Rose Park News 3/01/19

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

What a great week we have had at Rose Park. Makers Week is always a special week of excitement and energy for our students and staff as we engage in a variety of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) activities for a couple of hours each day in a unique way that is intended to carryover into our everyday kinds of learning activities throughout the year. My favorite story from the week is when one mom told me that her student exclaimed to her while describing her morning making a marble roller coaster with her classmates, “We didn’t do any learning almost all morning!” Mom and I shared a big chuckle. I saw this student. She was engaged fully. She was problem-solving, experimenting, collaborating the entire time in ways I haven’t seen her do as often in the classroom setting. In fact, what she didn’t realize was that she had been learning a great deal that morning. Perhaps this is the best kind of learning we have all experienced. We’ve been so engrossed in an activity, competition, problem, or some collaborative group challenge that we didn’t even realize that we were, in fact, learning something very important! Our passion piqued, our curiosity kicked, our interest inspired, we couldn’t help ourselves, plus, we had fun in the process, of all things! These are the kinds of learning experiences we often get to be a part of during Makers Week, and which spill over into other areas of learning throughout the year.

I keep reminding you, too, that we are in the heart of enrollment season, and you have a significant role to play! I love introducing new parents to Christian education at Holland Christian Schools. But, I can’t do it alone! Please, tell your stories! Invite and accompany someone anytime into the building for a tour. And, please, guide anyone you desire to my office at Rose Park where I would love to listen to their story and introduce them to Holland Christian Schools, and the special experience of Rose Park Christian School. We have room in every grade level and every classroom to welcome more students and families. 

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.



Rose Park Fun Night Next Week Friday, March 8!

We are so excited for a fun night next week Friday!

New this year!  Wrists bands for everyone! $4.00 each, 3 for $10 or 4 for $12.  Everyone 3 years of age and older will need a wristband to play games and enjoy the inflatables. All Items: Cash or Check only (payable to HC with RP Fun Night in Memo Line)

Dinner will be offered from  5:30-6:30
$4 meal: Pizza, bag of chips, fruit choice, lemonade or water
$2 1 slice of pizza

The Treat Shop will have popcorn, cotton candy, cinnamon rolls, pop and icees for purchase!
You can’t miss the cakewalk, guessing games, giveaways, and who will kiss the goat?!

Donations are currently being accepted!  Please click here to see what is needed to make this night a success!

Hot Lunch Balances

Families, please take a minute to check on your son or daughter’s lunch balance.
If  you have not made a deposit in a while…and are not getting email notices, please send an email to Sue, to update your email address. If you don’t know your balance and you want to find out, please email Sue as well.

If you are having difficulty with your balance, you may always apply for lunch benefits at   It’s easy and confidential….. we will let you know within 24 hours.

Thank you for allowing us to serve your children, healthy nutritious lunches.


Enrollment for 2019-20 continues!  Please visit to learn all about our preschool offerings, including class schedules and tuition rates.  Questions regarding preschool or Kindergarten offerings?  Please contact Courtney Lampen, or stop by our Rose Park office.


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

Last Call!  18-19 HCMS 6th Grade Spring Sports Sign ups

We are welcoming 6th graders to join in a select number of sports with our HCMS athletic family. We are offering Boys/Girls Track and Boys Tennis this sports season. You may change your mind and switch at any time up until the sport season starts on March 18, 2019.

A current sports physical dated after April 15, 2018 is also required to be on file in the middle school office prior to any practice. The Athletic Physical form is available on the HCS website at https://www.hollandchristian. org/athletics/physical- participation-form/.

Transportation: The school will normally provide bus transportation to all sporting events from the middle school at our scheduled departure time. There will not be provided transportation for 6th graders to go from Pine Ridge or Rose Park to HCMS. Parents will need to coordinate transportation for participating 6th graders.

Please email the office at or call (616) 820-3205 with questions or if you need any assistance.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Spring Conferences are coming up on March 25 and March 27 from 4:00-8:00 PM.   Online registration is now open.

