithful our God is. No matter the season of life or circumstances in which we find ourselves placed, our God reigns! So, welcome to our new families! We pray that your child finds a home away from home at school. We embrace you into our community of families. We assure you that God will do great things with our partnership!


Volunteer Appreciation

There are no words to say that would adequately express our deep appreciation for all our volunteers do to help carry the load of things to accomplish for our schools, students, and staff.  The list is long from bag books, story readers, room moms, Library help, special events, lunch coverage and the list goes on.   We fully appreciate the way each one of you chip in when needed.   Next week, beginning Wednesday,  please stop in either of the offices to receive a small token of thanks from all of us at South Side and Pine Ridge.   Please know each of you are a blessing to all of us.

Before/After School Care needs for 2018-2019

We are working on our staff needs and want to make sure we have things in place by the beginning of the new school year.  Schedules do change over the summer but as we get ready we would like to get a picture of what our needs will be.

If you are interested in any using any of these programs on a regular basis for your family please visit the link below to begin the registration process:

South Side/Pine Ridge Families:

Rose Park Families:

Health Plans/Medications for 2018/19 school year

A reminder to get school health plans and medication orders completed by your child’s physician this summer so we have those on the first day of class in August. The forms are available on the website under parent resources. Please call or email Jane Borr, School Nurse Consultant with any questions at (616) 394-3414 or

Medication at school reminder

If you have medication for your child at school please make a note to pick it up in the office by the last day of school.  It is protocol to not carry medication over the summer months in the school office.


Which team is better: Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins and the Holland Christian Alumni or the West Ottawa Alumni All-Stars, led by Tyler VanTubergen? Come on out to Holland Christian HS on Friday, May 18 as we look to settle the score at Game On 2018.  Our community event kicks off at 4:30 as members of the Greater Holland Community with cognitive and/or physical impairments team up with football players and cheerleaders from WO and HC and their bands to participate in a modified football event called Victory Day, hosted by radio personality, The Huge – Bill Simonson.  Come out and support Team Victory during this inspirational event.  In addition to Game On and Victory Day, your ticket gets you a BBQ Dinner and access to yard games and other entertainment that runs from 5 to 6:30.  Tickets for our Game On/Victory Day Event being held at the HC Stadium on Friday, May 18, are still on sale, but prices will increase to $7 a ticket this Friday, May 11.  Register at game-on or buy tickets at the Holland Christian HS Main Office or Administrative Office.


Reminder:  All student materials were due Today!  Please return all Materials by MONDAY!!!

What a wonderful selection of reading opportunities for students this summer.  See what is available in our community below:

Capstone Interactive eBooks! We have free access to over 5000 books, both fiction and non-fiction, at various reading levels. Find these ebooks, which can also be read as e-audio books, at, or with the Capstone Interactive mobile app.

username: summer18,

password: lovetoread.

See the family information letter for learn more about this resource.
Short videos of picture books, read aloud by actors and actresses.
Herrick Library in Holland
Join a Herrick Library Summer Reading Club: Clubs run from June 1– mid-August. Kids can sign up in the Children’s Dept.; Teens may sign up at the YA desk; or sign up online beginning June 1, at,  616-355-3100, option 3. Prizes! 
Herrick-fest June 23 at Kollen Park! 
Herrick Library also offers many fun summer programs and events for children and teens! 
Howard Miller Library in Zeeland:
This summer’s theme is Libraries Rock!

Join us for a kick-off party featuring a show with Magician Tom Plunkard on Monday, June 11th at 10:00 a.m. in the Banquet Room! Kids can register for the program and receive a Summer Reading Log beginning on June 12th.The program runs from June 11th to August 6th. There will be a number of summer events for children and teens as well. 616-772-0874


~Summer TRIP Hours:  (Summer tables are at the High School and Rose Park locations only, 7:30-9:00AM)

  • June 13, & 27
  • July 11 & 25
  • August 8, 22, & 29…



If you are interested in purchasing a CHAMPS coupon book $25.00 please stop in the South Side or Pine Ridge office to Pick up yours today!  Great as a Gift, for your LOVED one!



Health Plans/Medications for 2018/19 school year: A reminder to get school health plans and medication orders completed by your child’s physician this summer so we have those on the first day of class in August. The forms are available on the website under parent resources. Please call or email Jane Borr, School Nurse Consultant with any questions at (616) 394-3414 or

As you are getting ready to transition your child to the next school year ~ please remember to check with your doctor’s office or the Ottawa Co Health Department regarding immunizations.  All immunizations must be up to date before students start school.  According to Michigan law, which Holland Christian Schools follow, only students with a complete immunization record or Ottawa Co approved waiver will be able to enter the school when we start on August 21, 2018.  Immunization Requirements


2018-19 Kindergarten Enrollment

We will offer 3 Day+, 5 Day, Nature-Based and 5 Day Spanish Immersion kindergarten classes this fall.   Enrollment is OPEN at:  Children will need to be 5-years-old by September 1, 2018, to enroll in kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year.

