January Thaw

With all of this beautiful January sunshine comes a new kind of playing! At the news our temps hit 51°, coats were shed and springtime smiles were huge! These girls were busy making a snow, mud and wood chip stew. It was delicious! I sampled the cuisine! We hope you and your family enjoy the warmth and sun rays this weekend. Winter has not likely seen the last of us yet.

SHARED ANNOUNCEMENTS

2018-19 Kindergarten Enrollment

We will offer 3 Day+, 5 Day, and 5 Day Spanish Immersion kindergarten classes this fall. Families with children already in Holland Christian Schools prek-12th grade may enroll early beginning February 6 from 7 am – 7 pm. (We will not process registrations submitted prior to February 6 at 7 am.) Early enrollment will close on February 6 at 7 pm and open to the public on February 7 at 7 am. 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.

2018-19 Preschool Enrollment

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/

Wacky Wednesdays Are Back

Winter months can be blah, so we are going to once again shake things up with “Wacky Wednesdays”!

Jan. 31 – Pajama / Comfy Clothes Day
Feb. 7 – Neon Day

Fun Night Clue #1

Ready to hit the trails & explore?  Save the date for Fun Night!  Friday, March 9, 2018  5:30 – 8:00pm at Pine Ridge.  There will be many volunteer opportunities available!

CHAMPS Books

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!

Lunch Menu for January

Negative Lunch Account Balances

Our negative lunch balances have run off the track… Food Services would greatly appreciate taking care of negative balance accounts.  If you want to see what your child’s account balance is you may go to sendmoneytoschool.com with your child’s Tuition ID #. On this site you may deposit money into your student’s account as well as look at your balances.
We also offer lunch benefits to families who may qualify for free or reduced price lunches.  Go to lunchapp.com and fill out an application.  All applications are confidential and if you currently have a negative balance, we will credit your account.

Thank you for taking care of your negative lunch balances and thank you for participating in our lunch program!  If you have any questions, please email nmccarthy@hollandchristian.org

Mom’s in Prayer

MIP will be starting up next Friday, February 2, 8:20AM in the Staff Lounge at Pine Ridge.  Please contact Nicole Shook at ncshook@gmail.com or 616-633-7427 for more information.

Skating Party

Pine Ridge & South Side Skating Party will be Thursday, February 22,  from 6:00-8:00 pm at: The Rink ~ 12521 James Street, Holland, MI 49424.

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, kswalters@charter.net.

Sunday, Feb 11 @ Third CRC, Zeeland, 5:30pm
Sunday, March 4 @ Noordeloos CRC, 6:00pm
Sunday, April 29 @ North St. CRC, Zeeland, 5:30pm
Tuesday, May 8 @ Tulip Time Dazzle, Central Wesleyan Church, 8:00pm
Sunday, May 13 @ Faith CRC, 9:30am

Also, performances for Showcase is March 23 & 24 2 HS Fine Arts Auditorium, 7:00pm

TRIP CLIP

Super Bowl is coming! Remember your party needs with shopwithscrip (Gordon Foods, Family Fare, Meijer, Walmart and Target to name a few)

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner here are some ideas for all your special people:  Target, Walmart, Meijer and Family Fare–kids class Valentines, West Coast Cash, VIP and 1800Flowers—for your flowers needs, Dining Concept, (plus other restaurants in shopwithscrip)—–for your dining enjoyment!  Remember to place your order on time. contact the TRIP office for any questions trip@hollandchristian.org

PINE RIDGE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ski Club Dates

Friday, January  26               Friday, February 9               Thursday, February 15               Friday, March 2

Looking for some Donation Items

Spanish Room:  Mrs. Klipp-Lopez is wondering if any of our HC families have extra things like couch cushions, large pillows, beanbag chairs, or anything else that kids could sit on in the classroom to make her room “cozier”.  Please contact her at hklipplopez@hollandchristian.org to make arrangements.  Thank you!!
 Makers Week:  For makers week, coming up February  20 – 23 were are need of the following items ~  plastic water bottles, deli containers, soup cans, pop cans, toilet paper rolls, small styrofoam trays, paper towel rolls, plastic bottle caps, old CDs or DVDs, marbles/ball bearings, golf balls (or similar sized balls), flexible tubing big enough for marbles to fit through, various sized blocks of wood (no longer than 1 foot), newspapers, and take apart electronics.  These items can be dropped off in the office!  Thank you!

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 February 21, March 7 & 21 and April 11 & 25; please contact Laura in the front office 820-3505 or email lnorman@hollandchristian.org to sign up!

