With the daylight lingering a bit longer in the evenings and waking earlier each morning and with the warmth returning in the air, I think we can safely say springtime is upon us. With the excitement of early springtime surrounding us, our hearts turn toward the most powerful, transformational promise in our lives. The Easter promise. The truth that God our Father loves us beyond our comprehension. That He sent His Son to willingly get down among us in this earthly mess. To die. The truth that Christ died for our sins to redeem us. Through his death, he brought us back into His fold. He has redeemed us of our broken state and of our sin. It is with great intentionality that we as a staff walk alongside each of our students through the events of Holy Week. Our desire is that they would SEE, FEEL, TASTE and TOUCH the deep and profound love of our Heavenly Father both 2000 years ago and today! Hosanna Loud Hosanna! Join us in the journey to the cross and to the empty tomb!
It is a JOY for us to partner with you in growing and developing every one of these children God has brought to our midst! In your first through sixth grade child’s backpack today, you will find a printed copy of his/her report card. The digital version is available on powerschool, but the printed copy is in the backpack if that is your preference. Please celebrate their growth and progress together. This is also a useful tool to bring to parent/teacher conferences next week.
We are eager to meet with each of you during our appointed parent/teacher conference time next week. Just in case it slipped your radar, we will be open for conferences on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 4:00-8:00 next week. Please contact your child’s teacher if you need to arrange a time yet. We treasure this time that you give up to sit a bit, celebrate and come together around each child that we love.
Lost and Found
And, on a related note, while you’re in the building for conference, please take a peek at the lost and found table. There are plenty of winter cast offs that are waiting to come home. By next Thursday we’ll need to box up the leftovers to bring to Ditto.
Hot Lunch Balances
We appreciate families keeping track of their hot lunch balances! We submit low lunch balance emails twice a week. If you have not gotten an email notice and your child takes hot lunch, perhaps we don’t have your current email. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and she can update your emails.
To find out what your child’s current lunch balance (**also what choices they are making–high school, only) please go to sendmoneytoschool.com. You will need your student’s ID # , this is a free service that you can see your child’s balance. You may pay online with a credit card at this site, there is a minimal service charge.
Lunch balances at the end of the year roll over to the next school year. We do not refund lunch balances. If you have a graduating senior we can transfer balances to siblings.
Thank you for participating in our lunch program. We enjoy serving your children each day.
March is Reading Month
Join us in feeding our minds by reading! March reading month incentives program from Whitecaps Baseball! Students will be taking these flyers home today! See the attached link for this flyer information! Reading Minutes Calendar
Mom’s in Prayer
MIP will be Friday, April 13, 8:20 a.m. in the Library at Pine Ridge. Please contact Nicole Shook at email@example.com or 616-633-7427 for more information.
Living Hope Singers Performance Schedule
On behalf of HCHS Living Hope Singers Promotion Committee, we thought we would share with you LHS Sunday’s Performances at local churches: Any questions, contact Promotions Committee Chair, Stephanie Walter, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, April 29 @ North St. CRC, Zeeland, 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 8 @ Tulip Time Dazzle, Central Wesleyan Church, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 13 @ Faith CRC, 9:30 a.m.
Also, performances for Showcase is March 23 & 24 HS Fine Arts Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
~Looking ahead, TRIP will be held:
- March 28
- April 11, 18, and 25
- NO TRIP April 4 (Spring Break)
~To receive gift cards before Spring Break, they must be ordered by March 21.
~Orders placed March 28 will be available April 11.
~Orders for cards placed after 9:30 a.m. March 28 will be processed April 11 and available April 18.
~Summer TRIP Hours: (Summer tables are at the High School and Rose Park locations only, 7:30-9:00)
- June 13, & 27
- July 11 & 25
- August 8, 22, & 29…
If you are interested in purchasing a CHAMPS coupon book $25.00 please stop in the South Side or Pine Ridge office to Pick up yours today! Great as a Gift, for your LOVED one!
Lunch Menu for March
We will offer 3 Day+, 5 Day, and 5 Day Spanish Immersion kindergarten classes this fall. Enroll online at: https://www.hollandchristian.org/admissions/k-12th-grade-application/. Please enroll your child in kindergarten by March 1 in order for us to prepare class lists. Children will need to be 5-years-old by September 1, 2018, to enroll in kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year.
