Rose Park News Blog, 2/9/18

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

One of the many opportunities we enjoy at Rose Park is the wonderful privilege of walking alongside of, and getting to know our students early on and so well in their journey of Christian education. And they get to know each other. Their families become friends, not uncommonly, as well. In other words, a beautiful community develops at Rose Park Christian School. In that community we celebrate together. We worship together. We mourn together. We work through differences together.  We confess and forgive together. We struggle together. We work together. We play together. But, through it all, we are together finding our unity in Christ Jesus. There are so many issues, opinions, and differences of background and experience among a community our size that could divide us. But, the power of the Spirit in the Body of Christ is stronger than anything that might divide. We find our unity in Jesus, make no mistake. During this enrollment season, I celebrate this Christ-centered community at Rose Park. I don’t take this community for granted. I pray for us. I pray for our unity. I pray that our love for each other, for God and his Word to be the hallmarks of Rose Park. I deeply desire for this special community to grow, to enfold even more families, more students for God’s glory and the expansion of his Kingdom among us.

I have to 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 next week

Just a reminder, we don’t have school next week Friday 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 Begins Next Week

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:

Makers Week Starts Monday! Supplies Needed!

It is time again for another Makers Week at Rose Park. Next week we take a couple of hours each day to engage in some learning activities that involve extra measures of exploration, creativity, and hands-on activities. We are in need of some supplies for the week and wondering if you can help us. If you have any of these items, please drop them off in the office over the next week. Thank you for your help in making this a great week for all of our learners!

  • empty 2-liter bottles
  • small empty milk cartons
  • variety of cardboard boxes 
  • empty TP rolls, paper towel rolls, wrapping paper rolls, any diameter cardboard rolls
  • newspaper
  • styrofoam/foam boards

 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 14 – Pink, Red, and White Day
  • 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 go on sale Monday, February 12 and 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!

NOTE: Donations for the Cake Walk and other Fun Night supplies will be on a separate SignUpGenius.

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

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 .

TRIP Information

February 11-17 is Random Acts of Kindness Week!

– Leave a gift card (with a note!) in a popular book in the library.

– Pick up the tab for someone at a coffee shop or restaurant.

– Make handmade cards and/or treats for your neighbors.

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:


  • 13 – A.C.E. classes
  • 14 – Preschool enrollment begins
  • 14 – Wacky Wednesday – Pink, red, and white day
  • 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.

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

The Park Township Winter/Spring 2018 Program is out! Registration for all classes opens today. This includes Spring Soccer.  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.

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