Rose Park News Blog, 1/12/18

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

Happy New Year, everyone! We have begun the new calendar year hitting the ground running with new learning and growth. The picture above reflects a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) challenge that the 6th graders undertook in science class. Their job was to engineer a package around a raw egg that would keep the egg from breaking, sustaining a fall from the height of about 12 feet. The task was engaging, the solutions creative, and the reflective learning deep as 5 out of 8 groups of students’ eggs stayed whole. What a great way to start the year, and to whet our appetite for Makers Week in a few weeks!

Also, it’s that time of year again, and we are eagerly planning and anticipating another exciting enrollment season with all of the events planned in our buildings very soon. Being a welcoming and enfolding community of hospitality is so vital not only at this time of year, but always at Holland Christian Schools. There needs to be intentionality and faithful commitment to really make connectedness palpable, people who are willing to step outside of their comfort zones and circles of friends to reach out and welcome and enfold new members to our community. (Did you know that we added a new family in 1st grade after Christmas vacation, by the way? Welcome!)

So, I’d like to ask you, have you introduced yourself to anyone you don’t know lately? To whom can you reach out to welcome and enfold at Rose Park? Whose name do you not know? Who needs more than a smile or “hello?” Act upon these Spirit-led inclinations to build relationships at Rose Park and we’ll see God’s blessing together!

Please pray for us and with us during this Discovery and enrollment season. Pray for God to bring even more families to Rose Park and Holland Christian Schools so that more students and more families might experience the power of partnership between church, home, and school in growing kingdom kids. Talk with your friends and acquaintances about Rose Park and Holland Christian Schools. Share your great stories. Invite them to our Discovery Night on January 25. You might even offer to accompany them to the Discovery Night. If anyone cannot make our Discovery Night, we love to arrange for personal tours anytime! Current Preschool families, please join us for Discovery Night, too, and be sure to ask your teachers or stop in the office if you have any questions regarding enrollment for next year. We deeply desire to continue our partnership with you!

Now, in that spirit, 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, the first of 2018, 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.



The Hollebeek Family

Thank you for all of your outpouring of love, care, support, and prayers for the Hollebeek family (RP family and HCMS Principal) this week.  This kind of grace-breathing overflow of love and kindness is a hallmark of the Rose Park and Holland Christian community, for which I am so grateful. Continue to pray for Dirk’s healing, and for the family, as well as other RP and HCS families going through some challenging experiences. If you haven’t seen these yet, here are a couple of links for you to receive updates and offer support by way of frozen meals:

Illness Procedures

With flu season upon us we want to  you of a few guidelines we have in place at Rose Park. If your child is not feeling well, please keep him/her home. Students must be fever free for 24 hours without use of a fever reducing medication before he/she may return to school. Please let us know each day your child will be absent. You may call and talk to us directly, leave a message on the 24 hour-a-day voice mail, or you may email Mrs. Steenwyk at or Mrs. Chase at If your child has an appointment during the day, please email the teacher or send a note stating the time you will pick up your child. We will have your child waiting for your arrival in the office.

Rose Park Family Movie Night

Please join us Friday, January 19 at 6:30pm for Rose Park Family Movie Night.  We will be watching Cars 3 on the big screen in our small gym.  Come enjoy time with your whole family.  Fresh popcorn, snacks, & candy, and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Preschool Mornings With Moms

Attention ALL Preschool Moms:  Please join us for Preschool Mornings with Moms on Thursday, February 1  after morning drop-off in the small gym.  Grab a cup of coffee and meet other moms of preschoolers.  Younger siblings are welcome to attend.

HC Spirit Days

Every Friday in January we will celebrate our HC spirit!  Wear your Holland Christian shirts, sweatshirts, socks and pants.  Parent Board will be awarding an ice cream sundae party to the classroom that demonstrates the MOST school spirit throughout the month.  Go HC!


2018 CHAMPS Coupon Books have arrived!  Pick yours up in the Rose Park office for $25.00.  These make wonderful Christmas gifts.

NEW Rose Park Recess Duty Sign Up

There is a new recess duty sign up available.  Dates available go through spring break.   The sign up availability changes often.  Feel free to check it to see if there are days that could work in your schedule.  We greatly appreciate your assistant on our playground!  The time commitment is 12:10-12:50.  Younger siblings are welcome to come and play as well!

To sign up, please click here .

