Rose Park News 11/16/18

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

One of the guiding arcs of the Biblical Narrative for us at Holland Christian Schools is summarized in God’s revelation of himself in Scripture as a God who brings Shalom to Chaos. Not only does God reveal himself that way from beginning to end, but we also affirm that God invites us to join him in this mission of bringing shalom to the chaos of our world and people’s lives. Shalom, says Dr. Neal Plantinga, is the webbing together of God, people, and all creation in justice, fulfillment, and delight. We all long for that good life, don’t we? We all long for shalom. God is the God who speaks shalom to what was formless and empty in the opening words of Genesis. God brings shalom, and it was good! Again, we listen for God’s invitation and call to join him in bringing shalom to chaos using the tools of all that we are learning every day.

One of the ways God reminded his people of his shalom-bringing in their lives was in his command for his people to celebrate Sukkot when they remembered God’s faithfulness and lovingkindness to them in the wilderness, and God’s providence experienced in the rain and harvest annually. As our first graders learn all about this practice in their Bible time, they are preparing a Sukkot feast and celebration for themselves and parents and grandparents. They will be sharing what they have learned and how it has deepened their own thanksgiving.  This week high school students joined our first graders to help them build their own booths, or sukkahs in the gymeterium. In our thanksgiving we are thinking about how God’s goodness to us overflows into others around us.

So, I am reminded this week of our mission this week as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving. How are you bringing shalom to chaos with your life today? Whose life is flourishing more for having your Spirit-filled presence in it bringing a measure of shalom. Where will you with your family bring shalom to someone, somewhere this weekend? There is plenty of chaos around us today. By the power of the Holy Spirit, let’s join our God in bringing shalom wherever we can.

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. 


Bussing on Wednesday, November 21

There will be NO bussing on Wednesday, November 21.  The middle school and high school shuttle will still be running in the morning and the afternoon.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Rose Park just on time for Christmas! Profits from the Scholastic Book Fair provide much needed funds for our library to purchase books for students.  On Tuesday, November 27, students will create a wish list that they will either bring home to show you or share with you via email.  Please ask your student about their wish list.

Then you can either:

1. Look over your child’s list and decide together which books to purchase. Send the list and cash or check made out to Holland Christian Schools back to school with your student who can visit the book fair during the school day to purchase the items agreed upon. Please remember to INCLUDE sales tax!  (Choose CAREFULLY, we will not be able to do refunds this year!)

2.  Bring the wish list to school and purchase items yourself to keep the books a surprise for Christmas! Teachers will have wish lists there too in case you would like to bless their classrooms with a book for Christmas… the Book Fair committee will even wrap it for you!  The Book Fair is opening early on some days and staying open into the evening on other nights to be sure everyone is able to stop by and shop!

Tuesday, November 27 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Wednesday, November 28 from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

Thursday, November 29 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Friday, November 30 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

3.  Using the Scholastic Book Fair App, you can purchase items online that will count towards our Book Fair totals.  The online shop contains many products that are not at our fair, so be sure to use the search option to look for products. This is a great way to allow out of town family members shop for items from your child’s Christmas list. All items ordered on line will be shipped to the school on time for Christmas.  More details about this will be sent home with your student.

If you would like to shop WITH your child you can stop by school while classes are making lists on November 27…your child’s teacher should be sharing more details with you about when classes will be visiting the book fair.

Lastly, we can’t run this event without volunteers.  Here is a link to a Sign-up Genius.  We’d really appreciate the help!  If you have any questions or comments please talk to Jamie Isanhart.

Maroon and White Shop at Rose Park

The Maroon & White Shop will be at the Scholastic Book Fair in the Small Gym on Thursday, November 29 (8am-6pm) and Friday, November 30 (8am-1pm). Items will be available for purchase (cash or check only) and selected items will be available to order and will be ready before Christmas break.   Happy Shopping!

