Pine Ridge August 2021 Newsletter

We are already busy preparing the Pine Ridge classrooms and halls to be filled with smiles and laughter in a few weeks. Although summer is still in full swing please know that we continue to pray and think of each child who will walk the halls of Pine Ridge daily. It is our hope that you are also preparing your heart and mind, along with your children for a great year at Pine Ridge!

Every year Holland Christian chooses a theme that carries us through the year. It unites us in a singular focus and gives us a common language to use with students. This year’s theme is ROOTED: to be formed, made and developed. In the word of God we find multiple examples of men and women who stayed faithful to the teachings of Jesus and rooted in his love. As we gather and prepare for all the learning that will take place we meditate on the words of Jeremiah 17:7-8 “Blessed is the person who trusts in the Lord, making the Lord his trust. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by a stream. He won’t fear when the heat comes, and his leaves will be green. In a year of drought he won’t be concerned, nor will he stop producing fruit.” This past year may have left some with feelings of insecurity and instability. Maybe you and your family have felt a drought of sorts and have had moments of concern….I think we have all felt this at one time or another. Yet we know that we are not alone, we have a faith rooted in something larger than ourselves. We pray that this NEW school year will provide a much needed foundation in which students and staff alike can be newly rooted in the word of God and in what it means to be formed, made and developed by our good good father.

I look forward to meeting you all as we begin a new year!
Blessings,
Dinah

/ Announcements

Health Appraisal and Immunization Requirements

Health appraisals are required for our 2021-22 incoming preschool and kindergarten students. As you schedule your well child appointments with your health care provider, please be aware these evaluations will need to be completed. All students must be up-to-date on their immunizations BEFORE they start the new school year. Any students without the required immunizations or approved waivers will not be allowed to begin school until they are complete and approved by the State of Michigan. We are grateful for your help with this!

Good News From Food Services

Breakfast will be offered as students enter the building each morning to take to their class.  Students must choose a fruit along with 1 other choice—we encourage our students to take 3 items.
FREE Breakfast Menu Choices:

  • Fresh, canned fruit options and or 100% juice,
  • Low sugar cereal bowls or muffins
  • Yogurt, Cheese choices, or Boiled Eggs
  • 1% White Milk
  • Preschool Students will be offered breakfast in their classroom when they arrive and as before, lunch will be FREE. We will continue the grab and go options for students who
  • have ½ day as well as for siblings.

Lunch will be free as well with all the favorite options as before! To see all food service options for all our schools see the back to school food service options flyer

Lunch Menu for the beginning of school is here.

Safety Policy Updates

For updated COVID information please see our Return to School page.

  • COVID-19 vaccines will not be required for your child to attend school this fall.
  • COVID-19 testing for participation in school athletics will no longer be required.
  • Our student bodies can begin to gather together in large groups again! Think: chapel, assemblies, convocation, and more.
  • We will continue to contact trace (providing information only, no quarantines required) and notify close-contacts of their exposure to positive COVID-19 cases at school.

We acknowledge that there are individuals who may have health concerns that make them more susceptible to COVID-19 and are at higher risk. We support your personal decisions to protect yourself and your family and will continue to do our best as a school system to prioritize the health of all students, families, and staff.

Medications at School

If your child needs to take medication at school, we need an updated form signed by their physician each school year. If you have not done this yet, please do so asap. You are welcome to contact our school nurse, Hendrina Cupery (hcupery@hollandchristian.org). She will help you set up a plan for the office to assist in administering the medication.For safety reasons, Holland Christian Schools is not able to dispense any medication (prescription or non-prescription) to our students without a doctor’s order. Thank you!

Important Website Links

Parent Volunteers

We are very excited to invite parents back into the building by providing a wide range of activities that we would like to have help with as we partner together. We would like to have parents to help with:

  • Lunch recess daily 12:00-12:30
  • Library check out
  • Listen to students read
  • Help check out/in classroom take home books

You will have the opportunity to sign up for these opportunities at the Ice Cream social as well as at the preschool and/or K-2 Meet the Teacher nights. All parent volunteers will need to complete a background check through our HR Department which will be set up for you prior to helping at school. Thank you in advance as we look forward to having you back in our building.

Ice Cream Social

Our Ice Cream Social will be held on Thursday, August 19 from 6:30-8 pm. The Ice Cream Social will be open house format. You are welcome to visit the classroom, meet your child’s teacher, bring in your child’s school supplies, and enjoy some ice cream.

Parent night/Meet the teacher

On Thursday, August 26 from 7:00-8:30 pm we look forward to having parents join us for an evening of meeting your child’s teacher for the upcoming school year.

 

/ Requested Announcements

TRIP

Remaining Summer Schedule: 7:30-9:00 at Rose Park and HCHS August 11, 25, and weekly starts again

On weeks we do not have TRIP we will not be placing any orders for physical cards. So if you place an order online it will wait in the queue until the next TRIP day and then it will be ordered from the companies.

Moms in Prayer

Moms In Prayer is a great way to connect with other moms, pray for your child, and have an impact on our school. Please join us on Fridays starting September 10 at Providence Church 8:20-9:20 am. Contact Nicole Shook with questions: ncshook@gmail.com

/ Calendar

View the full Holland Christian Calendar here.

August

  • 17 – South Side Preschool Meet the Teacher Night
  • 19 – South Side & Pine Ridge Ice Cream Social
  • 19 – Preschool- meet the teacher night
  • 24 – 1st Day of School (Full Day) – The first bell rings at 8:10am and classes begin at 8:15am.
  • 25 – South Side Parent Information Night
  • 26 – Pine Ridge Parent Information Night

September

  • 3 – No School
  • 6 – Labor Day  (no School)
  • 7 – School resumes
  • 15 – Walk-a-thon
  • 22 – School pictures SS
  • 23 – School pictures PR