Rose Park News 10/19/18

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

Some of my most memorable learning experiences are when I was learning something while having fun. I’ll bet it is the same for you, too. Am I right? Now, fun has different kinds of connotations in different settings. Sometimes fun comes in the content, and sometimes it comes with context. What I know is that when I am having fun, when I am engaged, when I want to learn something, those are the most memorable lessons for me. I liked thinking about that and providing that for my students as much as I could when I was a high school teacher, too. I love to see that when I wander the building and stop in classrooms. I loved seeing this week the fun and delight in 1st grade and Scarecrow Day. What a fun and engaging context for learning that day. I also enjoyed seeing 6th grade eyes light up and mouths fall open in awe when a close friend of Mrs. Wright, a Doctor of chemistry at Spectrum, came and enriched the students’ science lesson with some hands-on chemical reactions. I was impressed hearing students bring their science learning so far this year to these reactions using very accurate scientific language and description. This just scratches the surface of the good learning I observed at Rose Park this week. May your continued learning include a healthy measure of fun, as well.

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.


Report Cards

Report cards are being sent home today for all 1st-6th grade students.  This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate your child’s success, and encourage them in areas where growth can occur.  Teachers look forward to further discussing these things with you at Parent Teacher conferences next week.

An email containing your child’s NWEA Map testing scores was sent to you earlier today.  This file is password protected and you will need to enter the date of birth for your child in MM/DD/YYYY format to access the report. For example, 01/13/1997. The (/) is not provided for you, you must also include that in your password.

Visitor Check-in

We are instituting a new visitor sign-in protocol to improve security and bring some consistency to our HCS buildings. We will continue to require visitors to stop by the office upon arrival and sign in.  However, we have a new visitor pass registry book.  Diane or Carla are happy to show you how our new system works.

Important Building Security Reminder

Thank you for using our Rose Park main front door entrance to enter the building at all times throughout the day. We want to remind you that that is the only way anyone should be entering the building. If you choose to exit the building through any other door, we need your help. Please do not hold the doors open for others to come in. Rather, ask anyone waiting outside to enter through the main entrance. We have all exterior doors locked always for security purposes. We want to monitor who enters our building the best we can throughout the day via the main entrance. We appreciate the slight inconvenience for some, but believe it to be worth the added security for our building. Thank you for your cooperation.

Stay Curious. Think Well. Advance the Good.

On Thursday, November 8, Holland Christian will be hosting our second annual Q Commons. Join with 25,000 other people around the world to hear global and local speakers address the topic of The Power of We. Tickets are $10 for the evening, and are now available. If this year’s event is anything like last year, the seats on Main Street at HCHS will fill up fast! Find more details and register at

Fall Break Absences

If you are leaving early or coming back late from our CEA convention fall break (Thursday October 25 and Friday October 26), please call/email our office and let your child’s teacher know.  We appreciate it!

Parent Teacher Conferences at Rose Park

Parent teacher conferences are next week!  Elementary 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.

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!

Lost and Found

We have a collection of items that are looking for their home.  We have water bottles, sweatshirts, and miscellaneous items on the tables in our front entryway.  When you have a minute, stop by to see if anything belongs to you.  All items not claimed by Wednesday October 24 will be donated to Ditto.

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!

Fall ACE classes begin soon!

After School Community Enrichment classes are a great way to explore something new and build friendships at Rose Park!  Registration is due Monday, Oct. 22.  Exciting new classes include:”Intro to Martial Arts” and “Tech Lab Junior” for grades K – 2nd”Baila Zumba” and “Create…Kindness in a Card” for grades 3 – 6.
A description of the classes offered can be found here and registration forms can be found here

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.

Rollerskating Party

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

School Pictures

If you ordered school pictures for your child, have been sent home. 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.

Upcoming Dates:


22 – Due date for ACE classes registration

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- Calling all Moms!  You are always welcome to stand in the gap

for your kids on Friday mornings from 8:15-9:05 as we lift up Praise, (silent) Confession,
Thanksgiving, and Intersession.

LORD, may the staff and students at ________ school know that Your way is perfect
and that all Your promises prove true.
        From Psalm 18:30a, b (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.

Kinder Dutch Dance Opportunity

Join the dance!  Tulip Time invites all 3rd-6th graders from the greater Holland/Zeeland are to participate in our Kinder Dutch Dance program. Please click here and here for more information.

Hope Volleyball Free Clinic

Hope College  volleyball team is hosting a free youth clinic on Saturday, October 27 for boys and girls, grades 3-6.   Come learn basic volleyball skills and and play with current team members.  More information is included in the flyer found here.

November is Big Read month along the Lakeshore!

Join thousands of residents of all ages in reading one of the 2018 Big Read books and participating in our many events and book discussions. The Little Read book this year is John Rocco’s award-winning picture book, Blackout. Highlights of the program will be Rocco’s visit to Holland and the many family-focused Blackout related events offered at local libraries, the Outdoor Discovery Center, Holland Museum and Degraaf Nature Center. For a full list of program events, please go to:

If you have any questions or would like more information on how to get your school involved in our program next year, please email us at: