Rose Park News 4/12/19

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

We all know at some level how change and transition can bring uncertainty and fear into our lives. Some of us are great at celebrating change and transitions, while others of us try to shield ourselves as much as we can from from them. In either case, I’m not convinced that change is really easy for anyone. Holland Christian is continuing to experience its own level of change and transition. This isn’t the first time and it certainly won’t be the last. At a personal level, and as a still-functioning member of the administrative team at Holland Christian for just a little while longer, I am confident of God’s leading, sustaining, and providing for me personally, for Rose Park, and for the Holland Christian community. Part of what contributes to my confidence is whom God is bringing into new positions of leadership. I am grateful and excited that Mrs. Miska Rynsburger will be stepping into the role of Rose Park Principal for the next season of life here. Miska is energetic, joyful, creative, full of life, and loves God, children of all ages, and learning so very much. I appreciate Miska very much. She will be an excellent leader for the future of Rose Park. Whether you know Miska personally yet or not, I want you to hear Miska’s own words regarding her role in this important transition.

My New Dear Rose Park Friends,

This week you received news from Dr. Bultman about our administrative movement. I would like to offer you, the Rose Park community, a humble hello. I am eager to serve next year as your building principal at Rose Park. However, before we begin our introductions and sharing of stories it is right and good that we provide each other with ample time and emotion to say good-bye to our Rose Park leader and friend, Mr. Brandsen. Although we come from different vantage points, I know we all feel the same. It’s not easy to say good-bye to our much beloved Mr. Brandsen. His faith-filled and faithful leadership at Rose Park has made this community all that it is today! Mr. Brandsen has shepherded the Rose Park community through some very painful times as well as led joyfully through many exciting, innovative experiences. Mr. Brandsen will be missed. I will assist with and chime in with the chorus of thank yous and prayerful farewells when the time is right. And when the time is right, I look forward to meeting you, to hearing the story God is weaving in your life. I’m especially excited to meet and learn about every child. Caring for and loving the South Side students brings so much joy and energy to my life. I’m already dreaming of meeting our Rose Park children and becoming part of their lives. Let’s pray communally through this time of transition. I believe God has blessed this design and continues to bless Holland Christian Schools. We can, together as home and school, be God’s faithful servants and I believe God will do great things. More on the specifics of that work to come soon. May you and your family enjoy a rest-filled and/or action-packed weekend together. I look forward to journeying beside you at Rose Park soon.

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.


Spanish Immersion Visiting Days

Curious about Spanish Immersion? Come and visit our SI kindergarten classroom at Rose Park this spring! Prospective parents are welcome to visit April 17 or 25 from 8:15-10:15 or 1-3. Contact Courtney Lampen at or (616) 820-2804 to save your spot or to learn more!

Rose Park 5th/6th Grade Celebration of Fine Arts Night

Parents, Grandparents and friends!  Please join our 5th and 6th grade students in glorifying our Creator and celebrating their role as His image bearer. Monday, April 29 from 6:30pm-8:00pm we will celebrate our 5th and 6th Grade Fine Arts Night.  Students will present poetry interpretations, living wax museum presentations, musical solos and ensembles, and their beautiful artwork will be displayed throughout our hallways.

6th Grade Parents and Students – Join us for the Middle School Mashup – May 6, 7:30 pm

It’s a little bit open house, a little bit of an information night – it’s our Middle School Mashup! Current HC 6th grade parents and students and any family considering enrollment at Holland Christian Middle School for the 2019-20 school year are invited to come and preview what it’s like at the Middle School. Take a tour, listen to current middle school students talk about life at HCMS, and find how to to dive in to all the opportunities available to students both during and after school. It’s going to be a great night you won’t want to miss.

Tulip Time Is Right Around the Corner

It’s almost Tulip Time! Do you have a costume for your 1st-4th grade student?  We have a limited number of costumes that will be available the week before the parade.  Please, see  Carla Chase in the office if you need any assistance with a costume for your child.

Also, we will have a half-day of school on Wednesday, May 8, with an 11:30 AM dismissal for all students. Buses will run their normal routes. On Thursday, May 9, students in first through fourth grades are expected to march in the Kinderparade. Please note that there will be no busing provided on Thursday at 11:30 AM. Most students will stay at school to be transported to the parade with pickup arrangements after the parade made by you and communicated with the teachers. Kindergarteners, 5th and 6th graders will have to find transportation home from school that day. Buses will not be running. Thank you.

