Rose Park Newsletter – October 2019

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

Each day our staff and faculty intentionally share with our students, in a variety of ways, what it looks like, sounds like and feels like to serve as a living testimony of God’s grace, mercy and love to the world. Try as we might, however, perhaps very little we can offer in terms of learning experiences could come close to the emotional and tangible display of living in God’s story of faithfulness as what we bore witness to on Thursday morning. Grandparents Day is unlike any other day in the school year. Our students and staff are abuzz with excitement leading up to this special day. On Thursday morning we were blessed to welcome hundreds our long-awaited guests. Excitement and joy was evident in Grandpa and Grandma and Grandfriend’s eyes upon arrival as well. We ALL crammed together in the gym for our program, preschoolers right up through our sixth graders, and worshipped our ONE God with ONE BIG voice. Generation to generation. We told and sang of God’s wondrous deeds. The story God weaves in our lives, however, does not always mean a pain-free journey. We know this well as a community and at times as a family. Even now our hearts break and prayers turn to God on behalf of our brothers and sisters at Holland Public Schools and Zeeland Christian over the heartbreaking tragedy that has rocked the Hemmeke family so deeply. We remain in prayer for this precious family cast into the desert and the valley. We believe God uses us to support one another in this long, hot valley of life even as we are called to shout it together from the mountaintops when we experience beauty in the ashes. Through it all, from generation to generation, may God’s name be praised and may God see fit to tell the story of redemption and grace through our lives.


Cada dia nuestros maestros comparten intencionalmente con los estudiantes, en muchas diferentes formas, como se ve, como se oye, y cómo se siente ser un testimonio vivo a la gracia, misericordia y amor de Dios a este mundo. Lo más que tratamos, nada se compara a lo tangible y emocional experiencia como lo que tuvimos el jueves. El  dia de los Abuelos es un dia sin comparación durante el año escolar. Nuestros estudiantes y maestros están ocupados y emocionados en preparación para este dia. Dimos una gran bienvenida a nuestros visitantes el jueves y el gozo en los ojos de todos era evidente. Todos se juntaron en el gimnasio, todos de preescolar hasta el 6to grado, adorando a UN DIOS, con un GRAN VOZ. Generacion a generacion hablamos y cantamos de la grandeza de Dios. La historia que Dios escribe en nuestras vida, no es siempre una jornada sin dolor. Sabemos que nuestra comunidad y a veces como una familia. Aun ahora nuestros corazones y oraciones a Dios son por nuestros hermanos y hermanas en Holland Public y Zeeland Christian con la trajeria de la familia Hemmeke. Nos mantenemos en oración por esta familia que están pasando por el valle y el desierto. Creemos que Dios nos usa para apoyar y soportar el uno al otro durante esta calurosa y larga valle de la vida. A Través de todo, generacion a generacion, que el nombre de Dios sea glorificado y que Dios lo vea acceptable contar la historia de redención y gracias a través de nuestras vidas.

All peace and joy,


/ Announcements

Safe Mornings – Thank you Drivers!

A very special THANK YOU to all parents who have been keeping our circle drive SAFE for our middle school and high school shuttle bus riders each morning. We are clearly adjusting so well to using the circle drive as a DRIVE-THRU service only 😉 Even as the weather begins to turn cooler, please continue to use the circle drive to drop off your child if he/she is catching the 7:30 shuttle. We will take good care of your child in the overhang until the shuttle bus arrives. If you choose, you are welcome to wait with with your child in the car but please remain in the big parking lot rather than the circle drive. You may allow them to walk and cross the circle drive once the bus arrives. And a big celebration to add? Our bus lane no longer has cars zipping through! I appreciate your willingness to abide by these expectations so we can keep our children safe each morning. THANK YOU for being an integral part of our students’ lives as we are all learning to be and modeling life as “community growers”.

Parent Teacher Conference Schedule

Parent/teacher conferences will be held from 4:00-8:00 on October 21 and 22. Sign up notification was emailed last week.  Please go to HC Virtual Paragon – our conference reservation system to schedule your conferences.

Parent Teacher Conference Meal Sign Up

Please join us in supplying dinners for our wonderful teachers! They not only work long hours during the day investing in all our kiddos, but also on these evenings, they work hours into the night. What an honor it is to be able to offer them a nice meal to enjoy as our token of gratitude! For any item you sign up for, please ensure that it is in the Teacher’s Lounge no later than 3:45pm on the day you sign up for. Please use this link to sign up.  Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Save those Walk a Thon T-shirts!

