FS/SS/PR Newsletter-August 2, 2019

We are excited to begin another school year and to be a “Living Testimony,” our theme for this 2019-2020 school year. We look forward to partnering with your family this year and experiencing the many ways this will be displayed in all our lives this school year. We hope that you have enjoyed the summer, spent time with family and friends, and feel renewed to jump back into another school year. To help with this transition from summer break, back to school, you will find important information,  dates for your calendar,  reminders, details about opportunities for you that are happening at Holland Christian Schools in our newsletter blog post.

Shared Announcements

If you need to stop in the school, we will hold office hours from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday beginning August 5.   There will be an all staff meeting on Friday morning, August 16, so the offices will be closed for the morning. You may want to call first before coming  to be sure someone is in the office.  South Side’s number is 616-820-3535 and Pine Ridge can be reached at 616-820-3505.

Medications at school

With the start of the year fast approaching this is a time to remind parents of a couple of things listed below:

  1. Students with medications at school, we must have the most current information/documentation that is available from the physicians office.
  2. Medication must be in its original bottle from the pharmacy/store a with recent date.  * we can not dispense expired medication.

Thank you for attention to these details.

Bus Transportation Information

The bus transportation information and registration forms for HPS, WO, ZPS, and HC, have been updated on the website – https://www.hollandchristian.org/transportation/.  Most forms were due by the beginning of June.  If you have not registered for busing for the 2019/20 school year, Please call the transportation offices with your request!


August 20 – HC South Side Busing will start for SS, PR, MS, HS.
August 21 – Holland Public Schools busing starts for SS, PR, MS, HS.

Before school and after school care for students 2019/20

Holland Christian Schools offers before school and after school care for students in PreK- 6th grade. The care is offered at Rose Park Christian as well as South Side Christian. The hours for before school care (BSC) are 7:30- 8:00 M-F and the hours for after school care (ASC) are 3:15-5:30 M-TH and 3:15-5:15 on Friday. The rates are as follows: $5 per hour, per one student, $9 per hour, per two students and $11 per hour, per 3+ students.

If you are interested in registering your child/ren in Before/After School Care at Rose Park Christian follow this link- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0vazcezH0LP8llXsj7kkMxxFoWgoddWpBTo-ee6bNSxxM8Q/viewform?c=0&w=1.

If you are interested in registering your child/ren in Before/After School Care at South Side Christian follow this link- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeIeavEtTVHJvONgAqqpBTOBY5CrkQODiu4YTomZse07gW15A/viewform?c=0&w=1.

Lunch Balances

We appreciate you allowing us to partner with you in providing lunch to your students.  Here are this years lunch fees for students:

Middle School


High School

To make a deposit to student lunch accounts you may either drop off a check at the school office or go to sendmoneytoschool.com.   If you have a question please call Sue at 616-820-2934


Summer TRIP dates to put on your calendar: August 7, 21, & 28    Trip Clip

Looking for some items for next years ART Classes

DONATIONS FOR THE ART ROOM: If you are cleaning these things out of your house, don’t throw them away! Bring them to the ART ROOM in August 2019

Egg cartons
Lids (milk, gatorade, tupperware, etc.)
Plastic containers (butter, cream cheese, yogurt, etc.)
Packaging peanuts
Bubble wrap
Anything else you think we can use!!

Forest School Announcements


South Side Announcements


Pine Ridge Announcements

2019/20 School Year Important Links

School Supply list

Athletic 2019/2020 Information “Sign up NOW for HC Fall Sports”

Attention current 5th & 6th Grade students who are interested in joining the MS sports teams for the 2019-20 school year!  Holland Christian will be Rolling out a new athletic online registration system. Holland Christian Schools is now partnered with FinalForms, an athlete online registration company.  This email notification is for all parents of current students grades 5-11, but intended only for students interested in participating in any sport for the 2019-20 school year (grades 6-12… 6th graders are limited to participation in cross country, tennis, swimming & diving and track & field).  We are excited about this new relationship with benefits for our athletes and families including a streamlined athletic physical process, more efficient communication and online pay to participate fee collection. Your family data is saved season-to-season and year-to-year… meaning you should never have to enter the same information twice!

Plan to have your child’s athletic physical completed at your primary care physician before participation, please register your athlete online before doing so by following the instructions at the following link: https://www.hollandchristian.org/athletics/handbooks-forms/

Procedures and requirements such as these are important for our organization to run efficiently and safely.  We hope your experience is streamlined after the initial learning curve of the new registration process. Thank you for your efforts to assist us in extending the classroom and put knowing God on display through athletics at Holland Christian.    Go Maroons!  Dave Engbers, Athletic Director

Total Trek Quest

Come join us this fall for Boys Run Club TTQ Kick off will be Saturday, September 7 10am – Noon.  Register here:  www.raceplanner.com/register/index/TTQAOFall2019  you may contact Brandon Melnyk at 616-450-4653 or bmelnyk@arborcircle.org  more information: https://arborcircle.org/services/total-trek-quest/

Our fall season of Total Trek Quest (TTQ) at Pine Ridge is around the corner!

Register your son HERE – https://www.raceplanner.com/register/index/TTQAOFall2019

Become a TTQ coach this upcoming season and help us recruit coaches within your community!

Great Reasons to Coach:

  • Engage in healthy choices with your child/youth in your community
  • Be part of a co-coaching partnership (2 coaches with 5-15 boys)
  • A team of TTQ staff to support you throughout the season
  • FREE season registration for your son
  • Run, Inspire, Challenge, Assist the TTQ boys in achieving their goals

Additional Details:

  • Season dates: Sept 9- Nov 9th (18 practices, and a final 5k event)
  • Practices held on Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:20-4:50pm
  • Coaches can be any gender
  • You do not need to be an experienced runner – just willing to be active and participate in physical activity during practices
  • All materials and supplies are provided to you along with a thorough coach training

For more information or to become a coach, contact Vicki Kavanaugh at vkavanaugh@arborcircle.org



Upcoming Dates:


5 – All forms for Preschool and Kindergarten must be turned in.
15 – Ice Cream Social 6:30-8:00 (SS & PR)
20 – First Day of School (full day)
20 – Summer Slide books returned (SS)
21 – Meet the Teacher  7:00-8:30 (SS)
22 – Meet the Teacher 7:00-8:30 (PR)
28 –  Beginning of the year Convocation
30 – No School – Staff Development


Tim Howell

Pine Ridge Principal


616-820-3535 (SS)
616-820-3505 (PR)