Rose Park News Blog, 4/27/18

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

I’m always so grateful for the events our Rose Park Parent Board plans for us, including our 5/6 before school gatherings like today’s Muffins with Moms. It is a wonderful opportunity to sit as moms and teachers with our 5th and 6th grade students enjoying a sweat treat and a cup of coffee or OJ. The conversations are animated and filled with laughter. Even in our socializing we are adding more glue to that partnership of home, school, and church. We are so blessed to be a part of that triangle. Thank you, all, for coming, and to the Parent Board for planning. What a great way to start the day!

We also had a very meaningful chapel this week when Mr. and Mrs. Kanis joined us as Joel Schoon-Tanis shared his memorial paintings for Caroline with us (see this week’s picture above). Joel reminded us that memorials always point to something more. In his paintings honoring Caroline’s life and what her life pointed to, Joel focused on and reflected Psalm 23, Psalm 121, and the song lyric for “10,000 Reasons.” All of these were favorites of Caroline and simply add to her life pointing us to Jesus still today. Joel so beautifully captured these in his characteristic style full of color and life, meaning and significance, and childlike wonder and play. Even the glory of God’s presence that Caroline enjoys today is glimpsed in the third panel. Michael and Tina so graciously have invited us to display these in a special place at Rose Park. We have just the right spot picked out. We are just working out the details. Keep your eyes open in the coming weeks before school ends for these very special paintings to be on display. When you see them, take a few minutes to dwell and reflect on the paintings, and may you find yourself being pointed to Jesus, as well.

Now, may you continue to be filled with faith, hope, love, and joy this weekend with your families in rest, recreation, and in awe-filled worship. This has been another growth, and meaning-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.




Plant Sale Orders Due!

Orders were due today, however you can still turn them in on Monday!  Thanks so much for your help raising money for our school!

Teacher Appreciation

Teacher Appreciation Day is in May and we would love your help in treating our wonderful teachers and staff members.  The Parent Board will be hosting an Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, May 17 for all staff at Rose Park. This is a way for us to show them how much we appreciate their selfless hearts, their kind words, and their love and dedication to God, Rose Park, and our children.

Listed below are specific wish list items from our Preschool teachers. We would LOVE to fill every request they have. The items must be brought to school by the end of the day Friday, May 11. There will be a collection box in the office. There is also an Amazon wishlist for specific items and can be purchased at this link and sent right to the office.



Note to K-5 Parents

In the spring, we begin to think about placement of students for the next school year. Our teachers intimately know our students, their personalities, learning styles, social relationships, and more, and meet to prayerfully, carefully, and intentionally create class lists that will foster the best possible experience for each student next year. If your child has special needs or there are circumstances of which we should be aware, a letter or email should be written and received no later than Monday, May 7. Please do not request a specific teacher or personally ask your child’s teacher to make a specific placement for you. These requests should come through the office. We invite you to share your student’s circumstance or need for placement consideration by writing a letter or email to Mr. Brandsen at with this information. Mr. Brandsen will acknowledge the receipt of each request. If you do not receive this acknowledgement within a day of sending the email, please inquire in the office.

3rd and 4th Grade at Rose Park 18-19

As we plan and staff for the next school year already, we are excited to inform you of a new opportunity in two of our grade levels for next year at Rose Park. This structure is actually not new for Rose Park or Holland Christian, yet something we have not done in recent years. In order to ensure an excellent educational experience for all of our students as we assess our current enrollment, student needs, and our shared desire for affordability, we will be running one 3rd/4th combination class in addition to one 3rd grade class and one 4th grade class next year at Rose Park. This will allow for an optimum student to teacher ratio in these grade levels, as well as support our desire for affordability for everyone at Holland Christian. To learn more about our plans for the combination classroom in 3rd and 4th grade at Rose Park, please read these FAQ’s.

Game On 2018

Which team is better: Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins and the Holland Christian Alumni or the West Ottawa Alumni All-Stars, led by Tyler VanTubergen? Come on out to Holland Christian HS on Friday, May 18 as we look to settle the score at Game On 2018.  Our community event kicks off at 4:30 as members of the Greater Holland Community with cognitive and/or physical impairments team up with football players and cheerleaders from WO and HC and their bands to participate in a modified football event called Victory Day, hosted by radio personality, The Huge – Bill Simonson.  Come out and support Team Victory during this inspirational event.  In addition to Game On and Victory Day, your ticket gets you a BBQ Dinner and access to yard games and other entertainment that runs from 5 to 6:30.   Tickets for the entire event are only $5 on or before May 11, $7 after.  Registration opens noon on Friday, April 27, and the first 100 online registrants will get an autograph opportunity with Kirk Cousins during the event.   Register at or buy tickets at the Holland Christian HS Main Office or Administrative Office.

Kindergarten Visiting Day

We are excited and prepared to welcome our newest kindergarteners for next school year already! If your little one is enrolled in traditional, nature-based, or Spanish Immersion  kindergarten, please plan to join us with your Kindergartner for Visiting Day for the 2018-2019 school year on Friday, May 18th from 8:30-9:30.  It will be a fun morning as your child meets his/her teacher and parents have questions answered.  You will enjoy this morning’s sneak peak to see what next year will bring.  More details will follow in the days to come.

Rose Park Parent Board 2018-19

Would you like to get more involved at Rose Park?  Do you enjoy planning events and have fun volunteering?  If so, consider joining parent board for the upcoming school year 2018-2019.  If interested, please send an email to by Monday, May 7.

