Rose Park News 2/08/19

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

“Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.” These words are taken from the greeting at the beginning of the wondrous book of Revelation, you likely recognize. They are some of my favorite words to hear in a worship service because I need them so badly. Grace and peace. Could there be more beautiful words for us to give and receive today. I’m struck by the tone and tenor of so much of the communication and conversation we hear and participate in today. And, again, I say, Grace and Peace. At my church before we take communion every week we receive the Peace of Christ, and then we pass it to everyone we can. “The Peace of Christ to you, Rod.”  It is our way of acknowledging that since we have received the peace of Christ, we now live in unity and oneness with each other. We intentionally want to express our being “good” with each other. We are at peace with each other. And so, we give and receive the peace of Christ to one another, having received it first from God, and what a gift it is. I love giving and receiving Grace and Peace. So, my challenge to each of us is to be the kind of people who bless all that we meet with grace and peace. Would it be too weird to say to each other, “Grace and Peace,” as we meet each other in the morning at school? I wonder what kind of difference it would make in taking an already wonderful school culture and bringing it to the next level. Are you in for preparing a table with me like that? Grace and Peace to you. 

I know I have said this before. I wish each one of you had the ringside seat to see, hear, and participate in all that goes on at Rose Park each and every day like I do. When I give tours, as I do more and more at this time of year, I love to give everyone I can a glimpse into all of the daily goodness of what God is doing at Rose Park day to day and hour to hour. Sometimes it is just in the seemingly simple and routine practices that that daily goodness and grace shine so brilliantly.  In addition to all of the amazing faith-integrated learning and exploration, unique and routine moments of joy, hospitality, and grace punctuate the special Christian learning community we enjoy at Rose Park. Whom do you know who needs a tour? Please send them my way!

Now, may you bless and be blessed this weekend in rest, recreation, and in awe-filled worship. This has been another growth, meaning and joy-filled week at Rose Park, partnering with you and the rest of the staff, equipping young and eager minds, nurturing soft and tender hearts, to transform the world for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


Winter Break next week

Just a reminder, we don’t have school next week Friday or the following Monday (February 15-18) due to the Winter Break. Our staff will be engaging in some meaningful professional development on Friday, and then enjoying a break on Monday with all of you.


19-20 preschool & kindergarten enrollment is upon us and we’re excited to begin enrolling our youngest learners for next year. Please enroll at: admissions/apply-now

Kindergarten Enrollment is happening now!
We offer four kindergarten options:

  • 3 Day+: Available at Rose Park and South Side, students attend school Monday/Wednesday /Thursdays. They also add a 4th day, Tuesdays, after Spring Vacation.
  • 5 Day: Available at Rose Park and South Side, students attend school full days Monday-Friday.
  • Spanish Immersion 5 Day: This class, held at Rose Park, meets full days Monday-Friday.
  • Forest Kindergarten 5 Day: This class, held in the Forest School building, meets full days Monday-Friday.

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, 2019, to enroll in kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year.

Preschool Enrollment begins February 12 at 7 am.

With our 3-year-old, 4-year-old, and Junior Kindergarten morning classes, Spanish Immersion offerings, 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.

Visit to learn all about our preschool offerings, including class schedules and tuition rates. Preschool enrollment requires a $75 deposit. Preschool enrollment is on a first come, first served basis and some classes fill quickly.


The 2019-2020 tuition grant application is available at complete application even if your tax documents are not complete on or before April 15. If you have questions regarding the application process, contact Terry VanDerKolk at (616) 820-2807 or

Makers Week is Coming Feb 25, 26, 28 and March 1!

We are busy preparing for another Makers Week at Rose Park! During this special week we spend a couple of hours each day engaging in learning activities that involve extra measures of exploration, creativity, and hands-on activities. We are in need of some supplies for the week and wondering if you can help us. If you have any of these items, please drop them off in the office.  Thank you for your help in making this a great week for all of our learners!

chop sticks
hot wheels cars (new or used)
7 tennis balls
*borrow 2 bowling balls
*borrow 4-5 hair dryers
tape and masking tape (lots of it!)
bubble wrap
paper towel
cotton balls
empty 2-liter bottles
small empty milk cartons
variety of cardboard box lids (must have a rim)
empty TP rolls, paper towel rolls, wrapping paper rolls, any diameter cardboard rolls
3X5 index cards (multi color)

Drop Off Reminder

This is a reminder to all parents and drivers to never park and leave your car in the curved drop off drive between 7:30 and 8:20 in the morning. The curved driveway is meant for drop off only at the curb. When cars park on the curb and the driver leaves, it becomes dangerous for others trying to drop their children off, some having to cross from the other side of the driveway. Again, Preschool through 6th grade, please do not park in the drive, but only stop along the curb long enough to drop off your students.

If you wish to get out of your car, please find a spot to park in our parking lot and accompany your students into school.

Since I (Rod) cannot be out there every morning to greet and monitor, I need to ask for and depend upon everyone honoring this request for the safety and protection of all of our precious students at Rose Park. Thank you for your cooperation.

Wacky Wednesday’s are Back!

  • 13th – Pajama Day
  • 20th – Silly Socks and Hat
  • 27th – Wacky Outfit Day

HCMS Presents Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids!

