FS/SS/PR Newsletter – November 2019

November is one of the times of year when we reflect, especially around the time of  Thanksgiving. Our first thoughts might be of delicious fall foods like mashed potatoes, cranberries, corn, stuffing, turkey, and pumpkin pie. What did we have last year? What will we have this year? And then our thoughts can deepen to remembering all God has provided throughout the year. What has he provided through difficult times? How has he blessed us?

At Holland Christian, we are thankful to God for the new families that have joined our schools, the support from so many parents, relatives, and friends, a community that partners with us, and a staff that supports our students.  We are also thankful for those great Thanksgiving hymns, and the fact that we get to sing them together in the classrooms and auditoriums of Holland Christian. What a blessing!

This November, as we reflect on Thanksgiving season, let’s lift our hearts in gratitude. “Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices, Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices.” 

Tim Howell

/ Announcements

Scholastic Book Fair

We NEED YOUR HELP for our Annual Scholastic Book Fair

We are looking for volunteers to work at the Scholastic Book Fair at Pine Ridge Elementary the week of  11.19.2019 -11.22.2018. This is our annual book sale to help earn credit for library books at both South Side and Pine Ridge Elementary. Nov. 18th students and teachers will be able to fill out their wish lists, and bring those home to share. Nov. 19-22 will be open shopping time in the library from 11:30am – 4pm Tuesday – Friday, with extended shopping on Thursday until 7:30pm.  This is a great opportunity to earn money for our school and check some shopping items off your holiday shopping list ;)…To volunteer please go to this link “Sign up Genius“! Please contact Laura lnorman@hollandchristian.org for more information. **Online Shopping Link will be open starting Nov. 13h.  – Nov. 26th for guaranteed shipment for Christmas, these points also count towards our Book Fair.

Proceeds benefit both South Side and Pine Ridge Christian Elementary Schools.  Make your holiday shopping easy!

November 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, November 4th 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   Watch for updates on Facebook:  HC South Side and Pine Ridge Parent Team

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 brands 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

Direct Your Dollars

Help Holland Christian Schools earn $1,000 through the Direct Your Dollars program! We’re collecting receipts from any Family Fare or D&W Fresh Market and Gas locations to raise money for our schools. Drop your receipts off at any of the school offices.

/ 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.


/ South Side Announcements

Annual Poinsettia Sale

We are selling 6” poinsettia plants with 5-7 blooms for $9.00 each with satisfaction guaranteed. The colors are red, white, pink, marble, and maroon. Orders will be taken until noon on Monday, December 2. Keep the attached colored copy as your record and please turn in the white copy with payment to the school office. Order Forms will go home on Friday, November 15 if you prefer to order by paper form. If you prefer, we also offer ordering on-line here.

Kid’s Food Basket

We are planning to sponsor Kids Food Basket in December again this year. The program will take a slight change in items we will collect. More information will be coming with the December blog post. Please stay tuned as we help  the students experience  through a tangible way to teach students to  be a “Living Testimony” that will reach out during the Christmas break and have them be a part of “Kids helping Kids.”

/ Pine Ridge Announcements

Positive Options Baby Item Drive

It is that time of year, where we would like to bless others with the gift of giving! We will be collecting baby clothes, diapers and misc. baby item needs from November Nov. 20th until Dec. 18th.  Please have your child bring to their classroom or office. Positive Options will be coming to accept these wonderful gifts at chapel on Dec. 18th. Flyer or baby items needs will be sent home on Nov. 15th.

6th Grade Ski Club

Ski Club is ready to launch its 2019-2020 season! There will be an information meeting at lunch time on November 4th in the library for 6th grade students interested in joining ski club!  Students grades 6-8th will start ski club on Dec. 13th. Bus sign up will be available in the office starting Monday, Dec. 9. Bittersweet ski forms as well as dates, discount and bussing information are available in the office. Future ski club dates are :  Dec. 13th, Jan 10 & 24, Feb. 7 & 21 and March 6.


/ Calendar


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


13 – MS Ski Club
23 – Jan. 3 – No School, Christmas Vacation