Rose Park August 2021 Newsletter

Hello Dear Rose Park Families!

We interrupt your regularly scheduled summer programming for a few updates and dates for your calendar. Throughout Holland Christian we’ve been buzzing this summer in preparation for our new school year. We have been blessed with qualified and excited new staff ready to serve your children this year. We have invigorated teachers who are sharing adventures and stories as they rest in God’s beauty this summer. We can’t WAIT to receive your children in less than a month and learn ALL about their stories and create new ones together!

Each year we stand together on a school wide theme. This year our theme is Rooted. As our family has been enjoying summer experiences together both far and near, we’ve been reflecting on the variety of roots to admire. No matter the size or shape or even environment, LIFE holds and flows through the roots of plants to bring grows the beauty and ultimately bring glory to their Maker. We are excited to live into this with our children this year. We, too, are held close by our Maker and are beautifully grown for God’s glory!

Just a few short weeks until we get to meet again face to face! And now, back to your regularly scheduled summertime!

Summer joy, adventure and blessings be yours,

Miska

Though the winds in this life may blow and storms may come, God holds us closely rooted into Him.

/ Announcements

Our Newest RP Team Member! Welcome, Flor Sanchez!

Our second/third grade multi-age Spanish Immersion was approved for the hiring of another aide in the class. Meet the newest member of our amazing team who will be caring for the growth and development of our 2nd and 3rd grade students in the Spanish Immersion classroom! Welcome, Maestra Sanchez! And when she’s not in Andrea’s classroom supporting students, Flor will serve as an aide for our beloved boy in Jodi’s third grade class. We’re so grateful she has joined our Rose Park family!

Floriselba Sanchez-Lasaballett

Hello! My name is Flor Sanchez. I am a certified teacher with an endorsement in in special education specializing in learning difficulties for children. I taught for 19 years in my home country, Venezuela, where I worked in different areas from kindergarten to high school. I have also had opportunities to implement music as a wonderful strategy to enrich the learning process.

My native language is Spanish and English is my second, which I enjoy learning every day. I had the great blessing of knowing Christ as my Lord and Savior when I was a child. Since my youth I have served in various ministries and churches in my country. My service to God continued for 26 more years alongside my husband who was a pastor and leader in the Christian community of our city. We have 3 beautiful daughters ages 24, 21 and 18, with whom I moved to Holland almost two years ago.

I am grateful for the job opportunity at Rose Park this year. Belonging to the HCS family is an answer to my prayers. I am blessed and very excited to join this special team and join in the mission of forming children who know God in a personal way. I’m eager to meet you soon!

Class and Supply Lists

Health Appraisal and Immunization Requirements

Reminder to do BEFORE school starts! Health appraisals are required for our 2021-22 incoming preschool and kindergarten students. As you schedule your well child appointments with your health care provider, please be aware these evaluations will need to be completed. All students must be up to date on their immunizations BEFORE they start the new school year. Any students without the required immunizations or approved waivers will not be allowed to begin school until they are complete and approved by the State of Michigan. We are grateful for your help with this!

Ice Cream Social

Please save the date! Our Ice Cream Social will be held on Thursday, August 19. It feels natural to congregate with the people that you know and celebrate friendships. I encourage you to please be on the lookout for the families of our 32 new students. They are eager to experience the warm welcome Rose Park students are known for! Please extend an introduction and learn the stories of those you may not be familiar with! God is good and God’s goodness is known through the love of His people! The Ice Cream Social will be open house format. You are welcome to visit the classroom, meet your child’s teacher, bring in some school supplies, enjoy some ice cream and meet new friends at Rose Park any time between 6:30-8:00 on Thursday, August 19. We’re eager to see you again!

Preschool Meet the Teacher Night

On Tuesday, August 17 from 6:30-7:30 pm we look forward to all preschool parents joining us for an evening of meeting your child’s teacher and teacher aide for the upcoming school year.