Preschool enrollment opens early for families with children already at Holland Christian Schools prek-12th grade February 13 from 7 am – 7 pm at hollandchristian.org/admissions/preschool-application/. (We will not process applications received prior to February 13 at 7 am.) Early enrollment will close on February 13 at 7 pm and open to the public on February 14 at 7 am. Preschool enrollment requires a $75 deposit. With our 3-year-old, 4-year-old, and Junior Kindergarten morning classes, afternoon enrichment classes, and before and after school care parents can create a fully customized preschool schedule, ranging from part-time to full-time enrollment. Click here to learn all about our preschool offerings, including class schedules and tuition rates: https://www.hollandchristian.org/schools/preschool/
2018-2019 TUITION GRANT APPLICATION
The 2017-2018 tuition grant application are available at www.factstuitionaid.com. Paper applications are available upon request at the Administration Office. Applications are due by Friday, April 13. If you have questions regarding the application process, contact Terry VanDerKolk at (616) 820-2807 or email@example.com.
South Side ANNOUNCEMENTS
As we approach Holy Week next week, our desire is to point our children to the cross and to the empty tomb. We also have much to learn from walking in Christ’s footsteps through the events leading up to Good Friday and Easter morning. In the upper room, you will remember, Jesus washed the feet of His disciples in act of loving servanthood. He challenged His disciples, and the words hold true for us today, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” John 13:17. We have an opportunity to move our children into action. It’s small, but we believe effective. Even though the water crisis in Flint has been replaced by other stories in the media’s attention, the people of Flint remain in need of clean water and supplies. Maple Avenue Ministries has partnered with several churches in Flint who are reeling due to several help centers recently closing their doors. Children in the region impacted by the unsafe water are in need of individually packaged toothbrushes as well as tubes of ProHealth Crest toothpaste (because that brand offers the amount of fluoride needed but is missing from the bottled water). Would you be willing to help? If you and your child can talk through the needs of the people in Flint and, following the lead of Christ, we can act as a servant and offer to reach out in love. Our collection of toothbrushes and toothpaste will be delivered on Wednesday, March 28, so we have a tight turn around. If you are willing to participate with your child, we believe the experience to bless and be blessed will be valuable.
Just a reminder, our 3-day kindergarteners are growing! They will be joining us on Tuesdays for the duration of the school year. We’re excited to have these precious kinders in our midst four days a week after spring break!
Lost and Found
Be sure to take a look at our lost and found table between now and the end of conferences. What is remaining will be donated to ditto during spring break.
PINE RIDGE ANNOUNCEMENTS
After School & Before School Carpool Reminders
Just a reminder the front entrance doors and south side doors are open from 7:30 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. to access the building. All entrance doors will be locked down the rest of the school day. This is a new system-wide policy. If you need to enter the building after these hours, you must access the building at the front entrance (covered door area). The new security system and camera are on the wall just before the entrance doors. Please push the button and wait at the camera for recognition and further communication. Once you have been cleared to enter, the automatic door will make a clicking sound and will unlock. Please come to the office and sign in before proceeding to other areas of the building. Thank you for your cooperation and helping us keep your children safe!
1. Cars please do not use the entrance off 40th Street between 7:45am – 8:10am, and also 2:45pm and 3:30pm. This is for Bus use only.
2. Make sure the bus circle stays clear of cars at all times. We can make this easier for all if you pull forward as we do during pick-up, so there is plenty of room behind you for others to do the same. Busses need that extra room to turn around and use the 40th street exit and are on a tight route schedule for student drop off and pick up. We have had some close calls when busses swing out to make the turn around and cars have been stopped in the circle. During these drop off and pick up times, students should not be loading or unloading in the traffic circle! This is for your safety as well as the children.
3. If you plan on exiting your vehicle to pick up your child between 2:30pm and the end of the day, please park either North of the bike racks or along the woods side (far west side) of the parking lot. This will keep the loading zone clear for parents to line up for after school parent pick up.
