RP Newsletter – January 2020

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

It’s 2020! It’s been wonderful to fill our hallways and learning spaces with the sights and sounds of our students learning, laughing and loving again. We have enjoyed hearing about the non-snowy adventures your family embarked upon over Christmas break. As we stand together at the cusp of this new year, we together give God all that we are and all that will be. Looking out into 2020 we also see the new 2020-2021 school year! This means enrollment season is upon us. We continually pray for our families at Holland Christian. It is at this time of year that we pray, too, for our prospective families. We love to have new people asking questions, enjoying tours and considering joining the family at Holland Christian. Please note the following dates are when enrollment will begin: Kindergarten enrollment will begin at 7:00 am on Tuesday, February 4. Preschool enrollment will begin at 7:00 am on Tuesday, February 11. Please don’t hesitate to call school if you have any questions in that regard. We also want to ensure you received the news that our sixth grade teachers, Mr. Dave Nieuwsma and Mrs. Laura Smith, will be moving to the middle school with our sixth grade students next year. While we will certainly miss their expertise, energy and day-to-day friendship here at Rose Park, it is good to know they will bring a piece of “home” to the middle school for our incoming sixth graders next year.

Peace and joy be yours,


Querido familias y amigos de Rose Park,

Es 2020! Es maravilloso llenar nuestros espacios y pasillos con los sonidos y rostros de nuestros estudiantes aprendiendo, riendo y amando una vez más. Nos gozamos en escuchar de los aventuras, sin nieve que tuvieron tu familia durante las vacaciones de Navidad. Mientras paramos juntos al comienzo de un nuevo año, juntos damos todo lo que somos y todo lo que seremos a Dios. Mirando al calendario de 2020 también vemos en nuevo año escolar de 2020-2021. Esto quiere decir que el tiempo de registración. Continuamente oramos por nuestras familias de Holland Christian. Es el tiempo del año, donde oramos también por nuestras familias futuros. Nos encantamos tener nuevas familias haciendo preguntas, disfrutando de un paseillo por la escuela y considerando unirse a la familia de Holland Christian. Por favor nota los siguientes fechas de cuándo comienza la registración : Para kinder comienza martes, el 4 de febrero a las 7:00AM. Para pre-escolar comienza martes, febrero 11 a las 7:00AM. Por favor de llamarnos con cualquier pregunta. También queremos asegurar que recibiste las noticias de nuestros maestros de sexto grado, Mr. Dave Nieuwsma y  Mrs. Laura Smith, estarán moviendo a la escuela de medianos con nuestros estudiantes de sexto para el año que viene. Aunque vamos a extrañarlos aquí en Rose Park, es bueno saber que van a estar allí para los estudiantes haciendo la transition el año que viene.

/ Announcements

DISCOVERY NIGHTS FOR PROSPECTIVE PARENTS – January 14 – Invite your family and friends!

You are invited to learn more about Holland Christian School’s programs at our Discovery Nights! Meet our teachers, tour the classrooms, and get a feel for the school that will launch your child on a tremendous trajectory towards a world-transforming life for Jesus Christ. No RSVP necessary. Our Rose Park Discovery night is Tuesday, January 14, 6:00PM

February Fun Fridays at Rose Park

Join us for Spirit Fridays for the month of February!

Friday Feb 7: Wacky Hair Day
Friday Feb 21: Pajama Day
Friday Feb 28: Silly Socks and Hat Day

Swimming Lessons

Our kindergarten through fourth grade students participate in safety swim lessons at the Holland Aquatic Center every year. It is remarkable how much comfort and confidence in the water is gained by our little swimmers over these few lessons. For a brief introduction to the philosophy of the lessons, please view this video. Our scheduled times are listed below. Parents are welcome to attend and cheer from the toasty bleachers 🙂  Swim suits are provided by the pool. Your child may bring their own goggles if they so desire.

April 13-24

  • 8:45 departure time. 10:15 return time (Scott, Stoep, Hossink)
  • 9:45 departure time. 11:15 return time (Schebor, Dokter, Cupery)
  • 10:45 departure time. 12:15 return time (Klipp-Lopez, Bos)

April 27-May 15

  • 1:20 departure time. 2:50 return time (VanderZwaag/Stejskal, Snoeyink)

Tulip Time Choices

In 2018, Tulip Time reframed their mission statement to read “Mission Statement: To celebrate Holland’s tulips, Dutch heritage and community.” To better align ourselves with their mission statement as well as with the goals here at Holland Christian our Rose Park and Forest School students will be given two options for dressing up and walking in the the 2020 Kinderparade. More details will be forthcoming as we get closer to Tulip Time but we want you to be aware of the options well in advance of the Tulip Time season. Our students from Rose Park and Forest School will be given the option of walking in either our new “tulip” section of the parade or our “Dutch heritage” section. The whole of our two groups walking together will be a celebration of our “community”.

