FS/SS/PR Newsletter-October 12, 2018

What a blessing it is to welcome a fleet of eager grandparents/friends into our midst! Yesterday, both Pine Ridge and South Side’s hallways and classsrooms were bustling over with enthusiasm, eager tour guides, shared projects and just raw, intergenerational love. All of these activities are wonderful and celebratory, but it’s the singing. Oh the praise and worship time. It truly stirs the soul. To bear witness to hundreds of children praising their Heavenly Father mingled in with the bass melodies of the grandparents expressing their legacy of God’s faithfulness for a lifetime in song ….it is to witness the power and everlasting love of our great God. Truly, this is one of our school events I wish all parents could be gifted with the fly-on-the-wall glimpse just to experience the expressions of love between your parents and your children all tuning their hearts to our God. At the risk of too many pictures, here are just a few to provide you with snapshots of some of the Grandparents Day fun we had yesterday. As always, THANK YOU for your support.

Mrs. Hoogland and Mrs. Meckley created a blank slate, inspired by Yayoi Kusama’s art for our grandparents’ and students to participate in together as a community.

Our artists at work!

A colorful, fun, collaborative artist expression!

Beautiful work!

Shared Announcements

Announcement Regarding Holland Public Busing

Holland Public busing change for afternoon transportation today, Friday, October 12th.  Please be aware bus # 20 will be taking bus #40’s afternoon route today.  This may cause delays in drop off times, due to accommodating this change.  If you did not receive this information from Holland Public Schools Transportation office, please be sure they have your correct email and phone information for future communication on transportation updates!  Please view the HC transportation link on the Webpage for updates from Holland Public Transportation schedule throughout the year for changes.  Thank you for working with us!

Volunteers Needed for Scholastics Book Fair

We are looking for volunteers to Coordinate, Organize and Run the Scholastics Book Fair at Pine Ridge Elementary the week of  11.26.2018 -11.30.2018.  This is our Annual book sale to help earn credit for library books at both South Side and Pine Ridge Elementary.  Please contact Laura lnorman@hollandchristian.org for more information or to sign up!

Little Maroons Boys and Girls Basketball Clinics and Leagues

All skill levels are welcome!  Holland Christian High School Athletes and Coaches will be leading these three sessions and leagues. For more information and to sign up for HC Clinics and Leagues go to http://bit.ly/littlemaroons For Holland Rec. league play sign up for 5th and 6th http://teamsideline.com/sites/   Little Maroons Flyer

HC Tuition Grant Fund Auction October 13 @ 6pm.

Have you registered yet for this year’s Tuition Grant Fund Auction? It’s held on Holland Christian High School’s main street, and is a fun evening that exists to raise money for Christian education, working to make it more affordable for everyone. We take a delicious dinner catered in style by Alpenrose, and add live music from the talented musicians in the Holland Christian Jazz Band, energetic emcees, and interesting people. In addition to entertainment and fellowship, you get to bid on over 150 fabulous gifts graciously given by our community, all to support Holland Christian’s Tuition Grant Fund. We offer a wide variety of items and price points on the buy-a-line auction so that everyone can participate in the fun.  For more information, please contact Leanne Halma, Anne Bushouse or Anita Mulder. Please join us Saturday, October 13 at 6:00PM.  Remember to register here before September 28! https://www.hollandchristian.org/tuition-grant-fund/tuition-grant-fund-auction-registration/

Hot Lunch Menu

Parent Teacher Conferences

Mark your calendars!  Parent teacher conferences are coming up!  Conferences will be held on Monday, October 22,  4:00pm-8:00pm and Tuesday, October 23, 4:00pm-8:00pm

CEA Convention

As a reminder, there will be no school on Thursday and Friday October 25 and 26.


TRIP Newsletter

South Side Announcements

The temps have been tricky this week. We’ll count on you to dress your child in warm layers. You can count on us to help them gauge when it’s warm enough to shed those layers! Thank you!

A.C.E  After School Community Enrichment

Flyers   Classes will begin Thursdays, November 1 – December 6 from 3:20pm until 5pm.

Introduction to Martial Arts

Learn entry level Martial Arts techniques with a certified instructor. Each week you will learn fun and exciting skills in addition to focus, listening skills, self confidence and goal setting. Students who complete this class will be invited to a white belt graduation ceremony at Chan’s School of Martial Arts.


