Rose Park News Blog, 9/22/17

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

I always enjoy picture days! I see big smiles. I see hair with lots of product to keep it just in place. I see more collared shirts on boys, and dresses on girls. Frankly, even kids, lots of them, at least, enjoy getting dressed up a little bit, I think. It shows, and it is fun. I also realize that picture days come with a certain mix of joy and stress. Am I right? I know there is stress involved for parents and for teachers, especially for those teachers whose picture appointment landed after recess. How do you keep active elementary students clean, cool, hair in place, clothes unstained while actively playing, especially in this heat?! Somehow it all works out, even if the pictures reflect less than perfection (if perfection were even possible).

Isn’t this like life? Most days are a mix of emotion and experiences. We do our best to look good, prepare well, and present our best selves forward. Most days. But, then there are those days when we are doing our best to simply get ourselves and our families out of the door. Maybe we roll in late to school. Breakfast remains are still on the kids’ faces. We forget the picture order form on the kitchen counter. Lunches are left behind. And this is just the start. Despite our best efforts, we just can’t seem to get it all together.

Yet, somehow it all works out. A kind word lifts us up. An unexpected smile perks our day. God himself speaks into our lives through his Word. A friend’s note laced with grace hits the spot. An encouraging text dings just the right note for that moment. Life isn’t perfect. Most days aren’t. But, God is there with us in every frame and allows us to journey the path of life together. I’m so grateful that we are able to do that with you. When we live in this kind of grace we will find, undoubtedly, that shalom is cultivated through encouraging and supporting each other every step of the way, on the picture-perfect, and more often, not so picture-perfect days.

As always, I pray that you may bless and be blessed this weekend with your families in rest, recreation, and in awe-filled worship. We are grateful to partner with you in equipping young and eager minds, nurturing soft and tender hearts, to transform the world for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It’s been another great week, and we look forward to seeing your children again next week to love them and learn along with them.



VanHeuvelen Family Meal Train

As some of you know, one of our Rose Park Preschool families just had a baby girl. She is so precious. She was also born with CDH, which means there is quite a medical journey ahead for this dear little girl and her family. Here is the Facebook page if you would like to learn more or follow her progress. Time and time again people have experienced an amazing family of love and support at Rose Park Christian School. Here is but one more opportunity to make that experience of family true, this time for the VanHeuvelen’s. If you would like to support them in some tangible way, here are a couple of options for you. Their church, Watershed, has set up a meal train  schedule for them. If you would like to provide a frozen meal for them, check out the link for details and dates available. There will also be a basket at the TRIP table for the next couple of weeks if you would like to support them with gas cards to support their daily trips to Grand Rapids to be with their little one in the hospital, or you can donate other gift cards as you desire. Thank you, once again, for so tangibly cultivating shalom in this family’s life with your love, support, and prayers.

Grandparents Day

Grandparents day is coming, Thursday October 5, 2017!   Preschoolers will have a chance to share their classrooms with their grandparent in the morning.  K-4  will share their classrooms in the afternoon.  Remember, 5/6 can invite grandparents to join them for a special lunch on this day.  An informational flyer came home last week with specific details.   Please refer to that handout or call the office with any questions you may have.

We would love to provide treats for our Grandparents and Grandfriends!  Would you be willing to provide cookies/bars or cider for this special day?  Please follow this link to sign up.

Protect Young Eyes at HC Monday, September 25

Please mark your calendars for Monday September 25 and plan to attend an important learning opportunity provided by Protect Young Eyes—an organization dedicated to providing kids, teens, and adults with the awareness, tools, and strategies they need to use technology in a God-honoring way and live as Christians in a digital world. To learn more, visit The 90-minute event begins at 7pm in the HCHS Auditorium. Our 5th-8th graders will experience their own student-focused presentation from Protect Young Eyes earlier in the day, as well.  We hope to see you here! One of the greatest needs we hear from parents is help with how to use the Internet and technology with their kids. We look forward to partnering with you in this ongoing conversation. Our goal is that you walk away from these presentations equipped and encouraged.