Kindergarten Visiting Day

We are excited and prepared to welcome our newest kindergarteners for next school year already! If your little one is enrolled in traditional, nature-based, or Spanish Immersion  kindergarten, please plan to join us with your Kindergartner for Visiting Day for the 2019-2020 school year on Friday, May 17th from 8:30-9:30.  It will be a fun morning as your child meets his/her teacher and parents have questions answered.  You will enjoy this morning’s sneak peak to see what next year will bring.  More details will follow in the days to come.

New ATHLETIC 2019/2020 Information

Attention current 5th & 6th Grade students who are interested in joining the MS sports teams for the 2019-20 school year!  Holland Christian will be Rolling out a new athletic online registration system. Holland Christian Schools is now partnered with FinalForms, an athlete online registration company.  This email notification is for all parents of current students grades 5-11, but intended only for students interested in participating in any sport for the 2019-20 school year (grades 6-12… 6th graders are limited to participation in cross country, tennis, swimming & diving and track & field).  We are excited about this new relationship with benefits for our athletes and families including a streamlined athletic physical process, more efficient communication and online pay to participate fee collection. Your family data is saved season-to-season and year-to-year… meaning you should never have to enter the same information twice!

April 15 is the first day students can complete the MHSAA required athletic physical for the 2019-20 school year in order to participate on a school athletic team.  Our partnership with FinalForms requires you to register your child online for sports at Holland Christian in order to print the needed MHSAA physical form for your MD/DO/PA/NP to complete.  With April 15 fast approaching, we want to ensure parents understand the new process for registering online before completing the annual MHSAA physical. If you already signed up for Holland Christian’s physical night on April 30 or plan to have your child’s athletic physical completed at your primary care physician before participation, please register your athlete online before doing so by following the instructions at the following link:

If you still desire to sign up for an appointment at the Holland Christian physical night on April 30, 2019 for the 2019-20 school year, please sign up at the following link:

Procedures and requirements such as these are important for our organization to run efficiently and safely.  We hope your experience is streamlined after the initial learning curve of the new registration process. Thank you for your efforts to assist us in extending the classroom and put knowing God on display through athletics at Holland Christian.

Go Maroons!  Dave Engbers, Athletic Director

Support for the Troy and Julie Dokter Family

We have another opportunity to bless one of our HC families.  Troy is our Director of Advancement and all three of their kids, Kailey, Zack and Kelsey, have gone through Rose Park.  Troy is currently going through additional treatments for cancer.  Preparing meals for this wonderful family is one way we can show our love and support for them.  Please follow this link to sign up to bring the family a meal.  Thank you for continuing to do what Rose Park does so well, show God’s love.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Housekamp

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 Please 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

Rose Park Parent Board 2019-20

Would you like to get more involved at Rose Park?  Do you enjoy planning events and have fun volunteering?  If so, consider joining our wonderful parent board for the upcoming school year 2019-2020.  Do you have questions or are uncertain about what Parent Board is all about? Please reach out to one of our current members.  They would love to share their experiences with you!  Parent board members are Michelle Dannenberg, Kim Lokker, Jordan Kleinheksel, Jen Verstrate, Heather Birky, Mary Rinaldi,

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.


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:


25 – Living Stones Dinner

29 – 5th/6th Fine Arts Night 6:30-8:30


6 – 6th grade Middle School Mashup at the Middle School

8 – 1/2 day Tulip Time

9 – 1/2 day Tulip Time – Kinderparade

17 – Kindergarten visit day

31 – Last day of school 1/2 Day

Hot Lunch Menu


Requested Announcements

Moms In Prayer

MOMS IN PRAYER-  Here we go for the finish line Moms!  Are you ready? Would you like a little more peace in your life?  Why not stop in the library on Friday mornings from 8:15-9:05?  You need not bring a thing.  Just soak in the Father’s perfect peace like a sponge.
Jesus, may ________ not give in to temptation.

From Luke 22:40 (NLT)

Little Maroons Basketball Camp

Summer is around the corner and it is time to sign up for Little Maroons Basketball! Camps are offered for boys and girls grades K-8th! Click the link below to sign your student up; with each sign up comes a complimentary HC Basketball! We look forward to a week full of fun and basketball!


Kirk Cousin’s Middle School Football Camp

Kirk is excited to be running his middle school camp again this summer!  Kirk has designed his camp to be about building character and having fun while enjoying the game of football. The camp will be held at Hope College on June 28 & 29. Kirk and his dad will also be speaking at a dad’s/guardian lunch on June 29. You can register at


Free STEM summer camp at GVSU

GVSU is offering a free STEM camping to students in 6th and 7th grade this summer.  Please click here for more information, or refer to the brochure links below.