Our 7th and 8th graders are presenting Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids on February 28 at 7pm, March 1 at 7pm, March 2 at 3pm and 7pm. This is the family-friendly musical adapted from the animated film. Show lasts a little over an hour, and includes an Intermission which makes it great for children as young as 4. Tickets are $7 or $6 for groups of 8 or more. Purchase tickets at!

HC Summer Camps 2019

Holland Christian Summer Camps registration is now open! Register today to start building an engaging summer for your child.  Our camps are active, hands-on, and Christ-centered. We’ll guide campers to explore new things while they learn about God’s amazing world! We’ve got everything from “Broadway Bound” and “Survivorish” to the more traditional “Volleyball” and other sports camps, all of which are taught by experienced staff.  Questions?  Call Leanne at 616-820-2811

Rose Park Running Girls

Rose Park Running club is open to all 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade girls.   Please email your child’s name and contact information to register.  Our season will begin on Thursday, March 7th.  Come run with us!

6th Grade Ski Club Dates

Our ski club dates for this year are  February 22 and March 1.

Rose Park Recess Duty Invitation

Do you have an hour to spare, once a week or once a month?  Do you ever wonder what your child does at recess every day or who they buddy up with?  Come join us on the playground at Rose Park! The sign up for January – March is now available.  Click here to sign up!


You are always welcome to join us for our all-school chapels on Wednesday mornings at 10:35 AM in the gymeterium. We welcome parents and friends to join us in worship as we discover how we can grow in preparing a table of welcome and hospitality.

Upcoming Dates:


13 – Wacky Wednesday (pajama day)

15/18 – No School Staff development and President’s Day

20 – Wacky Wednesday (silly socks and hat)

25-3/1 – Makers Week

27 – Wacky Wednesday (wacky outfit day)

28 – Middle School Play: The Jungle Book


1 – Middle School Play:  The Jungle Book

2 – Kid Stuff Resale at the High School 9-12

8 – Family Fun Night

29-April 5 – No School Spring Break

Hot Lunch Menu


Requested Announcements

Moms In Prayer

MOMS IN PRAYER-  Feel free to join us in the library again on Friday morning, February 22nd, from 8:15-9:05.  We’ll give God Praise, silent Confession, Thanks, and Supplication.  Come see what 50 minutes will do for your heart and soul!

LORD, I pray that above all else, ________ will guard his heart, for everything he does flows from it.
From Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)

Please contact Kathy Schut with any questions.  616-875-8912

Parents of 6th Grade Boys:

If your son is interested in playing Middle School Boys Tennis this spring, join us at MVP Holland for 3 upcoming tennis match-play times.  The dates are all Fridays —  February 15,  March 1, and March 15 from 4:00 to 5:30 PM.  The cost is $8.00 for MVP members and $12.00 for non-members.  Contact Lynn Bender with questions or to sign up at or cell 616-283-3377.

TTQ Boys Running Club Spring Season registration is open!

TTQ is a fun, high energy after school program designed exclusively for boys in 3rd-5th grade. TTQ incorporates strength and stretching exercises with training for a 5K. Boys in this program will develop positive peer relationships and feel a part of a team while working toward individual goals. Additional practice activities focus on developing a healthy lifestyle, social/relationship skills, how to make healthy choices, and resisting peer pressure.

Parents of 3rd-5th grade boys: the TTQ spring season is starting soon!! The season ends with the Tulip Time 5k in May.

Rose Park TTQ is looking for a coach who is willing to coach both a practice each week.  Ideally this would be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Contact Vicki at with any questions you have! Looking forward to a great spring season!

HC Kid’s Stuff Resale

Our Spring Kids stuff reSale is right around the corner!  Looking for kid’s clothes that won’t break the bank? Need a cute Dutch costume for your child? What about a bathing suit or soccer cleats?  You can get it all at the 2018 Spring/Summer Holland Christian Kids’ Stuff ReSale on Saturday, March 2 at Holland Christian High School, located at 956 Ottawa Avenue, Holland 49423.

This huge sale (really…you need to see it to believe it) is one of the most organized in West Michigan, featuring clean, trendy clothes in great condition sorted by size and gender (Girls NB-16, Boys NB-18) at awesome prices!

Be sure to check out the large item room featuring baby gear, bedding, toys, books, DVDs, bikes, sporting goods and a maternity section.

The sale begins at 9am and ends at 12pm with a $1.00 admission fee (for those 12 years old and up) that benefits the Holland Christian Tuition Grant Fund. Strollers are permitted. Follow the signs for parking (off 40th) and entry.

Do you have clothing, toys, or gear your child has outgrown?  You could be a seller! Please contact or call 616-820-2805 to register.

HC Lacrosse Club is getting ready for another exciting season!

●WHO: 3rd – 8th Graders
●WHAT: Informational and Registration Night
●WHEN: Thursday, February 21st at 7:00p.m.
●WHERE:HCHS Lecture Hall

Questions answered
Coaches available to meet
Registration available
Payments accepted
*NEW THIS YEAR* Uniform /Jersey selection and fitting

Baton Twirling Opportunity

Athletic Sensations is offering a Baton Twirling class on Tuesdays, beginning February 5.  Please click here for more information and to register.