Tuition Grant Auction

Look for a special golf cart at tonight’s Homecoming festivities! Its just one of the tremendous items that will be part of our live auction on October 14! Generous donors have provided more than 150 fabulous items for our Buy – A – Line auction as well. For those who like to be guaranteed to go home with a prize, we’ve got both the gift card wall and something new planned! RSVP today if you haven’t already.

If you have any questions, please contact Anne Bushouse at or Jordan Kleinheksel at

Holland Christian TRIP

The next Thank-Scrip-ing Day bonus bonanza will be on Monday, September 18! Don’t miss 24 hours of incredible ScripNow®, Reload, and ReloadNow® bonuses from dozens of your favorite retailers. As always, the list of retailers is TOP SECRET, so you’ll have to wait until the promotion begins to see who’s participating.

To participate, you just need a ShopWithScrip® account, and you must be able to login to place online orders. Sign up with PrestoPay ASAP if you haven’t already so you can receive your ScripNow eCards and add funds using ReloadNow in minutes, or use Reload to add funds overnight! Plus, with PrestoPay you can place your Thank-Scrip-ing Day order with MyScripWallet™, the  mobile scrip experience. You can still participate and receive bonuses if you pay by check, as long as you place your orders within the 24 hours, you just won’t receive your scrip until your coordinator releases the order.

If you haven’t signed up for PrestoPay yet, register September 9 – 15 and TRIP could be eligible to win free shipping  on our next order!  We are here to help, so please feel free to call with any questions! Please contact Mary Wynia or Kristi Lokker at

Library Note

In addition to our school libraries, Michigan residents have a wonderful FREE eLibrary for educational and entertaining resources. Go to and select the Kids or Teens portals. Find information about the Michigan eLibrary in this back-to-school letter and helpful table:

Learn To Play the Harp!

There is a wonderful opportunity for children ages 9-12 to learn to play the harp. Our Holland Christian High School Orchestra has a need for a harpist in the future… this would be a great way to get started. Click on this link for more information!  NOTICE :  There was a change in the start date and meeting time!  This group will meet on Thursdays, September 28 – November 9, from 3:30PM-5:00Pm.

Join us for this year’s homecoming family fun!

Tailgate Dinner and Football Game, 5 pm
Holland Christian High School
This is a night designed for families of all ages. You can join us for a tailgate dinner with kids’ games and inflatables beginning at 5 pm, then stick around for an action packed (and hopefully rain-free!) football game vs. Zeeland East. Cost is $8/per person in advance, or $10/person day of. Purchase tickets online at here.

CHAMPS Golf Outing: 1 pm check-in, 2 pm tee-off

Diamond Springs Golf Course
This year’s CHAMPS golf outing–one of our perennial favorites–is part of the homecoming weekend. We hold it partly so we get a chance to hang out with you, but it’s also a great fundraiser for CHAMPS and all the sporting paraphernalia they help HCS and ZCS purchase. Plus, for the Dutch at heart, it’s a steal of a deal: a catered dinner at the club after the 18-holes, gift bags, hats, and plenty of prizes. Men’s, women’s, and mixed foursomes are all welcome; you play golf, so HC and ZC kids can play too! If you haven’t registered yet, you can still do so soon by contacting Jennifer Bieri at or (616) 820-2916.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Mark your calendars!  Parent teacher conferences are coming up!  Conferences will be held on

  • Tuesday October 24  4:00pm-8:00pm
  • Thursday November 2 4:00pm-8:00pm


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.

Upcoming Dates:

  • September
    • 22 – Tailgate Dinner and Football Game
    • 23 – Champs Golf Outing
    • 25 – Protect Young Eyes
    • 29 – Mom’s In Prayer – Rose Park Library
  • October
    • 5 – Grandparents’ day (please note change of day to Thursday from Friday in the past)
    • 6 – Mom’s In Prayer -Rose Park Library
    • 13 – Mom’s In Prayer – Rose Park Library
    • 14- Tuition Grant Auction at HCHS
    • 19 – CEA – No School
    • 20  – CEA- No School
    • 24 –  Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00pm-8:00pm
    • 27 – Mom’s In Prayer
  • November
    • 2 – Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00pm-8:00pm
    • 22-  No School – Teacher Inservice
    • 23 – No School – Thanksgiving Break
    • 24 – No School – Thanksgiving Break

Requested Announcements

Moms In Prayer

MOMS IN PRAYER- See you in the library Friday morning from 8:15-9:05
to lift up our RP community in prayer. Silent prayers are always welcome!

