Rose Park News Blog, 2/15/18

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

What a great week we have had at Rose Park. Makers Week is always a special week of excitement and energy for our students and staff as we engage in a variety of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) activities for a couple of hours each day in a unique way that is intended to carryover into our everyday kinds of learning activities throughout the year. My favorite story from the week is when one mom told me that her student exclaimed to her while describing her morning making a marble roller coaster with her classmates, “We didn’t do any learning almost all morning!” Mom and I shared a big chuckle. I saw this student. She was engaged fully. She was problem-solving, experimenting, collaborating the entire time in ways I haven’t seen her do as often in the classroom setting. In fact, what she didn’t realize was that she had been learning a great deal that morning. Perhaps this is the best kind of learning we have all experienced. We’ve been so engrossed in an activity, competition, problem, or some collaborative group challenge that we didn’t even realize that we were, in fact, learning something very important! Our passion piqued, our curiosity kicked, our interest inspired, we couldn’t help ourselves, plus, we had fun in the process, of all things! These are the kinds of learning experiences we often get to be a part of during Makers Week, and which spill over into other areas of learning throughout the year.

We pray now  that you will have a wonderful winter break with your families this long weekend. All HC staff will gather tomorrow to eat, worship, and work on learning, curriculum, faith integration, and more as we continually seek to improve and advance our school improvement goals and plan. We are looking forward to a great day as a staff community before we enjoy Monday’s break, as well.

And, may I ask you again? Who needs to hear the Holland Christian and Rose Park story of Christian education? Who needs to hear your special story? And, who needs to come into the building to join me for a few minutes in a ringside seat to see what the Holy Spirit does here in the learning and growing experience of students at Rose Park? Please, bring them! Introduce them to me! Don’t forget, whether new or existing families, Kindergarten enrollment remains open, and Preschool enrollment opens online next week on February 13 for current HCS families, and on February 14 for the general public! We are so eager to see whom God will add to our family! Pray with us for God to expand our Rose Park family, to fill our hallways with new students, new families with whom we may partner and journey together for his sake, his glory, and his Kingdom.

As always, 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.



Winter Break

Just a reminder, we don’t have school tomorrow or the following Monday (February 16-19) due to the Winter Break.  Thanks.

2018-19 Kindergarten Enrollment Has Begun! 

We will offer 3 Day+, 5 Day, and 5 Day Spanish Immersion kindergarten classes this fall.  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 Has Begun!

Preschool enrollment has opened! Enroll online at  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:

 Important Illness Procedures Reminder

With flu season upon us we want to remind 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.

Wacky Wednesday’s are Back!

Sometimes the month of February can be a bit dreary.  We are going to spice up every Wednesday in February by making it wacky!

  • Wednesday February 21 – Hat & Silly Sock Day
  • Wednesday February 28 – Backwards Day

HCMS Presents Willy Wonka JR. – March 8, 9, 10

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Holland Christian Middle School will be presenting four performances of this scrumdidilyumptious family-favorite musical and you’re invited!

Tickets are available in any school office for $5. Performances are:

March 8, 7 pm

March 9, 4 pm (so you can make it a family night out and go to Fun Night afterward!)

March 10, 3 pm and 7 pm

Family Fun Night!

That is correct!  Family Fun Night is just a month away!  Our amazing Parent Board has been working hard to get things ready for  Friday March 9.

In order for the night to be a huge success, we need YOU!  Each game needs volunteers, so pick your favorite and join in the fun.

Please follow this link to sign up.  We look forward to seeing you there!

A favorite part of the night is the Cake Walk.  This cannot happen without your donations!  The Parent Team is also in need of a few other supplies to make the night a huge success.  Please refer to the SignUpGenius to see what is needed.

Preschool Mornings With Moms

We have loved getting to know fellow moms of preschoolers! Our next scheduled morning is Wednesday, March 7 after morning drop-off in the small gym.  Please join us!  Grab a cup of coffee and meet other moms of preschoolers.  Younger siblings are welcome to attend.

