Rose Park News 5/3/19

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

If April showers bring May flowers, we are in for one bumper crop of beauty! Isn’t God good? His providential care and love for his creation, including each one of us, knows no bounds! As we enter together into this month of lasts for this school year, and for some of us, lasts at Rose Park, may we recognize and revel in God’s loving, providing presence all around us and for us every step of the way. This will be my approach to May, 2019. How about you?

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 Staffing 2019-2020

I’ve said this to the staff here, and to any who have inquired. God has been abundantly faithful throughout the history of Rose Park and Holland Christian Schools in assembling a team of people for his use in the lives of children and families, and for the upbuilding of his Kingdom. This is no less true today. God put together a special team here at Rose Park for his purposes and for a specific season of life. Now, God is busy, again, faithfully putting together a new look to the team of people at Rose Park for the next season of life at the school. I know that he will use this team to continue to bless, inspire, nurture, and grow the students that are here every day. Let me give you some details to the makeup of the Rose Park team for next year as best I can at this point:


  • Kalee Gustafson has decided to not come back to preschool next year, instead devoting herself to her family for a season of life. We bless her into this next season of life for her.
  • Amanda Brouwer will be using her gifts and experience teaching 5-day 4’s Preschool, and we are hiring for a new Preschool 3’s teacher.


  • Gretchen Vogelzang (K)  is retiring after a long and fruitful career of teaching at Rose Park. We bless her into her season of retirement and whatever God has in store.
  • Rita Bos (K) is teaching 5-day Kindergarten with 3-day Kindergarten embedded with the 5-day students.
  • Kathy Kuipers (PreK) will be Mrs. Bos’ aid joining Mrs. Bos on the 3 days that 3-day Kindergarten students will be present in the classroom.
  • Karina Schebor (1) is returning to Rose Park from a year at South Side, and rejoining the 1st grade team here to teach the second English 1st grade classroom..
  • Taylor Cupery will be joining the 1st grade team, and Spanish Immersion team, and will be teaching Spanish Immersion 1st grade.
  • Stacia Stoep (2) will move to 3rd grade next year, and Melanie Scott (2) will remain in 2nd grade to teach the single 2nd grade section.
  • Danielle Snoeyink (3) will move to 4th grade next year, joining the 4th grade team to teach a 2nd 4th grade class.
  • Dave Nieuwsma (5) will teach 6th grade next year, along with a new hire in the process of being decided and announced.
  • Beth Diepenhorst (6) is retiring, too, after many years of fruitful teaching at the middle school and Rose Park. We bless her, too, into retirement and God’s next for her.
  • Eena Wright (6) has accepted an elementary teaching position at Grand Rapids Christian. We will miss her and we bless her, and God for giving this opportunity to her.
  • Miska Rynsburger, as you know, very capably, will step in as Rose Park’s next Principal, coming from South Side.

In summary, here are the grade level teams at Rose Park for 2019-2020:


  • 3’s–new hire to be announced
  • 4s–Laura Rotman
  • 4’s–Amanda Brouwer
  • Jr. K–Leanne Bouwman
  • SI 3’s and 4’s–Perla DeLeon


  • 3-day and 5-day Kindergarten–Rita Bos
  • SI Kindergarten–Hillary Klipp Lopez
  • 1st grade–Sheila Dokter and Karina Schebor
  • SI 1st grade–Taylor Cupery
  • 2nd grade–Melanie Scott
  • 3rd grade–Jodi Hossink and Stacia Stoep
  • 4th grade–Jana Stejskal/Kim VanderZwaag and Danielle Snoeyink
  • 5th grade–Jenn Kuipers/Stacey Reitman
  • 6th grade–Dave Nieuwsma and new hire to be announced

Note to K-5 Parents

In the spring, we begin to think about placement of students for the next school year. Our teachers intimately know our students, their personalities, learning styles, social relationships, and more, and meet to prayerfully, carefully, and intentionally create class lists that will foster the best possible experience for each student next year. If your child has special needs or there are circumstances of which we should be aware, a letter or email should be written and received no later than Monday, May 13. Please do not request a specific teacher or personally ask your child’s teacher to make a specific placement for you. These requests should come through the office. We invite you to share your student’s circumstance or need for placement consideration by writing a letter or email to Mr. Brandsen at with this information. Mr. Brandsen will acknowledge the receipt of each request. If you do not receive this acknowledgement within a day of sending the email, please inquire in the office.

