RP Newsletter – February 2020

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

February is often marked and marketed as the month of Love. Maybe the timing of the focus is an effort to combat the dreary climate February is notorious for. Whatever the reason, we will soon see storefront displays, sparkly sweatshirts and computer screens cheerily adorned with pink and red hearts for the next few weeks. All of this is well and good but we would be remiss not to center ourselves on the reason we love. It is a truth we draw our children’s heart to regularly. We love because God first loved us. 1 Corinthians 13 is known so well as the Love chapter of the Bible. You likely know it well as it is often recited at weddings, anniversary celebrations and more. Perhaps you will find renewed meaning in the words of this chapter by reading the text in a different translation of the Bible. Hear these words, as though for the first time, from the book that we love. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-10 (The Message):

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

Peace and joy be yours,


Querido familias y amigos de Rose Park,

Febrero es conocido com el mes de amor. A la mejor es para tratar de combatir la clima nublado de febrero. Cualquiera la razón, pronto veremos las decoraciones el las tiendas, camisetas de brillo y las pantallas llenos de corazones y rojo. Todo esto está bien pero nos vale enfocarnos en la verdadera razón por ese amor. Es una verdad que queremos siempre en frente de nuestros niños. Amamos porque Dios nos amó primero. El 1 de Corintios 13 es conocido como el capítulo de amor en la biblia. Imagino que lo conoces bien; es recetado frecuentemente durante bodas, aniversarios y mas. A la mejor encontrarás  un renuevo en las palabras de una nueva versión. Escucha estas palabras, como si fuera la primera vez, del libro que amamos. 1 Corintios 13: 3-10 (Dios habla hoy):

Y si reparto entre los pobres todo lo que poseo, y aun si entrego mi propio cuerpo para tener de qué enorgullecerse, pero no tengo amor, de nada me sirve.

Tener amor es saber soportar;
Es ser bondadoso; es no tener envidia,
Nii ser presumido, ni orgulloso,
Ni grosero, ni egoísta;
Es no enojarse ni guardar rencor;
Es no alegrarse de las injusticias, sino de la verdad.
Tener amor es sufrirlo todo, creerlo todo, esperarlo todo, soportarlo todo.

El amor jamás dejará de existir. Un día el don de profecía terminará, y ya no se hablará en lenguas, ni serán necesarios los conocimientos. Porque los conocimientos y la profecía son cosas imperfectas,  que llegarán a su fin cuando venga lo que es perfecto.

/ Announcements

Look! A Book!

Do you have any picture books for children on your shelves at home that are waiting to be enjoyed once again by eager readers? Any books that your family has outgrown over the years? Certainly many books grow to become family treasures to be saved for the next generation. However, our kindergarteners are wondering if you have any books on your shelves at home that you might not mind contributing to their brand new, community-oriented reading program called “Look! A Book!” On the last week of school, all kindergarteners from Holland Christian will board buses together and travel throughout our city hiding books carefully tucked into zip lock gallon bags throughout our city parks and play areas. A congratulatory note will be tucked in the bag celebrating the new book with the finder with instructions to read and enjoy the book. The eager new readers next step will be to hide the bagged book, once enjoyed, in a new location for the next reader. The note will be signed off with a salutation: “Happy Reading, HC Kindergarten Readers”. If you can find a book or two to contribute, please send the books to our kindergarten classes. Rest assured, they will be put to good use, we hope, by many families in Holland over the summer months.

Books and Bagels

Our media center at Rose Park is a busy hub of learning. What a joy to see children coming and going engaged in research, reading for enjoyment and more! However! The challenge that comes along with all of this busy learning is piles and piles of books which need re-shelving in our library. IF and ONLY IF you are free for an hour or two and willing on Wednesday, February 5 in the morning, we’d like to ask for help in a Books and Bagels party! We SO appreciate all of the support and prayers you parents already offer our staff. We hesitate to ask you for more. If you are willing and able, we will greet you with bagels and warm smiles on Wednesday, February 5 and show you the ropes in putting our well-loved books back on the shelves for our next readers. Please email Mary Hofman if you are willing and able to help at mhofman@hollandchristian.org THANK YOU!

Illness Procedures – Symptom free/Fever free for 24 hours

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.

Join Parent Team?

Do you enjoy supporting student life here at Rose Park? Are you already obligated most days but might have time if you could work from home here and there?  Parent Team is looking for parents or grandparents interested in supporting a subcommittee. If you are willing to run the Sign-Up Genius for Grandparents Day or perhaps be the point person for the Skating Parties twice a year, would you please contact Michelle Dannenberg or Kim Lokker.   There are so many opportunities to support student life at Rose Park and we think it’s more fun and doable if we divide and conquer the tasks!

February Fun Fridays at Rose Park

Join us for Fun 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 first through fourth grade students will be given two options for dressing up and walking in the the 2020 Kinderparade. 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. ONLY IF your child is in first, second, third or fourth grade, please use THIS FORM to indicate your choice for your child this year. Don’t hesitate to email Miska with questions or wonderings at mrynsburger@hollandchristian.org

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!

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

February 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 20.

6th Grade Ski Club Dates

Our ski club dates for this year are  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


1 – Hoops and Hoopla
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


7 – Holland Christian Kid’s Stuff Resale
6-7 Middle School Play Seussical the Musical
20 – Rose Park Family Fun Night

/ 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!