FS/SS/PR Newsletter – September 2019

We are off to a great start! It is a blessing to get to know a new class of students, establish a routine, and begin the work of learning for the year. Thanks for partnering with us in this process. Let us know how we can continue to serve you and your child(ren). Pray for us as we try to be a “Living Testimony” this year.

Mr. Howell & Staff

Summer Slide

This was a very successful program this past summer.  It is now time to return all books so we can get them filed for next year’s program.  We have volunteers ready to help process the books.  Please return books to Rose Park, Pine Ridge, or South Side now so we can re-shelve these summertime adventures for reuse.  Thanks to all who participated in making this a huge success.

MIP Moms in Prayer Group

Moms In Prayer for SS/PR/MS will be meeting every Friday from 8:20-9:20 in the Southside Library. If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Shook ncshook@gmail.com or 616-633-7427 for more information!


This annual event has become a favorite. Students will be asked to collect pledges from Family, friends, and neighbors. ** Pledge forms coming home this week!  They will then participate in a 45 minute walk at the high school track, in which they may walk, jog, or run around the track.  During the walk there will be games and activities for the kids to participate in as well. The event will be held during the school day on September 25th from 1pm to 2:15 PM at the HCHS Track. Parents are invited to come cheer students on and enjoy an afternoon of fun.  Pledge forms and money must be turned in by Wednesday, September 18th.  Extra Pledge forms are available in the school office.

Grandparents/Friends Day

We look  forward to this day each year!  The students look forward to having grandparents/grandfriends join them for a portion of the day to have a peak into their school day.  Please reserve Thursday, October 10, for a fun time as we welcome you to our world for a little while.  The schedule for the day is listed as follows:

South Side:

Preschool: will be prior to the K-2 schedule. Details to follow from your child’s teacher
K-2:  10:15-11:30.

Pine Ridge:

12:45pm – 2pm, More details to follow in the next Blog

Parent Team

Interested in getting more involved?  Then come check out our school’s Parent Board. We will have our 1st meeting on Tuesday, September 10 @ 8:30 in the South Side teachers’ lounge. Or feel free to check out/message our fb page HC South Side & Pine Ridge Parent Team for any questions.


Dates:   September 11, 18, & 25

Due to Construction we are discontinuing TRIP orders delivery to the Middle School.  They will be available at the High School TRIP table on Wednesday and then brought to HC Administration Offices where they will be available for you to pick up.

ThankScriping Day will be held September 12!  Bonuses up to 21% for one day only on electronic versions of gift cards.

Our database is not connected to HC’s so if you have student pickup, please let us know the name of your child’s new teacher. Also let us know if you wish to switch schools for you orders to be delivered to.Email trip@hollandchristian.org with any changes.

AMC Theatres gift cards are no longer reloadable.

ShopWithScrip is excited to announce that you now have the option to pay for you orders using credit cards.  Visa and Mastercard will be accepted.  Rebates will not be impacted.  A 2.6% fee will be added to each order paid with a credit card. Credit card payments will be processed immediately.

TRIP credits will now be taken off your tuition bill the month after you earn them.  Make the most of the opportunity you have to lower your payments! Use TRIP whenever possible!

Bonus Increase Stores

Albertsons/Shaw’s group
1% Bonus
5% total earned

Baskin Robbins
3% Bonus
5% total earned

Happy Dining
10% Bonus
18% total earned

Safeway Group
1% Bonus
5% total earned

Bonus Increase Stores Starting August 31

Valid through September 11 (9/13 if ordered online)

1% Bonus
5% total earned

Forest School Announcements

Lunch Menu

August/September Menu

South Side Announcements

Lunch Menu

August/September Menu

School Pictures

Plan now for school pictures on Wednesday and Thursday respectively, September 18 & 19. Please plan for your student to have their photo taken on Wednesday, September 18th, with Mrs. Grassmid’s  Tuesday/Thursday class to be photographed on Thursday, September 19th. Order forms will go home on Friday, September 13th and must be returned whether you are ordering a package or not. The information on the form has an ID number specific to your child’s name, grade, teacher. It is helpful for the photography company when the order form is returned with the students.


If you are available to help us out we would appreciate your help in a couple areas. There is a sign-up in the school office if being a room parent for you child’s teacher interests you.  You do not need to do all the work but perhaps be a person the teacher can call on to help with a class celebration by making a few calls. The library needs help with re-shelving books as they are returned.  This can grow as we get into the school year and classes begin to use the library more.

Please stop in or call the office (616-820-3535) with questions you may have.

Pine Ridge Announcements

Lunch Menu

August/September Menu


Pine Ridge’s picture day will the morning of September 12. Order forms will go home on Friday, September 6th and must be returned whether you are ordering a package or not.   The information on the form has an ID number specific to your child’s name, grade, teacher.  It is helpful for the photography company when the order form is returned with your student(s) on Picture day.

Total Trek Quest

With the start of school comes the start of the fall TTQ season!! Remember to register your TTQ boy NOW so the whole family can go to the FREE TTQ kickoff! Our fall season starts the week of September 9 and ends with our final 5k the morning of Saturday, November 9.

Questions about registration or scholarships? Contact Brandon at bmelnyk@arborcircle.org

Ottawa and Allegan families: https://www.raceplanner.com/register/index/TTQAOFall2019

Become a TTQ coach

*We need coaches to have a GREAT fall season!! Contact Vicki at vkavanaugh@arborcircle.org for more information on becoming a TTQ coach!*

Great Reasons to Coach:

  • Engage in healthy choices with your child/youth in your community
  • Be part of a co-coaching partnership (2 coaches with 5-15 boys)
  • A team of TTQ staff to support you throughout the season
  • FREE season registration for your son
  • Run, Inspire, Challenge, Assist the TTQ boys in achieving their goals

Additional Details:

  • Season dates: Sept 9- Nov 9th (18 practices, and a final 5k event)
  • Practices held on Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:15-4:45pm
  • Coaches can be any gender
  • You do not need to be an experienced runner – just willing to be active and participate in physical activity during practices
  • All materials and supplies are provided to you along with a thorough coach training

Requested Announcements

The School Nurse 5K Run/Walk

This is a fun, family-style event to benefit the hospital’s School Nurse Program. Students can run for free when they complete an activity card fitness tracker. Learn more here.



12 – Picture Day (PR) Morning
18 – Picture Day (SS)
19 – Picture Day (SS)
21 – Kids Stuff Resale
25 – Walk-a-thon Fundraiser (afternoon)
27 – No School (PD Day)


10 – Grandparents’ day
11 – End of Quarter 1
18 – Report cards go home
21 – PT Conferences
22 – PT Conferences
23 – Half day of school (11:30 dismissal)
24 – CEA – No School
25 – CEA – No School
30 – Picture Retake Day (SS & PR)