RP Newsletter – March 2020


Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

Wednesday marked an important day on the Church calendar. We observed the beginning of the Lenten season on this day. The history of the Lent is an interesting journey. It tells the story of faith-filled servants spanning time and space seeking to observe and celebrate in gratitude the greatest gift of all, Jesus’ sacrificial atonement of his people. While God does not command the church to observe Lent, we do seek to prepare our hearts and lives as we walk toward Good Friday and Easter through the Lenten season. In her book entitled Mudhouse Sabbath Lauren Winner writes, “Practicing the spiritual disciplines does not make us Christians. Instead, this practice teaches us what it means to live as Christians.” We will be preparing our own hearts with music, liturgies and visuals during this time as well as inviting our children to mark themselves uniquely during this time. It is a tangible way for our young ones to remember to whom they belong and how that belonging transforms each of us in big and small concrete ways.

Have a blessed season of Lent,


Querido familias y amigos de Rose Park,

El miércoles marcó un dia importante en el calendario de la iglesia. Este dia inició la temporada de Cuaresma. La historia de Cuaresma es una jornada interesante. Habla de los siervos de fe a través de el tiempo y el espacio buscando para observar y celebrar con gratitud la mejor regalo, el sacrificio de Jesús para su pueblo. Aunque Dios no nos obliga a observar este tiempo, lo hacemos para preparar nuestros corazones y vidas mientras caminamos hacia viernes santo y la pascua. En su libro Mudhouse Sabbath Lauren Winner escribe, “Practicando las disciplinas del cristianismo no nos hace cristianos. Al contrario, estas prácticas nos enseña cómo vivir como cristianos”. Estaremos preparando nuestros corazones con musica, predicas y visualizaciones durante este tiempo igual invitando a nuestros niños a ponerse una marca única durante este tiempo. Es una manera tangible para recordarles a quien se pertenecen y cómo esto les transformaran en maneras grande y pequeñas para siempre.

/ Announcements

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.

Parent Teacher Conferences Online Registration Open

Parent teacher conferences are March 23 & 25 from 4:00PM-8:00PM. If you haven’t signed up for conferences before, you can now.  To make Parent/Teacher Conference reservations follow these steps:

  1. Go to HC Virtual Paragon – our conference reservation system. (“Holland Christian’s Master Password” is gohc (all lowercase).)
  2. Login with an account you created previously or create an account by clicking the “Create New User Name” button.
  3. Once logged in select “Making reservations.”
  4. Select all of the teachers with whom you want conferences, by clicking the box next to each teacher’s name. Be sure you have the correct teacher in the correct building since many of our teachers work in more than one building.
  5. Scroll to the bottom to click “Continue.”
  6. Reserve the times you want by clicking the box in the available time slots. The number of time slots you sign up for vary by grade level
  7. Press “SAVE/DONE” button when you are finished making all of your reservations.
  8. In the next window associate each reservation with a specific student by clicking “Edit.

You have now reserved your conferences!  If you have difficulty, you can email vp_support@hollandchristian.org or you can call your school’s office for assistance

Rose Park Parent Teacher Conference Meal Sign up

Please join us in preparing a nice, warm meal for our wonderful teachers as they put in the extra hours to meet with parents. Any item brought needs to be dropped off in the Teachers’ Lounge by 3:15pm the day you’ve signed up to bring it. Thank you in advance for your contribution!

World Down Syndrome Day/Rock Your Socks at Rose Park!

World Down Syndrome Day is a global awareness initiative backed by the United Nations since 2012.  It is held every year on March 21 to raise awareness of Down Syndrome.  The date 3/21 is chosen because being born with Down Syndrome is the result of having a third copy of the 21st chromosome. As 3/21 is a Saturday this year, we will celebrate on Friday, March 20. All Rose Parkers are encouraged to celebrate

Local author and Down syndrome advocate Katelyn S. Herrygers will be joining us on Friday, March 20 for a book reading and activity in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day. If you’d like a copy of the book I Am Me for your home collection, use the discount code WDSDRP20 to save $3.21! Why $3.21? The discount represents Trisomy 21, the third copy of the 21st chromosome which establishes Down syndrome. Buy the book locally through Poppin Huis in-store or online to apply the discount. Bonus, $3.21 of each book sold using our Rose Park coupon code will be donated to the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan! (Discount code valid through 11:59pm March 21, 2020)

Do you want to know more about the author? Check out her website KatelynShae.net

New Books Thanks To YOU!

Because of the generosity of the parent community at the Spanish Immersion Christmas program this year we were able to purchase almost $250 in books and we have a new space in the library because of it!! Feel free to stop by the library and see the new books. Kids and teachers are excited to get new and authentic text in front of our eager readers! These books are meant for ALL students and teacher eager to read en espanol!

Report Cards

Quarter 3 report cards will be sent home with your child on Friday March 20.

Rose Park Family Fun Night

Friday, March 20th 5:30-8:00pm

Fun Night is quickly approaching and Parent Board has been busy getting everything in order for this exciting night. We would love your help in making this night the best Fun Night ever. Please consider taking a peek at the two links below for supplies needed for this event. Your generous donations help us keep costs down and allow more families to enjoy the evening.

Amazon Wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2H6VGF504MT5W?ref_=wl_share

SignUp Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040A4AABAE2DA75-2020

The Parent Board is also looking for 10 Rose Park Staff, parent or grandparent volunteers who are willing to take a shift monitoring the inflatables in the gym. If you would be willing to help us with this, please email Michelle at mdannenberg62@gmail.com

Thank you for your continued support!

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)

Kinderparade Choices

As you have likely read in a variety of blog posts from Rose Park and your classroom, first through fourth grade students from Rose Park and Forest School have a new choice for dressing up in the parade this year. Please complete this form before March 27 indicating the preference for your child.

If you are in need of a dutch costume, please note that The 69th Annual Dutch Costume Resale is next month, March 16-19! For location and event details, visit: http://hollandnewcomers.com/DutchCR/DCR%20Flyer%202020.pdf

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.

Hot Lunch Menu

March 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 last ski club is on  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


7 – Holland Christian Kid’s Stuff Resale
6-7 Middle School Play Seussical the Musical
20 – World Down Syndrome/Rock Your Socks Day
20 – Rose Park Family Fun Night
20- Report cards go home
23- Parent Teacher Conferences
25- Parent Teacher Conferences

/ Requested Announcements

Holland Township Little League

We are offering four different leagues for the 2020 Boys Little League Baseball Season – 9 Year Old Minor Lower, 9 & 10 Year Old Minor Upper, 10 & 11 & 12 Year Old Majors, and 13 & 14 Year Old Juniors. ALL Little League program registrations will go through our online registration system at www.hollandtwprec.com

Holland Little League

Holland Little League is now registering baseball and softball players for the 2020 season through Saturday, February 28th. Signups after this date may be limited. More information and the registration link can be found on their website located at www.hollandlittleleague.com.

6th-8th grade Kirk Cousins Camp

Join Kirk Cousins and his team for his annual football camp/Dad’s lunch. It is on the campus of Hope College in Holland MI on June 26 & 27. For more information and to register please visit https://kirkcousins.org/pages/camp-registration

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.