Rose Park News Blog, 1/19/18

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

Anyone who knows me even a little bit knows that I love this time of year! By this time of year, I mean this season of Discovery Night, tours, conversations, meeting new parents. I love introducing new parents to Holland Christian Schools. I am so blessed meeting prospective parents whom I remember as students in my HCHS Bible class, and seeing the families with which God has blessed them. I am blessed to meet parents I have never met before and share my love for God, for children, and Christian education. I love sharing my story of Christian education, which includes being a student at HC, parent of 3 HC grads, teacher and administrator at HC, as well as undergrad and grad degrees from Calvin College. My life has been awash in Christian education, and I am so blessed and so grateful. I heard a parent describe her experience, appreciation, and desire for her children and Christian education this way. She recognized the power of having had her life “marinate” in Christian education. Now, I realize that every metaphor has a breaking point if pushed too far, but I like this. There is a marinating effect. By spending time with Christian teachers, by hearing and retelling Bible stories, by learning everything we learn through the lens of Scripture, and doing our discipleship practices, our children are being immersed in the most marvelous of marinades with a tasty variety of God-flavors in the mix. All of this marinating results in a delicious and colorful life that brings flavor and life to others in bringing the Kingdom, cultivating shalom, and transforming the world for Jesus Christ. Please, tell your stories! Accompany someone to Discovery Night this coming Thursday evening, or anytime into the building. And, please, guide anyone you desire to my office at Rose Park where I would love to listen to their story and introduce them to Holland Christian Schools, and the special experience of Rose Park Christian School.

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, 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.



Discovery Nights January 23 and 25

If you are new to our preschool or kindergarten program or know a family considering HC for either program next fall, our Discovery Nights are a great way to learn more! These nights will be held January 23 at South Side or January 25 at Rose Park at 6 pm. Childcare is provided. Both nights will also include a presentation about Spanish Immersion and our vision for the new program. Please help spread the word! Invite your friends and family to the Discovery Nights and share with them your own experience here.

2018-19 Kindergarten Enrollment

We will offer 3 Day+, 5 Day, and 5 Day Spanish Immersion kindergarten classes this fall. Families with children already in Holland Christian Schools prek-12th grade may enroll early beginning February 6 from 7 am – 7 pm. (We will not process registrations submitted prior to February 6 at 7 am.) Early enrollment will close on February 6 at 7 pm and open to the public on February 7 at 7 am. Enroll online at: Please enroll your child in kindergarten by March 1 in order for us to prepare class lists. Children will need to be 5-years-old by September 1, 2018, to enroll in kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year.

2018-19 Preschool Enrollment

Preschool enrollment opens early for families with children already at Holland Christian Schools prek-12th grade February 13 from 7 am – 7 pm at (We will not process applications received prior to February 13 at 7 am.) Early enrollment will close on February 13 at 7 pm and open to the public on February 14 at 7 am. Preschool enrollment requires a $75 deposit. With our 3-year-old, 4-year-old, and Junior Kindergarten morning classes, afternoon enrichment classes, and before and after school care parents can create a fully customized preschool schedule, ranging from part-time to full-time enrollment. Click here to learn all about our preschool offerings, including class schedules and tuition rates:

RP Families

Thank you for all of your continued outpouring of love, care, support, and prayers for Dirk Hollebeek and his family (RP family and HCMS Principal).  They are so grateful. Please continue to pray for Dirk’s healing, and for the family.  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:

Also, please pray for Troy Dokter (RP family and HCS Development Director) as he goes through another round of chemotherapy, as well. Thank you for your continued love and care for the Dokter family on their journey.

There certainly are others in the Rose Park family who are going through different experiences causing chaos currently. We mention Troy and Dirk here specifically as staff members who desire and are so grateful for the prayer support of this community. We have lots of opportunities for God to use each one of us to cultivate shalom where there is chaos in our midst. This kind of grace-breathing overflow of love and kindness that we practice is a hallmark of the Rose Park and Holland Christian community, for which we are so grateful.

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.

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

We LOVE to see your HC spirit!  If you have Holland Christian shirts, sweatshirts, socks and pants, wear them every Friday in January.   Parent Board will be awarding an ice cream sundae party to the classroom that demonstrates the MOST school spirit throughout the month.  Go HC!

Rose Park Elementary Clase De Espanol

Are you curious what your child is learning in Spanish with Maestra De Leon?  She has created a blog Rose Park Elementary Clase De Espanol. Here you can find your favorite videos, songs and games from class. Maestra De Leon also posts pictures of the  wonderful learning that is occurring.

Rose Park Roller Skating

Please join us at Home Rink on Thursday February 8 from 6:00pm-7:45pm.  $5.00 admission includes skate rental.  NEW!  We will be offering pizza slices for $1.00 a slice.

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 .

Securing the Building

Rose Park is blessed with a beautiful facility and it is getting used more than ever with after school and evening gym rentals. As with the rest of our HC facilities, we continue to look for ways that we can secure the rest of the building while making the gym open for rental use. Consequently, if you are ever here in the evenings, you may find areas of the building secured that haven’t been to this point. Thank you for understanding our desire to keep our building, its people and contents as secure as possible during the day and after hours, as well.

TRIP Information

Do you want to get the most out of your money for 2018?

  • Spend only what you are already spending on normal family expenses.
  • Yet you receive money towards your tuition.

Make it your resolution to use TRIP for whatever you can and let it work for you!


Girls on the Run Ottawa & Allegan Counties

There will be a final shoe fitting at the Holland location on 1/27/2018 from 9:00am-12:00pm.  If you have not done so already, please plan to stop by on the 27th to be fit for your shoes.  Please email  Laurien Dannenberg with any questions 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:


  • 19 – 1st Semester ends
  • 19 – school spirit day
  • 19 – Movie Night at Rose Park 6:30 pm
  • 23 – A.C.E. classes
  • 25 – Discovery Night 6:00 pm
  • 26 – school spirit day
  • 26 – Mom’s in Prayer 8:15am-9:05am
  • 30 – A.C.E. classes


  • 1 – Preschool Mornings with Moms
  • 2 – K-6 Report Cards come home (2/1 for Mrs. Bos’ K)
  • 2 – Mom’s in Prayer 8:15am-9:05am
  • 6 – A.C.E. classes
  • 7 – Kindergarten enrollment begins
  • 8 – Rollerskating at Home Roller Rink 6:00pm-7:45pm
  • 9 – Mom’s in Prayer 8:15am-9:05am
  • 13 – A.C.E. classes
  • 14 – Preschool enrollment begins
  • 16 – No School – Staff Development
  • 19-  No School – Winter Break
  • 20 – A.C.E. classes
  • 23 – Mom’s in Prayer 8:15am-9:05am


  • 2 – Mom’s in Prayer 8:15am-9:05am
  • 3 –  Kids’ Stuff Resale at Holland Christian High School
  • 9 – Mom’s in Prayer 8:15am-9:05am
  • 9 –  Family Fun Night at Rose Park
  • 16 – Mom’s in Prayer 8:15am-9:05am
  • 23 – Mom’s in Prayer 8:15am-9:05am
  • 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

MOMS IN PRAYER- Moms! Remember you’re always welcome to drop in to pray aloud or silently for your student(s). We meet in the library from 8:15-9:05 every Friday. Why not cast your cares to the One who cares most?

Add the name of a child you know in the verse below.
I pray that ________ will call You Father and never turn from You, LORD.
From Jeremiah 3:19c (NLT)

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.