South Side/ Pine Ridge Elementary Newsletter ~ Week TWO: Check!

Have a Wonderful Holiday Weekend!

Be Safe!  See you next week Tuesday!


HCS Back-to-School 2017 Convocation

You are invited along with the entire Holland Christian Schools community to our annual Convocation Ceremony to kick-off our 2017-2018 school year. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, alumnus, friend, or supporter, we would love to welcome you along with all of our Preschool-12 grade students in a time of celebration, prayer, praise, and listening to God’s Word at the beginning of this exciting new year. Various Holland Christian students, staff, and community members will lead in song, prayer, and devotion. Come and join us Wednesday, September 6, 9AM in the high school gym for this very special convocation service. You will be blessed!

Kids’ Stuff Re-Sale at HCHS

Come Shop Our Kids’ Stuff Re-Sale at HCHS on Saturday, Sept 9 from 9:00 – 12:00. Lots of great fall/winter clothes for girls and boys and so much more. If you are interested in being a seller at this sale, please contact kidsale@
Volunteers needed: Friday 3:00 to 5:00 (set up) or Sat. 11:30 to 1:30 (clean up)
All sellers and volunteers can pre-shop the sale on Friday night 6:30-8:00 (Volunteers Only 5:30-6:30)
Please contact Shelly Conklin at or Lisa VanKampen at  lvankampen@hollandchristian. org.


So, have you done it yet? It was so nice meeting so many of you at the South Side and Pine Ridge Parent Night. I hope you learned a lot more about how the TRIP program has evolved and how it is current with technology and how we shop today.  But, you’ve got to sign up in order to save! AND we are here to help! There are brochures available in the school offices with the code you will need to sign up!  Questions?? Concerns? Need clarification? That is what we are here for. Kristi Lokker is your South Side Coordinator and can be reached at 616.886.8678 or at Sign up and start saving!


Wednesday, September 13, be sure to look at the fundraising packets for the walk-a-thon that came home Monday, August 28st. All money collected will be designated to support our classroom enhancements and playground upgrades. Money collected will be due on Monday, September 12. The walk-a-thon will be held at the high school on Wednesday, September 14, from 1:00-2:15pm. We would love to have you join us to cheer the kids on and be part of this fun event.

Protect Young Eyes at HC Monday, September 25 – SAVE THE DATE!

We are excited to welcome Chris McKenna, founder of Protect Young Eyes ( to Holland Christian on Monday, September 25. Protect Young Eyes exists to give busy parents and hyper-connected kids the information and tools they need to use technology awesomely. Chris McKenna founded Protect Young Eyes in response to the growing demand from parents at his church for information to help them navigate our digital culture. Chris will be speaking with 5th-8th graders during the day on the 25th. Please follow this link if you would like to see an outline of the topics Chris will be covering with each grade.

We are also inviting the entire Holland Christian Community to meet with Chris as well. He will be speaking to parents on September 25 from 7-8:30 pm in the High School Auditorium.

We hope to see you here!  One of the greatest needs we hear from parents is help with how to use the Internet and technology with their kids. We look forward to partnering with you in this ongoing conversation. Our goal is that you walk away from these presentations equipped and encouraged.

Do you know of a former HC student from abroad?

If you know of a student from another country that has studied at Holland Christian, please take ONE minute to complete THIS FORM. We would like to acknowledge the many countries from which these students have come. Thank you.

Join us for Homecoming Family Weekend 2017! 


3rd Annual HC Fall Classic 5K, Kids Fun Run, and Community Breakfast

Holland Christian High School

5K: 8:30 am

Free Kids Fun Run: 9:15 am

Free Community Breakfast: 8:30-10 am

The HCS Homecoming 5K is going to be the weekend before the traditional homecoming game and family tailgating party, so that we can kick off the whole week of homecoming activities for the high school and alumni with the race. Plus we hopefully should have much warmer weather to run in! Afterwards, of course, all runners, and their cheerleaders can join us inside for our favorite HCS-made cinnamon rolls at the community breakfast, compliments of the Holland Christian Foundation. 5K cost: $25/person; $20/person for teams of 4 or more. Day of event registration pricing will be an additional $5/runner. For additional details and to register, please click here.


