RP Newsletter – December 2019

What Can I Give Him? Give Him My Heart!

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

Our classrooms typically bustle with the busyness and chatter of engaged learning. Most recently, however, there have been some unique morning routines. An observer might find here and there the classroom lights are turned off. The noise is stilled. The classroom takes on a special atmosphere. Something important and unique is happening. Upon closer observation, one will notice the season of advent is being explored and observed. The class and teacher are gathered together around candlelight. Emotions are engaged. Voices are hushed. The Holy Spirit is moving among even our littlest ones. Candles are being lit to demonstrate for our children that, in the midst of the darkness, God is here. God is with us. In some of the reflections of peace, hope, joy and love, our children are heard offering their own reflections about what this means in their own lives to experience God in the darkness and in times of waiting. God is our known in the unknown. God is found in the waiting. There is beauty even in the ashes. Our children share how they see the hand of God even in the midst of their version of chaos. Already they are learning what is means to be a people in waiting and claiming the promises of a God who reigns even in the mess. Our God is present in the chaos. God’s love and light are stronger than the anger and bleakness we sometimes see in this world. As an adult observer, bearing witness to these precious moments stirs my soul and my eyes cloud with tears. It is both inspirational and humbling to hear our little ones speak God’s truth in the simplest of terms. Despite what it may seem to us at times, this is a simple truth: God is with us. Always. In all things. I encourage you to talk with your children in this advent season. Take a moment to still from the Christmas hustle bustle. Sit together in God’s presence and in God’s light. Our children are exploring and claiming a powerful truth in this advent season. While we wait in hope for a day that is coming in which shalom will be restored, we bask in the light of truth that God is here with us.


All peace and joy,


/  Announcements

Book Bash

Our Rose Park library has been blessed by the work of Arlene Dannenberg. She is a wonderful volunteer who faithfully reshelves books in our library that have been checked out by students and teachers. Sadly, she recently broke her knee cap leaving her unable to work in the library for a time. We will miss her friendship and pray God blesses her with a speedy recovery. If you have been blessed with the gift of organization and have some time available on a few Wednesday or Thursday mornings, Mary Hofman would love to show you the ropes and help keep our circulation healthy. We like more books on our shelves, in backpacks and in your laps than stuck in our “reshelve” cart. Please email Miska at mrynsburger@hollandchristian.org if you are able and willing to help!

Do You Have Extra Gloves?

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!

Teacher Christmas Tea December 12

Each year around Christmas time, we invite the teachers and staff to take a break from their day and enjoy a nice lunch, provided to them by our wonderful Rose Park families. Please help us out by signing up for something. Anything contributed is greatly appreciated!

Champs Books Have Arrived!

We have Champs coupon books for $25.00 in the Rose Park office.  These make wonderful Christmas gifts!

Muffins in the Morning

Wednesday, January 8 from 8:15-9:00 you are welcome to stop in the small gym for a warm treat and smiling faces.

6th Grade Ski Club Dates

Our ski club dates for this year are December 13, January 10, January 24, February 7, February 21 and March 6.

Running Club For Girls!

When – Tue and Thur 3:15-4:45 Starting March 19
Ending with Running Tulip Time 5k
Cost – $35 to cover shirts, journals and medals
For More info contact Sarah Dangler 616-403-8761.  csdangler@yahoo.com

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

December 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


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.


9 – Band and Orchestra Christmas Concert
23-Jan 6 – Christmas Break


8 -Muffins in the Morning 8:15-9:00
10 – End of 2nd quarter
10-6th grade Ski Club

14 – Preschool Discovery night
24 -6th Ski Club
27-30 – Preschool Parent Teacher Conferences

/ Requested Announcements

West Ottawa Swim Club

West Ottawa Swim Club begins 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.


Total Trek Quest is a fun, high energy program designed exclusively for boys in 3rd-5th grade! TTQ incorporates strength and stretching exercises with training for a 5K. Boys in this program will develop positive peer relationships, and feel a part of a team, while also working toward individual goals. Additional practice activities focus on developing a healthy lifestyle, social/relationship skills, how to make healthy choices, and resisting peer pressure.

Please register your son here: https://www.raceplanner.com/register/index/AOSpring2020

We’re also always looking for coaches. Coaches can be male, female, both, or neither, and are in prime position to be a positive role model for these boys throughout this 9-week journey. Coaches don’t need to be a runner, as the program has much more to offer. All coaches receive support from TTQ staff before, during, and after the season, as well as program training & CPR certification. This is a truly rewarding experience for anyone.

If you have questions regarding registering your boy(s) and/or are interested in coaching, please contact Brandon Melnyk @ bmelnyk@arborcircle.org , or 616-450-4651.