Rose Park Newsletter – November 2019

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

We’re entering into the season in our school year when deep learning is the norm and progress is both realized and celebrated. Students draw comfort in the rhythms and routines of their classrooms and our school. Children have established relationships with peers and know each other nearly as well as brothers and sisters….for both better and worse 😉 When a lost lunch bag or a random sock litters the hallway, every nearby child can effortlessly identify to whom the item belongs. The relationship between student, teacher and parents become deeply meaningful and, in that relationship, learning takes root. A great amount of planning, effort, implementation and pivoting creates this invigorating, relevant learning environment, one in which we hope every student will flourish. This busy work is exciting, but it is busy. You know this well as a parent. I might add that I find myself often enjoying this labor of love, but this season of life can fill our every moment one by one. Sometimes, if we don’t tread wisely, this work threatens to leave us feeling emptied if not exhausted.

I once read a quote that sticks with me and challenges me particularly at this time of year as we approach the cusp of the holiday season. Perhaps it will resonate with you as well. Dallas Willard, a wise philosopher, once named hurry as “the great enemy of the spiritual life in our day”. Shoot. Do I hear a loud ‘amen’? Mr. Willard went on encouraging those who desire to live a Christ-filled life to “ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life”. How true and challenging. I think back to the story of Mary and Martha both preparing to commune with Jesus yet each behaved so very differently from one another. You know the story well. Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and enjoyed the peace to behold in his presence. Meanwhile, sister Martha ran herself silly in the kitchen trying to get everything just so for her precious Lord. Jesus was very clear pointing out who nailed it in Spiritual growth and practice. Mary. It wasn’t even close. Mary’s unhurried yearning for her Lord was the expression of love Jesus lauded.

My prayer is that you don’t read admonishment in these words but rather encouragement if not permission. When and where you are able slow down. Trade out the flashing screens for a book. Take a walk with a loved one even if in the drizzly, autumn rain. Share a cup of tea with a neighbor. Carve time to ruminate on a Psalm your heart hasn’t absorbed in a while. As we enter Thanksgiving season, I savor every child who has been entrusted in our care. I relish the joy and laughter overheard regularly in conversations between teachers and staff who are tickled by our children. I am grateful every day for the welcome the Rose Park community has extended to me. And finally, I continue to challenge myself and my family to slow enough to breathe in the beauty of the color-splashed trees, to marvel at the mystery of the stars at night and to bask in the love of our great God.

All peace and joy,


Familias y amigos de Rose Park,

Hemos entrado en la temporada del año donde el aprendizaje es profundo  y el progreso es realizado y celebrado. Los estudiantes estan comodos con las rutinas y el ritmo de su escuela. Niños han creado relaciones con sus compañeros y se conocen casi como hermanos y hermanas.  La relación entre estudiantes, maestros y padres comienza a tomar raíces y viene siendo con mucho sentimiento. Este trabajo es emocionante pero también ocupante. Aunque yo también, disfruto de este labor de amor, esta temporada puede llenar cada momento uno por uno. A veces, si no estamos cuidadosos, este trabajo nos puede dejar sintiendo vacío, y exhaustos.

Una vez leí un dicho que me viene a la memoria durante este tiempo del año. Dallas Willard, un filósofo, dijo que la prisa es “el gran enemigo de nuestras vidas espirituales hoy en dia.” ¿Puedes decir ‘amén’ a eso? Sr. Willard siguió diciendo y animando a aquellos que desean vivir una vida llena de Cristo, a “eliminar despiadadamente la prisa de tu vida”. Que verdad y al mismo tiempo desafiante. Me recuerda de la historia de Maria y Marta, los dos preparando para estar en comunión con Jesús aunque cada uno lo hizo muy diferente a la otra. Conoces la historia, si? María sentada a los pies de Jesús y gozando en el paz de estar en su presencia. Mientras, su hermana Marta corriendo a la cocina tratando de preparar todo a la perfección para su precioso Señor. El anhelo sin prisa de María para su Señor es la expresión de amor que Jesús anhela.

Espero que no leas amonestación en estas palabras si no animación y permiso. Donde y cuando puedes tranquilate, sin prisa. Intercambia las pantallas por un libro. Toma una caminata, aun en la lluvia del otoño. Comparte una taza de té con un vecino. Crea tiempo para meditar en uno de los Salmos que tu corazón necesita absorber. Mientras entramos en esta temporado de acción de gracias, yo me gozo con cada niño confiado a nuestro cuidado. Yo me gozo el la risa que oigo entre conversaciones de maestros y maestras sobre lo bonito y tierno que son sus alumnos. Estoy sumamente agradecida por la bienvenida que la comunidad de Rose Park me ha dado. Y finalmente, continuó retandome y mi familia a tomar tiempo para ver y experimentar el cambio de color de cada hoja, las estrellas en la noche y el gran amor de nuestro Dios.


Todo paz y goza,

Miska (shout out to Dinah Pereira for translating ALL of this text! Gracias mi amiga!)


