FS/SS/PR Newsletter – December 2019

As you already know, we are in the season of Advent meaning “coming” or “arrival” and how appropriate that is for us. We join Christians around the world hoping for Christ’s second coming. Advent is a joyous time full of family celebrations, work gatherings to sing carols, and sincere greetings to one another.  As we venture through town from one place to another, we shop and prepare to celebrate this joyous season. No matter the season, I love watching our students when they ring bells at the red kettle downtown, sing carols with residents at the local  care facilities, or play their instruments (like at the upcoming band and orchestra concert). At the top of my observation list are chapels where I almost always have a take away. The students have such a deep, deep love when praising Jesus in song, reciting verses at the microphone, or offer prayers to heal this broken world. Join me and our students as we “prepare the way for the Lord” during this Advent season.

Mr. Howell

/ Announcements

Scholastic Book Fair

Thank you so much for your support of our Annual Scholastic book fair!  Thank you for our many volunteers who helped during this event as well, we could not have done it without you!!  Special Thank You, to Sarah Lomax and Kate Holloway for set up, decorating and organizing, you are appreciated!

November Hot Lunch Menus

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

Coffee Connections

The next Coffee Connections will be on Monday, December 16th 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.

Wacky Wednesdays

Wacky Wednesdays will begin on January 15th, More information coming in the next Newsletter.

Lost & Found Items

We have LOTS of items on the lost and found table.  Lots.  All things will be brought to Ditto on December, 20.  Please stop by to claim your items before then.

No Busing Schedule for 2019/20

Please refer to this link to view Transportation schedule changes.

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

Report Cards

The end of the Second Quarter/1 Semester is January 10th.  Report Cards will be going home on Friday, January 24th with students.

/  South Side Announcements

Poinsettia Sale – Thank You

We appreciate your constant support of our school and Holland Christian in general.   This year’s annual Poinsettia Sale is deemed a success.   The flowers are beautiful and make a wonderful addition to your holiday decor and put smiles on many faces as you gifted them as well.  Once we have final totals in we will let you know the out come.   You are a blessing in our lives; we humbly thank you for your participation.

Kid’s Food Basket

The donation for the Kids Food Basket project are coming in, how exciting!  The table is growing with products that will be packaged on Wednesday, December 18.     The students’ experience being a “Living Testimony” as they walk the halls brining their gift to the collection table.  They make comments like, “we get to pack all this stuff for other kids.”  What a way to reach out during the Christmas break and have them be a part of “Kids helping Kids.” What a fun day this will be for all.  Thank you for walking along side us with your children and teaching them to have a giving heart.


Swim Lessons began today, December 6 and will run through Thursday, December 19.   You are welcome to stop by the pool during your child’s class time and cheer them on. Please be sure to watch your child’s teacher blog for times his/her class will be at the Holland Aquatic Center.

 / Pine Ridge Announcements

3rd Grade, Gingerbread Houses

Gingerbread house making for our 3rd grade, will take place in the gym on Dec. 11th from 8:30am – 10ish 🙂

If you have any old candy you would like to donate, please drop it off to the office by Dec. 10th!

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 20th until December. 18th.  Please have your child bring to items their classroom or office. Positive Options will be coming to accept these wonderful gifts at our Wednesday Morning chapel, 10:20AM on December 18th.

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 December. 13th. Bus sign up will be available in the office starting Monday, December 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 Mar. 6.

Kinder Dutch Dance

Join the FUN of being a Dutch Dancer! Individual children or groups of children (i.e. theater troupe, sports team, schools, churches, family, neighborhood, etc.) are invited to participate in this parent-sponsored, parent-supported activity.  For more information go to Kinder Dutch Dance.

NEW! Middle School Dutch Dance

If you’re a parent that would like to receive information about Middle Dutch Dance for 2019, send an email to kinderdance@tuliptime.com and we’ll add you to our information distribution list!  For more information go to Middle School Dutch Dance.

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

We’re also always looking for coaches. Coaches can be male or female and are in prime position 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 regarding registering your boy(s) and/or are interested in coaching, please contact Brandon Melnyk at bmelnyk@arborcircle.org , or 616-450-4651.    Thank you, and we’ll see you in the spring!

/ Calendar


11 –  Christmas Chapel (South Side)  8:30 A. M. – 9:00 A. M.
11 – 3rd Grade Gingerbread House Making
16 – Coffee Connections
18 – Kids Food Basket packing day (PK-2)
18 – Positive Options Donation Celebration (10:20am chapel- PR Gym)
6-19 – Swimming Lessons (South Side)
13 – MS Ski Club
23 – Jan. 3 – No School, Christmas Vacation


6 – All Classes Resume
6 – Coffee Connections
10 – End of the Second Quarter/1 Semester
10 – MS Ski Club
15 – Wacky Wednesday
20 – No School, MLK Day
21 – Discovery Night (SS only)
22 – Wacky Wednesday
24 – Report Cards Go Home
24 – MS Ski Club
27 – P/T conferences (Preschool families only)
29 – Wacky Wednesday