Rose Park News Blog, 5/18/18

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

I’m always amazed as the weeks really pick up speed now as we near the end of the school year. The teachers are making great use of every minute giving every opportunity and challenge for students to continue growing through the very last day in the classrooms and on special field trips taking advantage of these gorgeous spring days. These are good days, indeed. In our work and in our play, we seek to build a strong community of learners here at Rose Park and Holland Christian Schools.

As I said, I’m constantly being reminded not to blink or these days pass by all too quickly. I was reminded of this truth so vividly again when we were gathered, all 1500 or so students, staff, and some parents and grandparents for our end of year HCS convocation on Tuesday. I couldn’t help but think and remember back to the first week of school when we gathered in August. Preschoolers suddenly don’t seem so small, scared, and lost. Each grade level visibly has grown physically, and we know from doing life together, they have grown spiritually, socially, and intellectually. We prayed for graduating seniors, and a senior prayed for all of us. What a great time to reflect and thank God for all that he is done in a school year’s worth of time. Don’t blink. They go from preschool to HCHS graduation all too soon. God is good all the time.

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.




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

Parents: As you are getting ready to transition your child from Rose Park/Pine Ridge, please remember to check with your doctor’s office or the Ottawa Co Health Department regarding immunizations.  All immunizations must be up to date before students start school.  According to Michigan law, which Holland Christian Schools follow, only students with a complete immunization record or Ottawa Co approved waiver will be able to enter the school when we start on August 21, 2018.

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.

Rose Park/West Ottawa Transportation Information for the 2018-19 school year.

All 2018-2019 busing information and instructions on how to access and register for busing next year, including the shuttle to and from the MS and HS, is now available at Rose Park/West Ottawa Bus Transportation Form.  There you will find a link to the online registration form you will need to register your student(s) for busing. You will also find contact information if you have any further questions. Deadline for registration is June 4.  West Ottawa busing will begin on August 28,  2018..

Rose Park Field Day Help

We are having our Kindergarten through 4th grade Field Day on May 30 in the afternoon.  Are you available to help?  Ms. Raak would love some parent volunteers.  Please email if you are able to help!  Thanks so much for being willing!
We are also looking for 11 ice cream buckets.  If you have one to dispose of, please bring it to the office.

Lost and Found Treasures

There will be tables displaying all the items that have been collected over the last few weeks.  Please take a moment to see if your child’s shirt, sweatshirt, jacket or other item is on the table.  Any items left will be donated to Ditto on June 4.

After School Care/Program Registration 2018-2019

We are working on our staff needs and want to make sure we have things in place by the beginning of the new school year for our After School Care program.  Schedules do change over the summer but as we get ready we would like to get a picture of what our needs will be.

If you are interested in any using any of these programs on a regular basis for your family please visit the link below to begin the registration process:

South Side/Pine Ridge Families: 3nHOxclYBVKGpvUD3

Rose Park Families: 1vTqqNyIwtIAOBJj1

Student Health Plans and Medications

Health Plans/Medications for 2018/19 school year: A reminder to get school health plans and medication orders completed by your child’s physician this summer so we have those on the first day of class in August. The forms are available on the website under parent resources. Please call or email Jane Borr, School Nurse Consultant with any questions at (616) 394-3414 or

3rd and 4th Grade Girls Cheer, Fall 2018

Calling all girls entering 3rd and 4th grade for 2018-2019  interested in cheering at the 3rd and 4th grade boys home football games next fall. At this time, we are just trying to gage interest in setting up such an activity. There likely will be 3 or 4 home games played Saturdays in September. Practices would likely begin mid-August on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30-6:45 at Rose Park, and led by Rose Park parent, Sarah Dangler. If you have questions, would like more information, or would like to register your interest, please contact Sarah at 616-403-8761, or

Our Beloved Fish Tank!

Our Rose Park office fish tank is a HUGE hit with our kids and visitors!  We are thankful for a great source of entertainment and conversation!  However, it is VERY dirty.  It is in desperate need of some TLC.  We are looking for a helper to tend to our tank.  Do you have knowledge of how to clean fish tanks?  If so, we would greatly appreciate it.  Please contact Carla or Diane in the office if you are interested.  Thank you!

A Note From Mrs. Hofman, our Librarian

Don’t stop reading this summer! Summer is a great time to pick up a good book and read. We have lots of resources to help your student’s reading this summer!

