FS/SS/PR Newsletter-August 29, 2019



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!

Homecoming 2019 Family Event

We love seeing as many of you possible back here on campus for our annual Homecoming Event, this year on Friday, September 13. It’s an all-ages community event, from high school students, elementary and preschool kids, young parents and grandparents, all gathering together to share a meal together, enjoy each others’ company, and then cheering the football team on. Just like before, the picnic dinner and children’s activities, including bouncy houses, lawn games and crafts, start at 5 pm, then the varsity football game against Unity Christian begins at 7 pm. Can’t get enough of the HC love? Tickets also include admission to the Varsity Volleyball game vs. Unity at 4:30. The cost is $8 per person in advance, including both dinner and game, and tickets are available online at hollandchristian.org/homecoming-tickets, or at the HCS administration office. Or it’s $10 per person  on the day of the event. Note: Preschool & kindergarten families, look for an email from our Preschool Director on how you can join us for free as our way to welcome you to the HC community!

Holland Christian Student Information Policy

Holland Christian Schools acquires student information, including photographs and videos, at school events during the year. Read the school’s Student Information Policy here. By enrolling your student at Holland Christian Schools, you consent to the use of and reproduction by Holland Christian Schools of this information in school publications. If you do not want your student’s information to be used, you may complete an opt-out form at the Administration Office. 

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.

Grandparents Day

We look  forward to this day each year!  The students look forward to having grandparents/grandfriends join them for a portion of the day to have a peak into their school day.  Please reserve Thursday, October 10, for a fun time as we welcome you to our world. for a little while.  The schedule for the day is listed as follows:

South Side:
Preschool: will be prior to the K-2 schedule. Details to follow
K-2:  9:45-11:30

Pine Ridge:
Afternoon, Details to follow in the next Blog

Parent Team

Interested in getting more involved?  Then come check out our school’s Parent Board. We will have our 1st meeting on Tuesday, September 10 @ 8:30 in the South Side teachers’ lounge. Or feel free to check out/message our fb page HC South Side & Pine Ridge Parent Team for any questions.

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:

Elementary-$2.60            Middle School-$2.65          High School-$2.85         Milk-.50
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.


Dates:   September 11, 18, & 25

Due to Construction at the Middle School we are discontinuing TRIP orders delivery to that location.  They will be available at the High School TRIP table on Wednesday and then brought to HC Administration Offices where they will be available for you to pick up.

ThankScriping Day will be held September 12!  Bonuses up to 21% for one day only on electronic versions of gift cards.

Our database is not connected to HC’s so if you have student pickup, please let us know the name of your child’s new teacher.  Also let us know if you wish to switch schools for you orders to be delivered to.Email trip@hollandchristian.org with any changes.

AMC Theatres gift cards are no longer reloadable.

ShopWithScrip is excited to announce that you now have the option to pay for you orders using credit cards.  Visa and Mastercard will be accepted.  Rebates will not be impacted.  A 2.6% fee will be added to each order paid with a credit card. Credit card payments will be processed immediately.

TRIP credits will now be taken off your tuition bill the month after you earn them.  Make the most of the opportunity you have to lower your payments!  Use TRIP whenever possible!

Bonus Increase Store:                Bonus %:       Total % Earned:        Valid through:

Lettuce Entertain You                       5%                             17%                 August 28 (8/30 if ordered online)

Albertsons/Shaw’s group                 1%                               5%                 August 28 (9/6 if ordered online)

Baskin Robbins                                  3%                               5%                 August 28 (9/6 if ordered online)

happy dining                                     10%                             18%                 August 28 (9/6 if ordered online)

Safeway group                                    1%                               5%                 August 28 (9/6 if ordered online)

Starting August 31:

O’Charley’s                                       2%                               15%                 September 11 (9/13 if ordered online)


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

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.
If you are available to help us out we would appreciate your help in a couple areas.  There is a sign-up in the school office if being a room parent for you child’s teacher interests you.  You do not need to do all the work but perhaps be a person the teacher can call on to help with a class celebration by making a few calls.
Library help with re-shelving books as they are returned.  This can grow as we get into the school year and classes begin to use the library more.
Please stop in or call the office (616-820-3535) with questions you may have.

Pine Ridge Announcements

Lunch Menu for August/September


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.

Total Trek Quest

Flyers coming home today ~ 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:


30 – No School – Staff Development


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


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


Tim Howell

Pine Ridge Principal
616-820-3505 (PR)

South Side Principal
616-820-3535 (SS)