Learn the art of crafting and make beautiful gifts that can be shared with others.  Kids will “Prepare a Table” with their hands by creating crafts such as artistic placemats and tile coasters which can be used to extend hospitality to family and friends.  Crafts will be hands-on and fun!

Forest School Announcements

Our Forest Kids are working so hard and enjoying great progress in their reading, writing and math kindergarten learning targets. Sometimes, you just need to curl up with some buddies and take a little break! Keep up the great work, kiddos!

Our walls are coming up!

Pine Ridge Announcements

Hearing and Vision Screening

We will have our annual Hearing and Vision Screening again next week Thursday afternoon, Oct. 18th.  Vision screening is for ages 3rd & 5th Grades. Hearing testing is for 4th Grade.  If you would like your child tested and is not in these age groups, Please email pr@hollandchristian.org to request a testing slot.

6th Grade Athletics

6th graders have more opportunities to participate in Middle School athletics.  Our Winter 1 season begins 10/15/18.  Please click on this link to read more about the opportunities.

A.C.E  After School Community Enrichment

Flyers  Classes will begin Thursdays, November 1 – December 6 from 3:20pm until 5pm.

LEGO Maker Lab

Make a dancing robot, a mechanical toy, or an amusement park ride! Makers unite in a Lego Makerspace to share knowledge, experiment, create, tinker and learn. In each class you will use the design process to creatively solve a design challenge. As you work toward your ultimate goal, you continuously modify, retest and rebuild. In this class we cultivate a mindset that you will have opportunities to make mistakes and to try again. Have fun discovering what Lego bricks can become!

Create…Kindness in a Card! 

Learn to create greeting for your family and friends. The joy in card making is the personal touch. People love to know you cared enough to sit down and create something for them. Students will leave each class with at least three handmade cards that they can use for special occasions including Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Box Tops Collection

We are sending home a Box top collection sheet to encourage students to collect box tops for our school between now thru Oct 15th.  Look for these Box Tops on hundreds of products. They come in all shapes and sizes and each one is worth 10¢ for our school.  They don’t need to be clipped perfectly… just make sure each one has a clearly visible product acronym and expiration dates. Expired Box Tops don’t count towards earnings!  Go to https://www.boxtops4education.com/about for more information and Bonus Box top Earnings using the app and sweepstakes for bonuses!

GPI School Pictures

If you would like to order photo’s or yearbooks online, you can do so by going to www.geskusphoto.com/fallorders.  Select our School Name in the main page, Pine Ridge Elementary #1819, and follow the instructions.  Picture retake day will be Nov. 1st, 2018 right away in the morning.  If you would like a photo retake, you must bring in the GPI photo proof package that you received and were not happy with back to school on retake day.  If your child(ren) were not at school on September 13 for photo day, they can get a photo taken on this day as well, Extra order flyers are in the school office!  Reminder: Yearbooks have to be ordered in advance, we will not have extra copies to sell in May 2019.  Our School web code is 2427VNYJSTCGVJ

Requested Announcements

5th /6th Grade Girls Lakeshore Volleyball League

Would you like to play volleyball for a local League?  This is a travel Volleyball league that will compete against area communities.  Practices are on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Saturday games will require some travel to local communities.   This League runs from Saturday, October 22 – December 8, 2018.   After 10/8/2018 registration Fees: $50 Resident~$65 Non-Resident; pending availability.  Go to Holland Recreation website to Register for the Lakeshore Volleyball League!

Holland Area Arts Council

Creative kids, Holland Area Art Council is offering classes & Workshops for all ages!  Please visit their website for more information! www.hollandarts.org or call 616-396-3278.  Flyers are available in the school office.


Upcoming Dates:


13 – Tuition Grant Fund Auction
16 – No Holland Public Busing PM only
22 & 23 Parent Teacher Conferences
25-26 – No School: CEA Convention


1 – picture make up/retake date (SS & PR)
1 – A.C.E. classes begin
11/19-12/5 – PR swimming lessons (3Boer, 3DeZwaan, 4Meyering & 4VanWeelden)
21 – No Holland Public Busing AM/PM
21 – 1/2 Day of School ( 11:30am Dismissal )
22-23 – Thanksgiving vacation


12/6-12/19 – SS swimming lessons
12/6-12/19 – PR swimming lessons (4Hirdes/Riemersma)
21&22 – No Holland Public Busing AM/PM
24- January 4 – Christmas vacation

Working Together in Christ,

Miska Rynsburger

South Side Principal



Tim Howell

Pine Ridge Principal