South Side/Pine Ridge Newsletter: First Day of Autumn?!?

Enjoying the shade on a toasty day!


Grandparents Day

It’s going to be October before you know it and with that comes one of our favorite days of the school year. If we had a red carpet, we’d roll it out on that day. Grandparents/friends Day! Please let your child’s grandparents or grandfriends know that they are invited to a special Grandparents/friends Day on Thursday, October 12. Preschool will host their grandparents/friends from 9:00-10:00. K-2 will host our special guests from 10:15-11:30 and finally Pine Ridge will welcome grandparents/friends from 12:45-2:00pm. If they haven’t started drinking caffeine, this will be a great day to start!


Trip Clip update for this week September 20, 2017

Join us for Homecoming Family Weekend 2017! 


Tailgate Dinner and Football Game, 5 pm

Holland Christian High School

This is a night designed for families of all ages. You can join us for a tailgate dinner with kids’ games and inflatables beginning at 5 pm, then stick around for an action packed (and hopefully rain-free!) football game vs. Zeeland East. Cost is $8/per person in advance, or $10/person day of. Purchase tickets online at here.


CHAMPS Golf Outing: 1 pm check-in, 2 pm tee-off

Diamond Springs Golf Course

This year’s CHAMPS golf outing–one of our perennial favorites–is part of the homecoming weekend. We hold it partly so we get a chance to hang out with you, but it’s also a great fundraiser for CHAMPS and all the sporting paraphernalia they help HCS and ZCS purchase. Plus, for the Dutch at heart, it’s a steal of a deal: a catered dinner at the club after the 18-holes, gift bags, hats, and plenty of prizes. Men’s, women’s, and mixed foursomes are all welcome; you play golf, so HC and ZC kids can play too! If you haven’t registered yet, you can still do so soon by contacting Jennifer Bieri at or (616) 820-2916.

Protect Young Eyes at HC Monday, September 25 – SAVE THE DATE!

We are excited to welcome Chris McKenna, founder of Protect Young Eyes ( to Holland Christian on Monday, September 25. Protect Young Eyes exists to give busy parents and hyper-connected kids the information and tools they need to use technology awesomely. Chris McKenna founded Protect Young Eyes in response to the growing demand from parents at his church for information to help them navigate our digital culture. Chris will be speaking with 5th-8th graders during the day on the 25th. Please follow this link if you would like to see an outline of the topics Chris will be covering with each grade.

We are also inviting the entire Holland Christian Community to meet with Chris as well. He will be speaking to parents on September 25 from 7-8:30 pm in the High School Auditorium.

We hope to see you here!  One of the greatest needs we hear from parents is help with how to use the Internet and technology with their kids. We look forward to partnering with you in this ongoing conversation. Our goal is that you walk away from these presentations equipped and encouraged.

Holland Christian Tuition Grant Fund Auction

Holland Christian’s Tuition Grant Fund Auction will take place October 14 on Main Street at HCHS. The Gift Card Wall will be back by popular demand, and we’ve added a few new fun elements as well! We’re still accepting donations of gift cards of any amount if you’d like to contribute! If you have any questions, please contact
RP: Anne Bushouse or Jordan Kleinheksel
SS: Anita Mulder
PR: Jessica Hoekstra or Anita Mulder
MS: Jessica Westra or Mercedes Saurbaugh
HS: Anne Bushouse or Christy Pacanowski
If you haven’t already registered, please do, we’d love to have you there!

Library Note

In addition to our school libraries, Michigan residents have a wonderful FREE eLibrary for educational and entertaining resources. Go to and select the Kids or Teens portals. Find information about the Michigan eLibrary in this back-to-school letter and helpful table: Free Online Resources For Back to School in Michigan

 Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent conferences are scheduled for the following times:  More information coming soon!
High School
Oct 12: 330-630
Oct 17: 500-830
Middle School
Oct 12: 500-830
Oct 17: 330-630
Oct 24: 400-800
Nov 2: 400-800

Elementary Lunch Menu Link

September Elementary Lunch Menu


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 October 11 & 25 or November 8 & 29 please contact Laura in the front office 820-3505 or email to sign up!

