FS/SS/PR Newsletter – February 2020

February is often marked and marketed as the month of Love. Maybe the timing of the focus is an effort to combat the dreary climate February is notorious for. Whatever the reason, we will soon see storefront displays, sparkly sweatshirts and computer screens cheerily adorned with pink and red hearts for the next few weeks. All of this is well and good but we would be remiss not to center ourselves on the reason we love. It is a truth we draw our children’s heart to regularly. We love because God first loved us. 1 Corinthians 13 is known so well as the Love chapter of the Bible. You likely know it well as it is often recited at weddings, anniversary celebrations and more. Perhaps you will find renewed meaning in the words of this chapter by reading the text in a different translation of the Bible. Hear these words, as though for the first time, from the book that we love. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-10 (The Message):

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our in-completes will be canceled.

/ Announcements

February 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 information to come in February teacher newsletters.

Coffee Connections

The next Coffee Connections will be on Monday, 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. Come join us as we connect!


Moms in Prayer will be on January 31. We meet every Friday at South Side from 8:20-9:20. All our welcome!  If school is canceled or not in session, we do not meet.

Wacky Wednesdays

It will be fun to see what the kids come up with.     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

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

Kids Food Basket Thank You

We have received a lovely thank you from the Kids Food Basket organization for our interest and support of the Supper Sacks program our students packed for them. They appreciate the donations and the work students did to make this donation possible.  Thanks to your donations and the children’s efforts along with the behind the scene help we were able to provide just shy of 500 sacks.   What a way to share with others and learn what it means to be a “Living Testimony” in Christ’s name.

/  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

6th Grade Ski Club

Ski Club is in 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 31, Feb. 7 & 21 and Mar. 6.

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

Girls  Run Club 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


31 – No PM,  HPS Bussing
31 – 6th Grade Ski Club


3 – Coffee Connections
3 – 6 – SS Makers Week
5 – Wacky Wednesday ~ Fancy Day
7 – 6th Grade Ski Club
10~13 – PR Makers Week
13 – No PM,  HPS Bussing
14 & 17 – No School, Winter Break
18 – No AM/PM HPS Bussing


6 – No PM,  HPS Bussing
8 – Daylight Savings ( set clocks ahead an hour )