Rose Park News 1/11/19

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. 

It is  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 6th 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 24. 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 2019, 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.


Parking Lot/Circle Drive Drop off/AM Shuttle Bus

Rose Park friends, I have an urgent request for everyone regarding using our parking lot, circle drive drop off, and AM shuttle bus. There are some particularly busy times of the morning, usually around 7:30, and then again after 8AM. Before vacation, and after a close call between cars and a couple of students crossing the drive to the shuttle bus, we instituted a new plan at 7:30 for all traffic at that time.  Even with our new practice, it is impossible to totally separate pedestrians from cars whether in the driveway or parking lot. I do not have the resources for a parking lot attendant. Consequently, I implore every adult driver coming through Rose Park’s driveway and lot always to drive responsibly with the utmost of caution and awareness especially for pedestrians. Whether backing out of a parking spot, or driving through the lot or driveway, slow and cautious are always the watchwords. Here are a couple of additional reminders:

  • Please click the link above to review our current practice which we will continue to review throughout the winter and spring.
  • If you are transporting a student for the shuttle bus and you need to get to work on time, your students are always welcome to come inside the building after 7:20 and wait between the glass door entry, allowing you to head on your way to work. This will alleviate some of the congestion.
  • 4th grade orchestra parents, please drop your orchestra students off at the designated spot on the linked document and picture.
  • No one should park anywhere in the circle drive before 8:20AM.
  • Please follow the linked plan even if the cones are not out for some reason.
  • Thank you for your care and cooperation!

DISCOVERY NIGHTS FOR PROSPECTIVE PARENTS – Invite your family and friends!

You are invited to learn more about Holland Christian School’s programs at our Discovery Nights! Meet our teachers, tour the classrooms, and get a feel for the school that will launch your child on a tremendous trajectory towards a world-transforming life for Jesus Christ. No RSVP necessary.

FOREST SCHOOL DISCOVERY NIGHT, JANUARY 17, 6 PM Prospective Forest School kindergarten and 1st grade families are encouraged to attend this event at the Forest School building located between Holland Christian High School and Middle School (900 Ottawa Avenue, Holland). Forest School will be enrolling kindergarten students for the 19-20 school year as well as limited spots in 1st grade, based on availability. Enrollment for Forest School kindergarten will be via lottery if applications exceed the openings available.

ROSE PARK PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN DISCOVERY NIGHT – JANUARY 24, 6 PM, ROSE PARK ELEMENTARY (556 BUTTERNUT DRIVE) Information will be shared about Rose Park’s traditional and Spanish Immersion programs at this event. Childcare provided.


HC Summer Camps 2019

Holland Christian Summer Camps registration is now open! Register today to start building an engaging summer for your child.  Our camps are active, hands-on, and Christ-centered. We’ll guide campers to explore new things while they learn about God’s amazing world! We’ve got everything from “Broadway Bound” and “Survivorish” to the more traditional “Volleyball” and other sports camps, all of which are taught by experienced staff.  Questions?  Call Leanne at 616-820-2811

HC Spirit Fridays  GO HC!

Every Friday in January we will celebrate our school spirit! Wear your Maroon and White gear! As a Christian community, Parent Board would love staff, students, and parents to help us show our true school spirit in “giving back” to some great local organizations.  Bring in these items that are so desperately needed. Look for the boxes in the intersection to place your donations.

*Jan 18—We will be collecting new and gently used stuffed animals for the Holland Police Department.

*Jan 25—We will be collecting deodorant & body soap for the Holland Rescue Mission.

6th Grade Ski Club Dates

Our ski club dates for this year are January 11, January 25, February 8, February 22 and March 1.

Rose Park Recess Duty Invitation

Do you have an hour to spare, once a week or once a month?  Do you ever wonder what your child does at recess every day or who they buddy up with?  Come join us on the playground at Rose Park! The sign up for January – March is now available.  Click here to sign up!


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 – No School MLK day

24 – Preschool and Kindergarten Discovery Night event 6-7:30

25 – Report cards go home


15/18 – No School Staff development and President’s Day

19-22 – Makers Week

Hot Lunch Menu


Requested Announcements

Moms In Prayer

MOMS IN PRAYER- Want to enjoy more peace for the future of your kids?  Why not stop in the library on Friday mornings from 8:15-9:05?  We’ll pray the 4 steps of prayer:

Praise, (silent) Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. Just show up and see what God does with a 50 minute “sacrifice”!
Lord, I pray that whatever ________ does, he will work at it with all his heart, as though he is working for You and not for people.
From Colossians 3:23 (GNT)

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

Dutch Dance Opportunity!

3rd, 4th and 5th graders have the opportunity to join the dance during Tulip Time!  There will be an informational meeting at the Tulip Time Office on Thursday, January 17 at 6:30PM.  HC has a group practicing at Pine Ridge at 3:45PM on Mondays.  Kim Hekman is the coach.  Please feel free to contact her at with any questions.

Middle School Dutch Dance

There is a new Dutch dance program for middle schoolers, including 6th graders!  An informational meeting is scheduled for January 17 at 6:30PM at the Tulip Time Office.  HC will have a group practicing at Pine Ridge at 4:45PM on Mondays.  Kim Hekman (HC parent) will be coaching the group.  Please feel free to contact her at with any questions.

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.