  • If your first through fourth grade student chooses to opt into the “tulip” section of our parade, your child will design and construct his or her own tulip to carry and then dress as a gardener based around our Living Testimony t-shirt. This gardener costume might include gardening boots and gloves, overalls, a wide-brimmed hat, etc. Anything you have handy at home that helps your child look like a busy gardener tilling the tulips will fit the part perfectly!
  • Students who opt into the “Dutch heritage” portion of our student body will wear their own dutch costume and carry the parade props our Rose Park students have carried in the past.

All of our students from Rose Park and Forest School will be walking together as one big community in the aforementioned subsets. More details about logistics, costumes and timing will be coming soon. Don’t hesitate to email Miska with questions or wonderings at mrynsburger@hollandchristian.org

Report Cards

January 10 is the end of the Second Quarter and 1st Semester.  Be on the look out for Report Cards that will be sent home with students on Friday, January 24th.

Hoops & Hoopla 2020!

Hoops & Hoopla 2020! It’s a night of hoops, featuring the dueling staff b-ball teams of ZCS and HCS, along with 56ers scrimmages and a Unified slam dunk contest. Come also for the hoopla– photos with Elsa, Anna & friends, carnival games, bounce houses, and more, on Saturday, February 1, starting at 6:15 pm at Holland Christian High School. All this family fun for a suggested donation of $5 ($20 per family).

Proceeds of this game will go to help make the HCHS band & orchestra trip to Florida in April affordable for the over 90 students. The group will perform at Disney World and will attend educational music workshops with professional Disney musicians. Thanks for your support of the HC band and orchestra–building community, education, and excellence!

Illness Procedures

With flu season upon us we want to  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 dsteenwyk@hollandchristian.org or Mrs. Chase at cchase@hollandchristian.org. 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.

Girls’ Running Club

Want to learn about the physical and emotional benefits of running, gain confidence and work toward a goal? Join the Rose Park Girls’ Running Club! We promise, it’s both fun AND empowering! Practices will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. starting Thursday, March 19. The club ends with the Tulip Time 5K on May 2. The cost for the club is $35 and includes a T-shirt, devotional journal and medal. The deadline to sign up is February 12.  To sign up, contact Sarah Dangler at 616-403-8761 or csdangler@yahooo.com.

Hot Lunch Menu

January Hot Lunch Menu

Spring Program

Save the date! We’re already working on our Rose Park Spring Program. This year the program will be held at Christ Memorial Church BEFORE Spring Break. Please mark your calendar for the evening of Tuesday, March 31st. More details to come!

Save the Date!

Rose Park Family Fun Night will be March 6.

6th Grade Ski Club Dates

Our ski club dates for this year are January 10, January 24, February 7, February 21 and March 6.


You are always welcome to join us for our all-school chapels on Wednesday mornings at 10:35 AM in the gymeterium. We welcome parents and friends to join us in worship as we discover how we can grow in preparing a table of welcome and hospitality.

/ Upcoming Dates


10 – End of 2nd quarter
10-6th grade Ski Club
14 – Preschool Discovery night
24 -6th Ski Club
27-30 – Preschool Parent Teacher Conferences


4 – 2020-2021 Kindergarten Enrollment begins
7- Crazy Hair Day
11 – 2020-21 Preschool registration begins
14 – No School Winter break
17 – No School Winter break
21 – Pajama Day
28 – Silly sock and hat day

/ Requested Announcements

Kinder and Middle Dutch Dance

Tulip time planning is already underway!  Kinder and Middle Dutch Dancing registration is open.  Details are on the official Tulip time website.


Total Trek Quest is a fun, high energy program designed exclusively for boys in 3rd-5th grade! TTQ incorporates strength and stretching exercises with training for a 5K. Boys in this program will develop positive peer relationships, and feel a part of a team, while also working toward individual goals. Additional practice activities focus on developing a healthy lifestyle, social/relationship skills, how to make healthy choices, and resisting peer pressure.

Please register your son here: https://www.raceplanner.com/register/index/AOSpring2020

We’re also always looking for coaches. Coaches can be male, female, both, or neither, and are in prime position to be a positive role model for these boys throughout this 9-week journey. Coaches don’t need to be a runner, as the program has much more to offer. All coaches receive support from TTQ staff before, during, and after the season, as well as program training & CPR certification. This is a truly rewarding experience for anyone.

If you have questions regarding registering your boy(s) and/or are interested in coaching, please contact Brandon Melnyk @ bmelnyk@arborcircle.org , or 616-450-4651.

Thank you and we will see you in the Spring!