FS/SS/PR Newsletter – January 2020

January marks the beginning of a new year and a new decade. For us at Holland Christian, this is also the beginning of a new semester, a time when first semester report cards come home, when we take MAPs tests to chart academic progress, and when host open house events. Two such events are Discovery Night at South Side on January 21 and Discovery Day at Forest School on January 11. Most people unfamiliar with Holland Christian Schools respond positively to an invitation from a family member or friend to opportunities like these. Would you consider sharing these events to those you know? We’d love to share the joy of an education at Holland Christian, a place where both students and staff learn together what it means to be a living testimony.

Mr. Howell

/ Announcements

January Hot Lunch Menus

Forest School Hot Lunch Menu
South Side Hot Lunch Menu
Pine Ridge Hot Lunch Menu

Fun Night

Fun Night is coming!  Mark your calendars for an Under the Sea Adventure!  Join us Friday, March 13, 2020, from 5:30 – 8:00pm at Pine Ridge. There will be many volunteer opportunities available! More in formation to come in February.

Coffee Connections

The next few Coffee Connections will be on Monday, January 13 & February 3 at Square Play Cafe at 8:30am. Future Coffee Connections will be the 1st Monday of every month (or the first Monday we have school in that month). The location will always be Square Play Cafe and is for all parents of South Side, Pine Ridge, and Forest School.


Moms in Prayer will be staring up on January 17. We will meet at South Side from 8:20-9:20. All our welcome!

Wacky Wednesdays

They are almost here!  Start thinking of the possibilities for this annual event.  It will be fun to see what the kids come up with.
Jan. 15 – Career Day
Jan. 22 – Pajama Day
Jan. 29 – Wacky Hair/Hat Day
Feb. 5 – Fancy day

No Busing Schedule for 2019/20

Please refer to this link to view Transportation schedule changes.

Parent Team

Interested in getting more involved with the Parent Team?  If you have questions and want to get connected, find us on Facebook:  HC South Side and Pine Ridge Parent Team

Report Cards

The end of the Second Quarter/1 Semester is January 10th.  Report Cards will be going home on Friday, January 24th with students.

Hoops & Hoopla 2020

Hoops & Hoopla 2020! It’s a night of hoops, featuring the dueling staff b-ball teams of ZCS and HCS, along with 56ers scrimmages and a Unified slam dunk contest. Come also for the hoopla– photos with Elsa, Anna & friends, carnival games, bounce houses, and more, on Saturday, February 1, starting at 6:15 pm at Holland Christian High School. All this family fun for a suggested donation of $5 ($20 per family).

Proceeds of this game will go to help make the HCHS band & orchestra trip to Florida in April affordable for the over 90 students. The group will perform at Disney World and will attend educational music workshops with professional Disney musicians. Thanks for your support of the HC band and orchestra–building community, education, and excellence!

/  South Side Announcements

Kid’s Food Basket

Because of the donations received with this year’s Kid’s Food Basket drive we were able to donate just under 500 Snack Sacks for students facing empty cupboards during the two week Christmas break. It is a busy season with a lot going on….. then comes the request for just one more thing to be a part of! For taking the time to help other little ones we say THANK YOU! For making this a priority for your children to be a part of such an important teaching moment and outreach, we Thank you even more. Blessings this New Year as we find more ways to serve God and learn what it means to be a “Living Testimony” for our Lord.

/  Forest School Announcements

In 2018, Tulip Time reframed their mission statement  to read “Mission Statement: To celebrate Holland’s tulips, Dutch heritage and community.” To better align ourselves with their mission statement as well as with the goals here at Holland Christian our Rose Park and Forest School students will be given two options for dressing up and walking in the the 2020 Kinderparade. More details will be forthcoming as we get closer to Tulip Time but we want you to be aware of the options well in advance of the Tulip Time season. Our students from Rose Park and Forest School will be given the option of walking in either our new “tulip” section of the parade or our “Dutch heritage” section. The whole of our two groups walking together will be a celebration of our “community”.

  • If your first through fourth grade student chooses to opt into the “tulip” section of our parade, your child will design and construct his or her own tulip to carry and then dress as a gardener based around our Living Testimony t-shirt. This gardener costume might include gardening boots and gloves, overalls, a wide-brimmed hat, etc. Anything you have handy at home that helps your child look like a busy gardener tilling the tulips will fit the part perfectly!
  • Students who opt into the “Dutch heritage” portion of our student body will wear their own dutch costume and carry the parade props our Rose Park students have carried in the past.

All of our students from Rose Park and Forest School will be walking together as one big community in the aforementioned subsets. More details about logistics, costumes and timing will be coming soon. Don’t hesitate to email Miska with questions or wonderings at mrynsburger@hollandchristian.org.

