Rose Park News Blog, 5/25/18

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

I often think at this time of year about that crazy roller coaster ride called “Top Thrill Dragster” at Cedar Point. You know the one, right? Zero to 120 MPH in less than 4 seconds. A few seconds later, you’re 420 feet in the air. In the race for pure adrenaline thrills, there is one winner: Top Thrill Dragster. Nothing else compares to this high-horsepower shot into the sky. From a standing start you’re launched forward, then straight up, a brief slow down to crest the top, then straight down and back to the finish line. The ride may be over in 17 seconds, but it’ll stay with you forever.

Right now, this sounds like a pretty apt description of our school year. Zero to 120 MPH in 4 seconds with a stop that is almost as abrupt. We have been on a journey that has included so many ups and downs, but we have all grown through the course of this year, for which we are extremely grateful. Some celebrating and blessing has happened already and it will continue through next week in a special 8:30AM chapel Wednesday, along with the learning and growing that will continue until the last day. And even though this year may feel like it is over in 17 seconds, it is our prayerful hope and expectation that all we have learned will stay with all of us forever.

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.



Thank You!

The Parent Board wants to say THANK YOU!!! to all the parents who so graciously showered our teachers with school supplies and delicious food at their luncheon on Thursday. They were beyond excited to receive the gifts and pause to eat together, and we are so humbled in the amazing way that everyone came together and celebrated our teachers. We are blessed to do life with a great group of parents!

Rose Park Field Day Help Needed!

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.

Dutch Costumes

If you borrowed a Dutch Costume from the office – please return it as soon as you can.  We need those back before your child(ren) leave for the summer.  Thanks so much for your help and understanding!

Hot Lunch Balances

Food Service would greatly appreciate families taking care of your negative lunch accounts.   If you want to see what your child’s account balance is, go to with your child’s ID #, at this site you may deposit money into your student’s account with a credit or debit card.  There is a fee with this transaction.  If you have a negative balance you should be getting an email notification.

We also offer lunch benefits to families who may qualify for free or reduced price lunches.  Go to and fill out an application.  All applications are confidential and if you currently have a negative balance, we will credit your account.

Thank you for being responsible for your lunch accounts.    Thank you for participating in our lunch program! Have a great summer break!  Questions, email

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.


It is with great excitement and anticipation, the Holland Christian Athletic Department would like to inform you of the new opportunities for 6th graders starting the 2018-2019 academic year.

We will be offering 6th graders the opportunity to participate on select Holland Christian Middle School athletic teams.  Interested athletes will be allowed to join the following:

Cross Country (Fall Season 8/21/2018 – 10/11/2018)
Girls Tennis (Fall Season 8/21/2018 – 10/11/2018
Girls Swimming and Diving (Winter I 10/15/2018 – 12/14/2018)
Boys Swimming and Diving (Winter II 1/15/2019 – 3/15/2019)
Boys Tennis (Spring 3/18/2019 – 5/20/2019)
Track and Field (Spring 3/18/2019 – 5/20/2019)


The school will normally provide bus transportation to all sporting events.  There will not be provided transportation for 6th graders to go from Pine Ridge or Rose Park to HCMS for practices. Parents will need to coordinate transportation for participating 6th graders.

Requirements for Participation:

Athletic Physical
Read and Agree to Code of Conduct Requirements (see HCMS Athlete Handbook)
By turning in an Athletic Physical, you and your athlete, agree to the Code of Conduct requirements.
Pay to Participate Fee – $55

HCMS Athlete Handbook

Interested in a 6th Grade Fall Sport?  Follow the link to sign up.  Please understand if you sign up now, that does not mean you can not change your mind later.  This is to assist us with putting numbers to the teams so we can start planning with coaches and schedules.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Joel Leegwater

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..

3/4 and 5/6 LAX Uniform Turn in

We are collecting LAX uniforms from our 3rd/4th and 5th/6th grade teams.  Please have them to the Rose Park office by Tuesday, May 29.  Thank you!

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

Medication at school reminder

If you have medication for your child at school please make a note to pick it up in the office by the last day of school.  It is protocol to not carry medication over the summer months in the school office.

3rd and 4th Grade Girls Cheer, Fall 2018

Calling all 2018-2019 3rd and 4th grade girls 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 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:


  •  30 – 8:30AM Final Chapel including blessing of the 6th graders
  • 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.

Summer Technology Camp for Girls

This summer Michigan Council for Women in Technology will offer an engaging 4-day summer camp experience for young ladies in West Michigan. Camp Infinity teaches girls in grades 5-8 skills like application development, 3D animation, basic programming and robotics & was a wonderful success last year (have a peek here). In addition to these tech skills the girls will meet several local employers who will share how technology influences their work every day. This camp runs from Mon-Thursday from 8:30-3:30 and includes breakfast and lunch each day, the cost is only $75 as much of the cost is underwritten by employers.

Please join us for this fun and educational opportunity – click on the link below to learn more and register.

July 16-19: Holland @ Davenport University Campus