Middle School Newsletter: September 2018
Dear HCMS parents and families,
It was wonderful to have a chance to meet so many of you face to face during parent information night this past Tuesday. I know for various reasons (one being the crazy weather) many parents were not able to join us that evening so I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of my thoughts with all of you. As the “new kid” on the block I had hopes and dreams about what the start of the school year would be like and I have to tell you, reality has far exceeded my hopes and dreams! This place we call Holland Christian Middle School is truly a special place. Each and every staff member who serves in this place is Christ centered, student focused and committed to making this community a place where each student can grow spiritually, socially, emotionally and academically. Even though each of your children has their own individual style some overall commonalities I have seen are kindness, respectfulness and willingness to help others. I want to thank you as parents for everything you have done to prepare your children for the start of the school year. Middle School can often be a time of unknowns for students as they figure out who they are, who their friends are and where they fit in the school community. Please know that as we walk beside them on this journey we will pray for them and work to instill in them that they are Children of God, made in His image, with a special purpose to transform the world for Jesus Christ.
As we progress through the year please do not hesitate to contact us if you have ANY questions or if there is anything we can do to make this year as successful as possible for your child.
Thank you for partnering with us on this exciting journey!!
September at HCMS
PICTURE MAKE-UP DAY
Thursday, September 6 is our first Picture Make-Up Day. If you did not get your picture taken on Orientation Day, please plan to have it taken Thursday. If you would like to order photos, go to this website.
Your son or daughter brought a baton home this past spring, with encouraging notes from teachers. After you have added your thoughts, please return the baton to their homeroom teacher. Thank you.
GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS
- Once at school students are required to sign out on the dismissal sheet located in the office before leaving school. Students must obtain parent and office permission before leaving school at other than normal times. Students must sign in when coming into school after the school day has started.
- Before returning to any missed class, students must bring a note from their parent to the office, have the parent call the office, or email Sue Dozeman and Christa Zwiep at email@example.com, explicitly stating the time and reason of absence. There is an answering machine at 616-820-3205 when we are out of the office for your convenience.
- Between 8:00 a.m. and 2:55 p.m., students must use the Main Entry. You are required to check in at the office any time you come and/or go during the school day.
- Students must be in attendance for at least one half of the school day in order to be eligible to participate in after-school extra-curricular activities (athletics, theater, etc.). Exceptions to this policy are handled on a case by case basis by the administration.
North Side Busing Reminder
If you drive your students to Rose Park to pick up the shuttle there, it is imperative that there not be any cars in the west designated bus drive at Rose Park. All cars should only use the east circle drive. This is vital for the safety of all of our students. If you are waiting in the car for the bus to arrive, please park in our lot and wait there. You are more than welcome to drop your middle school students off in the east circle drive. They are welcome to wait outside, under the main entrance canopy, or between the double entry doors in inclimate weather. For a more complete explanation of Rose Park’s carpool, parking lot, and driveway instructions, please click and read this document.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and adherence to these expectations and practices.
Friday, August 31 – No School – Staff Development
September 3 – Labor Day
September 6 – Picture Make-Up Day
September 14 – HCS Homecoming Family Weekend
September 15 – CHAMPS Golf Outing
September 24 – 7th Grade Art Prize Field Trip
September 28 – No School: Staff Development
October 13 – Tuition Grant Fund Auction
October 25-26 – No School: CEA Convention
November 21 – Half Day of School
November 22-23 – Thanksgiving Break
Dec 24-Jan 4 – Christmas Break
Screenagers: September 25, 7 pm, HCHS Auditorium
Holland Christian and Zeeland Christian are partnering together for a showing of the film SCREENAGERS on September 25 at 7 pm in the HCHS Auditorium. Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.
After the film, we’ll engage in about 30 minutes of discussion about how parents can work through the trickiness of technology and screens with their child. Please join us for this important event! We especially encourage parents with children in 5th-12th grade to attend this event.
HC Tuition Grant Fund Auction
The Tuition Grant Fund Auction is still weeks away, and we’re busy procuring items so that you have ample opportunities to “Dine, Bid and Be Charitable”! If you’d like information on becoming a Corporate Sponsor, donating an item to our Buy a Line auction or gift cards for the gift card wall, please contact Leanne Halma, Anne Bushouse or Anita Mulder. Register here if you haven’t already! https://www.hollandchristian.org/tuition-grant-fund/tuition-grant-fund-auction-registration/