Tulip Time Permission Slips

An information sheet was sent home with your K-4th grade child today.  Please be sure to read over the details concerning dismissal and the parades, and return your permission slip to your child’s teacher by Friday, May 4.  Thank you!

Summer Tutor List

If you are interested in tutoring opportunities for the summer, we have a list of wonderful tutors available in the office.

6th, 7th and 8th Grade Parents

Thinking ahead to next year, we will be in need of new members for our HCMS parent board.  We are inviting any current 6th & 7th grade parents to join us on Wednesday, May 2 from 11:45-12:45 to sit in our monthly parent board meeting.  Being part of the team is a small time commitment and is actually FUN!   We meet once a month and support the teachers, staff and students in various ways.   Please join us to get a glimpse of the activities and feel free to ask any current member any questions on their experience with the team.  Hope to see you on the 2nd!

Holland Christian Summer Camps

Registration is open for summer camps at HCS.  We are excited to offer a variety of distinctively Christian camps for all ages (there are even some options for adults).  Check out our offerings here.  There are camps offered from June 4 through August 10.  Some camps have a limited number of spots, so register soon.

Green Commute Week

To celebrate Green Commute week, there is going to be a community wide school challenge on  May 15 and 16.  What is Green Commute?  This is a community event promoting alternative transportation, including: biking, walking, sharing a ride/carpooling, riding the bus or using public transportation.  Consider taking alternative transportation one or both of these days!  Make a bike train or start a carpool – get creative!  Let’s support Green Commute.

There is a great video filmed by the City of Holland to learn more.  You may also got the Facebook page for the latest news.

A Note From Our Library

The week of May 7-11 is the last week for students to borrow books from Rose Park Library. All student materials are due by May 18.

2018-19 Kindergarten Enrollment Has Begun! 

We will offer 3 Day+, 5 Day, and 5 Day  Nature-Based and Spanish Immersion kindergarten classes this fall.  Enroll online at:  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.

Middle School Mashup for 6th Graders

MIDDLE SCHOOL MASHUP – MAY 21, 7-8 PM at Holland Christian Middle School!
It’s a little bit open house, a little bit of an information night – it’s our Middle School Mashup! Current HC 6th grade parents and students and any family considering enrollment at Holland Christian Middle School for the 2018-19 school year are invited to come and preview what it’s like at the Middle School. Take a tour, listen to current middle school students talk about life at HCMS, and find how to to dive in to all the opportunities available to students both during and after school. It’s going to be a great night; please join us! For questions or more information, contact Courtney Lampen, Admissions Director, at (616) 820-2804 or

Attention 6th grade going into 7th grade Parents!  Immunizations Required

Please see this flyer for all immunizations required by the state for all 7th graders.  These will need to be taken care of BEFORE your student(s) may start school in the fall.  Thanks for your help with this.

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- 6th grade Morning With Moms

We have loved getting to know fellow moms of preschoolers at our preschool morning with moms.  For our last meeting of the year on Wednesday May 2,  we would love to invite ALL Rose Park moms! Come meet us after morning drop-off in the small gym.    Grab a cup of coffee and meet other moms for a time of conversation.  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.

Recess Volunteers Needed!  Rose Park Recess Duty Sign Up

A recess duty sign up is available on line for the last quarter of the school year.    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!

The sign up can be found here.

Ditto Upscale Resale

Spring is in the air and that means spring flowers, house cleaning, and garage sales.  Please consider donating your used furniture, household items, and clothing to ditto upscale resale in support of our mission of reducing the costs of Christian Education for our families in the Zeeland and Holland area. We appreciate your donations!

Tulip Time Is Right Around the Corner

It’s almost Tulip Time! Do you have a costume for your 1st-4th grade student?  We have a limited number of costumes that will be available the week before the parade.  Please, see Diane Steenwyk or Carla Chase in the office if you need any assistance with a costume for your child.

Also, we will have a half-day of school on Wednesday, May 9, with an 11:30 AM dismissal for all students. Buses will run their normal routes. On Thursday, May 10, students in first through fourth grades are expected to march in the Kinderparade. Please note that there will be no busing provided on Thursday at 11:30 AM. Most students will stay at school to be transported to the parade with pickup arrangements after the parade made by you and communicated with the teachers. Kindergarteners, 5th and 6th graders will have to find transportation home from school that day. Buses will not be running. Thank you.

TRIP Information

Future trip dates:

  • May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Summer TRIP Hours:  (Summer tables are at the High School and Rose Park locations only, 7:30-9:00AM)

  • June 13, 27
  • July 11, 25
  • August 8, 22

Questions? Email


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.

April Hot Lunch Menu

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

 Upcoming Dates:


  • 2 – Rose Park Morning With Moms 8:10AM-9:30AM
  • 9 – Tulip Time 1/2 day
  • 10 – Tulip Time – Kinderparade
  • 15- Orchestra concert at Jack H Miller Center for Musical Arts
  • 18 – Kindergarten Visiting Day 8:30AM-9:30AM
  • 21- Middle School Mashup For 6th graders 7:00PM-8:00PM


  • 1 – Last day of school dismissal at 11:30

Requested Announcements

Moms In Prayer

Moms In Prayer continues through the month of May. All moms are welcome as we stand in the gap for the Rose Park community.

Join us in the library on Friday mornings from 8:15-9:05 as we pour out our hearts for our precious students, staff and RP community.

Add your child’s name in the verse below:

Spirit of God, may ________ live in accordance with You and have his/her mind set on what You desire.
From Romans 8:5b (NIV)

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!

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.