Learn to play the Harp

Beginner Harp Course for children aged 9-12.  Thursdays, September 28- November 16, 2017 from 3:30pm-5:00pm (*Note Time, Date adjustment) Midtown Center 96 W. 15th Street, Holland, MI 49423. Martha Waldvogel-Warren, Harp Instructor at Hope College, offers this wonderful opportunity in cooperation with the Holland Symphony Orchestra. Small, easily transportable instruments are provided to allow for a “peek” into the world of playing the harp to see if this is something of interest for the participant’s future. Harpists are needed at the High School level in orchestra! Instrument rental, course materials and 8 group lessons are included in the course fee of $200. All students are expected to bring their harp and provided course materials each week and return in good condition at the end of the session. Register now to avoid disappointment, space is limited to 6 students due to the number of harps available. To book your child’s place contact: Martha Waldvogel Telephone: (616) 610-9004   Flyer

GOTR Coach Volunteers Opportunities

We are looking for Girls on the Run Coaches!  The Head Coach is a volunteer position that works with a team of coaches to facilitate the Girls on the Run curriculum to program participants. This position entails approximately four hours per week for a 10-week commitment.  IF you are interested in being a Head Coach or Jr. Coach, Please click this link for more details!


  • September
    • 22 – Tailgate Dinner and Football Game
    • 23 – CHAMPS Golf Outing
    • 25 – Protect Young Eyes
    • 27 – Hearing and Vision Screening at PR
    • 29 – Finishing date H & V Screening at PR
    • 29 – Moms in Prayer @ PR
  • October
    • 06 – Moms in Prayer @ SS
    • 12 – Grandparents’ day
    • 13 – Moms in Prayer @ PR
    • 19 – CEA – No School
    • 20 – CEA- No School
    • 24 – Parent Teacher Conferences
    • 27 – Moms in Prayer @ SS
  • November
    • 2 – Parent Teacher Conferences


School Nurse Run/Walk 5K

Holland Hospital is excited to invite all students, families, friends and faculty to participate in the 2017 School Nurse 5K Run/Walk on Thursday, October 5 at Holland High School. The School Nurse 5K Run/Walk is a fun, family-style event to benefit the hospital’s School Nursing Program. This non-competitive event is a perfect way for students and families to enjoy an evening of activity together.

New this year, starting at 5 PM join us for FREE food and entertainment! The best part – students can enter the Run/Walk for FREE by completing ten 30-minute physical fitness activities of their choice prior to the event! Fitness Tracker envelopes will be available to students at the beginning of the school year in the main office. The Fitness Tracker can also be found online at Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Fitness Tracker envelopes can be mailed in or turned in to the school’s main office. Register by September 22 to guarantee a shirt.

Since 1998, Holland Hospital’s School Nursing program has been working to improve the health and well-being of students K – 12 in the greater Holland area. From daily medication administration to treating playground bumps and bruises, the school nurses care for the physical, emotional and social needs of over 11,000 students! Please show your support of your school nurses by participating in the 2017 School Nurse 5k Run/Walk on October 5.

Fundraiser for Atlas Ministries

REGISTER NOW! A family-friendly, team-based challenge to solve clues, perform fun tasks and get to know the Zeeland community and businesses better is returning this year for its fourth run!  The ATLAS Amazing Race is a chance for family, church, friends or business groups to join the festivities, compete for prizes and support a ministry that actively assists many area people in need.
WHEN: Friday, October 6, 2017  [Competitive Edge  Race] Saturday, October 7, 2017  [Fantastic Fun Race]

WHERE: City on a Hill 100 South Pine Street Zeeland, MI  49464

WHY: All funds raised by the event will support ATLAS, a ministry that provides guidance and comfort to individuals and families who are hurting from issues like poverty, mental health, financial crisis or emotional instability.  Click here for more information

Kinder Dutch Dance

JOIN THE DANCE! BECOME A TULIP TIME KINDER DUTCH DANCER! Tulip Time invites all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to participate in Kinder Dutch Dance! Registration ends 2/1, practices begin week of 2/26. Variety of places, days, and times for practices. $25 registration fee. For more information and registration, please go to -dance. Have questions? Please contact