Rose Park News 3/22/19

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

In addition to all of the wonderful faith-infused curricular learning that happens at Rose Park everyday, there are always ample opportunities for additional learning, nurture, and growth to happen in the course of our days. Thursday was just one of those days. A small group of 6th graders working with our ESS teacher, Mrs. VanPeursem planned for Rose Park to commemorate World Down Syndrome Day at Rose Park. These students were inspired to do this out of some of the other inclusion work Vicki has done this year in 6th grade and throughout the building, as well as out of love for one of their dear schoolmates who has the 3rd copy of the 21st chromosome. Rose Park students and staff responded enthusiastically to the invitation with so many wearing brightly colored, oddly matched, or striped socks…the shape and stripes suggestive of a chromosome under a microscope. Classes performed 3 sets of 21 different activities or exercises throughout the day. There were learning opportunities about Down Syndrome in classes and grade levels with the help of Denise, the dear mom of our student with Down Syndrome. The pictures I’ve seen (one above), and the stories I’ve heard, the prayers prayed by students were all moving and impressive, and evidence of God’s blessing.

This is what we do because it is who we are. We all, each and everyone, are indispensable members of our Rose Park family and the Body of Christ. Together we reflect the fullest image of God. Together we experience the richness and fullness of God’s presence. Together, we love, support, encourage, and complete each other. This is what we do because it truly is who we are. Rose Park is a rich, increasingly diverse, and beautiful place in which to equip minds and nurture hearts to transform the world for Jesus Christ.

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 Parent Teacher Conference Meal Sign up

Please join us in preparing a nice, warm meal for our wonderful teachers as they put in the extra hours to meet with parents. Any item brought needs to be dropped off in the Teachers’ Lounge by 3:15pm the day you’ve signed up to bring it. Thank you in advance for your contribution! Please follow this link to sign up.

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

Lost and Found

Our lost and found table is FULL of treasures.  Please take a moment to check it out and see if any items belong to your child.  ALL items will be donated to Ditto at Spring Break.

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

Parent Teacher Conferences Online Registration happening now

Since the  MS and HS Parent Teacher Conferences are complete, Virtual Paragon has been reopened.  If you haven’t signed up for conferences before, you can now.  Signups will be open until Monday morning, March 25.

To make Parent/Teacher Conference reservations follow these steps:
    • “Holland Christian’s Master Password” is gohc (all lowercase).

    • Login with an account you created previously or create an account by clicking the “Create New User Name” button.

    • Once logged in select “Making reservations.”

    • Select all of the teachers with whom you want conferences, by clicking the box next to each teacher’s name. Be sure you have the correct teacher in the correct building since many of our teachers work in more than one building.

    • Scroll to the bottom to click “Continue.”

      Reserve the times you want by clicking the box in the available time slots. The number of time slots you sign up for vary by grade level:

    • Press “SAVE/DONE” button when you are finished making all of your reservations.

  • In the next window associate each reservation with a specific student by clicking “Edit.”

You have now reserved your conferences!  If you have difficulty, you can email or you can call your school’s office for assist

    • Elem – March 25: 4:00-8:00

  • Elem – March 27: 4:00-8:00

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,


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.

Swingin’ the Night Away Tonight!

The Biannual Swingin’ the Night Away is tonight,  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.!


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 – Parent Teacher Conferences

27 – Parent Teacher Conferences

29-April 5 – No School Spring Break


25 – Living Stones Dinner

29 – 5th/6th Fine Arts Night


8 – 1/2 day Tulip Time

9 – 1/2 day Tulip Time

Hot Lunch Menu


Requested Announcements

Moms In Prayer

Moms, you are welcome to join us in the library from 8:15-9:05 on Friday mornings. We’ll lift up our Praise, Confession (silently), Thanksgiving and Supplication.  Come and feel the blessing of being at the Master’s feet!

God, I pray that you will use ________ to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere,  like a sweet perfume.  From 2 Corinthians 2:14B (NLT)

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

 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