Elementary blog for 03/16/18


Parent/Teacher Conferences

We are busy preparing reports to share with you at parent/teacher conferences. Please schedule your appointment with your child’s teacher through Virtual Paragon. The master password is gohc. We look so forward to talking and celebrating with you!

Golf Lessons

Lessons are available for students ages 7-17 in Holland through The First Tee, a non-profit that teaches golf and values to ANY child regardless of family income. Sign up HERE for sessions at Macatawa Legends or Winding Creek. Classes begin April 20, so register soon!

Hot Lunch Balances

We appreciate families keeping track of their hot lunch balances!  We submit low lunch balance emails twice a week.  If you have not gotten an email notice and your child takes hot lunch, perhaps we don’t have your current email.  Please email slambers@hollandchristian.org and she can update your emails.

To find out what your child’s current lunch balance (**also what choices they are making–high school, only) please go to sendmoneytoschool.com.  You will need your student’s ID # , this is a free service that you can see your child’s balance. You may pay online with a credit card at this site, there is a minimal service charge.

Lunch balances at the end of the year roll over to the next school year.  We do not refund lunch balances.  If you have a graduating senior we can transfer balances to siblings.

Thank you for participating in our lunch program.  We enjoy serving your children each day.

March is Reading Month

Join us in feeding our minds by reading!  March reading month incentives program from Whitecaps Baseball!  Students will be taking these flyers home today!   See the attached link for this flyer information!  Reading Minutes Calendar

Mom’s in Prayer

MIP will be Friday, April 13, 8:20 a.m. in the Library at Pine Ridge.  Please contact Nicole Shook at ncshook@gmail.com or 616-633-7427 for more information.

Swingin’ the Night Away

The bi~annual Swingin’ the Night Away is Friday, March 16, 6:45 pm- 9:00 pm in the HS Cafeteria. Free dance instructions from 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm.  Enjoy intergenerational fun, dancing, desserts and beverages from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Tickets are $5 at the door.
Enjoy swing music of Glenn Miller, Funk tunes, Afro-Cuban influenced music, and a vocal soloist!

Living Hope Singers Performance Schedule

On behalf of HCHS Living Hope Singers Promotion Committee, we thought we would share with you LHS Sunday’s Performances at local churches: Any questions, contact Promotions Committee Chair, Stephanie Walter, kswalters@charter.net.

Sunday, April 29 @ North St. CRC, Zeeland, 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 8 @ Tulip Time Dazzle, Central Wesleyan Church, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 13 @ Faith CRC, 9:30 a.m.

Also, performances for Showcase is March 23 & 24  HS Fine Arts Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.


~Looking ahead, TRIP will be held:

  • March 21, and 28
  • April 11, 18, and 25
  • NO TRIP April 4 (Spring Break)

~To receive gift cards before Spring Break, they must be ordered by March 21.
~Orders placed March 28 will be available April 11.
~Orders for cards placed after 9:30 a.m. March 28 will be processed April 11 and available April 18.

~Summer TRIP Hours:  (Summer tables are at the High School and Rose Park locations only, 7:30-9:00)

  • June 13, & 27
  • July 11 & 25
  • August 8, 22, & 29…



If you are interested in purchasing a CHAMPS coupon book $25.00 please stop in the South Side or Pine Ridge office to Pick up yours today!  Great as a Gift, for your LOVED one!

Lunch Menu for March

2018-19 Kindergarten Enrollment

We will offer 3 Day+, 5 Day, and 5 Day Spanish Immersion kindergarten classes this fall.   Enroll online at: https://www.hollandchristian.org/admissions/k-12th-grade-application/. Please enroll your child in kindergarten by March 1 in order for us to prepare class lists. Children will need to be 5-years-old by September 1, 2018, to enroll in kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year.

2018-19 Preschool Enrollment

Preschool enrollment opens early for families with children already at Holland Christian Schools prek-12th grade February 13 from 7 am – 7 pm at hollandchristian.org/admissions/preschool-application/. (We will not process applications received prior to February 13 at 7 am.) Early enrollment will close on February 13 at 7 pm and open to the public on February 14 at 7 am. Preschool enrollment requires a $75 deposit. With our 3-year-old, 4-year-old, and Junior Kindergarten morning classes, afternoon enrichment classes, and before and after school care parents can create a fully customized preschool schedule, ranging from part-time to full-time enrollment. Click here to learn all about our preschool offerings, including class schedules and tuition rates: https://www.hollandchristian.org/schools/preschool/


Rainforest Project

“The first graders are excited to be hosting our annual Rainforest Bake Sale. The bake sale will start on Monday March 19th and run each day of the week during the lunch hour. Each baked good will cost 25 cents. All funds raised will be donated to help save an acre (or 3?) of the rainforest! Start saving your quarters now and plan to buy some goodies at the first grade rainforest bake sale!”