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.

NEW Rose Park Recess Duty Sign Up

A recess duty sign up is available on line.  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 .

TRIP Information

We are pleased to announce that BIGGBY has joined the list of TRIP vendors!  Gift cards are for $10 or $25 with a generous 20% rebate!  You can order them starting this week Wednesday.

Don’t forget to order Potbelly gift cards for Rose Park Night at Potbelly on March 1.

Questions? Email

6th Grade Moving up to Middle School Sports Physicals

The Athletic Department of Holland Christian Schools is offering students entering grades 7-12 the opportunity to complete a state-required athletic physical. This required physical will allow your student to participate in athletic events throughout the 2018-2019 school year. Note: this exam must be dated after April 15 to be valid. Physicals will be given Tuesday, April 17 from 6:30-9:00 PM at South Washington Family Medicine (Lakeshore Health Partners, 904 Washington Ave., #210), for the nominal fee of $15. For a simple and quick appointment, we will again be using SignupGenius for scheduling appointments online. Please look for the link to be sent in an upcoming email. 2018-2019 physical forms will be available on our website and in school offices.


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.

February Hot Lunch Menu

The Rose Park hot lunch menu can be found here :  February Menu

Upcoming Dates:


  • 16 – No School – Staff Development
  • 19-  No School – Winter Break
  • 20 – A.C.E. classes
  • 21 – Wacky Wednesday – hat & silly sock day
  • 23 – Mom’s in Prayer 8:15am-9:05am
  • 28 – Wacky Wednesday – backwards day


  • 1 – Rose Park night at Potbelly Sandwiches
  • 2 – Mom’s in Prayer 8:15am-9:05am
  • 3 –  Kids’ Stuff Resale at Holland Christian High School
  • 6 – Dutch Costume Resale at Harderwyk Ministries 5:00pm – 8:00pm
  • 7 – Preschool Mornings With Moms
  • 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
  • 12 – Preschool Mornings With Moms

Requested Announcements

Moms In Prayer

 MOMS IN PRAYER- See you in the library on Friday, February 23, from 8:15-9:05.
God, may You give ______ Your peace, not as the world gives peace. And may 
her heart not be troubled or afraid.  John 14:27

HC Kid’s Stuff Resale

Our Spring Kids stuff reSale is right around the corner!  Looking for kid’s clothes that won’t break the bank? Need a cute Dutch costume for your child? What about a bathing suit or soccer cleats?  You can get it all at the 2018 Spring/Summer Holland Christian Kids’ Stuff ReSale on Saturday, March 3 at Holland Christian High School, located at 956 Ottawa Avenue, Holland 49423.

This huge sale (really…you need to see it to believe it) is one of the most organized in West Michigan, featuring clean, trendy clothes in great condition sorted by size and gender (Girls NB-16, Boys NB-18) at awesome prices!

Be sure to check out the large item room featuring baby gear, bedding, toys, books, DVDs, bikes, sporting goods and a maternity section.

The sale begins at 9am and ends at 12pm with a $1.00 admission fee (for those 12 years old and up) that benefits the Holland Christian Tuition Grant Fund. Strollers are permitted. Follow the signs for parking (off 40th) and entry.

Do you have clothing, toys, or gear your child has outgrown?  You could be a seller! Please contact or call 616-820-2805 to register.

Beginner Harp Course for children aged 9-12

Martha Waldvogel-Warren, Harp Instructor at Hope College, offers this wonderful opportunity in cooperation with the Holland Symphony Orchestra.  Small, easily transportable instruments are provided to allow a “peek” into the world of playing the harp to see if this is something of interest for the participant’s future.  (Harpists are needed at the High School level in several area orchestras!)  Instrument rental, course materials and 8 group lessons are included in the course fee of $225.  All students are expected to bring their harp and provided course materials each week and return in good condition at the end of the session. Click here for the flyer.

