FS/SS/PR Newsletter – March 2020

Spring is such an exciting time of the year! We notice the growth in our students, physically, academically, and spiritually. The weather changes in a very noticeable way from the beginning of March to the end of April. New life is all around us, and baby chicks, new lambs, and bunnies make an appearance. We focus on one of the most special seasons of our church calendar and Christian life, Lent, as we look forward and prepare for Easter.

As Christians, this Lenten season is also a time that we might give up or take something on that, in a practical way, helps us remember what Christ did for us on the cross. He has Risen. He has Risen indeed!

May you find New Life in this season all around you, but especially in Christ the Lord!

Mr. Howell

/ Announcements

March Hot Lunch Menus

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

Under the Sea | Fun Night

Under the Sea | Family Fun Night is TWO weeks away!  Friday, March 13  5:30 – 8:00pm at Pine Ridge.

Thank you to the many of you who have volunteered or contributed in some way! We greatly appreciate it!!  Candy donations can be brought to the offices, and we still have some specific needs:

  • We have a lot of openings for workers, especially games. If we don’t have enough volunteers, we may not be able to offer all of the game options. Please consider if you can help us in this way.
  • Also, we could still use pop or Gatorade for the Bottle Ring Toss game, full size candy bars for Bingo, and we have openings for cupcakes for Cake Walk that need to be filled.
  • Volunteers & Baked goods needed:  Please click this link to help support FS/SS/PR  Fun Night!   https://hcfunnight.blogspot.com/

Coffee Connections

The next Coffee Connections will be on Monday, March 2 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 March 6. 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.

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

No Busing Schedule for 2019/20

Mark your calendar:  Friday, March 6 ~ No PM HPS Busing. Please refer to this link to view Transportation schedule changes.

HC Volleyball Camp 2020 for Boys & Girls

Whether you’re brand-new to the sport or a year-round player, we can’t wait to play volleyball with you this summer! Holland Christian offers summer volleyball camp for girls and boys entering grades kindergarten-3rd, entering grades 4th-6th, and entering grades 7th-8th. Led by all three high school coaches and mentored by HC varsity volleyball players, kids will have a fun and active week of learning the game of volleyball, focusing on improving foundational skills and learning advanced techniques. We work hard to coach to every level and look forward to helping you grow in the game of volleyball while you also challenge yourself physically and engage in fun and memorable games and activities. We explore what it means to glorify God while using our minds and bodies to learn, practice, and compete in our sport. This year’s camp also includes awesome take-home HC volleyball gear!    Register here! https://www.hollandchristian.org/summer-camps-20/

Questions? Contact Laura Bindon, HC Volleyball Head Coach  lbindon@hollandchristian.org

/  South Side Announcements

Icy Walkways

With the most recent thawing and freezing weather the city easement and sidewalk have been very icy. This makes drop off and pick up very dangerous for all, but especially for those trying to carry little ones in car seats and holding hands with multiple children as they make their way into South Side. It would be wonderful to save the spots in the driveway for these parents and caretakers. We would like to encourage as many as possible to drop off.  And those that would like to park, and are able to park in the city easement area, to do so by pulling in straight to make as much room as possible. We will do everything we can to keep our property safe. Maybe we are beyond the icy buildup that made walking so difficult, but if not, please help us make this as safe as possible for all.

/  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 :  Mar. 6.

Spring Sports

Spring is sounding pretty good right about now – and it will be here before we know it!  Signups have begun on Final Forms for all Spring Sports including: Boys and Girls Track (6th Included), Girls Soccer, Boys Tennis (6th Included), Boys LAX, Boys Baseball and Girls Softball.  Please make sure to get signed up soon!  Practices start on March 16.

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

Total Trek Quest COACHES NEEDED in order to start run club on Monday at Pine Ridge!  Coaches can be male or female 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 and/or are interested in coaching, please contact Brandon Melnyk at bmelnyk@arborcircle.org, or 616-450-4651. Thank you, we are hoping to start TTQ Club Next week Monday!

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!

HC Summer Sports Camps

“It may seem crazy to think about summer sports camps already, but Holland Christian Summer Sports Camps are ready for registration!  From basketball to volleyball and kindergarteners to seniors, there are a variety of Christ centered sports offerings for all ages.  See this blog post for more information about summer sports camps and how to register!

The Holland Christian Boys Lacrosse Club is for Zeeland Christian and Holland Christian students in grades 3 through 8.  The season runs from March 16 – May 16 with practices and games at Holland Christian MS.  The 3rd/4th team generally practices on M/W with games on Saturdays.  The 5th/6th team and 7th/8th team generally practice on Tu/Th with games on M/W.  Early bird registration runs from now through February 26th.  There is an informational meeting about the club and upcoming season for parents on Monday, February 24th at 7pm in the HC HS Lecture Hall.  Whether lacrosse is a new sport for your family or not, please attend the informational meeting and you will still have a couple days to register at the early bird rate.  Athletes already registered will be able to pick up their uniform on the night of the 24th as well.  You will find registration for each of the 3 club teams at the following link: https://campscui.active.com/orgs/HollandChristianSchool?orglink=camps-registration ”

HC Softball Camp June 15 – 18, 2020.  S1 = Grades 4 – 6, 9am to 10:30am at the HC Varsity Softball Field.  For more information and to sign up email coach Bruns at bbruns@hollandchristian.org

/ Requested Announcements

Holland Little League

Register today!! Holland Little League is now registering baseball and softball players for the 2020 season through Saturday, February 28th.  More information and the registration link can be found on their website located at www.hollandlittleleague.com.

ZCS Annual 3-on-3 Basket Breakers Basketball Tournament

$100 per team.   T-shirts are only guaranteed to teams who sign up by Wednesday, March 11 at 11:30 pm.

Awards to 1st and 2nd place in each division.

All games will be monitored. Lower grade level games will be officiated along with those deemed necessary. All divisions will be double elimination format. If there are less than 3 teams in your division, you will play in the next higher division.  Anyone who loves to play basketball is welcome to join!

How to Sign Up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zeeland-christian-school-3-on-3-basket-breakers-basketball-tournament-2020-tickets-90340854929

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1067172416819756/

Camp Geneva

Sign up now for Summer Camp “Momentum” 2020.  or more information go to www.campgeneva.org

2020 Hope College Summer Science Camps

Hope College event Brain Day, Saturday, February 29, 2020.  See this Flyer for more details. Hope College Summer Science Camps information 2020 Hope Summer Camps Brochure

Kirk Cousins Football Camp

Join Kirk Cousins and his team for his annual football camp/Dad’s lunch. It is on the campus of Hope College in Holland MI on June 26 & 27. For more information and to register please visit https://kirkcousins.org/pages/camp-registration

/ Calendar


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


April 3 – 10 Spring Break
April 13 – All Classes Resume