South Side August 2021 Newsletter

Happy Summer South Side Families!

We hope that you have all been enjoying your summer doing all of the things that you love to do. We are very excited to start thinking about the upcoming school year where we will all come together to start a new year of growing and learning together. Please know that there has been much thought and prayerful consideration for EACH child paired with EACH teacher. While all of our teachers have differences in their style, personality and delivery, I’m SO grateful to share with you that each teacher loves their children with their WHOLE heart and desires to serve God by loving and growing the children placed in their care. Please find the class lists linked at the bottom of this document.

We are also very excited this year to be welcoming many new families to our South Side classrooms. You’ll note the name of each new child is denoted with a little asterisk. Please reach out to the new families in your classroom communities and welcome them fully to our learning family!

We continue to pray for your family over the coming summer days until we meet in August and start the school year together. We consider it a great honor to partner with each family as we grow your child spiritually, emotionally and academically.

Blessings,

Erin Wyma
South Side Elementary Principal

/ New Staff

We also welcome several new staff joining us, and you can read more about them on The South Side Staff Page

  •  3s Preschool Aide: Mrs. Heather Meidema
  •  4s Preschool Aide: Mrs. Pam Koops
  •  Junior Kindergarten: Mrs. Krystle Brouwer
  •  Junior Kindergarten: Ms. Bethany Kiekinveld
  •  Kindergarten: Mrs. Stephanie Timmer
  •  First Grade Aide: Mrs. Laura Barton
  •  Second Grade: Mrs. Ruth Diekema

/ Announcements

Health Appraisal and Immunization Requirements

Health appraisals are required for our 2021-22 incoming preschool and Kindergarten students. As you schedule your well child appointments with your health care provider, please be aware these evaluations will need to be completed. All students must be up-to-date on their immunizations BEFORE they start the new school year. Any students without the required immunizations or approved waivers will not be allowed to begin school until they are complete and approved by the State of Michigan. We are grateful for your help with this!

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—we encourage our students to take 3 items.

FREE Breakfast Menu Choices

  •  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

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

Lunch Menu for the beginning of School is on The Hot Lunch Page.

Safety Policy Updates

For updated COVID information please see our Return to School page

  • COVID-19 vaccines will not be required for your child to attend school this fall.
  • COVID-19 testing for participation in school athletics will no longer be required.
  • Our student bodies can begin to gather together in large groups again! Think: chapel, assemblies, convocation, and more.
  • We will continue to contact trace (providing information only, no quarantines required) and notify close-contacts of their exposure to positive COVID-19 cases at school.

We acknowledge that there are individuals who may have health concerns that make them more susceptible to COVID-19 and are at higher risk. We support your personal decisions to protect yourself and your family and will continue to do our best as a school system to prioritize the health of all students, families, and staff.

Medications at School

If your child needs to take medication at school, we need an updated form signed by their physician each school year. If you have not done this yet, please do so asap. You are welcome to contact our school nurse, Hendrina Cupery at hcupery@hollandchristian.org. 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!

Important Website Links

Parent Volunteers

We are very excited to invite parents back into the building by providing a wide range of activities that we would like to have help with as we partner together.  We would like to have parents to help with:

  • Lunch recess daily 12:00-12:30
  • Library check out
  • Listen to students read
  • Help check out/in classroom take home books

You will have the opportunity to sign up for these opportunities at the Ice Cream social as well as at the preschool and/or K-2 Meet the Teacher nights.  All parent volunteers will need to complete a background check through our HR Department which will be set up for you prior to helping at school.  Thank you in advance as we look forward to having you back in our building.

Preschool Meet the Teacher Night

On Tuesday, August 17 from 7:00-8:30 pm we look forward to all preschool parents joining us for an evening of meeting your child’s teacher and teacher aide for the upcoming school year.

Ice Cream Social

On Thursday, August 19 from 6:30-8:30 pm we will gather as a whole school family together on our playground during an open house style evening for you to come and connect with new families and reunite with families you already know.

K-2nd Grade Meet the Teacher Night

On Wednesday, August 25 from 7:00-8:30 pm we look forward to all kindergarten-2nd grade parents joining us for an evening of meeting your child’s teacher for the upcoming school year.

/ Requested announcements

TRIP

Remaining Summer Schedule: 7:30-9:00 at Rose Park and HCHS: August 11, 25, and weekly starts again
On weeks we do not have TRIP we will not be placing any orders for physical cards. So if you place an order online it will wait in the queue until the next TRIP day and then it will be ordered from the companies.

Moms in Prayer

Moms in Prayer is a great way to connect with other moms, pray for your child, and have an impact on our school. Please join us on Fridays starting September 10 at Providence Church 8:20-9:20 am. Contact Nicole Shook with questions: ncshook@gmail.com

/ Calendar

View the full Holland Christian Calendar.

August

  • 17 – South Side Preschool Meet the Teacher Night
  • 19 – South Side & Pine Ridge Ice Cream Social
  • 19 – Preschool- meet the teacher night
  • 24 – 1st Day of School (Full Day) – The first bell rings at 8:10 am and classes begin at 8:15 am.
  • 25 – South Side Meet the Teacher Parent Night
  • 26 – Pine Ridge Meet the Teacher Parent Night

September

  • 3 – No school
  • 6 – Labor Day  (no School)
  • 7 – School resumes
  • 15 – Walk-a-thon
  • 22 – School pictures SS
  • 23 – School pictures PR