Tailgate Dinner and Football Game, 5 pm

Holland Christian High School

This is a night designed for families of all ages. You can join us for a tailgate dinner with kids’ games and inflatables beginning at 5 pm, then stick around for an action packed (and hopefully rain-free!) football game vs. Zeeland East. Cost is $8/per person in advance, or $10/person day of. Purchase tickets online at here.


CHAMPS Golf Outing: 1 pm check-in, 2 pm tee-off

Diamond Springs Golf Course

This year’s CHAMPS golf outing–one of our perennial favorites–is part of the homecoming weekend. We hold it partly so we get a chance to hang out with you, but it’s also a great fundraiser for CHAMPS and all the sporting paraphernalia they help HCS and ZCS purchase. Plus, for the Dutch at heart, it’s a steal of a deal: a catered dinner at the club after the 18-holes, gift bags, hats, and plenty of prizes. Men’s, women’s, and mixed foursomes are all welcome; you play golf, so HC and ZC kids can play too! If you haven’t registered yet, you can still do so soon by contacting Jennifer Bieri at or (616) 820-2916.

Moms in Prayer

August- September 8th Elementary Lunch Menu


School Pictures

Wednesday, September 13:

  • Mrs. Grassmid’s Monday/Wednesday class
  • Mrs. Lubbers Class
  • Mrs. Baker’s Class
  • Mrs. VanRees’s Class
  • Mrs. Lanser’s Class

Thursday, September 14

  • Mrs. Grassmid’s Tuesday/Thursday class
  • Mrs. Strikwerda’s Class
  • Mrs. Becksfort
  • Mrs. Johnson’s Class
  • Mrs. VanMeeteren’s Class
  • Mrs. Bohle’s Class
  • Mrs. Hunderman/Dreyer’s Class
  • Mrs. Ritsema’s Class

Yellow Vest Volunteers

We’re still looking for a fun way to celebrate your inner-child? We’re still looking for a few volunteers to be a safety presence on our playground during the lunch hour recess. If you are available to commit, even one day per month, we’d love to have you on board. The time commitment is from 11:45-12:30 and the pay is $10 for the 45 minutes. Please email Miska at with questions or to express your interest. Thank you!


School Pictures

School Pictures will be Thursday, September 14 in the morning at Pine Ridge.  Photo Flyers will be coming home today.  Picture order forms will be coming home next week Friday, September 8th.

Looking for Volunteers

We are looking for a Creative Volunteer to Decorate the Front Window by the front office 3 times a year starting with this years Theme “Cultivating Shalom” if you are interested please contact Laura in the front office.  820-3505 or email to sign up!

Piano Player needed for Wednesday Morning Chapel twice a month.  If you are available to help in chapel from 10:15AM to 10:50AM on September 13 or 27 please contact Laura in the front office.  820-3505 or email to sign up!

Protecting Your Eyes

Please mark your calendars for Monday September 25 and plan to attend an important learning opportunity provided by Protect Young Eyes—an organization dedicated to providing kids, teens, and adults with the awareness, tools, and strategies they need to use technology in a God-honoring way and live as Christians in a digital world. To learn more, visit The 90-minute event begins at 7pm in the HCHS Auditorium.

Carpool/Parent Pick up Procedure

Student safety must be, and remains our primary concern for everyone during student drop-off and dismissal at Pine Ridge. Our students, like any pedestrians, are defenseless against a moving vehicle. Do not assume anything as a driver. Remain alert always, and continue to scan and be aware of any and all students who may be around your vehicle at any given time as you slowly proceed.

Please communicate this information to any and all who may be involved in transporting your student(s) to and from school. All of us must be vigilant in observing these simple rules:

The drive along 40th is for bus lane only.
The drive off Graafschap road is for carpool vehicles only.