K-5th Grade Meet the Teacher Night

On Thursday, August 26th from 7:00-8:30 pm we look forward to all kindergarten-5th grade parents joining us for an evening of meeting your child’s teacher for the upcoming school year.

Good News From Food Services

Breakfast will be offered as students enter the building each morning to take to their class.  Students must choose a fruit along with 1 other choice, though we encourage our students to take 3 items:

FREE Breakfast Menu Choices:

  •  Fresh, canned fruit options and or 100% juice,
  •  Low sugar cereal bowls or muffins
  •  Yogurt, cheese choices, or boiled eggs
  •  1% white milk

Preschool students will be offered breakfast in their classroom when they arrive and as before, lunch will be FREE. We will continue the grab and go options for students who have ½ day as well as for siblings.

Hot Lunch

Lunch will be free as well with all the favorite options as before! To see all food service options for all our schools see the back to school food service options flyer

August Menu

Safety Policy Updates

For updated COVID information please see our Return to School page.

  • COVID-19 vaccines will not be required for your child to attend school this fall.
  • COVID-19 testing for participation in school athletics will no longer be required.
  • Our student bodies can begin to gather together in large groups again! Think: chapel, assemblies, convocation, and more.
  • We will continue to contact trace (providing information only, no quarantines required) and notify close-contacts of their exposure to positive COVID-19 cases at school.

We acknowledge that there are individuals who may have health concerns that make them more susceptible to COVID-19 and are at higher risk. We support your personal decisions to protect yourself and your family and will continue to do our best as a school system to prioritize the health of all students, families, and staff.

Guess what this means?! We will again eat lunch in the W.E.L.L. Center (Worship, Eat, Learn, Love)! We will hold chapel TOGETHER in the W.E.L.L. Center! Buddy classes will return! We will once again sing together! We are so grateful and cannot wait! More details will be shared with you as we put the plans together!

Rose Park Ranch

It’s coming, friends! COVID put the brakes on many projects and norms last year. But, I’m grateful to report that the Ranch is rolling! Schippers Construction has been awarded the bid and will be our contractor for the project! More goat and chicken details to follow!

Rose Park Parent Team

If you would like to join the supportive work our Parent Team provides, whether you would like to work on projects primarily from home or attend periodic meetings, we are looking for interested friends to join in the work for our 2021-22 school year! Please contact Allison Koster allison.mccabe1@gmail.com or Cassie Kamphuis cassie.kamphuis@gmail.com. Please consider being a part of our team!

Rose Park After School Program Job Opportunity

Looking for a fun, kid-focused afternoon job? We are looking for friendly, caring adults 18 and over to help with our after-school care (ASC) at Rose Park afternoons from 3-5:30 every school day. Interested? Apply on our Employment webpage at hollandchristian.org/our-people/employment/, or contact Tammy Grasmid at tgrasmid@hollandchristian.org for more info. They’re fun kids to hang out with!

/ Calendar

View the full Holland Christian Calendar

August

  • 17 Preschool Meet the Teacher Night 6:30PM-7:30PM
  • 19 Ice Cream Social 6:30PM-8:00PM
  • 24 First day of School (full day)
  • 26 K-5 Parent Information Night 7:00PM-8:30PM

September

  • 1 All School Convocation
  • 3 No School
  • 6 Labor Day no school
  • 15 and 16 All school pictures
  • 15 Walkathon

/ Requested Announcements

Boys 3rd-5th TTQ (Total Trek Quest)

We are working hard to bring a great TTQ program to our boys and families. We are offering an all virtual and a hybrid option. The hybrid option will have one in-person practice weekly held at area PARKS, not SCHOOLS, such as Helder Park, Kollen Park, Pottawattomie and Ransom Park.

If you have any question or concerns please feel free to reach out to me at 616.430.6561 or rkowalk@arborcircle.org. We are looking forward to continuing our TTQ program! Access to the online TTQ FLYER will be available late summer or early fall.