Rose Park Newsletter – September 2020

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

Have you ever trained for an athletic event? If you’ve participated in a training program of any sort you’re likely familiar with the concept that resting your muscles is just as important as straining and training your muscles. During the rest day muscles reform and rebuild stronger and more efficiently than they were performing prior to the rest period. Once rested and rebuilt, muscles are ready to push into the workload required and will perform with even more strength and condition.

I was out for a jog (slowly) this weekend and thought with appreciation about how God designed us for rhythms in life. There are times we encounter challenges in life. Times such as these can bring with them anxiety and stress. But we also find ourselves coming together as a community in these times, offering creativity, solutions, hard work and faith. Together we rise to the challenge and serve God in new and strong ways. Sometimes performing in ways we didn’t know we had in us! We lean on our community and find ourselves woven together even more tightly than perhaps we might have been had we not encountered the challenge.

But then there’s the needed rest. A time for rejuvenation and restoration. A time for our heart and faith to rebuild and deepen. A time to rest in our Lord’s goodness and faithfulness. A wise mentor of mine, Mr. Bruce Hekman, calls these important periods of life “margins”. Margins are critical to successful living and servanthood as we work to advance God’s mission here on earth. Sometimes margins come with the rhythm of the work week other times we have to intentionally carve them out.

The next two weeks at school are a bit shorter. We have Friday and Monday with no school. On Labor Day we celebrate and thank so many who labor to bring us safe and enriching communities. We have a long way to go with the work that lies before us, but the upcoming margin from the work is good. Your children and you deserve a rest from the work. Anticipating this school year has been like none other. There have been many good questions, anxieties and adjustments. This has been a challenging time. The best answer to all of the wonderings has been to launch this school year and behold our children smiling, growing, fostering friendships, beginning to bond with their teacher and worshipping our good, good Father together.

I pray during this extended weekend you will be able to come away and rest awhile with your family. Taste together the goodness of our Father. Allow your spirit to be strengthened in the rest. Allow God to rebuild the muscles of your faith. May God bless you with peace and health in these important margins of life.

All peace and joy,


/ Announcements

Walk-A-Thon Wednesday, September 25

Our walk-a-thon this year will be a time our children will walk together outside and celebrate the amazing support of our community, we’ll just celebrate and walk a bit differently than we have in other years. Each teacher has a unique experience planned for each class that will involve spending time outside, going for a walking adventure and thanking our supporters! Your child’s teacher will provide more details about this experience. Each class will celebrate sometime during the week of September 21.

Walk-A-Thon details including the initiatives Rose Park will be able to pursue thanks to this funding will be detailed very soon in a newsletter from our parent team. We deeply appreciate the work our families put into making this event a major success with impacts on our students’ educational experience that are unique, enriching and invaluable!

Grandparents/Friends Day is Going Virtual!

Our Rose Park community is eager to celebrate our children and families/friends, preschool through fifth grade, in a safe celebration this year. We would like to invite our preschool through fifth grade grandparents/friends to celebrate and participate with our students this upcoming Grandparents/Friends Day on Thursday, October 8. We have a wide range of ages in Rose Park, three-year-olds through twelve-year-olds. The developmental capability ranges wonderfully as well. Each class will be designing and communicating the Grandparents Day plans, appropriate for the age and ability of the children, with you in advance of this date. Please let Grandpa/Grandma/Grandfriend know that their special someone will soon be planning a sweet celebration of the generational love and faithfulness together to take place on October 8!

Staff Changes

Due to the changes in schooling some of our Rose Park families needed to make this year, we have had to say good-bye to a staff member. We are profoundly grateful for the service and unique care she  has offered to our Rose Park community. We love and miss her, but know that God will bless this change in her live and use her skillset and heart in profound ways.

  • Vicki VanPeursem – Vicki has faithfully served as our Educational Support Services teacher at Rose Park for many years. Most recently she implemented a growing inclusive eduction program for all of our children to learn and grow within. She worked closely with All Belong in teaching and loving all students as well as training our teachers in the art of inclusive strategies within the classroom community. Vicki’s desire has been to serve others as Jesus served here on earth welcoming ALL of God’s children to the body of believers. We will miss Vicki’s heart and passion. We will miss Vicki’s gentle nature and friendship.