Girls on the Run Ottawa & Allegan Counties

Volunteer Coaches and Assistant Coaches are still needed in order to ensure this program takes place at our school. We are looking for Monday/Wednesday coaches, and Tuesday/Thursday coaches.   If you are interested in coaching, please email  Laurien Dannenberg at  


We would love to have you join us for our All School chapels on Wednesday mornings at 10:35 AM in the elementary gym. We welcome parents and friends to join us in worship as we discover how we can grow in cultivating shalom.

January Hot Lunch Menu

The Rose Park hot lunch menu can be found here :  HC Elementary-January 2018

Upcoming Dates:


  • 16 – A.C.E. classes begin
  • 19 – 1st Semester ends
  • 19 – school spirit day
  • 19 – Movie Night at Rose Park 6:30 pm
  • 23 – A.C.E. classes
  • 25 – Preschool Discovery Night 6:00 pm
  • 26 – school spirit day
  • 30 – A.C.E. classes


  • 1 – Preschool Mornings with Moms
  • 6 – A.C.E. classes
  • 7 – Kindergarten enrollment begins
  • 13 – A.C.E. classes
  • 14 – Preschool enrollment begins
  • 16 – No School – Staff Development
  • 19- No School – Winter Break
  • 20 – A.C.E. classes


  • 3 – Kids’ Stuff Resale at Holland Christian High School
  • 9 – Family Fun Night at Rose Park
  • 26 – Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00pm-8:00pm
  • 28 – Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00pm-8:00pm
  • 30 – No School – Spring Vacation until April 6


  • 9 – Classes Resume

Requested Announcements

Moms In Prayer

Calling all Moms!  Have you made any resolutions for 2018?  Why not

commit to 45 minutes of prayer for your student(s) every Friday morning?  We meet in the

library from 8:15-9:05.  No prior experience necessary and silent prayers are always welcome!

You won’t want to miss this blessing…..

God, I pray when You test ________’s heart, You will be pleased that ________ has integrity.

I Chron 29:17a

Holland Christian Band and Orchestra

Not sure what is for dinner?  No problem!!! Come to Chipotle (12365 James Street) on Thursday January 25 from 5:00pm-9:00pm. 50 % of the proceeds will benefit the HCHS Band and Orchestra.  The funds raised will be used for the upcoming trip to Florida.  While there the students will be participating in educational workshops, and have a special performance at Disney World.  Simply mention HCHS Band/Orchestra at the register or show them this link: Music to Your Mouth

Can’t wait to see you all there!  Thank you for your support!

6th, 7th, 8th Grade Softball for girls

Zeeland Christian & Holland Christian 6th, 7th and 8th graders interested in playing softball are encouraged to attend an informational meeting and sign up for our club team through the City of Holland.  Please click on the link for information:

TTQ Spring Season Online registration is open!

TTQ Registration is now open ONLINE! Please use this link to register.  An informational flyer was sent home earlier this week with your child.  We do our very best to keep registration costs low, but in order to accommodate this change and to ensure we are still able to give out scholarships to all who need it, we will be raising the Total Trek Quest Registration fee to $45. You can still stop in to our offices to register your son, as we are working on ensuring kiosk style access to RacePlanner.  If you have any questions, please email Brandon at

The Park Township Winter/Spring 2018 Program is out! Registration for all classes opens today. This includes Spring Soccer. Keep an eye out for our flyer which should be in your child’s backpack next week. You can register online at  or stop in the Park Township Office (52 – 152 Ave, Holland)

There is free roller-skating at The Community Building (1286 Ottawa Beach Rd.) every Saturday 12:30-2pm. Rent skates for just $1!

Holland Recreation Department

The city of Holland Recreation Department offers many great programs for winter including 3 on 3 basketball tournaments, 5th-8th grade Basketball leagues, wrestling clinic, and a Parent’s Night Out.    Click here  for more information.

Join the dance! Become a Tulip Time Kinder Dutch Dancer!

Tulip Time is looking for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders interested in becoming Dutch Dancers! Kinder Dutch Dance information and registration can be found at Take a peek at this City of Holland Kinder Dutch Dance video to see what Kinder Dancing is all about. Have questions? Please contact

Job Opportunity

Innocademy- Homestead Campus has a great “hot lunch” opportunity for someone who wants to work around their students schedule.  This position is Tuesday through Friday from 10:00-2:30pm.  Innocademy Homestead food service is under the Holland Christian food service Child Nutrition Progam and compensation would be through Holland Christian.  You would co-work with another team member preparing and serving hot lunch.  For more details, please email .  Position would begin 1/8/2018.