Before School

Use the Graafschap drive for dropping off your students.Please pull forward along the sidewalk (in front of our gym) at the curb. Do not stop anywhere on the traffic circle by the main entrance. Yield to the busses.
Do not park, attended or unattended, in the drive longer than to safely let your students out of your vehicle.
Park only in designated parking lot spots if you are getting out of your vehicle with your students. These would be the parking spaces along the grassy area to the west of the drive.

After School

Remain in your vehicles as we direct your students to your car during after-school carpool. Do not get out of your cars. We will get your students to you. Catch the staff member in the middle of the loading zone to get your child(ren) who do not see you on their own.
Generally, we only load students in the “loading zone” as indicated by the solid white lines painted across the drive, and by signs on the sidewalk next to the drive. When all cars are loaded in the loading zone, a teacher will dismiss each file of cars.
When people are moving, cars are not; when cars are moving, people are not. Once your car is in the loading zone, lock it down, and do not move again until invited to do so by the staff member at the front of the loading zone.
If you are walking with your child(ren) to the parking lot, do not walk through the carpool lines. Rather, cross in front of the carpool lines only when we are loading students, waiting, of course, when we are dismissing cars.
Remember these rules are for the safety of all of our children. At times, it will mean we will have to be patient. Thank you!


  • September
    • 06 – Convocation
    • 08 – Moms in Prayer @ SS
    • 09 – Kids Stuff Re$ale
    • 13 – Walk-a-thon Fundraiser
    • 13 – SS School Pictures (1:2)
    • 14 –  SS School Pictures (2:2)
    • 14 – PR School Pictures
    • 15 – Moms in Prayer @ PR
    • 16 – HC Fall Classic
    • 22 – Tailgate Dinner and Football Game
    • 22 – Moms in Prayer @ SS
    • 23 – CHAMPS Golf Outing
    • 25 – Protect Young Eyes
    • 29 – Moms in Prayer @ PR
  • October
    • 06 – Moms in Prayer @ SS
    • 12 – Grandparents’ day
    • 13 – Moms in Prayer @ PR
    • 19 – CEA – No School
    • 20  – CEA- No School
    • 27 – Moms in Prayer @ SS


School Nurse Run/Walk 5K

Holland Hospital is excited to invite all students, families, friends and faculty to participate in the 2017 School Nurse 5K Run/Walk on Thursday, October 5 at Holland High School. The School Nurse 5K Run/Walk is a fun, family-style event to benefit the hospital’s School Nursing Program. This non-competitive event is a perfect way for students and families to enjoy an evening of activity together.

New this year, starting at 5 PM join us for FREE food and entertainment! The best part – students can enter the Run/Walk for FREE by completing ten 30-minute physical fitness activities of their choice prior to the event! Fitness Tracker envelopes will be available to students at the beginning of the school year in the main office. The Fitness Tracker can also be found online at schoolnurse5k Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Fitness Tracker envelopes can be mailed in or turned in to the school’s main office. Register by September 22 to guarantee a shirt.

Since 1998, Holland Hospital’s School Nursing program has been working to improve the health and well-being of students K – 12 in the greater Holland area. From daily medication administration to treating playground bumps and bruises, the school nurses care for the physical, emotional and social needs of over 11,000 students! Please show your support of your school nurses by participating in the 2017 School Nurse 5k Run/Walk on October 5.


Fall Kickoff Event at The Lost City 12350 James Street Holland MI 49424. Saturday, September 9 from 10AM to Noon.  Registration form.  We are also looking for volunteers to help with mentoring these boys, or have any questions please contact Brandon Melnyk at 616.396.2301 Ext. 132 or

Baton Twirling Classes

Come join the fun and learn how to twirl a baton!  baton twirling is making a come back as the latest and greatest sensation!  Don’t miss out on all the fun!  Click here for more information or email

Golf Lessons

Golf Lessons are now available for students ages 7-17 in Holland through The First Tee, a non-profit that teaches golf and values to ANY child regardless of family income. Sign up HERE for sessions at Macatawa Legends or Winding Creek. Classes begin August 28 or September 8/9 so register soon!