Tulip Time Permission Slips and Information

Wednesday, May 8, we will have 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.

An information sheet was sent home with your K-4th grade child earlier this week.  Please be sure to read over the details concerning dismissal and the parades, and return your permission slip to your child’s teacher ASAP!.  Thank you!

Tulip Time Is Next Week!

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.

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.

Teacher Appreciation

In honor of Teachers Appreciation Week quickly approaching, we have gathered a Wish List from the Teachers of items that would be a blessing to them. Please check out the link below in order to see what items they may need. This link will continue to be updated as items are purchased, so please continue to check back in the coming days! Any items purchased can either be shipped directly to the school or items can be dropped off the the school office by May 6.

Mornings with Moms

Please join us for a very special school-wide “Mornings with Moms” on Thursday morning, May 9 at 7:30am. A variety of breakfast treats, coffee, and refreshments will be served. Please come and enjoy fellowship and community with fellow moms!

Bill’s Greenhouse Flower Sale

From now until May 6, there will be a sign up in the office for anyone who would like to order a Bill’s Greenhouse gift card- These make great Mother’s Day gifts! For this limited time, Bill’s will give 15% back to the school for every $20 gift card sold. Simply sign up in the front office- payment is required when you sign up (Checks only please! No cash), and gift cards will be sent home with your students (or available for pick up, if you prefer) the week before Mother’s Day.

HC Summer Camps Update

Still thinking about Summer Camps? HC is offering many fun and unique opportunities this year.  Please sign up today as camps that are lacking participants will be cancelled in the next week! Camp information and registration can be found at

HC Summer Slide Party Program

Have you ever been blessed with too much of a good thing? 😀 We’ve had so many parents who are eager to support their fledgling readers with our Summer Slide initiative, that Mrs. Rynsburger thought she might get hives trying to collate thousands of books (literally!) for our readers! This is a GREAT problem to have! Insert our Pine Ridge POD group! The photo above captures something pretty beautiful! Our 3rd-6th graders came to the rescue organizing and stapling hundreds of books for their South Side/Rose Park friends! We have a wonderful supply of books ready for our signed-up readers and MORE! If you would like to have your child participate and have yet to RSVP, please read through the following details:

South Side, Forest School and Rose Park would like to invite you to join us in redefining “summer slide” for our kindergarten through second grade children. Students and teachers have worked so diligently throughout this school year developing our children as readers. Parents have been a huge support in this exciting effort and we thank you! It won’t be long and we’ll be sending our students out of school for all sorts of wonderful summer adventures! However, particularly for our emergent readers, summer can impose a looming threat to young readers’ newly acquired reading ability. Not only must children read regularly throughout the summer in order to maintain their ability, they must also read books at their individual instructional reading level. To that end, we’d love to offer you a brand new invitation! Current kindergarten through second grade parents, you are invited to participate in our HC Summer Slide Party Program! What does that entail you ask? Well, I’m glad you asked! ( 😉 ). We will begin, for parents who RSVP on behalf of their child by May 15 via email, with a 30-minute crash course in reading instruction with Miska. We’ll hold our reading instruction night for parents, both South Side and Rose Park, on May 28 at 6:00 in the gym at South Side. At this meeting, South Side and Rose Park parents who have notified us via RSVP by May 15 will receive 50 paper books! One book for every week day of the summer at each child’s instructional level. Miska will share our grade-level reading goals with you and help you become familiar with techniques and strategies you might find helpful over the summer months. Now, here comes the real fun part! Because our students’ reading levels won’t suffer from the typical slide downhill due to consistent, targeted reading, let’s send our hard working readers down a slide! We will rent a big inflatable slide and hold a Summer Slide Party on the playground of Rose Park at the end of July! At this fun event, your child can bring their favorite book to the playground to read to some of our teachers and then, set that book aside and do some fun sliding!

Because the cost of the slide and individualized books are outside of our operating costs, we ask that you contribute $15 to participate. In order to prepare your child’s personalized reading books and goals, we’ll need some advance notice of your family’s interest. Please RSVP by May 15 to and we’ll begin your child’s materials!

Hmmm…this is brand new. What questions do you have? Feel free to send Miska an email or call either school office for clarification.

Happy Reading and Happy Sliding!

Library Notice

The week of May 6-10 (Tulip Time week!) is the last week for students to borrow books from Rose Park Library. All student materials are due by May 17.

Game On! and Victory Day!

