Rose Park News 3/08/19

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

When people ask me how I am doing these days, I often will simply say, “It’s March!” To me, that says it all. March is one of the busiest times of the year for me. Not only are all of the wonderful routines and learning activities going on everyday at Rose Park, but I have the privilege of meeting new families who have enrolled for next year through a series of evening conversations over multiple nights. I my first 6 of them Tuesday night. These conversations are exciting to me! There are new families, some with, but many without former ties to HC or RP. Some are former students (always so fun). Still others heard of us through their neighbors, coworkers, and other word of mouth settings. They have seen billboards. Some have been impressed by the move to offer Spanish Immersion. Their reasons for coming are varied, but in the end, they are so impressed with the people they know connected to RP and HC, as well as through direct interaction with our staff at our Discovery Night and tours I host. In other words, they heard about us through you! And are they ever excited to come and join us at RP! There is an energy and eager anticipation that has been so encouraging and inspiring to me in these conversations.

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 is TONIGHT 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!

Monday Hot Lunch Change

Due to another snow day Monday’s menu for 1st choice will be:

Mini Mega Chicken Poppers, whipped potatoes with gravy, green and red peppers, blueberry muffin and  fruit choice

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.

Spanish Immersion Parent Meeting

Do you know anyone still weighing their options for educating their child next year? Do you know of anyone curious about Spanish Immersion, specifically?  Whether you are a current Spanish Immersion family or not, but especially if you are already in the program, please invite someone to come on Thursday, March 21, 6:30-7:30PM to interact with our current Spanish Immersion families and teachers, and learn more about this program as part of the exciting options available at Rose Park.  Please invite someone and join us!


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


Join the Living Hope Singers for an evening of song and dance as they celebrate music from the 1970’s.  Showcase 2019 will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 15 & 16 at 7:00 pm in the Holland Christian High School Auditorium.  Tickets can be ordered here.

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:
  • Go to HC Virtual Paragon – our conference reservation system.

  • “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


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.

Final 6th Grade Ski Club Tonight

Our final ski club date for this year is tonight, March 8.

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.!


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:


8 – Family Fun Night

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 IN PRAYER- What is MIP?  It’s just a group of Moms that scripturally pray together on Friday mornings in our library from 8:15-9:05.  We pray the entire time and you know what? Time flies!  And it’s so refreshing to Praise our great God, Confess silently and come clean, give Thanksgiving for His many good gifts and answered prayers, and lift up Supplication or requests for our concerns, especially for kids! All Moms are welcome to sit in and just listen anytime.
Jesus, I pray that ________ will want to serve You, follow You and be where You are.
From John 12:26a (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

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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