4. When you are in the loading zone area, please do not pull forward (DO NOT LEAVE) until the teacher alerts you to do so. We need to make sure all the students are safely loaded into vehicles within the loading zone, before cars start to move forward!
Thank you for your cooperation in keeping your children safe!
We will run practice the week of March 26th for anyone who is here, Monday through Wednesday for sure, and then do a check to see who will be here on Thursday to determine if we have enough bodies for practice. You may still sign up if you are interested in playing this season! Practice is at HCMS. If there are any questions they can contact Kristi Bareman at firstname.lastname@example.org or Chris Pifer at email@example.com
5/6 practices: 3:45-5:30
7/8 practices: 3:15-5:00
MS Girls Lacrosse
Girls in grades 6, 7, and 8 who are interested in girls lacrosse are encouraged to participate on the West Ottawa & Holland Christian Girls Middle School Lacrosse Team. This team is managed by Holland Township Recreation and in the same program as the High School Co-op Team that Holland Christian has with West Ottawa for girls lacrosse. Information on the season and specifically the try-outs March 27-29 is on the linked flyer.
Sports Physicals, Students moving up to Middle & High School next year
The Athletic Department of Holland Christian Schools is offering students entering grades 7-12 the opportunity to complete a state-required athletic physical. This required physical will allow your student to participate in athletic events throughout the 2018-2019 school year. Note: If you bring your student to their personal physician, the exam must be dated after April 15 to be valid.
Physicals will be given Tuesday, April 17 from 6:30-9:00 PM at South Washington Family Medicine (Lakeshore Health Partners, 904 Washington Ave., #210) for the nominal fee of $15. For a simple and quick appointment, please click on this LINK. The 2018-2019 physical forms are also available through this sign~up link.
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 : April 11 or 25 please contact Laura in the front office 820-3505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
- 30 – No School: Spring Break ~ thru April 6
- 9 – Classes resume
- 13 – Moms in Prayer (PR)
- 17 – Middle & High School Sports Physicals
- 20 – Moms in Prayer (SS)
- 20 – No Holland Public Bussing
- 26 – 5th & 6th Grade Fine Arts Night
- 27 – Moms in Prayer (PR)
- 9 – Dismissal will be at 11:30am, NO Holland Public Bussing ~Holland Christian bussing will run as normal.
- 10 – Dismissal will be at 11:30am, NO Holland Public Bussing ~Holland Christian bussing will run as normal.
- 15 – Closing Convocation at the HS, 9AM
- 15 – 4th-12th Grade Orchestra Concert, at Jack H Miller Center, 7pm
- 21 – Middle School Mashup ~ 6th Graders Explore the MS 7PM-8PM
- 28 – No School, Memorial Day
- 1 – Last day of School ( 1/2 Day )
Family Learning Opportunity
Maranatha Christian Reformed Church will be hosting a few “Family Matters” education nights in the month of March. Come and join for snacks, discussion and learning together!
Ottawa County Food Resources
As you probably know, many families in Ottawa County experience food insecurity this time of year. We would like to share an online food database created by Ottawa Food, where Ottawa County residents can search for food pantries and free meals. This database is available in English and Spanish. Residents can search for food pantries and community meals, either by date or location, by clicking on this link ottawafood.org/findfood.
Host Families Needed for international Students 2018-19
Holland Christian is currently enrolling international students from several countries for the 2018/19 school year. If your family is interested in this ministry opportunity where you can learn about a different culture and provide a caring environment for an international student, please contact Karen DeRoo at email@example.com to learn more. Host families receive a generous stipend for hosting.
Hope College Soccer Camp
The enrollment process for our 2018 Camp season is open. We are excited to bring another summer of exceptional soccer camp opportunities to campers from across the Midwest. Enroll online www.hopesoccercamp.com and reserve your spot at the most popular soccer camp in Michigan. Post Card and Enrollment information!
Learn to Sail This Summer!
The Macatawa Bay Junior Association summer “learn to sail” programs are suitable for children from 5 years to 18 years old. Depending on the specific class, classes are full day or half day, and new sessions begin weekly. Sailing lessons focus on water safety and skill building and integrate practical lessons in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM curricula) and are taught by US Sailing certified instructors. Learn more here:
MBJA Sailing Camp Link