FS/SS/PR Newsletter-February 22


Shared Announcements

Holland Public Transportation Reminder

There will be no PM Holland Public Bussing onTuesday, February 26th.  This only affects the elementary students in the PM, high school students will be transported home as regularly scheduled.  As always, students riding the HPS busses should check the bussing information on the HC website to stay informed.

Lunch Accounts

Families, please take a minute to check your child’s lunch balance.  If you have not made a deposit in a while and/or want to know your balance, please email Sue slambers@hollandchristian.org or go to www.sendmoneytoschool.com.  If you have not been getting account updates from us, we may not have your most recent email address in Power School.  Please log into Power School to check your pertinent information.

If you are having financial difficulties, you may always apply for lunch benefits at www.lunchapp.com.  It is easy & confidential, a response will be emailed to you within 24 hours of completing the needed information.

HCMS Presents Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids!

Our 7th and 8th graders are presenting Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids on March 1 at 7:00 P.M.,  March 2 at 3:00 P.M. and 7:00 P. M.  This is the family-friendly musical adapted from the animated film. Show lasts a little over an hour, and includes an Intermission which makes it great for children as young as 4. Tickets are $7 or $6 for groups of 8 or more. Purchase tickets at hcs.ludus.com

Kids’ Stuff Resale

The spring Kids’ Stuff Resale is Saturday, March 2, 9 am-noon at HCHS’s Main Street. Come ready to purchase low-priced, but high-quality, outgrown toys and children’s clothing, Dutch costumes, baby gear, kids bikes and athletic gear! Questions? Contact Leanne Halma at kidsale@hollandchristian.org, or call (616) 820-2811. It’s $1 per adult at the door for entry, with proceeds for the HCS Tuition Grant Fund.

Afterschool Community Enrichment classes!

New A.C.E. classes including Volley Kids for grades K – 2 and Mime’s the Word and Painting on Canvas for grades 3 – 6 will continue thru March 7.


Open enrollment is in full swing for all students (preschool-12).  We are excited to watch the classes for this fall begin to form and fill in.  We would like to clarify a question that has surfaced.   If your student(s) are currently enrolled  with Holland Christian, there is no need to re-enroll the same student moving forward.  Think of it like a one-and-done  process. However, you will need to enroll students beginning Kindergarten, since their enrollment from preschool does not carry over to the K-12 enrollment process.


The 2019-2020 tuition grant application will be available on February 1 at online.factsmgt.com/aid.  Please complete application even if your tax documents are not complete on or before April 15. If you have questions regarding the application process, contact Terry VanDerKolk at (616) 820-2807 or tvanderkolk@hollandchristian.org.

Fun Night

Under the Big Top!  Family Fun Night is TWO weeks away!  Friday, March 8, 2019  5:30 – 8:00pm at Pine Ridge. 

We are still in need of LOTS of volunteers to help make this night possible.  Please consider some of the following volunteer opportunities:  baking cupcakes, serving pizza for supper, working one of the shifts for a game, and donating cans of pop or other candy.  Be sure to let your older students know this is a great way to get service hours!

You can sign up at www.hcfunnight.blogspot.com

All donations may be dropped off in the schools’ offices.  Please bring your donations to school no later than Friday, March 1.

If you have questions, please contact Jen Brink at jenjbrink@gmail.com or Sally Oosting at sunema99@hotmail.com

Swingin” The Night Away

We are thrilled to look forward to a weekend of jazz on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23.

The Biannual Swingin’ the Night Away is Friday, March 22 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 and HC Jazz Bands. Enjoy desserts and beverages. Tickets are $5 at the door. All ages are invited to join the fun!

Holland Christian High School and the Holland High School music departments welcome internationally renowned bassist and Mack Avenue recording artist Rodney Whitaker to the HCHS stage for a concert and a day of clinics with HCHS and HHS students. Whitaker is a Michigan State University distinguished professor of jazz double bass and a lifetime member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
Don’t miss this must-see concert on Saturday, March 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the HCHS auditorium. The evening will feature both the HHS and HCHS jazz ensembles, as well as Rodney Whitaker and friends with vocalist Rockelle Fortin. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students. Purchase your tickets at the door or purchase your tickets at this link.

Preparing A Table

As you know, our school theme this year is Preparing A Table. We are working each day in different ways to understand what it means to both prepare a table to invite others to as well as to be invited to a table prepared for us. This year, on April 23, our preschool through fourth grade will prepare a spring program for your family. Mrs. Boer would like to play a video of pictures and clips of our families preparing a table for others in their homes. If you invite others to break bread at your table, would you be willing to take and share a picture or clip for the montage she would like to put together for the program? Please send your picture or clip to Mrs Boer’s email at sboer@hollandchristian.org  Thank you!


TRIP Newsletter

Summer Camps

Holland Christian Summer Camps registration is now open! Register today to start building an engaging summer for your child.  Our camps are active, hands-on, and Christ-centered. We’ll guide campers to explore new things while they learn about God’s amazing world! We’ve got everything from “Broadway Bound” and “Survivorish” to the more traditional “Volleyball” and other sports camps, all of which are taught by experienced staff.  Questions?  Call Leanne at 616-820-2811    https://www.hollandchristian.org/summer-camps/

South Side Announcements

Library Work Bee

Many of our students throughout South Side have recently engaged in non-fiction research projects. They’ve been delving into non-fiction books and excitedly sharing their findings and are working diligently to publish their work. We’re thrilled, as a staff, to revel in their enthusiasm for learning. As you know, good learning can create good messes. Big ones. Our library is showing the enthusiastic research our children have engaged in. There are books that have been returned recently at a much faster rate than our volunteers can keep up with. We’re flying the white flag and seeking help! If you have availability and are willing, we’d love to welcome you into our library to sort and reshelf our book supply. We’ll hold a book-reshelving party (doesn’t that sound too good to pass up?) on Thursday, February 28 at 10:00. Snacks will even be provided! Please email Miska at mrynsburger@hollandchristian.org if you are willing and available to help in our media center.

