Rose Park News 4/19/19

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

I can’t help today but reflect on the significance of this weekend for us as Christians. Since the Reformation, the Protestant Church has not been big on icons, and no less so in the Reformed tradition where I grew up. I was raised to think that any iconography bordered at best, trespassed at worst into idolatry.  I remember as a kid seeing a crucifix with Jesus hanging on the cross. It jarred me then, and still does today, though less so. While much less graphic than a movie like The Passion, I can appreciate the visual reminder of what Jesus experienced for me on the cross. Yet, the true power of the cross is that while it was occupied, it wasn’t for long. And, if that were all that happened, that would not be enough. A moving story, yes. Powerful drama, certainly. A heart-stopping, tear-jerking sacrifice. But, as Paul very pointedly tells the Corinthian Christians, “…And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all the others.” (1 Corinthians 15:17-19, NIV)

 Could Paul have stated his case more plainly and emphatically? For Paul and for us the Resurrection of Jesus is the foundational, central, the whole reason for any hope for this life and beyond. It’s not just the empty cross that has power, but it’s the empty cross and the empty tomb. Perhaps we should commission a jewelry designer to create something representing an empty tomb to hang alongside our cross necklaces.

 It’s the Resurrection that brings light and hope. We live in a cross world. (Don’t miss the word play there.) As we have acknowledged before, we live in that Friday world, one where children get sick and even die, parents get cancer, relationships are strained, abuse abounds, and more. But, we are Resurrection people. We live in Sunday light. We bring Sunday Resurrection light to our world. We get to bring that light to our students and to each other every day because Jesus takes up residence in us. As you likely partook of communion in the last few weeks, reflect on this prayer from Walt Wangerin:

 Jesus: Dead you entered Joseph’s tomb and once, for all, did not exist. Alive, you enter and commune myself in every Eucharist [communion]. For this you mystified the wine, for this reduced the bread to bone–To lodge your body, Christ, in mine! Then here, my Love: come home. —Reliving the Passion, p 147.

 May Jesus find his Resurrection home in each one of us.

Now, may you bless and be blessed this Resurrection Sunday 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 Thursday April 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

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.

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

14 – All School Convocation at the High School

14 – 4th-12th Grade Orchestra Concert at Jack H. Miller Center 7:00PM-8:30PM

17 – Kindergarten visit day

31 – Last day of school 1/2 Day

Hot Lunch Menu


Requested Announcements

Moms In Prayer

Can you believe it Moms?  The school year is quickly coming to an end.  We say this every year at this time don’t we? What if you as a Mom, changed it up a bit?  What if God was calling you
to something new?  What if you asked Him?

We as the Rose Park Moms In Prayer Group are in need of a leader beginning next school year.  Kathy is “graduating” along with her 6th grader as leader.  Would you please pray and seek God on this one? I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have!
May staff members and students at Rose Park Christian School have  regard for what is honorable, not only in the sight of the Lord, but  also in the sight of men.  From 2 Corinthians 8:21 (NASB)

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.



Grand Makers Camp Christian-based S.T.E.A.M. Camp

A Christian based S.T.E.A.M. Camp is being offered out of Mars Hill Church in Grandville during the month of July.  The ultimate mission of Grand Makers Camp is to give kids an opportunity to learn about and embody the one true Grand Maker- God while also exploring in a hands-on way through different STEAM activities. If you’re interested in learning more about the camp or the mission, you can check out our website.

Meijer State Games of Michigan

Meijer State Games of Michigan a multi-sport, Olympic-style event that welcomes all athletes regardless of age or ability. Our Summer Games are coming up in June and will feature 45+ sports. Please click on the link below for more information.