Capstone Interactive eBooks

We have free access to over 5000 books, both fiction and non-fiction, at various reading levels. Find these ebooks, which can also be read as e-audio books, at, or with the Capstone Interactive mobile app.username: summer18, and password: lovetoread. See the family information letter for learn more about this resource.

Storyline Online 

Click http://www. for short videos of picture books, read aloud by actors and actresses.

Herrick Library in Holland:

  • Join a Herrick Library Summer Reading Club: Clubs run from June 1– mid-August. Kids can sign up in the Children’s Dept.; Teens may sign up at the YA desk; or sign up online beginning June 1, at,  616-355-3100, option 3. Prizes!
  • Herrick-fest June 23 at Kollen Park!
  • Herrick Library also offers many fun summer programs and events for children and teens!
  • Check these sites for more information: and

Howard Miller Library in Zeeland:

This summer’s theme is Libraries Rock! Join us for a kick-off party featuring a show with Magician Tom Plunkard on Monday, June 11th at 10:00 a.m. in the Banquet Room! Kids can register for the program and receive a Summer Reading Log beginning on June 12th.The program runs from June 11th to August 6th. There will be a number of summer events for children and teens as well. Call 616-772-0874, or check out these sites for more information: and Summer-Reading

Summer Tutor List

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

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.

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.

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!

TRIP Information

Future trip dates:

  • May 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


May Hot Lunch Menu

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

 Upcoming Dates:


  • 21- Middle School Mashup For 6th graders 7:00PM-8:00PM
  • 25 – Bonus LIVE@theIntersection featuring band and choir members
  • 25 – Final Mom’s In Prayer of the year
  • 30 – K-4 Field Day 1:00PM-3:00PM


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

Requested Announcements

Moms In Prayer

 Add the name of a child you know in the verse below.

LORD, may ________ know that everything comes from You and exists by Your power and is intended for Your glory.
From Romans 11:36a (NLT)

West Ottawa Swim Club

West Ottawa Swim Club Summer Season is coming soon! Our season begins Monday, May 21 and runs to Thursday, July 19 (Varsity swimmers will have the opportunity to swim a little longer).

Registration has begun. The summer fee is $110.00. Registration is online through our team website at – Registration deadline will be May 28, 2018.

Please send check made out to
Attn: Athletic Dept. WOSC
3685 Butternut Dr.
Holland, MI 49424

Our practice schedule can be found at our website under the calendar tab. Due to the fact that the High School South Pool is closed for the summer all practices will be at the Harbor Lights Middle School Pool. While school is in session practices will need to be split. On Monday and Wednesday the  8 & Under and W group will practice 6:30-7:30pm. On Tuesday and Thursday the O & S groups will practice 6:30-7:30pm. Varsity will swim at 3:00-5:00 pm. Once school is out practices will be M-W, O and S groups 9:00-10:30 am (O group will get out at 10:15 am). 8 & Under and W groups 10:30 -11:30 am. Thursdays will be our swim meet days. Varsity group will practice 7:30-9:00 am, M, T, W, F.  Specific group times for practices are at our web site under the calendar tab.

If you have questions about our summer season please email Kristen Smith at

Summer Camps

Please click here for a full list of summer camps available.

Holland City Family Fun Events

Please click here to see the City of Holland’s family events this summer.

Good Sam’s Wild Run

When: Saturday, June 9
Where: Macatawa Greenway at Ridgepoint Church

Join us for Good Samaritan Ministries’ 4th Annual Good Sam’s Wild Run! Kids ages 4-13 will maneuver obstacles designed by local companies and will be able to vote for their favorite obstacle at the end of the run. All proceeds go to support youth programming at Good Samaritan Ministries that work to end the cycle of generational poverty.

Register by May 25 to be guaranteed a t-shirt! www.

Questions? Contact Anne Reilly-Clegg at areillyclegg@ or 616-392-7159 ext. 111.

Looking for a way to earn service hours while supporting a good cause? Join in the fun and volunteer for Good Samaritan Ministries’ 4th Annual Good Sam’s Wild Run!
When: Saturday, June 9
Where: Macatawa Greenway at Ridgepoint Church

Kids ages 4-13 will maneuver obstacles designed by local companies. All proceeds go to support youth programming at Good Samaritan Ministries that work to end the cycle of generational poverty.

There are a number of volunteer opportunities available for ages 14 and up. Some opportunities do require heavy lifting and travelling to the far end of the 2.5 mile course. Other volunteers will stay at the head of the course. Please read the volunteer descriptions for more details.

Questions? Contact Anne Reilly-Clegg at areillyclegg@ or 616-392-7159 ext. 111.