Lost and Found

Be sure to take a look at our lost and found table between now and the end of conferences.  What is remaining will be donated to ditto during spring break.


Band Extravaganza

Come one, come all to the Holland Christian Schools Band Extravaganza for a wonderful night of music this Thursday, March 22.  HC’s 5th, 6th, Middle School, and High School Bands will perform at the Jack H. Miller Center for the Musical Arts on Hope College’s campus at 7:00 p.m. Hear a wide variety of musical styles and sounds and you won’t want to miss the closer, a premier of a new composition featuring over 200 musicians combined!

Orchestra Concert

You are invited to join the Holland Christian School Orchestras in the Jack H. Miller Center for the Musical Arts on Tuesday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. This concert will feature a musical variety including Brahms, Beauty and the Beast, and a premier of a new compositions by senior Andrew Gretzinger. See the wonderful progression from 4th to high school orchestras, a beautiful picture of education at Holland Christian.

Looking for Volunteers

Chapel Piano Player needed for Wednesday Morning Chapel twice a month.  If you are available to help in chapel from 10:15AM to 10:50AM on any of these dates : April 11 & 25  please contact Laura in the front office 820-3505 or email lnorman@hollandchristian.org to sign up!

MS Girls Lacrosse

Girls in grades 6, 7, and 8 who are interested in girls lacrosse are encouraged to participate on the West Ottawa & Holland Christian Girls Middle School Lacrosse Team.  This team is managed by Holland Township Recreation and in the same program as the High School Co-op Team that Holland Christian has with West Ottawa for girls lacrosse.  Information on the season and specifically the try-outs March 27-29 is on the linked flyer.

Sports Physicals, Students moving up to Middle & High School next year

The Athletic Department of Holland Christian Schools is offering students entering grades 7-12 the opportunity to complete a state-required athletic physical. This required physical will allow your student to participate in athletic events throughout the 2018-2019 school year. Note: this exam must be dated after April 15 to be valid. Physicals will be given Tuesday, April 17 from 6:30-9:00 PM at South Washington Family Medicine (Lakeshore Health Partners, 904 Washington Ave., #210, for the nominal fee of $15. For a simple and quick appointment, we will again be using SignupGenius for scheduling appointments online. Please look for the link to be sent in an upcoming blog announcement. 2018-2019 physical forms will be available on our website and in school offices.



  • 22 – Band Extravaganza ~7pm
  • 30 – No School: Spring Break ~ thru April 6


  • 9 – Classes resume
  • 13 – Moms in Prayer (PR)
  • 17 – Middle & High School Sports Physicals
  • 20 – Moms in Prayer (SS)
  • 20 – No Holland Public Bussing
  • 26 –  5th & 6th Grade Fine Arts Night
  • 27 – Moms in Prayer (PR)


Family Learning Opportunity

Maranatha Christian Reformed Church will be hosting a few “Family Matters” education nights in the month of March. Come and join for snacks, discussion and learning together!

Ottawa County Food Resources

As you probably know, many families in Ottawa County experience food insecurity this time of year.  We would like to share an online food database created by Ottawa Food, where Ottawa County residents can search for food pantries and free meals.  This database is available in English and Spanish.  Residents can search for food pantries and community meals, either by date or location, by clicking on this link ottawafood.org/findfood.

Host Families Needed for international Students 2018-19

Holland Christian is currently enrolling international students from several countries for the 2018/19 school year.  If your family is interested in this ministry opportunity where you can learn about a different culture and provide a caring environment for an international student, please contact Karen DeRoo at kderoo@hollandchristian.org  to learn more. Host families receive a generous stipend for hosting.

Hope College Soccer Camp

The enrollment process for our 2018 Camp season is open. We are excited to bring another summer of exceptional soccer camp opportunities to campers from across the Midwest. Enroll online www.hopesoccercamp.com and reserve your spot at the most  popular soccer camp in Michigan.  Post Card  and Enrollment information!

Learn to Sail This Summer!

The Macatawa Bay Junior Association summer “learn to sail” programs are suitable for children from 5 years to 18 years old.  Depending on the specific class, classes are full day or half day, and new sessions begin weekly. Sailing lessons focus on water safety and skill building and integrate practical lessons in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM curricula) and are taught by US Sailing certified instructors. Learn more here:
MBJA Sailing Camp Link