We are excited to again welcome Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins back to Holland Christian for Game On!  The May 17, 2019 event features Kirk and his alumni all stars as they take on the Unity Christian alumni all star team in touch football at 7pm.  Also included in the evening is Victory Day, a modified football game featuring individuals in our community with special needs as they compete for a touchdown.  Both Game On and Victory Day are fun filled ways for us to celebrate community and enjoy a full BBQ dinner.  Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, April 24 at 6:00pm.  The first 100 people to sign up for the event online will receive a chance for an autograph from Kirk Cousins (  You can also purchase tickets at Holland Christian High School and Unity Christian High School.  Please click here for the flyer with more information.”

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.


Buy your tickets in the Rose Park office! All proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Michigan, and our HC Unified Program will keep 25% of each ticket sold.


Tickets are $5 each

First Prize: 2019 Ford Escape S

Second Prize: $1,000 Visa Card .

Third Prize: 15″ Lap Top Computer .

Winners will be drawn on Sept 20 at the Fall State Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies, and you do not need to be present to win.

Check out this great promotional video starring our middle schoolers! Please feel free to share. Parent permission was granted.

Contact with any questions!

Attention 6th grade going into 7th grade Parents!  Immunizations Required

Please see this flyer for all immunizations required by the state for all 7th graders.  These will need to be taken care of BEFORE your student(s) may start school in the fall.  Thanks for your help with this.

Bus Information for 2019-20

The Rose Park Transportation site is updated with the 2019-20 bus registration form from West Ottawa.

Families desiring transportation for 2019-2020 school year MUST fill out the Online Registration Form to be eligible for busing.

For questions on bus scheduling, please call the West Ottawa Transportation Department at (616) 786-2040.

Register now for the 2019-20 year: Rose Park/West Ottawa Bus Transportation Form

New Athletic Information for 2019-20

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:

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 2019-2020 continues

Remember to share the good news of Holland Christian to others.  If parents would like a tour please encourage them to call our office and we will gladly set up a time to introduce them to  the building, perspective grade level teacher(s) and a sit down with Mr. Brandsen to answer questions


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:


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

8 – 1/2 day Tulip Time–11:30 dismissal

9 – All School Mornings with Mom’s in the small gym 7:30AM-8:15AM

9 – 1/2 day Tulip Time – Kinderparade NO BUSSING for Kindergarten, 5th-6th graders

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 8:30AM-9:30AM

17 – Game On! Victory Day!

31 – Last day of school 1/2 Day

Hot Lunch Menu


Requested Announcements

Moms In Prayer

MOMS IN PRAYER- Just a couple more weeks Moms!  Please know that you are welcome
to stop in the library on Friday mornings from 8:15-9:05 to soak up what MIP is all about.
(We will not be meeting on May 10, we will meet May 17 and the 24th will conclude our season)
I pray that ________ will produce good things from the treasury of a good heart. 
From  Matthew 12:35a (NLT)

West Ottawa Swim Club

West Ottawa Swim Club is starting up again! New this season: $50 discount for new participants!  It’s a steal 🙂
Link to sign-ups is on the doc. Please click below.

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.


Good Sam’s Wild Run

When: Saturday, June 8
Where: Macatawa Greenway at Ridgepoint ChurchJoin us for Good Samaritan Ministries’ 5th Annual Good Sam’s Wild Run! Kids ages 4-13 will maneuver obstacles designed by local companies and will be able to vote for their favorite obstacle at the end of the run. All proceeds go to support programming that helps families overcome housing and financial obstacles.Register by May 24 to be guaranteed a t-shirt! www.GoodSamMinistries.comQuestions? Contact Anne Reilly-Clegg at or 616-392-7159 ext. 111.

Volunteer Opportunity for Good Sam’s Wild Run

Looking for a way to earn service hours while supporting a good cause? Join in the fun and volunteer for Good Samaritan Ministries’ 5th Annual Good Sam’s Wild Run!

When: Saturday, June 8
Where: Macatawa Greenway at Ridgepoint Church


Kids ages 4-13 will maneuver obstacles designed by local companies. All proceeds go to support programming that helps families overcome housing and financial obstacles.

There are a number of volunteer opportunities available for ages 14 and up. Some opportunities do require heavy lifting and traveling to the far end of the 2.5 mile course. Other volunteers will stay at the head of the course. Please read the volunteer descriptions for more details.

Questions? Contact Anne Reilly-Clegg at or 616-392-7159 ext. 111.