Rose Park News Blog, 5/4/18

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

It was a mighty wind this morning! Still, we braved the winds as we practiced our parade walking with our 1st-4th graders and their 5th grade helpers and all of our props. I was worried we might lose some of our younger students in the gale. ūüôā No students, but our cheese props were flying in the wind. Banners were pinned back. The speed of our marching was largely determined by whether the wind was at our back or our faces. It was such fun to practice and anticipate, even in the gusty wind, next Thursday’s parade. Hopefully the wind will be calmer, but no matter what, we will have a fun time.

How do I know this? We have the best staff at Rose Park. They are always positive, drawing out the best in our kids whether in or out of the classroom. Little fazes this team. They are flexible, adaptive, fun, always making the best out of every situation. I’m proud of them. I’m so grateful for each one whom God has brought to the team here at Rose Park. And they so love your children. Already, they are getting choked up and emotional to think about the soon-approaching end of the year when they will say goodbye to the students in their classrooms. I so love witnessing the bond that develops between teacher and student. It is strong, indeed, and part of the glue for us as a Rose Park community. Join me in expressing your gratitude to and for these wonderful staff member when you have the opportunity, please. They will be blessed.

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.



Tulip Time Permission Slips and Information

Wednesday, May 9, we will have 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.

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

Cinco de Mayo

Take your family out for a fun fiesta this Saturday, May 5th, at the Latin Americans United for Progress (LAUP) Festival! Live music, delicious food, amusement park, car show, plus children’s crafts, face painting, and giveaways will be going on at the Shops at Westshore from 11am-5pm! Even as we celebrate Dutch heritage through the week of Tulip Time, this is a wonderful shalom-bringing and community-growing event to celebrate Latino heritage, and maybe even put a few of those Spanish vocabulary words our children are learning in Spanish class!  More information and schedule available at

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.



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.

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 ‚Äď 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.

Educational Support Services Update

The 17-18 school year has brought many successes but also new challenges that have made us rethink our ESS structure. The support needs of our students have changed drastically in the past few years and we need to respond to this change. Through many conversations with staff (both ESS and Gen Ed,) parents, CLC Network and students, we have decided to dedicate one ESS teacher to Inclusive education and one ESS teacher to Resource support at all our campuses. Our ESS staff are committed to providing best practice through this change and we will provide a greater update at individualized PEP meetings (should you be attending one.)  If you do not have a scheduled PEP meeting under ESS but have some questions or concerns, please email Katie Clausing, Director of Educational Support Services at

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.

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.

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.

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 ‚Äď MAY 21, 7-8 PM at Holland Christian Middle School!
It‚Äôs a little bit open house, a little bit of an information night ‚Äď it‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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.

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!

TRIP Information

Future trip dates:

  • May 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.

May Hot Lunch Menu

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

 Upcoming Dates:


  • 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
  • 30 – K-4 Field Day 1:00PM-3:00PM


  • 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 the name of a child you know in the verse below:

Jesus, I pray that you will comfort _____________ and strengthen him/her in every good thing she/he does and says.

From 2 Thessalonians 2:17 (NLT)

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.

Tulip Time

Please click here for the Tulip Time Festival Family Fun flyer.  It has details about all the family friendly events happening during Tulip Time.

Summer Camps

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