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RP January Newsletter

One of the foundational traits we seek to teach our children at home, church and school, is to live well in community. It is our calling to teach our children to reflect God’s love and compassion onto all of those we’re blessed to live in community with. We seek to bring glory to God and bear witness to God’s love by our love for others. Life at school offers children very practical opportunities to practice living well for and with others.

This new year at Rose Park your child might start using new vernacular at home. We want to ensure you understand well where this new vocabulary is coming from and what it all means. Several weeks ago you graciously completed a survey for us about life at Rose Park from a parents’ perspective. We appreciate and value your input! Our staff has designed a program we believe will enhance the community living and grace breathing development in all of our children.

You might hear your child talking about Micah 6:8. In Scripture, through the prophet Micah, God clearly prioritizes traits of his disciples, “to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God.” Our prayer is that, through the demonstration of these characteristics, others might see and know our God’s goodness. At school, we’ll celebrate these traits when spotted and affectionately name it with each other as “6.8”!

We’ll be posting signs and sharing teachable moments of expectations throughout our building and playground with the acronym “SER” displayed. “Ser” is the Spanish word for “to be” in English. We will hold each other accountable “to have Self-control, to be Engaged, to be Respectful”. S.E.R. defines our behavior expectations for our children that we might live and “be” according to what God requires of us. Our teachers and ALL of our staff are eager to teach these expectations with consistency and clarity for all of our children. We are engaging in training that celebrates and highlights the positive examples of these behaviors rather than reacting negative to the opposite. Research shows conclusively that genuine relationships, enjoyment of each other and positive feedback motivates and impacts behavior more effectively than inconsistent, negative reactions.

Rexie! You might hear about our friend Rexie. Rexie is a T. rex who will sometimes be spotted roaming the hallways, classrooms and playground at Rose Park. Rexie needs students to reteach her how to behave well in community! Sometimes she forgets and appreciates the reteaching from the students (shh…this reteaching actually helps the children commit the expectations to memory and start forming positive habits. 😉 Rexie and the staff take note of children who DO demonstrate examples of SER. They offer a small ticket so the child has a tangible acknowledgement immediately that he/she is seen, appreciated and loved. From time to time students and staff will have celebrations marking the progress and community living we are enjoying in life at Rose Park.

We’re looking forward with faith and gratitude to all that God has in store for us in 2021!

Miska

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Uno de los valores fundamentales que buscamos para enseñar a nuestros hijos en casa, en la iglesia y en la escuela, es vivir bien en comunidad. Es nuestro llamamiento enseñar a nuestros hijos a reflejar el amor y la compasión de Dios sobre todos aquellos con los que somos bendecidos para vivir en comunidad. Buscamos llevar gloria a Dios y dar testimonio del amor de Dios a través de nuestro amor por los demás. La vida en la escuela ofrece a los niños oportunidades muy prácticas para practicar vivir la vida bien con los demás.

En este año nuevo en Rose Park su hijo podría comenzar a usar nuevas palabras en casa. Queremos asegurarnos de que entienda bien de dónde viene este nuevo vocabulario y lo que significa todo. Hace varias semanas completaste una encuesta sobre la vida en Rose Park desde la perspectiva de los padres. Apreciamos y valoramos su opinión! Nuestras maestras han diseñado un programa que creemos mejorará la vida comunitaria y el desarrollo de la respiración de gracia en todos nuestros hijos.

Es posible que escuche a su hijo hablar de Miqueas 6:8. En las Escrituras, por medio del profeta Miqueas, Dios prioriza claramente los rasgos de sus discípulos, “actuar con justicia, amar la misericordia y caminar humildemente con nuestro Dios.” Nuestra oración es que, a través de la demostración de estas características, otros puedan ver y conocer la bondad de nuestro Dios. En la escuela, celebraremos estos rasgos cuando se vean y cariñosamente nombrarlos entre sí como “6.8”!

Publicaremos letreros y compartiremos momentos de expectativas que se pueden enseñar en todo nuestro edificio y parque infantil con el acrónimo “SER” mostrado. Nos mantendremos  mutuamente responsables “para tener dominio propio, para estar presente, para ser respetuoso”. S.E.R. define nuestras expectativas de comportamiento para nuestros hijos para que podamos vivir y “ser” de acuerdo con lo que Dios requiere de nosotros. Nuestros maestros y TODO nuestro personal están ansiosos por enseñar estas expectativas con consistencia y claridad para todos nuestros hijos. Estamos participando en un entrenamiento que celebra y destaca los ejemplos positivos de estos comportamientos en lugar de reaccionar negativamente a lo contrario. La investigación muestra de manera concluyente que las relaciones genuinas, el disfrutar de los demás y la retroalimentación positiva motivan e impactan el comportamiento de manera más efectiva que las reacciones negativas inconsistentes.

