Rose Park News Blog, 3/16/18

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

When people ask me how I am doing these days, I often will simply say, “It’s March!” To me, that says it all. March is one of the busiest times of the year for me. Not only are all of the wonderful routines and learning activities going on everyday at Rose Park, but we have now added swimming lessons, spring program prep, and other grade-specific special experiences that are being prepared. And then, on top of that, I have the privilege of meeting new families who have enrolled for next year through a series of evening conversations over multiple nights. We currently have 32 new family conversations scheduled with possibly more to come. I had 7 of them last night. This is the most I can remember in my 5 years at Rose Park. And these conversations have been exciting to me! These are new families, many without former ties to HC or RP. But, they had heard of us through their neighbors, coworkers, and other word of mouth settings. They have seen billboards. Some have been impressed by the move to offer Spanish Immersion. Their reasons for coming are varied, but in the end, they are so impressed with the people they know connected to RP and HC, as well as through direct interaction with our staff at our Discovery Night and tours I host. In other words, they heard about us through you! And are they ever excited to come and join us at RP! There is an energy and eager anticipation that has been so encouraging and inspiring to me in these conversations.

This all makes me 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 else 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! We are so eager to see whom God will add to our family! Continue to 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.



From Our Parent Board

Fun night was a great success!  Thanks to everyone who came out and participated.  We are especially grateful for those who volunteered and donated supplies.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

Rose Park Parent Board

Thank You!

Thank you to our amazing parent board and various donors for a fantastic Rose Park Fun Night!  It was a huge success, thanks to the team’s hard work.  We are grateful!

Hot Lunch Balances

We appreciate families being on top of their hot lunch balances!  We submit low lunch balance emails twice a week.  If you have not gotten an email notice and your child takes hot lunch, perhaps we don’t have your current email.  Please email and she can update your emails.

To find out what your child’s current lunch balance is and also what choices they are making–(high school,only) please go to .  This is a free service that allows you to see your child’s balance.  You will need your student’s ID #.  If you do not have this number, you may contact the Rose Park office.    There are two options for you to fund your child’s lunch account: You may pay online with a credit card at this site (there is a minimal service charge), or you may pay by check or cash in the Rose Park office.

Lunch balances at the end of the year roll over to the next school year.  We do not refund lunch balances.  If you have a graduating senior we do transfer balances to siblings.

Thank you for participating in our lunch program.  We enjoy serving your children each day.

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.

Hooray!  It’s Reading Month!

Rose Park will be celebrating Reading Month with a variety of activities each Monday.  Follow the schedule below to be part of the fun!

Monday, March 19 – “Star Reader” . Who will come into our classroom to read with us?  It will be a mystery!

Monday, March 26 – “Read in Day” in the small gym at 9:45 (wear your ‘comfy’ clothes, bring your blanket, stuffed animal, and favorite books to read.)

Change in Bus 141

There has been a change in the bus route for students who ride bus 141 home from school. These students will permanently be split between bus 121 and bus 131. Thank you for your patience and understanding with this change.  If you have questions, please contact West Ottawa Transportation at 616-786-2040.

Bus Information for 2018-19

The Rose Park Transportation site is updated with the 2018-19 bus registration form from West Ottawa.  The bus route rates will be changing soon and those numbers haven’t been increased yet on the website but the form is ready to be used.

Preschool Mornings With Moms

We have loved getting to know fellow moms of preschoolers! Our next scheduled morning is Thursday, April 12 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.

Parent Teacher Conference Teacher Meal Sign up

The Parent Board would like to provide food for our teachers during the nights of Parent Teacher Conferences. If you would be willing to help by signing up to bring something, it would be greatly appreciated!  You may sign up here

Conference Sign Ups

Spring Conferences are coming up on March 26 and March 28 from 4:00-8:00 PM.  An  email from HCS was sent giving detailed instructions for registering your conferences online.  Online registration will be open for parents to sign up as follows:

Registration for conferences begins March 5 at 8 AM and will close again March 24 at 11 PM.

During the Middle School and High School conferences days, March 13 and 15, the sign up will be paused.  It will reopen March 16 at 8 AM and will be closed on March 26 at 11 PM

More information regarding signing up for conferences can be found here.

Rose Park Spring Program

We cannot wait for the Rose Park 4 year old preschool – 4th grade spring program!  The students and Mrs. Reitman have been working hard preparing a beautiful night of music.  Now would  be a great time to search those closets at home for the fall Walk A Thon t-shirts.  The students will wear these shirts for our program.

Special Request from the Art Room

Are you looking for a new home for your music?  Mrs. Luce is in need of a variety of musical CD’s.  Instrumental, Christian, multi cultural music would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

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 .

There is a new sign up for the last 9 weeks of the school year.  That sign up can be found 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.

Future trip dates:

March  21, 28

April 11, 18, 25 (No trip April 4 – Spring Break)

May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

June 13, 27

July 11, 25

August 8, 22

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: If you bring your student to their personal physician, the 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, please click on this link. The 2018-2019 physical forms are also available through this link.


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.