This is Rose Park’s year for our Spring Program.  As in years past, please be sure to put those colorful Walk A Thon T-shirts in a safe place as we will wear them in the program this Spring. Thank you!

Fill Our Paper Gator!

Did you know we have a PaperGator at Rose Park (and other HC locations)?! During the month of October, we can double our earnings! But, we need your help! We’d love for you to fill our Gator to the brim! Thanks for your help!

Updated Busing Schedule

The 2019-20 transportation calendar for HPS, ZPS, and WO, has been updated on our website. Please refer to the Holland Christian Transportation Page for details.

PreK Guy’s Night

Calling all preschoolers and dads, grandpas, uncles, etc! Please join us at Rose Park on Thursday November 7, from 6:30PM-7:30PM. Looking forward to a fun night!

Little Maroons Basketball

We are excited to kick off Little Maroons Basketball again this winter. Please see this PDF for details and feel free to email David Kool or Heather Swierenga with any questions. We look forward to seeing your son or daughter this winter! Please share with friends and family as we are always looking to welcome new athletes of all abilities!

Early Winter 6th Grade Sports Season

Monday, October 21, is the first day of our next middle school sports season.  Our 6th grade students are able to participate in girls swimming.   If your 6th grader would like to participate and has not yet signed up, please sign up on Final Forms asap. They will need all forms signed and a current physical form on file in the office. Please contact Carla or Diane in the office if you should need assistance with carpooling.  We can provide contact information for participating families.

Little Read Lakeshore

Rose Park is excited to participate in Hope College’s Little Read Lakeshore “Little Read” book this year. All students will be reading the book The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet by Carmen Agra Deedy. This simple, yet powerful picture book is written in both English and Spanish and provides wonderful discussion opportunities for our students.

La Paz is a happy, but noisy village. A little peace and quiet would make it just right. So the villagers elect the bossy Don Pepe as their mayor. Before long, singing of any kind is outlawed. Even the teakettle is afraid to whistle! But there is one noisy rooster who doesn’t give two mangos about this mayor’s silly rules. Instead, he does what roosters were born to do. He sings: “Kee-kee-ree-KEE!”

Carmen Deedy’s masterfully crafted allegory and Eugene Yelchin’s bright, whimsical mixed-media paintings celebrate the spirit of freedom — and the courage of those who are born to sing at any cost.

There are a variety of FREE family events sponsored by the Little Read Lakeshore and Herrick Library during the next month, including an author visit by Carmen Agra Deedy on Saturday, November 7. Here is a list of events for families.

Elementary Handbook

Whether you are new or experienced at Rose Park, for your convenience, our Elementary Handbook is available online . 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. 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

October Hot Lunch Menu

Medical Information Reminder

Parents: 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. So, 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!


We would love to have you join us for our all school chapels on Wednesday mornings at 10:35 AM in the elementary gym. We welcome parents and friends to join us in worship as we discover how we can grow in cultivating shalom.

/ Calendar

View the full Holland Christian Calendar online.


2 – Moms in Prayer in the RP library 8:25AM
3  – Grandparents/friends Day
9 – Moms in Prayer in RP library  8:25AM
16 – Moms in Prayer in RP library 8:25AM
18 – Report cards go home
21 – Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00pm-8:00pm
22 – Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00pm-8:oopm
23 – Moms in Prayer in RP library 8:25AM
23 – Half Day of School dismissal at 11:30
24-25 – CEA – No School
30 – Moms in Prayer in RP library 8:25AM
30 – Picture re-take day


6 – Moms in Prayer in RP library 8:25AM
7 – Pre-K Guy’s Night 6:30-7:30
13 – Moms in Prayer in RP library 8:25AM
20- Moms in Prayer in RP library 8:25AM
27 – Moms in Prayer in RP library 8:25AM
27 – 1/2 day
28-29: Thanksgiving Break

/ Requested Announcements

Fire Truck Parade

Friday October 4 is the annual Fire Truck Parade! This flyer has all the details

Hope College Volleyball Clinic

We are excited to have our free Youth Clinic prior to the Hope Volleyball game on October 12th! This clinic is for boys and girls in grades 3-6! It will be from 9:30-10:30am at DeVos Fieldhouse. Register Online at

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.