FS/SS/PR Newsletter-November 2, 2018

What a joy it was to welcome and talk with so many parents during parent/teacher conference at the close of first semester. We are eager to continue working faithfully with your child as these young ones discover more about who they are as a unique child of God and of this majestic world we have been called to understand and care for.

Shared Announcements

Stay Curious. Think Well. Advance the Good

On Thursday, November 8, Holland Christian will be hosting our second annual Q Commons. Join with 25,000 other people around the world to hear global and local speakers address the topic of The Power of We. Tickets are $10 for the evening, and are now available. If this year’s event is anything like last year, the seats on Main Street at HCHS will fill up fast! Find more details and register at qcommons.com/holland.

Swingin’ the Night Away

Swingin’ the Night Away is Friday, November 9 from 6:45-9:00 p.m. in the HCHS Cafeteria. Free dance instructions from 6:45-7:30 p.m. and from 7:30-9:00 p.m. there will be dancing, vocal soloists, HC Jazz Bands and a guest band called the Old Timers Jazz Band! Enjoy desserts and beverages. Tickets are $5 at the door. All ages are invited to join the fun!

We NEED YOUR HELP for our Annual Scholastics Book Fair

We are looking for volunteers to Coordinate, Organize and Run the Scholastics Book Fair at Pine Ridge Elementary the week of  11.27.2018 -11.30.2018.  This is our Annual book sale to help earn credit for library books at both South Side and Pine Ridge Elementary.  Nov. 27th Students and teachers will be able to fill out their wish lists, and bring those home to share.  Nov. 28-30 will be open shopping time from 11:30am – 4pm Wed. – Friday, with extended shopping on Thursday until 7:30pm.  This is a great opportunity to earn money for our school and check some shopping items off your list ;)…To volunteer please click this link to Sign up Genius!    Please contact Laura lnorman@hollandchristian.org for more information.

Poinsettia Sale

Our SS annual Poinsettia Sale will begin Friday, November 16 – Monday, November 26th.  Forms for ordering will go home on November 16.  New this year, we are trying online ordering!  We will also send home the paper option for those who would prefer to order this way.  The plants will make a beautiful addition to your holiday decor or a gift to someone.

Parent Team Coffee Connections

Join us for another Coffee Connections 2.0 on November 13 @ Square Play Cafe  (436 Washington ave). Drop off the kids and come at 8:30am to grab a beverage/treat and enjoy fellowship with other parents. Bonus: kids play for free with purchase of a cafe drink!  Questions and to get connected on Fb:  HC South Side and Pine Ridge Parent Team

HS Performance of “Cinderella”

Get your tickets now for “Cinderella” performance by our HS Theater Department November 15 – 17, 208 at 7pm.  Tickets are on sale now at hollandchristian.org/theatre  adults are $10 and students are $8.  Poster

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.  Thank you!

From Herrick District Library

The 3rd Annual Herrick District Library Readers’ Choice Award are open! There are some great books in the running. Click here to see the candidates for Kids, Teens, and Adults.

Voting will take place at both library locations and online through Election Day, November 6;  Click here if you or your students would like to vote online.  Please feel free to pass this email on to others!

Thank you for your time and all you do for the youth in our community,

Hot Lunch Menu


TRIP Newsletter

South Side Announcements

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.  Reminder: Yearbooks have to be ordered in advance, we will not have extra copies to sell in May 2019.  Our School web code is 2429WZVNOKXINM.

Visitor Sign In

One of the most important components that we value in our partnership between home and school is keeping your child safe during the time you have entrusted us with loving and growing your child. The administrative team recently met with a team of safety specialists from Ottawa County, Allegan County and the State of Michigan. At South Side and Pine Ridge we have found two areas we can improve our security.  Above you see a photo of our new sign-in name tag book. Rather than using the lanyards with a “visitor” label, every campus at Holland Christian will identify our visitors using these name tags. Our procedure is the same as it has always been. Please come and visit at school anytime. We ask that you stop in at the front office and complete the information on these name tags so that staff can easily see which visitors have checked in at the office. Additionally, rather than unlocking our doors during the preschool pick up time at 11:15, our doors will remain in the locked position all day. When picking up your preschooler, please use the buzz in process like we do during the regular school hours. We hope you will see this as a safety measure that keeps your child secure in our care and know that we welcome your presence at school as always!

Pine Ridge Announcements

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.  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.

Kinder Dutch Dance

Join the FUN of being a Dutch Dancer! Individual children or groups of children (i.e. theater troupe, sports team, schools, churches, family, neighborhood, etc.) are invited to participate in this parent-sponsored, parent-supported activity.  For more information go to Kinder Dutch Dance

NEW Middle School Dutch Dance

If you’re a parent that would like to receive information about Middle Dutch Dance for 2019, send an email to kinderdance@tuliptime.com and we’ll add you to our information distribution list!  For more information go to Middle School Dutch Dance

Requested Announcements

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:


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