FS/SS/PR Newsletter-August 16, 2019

We are so excited to begin another school year. It has been a very busy summer since May 31. We are looking forward to new families and students, new teachers,  learning opportunities, and life experiences coming our way at Pine Ridge and South Side! Holland Christian Schools’ theme this year is “Living Testimony,” based on Revelations 12:11: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives to the death.” Our  faithful testimony points to the truth. That is, we believe in Jesus, and he overcame the great enemy, so we can be a “living testimony” through Him.

It is my prayer that our love of Christ and our desire to follow His Story will be a “Living Testimony” to all.

Shared Announcements


It is imperative that you update your demographic information in PowerSchool now with your latest and most accurate contact information. Simply go in your browser to ps.hollandchristian.org, and, if you are a returning parent, log in with your personal log in and password. If you have difficulty, click the “If you are having trouble…” link to retrieve your log in information. If you are a first-time parent, create a login for yourself. Then, either an “update demographic screen” will automatically pop up, or simply click the “change demographics” button on the left of the screen. This information is necessary for field trip participation, emergency response and treatment, student photo permission, and for the office to easily be able to contact a parent or guardian as needed or desired. When listing your child’s emergency contacts, please be sure to list two contacts other than yourself. Again, please do this today to ensure that your child’s teacher has the most accurate contact information for you. The teachers do a lot of communicating with parents especially at the start of the year, and we want to make sure that you receive all of this communication. Thank you!

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.

Elementary Handbook

Whether you are new or experienced at South Side & Pine Ridge, for your convenience, here is a link to our Elementary Handbook found on the HC website. Please refer to the handbook for general information, or with specific questions you may have about life at South Side & Pine Ridge.


Important information to bookmark on your web browser:  While we send home occasional emails, there will be weekly notes from the classroom teachers on their blog page, as well as South Side/Pine Ridge Blog from the office. If and when papers that need to be returned to school are sent home, we will notify you of this in our blogs, as well.

HCS Back-to-School 2019 Convocation

HCS Back-to-School 2019 Convocation for all Preschool-12th grade students and all who are part of the HCS community: Wednesday, AUGUST 28, 9AM, HCHS Gymnasium
You are invited along with the entire Holland Christian Schools community to our annual Convocation Ceremony to kick-off our 2019-2020 school year. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, alumnus, friend, or supporter, we would love to welcome you along with all of our Preschool-12th grade students in a time of celebration, prayer, praise, and listening to God’s Word at the beginning of this exciting new year. Various Holland Christian students, staff, and community members will lead in song, prayer, and devotion. Come and join us Wednesday, August 28, 9AM in the high school gym for this very special convocation service. You will be blessed!

HC Batons

We hope you have treasured the note written to your child from last year’s teacher and tucked inside the special HC baton. It’s not too late to write your own note to your child, or ask a close family friend, leader, or mentor to write their encouragement to your child about what they see as God’s gifts in your student at this point in their growing. We ask that each baton be returned to school in time for our convocation on August 28. Your child’s teacher has a special devotional planned during which batons will be passed from your child to his or her new teacher. You are welcome to bring these batons to the Ice Cream Social event, during Meet the Teacher Night, or on the first day of school, whichever is most convenient for you. Please keep in mind we need to have them here at school by Wednesday, August 28.

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 Information

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 21, & 28    Trip Clip

Looking for some items for 2019-2020 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

Lunch Menu for August/September

South Side Announcements

Lunch Menu for August/September

Parent Night: Wednesday, August 21, at 7:00 PM

Below is the schedule  for you information and planning needs
7:00-7:30:  Kindergarten–Mrs. Beckfort
                     First Grade–Mrs. Engbers

                                          –Mrs. VanMeeteren

                     Second Grade–Mrs. Ritsema
7:30-8:00:  All parents in the gym
8:00-8:30:  Kindergarten–Mrs. Strikwerda
                      Second Grade–Mrs. Dreyer/Mrs. Hunderman

School Pictures

Plan now for school pictures on Wednesday and Thursday respectively, September 18 & 19.  Days will be assigned and teachers will include this information in their blog  closer to the dates.

Pine Ridge Announcements

Lunch Menu for August/September

Carpool/Parent Pick up Procedure

Student safety must be, and remains our primary concern for everyone during student drop-off and dismissal at Pine Ridge. Our students, like any pedestrians, are defenseless against a moving vehicle. Do not assume anything as a driver. Remain alert always, and continue to scan and be aware of any and all students who may be around your vehicle at any given time as you slowly proceed.

Please communicate this information to any and all who may be involved in transporting your student(s) to and from school. All of us must be vigilant in observing these simple rules:

The drive along 40th is for bus lane only.
The drive off Graafschap road is for carpool vehicles only.

Before School

Use the Graafschap drive for dropping off your students.Please pull forward along the sidewalk (in front of our gym) at the curb. Do not stop anywhere on the traffic circle by the main entrance. Yield to the busses.
Do not park, attended or unattended, in the drive longer than to safely let your students out of your vehicle.
Park only in designated parking lot spots if you are getting out of your vehicle with your students. These would be the parking spaces along the grassy area to the west of the drive.

After School

Remain in your vehicles as we direct your students to your car during after-school carpool. Do not get out of your cars. We will get your students to you. Catch the staff member in the middle of the loading zone to get your child(ren) who do not see you on their own.
Generally, we only load students in the “loading zone” as indicated by the solid white lines painted across the drive, and by signs on the sidewalk next to the drive. When all cars are loaded in the loading zone, a teacher will dismiss each file of cars.  * Do not move, until the attendant dismisses you for child(ren) safety!
When people are moving, cars are not; when cars are moving, people are not. Once your car is in the loading zone, lock it down, and do not move again until invited to do so by the staff member at the front of the loading zone.
If you are walking with your child(ren) to the parking lot, do not walk through the carpool lines. Rather, cross in front of the carpool lines only when we are loading students, waiting, of course, when we are dismissing cars.
Remember these rules are for the safety of all of our children. At times, it will mean we will have to be patient. Thank you!

Meet the Teacher Night: Thursday, August 22, at 7:00 -8:30PM


7:00 – 7:30 

Third and Fourth Grade Teachers meet and present to parents in classrooms.

7:35 – 8:00

Tim will meet with parents in the gym.

8:05 – 8:35

Fifth and Sixth Grade Teachers meet and present to parents in classrooms.


For those of you really planning ahead, Pine Ridge’s picture day will be, September 12.  More specific information and scheduling will come once we are underway through classroom and the Pine Ridge blogs.

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 3:15-4:45pm
  • 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:


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


02 – No School (Labor Day Vacation)
03 – School Resumes
21 – Kids Stuff Resale
12 – Picture Day (PR)
18 – Picture Day (SS) &
19 – Picture Day (SS)
25 – Walk-a-thon Fundraiser
27 – No School (PD Day)


10 – Grandparents’ day
23 – Half day of school (11:30 dismisal)
24 – CEA – No School
25 – CEA- No School
30 –  Picture Retake Day (SS & PR)


Tim Howell

Pine Ridge Principal


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