SS/PR Newsletter Blog Post, May 4, 2018 ~ Cinco de Mayo

Take your family out for a fun fiesta this Saturday, May 5th, at the Latin Americans United for Progress (LAUP) Festival! Live music, delicious food, amusement park, car show, plus children’s crafts, face painting, and giveaways will be going on at the Shops at Westshore from 11am-5pm! Even as we celebrate Dutch heritage through the week of Tulip Time, this is a wonderful shalom-bringing and community-building event to celebrate Latino heritage, and maybe even put a few of those Spanish vocabulary words our children are learning in Spanish class! Senor Westy tells us this event definitely counts for a Spanish class raffle ticket too! More information and schedule available at


Educational Support Services (ESS) Program Restructure

The 17-18 school year has brought many successes but also new challenges that have made us rethink our ESS structure. The support needs of our students have changed drastically in the past few years and we need to respond to this change. Through many conversations with staff (both ESS and Gen Ed,) parents, CLC Network and students, we have decided to dedicate one ESS teacher to Inclusive education and one ESS teacher to Resource support at all our campuses. Our ESS staff are committed to providing best practice through this change and we will provide a greater update at individualized PEP meetings (should you be attending one.)  If you do not have a scheduled PEP meeting under ESS but have some questions or concerns, please email Katie Clausing, Director of Educational Support Services at

Introducing Mrs. Christy Haig

Mrs. Haig will serve as our K-6 Inclusion Teacher for our children. She has experience served as a Special Education teacher in various school districts. She brings to our children and our team a love for Christ, a deep love for children who need special plans created and practiced to flourish in their classroom community. We have already been blessed by her calm, confident demeanor, her joy in the love the children are sharing with her and her wisdom in wrapping around our children. If you have questions about the program, please email our ESS director, Mrs. Katie Clausing at


Tulip Time is upon us! Please be sure to read the specific information within both South Side and Pine Ridge heading because there are some different items listed that are specific per campus for Tulip Time parade days.  If you are looking for more general information you may click this links – LINK.


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 the entire event are only $5 on or before May 11, $7 after.  Registration opens noon on Friday, April 27, and the first 100 online registrants will get an autograph opportunity with Kirk Cousins during the event.   Register at game-on or buy tickets at the Holland Christian HS Main Office or Administrative Office.


The Macatawa Area Coordinating Council would like to invite us to participate in a school challenge, sponsored by the organizers of Green Commute Week again!  They are working with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Holland Public Safety, and the Green Commute Planning Committee to lead a School Challenge on May 15th and 16th, 2018 and hope that our students will enjoy biking, walking, sharing a ride/carpooling, riding the bus or using public transportation.  Each student will receive a special gift for participating.  Webpage for more information.  Students choosing to bike will be able to meet at 7:45 A. M. on the corner of 40th Street & Graafschap Road and again at 40th Street & Ottawa Avenue at 7:50 A. M. for and adult supervised commute to South Side.


The week of May 7-11 is the last week for students to borrow books. All student materials are due by May 18.


MIP will be Friday, May 11, 8:20 a.m. in the Library at Pine Ridge.  Please contact Nicole Shook at or 616-633-7427 for more information.


On behalf of HCHS Living Hope Singers Promotion Committee, we thought we would share with you LHS Sunday’s Performances at local churches: Any questions, contact Promotions Committee Chair, Stephanie Walter,

Tuesday, May 8 @ Tulip Time Dazzle, Central Wesleyan Church, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 13 @ Faith CRC, 9:30 a.m.


~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!



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:



We will hold a Meet the Teacher Night campfire/trail hike event on Tuesday, May 8 at 6:30 with our new Nature-Based Kindergarten teacher. Mr. Harig will bring his guitar to sing together for a bit and hike the trails of next year’s “classroom”. Please bring your own lawn chairs.


Tulip Time is right around the corner  🌷 Come join other South Side Families at the Kid’s Fun Run on May 5th at 9:00am! There is even a discount code to enter and save 20%  🎉 (see details below)

Wear a maroon shirt or any other HC Shirt and we will meet before hand to take a group picture!

