Rose Park News Blog, 6/1/18

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

I don’t know if it is that the older I get each year becomes a smaller slice of the overall pie of life, but it sure is true that I experience years more and more as the blink of an eye. We have experienced another blessed year together. We have experienced the power of this year’s theme as it took on increasing significance and meaning for us as we journey though the year. God has cultivated his shalom in us, and we have been blessed to cultivate shalom in others in a variety of ways. We have celebrated highs together, and, as always, we have also shared burdens and supported each other as a school family this year. Through it all God has been so faithful and good. So, at the end of this school year we give him praise and thanks for his goodness, faithfulness, and presence that we have experienced as a school family. Indeed, he is a Good, Good Father, and a Faithful Shepherd. I remain so blessed to be your Principal at Rose Park again this year, and am grateful for each of you as members of this school community.

I am so expectant and confident of God’s continued blessing for next year already. Please join me in that expectation and prayer. But, before that, I want to wish you and your families a blessed, safe, and joy-filled summer vacation! May you experience many wonderful adventures, as well as those simple, lazy days of summer. We’ll see you again very soon, friends!

Now, at the end of this 2017-2018 school year, may you bless and be blessed this summer with your families in rest, recreation, and in hopeful, thankful, awe-filled worship. It remains our deepest privilege and blessing to partner with you, equipping young and eager minds, nurturing soft and tender hearts, to transform the world for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We can’t wait to see what God has in store for all of us together next year! Have a blessed summer!



Report Cards

In your child’s backpack, you will find a printed copy of the digital report card. We provide you with the printed copy for ease of reading together with your child or passing along to celebrate with family members. The best view of these cards is online at

Hot Lunch Balances

Thank you for allowing us to serve your students hot lunch this school year.  We appreciate your participation and feedback.   It’s that time of year, when we need to button up—end of the year accounting.  We appreciate you taking care of any negative balances. All positive balances roll over to the 2018-2019 school year.  Next week  balances need to be paid online at or dropped off at the Administration Office at the southwest side of the high school.  If you have any questions, please email  Have a great summer!

School Supply List for 2018-19

It is never too early to start shopping for school supply sales!  Please click here to see what your child will need for the 2018-19 school year.

2018-2019 Staffing Update

Each year we “graduate” a group of 6th graders on to middle school which is a significant transition…one of many in life. So, too, we experience transitions with staff for a variety of reasons. Due to some restructuring flexing on enrollment, we do bless and say farewell to 2 of our teachers for next year. Mrs. Karina Schebor has taught 1st grade at Rose Park for 6 years, and has blessed students and families alike with her teaching, encouragement, love, and care for all students in her classroom. Next year she will be teaching 1st grade at our sister campus, South Side. We also bless and say farewell to 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Ellen Jacobs. Mrs. Jacobs has taught a variety of grade levels at HC over the last 20 plus years, most recently being 4th grade at Rose Park. Mrs. Jacobs has blessed her students and families with her teaching, but also with the love and support she offers and cultivates in her students for each other, and for others. Already, Mrs. Jacobs is responding to God’s fresh call to volunteer at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in a patient relations role. Our prayer and full confidence is that God will continue to bless and use Mrs. Jacobs and Mrs. Schebor to cultivate shalom wherever he calls them. Please join us in blessing and thanking these beloved teachers.

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.

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 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.


TRIP Information

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

 Upcoming Dates:


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


  • 16 – Ice Cream Social
  • 21 – First Day of School PK-12th Grade
  • 23 – Meet the teacher night
  • 31 – No school – Staff Development Day


  • 3 – No school – Labor Day
  • 19/20 – Rose Park Picture Day
  • 26 – Walk a Thon
  • 28 – No School Staff Development

Requested Announcements

Moms In Prayer

MOMS IN PRAYER-  Moms, would you consider giving your student(s) 50 minutes of standing in the gap for them in the form of prayer?  The RP MIP group will reconvene in September on Friday mornings.

God, may the staff and students at ________ school say “no” to ungodliness 
and worldly passions and live self-controlled, upright and godly lives.  Titus 2:12

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