March Hot Lunch Menu

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

 Upcoming Dates:


  • 22 – Band Extravaganza 5th, 6th graders, Middle School and High School band students
  • 23 – Mom’s in Prayer 8:15am-9:05am
  • 23 – Final day of swimming lessons at the Aquatic Center
  • 23 – Quarter 3 report cards sent home (3/22 for Mrs. Bos Kindergarten)
  • 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
  • 17 – Rose Park Spring Program 7:00PM
  • 13 – Mom’s in Prayer 8:15AM-9:05AM
  • 20 – Mom’s in Prayer 8:15AM-9:05AM
  • 24 – Rose Park Fine Arts Night 6:30PM-8:00PM
  • 27 – Mom’s in Prayer 8:15AM-9:05AM
  • 27 – 5th/6th Muffins with Moms 7:45AM


  • 2 – Preschool Mornings With Moms
  • 9 – Tulip Time 1/2 day
  • 10 – Tulip Time – Kinderparade
  • 15- Orchestra concert at Jack H Miller Center for Musical Arts

Requested Announcements

Moms In Prayer

MOMS IN PRAYER-  All Moms are welcome to stop in the library to pray on Friday mornings from 8:15-9:05.

Silent prayers are always welcome too!  Childcare is available in room 205 if needed. Come and join
other moms as we stand in the gap for our kids and RP community.
Jesus, I pray that ________ will sit at Your feet and hear Your word.  Luke 10:39b

Spring Volleyball Clinic at Holland Christian Tomorrow!

BOYS and GIRLS in grades Kindergarten – 5th
No experience necessary – join us on the court to learn about volleyball through skills and drills specifically for you!  It’s your turn to pass, set, and hit or at least have fun trying!
We’ll have a great morning learning about volleyball and testing our skills with HC volleyball players and coaches.  Balloons, beach balls, volleyballs, and more…we want to introduce you to the sport we love.
Saturday, March 17   Holland Christian High School gym
K-2nd grade     8:30am-10:15am
3rd-5th grade   10:30am-12:15pm
$10/participant   Register on this  Google form by March 14, or contact Laura Bindon with questions at

Swingin’ the Night Away

The biannual Swingin’ the Night Away is Friday, March 16, 6:45 pm- 9:00 pm in the HS Cafeteria. Free dance instructions from 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm.  Enjoy intergenerational fun, dancing, desserts and beverages from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Tickets are $5 at the door.  Enjoy swing music of Glenn Miller, Funk tunes, Afro-Cuban influenced music, and a vocal soloist!

Band Extravaganza

Come one, come all to the Holland Christian Schools Band Extravaganza for a wonderful night of music this Thursday, March 22.  HC’s 5th, 6th, Middle School, and High School Bands will perform at the Jack H. Miller Center for the Musical Arts on Hope College’s campus at 7:00 p.m. Hear a wide variety of musical styles and sounds and you won’t want to miss the closer, a premier of a new composition featuring over 200 musicians combined!

Orchestra Celebration

You are invited to join the Holland Christian School Orchestras in the Jack H. Miller Center for the Musical Arts on Tuesday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. This concert will feature a musical variety including Brahms, Beauty and the Beast, and a premier of a new compositions by senior Andrew Gretzinger. See the wonderful progression from 4th to high school orchestras, a beautiful picture of education at Holland Christian.

Learn to Sail This Summer!

The Macatawa Bay Junior Association summer “learn to sail” programs are suitable for children from 5 years to18 years old.  Depending on the specific class, classes are full day or half day, and new sessions begin weekly. Sailing lessons focus on water safety and skill building and integrate practical lessons in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM curricula) and are taught by US Sailing certified instructors. Learn more here: uploads/2018/03/MBJA-Email- Flyer.pdf 

Golf Lessons

Golf Lessons are available for students ages 7-17 in Holland through The First Tee, a non-profit that teaches golf and values to ANY child regardless of family income. Sign up HERE for sessions at Macatawa Legends or Winding Creek. Classes begin April 20, so register soon!

Girls Lacrosse

Girls in grades 6, 7 and 8 who are interested in girls lacrosse are encouraged to participate on the West Ottawa & Holland Christian Girls Middle School Lacrosse Team.  This team is managed by Holland Township Recreation and in the same program as the High School Co-op Team that Holland Christian has with West Ottawa for girls lacrosse.  Information on the season and specifically the try-outs March 27-29 is on the linked flyer

DeGraaf Summer Camps

Many classes at Rose Park have the opportunity throughout the school year to experience DeGraaf Nature Center.  Did you know Degraaf provides several opportunities for children to learn and explore during the summer? Click here to see details of what they offer.

 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,

Calvin College Summer Camps

Calvin College offers  a variety of awesome summer camps from chemistry, to music, to sports.  Click here to see what they offer and how to register.

Grace Adventures Camp

2018 Grace Adventures Summer Camp brochures are available in the Rose Park Office.  Please click here for more information.

Harbor Humane Society Spark Camp

Spend your summer at Harbor Humane Society, empowering patience and empathy for all creatures.  Brochures are available in the Rose Park Office.  Or, you may 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