 / Pine Ridge Announcements

New MS Athletic Season Starts Monday – Boys Swimming/Diving

Our Winter II athletic season begins on Monday, January 13. This includes 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Boys Swimming and Diving. If your student would like to participate, you can still sign them up via Final Forms. Please make sure they have a current physical form on file. The Swim Coach is Kayla Larsen klarsen@hollandchristian.org if you have any questions.

6th Grade Ski Club

Ski Club is full swing! Bus sign up will be available in the office starting Monday on ski club weeks. Bittersweet ski forms as well as dates, discount and bussing information are available in the office. Future ski club dates are :  Jan 10 & 24, Feb. 7 & 21 and Mar. 6.

Kinder Dutch Dance

Join the FUN of being a Dutch Dancer! All 3-5th grade students are welcome to join Kinder Dutch Dance. A parent at HC will again be coaching a Kinder Dance group. Practice will be at Pine Ridge at 3:45 on Mondays starting in late February. If your student would like to dance, but cannot join this group, there are other practice times available with other schools. Please visit the Tulip Time website tuliptime.com for registration information. Registration is going on now, and will continue through January 25. Sadly late sign ups cannot be accepted. If you have questions feel free to contact Kim Hekman at dutchdancekim@gmail.com.

Middle School Dutch Dance

All students grades 6-8 are welcome to dance with the Middel Dance group. A Holland Christian parent will be coaching a group of Middel Dancers on Monday from 4:45-5:45. Practices will begin at Pine Ridge in early February. If your student would like to dance, but cannot join this group, there are other practice times available with other schools. Please visit the Tulip Time website tuliptime.com for registration information. Registration is going on now, and will continue through January 25. Sadly late sign ups cannot be accepted. If you have questions feel free to contact Kim Hekman at dutchdancekim@gmail.com.

Total Trek Quest

Total Trek Quest is a fun, high energy program designed exclusively for boys in 3rd-5th grade! TTQ incorporates strength and stretching exercises with training for a 5K. Boys in this program will develop positive peer relationships, and feel a part of a team, while also working toward individual goals. Additional practice activities focus on developing a healthy lifestyle, social/relationship skills, how to make healthy choices, and resisting peer pressure. Please register your son here: https://www.raceplanner.com/register/index/AOSpring2020

We’re also always looking for coaches. Coaches can be male or female and are in prime position to be a positive role model for these boys throughout this 9-week journey. Coaches don’t need to be a runner, as the program has much more to offer. All coaches receive support from TTQ staff before, during, and after the season, as well as program training & CPR certification. This is a truly rewarding experience for anyone.

If you have questions regarding registering your boy(s) and/or are interested in coaching, please contact Brandon Melnyk at bmelnyk@arborcircle.org , or 616-450-4651. Thank you, and we’ll see you in the spring!

Girls Run Club

Runners Girls will be starting soon! Practices will be on Tuesday & Thursday for grades 3-5 starting March 10 through May 5. Cost is just $20 and includes a shirt. We will meet in the Music Room from 3:15-4:30, and will do most of our running outside. If you would like to join us, register here Runner Girls Registration. If you have questions, feel free to contact Coach Lena at lenastob@schippersconstruction.com or ask one of the girls who participated last year as there were almost 40 girls running for fun!! We look forward to seeing you on March 10!

/ Requested Announcements

Baton Twirling Classes

Boys and Girls come join the fun and learn how to twirl a baton!  Baton Twirling is making a comeback as the latest and greatest sensation!  Don’t miss out on all the fun!  Every Tuesday beginning February 4th and ending May 26th.  Ages 4-7, 6:30 – 7:15PM.  Ages 8 – 18, 7:15 – 8:00PM.  We meet at the Hall at Overisel Reformed Church, 4201 47th Street. Holland MI 49423.  Registration fee is $7.00 at the first class and $8.00 for every class after.  Batons will be available to purchase for $26.00 as well.  Flyers are available in the school office.  Q & A call 616-460-1747 or email athleticsens@aol.com

/ Calendar


10 – End of the Second Quarter/1 Semester
10 – MS Ski Club
13 – Coffee Connections
13 – 24 Map Testing Window
15 – Wacky Wednesday ~ Career Day
17 – MIP
20 – No School, MLK Day
21 – Discovery Night (SS only)
22 – Wacky Wednesday ~ Pajama Day
24 – Report Cards Go Home
24 – MS Ski Club
27 – P/T conferences (Preschool families only)
29 – Wacky Wednesday ~ Wacky Hair/Hat day
29 – 4th Grade Market Day


3 – Coffee Connections
5 – Wacky Wednesday ~ Fancy Day
14 & 17 – No School, Winter Break