Forest School May Newsletter
Recently, as we see signs that the season is turning to springtime, I find my heart repeatedly singing a line from the hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” by Thomas Chisholm: “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow…” These words resonate deeply with me and perhaps they will for you as well. I can pretty confidently speak for all of us when I say it’s quite easy to feel disheartened at the lack of progress we see regarding the pandemic. While certainly the views and perspectives of our community range, I know we are all weary of the understandable frustration therein. As God warms our corner of the earth in West Michigan with the rays of spring sunshine and we begin to again open windows and enjoy time spent outdoors, may your heart too claim the truth that God reaches into our midst, even in a pandemic, and offers us each strength for today and a bright hope in Him for tomorrow. As we lay plans to close this school year and are in the midst already of planning for next year, I turn my eyes upon Jesus for the hope of ALL that is to come! Thank you, friends, for your honesty, your faithfulness, your patience and your cooperation this school year.
We have treasured your partnership and we LOVE your dear child! God’s blessings all ours with 10,000 beside!
Our Forest Faculty
We’re grateful and excited to introduce you to our familiar Forest teachers as well as a few new ones. They are already collaborating together in and with their grade level counterparts in preparation for next year!
Our newest kindergarteners have received invitations to a special meeting to meet with their teachers next year. If you have not received this invitation or the scheduled time does not work for your calendar, please reach out and we’ll get you rescheduled at a more convenient time! (616) 820-4055
Forest Parent Team Launch
Are you looking for a way to support Forest School with your time? Consider joining the Forest School Parent Board! If the Board commitment isn’t for you but you still want to be involved, we’d love you to be a part of the Forest School Parent Volunteer Group! We are currently looking for volunteers for the 2021-2022 school year. For more information please email Lindsey Dokter at email@example.com
As our program expands, our desire remains the same. We are grounded in the story and love of our Creator and our mission is to equip children’s minds, nurture their hearts, dirty their hands in learning that they may transform the world for Jesus Christ. You are a critical part of this community and your voice helps shape our growth. If you have time and are willing, would you please complete this feedback survey? The results go directly to Miska only. Thank you!
Health Appraisal and Immunization Requirements
Ottawa County and Allegan County Health department will not be providing hearing and vision screening for our students this year. Increased COVID responsibilities have limited the capacity for technicians to provide this service.
Health appraisals are required for our 2021-22 incoming preschool and Kindergarten students. As you schedule your well child appointments with your health care provider, please be aware these evaluations will need to be completed. All students must be up to date on their immunizations BEFORE they start the new school year. Any students without the required immunizations or approved waivers will not be allowed to begin school until they are complete and approved by the State of Michigan. We are grateful for your help with this!
The week of May 3-7 (Tulip Time week!) is the last week for students to borrow books from the South Side and Pine Ridge Libraries. All student library materials are due by May 14.
Teacher Appreciation Week
Teacher appreciation week is May 3-7 this year. Our teachers and staff have done a tremendous job of caring for our kiddos while adjusting to the ever-changing demands of this unique year. Instead of focusing our appreciation in the course of 1 week, let’s OVERWHELM them with appreciation in the last month of the year! Below, you will find links to Southside, Forest School, and Pine Ridge staff members’ “Favorite Things.” Feel free to reference these links when considering how you can show your appreciation for the adults at HC who have blessed your kid’s lives. And as always, don’t feel that you need to buy something! A thank you card or hand-written note from your child is always appreciated too!
- Forest School Staff Favorite Things
- South Side Staff Favorite Things
- Pine Ridge Staff Favorite Things
Hot Lunch Menu
- 5-6 – Full days of school
- 31 – No School Memorial Day
- 4 – Last Day of School
- 24 – First Day of School (full day)
/ Requested Announcements
Boys 3rd-5th TTQ (Total Trek Quest) In the Fall 2021
We are working hard to bring a great TTQ program to our boys and families. We are offering an all virtual and hybrid option. The hybrid option will have one in-person practice weekly held at area PARKS—not SCHOOLS, such as Helder Park, Kollen Park, Pottawattomie and Ransom Park.If you have any question or concerns please feel free to reach out to me at 616.430.6561 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking forward to continuing our TTQ program! Access to the online TTQ FLYER will be available late summer or early fall.
Hope College 2021 Summer Science Camps
Looking for an opportunity for your child to have hands on, engaging experiences in Science, Engineering, Math and the Arts? Hope College offers half day and full day science academies. Details on 2021 Summer Science Camps.
Summer Sailing Program Opportunity
Please see this flier regarding a sailing opportunity for ages 5 and up.