FS/SS/PR Newsletter – October 2019

Dear Parents:

Holland Christian Elementary Walkathon was another huge success! Thanks to the Parent Boards, to the team of parents in charge, to the sponsors, to the donors, and to everyone who gave time, money, and support! It was a beautiful, windy day, after a stormy night and a rainy morning. The students are excited to use the box garden, spend time at the learning stations, read additional books to classroom libraries, use the playground items at recess, drink cold water from the new drinking/water bottle stations, and many more additions thanks to all our supporters. We are blessed to be a part of such a supportive circle of parents and friends!

Tim Howell

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 peek 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 meet (9:00 – 10:00 a.m.) prior to the K-2 schedule.  Plan to go to the gym right away; you will finish in the classroom.
K-2:   will meet 10:15-11:30.  Plan to begin in the classroom, you will finish the morning in the gym by joining the students in praise and worship

Pine Ridge:

12:45pm – 2pm, We will have some time in the gym in praise and time in the classrooms for the students to share some of their projects they have been working on.

October Hot Lunch Menus

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

No Busing Schedule for 2019/20

Please refer to this link to view Transportation schedule changes

Parent Team

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

Calling all South Side and Pine Ridge parents…please join Parent Board for: The following Connections!

Coffee Connections

Monday, October 14th and Monday, November 4th BOTH dates at Square Play Cafe (436 Washington Ave.)
Time: 8:30am.  **Free play for child with purchase of Cafe beverage**

Parent Connections

Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00 pm.  Location: TBD


October Trip Clip

PaperGator “Double $$ Rewards” for October

FILL OUR GATOR!!  Did you know we have a PaperGator at South Side and Pine Ridge Elementary (and other HC locations)?! During the month of October, we can double our earnings!! But, we need your help! We’d love for you to fill our Gator to the brim! You can recycle your newspapers, catalogs/magazines, junk mail, phone books, office/school paper, as well as hard and soft cover books. The gator at South side is on the east end of the  bus drive, just outside the playground fence, along the south end of the school, and in the Pine Ridge parking lot off Graafschap Road! Thanks for your help!

Box Tops for Education

Traditional Box Tops clips are being phased out of production, but you can still send in any remaining unexpired clips to the school office. Eventually the Box Tops program will become digital~only. Participating bands are starting to change their packaging from a traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box Tops label.  If you see this new Box Tops label, use the Box Tops app to scan your receipt. Box Tops are still worth .10 cents for our school. The app will find participating products purchased at any store and instantly add cash to our school’s earnings online. Find out more information on how Box Tops app. works

/ Forest School Announcements

Grandparents Day

All of this talk about Grandparents Day might make you start to wonder….when will the Forest Kids celebrate their grandparents/friends! Mark your calendars. We will invite our Grandparents into the Forest on Friday, May 15. More details will be coming later in the year.

Open House

Any and all are invited, Forest Families and beyond! Our three classrooms have completed their construction phase. We are still growing into our spaces but you are invited to celebrate the completion of this new addition to the HC campuses and learning opportunities. Join us on as we celebrate the competition of the Forest School & thank God for His many blessings!  Thursday October 17 at our Dedication & Open House at the Forest School.

/ South Side Announcements

School Picture Retakes

Retakes will be Wednesday, October 30th in the morning.  If you need photo retakes, please return your photo package to the photo session.  The photo package must be returned to retakes.  If you did not get your photo taken, please come to the office as soon as your teacher takes attendance and lunch count.  We will get your photo taken as soon as possible and have your student return to his/her teacher.  The photographer will only be available in the morning starting at 8:30am. Reminder: Yearbooks need to be ordered directly thru GPI.


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

4th Grade Orchestra

We are delighted to announce that orchestra will again be offered to our 4th grade students. 4th grade orchestra will be offered at 7:30 – 8:10 A.M. on Tuesday and Friday at Pine Ridge. Read the Introduction Letter


Monday, October 21, is the first day of our next sports season, Girls Swimming. If your student would like to participate and has not yet signed up, please sign up on Final Forms asap. They will need all forms signed and a current physical form on file in the office in order to participate. Team pictures will be taken Wednesday, October 30, from 3:00-5:00.

School Picture Retakes

Retakes will be Wednesday, Oct. 30th,  starting at 10:30am.  If you need photo retakes, your student will need to bring in the unwanted photo package to the photo session.  If you did not get your photo taken, please come to the office starting at 10:30am.  We will get your photo taken as soon as possible and return you to your teacher.  Reminder: Yearbooks need to be ordered directly thru GPI.

/ Requested Announcements

Volleyball Youth Clinic

We are excited to have our free Youth Clinic prior to the Hope Volleyball game on October 12th!   This clinic is for boys and girls in grades 3-6! It will be from 9:30-10:30am at DeVos Fieldhouse.  For Free entrance to the game, download and print this Flyer. Registration for the Youth Clinic can be found online at hope.edu/volleyballclinic

/ Calendar


10 – Grandparents’ day ( SS is A.M ~ PR is P.M.)
10 – No PM Holland Public Busing
11 – End of Quarter 1
11 – No AM/PM Holland Public Busing
18 – Report cards go home
21 – PT Conferences
22 – PT Conferences
23 – Half day of school (11:30am dismissal)
24 – CEA – No School
25 – CEA – No School
30 – Picture Retake Day (SS is 8:30am & PR is 10:30am)


1 – No AM/PM Holland Public Busing
27 – ½ Day of School (11:30am dismissal)
27 – No AM/PM Holland Public Busing
28 – Thanksgiving Vacation
29 – Thanksgiving Vacation