Rose Park News 5/17/19

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

I’m always amazed as the weeks really pick up speed now as we near the end of the school year. The teachers are making great use of every minute giving every opportunity and challenge for students to continue growing through the very last day in the classrooms and on special field trips taking advantage of these warming spring days. These are good days, indeed. In our work and in our play, we seek to build a strong community of learners here at Rose Park and Holland Christian Schools.

As I said, I’m constantly being reminded not to blink or these days pass by all too quickly. I was reminded of this truth so vividly again when we were gathered, all 1500 or so students, staff, and some parents and grandparents for our end of year HCS convocation on Tuesday. I couldn’t help but think and remember back to the first week of school when we gathered in August. Preschoolers suddenly don’t seem so small, scared, and lost. Each grade level visibly has grown physically, and we know from doing life together, they have grown spiritually, socially, and intellectually. What a great time to reflect and thank God for all that he is done in a school year’s worth of time. Don’t blink. They go from preschool to HCHS graduation all too soon. God is good all the time.

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.


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

We Are Still in Need of Rose Park Field Day Help!

We are having our Kindergarten through 4th grade Field Day on Wednesday May 29 in the afternoon.  Are you available to help?  Ms. Raak would love some parent volunteers.  Please email if you are able to help!  Thanks so much for being willing!

$5 HC Basketball Jerseys on Sale at Rose Park

The HC Middle School is cleaning out and getting ready for their big remodel. Rose Park students have a great opportunity to show support and school spirit by purchasing official HCMS game worn Basketball Jerseys AND Volleyball Team t-shirts.
Pick your favorite number! Home or Away! Perfect for all the BIG Little Maroon fans here at Rose Park!
Select your favorite, then bring your $5 to the office. Thank you!

Before and After School Care for 2019-20

Holland Christian Schools offers before school and after school care for students in PreK- 6th grade. The care is offered at Rose Park Christian as well as South Side Christian. The hours for before school care (BSC) are 7:30- 8:00 M-F and the hours for after school care (ASC) are 3:15-5:30 M-TH and 3:15-5:15 on Friday. The rates are as follows: $5 per hour, per one student, $9 per hour, per two students and $11 per hour, per 3+ students. If you are interested in registering your child/ren in Before/After School Care at Rose Park Christian follow this link- If you are interested in registering your child/ren in Before/After School Care at South Side Christian follow this link-

Student Health Plans and Medications

Health Plans/Medications for 2019/20 school year: A reminder to get school health plans and medication orders completed by your child’s physician this summer so we have those on the first day of class in August. The forms are available on the website under parent resources. Please call or email Jane Borr, School Nurse Consultant with any questions at (616) 394-3414 or

Dutch Costumes

If you borrowed a Dutch Costume from the office – please return it as soon as you can.  We need those back before your child(ren) leave for the summer.  Thanks so much for your help and understanding!

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

Library Notice

All student materials are now past due. Please make sure everything checked out of the library has been returned.

Game On! and Victory Day! Tonight!

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.”


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.


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:


17 – Kindergarten visit day 8:30AM-9:30AM

17 – Game On! Victory Day!

29 – Final RP Chapel at 10:45AM

31 – Last day of school 1/2 Day

Hot Lunch Menu


Requested Announcements

Moms In Prayer

MOMS IN PRAYER-  Moms, please consider checking us out on Friday mornings in the library.  Just one left!  You’ll find us from 8:15-9:05:  Praising, Confessing (silently), Thanksgiving, and
Requesting to the One who holds our students in His hands.  I pray the staff and students  at Rose Park Christian School let everything they say be good and helpful, so that 
their words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.  
From Ephesians 4:29b (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.