During the Middle School and High School conferences days, February 28 and March 5, the sign up will be paused.

  • HS – March 5: 3:30-6:30

  • MS – March 5: 5:30-8:30

  • Elem – March 25: 4:00-8:00

  • Elem – March 27: 4:00-8:00.


Holland Christian Schools athletic department will offer athletic physicals for the 2019-2020 school year on Tuesday, April 30, from 6:30-9:00 at Lakeshore Health Partners South Washington facility. The cost is $15 and signups will once again be online through SignupGenius. Stay tuned for more details.

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

6th Grade Track and Field

6th grade boys and girls are invited to participate on the Middle School Track & Field team this spring.  The first practice will be Monday, March 18.  For more information please email coach Megan Lambers at

Since Track practices take place at the middle school, carpooling to daily practices is very helpful!  If you are interested in coordinating with other Rose Park families who are involved with track, please let Carla Chase know (

6th Grade Ski Club Dates

Our final ski club date for this year is March 1.

Swingin’ the Night Away

The Biannual Swingin’ the Night Away is Friday, March 22 from 6:45-9:00 p.m. in the HCHS Cafeteria. Free dance instructions from 6:45-7:30 p.m. and from 7:30-9:00 p.m. there will be dancing, vocal soloists and HC Jazz Bands. Enjoy desserts and beverages. Tickets are $5 at the door. All ages are invited to join the fun!

Holland Christian High School and the Holland High School music departments welcome internationally renowned bassist and Mack Avenue recording artist Rodney Whitaker to the HCHS stage for a concert and a day of clinics with HCHS and HHS students. Whitaker is a Michigan State University distinguished professor of jazz double bass and a lifetime member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

Don’t miss this must-see concert on Saturday, March 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the HCHS auditorium. The evening will feature both the HHS and HCHS jazz ensembles, as well as Rodney Whitaker and friends with vocalist Rockelle Fortin. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students. Purchase your tickets at the door or purchase your tickets at this link.

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:


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

25 – Parent Teacher Conferences

27 – Parent Teacher Conferences

29-April 5 – No School Spring Break

Hot Lunch Menu


Requested Announcements

Moms In Prayer

MOMS IN PRAYER- All Moms are welcome to stop in the library on Friday mornings from 8:15-9:05 to lift up prayers for the staff, students and families in the Rose Park
community. Why not check it out?  Silent prayers are always welcome!

Jesus, may ________ run with endurance the race that is set before him,  looking to You, the author and finisher of his faith    Hebrews 12:1b-2a (MEV)

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

6th, 7th & 8th Grade Girls Middle School Lacrosse

Are you interested in playing lacrosse?  This is a combined West Ottawa / Holland Christian team that is offered this Spring. “tryouts” are scheduled for March 26th & March 27th.  In years past, cuts have not been made at tryouts, they are more or less treated as the teams first practice. More info is available on this  Flyer

If you have any questions about the club sport program, Please contact Holland Township Recreation at

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.

HC Kid’s Stuff Resale

The spring Kids’ Stuff Resale is Saturday, March 2, 9 am-noon at HCHS’s Main Street. Come ready to purchase low-priced, but high-quality, outgrown toys and children’s clothing, Dutch costumes, baby gear, kids bikes and athletic gear! Questions? Contact Leanne Halma at, or call (616) 820-2811. It’s $1 per adult at the door for entry, with proceeds for the HCS Tuition Grant Fund.

ZCS Annual 3-on-3 Basket Breakers Basketball Tournament

T-shirts are only guaranteed to teams who sign up by Wednesday, March 6 at 11:30 pm.  Cost is $100 per team.
Awards to 1st and 2nd place in each division.
All games will be monitored. Lower grade level games will be officiated along with those deemed necessary. All divisions will be double elimination format. If there are less than 3 teams in your division, you will play in the next higher division. Anyone who loves to play basketball is welcome to join!
How to Sign Up:
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