Thursdays, March 8- May 3, 2018 – 3:45pm-5:15pm

(No lesson April 5 due to spring break)

Midtown Center 96 W. 15th Street, Holland, MI 49423

Register now to avoid disappointment, space is limited to 6 students due to the number of harps available.

To book your child’s place contact: Martha Waldvogel

Lacrosse for 3rd-8th grade

An informational meeting was held for our 3rd-8th grade lacrosse season.  The season begins March 19. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Pifer at

Holland Recreation 4 v 4 Volleyball Tournament

On Saturday, March 17th Holland Recreation will be hosting a 4 v. 4 Volleyball Tournament for all ages! Teams who submit their registration and roster by February 18th will only pay $50! Gather your team today and get in on the fun! Tournament information and the registration link can be found below! 

Divisions: 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, 7th/8th, Junior Varsity, Varsity & Adult Co-ed
Pool Play Tournament into a Single Elimination Tournament
Date & Time: 
March 17th, Youth Divisions Start at 9am
Holland East School
Early Registration$50 per Team by 2/18
Regular Registration:
$60 per Team by 3/1 
Late Registration: 
$80 per Team after 3/1 (pending availability)

Note: 8th Grade divisions and lower will have modifications to game play to promote a better game flow.  

REGISTRATION LINK –> St. Patty’s Day Volleyball Tournament

 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 is a fun, high energy after school program designed exclusively for boys in 3rd-5th grade. TTQ incorporates strength and stretching exercises with training for a 5K. Boys in this program will develop positive peer relationships and feel a part of a team while working toward individual goals. Additional practice activities focus on developing a healthy lifestyle, social/relationship skills, how to make healthy choices, and resisting peer pressure.

Parents of 3rd-5th grade boys: the TTQ spring season is starting soon!! We now have online registration available! The spring season will start the week of February 26 and end with the Tulip Time 5k on May 5th!!

Don’t miss the Ottawa/Allegan TTQ kickoff on February 17 at the Lost City, 12330 James St, Holland, MI 49424, from 10am-Noon! Free laser tag, mini golf and mini bowling. The whole family is welcome-boys must be accompanied by an adult

Rose Park TTQ is looking for a coach who is willing to coach both  practices each week.  Ideally this would be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Contact Brandon at with any questions you have! Looking forward to a great spring season!

Dutch Costume Resale

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The Holland Area Newcomers are holding their 67th annual Dutch Costume Resale.  The event will be held on Tuesday, March 6 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Harderwyk Ministries 1627 West Lakewood Blvd Holland, MI 49424.   Click here for more information.

Park Township Recreation Department

Check out our February programs! Go to for more info or to register. Don’t forget, Girls’ Spring Soccer Deadline in February 19th! For 5-6 grade girls you may request a teammate. 

DRAWSOME AWESOME: 2/6 – 2/27. Come learn the basics of character development, expression, and cartoon strip layouts in this four session class that will help you to not only express yourself visually, but will give you a super fun talent to share with friends and family. Ages 6-16.
PAINT PARTY! :  2/17. Get creative at The Makery! Try painting with tape, spray bottle painting, or paint a sign for your room. This is ideal for ages 6-13.
OLD SWEATER, NEW MITTENS: 2/23. Now is the perfect time to repurpose your old sweaters, or turn a loved one’s sweater into a gift. All instructions and materials provided, just bring the sweaters you want to use! 
ZUMBA, session 2: 2/21 – 3/14. This is a great way to stay active this winter and a great way to have fun! Bring a friend and meet the group!
There is also free roller-skating at The Community Building (1286 Ottawa Beach Rd.) every Saturday 12:30-2pm. Rent skates for just $1!

Summer Camp at Camp Roger

Get outdoors, play hard, meet amazing counselors, make great friends, and know that you are loved by a God who is greater than you can imagine. In addition to Camp Roger’s 4 and 8 day Overnight Camps and Wilderness Trips, a Day Camp program is being offered at our Camp Scottie campus. Summer Camp registration is now open. For more information, pricing, and availability please go to our website,

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