Add your child’s name in the verse below.

God, may Your light shine in ________’s heart so she can know Your glory that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ!
II Cor. 4:6b


Tulip Time invites all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to participate in Kinder Dutch Dance! Registration ends 2/1, practices begin week of 2/26. Variety of places, days, and times for practices. $25 registration fee. For more information and registration, please go to Have questions? Please contact

School Nurse Run/Walk 5K

Holland Hospital is excited to invite all students, families, friends and faculty to participate in the 2017 School Nurse 5K Run/Walk on Thursday, October 5 at Holland High School. The School Nurse 5K Run/Walk is a fun, family-style event to benefit the hospital’s School Nursing Program. This non-competitive event is a perfect way for students and families to enjoy an evening of activity together.

New this year, starting at 5 PM join us for FREE food and entertainment! The best part – students can enter the Run/Walk for FREE by completing ten 30-minute physical fitness activities of their choice prior to the event! Fitness Tracker envelopes will be available to students at the beginning of the school year in the main office. The Fitness Tracker can also be found online at schoolnurse5k Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Fitness Tracker envelopes can be mailed in or turned in to the school’s main office. Register by September 22 to guarantee a shirt.

Since 1998, Holland Hospital’s School Nursing program has been working to improve the health and well-being of students K – 12 in the greater Holland area. From daily medication administration to treating playground bumps and bruises, the school nurses care for the physical, emotional and social needs of over 11,000 students! Please show your support of your school nurses by participating in the 2017 School Nurse 5k Run/Walk on October 5.

ATLAS Amazing Race

REGISTER NOW! A family-friendly, team-based challenge to solve clues, perform fun tasks and get to know the Zeeland community and businesses better is returning this year for its fourth run! The ATLAS Amazing Race is a chance for family, church, friends or business groups to join the festivities, compete for prizes and support a ministry that actively assists many area people in need.
WHEN: Friday, October 6, 2017 [Competitive Edge Race] Saturday, October 7, 2017 [Fantastic Fun Race]

WHERE: City on a Hill 100 South Pine Street Zeeland, MI 49464

WHY: All funds raised by the event will support ATLAS, a ministry that provides guidance and comfort to individuals and families who are hurting from issues like poverty, mental health, financial crisis or emotional instability.

Park Township Recreation

The Park Township Fall Recreation Program was sent home with your child last week. Park Township offers reoccurring programs, like baton, karate, and Zumba, as well as some new ones like “music in me”, lacrosse camp, and new art classes! To view the PDF, click here. Classes for ages 6 month-adults!

Fire Truck Parade

Holland’s 35th Annual Fire truck parade is happening on Friday October 6.  Click here for more information regarding this fun event!

West Ottawa Swim Club

West Ottawa Swim Club will be holding two 4 week swim clinics this fall. We will introduce all 4 competitive strokes along with the starts and turns that are used with each stroke. We will introduce various drills and techniques for each stroke that will enhance the swimmers ability to perform each competitive stroke. We welcome swimmers between the ages of 5-18 to participate in our clinics; we do ask though, that swimmers who participate in our clinics are able to swim at least 25 yards on their front unassisted. These clinics are highly recommended for swimmers who are planning on swimming for West Ottawa Swim Club for the winter season and for any Middle School Swimmer who would like to get ready for their swim seasons.

Our clinics will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Harbor Lights Middle School Pool 5:30pm-6:30pm.

Session I September 20 –October 13

Session II October 18-November 10

Cost is $60.00 per session

Registration begins Monday, August 29 thru Saturday, September 17 – Limit enrollment of 40 participants – please register soon!

For more information and to register please go to our web site

If you have questions about our clinics or West Ottawa Swim Club please email Kristen Smith