Rose Park News 10/12/18

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

Our first quarter of the year is already officially over as of today! Can you believe it? The staff and I have amazing front row seats every day to witness the growth God is bringing in our students after 9 short weeks. One of the areas I am delighted to see is how we are living into our theme this year, as well as our mission and goals. Rose Park is growing in its being a community of learners where everyone has a place at the table. We have a variety of students with specific learning abilities and needs. We have Spanish Immersion students who speak another language than most in the building most of the day. We are very intentional to grow staff and students to understand what this means to prepare a table well for the students we have at Rose Park.

I see 6th grade boys meet and usher in a special Kindergarten boy each day. They hold hands. They stop and admire the fish in the office aquarium before accompanying him to his locker and classroom, and to the care of his teacher. I see a trio of girls on the tire swing at recess. Where two years ago there was fear because of some difference, now there is invitation and joy in sharing a swing together.

These are two simple examples from this week alone. Baby steps? Perhaps. Yet they represent major strides we are making as a Christian school community to be Kingdom people who prepare a table well for each other with hospitality and intentionality. I’m proud of our students. I’m proud of our staff. I am grateful for the Heart of God, Kingdom glimpses we get to see every day. I invite you to watch for and expect them, too, when you have opportunity to spend time in the building at Rose Park. Are we perfect? Far from it. Yet, in our weakness, in our own brokenness, we take great joy and encouragement in recognizing these gifts of God’s Spirit and presence among us, blessing our efforts.

As always, I pray that you may bless and be blessed this weekend with your families in rest, recreation, and in awe-filled worship. We are grateful to partner with you in equipping young and eager minds, nurturing soft and tender hearts, to transform the world for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It’s been a great first week, and we look forward to seeing your children again next week to love them and learn along with them.


Holland Christian Auction Tomorrow, October 13

We’re setting the tables and putting items on display for you to “Dine, Bid and Be Charitable” tomorrow starting at 6!  We’re so looking forward to seeing you at tomorrow’s auction. We’d appreciate your prayers over the event. If you can not attend, but would still like to donate to the Tuition Grant Fund, we’d welcome your contribution!

School Pictures

If you ordered school pictures for your child, they were sent home last week. Please note that picture retakes will take place on Thursday, November 1,  starting at 8:15 AM. Please save your entire picture packet to return to the photographer that day. Also, if your student was absent during the first round of pictures, they will have their picture taken on this date. Thanks so much.

Items Needed in the Art Room!

Mrs. Luce is in need of a few supplies for our art room:

  • wide mouth yogurt cups (Chobani cups work well)
  • peanut butter lids

Please leave these items with Mrs. Chase or Mrs. Steenwyk and we will make sure they get to Mrs. Luce.  Thank you!

Dressing for the Weather

Michigan weather continues to keep us on our toes!  Our weather can change from the morning to the afternoon.  Please do know, our students are outside for recess multiple times a day.  We encourage you to check the weather and plan your child’s clothing accordingly.  The office has a very limited supply of warm gear to lend out, and we want to be sure our kids are enjoying their time in the fresh air.  Thank you!

A.C.E  Classes Are Back!

After School Enrichment classes will be offered on Tuesdays this fall at Rose Park.   The classes offered include “Introduction to Martial Arts”, “Tech Lab Junior: Intro to the OSMO (for K-2nd”, “Baila Zumba” (for 3rd-6th graders), and “Create…Kindness in a Card!”.  A brochure with more information on these classes was sent home last week.  The sign up period is open NOW until  October 22nd.  Classes sizes are limited, so be sure to register early!  Questions?  Contact Sue Vos (


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.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Mark your calendars!  Parent teacher conferences are coming up!  Conferences will be held on Monday October 22  4:00pm-8:00pm and Tuesday October 23 4:00pm-8:00pm

An email with sign up instructions was sent last week Friday.  The conference dates and times for all of our buildings are listed below:

High School

  • Thursday Oct 11: 3:30-6:30
  • Tuesday Oct 16: 5:30-8:30

Middle School

  • Thursday Oct 11: 5:30-8:30
  • Thursday Oct 16: 3:30-6:30


  • Monday Oct 22: 4:00-8:00
  • Tuesday Oct 23: 4:00-8:00

Parent Teacher Conferences Meal Sign Up

Please join us in supplying dinners for our wonderful teachers! They not only work long hours during the day investing in all our kiddos, but also on these evenings, they work hours into the night. What an honor it is to be able to offer them a nice meal to enjoy as our token of gratitude! For any item you sign up for, please ensure that it is in the Teacher’s Lounge no later than 3:45pm on the day you sign up for. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

CEA Convention

As a reminder, there will be no school on Thursday and Friday October 25 and 26.

Rollerskating Party

Save the date!  Thursday November 8 will be our Rose Park rollerskating party.  More details to come!

Upcoming Dates:


13 – Holland Christian Auction 6:00PM

22-Parent/Teacher Conferences

23 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

25 – CEA – No School

26  – CEA- No School


1 – Picture retake day

2 – 5/6th grade Donuts with Dads

6- Preschool Dad’s night

8- Rose Park Roller Skating Party

21 – 1/2 day

22 – 23  – Thanksgiving Break

Hot Lunch Menu


Requested Announcements

Moms In Prayer

MOMS IN PRAYER- All Moms are welcome to stop in the library on Friday mornings from 8:15-9:05 to lift up their child(ren), as well as the entire Rose Park Community, to our Heavenly Father.  We consider this opportunity a rich blessing! Feel free to sit in.

God help ________ to be faithful in little things.  From Luke 16:10a (NLT)

Please contact Kathy Schut with any questions.  616-875-8912

Little Maroons Boys and Girls Basketball Clinics and Leagues K-6

All skill levels are welcome!  Holland Christian High School Athletes and Coaches will be leading these three sessions and leagues. For more information  click here.  To register for HC Clinics and Leagues click here.