SS/PR First Day of School Details

Dear Parents,

It was so good to see all of you last night! Thank you for partnering with us this year!

Hopefully, the videos teachers sent out and your visit to the schools and classrooms last night answered many of your questions. We have been praying, planning, and putting into place procedures, many required, to return to school while at the same time keeping everyone as safe as possible. We are so excited to be back in school with your child(ren) to grow and learn together.

Our theme this year at Holland Christian is “Woven Together.” When I first heard the words of this theme two memories popped into my mind. The first was hanging woven banners in the gym at Rose Park back in the years when I taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. These banners were very creative and meaningful to us as a school community. I know they have hung in that gym for many years, but the memory that stands out to me is how the front side told the story, but the back side showed the hard work and messiness of putting all the threads together.

My other memory was singing the song “Bind us Together” in a very small rural church in the country during my “growing up” years. At the end of many Wednesday night prayer meetings, the small group gathered would crescendo with “ There is only one God. There is only one King. There is only one Body. That is why we sing.”

I trust this theme will be a reminder to us that God’s love for us through his son Jesus binds us together, no matter who we are or where we come from or what we go through as a school community this year. I am grateful to be woven together in that love with you.

/ Shared Announcements

Daily At Home Student Screenings Required

As a reminder, parents are required to screen their child at home each morning before going to school. If your child has any new or increasing symptoms below, they should not go to school and you should contact your child’s doctor for additional instruction.

Temperature of 100.3 or higher or signs of fever (chills/sweating)
Sore throat
Dry cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Severe headache
Loss of taste or smell

PPE/Safety Update

Holland Christian will be utilizing a product called MicrobeCare in HC classrooms in a continued effort to keep rooms clean and sanitized as we return to school. MicrobeCare is a long-lasting protective coating that molecularly bonds to all surfaces. The product is safe for skin, clothes and the environment.  MicrobeCare creates a barrier that kills 99.99% of microbes, prevents mutation and minimizes the spread of viruses, bacteria, fungi, algae and yeast on a wide variety of products. MicrobeCare is safe and has 10 years of recorded proven results in highly sensitive healthcare environments including stethoscopes, wound care dressings and medical devices. It is a registered antimicrobial with the EPA and also approved by the FDA. It is odorless, colorless, and non-leaching. More information on Microbecare can be found here. Once applied, MicrobeCare will continuously self-sanitize any surfaces it is applied to as an added layer of protection for students and staff.

Masks

We must follow the MI Safe Schools Road Map when it comes to masks. Having processed this for a while, we believe we have some comfortable solutions to the initial problems they posed. Our children in Preschool through Fifth Grade must only wear masks when they are in “common spaces”. These spaces are defined for us this year at South Side and Pine Ridge as hallways, entrances and exits. Our children will need to wear a mask as they enter the building, walk in the hallway to their locker and until they reach the classroom door. If you choose, however, you may tell your child’s teacher that you would like your child to remain in a mask for the duration of the day. However, the requirement for masks is only in the hallways. Once in the classroom, it is permissible for them not to wear their mask. We do ask that masks are laundered each night or disposable masks are replaced regularly. Teachers and staff will be wearing masks the whole day.

Hot Lunch Accounts

There are two ways to add funds to your child’s hot lunch account:

You may drop off a check made out to Holland Christian to our office and the funds will be added.  You may SEND a check with your child to the school office and the funds will be processed for you.
Add funds on line through sendmoneytoschool.com (Fees have been removed from this program) You will need your Student’s ID # to set up new accounts. This was emailed to you earlier this month.

Mom’s In Prayer

You are invited to a Moms In Prayer event on Sunday August 23 from 4-5pm. We would like to meet at the Forest School Building or around the pond area.

Principal Office Hours

The second Friday of the month I will hold open office hours at South Side from 8:30-9:15. The third Friday of the month I will hold open office hours at Pine Ridge from 8:30-9:15. Come and grab a cup of coffee, wear a mask and pull up a chair. Let’s talk through your thoughts, wonderings, questions and ideas. I look forward to serving you again this year.

/ South Side Announcements

Drop of – Pick up

Carpool Details South Side K-2nd Grade 2020-21

Drop Off 7:45-8:10 am

When you arrive, please use the circle drive off of Pine Ave. Pull up to the curb so your child can get out directly onto the sidewalk. Students should put a mask on before exiting the car. The first couple of weeks, teachers will be outside to greet students. They will all sit as a class until everyone arrives. For the safety of everyone, we ask that parents stay in cars and do not park along the circle drive.

We understand that drop-off these first few weeks can be emotional for many families; however, to keep the lines from getting too long, we ask that you say good-bye to your child in a timely manner. Teachers and staff will be there to help everyone feel safe and excited for this new school year. 