¡Rexie! Puede que sepas lo de nuestra amiga Rexie. Rexie es un T. rex que a veces será visto caminando por los pasillos, salones y área de recreo en Rose Park. ¡Rexie necesita que los estudiantes le enseñen “de nuevo” cómo comportarse bien en la comunidad! A veces se olvida y aprecia la enseñanza de los estudiantes (shh… esta enseñanza realmente ayuda a los niños a comprometer las expectativas a la memoria y comenzar a formar hábitos positivos. 😉 Rexie y el personal tomarán nota de los niños que demuestran ejemplos de SER. Ofrecerán un pequeño boleto para que el niño tenga un reconocimiento tangible inmediatamente de que es visto, apreciado y amado. De vez en cuando los estudiantes y el personal tendrán celebraciones que marcan el progreso y la vida en la comunidad que estamos disfrutando en la vida en Rose Park.

¡Esperamos con gran expectativa todo lo que Dios tiene reservado para nosotros en 2021!

Miska

Announcements

Enrollment

It’s 2021! It’s been so wonderful to fill our classrooms and learning spaces with the sights and sounds of our children learning, laughing and loving again. We have enjoyed hearing about the 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 2021 we also see the new 2021-2022 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 2. Preschool enrollment will begin at 7:00 AM on Tuesday, February 9. Please don’t hesitate to call school if you have any questions in that regard.

Winter Gear

We would like to request, as we return to school, that students have the extra winter clothing needed for the winter months. We have limited items at school to loan students, and for sanitary and safety reasons, cannot return items to the collective inventory for 72 hours after they have been used. If there is a large number of students borrowing items, we deplete the inventory quickly. Thank you for making this a priority for your child’s health and warmth.

Items to include with your child are:

  • Snow pants (for warmth) – even if it is not snowing
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Boots

Reminder for Bus Riders

We have received information indicating that not all students are wearing masks while on the bus. This is a reminder that masks are required on the bus at all times. This applies to students utilizing West Ottawa transportation as well as Holland Christian transportation. Thank you for your help!

Restocking our Clothes Closet

Do you have extra items your child has outgrown that you are looking to donate? Our supply of pants, underwear, socks and shirts is dwindling, and we would love to add to our school closet. We mostly need boys/girls size 6-10 pants, size 5 and up underwear (boys and girls), and small socks (for preschool – 5th grade). Thank you!

End of the Semester Report Cards

Our 1st semester will come to an end on Friday, January 15. Report cards will be sent home on Friday, January 22.

School Supplied Snacks

The USDA has created a federal program feeding all school children lunch, at no cost to families, during this pandemic. Two SNACKS will now also be offered to all school children each day. We’ve got your child covered (and well fed)!

Student Absences

Please report to us if your child(ren) is going to be absent. This needs to be done each day they will not be in school. Also, we would appreciate it if they were reported in by 8:45 AM, but you can call and leave a message anytime before that time. If you do not call us, and if the child’s teacher does not know about the absence, we will try to call you. This policy is to protect your child; we want to ensure your child’s safe arrival at school.

Hot Lunch Menu

January Hot Lunch Menu

/ Calendar

View the full Holland Christian Calendar

January

12 – Discovery Night at Rose Park 6:00PM
18 – No school MLK day
22 – Report Cards go home

/ Requested Announcements

Little Maroons

Due to the current safety protocols, our kindergarten through sixth grade Little Maroons basketball programing will be postponed till after Christmas break. Current registrations will be automatically registered for the new dates. City of Holland Recreation will also be postponing our 5/6er programing as well, but more specific information will be coming from them as well. The dates we are planning on at this point for our grade levels are the following:

K-2: Skill Sessions on 1/9, 1/16 and 1/23:

(10:30-12pm: Girls at Pine Ridge & Boys at High School)

3-4: Skill Sessions on 1/9, 1/16 and 1/23 & League Play 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 and 2/20:

(8:30-10am: Girls at Pine Ridge & Boys at High School)

5-6: Skill Sessions on 1/9, 1/16 and 1/23 & City of Holland Dates Coming:

(12:30-2pm: Girls at Pine Ridge & Boys at High School)

More information about specific safety protocols may be communicated as we get closer to January, but the plan is to continue with our current practice of wearing face masks, 1 spectator per participant, distancing, and washing of hands and equipment.