Pine Ridge Announcements


As a reminder, the bus entrance off 40th is NOT for Student Pick up or drop off.  For the safety of the students, please use the carpool lane. There have been too many close calls with cars and busses using the same entrance! Please use the student pick up and drop off entrance off Graafschap Rd. Please remember no stopping in the traffic circle! Also, please do not enter the traffic circle unless there is space for you to drop off along the gym sidewalk.  If you are using the baseball parking lot as a pick up, please know that students are not supervised beyond the bus lines. Also, you should not be using the entrance/exits when the buses are coming and going. Thank you for keeping our students safety in mind!

Pine Ridge Girls Running Club

Girls running club Registration, practice will start March 11, and will be Mondays and Wednesday’s from 3:15-4:15pm. Our celebration race will be the Tulip Time 5K and we will get a group discount use the code partner19 for a 20% discount on registration. Registration costs go up on March 1st for the Tulip Time Run, so register soon.  Also that any family members who want to run the race with their child can use the discount code Tulip Time Run Registration.   If you have any questions, please contact Sara Knoester sknoes@hotmail.com

18-19 HCMS 6th Grade Spring Sports Sign ups

We are welcoming 6th graders to join in a select number of sports with our HCMS athletic family. We are offering Boys/Girls Track and Boys Tennis this sports season. You may change your mind and switch at any time up until the sport season starts on March 18, 2019.

A current sports physical dated after April 15, 2018 is also required to be on file in the middle school office prior to any practice. The Athletic Physical form is available on the HCS website at https://www.hollandchristian. org/athletics/physical- participation-form/.

Transportation: The school will normally provide bus transportation to all sporting events from the middle school at our scheduled departure time. There will not be provided transportation for 6th graders to go from Pine Ridge or Rose Park to HCMS. Parents will need to coordinate transportation for participating 6th graders.

Please email the office at ms@hollandchristian.org or call (616) 820-3205 with questions or if you need any assistance.

6th Grade Boys and Girls MS Track & Field

6th grade boys and girls are invited to particiape on the Middle School Track & Field team this Spring.  The first practice will be Monday, March 18th.  For more information please email coach Megan Lambers at megan@runthemitten.com


Holland Christian Schools athletic department will offer athletic physicals for the 2019-2020 school year on Tuesday, April 30, from 6:30-9:00 at Lakeshore Health Partners South Washington facility. The cost is $15 and signups will once again be online through SignupGenius. Stay tuned for more details.

HC Summer Soft Ball Camp

Girls Softball (6-8 grades)  We are excited to offer a middle school level softball camp at the beautiful HC varsity field for summer softball fun! Campers learn the softball essentials of batting, fielding, base running, throwing techniques, and the role of specific positions, all helping middle school players to take their game to the next level–while also growing in love for the game! The camp is lead by varsity softball Coach Bruns with support from the other HC softball coaches and varsity players, creating time and space for one-on-one attention and skill improvement, while in a positive Christ-focused environment. We use the sport of softball and competition as a way to learn life skills and Christ-like attitudes.  For more information go to https://www.hollandchristian.org/summer-camps/
Instructor: Bob Bruns, HCHS Varsity Softball Coach  Location: HCHS Softball Field (between HCHS tennis courts and Pine Ridge

6th Grade Ski Club

Next Ski Club will be Friday, March 1.  Bus Sign up will be available in the office starting Monday, Feb. 25.

Requested Announcements

ZCS Annual 3-on-3 Basket Breakers Basketball Tournament

$100 per team
T-shirts are only guaranteed to teams who sign up by Wednesday, March 6 at 11:30 pm.
Awards to 1st and 2nd place in each division.
All games will be monitored. Lower grade level games will be officiated along with those deemed necessary. All divisions will be double elimination format. If there are less than 3 teams in your division, you will play in the next higher division.

MVP 6th Grade Boys Middle School Tennis

If your son is interested in playing Middle School Boys Tennis this spring, join us at MVP Holland for 3 upcoming tennis match-play times.  The dates are all Fridays —  February 15,  March 1, and March 15 from 4:00 to 5:30 PM.  The cost is $8.00 for MVP members and $12.00 for non-members.  Contact Lynn Bender with questions or to sign up at lynncurt10s@yahoo.com or cell 616-283-3377.

Hope Soccer Camp

Summer  Soccer Camp information is coming home with students today.  You may also check out Hope’s summer offerings by going to www.hopesoccercamp.com


Upcoming Dates:


22 – 6th Grade Ski Club
26 – No PM Holland Public Bussing


1 – 6th Grade Ski Club
7 – Last day of A.C.E. classes
8 – Fun Night – 5:30 – 8:00 P. M. (at Pine Ridge)
12 – No PM Holland Public Bussing
20 – 3rd Outdoor Discovery Center Field Trip
26 – Dutch Costume Resale ~ Tulip Time
No PM Holland Public Bussing for elementary students only
29-April 5 –  Spring Break


26 – No Holland Public Bussing


8 & 9 – Tulip Time ~ No PM Holland Public Bussing


Working Together in Christ,

Miska Rynsburger

South Side Principal



Tim Howell

Pine Ridge Principal