2018-19 Preschool Enrollment

Preschool enrollment continues as well at: Preschool enrollment requires a $75 deposit. With our 3-year-old, 4-year-old, and Junior Kindergarten morning classes, afternoon enrichment classes, and before and after school care parents can create a fully customized preschool schedule, ranging from part-time to full-time enrollment. Click here to learn all about our preschool offerings, including class schedules and tuition rates:


Holland Public Transportation Information for the 2018-19 school year

A registration form must be filled out for every Holland Christian student desiring transportation through Holland Public busing (even if you have used HPS busing in previous years). Please mail the completed form to the HPS Transportation Department by June 4. To get the registration form please click here: Holland Public Busing Form.  Holland Public busing is FREE. You will be notified mid-August of the stop location, pick-up and drop-off times. Any questions, please contact Holland Public Schools Transportation at (616) 494-2950.

South Side Transportation Information for 2018-19 school year

For families living outside of the Holland Public transportation district, Holland Christian offers busing options.  Please go to the HC Transportation website to learn more and register online.  Deadline for registration is June 4.  If you have questions contact Dan Vos at (616) 820-2805.


Invitation for Final Chapel on Friday, June 1 at 10:45

We have what we believe is a meaningful tradition at South Side. On the final day of school, all of our students gather together for one final time of praise and worship followed by a communal prayer of blessing over our beloved second graders (good grief! I’m choking up just writing this!) To “send them off” our kindergarten and first grade students line both sides of the hallway and applaud as our exiting school leaders (a.k.a. second graders) walk in a tunnel of love and admiration. You are welcome to join us if you are able. We will begin our time together in the gym at 10:45 on Friday, June 1. Dismissal on that day, the last day of school, will be at 11:30.

Bunny Home for the Summer?

Have your children ever begged you for a pet but you didn’t want to commit to the cleaning/feeding responsibilities for the next 7-13 years? Boy, do I have the solution for you! Our little South Side bunny would love to move into your home (with the Rynsburger hutch) for the summer months. Right around the time your own children start neglecting the pet care responsibilities, it’ll be time to bring him back to school! Please email Miska at if you would like to foster Harbor Collin for the summer months. He’s a wonderful little side kick 😉



Reminder: All student materials were due Today!  Please return all Materials by MONDAY!!!

*Exceptions are possible for students who need materials for All Star Reading or a specific classroom assignment.

Teachers: May borrow materials until the end of the school year.
Students/staff are welcome in the library at your normally scheduled time (and any other time teachers sign up to use the room) for stories, curriculum support, and browsing through May 25, but there will not be regular student checkout after May 11. Volunteers are welcome right to the end of the year because there is re-shelving and inventory with which we can use a lot of help!

Summer check out: There will not be summer check-out this year.

MIDDLE SCHOOL MASHUP – MAY 21, 7-8 PM at Holland Christian Middle School!

It’s a little bit open house, a little bit of an information night – it’s our Middle School Mashup! Current HC 6th grade parents and students and any family considering enrollment at Holland Christian Middle School for the 2018-19 school year are invited to come and preview what it’s like at the Middle School. Take a tour, listen to current middle school students talk about life at HCMS, and find how to to dive in to all the opportunities available to students both during and after school. It’s going to be a great night; please join us! For questions or more information, contact the middle school office, at (616) 820-3205 or


It’s that time of year to start thinking of Fall Sports. The Athletic Department would like to get an idea of number of kids interested in participating for this next sports season … so, we need your help.  Please talk together and decide if participating in a fall sport is something you would be interested in. (the opportunities available for fall can be found on the signup)

Click here to signup for a fall sport that you are interested in.  Please choose only one sport. You may change your mind and switch at any time up until the sport season starts on August 21, 2018.

A current sports physical dated after April 15, 2018 is also required to be on file in the office prior to any practice. The Athletic Physical form is available on the HCS website at https://www.hollandchristian. org/athletics/physical- participation-form/.    **If your son/daughter came to our Athletic Physical night on April 17th, we have it on file in the middle school office.

Please email the office at or call (616) 820-3205 with questions or if you need any assistance.


It is with great excitement and anticipation, the Holland Christian Athletic Department would like to inform you of the new opportunities for 6th graders starting the 2018-2019 academic year.

We will be offering 6th graders the opportunity to participate on select Holland Christian Middle School athletic teams.  Interested athletes will be allowed to join the following:

Cross Country (Fall Season 8/21/2018 – 10/11/2018)
Girls Tennis (Fall Season 8/21/2018 – 10/11/2018
Girls Swimming and Diving (Winter I 10/15/2018 – 12/14/2018)
Boys Swimming and Diving (Winter II 1/15/2019 – 3/15/2019)
Boys Tennis (Spring 3/18/2019 – 5/20/2019)
Track and Field (Spring 3/18/2019 – 5/20/2019)


The school will normally provide bus transportation to all sporting events.  There will not be provided transportation for 6th graders to go from Pine Ridge or Rose Park to HCMS for practices. Parents will need to coordinate transportation for participating 6th graders.