Carol Sing Along in the Intersection

Join the Rose Park choir students on Friday, November 30 for a special Christmas Carol Sing-along at the Intersection at 7:55am. Holland Christian Cinnamon Rolls will also be on sale! Complete your morning with a stop at the Scholastic Book Sale and the Maroon & White shop in the Small Gym.

Protect Young Eyes Community Event November 29

Last year Holland Christian brought in Protect Young Eyes to talk to students and parents about the amazing responsibility we have using technology. Parent feedback on the presentation was that it was very valuable. If you missed the presentation, or would like to attend again, Third CRC in Zeeland, along with Zeeland Christian School, is sponsoring anther Protect Young Eyes program on Thursday, November 29, at 6:30 pm at Third CRC. The event is free and open to the community.

Do you have extra winter gear?

The Rose Park office has a limited supply of winter gear to loan to our kiddos.  If you have gloves, snow pants, or even jackets that your child has outgrown, we could put them to good use!  Thanks for your help!

Indoor Shoes

The boots have come out, and it is snowy and wet outside.  This is a friendly reminder our students need a pair of indoor shoes to wear while at school.  Thanks for keeping our classrooms clean and dry!

Champs Books Have Arrived!

We have Champs coupon books for $25.00 in the Rose Park office.  These make wonderful Christmas gifts!

Teacher’s Christmas Luncheon December 13

Each year around Christmas time, we invite the teacher’s and staff to take a break from their day and enjoy a nice lunch, provided to them by our wonderful Rose Park families. Please help us out by signing up for something on this link. Anything contributed is greatly appreciated! Please ensure whatever you sign up for is delivered to the school the morning of December 13. Thank you!

Rose Park Running Club….3rd 4th 5th grade girls

We will not be participating in Girls on the Run this year…instead we have all new ideas and new projects for our Rose Park Running Club Team.  All of the details will be coming soon…if you have any questions feel free to contact me.  Laurien Dannenberg…616 836 6613/
We have many great ideas and we are so excited about our new Rose Park Running Club.


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.

Upcoming Dates:


21 – 1/2 day  11:30AM dismissal

22 – 23  – Thanksgiving Break

27/29 – Scholastic Book Fair

30 – Carol sing-a-long in the Intersection


11 – 5th/6th Band/Orchestra Christmas concert

24-Jan 4 – Christmas Break

Hot Lunch Menu


Requested Announcements

Moms In Prayer

MOMS IN PRAYER-  Join us in the library on Friday mornings from 8:15-9:05. (When
school is in session)  We’d love to have you join in the blessing….
God, may ________ have faith, being sure of the things he hopes for and 
certain of the things he cannot see.From Hebrews 11:1 (GNT)

Join us on Fridays in the library from 8:15-9:05. Just surrender and see God’s amazing results!

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

West Ottawa Swim Club

West Ottawa Age Group Swim Club is an entry level swim club that introduces students to competitive swimming. WOSC strives to engage and teach athletes of all ages and ability levels the sport of swimming in a fun, challenging, and safe environment.  Many Rose Park kids have participated in this program and enjoyed it!  Please click here for more information and to register.


The High School Music Department invites you to its annual band, orchestra and choir Christmas concert on Saturday, December 15, in the Jack H. Miller Center for the Musical Arts, located on the campus of Hope College. We will be offering two performance times for those who would like to attend: one at 2:00 pm and one at 4:00 pm. Beginning Monday, November 19, a link will be posted on the Holland Christian homepage that will allow attendees to make a reservation for which concert they will attend. Those who do not have access to the internet will be able to make reservations through the high school front office. The number of reservations for each of the performances will be limited. In this way we hope to be able to offer a seat to everyone who would like to attend. We look forward to sharing in the celebration of our Savior’s birth through our music.

Job Opportunity at Rose Park

Rose Park Hot Lunch, is needing a person to work in the kitchen 1-2 days per week and to be available for subbing.  This position would be from 9:30-1:30.  Must have a great spirit to serve and engage with our students. Need someone who is very reliable.  Please email with more information.

Little Maroons Boys and Girls Basketball Clinic

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.