Rose Park News 5/31/19

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

I don’t know if it is that the older I get each year becomes a smaller slice of the overall pie of life, but it sure is true that I experience years more and more as the blink of an eye. We have experienced another blessed year together. We have celebrated highs together, and, as always, we have also shared burdens and supported each other as a school family this year. Through it all God has been so faithful and good. So, at the end of this school year we give him praise and thanks for his goodness, faithfulness, and presence that we have experienced as a school family. Indeed, he is a Good, Good Father, and a Faithful Shepherd. I have been so blessed to be your Principal at Rose Park again this year, and am grateful for each of you as members of this school community.

On a personal note, I will miss the staff, students, and families of Rose Park. Today has been bittersweet with lots of hugs and “I love you’s.” I am so expectant and confident of God’s continued blessing for next year already, for all of our personal transitions, as well as those for our school. Please join me in that expectation and prayer. But, before that, I want to wish you and your families a blessed, safe, and joy-filled summer vacation! May you experience many wonderful adventures, as well as those simple, lazy days of summer. We’ll see you again very soon, friends!

Now, at the end of this 2018-2019 school year, may you bless and be blessed this summer with your families in rest, recreation, and in hopeful, thankful, awe-filled worship. It remains our deepest privilege and blessing to partner with you, equipping young and eager minds, nurturing soft and tender hearts, to transform the world for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.Have a blessed summer!


Staffing Updates

I have two new staffing updates to share with you before we leave for the year.

  • Mrs. Allison (Waterway) DeLange will join our preschool team and teach our 2 classes of 3’s. She is an HC and Calvin alum, has worked at Lakeshore Little People’s Place, and come to Rose Park with lots of energy, enthusiasm, and love for the 3-year olds she will be teaching.
  • Mrs. Laura Smith will join Mr. Nieuwsma completing the 6th grade team for next year. She will be teaching language arts and social studies. Mrs. Smith comes to us as a Calvin alum, as well, with 6th grade experience at Grand Rapids Public Schools. She comes, too, with lots of energy, creativity, enthusiasm, and is excited to join our Rose Park team and meet her students.

So, we welcome both of these teachers to the Rose Park team. Both love God, students, and learning! I’m eager to see how God will use them as part of the Rose Park team that he is assembling for the next season of life here. Please join me in welcoming them when you see them in the new year!

Lost and Found!!

We have TONS of items on the lost and found table.  Tons.  All things will be brought to Ditto on Tuesday, June 4.  Please stop by to claim your items before then.

Report Cards

In your child’s backpack, you will find a printed copy of the digital report card. We provide you with the printed copy for ease of reading together with your child or passing along to celebrate with family members

Hot Lunch Balance Reminders…..

PLEASE– take care of your negative lunch balances….We appreciate you allowing us to partner with you in providing lunch to your students.  Either drop off a check or go to sendmoneytoschool.com to make a payment…  Thank you so much!  If you have a question please call Sue at 616-820-2934

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

$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!

Perennial Dig at the Middle School

The construction on the Middle School is beginning, which means some of our perennials will need a new home.  We want to share some of the plants that would otherwise be demolished.  June 1 from 8-10am, everyone is welcome in front of the middle school to come and claim some perennial plants.  Bring your own shovels and buckets and other tools and John Wood will direct you to what is available.

Summer Slide Party

On Wednesday, July 31,  we will celebrate the close of the reading program with a party at the Rose Park Campus at 556 Butternut Dr. from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  We look forward to seeing those who participated for all the fun.  Remember, keep reading!!!

Free Summer Reading Opportunity

Your child will love Capstone Interactive this summer!  Access thousands of books right now by going to  MyCapstoneLibrary.com and entering:

Username: capstonesummer

Password: interactive19

6th Graders going into 7th grade reminder!

6th graders, this is your reminder to register for athletics for the 2019-20 school year.  Please use Final Forms to complete this!  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- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0vazcezH0LP8llXsj7kkMxxFoWgoddWpBTo-ee6bNSxxM8Q/viewform?c=0&w=1. If you are interested in registering your child/ren in Before/After School Care at South Side Christian follow this link- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeIeavEtTVHJvONgAqqpBTOBY5CrkQODiu4YTomZse07gW15A/viewform?c=0&w=1.

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 janbor@hollandhospital.org.

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 https://www.hollandchristian.org/summer-camps/.


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 ejohnson@hollandchristian.org 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


Upcoming Dates:


31 – Last day of school 1/2 Day


Requested Announcements

Moms In Prayer

Stay tuned for details regarding next season.  Have a blessed summer!
God, may the staff and students at Rose Park Christian School know and rely on the love that You have for them.  From 1 John 4:16a (NIV)

Fall and Spring Soccer – Join the Team?

The Holland Rovers’ program is looking for boys to join its Holland Christian soccer team for the fall and spring seasons!  Eligible players must have been born in 2010 or 2011 (currently 2nd and 3rd grade boys).  The team will play in the U10 division of the Grand Valley Soccer Association, with games in Zeeland and surrounding areas, and practices will be held at the Holland Christian Middle School.  If interested, please text or call Jen Remondino at 616.836.5850 prior to June 10 for more information.

Summer Rugby Opportunity

Want to try out one of the fastest growing sports in the US? Rugby is a fast paced game played similar to football but the action does not stop when the ball is grounded. The next player picks it up and keeps going. But you may only pass behind you. Sound intriguing? Both boys and girls grades 3-8 are welcome to try it out at West Ottawa Rugby Camp this summer July 15-18, 10:30-1:30 for only $40.

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 kirkcousins.org.

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. https://www.grand-makers.com/

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 areillyclegg@GoodSamMinistries.com 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

  • EVERYONE GETS A FREE T-SHIRT!! Register at www.GoodSamMinistries.com
  • 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 areillyclegg@GoodSamMinistries.com or 616-392-7159 ext. 111.

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.

West Ottawa Rugby Camp

Want to try out one of the fastest growing sports in the US? Rugby is a fast paced game played similar to football but the action does not stop when the ball is grounded. The next player picks it up and keeps going. But you may only pass behind you. Sound intriguing? Both boys and girls grades 3-8 are welcome to try it out at West Ottawa Rugby Camp this summer July 15-18, 10:30-1:30 for only $40.