The Fun Run is for kids 8 and under

Team Name: HarborCollin
Password: SouthSide
Discount Code: sponsor18


Tulip Time Volksparade – Wednesday, May 9th.   There will be a half day of school (11:30 AM dismissal).  Students who take Holland Public Bussing will need to be picked up from school at 11:30AM in carpool lines.

Tulip Time Kinderparade – Thursday, May 10th.  There will be a half day of school (11:30 AM dismissal), the 1st and 2nd grade students will remain at school and will eat a bagged lunch from home.  Parents may come to assist their child in changing into their costume at the 11:30AM dismissal.  There will more information coming home Friday, May 4th, regarding specific dismissal for kindergarten students.  Please remember there is NOT Holland Public busing on Thursday, students will need to be picked up in carpool if they are not marching in the parade.   We ask a parent to be at the end of the parade route to promptly pick up your child from their teacher as we end close to the Holland Fire Department on 10th Street.


We are excited and prepared to welcome our newest kindergarteners for next school year already! If your child is in Mrs. Strikwerda or Mrs. Becksfort’s class, please plan to join us with your Kindergartner for Visiting Day for the 2018-2019 school year on Friday, May 18th from 8:30-9:30.  It will be a fun morning as your child meets his/her teacher and parents have questions answered.  You will enjoy this morning’s sneak peak to see what next year will bring.  More details can be found in the letter sent home this week.



May 9th for the Tulip Time Volksparade we will have a half day of school (11:30 AM dismissal).  Students who take Holland Public Bussing will need to be picked up from school at 11:30AM in carpool lines.  6th Grade band students are in Division Two in the parade but bussing is not provided for them. They will need to be picked up at 11:30AM as well and brought to their designated spot given to them by Mr. Veenstra.

May 10th for the Tulip Time Kinderparade we will have a half day of school (11:30 AM dismissal).  For 5th and 6th Graders, who take Holland Public Bussing, will need  picked up from school at 11:30AM in carpool lines. For the 6th Grade band students please note, bussing is NOT provided for them. They will need to be picked up at 11:30AM as well and brought to their designated spot given to them by Mr. Veenstra.  The 3rd & 4th Grade students will remain at school, and will need a home packed lunch to eat on this day at school before the parade.  3rd & 4th Grade students will then be taken to the parade route by bus.  Just a reminder that we are in Division Two; when your child passes you on the parade route, please promptly head down to the end of the parade route to collect them from their class teacher near Kollen Park and 10th Street empty lot.  Students who volunteered as Dutch Masters, will ride the staff bus back to school after the parade, and will need to be picked up at Pine Ridge from Mr. Howell. Parade Information.

May 12th, Muziekparade the 6th Grade band will be in division 4.   Information was handed out from Mr. Veenstra on Band Instructions for the parades.


The week of May 7-11 is the last week for students to borrow books from Pine Ridge Library. All student materials are due by May 18.

*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.



  • 8 – Meet the Nature-Based teacher – pond near the middle school at 6:30
  • 9 – Dismissal will be at 11:30am, NO Holland Public Bussing ~Holland Christian bussing will run as normal.
  • 10 – Dismissal will be at 11:30am, NO Holland Public Bussing ~Holland Christian bussing will run as normal.
  • 15 – Closing Convocation at the HS, 9AM
  • 15 – 4th-12th Grade Orchestra Concert, at Jack H Miller Center, 7pm
  • 18 – Kindergarten Visiting Day – New Kindergarteners visit South Side
  • 18 – 4th Grade DeGraaf Nature Center Field Trip
  • 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 )


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:


As you probably know, many families in Ottawa County experience food insecurity this time of year.  We would like to share an online food database created by Ottawa Food, where Ottawa County residents can search for food pantries and free meals.  This database is available in English and Spanish.  Residents can search for food pantries and community meals, either by date or location, by clicking on this link


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+.