Summer Slide

This was a very successful summer program this past summer. It is now time to return all books so we can get them filed for next year’s event. We have volunteers ready to help process the books. Please return books to Rose Park, Pine Ridge, or South Side now so we can re-shelve these summertime adventures for reuse. Thanks to all who participated in making this a huge success.

Busing Update

West Ottawa busing has begun.

  • All cars use the east drive only, coming in off from Butternut, and using the entrance to the parking lot closest to the strip mall next door, and exiting using the drive closest to Rose Park. We have designed traffic flow to be one-way only in this fashion.
  • Buses only are allowed to use the west drive. Again, no cars should use the west drive before and after school. If you are dropping off a middle or high schooler for the morning shuttle, please park and wait in the parking lot, or simply drop them off in the drive to wait for the bus.
  • We have added 10 newly striped parking spots along the sidewalk of the west drive. These are for staff parking only to free up more spaces in the parking lot for parents.

A few after school carpool reminders:

  • When your car is in the loading zone area – please turn on your hazard lights UNTIL you have all the children in your carpool, then turn lights off.
  • If your child does not see you or has not come to your car, feel free to ask staff on duty to help your riders find their way to your car. Please stay inside your car.
  • Do not allow your children to come to your car if you are not yet in the loading area.
  • Please use the carpool plan whenever possible. If you must come and get your children from the sidewalk, please park in the designated parking spots and walk in front of the loading zone area, not between cars that are waiting in the carpool lanes.
  • For a more complete explanation of our carpool, parking lot, and driveway instructions, read this document.

Elementary Handbook

Whether you are new or experienced at Rose Park, for your convenience, here is a link to our Elementary Handbook found on the HC website. Please refer to the handbook for general information, or with specific questions you may have about life at Rose Park.

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. Please refer to the opening message that provides guidance in knowing when to keep your child at home and when they are ready to return to school after an illness. 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

August / September Lunch Menu

There are two ways to add funds to your child’s hot lunch account. You may drop off a check made out to Holland Christian to our office and the funds will be added.  You may send a check with your child to the school office and the funds will be processed for you. Or you may add funds on line through (fees have been removed from this program). You will need your Student’s ID # to set up new accounts. Please contact Carla or Laura in the office if you need this number.

Medical Information Reminder

If your child has a medical plan on file or takes meds at school, we need an updated form signed by their physician each school year. If you have not done this yet, please do so asap. You are welcome to contact our school nurse, Hendrina Cupery ( She will help you set up a plan for the office to assist in administering the medication. For safety reasons, Holland Christian Schools is not able to dispense any medication (prescription or non-prescription) to our students without a doctor’s order. Thank you!

School Counselor

Our elementary counselor, Mrs. DeeDee Throop is here every Tuesday – Friday  to assist with any personal or social situations that might arise with our students. She has 15 years of teaching experience and is starting her 18th year as a counselor. She loves our children and thinks of herself as a “cheerleader” for them. If you have questions or concerns about your child, please call, email, or drop in on a Tuesday or Thursday to see her. God bless you as you parent your precious children. Contact her at or 616-886-4240.


For those of you planning ahead, Rose Park’s picture days are Wednesday, September 16, and Thursday, September 17. More specific information and scheduling will come once we are underway through classroom blogs.

Moms in Prayer

Moms In Prayer will start September 18 and continue to meet on Friday mornings 8:20-9:20 @ the Forest School pond area. Bring a chair, Bible and Pen!
Looking forward to praying the year with you. Contact Nicole Shook with questions.

/ Upcoming Dates

View the full Holland Christian Calendar at


  • 4 – No School Labor Day
  • 7 – No School Labor Day
  • 17 – Picture
  • 16 – Picture Day


  • 08 – Virtual Grandparents/Grandfriends Day
  • 19 -Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 20 – Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 22 – No School CEA Convention
  • 23 – No school CEA Convention
  • 28- Picture Retake day