/  Announcements

Amendment Petition

Have your children been talking about their opinions they’ve been developing in response to the prompt “Should we care for goats on our playground at Rose Park?” There is a convincing amount of research in the realm of child development which outlines clearly the social/emotional and even academic benefits for children who have regular access to animals at school. We’ve been debating this idea at school but also understand a hurdle that currently stands in our way of adopting and caring for a few pygmy goats on our playground. Rose Park is zoned both commercially and residentially. Pygmy goats are considered farm animals and are permissible only on agriculturally zone properties. After much research and planning, many students are writing a persuasive essay outlining why the zoning board at Holland Township might consider adding an amendment to our ordinance. Two of our students will read their essay during the portion of the meeting open to public comments. You are invited to attend this meeting on November 5 at 7:00 if you so desire. The meeting will take place at the Holland Township Office at 353 120th Ave. If you cannot attend, we’ll keep you posted on the zoning board’s decision and how we will move forward upon hearing their decision.

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!

Spanish Immersion New Families Potluck

Consider yourself invited! On Wednesday, November 20 at 6:00 our current Spanish Immersion families as well as anyone curious about the innovative learning opportunity at Rose Park will gather together and enjoy a meal. We will share some of the program’s overview and details. Prospective families will have an opportunity to talk with current families, teachers and see the classrooms. Come hungry, come curious and invite a friend!

Dressing for the Weather

Michigan weather continues to keep us on our toes!  Our weather can change from the morning to the afternoon.  Please do know, our students are outside for recess multiple times a day.  We encourage you to check the weather and plan your child’s clothing accordingly.  The office has a very limited supply of warm gear to lend out, and we want to be sure our kids are enjoying their time in the fresh air.

Help Needed!!  If you extra gloves and mittens at home that your child has outgrown, we would love to add them to our supply in the office.  Thank you!

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!

Spanish Immersion Programa de Navidad

On Thursday, December 5 at 6:30 our four Spanish Immersion classes will be celebrating the Christmas season with a special program. Additional details coming in our teacher blogs.


Our first grade classes will be giving thanks to God through a Sukkot celebration the week of Thanksgiving! More details can be found in teacher blogs!

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.  There are many events for families which can be found on this PDF.

Rollerskating Party

Rose Park preschool – 6th graders: Come join us at The Rink at 12521 James Street on Tuesday, Nov 5, 6pm – 7:30pm.  The cost is $5.50 per skater, which includes admission and skate rental.  Parents who are not skating are welcome to watch the kids for free. Looking forward to a fun night!

Beautiful Gate Chapel

We’re very excited about a special chapel time held on November 20 at 8:30 am! We are blessed to cross the miles between our children at Rose Park and the children at Beautiful Gate! Beautiful Gate is home to children in Lesotho, Africa. Our children will learn a Basotho song and, with the help of FaceTime, will sing together with our new, sweet friends in Lesotho! You are invited to join us in this time of across-the-miles time of praise and worship time. Such a tangible way for ALL of our children to live into “He’s got the whole world in his hands”!

Scholastic Book Fair at Rose Park

The Scholastic Book Fair will once again be coming to Rose Park just in time to do some Christmas shopping for students and teachers.  The fair will be held Tuesday, December 3 through Friday, December 6.  Watch teacher blogs and flyers coming home for specific times and information about special events held as part of the book fair.

6th Grade Ski Club

Information will be coming home Tuesday November 5 to sign up for 6th Grade Ski Club.  Please note, the deadline for sign up including payment is Friday, November 15. Our ski club coordinators are Rod Danhoff and Dave DeKruyter Please email them with any questions.

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!

Girls Running Club for 3rd-5th Grade Girls

We are in need of coaches for our Girls Running Club.  No need to be a runner just have a desire to connect and have fun with our Rose Park 3rd, 4th and 5th grade girls. Running club starts in March and ends with the Tulip Time 5k as our celebration run. We meet twice per week.  This year we will probably meet on Tuesday/Thursday…same as last year.  The club meets right after school and ends promptly at 4:45. Please contact Sarah Dangler or Laurien Dannenberg with any questions.  We would love to have you join the Rose Park Running Club.

Sarah Dangler…616 403 8761
Laurien Dannenberg…616 836 6613

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

November 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!

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.

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. 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.


6  – Rollerskating Party 6:00PM-7:30PM
7- 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 – Beautiful Gate chapel at 8:30
20- Moms in Prayer in RP library 8:25AM
20 – Spanish Immersion Potluck 6:00PM
27 – Moms in Prayer in RP library 8:25AM
27 – 1/2 day
28-29: Thanksgiving Break


2-6 – Scholastic Book Fair
5 – Spanish Immersion Christmas Celebration
9 – Band and Orchestra Christmas Concert
23-Jan 6 – Christmas Break

/ Requested Announcements

West Ottawa Swim Club

West Ottawa Swim Club beings December 2.

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.