Rose Park September 2021 Newsletter

Hello Dear Rose Park Families!

In preparation for this new school year and in an interest to unpack the theme “Rooted” a bit, I did some digging into the history of our Holland Christian Schools. We’ve been around for a while, friends. More than a century! A LOT has changed over the past 100+ years. But I discovered our school’s mission penned from the days of our inception. Look at these missional words put together by our forefathers in 1906:

Many of these truths drive our instruction and goals at Holland Christian today. And while certainly some changes are good and important for us to embrace, I am comforted to see that the Christian School dream that was birthed many years ago continues to live vibrantly even still today. We are bonded together in this truth with our contemporaries but also with those whose shoulders we stand on. For generations, we have been and continue to be comprised of people who dearly love their children and who are willing to sacrifice greatly that their children would know and love our Almighty God. This school exists to prepare and equip the next generation to accept the gift of grace and salvation, to serve God and to know a deep and abiding joy in our resurrected Savior just as it did 100+ years ago.

This morning I stood on the sidelines looking over our bleachers full of beloved children at our annual convocation (with my own three children in the mix somewhere), and I felt deep gratitude for this place, for our mission and for these people: for YOU! Friends, we have more that binds us together than that which divides us. Emotions are high right now as we are working to adjust to a new mandate and learning how to navigate student life in the midst. But we have done hard things before. We can do this work together again. In our rich history of more than 100 years, our family of Maroons have been led by God through multiple wars, the Great Depression, changes in the Church and now a pandemic. We are bound together in love and a desire for our children to be raised rooted in God through a Christian education. From that mission we are not wavering. While many things come and go, challenges may come our way, our Hope in the Risen Savior and an abiding love from our faithful Father will see us through yet again. I’m grateful to be on this journey together with each of you!

Yours in Christ,


*Text is taken from Changing Footprints by Donald Van Reken

/ Announcements

Walkathon Wednesday September 15

Our annual Walkathon fundraiser is coming up! Donation packets were sent home with your child. Please return the packets to your child’s teacher by Friday, September 10. Thanks for your support!

Picture Day

Picture order forms will be sent home with your child this week. Rose Park will have their picture taken either Wednesday morning, September 15, or Thursday, September 16.

PLEASE NOTE – If you would like a YEARBOOK for your child, please be sure to order one! These are not provided for each student. Thank you!

Unified Soccer

Our Unified Soccer team is looking for partners to play this fall! Unified Sports is a program from Special Olympics Michigan where students with and without intellectual disabilities play together on the same team. We practice and play on Wednesdays after school. It is an unforgettable opportunity to have fun learning and playing soccer with your peers! Please email if you want more details or would like to join the team!

PBIS Update

We have spent this week reintroducing and introducing to new students our P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports), rooted in Micah 6:8, which teaches us to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God. In an effort to encourage positive behavior among students, teachers are looking to “catch” students with SER behavior and give them a ticket highlighting the area of Self-control, Engaged (paying attention), or Respect. Students place their tickets in one of three containers in their classroom with three possible rewards. Several students’ names are drawn each Friday to celebrate with one of the weekly rewards.

We have talked about the fact that our goal is to have positive behavior not just to get a ticket, but because that’s the way we are called by God to be. Students will not receive a ticket every time they are doing something “good” and they won’t always be the person that receives the “prize” on Friday. We are working together to encourage and celebrate living in a way that honors God and shows love to our neighbors at school.

Homecoming 2021

Homecoming is FREE to all immediate family members of preschool and kindergarten students! Join us for fun inflatables/bounce houses, a hot dog dinner and of course, the big game! It will be held on Friday, September 17. Gates open at 5 PM. To help us estimate the number of meals needed, please fill out the Preschool & Kindergarten Homecoming Sign Up Form by September 9. The cost for those families not in preschool or kindergarten is $8 per person in advance, including both dinner and game, or it’s $10 per person at the gate. We’re looking forward to seeing you all!

Kids’ Stuff Resale

Our very popular fall Kids’ Stuff Resale is  Saturday, September 25, 2021, from 9 am-noon at HCHS’ Main Street. Kind of like a movable ditto store with fall-focused clothing for kids of all ages–from babies up through size 18–along with assorted baby and sports paraphernalia, the Kids’ Stuff Resale benefits not only you, but our Tuition Grant Fund as well! Plus there’s maternity clothes, Halloween costumes, toys, games–everything at ditto minus the furniture! Our sellers’ list is full, but we have lots of room for customers! The $1 entry fee for adults and a portion of the proceeds go directly to the Tuition Grant Fund that helps students of all incomes attend HC. Got questions? Contact Michelle Schaap at

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:

  •  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

View the September Hot Lunch Menu. 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.

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, or contact Tammy Grasmid at for more info. They’re fun kids to hang out with!

Grandparents Day April 21, 2022

Our Grandparents Day celebration date will be moved this year and combined with our annual Spring Program. Please mark your calendars for Grandparents Day and Spring Program to take place on the evening of Thursday, April 21, 2022.

/ Calendar

View the full Holland Christian Calendar


  • 1 All School Convocation
  • 3 No School
  • 6 Labor Day no school
  • 15 and 16 All school pictures
  • 15 Walkathon
  • 15-16 Picture Day
  • 17 Homecoming event and game


  • 21 CEA teacher convention  no school
  • 22 CEA teacher convention no school


  • 24-26 No school Thanksgiving Break


/ 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 excited to have this program back in our building! If you have any question or concerns please feel free to reach out to me at 616.430.6561 or rkowalk@arborcircle.orgRegister for Total Trek Quest!