Pick up at 3:10

As you enter the circle drive off of Pine Ave, please stay to the right next to the curb and pull forward as far as possible. Once the first row of cars along the curb is full, cars should start a second row on the left side of the circle drive, by again pulling forward as far as possible. Students will come out of the building and sit with their class in the same spots they were in the morning. 

A staff member will be dismissing students to the cars in the first row. For everyone’s safety, please stay parked until all those students are in cars. Once those cars are full, we will wave at the first car as a signal that it is ok to exit. We will then repeat the process for the second row of cars. We are asking all kids waiting with their classes to remain seated until they are dismissed. Cars moving, kids don’t – Kids moving cars don’t!

Picture Day

For those of you really planning ahead, South Side’s picture days are Wednesday, September 23 and Thursday, September 24. More specific information and scheduling will be available soon.

Medications at school

Parents: if your child needs to take medication at school, we need an updated form signed by their physician each school year.  So, if you have not done this yet, please do so asap.   You are welcome to contact our school nurse, Hendrina Cupery (hcupery@hollandchristian.org). She will help you set up a plan for the office to assist in administering the medication. For safety reasons, Holland Christian Schools is not able to dispense any medication (prescription or non-prescription) to our students without a doctor’s order.  Thank you!

/ Pine Ridge Announcements

Drop of – Pick up

August 24 is a date we’re looking forward to with much excitement and anticipation. We have missed your children. The first day of school brings with it a flurry of emotions for parents, staff, and students. We want the first day of school this year to be celebratory and relational, as possible, while complying with the state mandates such as limitation of people gathered in small areas and parents/adults not coming into school when dropping off your child at school.  Teachers will be on the front lawn ready to welcome you to the new school year. Each class will have a designated area to gather for this first week of school. Elementary classroom teachers will welcome each student and stay together as a group, in the grass areas in front of the schools, until each child has arrived. When the classroom is all present, our 3rd-5th grade students will walk to their classroom. They will unpack their supplies at their lockers, fill their desks with items they brought, and prepare for the day. Next is exploring their brand new classroom prepared JUST for them by their very happy teacher! They will then embark on their day of learning and laughing together.

Once students are comfortable finding their classroom and locker independently or with the help of staff at the front door and in the hallways, we won’t gather in the front yard to start the day. Your child’s teacher will communicate this with you. Early elementary students will practice walking together into the building to find their locker and classroom. We will continue to gather as a class in the front yard until all students are comfortable and confident to find their way to the locker and classroom. We’ll scaffold them gently through this experience. Teachers will communicate these steps with you very clearly.

Pick up will be this procedure in reverse.  The Bus students will be dismissed to their designated areas with their masks on and wait for their buses.  There will be staff available to help them find their spots to wait to load buses. Teachers will remain with their students in the front of school for carpool pick up as well.  Students will load vehicles in the loading safety zone only, please have your child wait for you to arrive in this safe zone, before loading into cars.  Please do NOT leave the loading zone until all students have been loaded into vehicles.  Staff will be there to let you know, when it is safe for you to pull out of the loading safety zone and have the next group of cars move up into the loading safe zone.  Traffic cones will be put out in front of the safety zone to assist with this.

Masks

We must follow the MI Safe Schools Road Map when it comes to masks. Having processed this for a while, we believe we have some comfortable solutions to the initial problems they posed. Our children in Preschool through Fifth Grade must only wear masks when they are in “common spaces”. These spaces are defined for us this year at South Side and Pine Ridge as hallways, entrances and exits. Our children will need to wear a mask as they enter the building, walk in the hallway to their locker and until they reach the classroom door. If you choose, however, you may tell your child’s teacher that you would like your child to remain in a mask for the duration of the day. However, the requirement for masks is only in the hallways. Once in the classroom, it is permissible for them not to their mask. We do ask that masks are laundered each night or disposable masks are replaced regularly. Teachers and staff will be wearing masks the whole day.

Picture Day

For those of you who would like to plan ahead, Pine Ridge’s picture day is Thursday, September 17, in the morning. More specific information and scheduling will be coming soon.

Medications at school

Parents: if your child needs to take medication at school, we need an updated form signed by their physician each school year.  So, if you have not done this yet, please do so asap.   You are welcome to contact our school nurse, Hendrina Cupery (hcupery@hollandchristian.org). She will help you set up a plan for the office to assist in administering the medication. For safety reasons, Holland Christian Schools is not able to dispense any medication (prescription or non-prescription) to our students without a doctor’s order.  Thank you!

Important Website Links

Upcoming Dates:

September

4 – No School
7 – Labor Day, No School
17 – Picture Day ( PR )
23- Picture Day #1 (SS )
24 – Picture Day #2 (SS)
– Walkathon ( more info. coming )