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: this 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, we will again be using SignupGenius for scheduling appointments online. Please look for the link to be sent in an upcoming blog announcement. 2018-2019 physical forms will be available on our website and in school offices.

 

CALENDAR DATES

  • Janurary
    • 31 – Pajama / Comfy Clothes Day
  • February
    • 2 – Report Cards Come Home
    • 2 – Moms In Prayer (PR)
    • 7  – Neon Day
    • 9 – Moms in Prayer (SS)
    • 16 – No School: Staff Development
    • 19 – No School: Winter Break
    • 22 – Skating Party
    • 23 – Moms in Prayer (PR)
  • March
    • 2 – Moms in Prayer ((SS)
    • 8 – No Afternoon Holland Public Bussing
    • 9 – Moms in Prayer (PR)
    • 9 – Family Fun Night (5:30-8:00p.m.)
    • 16 – Moms in Prayer (SS)
    • 30 – No School: Spring Break ~ thru April 6
  • April
    • 9 – Classes resume
    • 13 – Moms in Prayer (PR)
    • 20 – Moms in Prayer (SS)
    • 20 – No Holland Public Bussing
    • 27 – Moms in Prayer (PR)

SOUTH SIDE ANNOUNCEMENTS

We were blessed with a wonderful attendance at our Discovery Night last Tuesday evening. It is always with great joy that we open our doors to prospective families and to many of our very own families looking toward next year. As both a parent and educator, great comfort is found in the truth that God has laid the plans for every one of His children. We are to simply seek God’s wisdom and discernment in guiding our children, ultimately, to grow back to Him. Please join me in praying for those families who are seeking an educational home for their children next year. These decisions can feel daunting and even overwhelming at times. We pray, too, that God would continue to grow our HC family as we equip children to bring shalom to chaos and do their part in restoring God’s Kingdom. Please feel free to pass along any names of family or friends expressing interest or questions in Holland Christian. Tim and/or Miska would love to share in their journey and open the buildings for a tour.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

Holland Little League

Holland Little League is now registering baseball and softball players for the 2018 season through Saturday, February 10th.  More information can be found on their website located at www.hollandlittleleague.com.

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.

Total Trek Quest

TTQ registration information is coming home today. TTQ Registration is going ONLINE! Parents, starting January 2 you can register for the Total Trek Quest program ONLINE! This new partnership will allow us to respond faster to your registration questions, will reduce the time it takes to have your son listed on the roster and will give prompt updates on wait lists. We do our very best to keep registration costs low, but in order to accommodate this change and to ensure we are still able to give out scholarships to all who need it, we will be raising the Total Trek Quest Registration fee to $45. You can still stop in to our offices to register your son, as we are working on ensuring kiosk style access to RacePlanner. Look for our info sheets to come home-and if you have any questions, please email Brandon at bmelnyk@arborcircle.org

Free kick Off Event for TTQ at the Lost City, 12350 James St., Holland MI 49424.  Saturday, February 17 from 10AM – Noon.  Free laser tag, mini golf and mini bowling. The whole family is welcome-boys must be accompanied by an adult.

When you are done registering your boy for TTQ, head over to the Tulip Time Run website and register yourself so you can run with him! Use the code “ttqfamily18” and receive $4 off your registration fee! TTQ Registration can be found HERE.  Cost is $45, scholarships are available.  If you have any questions, or concerns regarding the online registration process, or need a scholarship, please contact Brandon Melnyk at 616-396-2301 ext. 132 or bmelnyk@arborcircle.org

Baton Twirling Classes

Come join the fun and learn how to twirl a baton!  Baton twirling is making a comeback as the latest and greatest sensation!  Don’t miss out on all the fun! Classes start Tuesday, February 6 and end May 29.  For more information please see the linked FLYER!

Girls Interested in Softball

Girls interested in softball this spring!  Zeeland Christian & Holland Christian 6th, 7th and 8th graders interested in playing softball are encouraged to attend an informational meeting and sign up for our club team through the City of Holland.  Please click on the link for information: https://www.teams ideline.com/sites/cityofhollan d/content/167/Youth-Softball

Kinder Dutch Dance

JOIN THE DANCE! BECOME A TULIP TIME KINDER DUTCH DANCER! Tulip Time and Pine Ridge invites all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to participate in the Kinder Dutch Dance Program at Pine Ridge! Registration ends 2/1, practices begin 2/26. Kim Hekman will host practices at Pine Ridge on Mondays at 3:45PM. $25 registration fee. For more information and registration, please go to www.tuliptime.com/kinder-dutch-dance. Have questions? Please contact jennifer.tenpas@gmail.com or Kim Hekman hekmanbj@sbcglobal.net.

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!