Requirements for Participation:

Athletic Physical
Read and Agree to Code of Conduct Requirements (see HCMS Athlete Handbook)
By turning in an Athletic Physical, you and your athlete, agree to the Code of Conduct requirements.
Pay to Participate Fee – $55

HCMS Athlete Handbook

Interested in a 6th Grade Fall Sport?  Follow the link to sign up.  Please understand if you sign up now, that does not mean you can not change your mind later.  This is to assist us with putting numbers to the teams so we can start planning with coaches and schedules.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Joel Leegwater


Parents: As you are getting ready to transition your child from Rose Park/Pine Ridge, to the Middle School ~ please remember to check with your doctor’s office or the Ottawa Co Health Department regarding immunizations.  All immunizations must be up to date before students start school.  According to Michigan law, which Holland Christian Schools follow, only students with a complete immunization record or Ottawa Co approved waiver will be able to enter the school when we start on August 21, 2018.  Immunization Requirements

Down Town Holland Events Summer Schedule

Summer Calendar of Events



  • 18 – Victory Day, Kirk Cousins
  • 21 – Middle School Mashup ~ 6th Graders Explore the MS 7PM-8PM
  • 22 – 6th Grade Field Trip to Camp Blodgett
  • 23 – 6th Grade John Ball Zoo Field Trip
  • 25 – 2nd to 3rd Moving up Day 🙂
  • 28 – No School, Memorial Day
  • 29 – Field Day to South Side Elementary ” Wear your HC Shalom TShirts”
  • 30 – 5th Grade State Park Field Trip – Big Red


  • 1 – Last day of School ( 1/2 Day )


Herrick District Library News

May ONLY Kids and teens: Do you have overdue fines on your Herrick District Library account? All you need to do is READ to get rid of them! For every 15 minutes of reading, $1.00 of fines will be waived from your Herrick District Library account. More Information!

Good Sam’s Wild Run

When: Saturday, June 9
Where: Macatawa Greenway at Ridgepoint Church

Join us for Good Samaritan Ministries’ 4th Annual Good Sam’s Wild Run! Kids ages 4-13 will maneuver obstacles designed by local companies and will be able to vote for their favorite obstacle at the end of the run. All proceeds go to support youth programming at Good Samaritan Ministries that work to end the cycle of generational poverty.

Register by May 25 to be guaranteed a t-shirt!

Questions? Contact Anne Reilly-Clegg at or 616-392-7159 ext. 111.

Spanish Immersion Art Camp!

Greetings from Carolyn Stich Studio in downtown Holland. My name is Rachel Stich and I am happy to announce a summer Spanish art class for students enrolled in Spanish immersion programs in the area.

The emergence of bilingual education is so exciting and I am eager to get this program started! Spanish and art have been integral parts of my life for as long as I can remember. This love of language has led me to study in Spain and teach in Guatemala, resulting in a C1 advanced proficiency level on the DELE exam.

From the second students walk in to the studio for class, they will be greeted in Spanish and with a smile. Throughout the class, instructions will be given and conversations will be had between students and myself in Spanish. This is a unique opportunity for continued linguistic support throughout the summer whilst providing a fun and creative outlet for kids. We’d love to see your students there!

Classes will be Monday afternoons and evenings starting on June 11. From 1-2:30pm, we invite youngsters ages 6 to 11. From 7-8:30, we hope to see students from 12 to 16 years of age! Each session we will do a new project and have a great time.

Please call us or email us with any questions or to register! Our email address is and our phone number is (616)298-2687. Registration is also available on our website:


Registration is open for summer camps at HCS.  We are excited to offer a variety of distinctively Christian camps for all ages (there are even some options for adults).  Check out our offerings here.  There are camps offered from June 4 through August 10.  Some camps have a limited number of spots, so register soon.


The enrollment process for our 2018 Camp season is open. We are excited to bring another summer of exceptional soccer camp opportunities to campers from across the Midwest. Enroll online and reserve your spot at the most  popular soccer camp in Michigan.  Post Card  and Enrollment information!


The Macatawa Bay Junior Association summer “learn to sail” programs are suitable for children from 5 years to 18 years old.  Depending on the specific class, classes are full day or half day, and new sessions begin weekly. Sailing lessons focus on water safety and skill building and integrate practical lessons in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM curricula) and are taught by US Sailing certified instructors. Learn more here:  MBJA Sailing Camp Link


Spend your summer at the Harbor Humane Society, empowering patience and empathy for all creatures.  LINK

Calvin Summer Science Camps

Calvin College ACE Camps are offered to height-achieving students who will be challenged in week-long experiences in chemistry, physics, and advanced science. Each camp is guided by expert teachers who give students the chance to use state of the art technology and sophisticated equipment in Calvin’s Science laboratories.  LINK


Find life outdoors, overnight camp 4 day & 8 day sessions available for grades 1st to 9th Grades.  Day camp @ Camp Scottie Campus for grades K – 5th Grade. Wilderness trips for grades 7th – 12th+.