FS/SS/PR Newsletter-May 3, 2019

One of the finest ways to cap off second grade: KID TOWN!

Shared Announcements

Tulip Time

Tulip Time is almost upon us! Please be sure to read the specific information within both South Side and Pine Ridge heading because there are some different items listed that are specific per campus for Tulip Time parade days.  If you are looking for more general information you may click this link – LINK 

Yearbooks

Last chance to order your Yearbooks is May 10th., follow this link to order.  If you are not sure if you ordered a yearbook, please check with your school office.

Bus Transportation Information

The bus transportation information and registration forms for HPS, WO, ZPS, and HC, have been updated on the website – https://www.hollandchristian.org/transportation/.  Most forms are due by the beginning of June.  Reminder: There will be NO HPS busing for our 1/2 day on May 31st, in the afternoon.  Students will need to be picked up at 11:30am dismissal.

Car Raffle!! SPECIAL OLYMPICS MICHIGAN

Buy your tickets at the school offices! All proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Michigan.  * Check made out to: Special Olympics Michigan

Details:   Tickets are $5 each

First Prize: 2019 Ford Escape S                         Second Prize: $1,000 Visa Card                              Third Prize: 15″ Lap Top Computer

Winners will be drawn on Sept 20, and you do not need to be present to win. For more information, please call (800) 644-6404.

Check out this great promotional video starring our middle schoolers.

Coffee Connections

Join us for another Coffee Connections 2.0 on May 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

Parent Board Meeting

Are you looking for a way to connect with the school, get involved in events, and meet fellow parents?  Why not consider joining the South Side and Pine Ridge Parent Board. We are currently looking for members for the 2019-2020 school year.  Our next meeting is May 16. For more information please message Kate Holloway on our fb page: HC South Side & Pine Ridge Parent Team.

Library Note

The week of May 6-10 (Tulip Time week!) is the last week for students to borrow books from Pine Ridge Library.
All student materials are due by May 17. This will allow time in the final weeks of the year to search for overdue and lost items.

*Exceptions are possible for students who need materials for All Star Reading or a specific classroom assignment.

Students/staff are welcome in the library at your normally scheduled time (and any other time teachers sign up to use the room) for stories, curriculum support, and browsing through May 24, but there will not be regular student checkout after May 10. Volunteers are welcome right to the end of the year because there is re-shelving and inventory with which we can use a lot of help!

Summer check out: There will not be summer check-out this year.

Game On

“We are excited to again welcome Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins back to Holland Christian for Game On!  The May 17, 2019 event features Kirk and his alumni all stars as they take on the Unity Christian alumni all star team in touch football at 7:pm.  Also included in the evening is Victory Day, a modified football game featuring individuals in our community with special needs as they compete for a touchdown.  Both Game On and Victory Day are fun filled ways for us to celebrate community and enjoy a full BBQ dinner.  Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, April 24 at 6:00pm.  The first 100 people to sign up for the event online will receive a chance for an autograph from Kirk Cousins (hcs.ticketspice.com/game-on).  You can also purchase tickets at Holland Christian High School and Unity Christian High School.  Please click here for more information.”  FLYER

Moms in Prayer Note

“Moms in Prayer has concluded for the year. It has been an honor to pray for every teacher and student at the school! We look forward to having you join us next Fall. Blessings on a great summer. From the MIP team”

May Lunch Menu

SS & PR Lunch Menu

Lunch Accounts

As the end of the school year approaches we will continue to remind/ask you to 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 wonder if you qualify for financial assistance, 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.

The lunch program  is a pre-pay program and we need to be sure all accounts are paid to date before the last day of school.

Enrollment 2019-2020

Remember to share the good news of Holland Christian to others.  If parents would like a tour please encourage them to call the office and we will gladly set up a time to introduce them to  the building, perspective grade level teacher(s) and a sit down with the principal to answer questions.

TRIP

Summer TRIP dates to put on your calendar:
June 5 & 19        July 3, 17, & 31          August 7, 21, & 28

TRIP Newsletter

Forest School Announcements

Forest School Staffing Update for 2019-2020

  • Kindergarten: We are blessed and grateful to have team Harig/Bosch return next year! Thank you, Mr. Harig and Mrs. Bosch!
  • First Grade: Welcome to the Forest Miss Emily VanVliet and our new Forest School aide, Mrs. Angie Smith. I am eager for our students and families to get to know both of our fabulous new members of the Forest Family.

May Lunch Menu

Forest School Lunch Menu

A Mother’s Day Event

Mark your calendars now for a Mother’s Day Spectacular Program from the Forest School students.  Reserve Friday, May 17th, from 5:45-6:45pm at the Middle School Auditorium.

HC Summer Slide Party Program

 

 

Have you ever been blessed with too much of a good thing? 😀 We’ve had so many parents who are eager to support their fledgling readers with our Summer Slide initiative, that Mrs. Rynsburger thought she might get hives trying to collate thousands of books (literally!) for our readers! This is a GREAT problem to have! Insert our Pine Ridge POD group! The photo above captures something pretty beautiful! Our 3rd-6th graders came to the rescue organizing and stapling hundreds of books for their South Side/Rose Park friends! We have a wonderful supply of books ready for our signed-up readers and MORE! If you would like to have your child participate and have yet to RSVP, please read through the following details:

South Side, Forest School and Rose Park would like to invite you to join us in redefining “summer slide” for our kindergarten through second grade children. Students and teachers have worked so diligently throughout this school year developing our children as readers. Parents have been a huge support in this exciting effort and we thank you! It won’t be long and we’ll be sending our students out of school for all sorts of wonderful summer adventures! However, particularly for our emergent readers, summer can impose a looming threat to young readers’ newly acquired reading ability. Not only must children read regularly throughout the summer in order to maintain their ability, they must also read books at their individual instructional reading level. To that end, we’d love to offer you a brand new invitation! Current kindergarten through second grade parents, you are invited to participate in our HC Summer Slide Party Program! What does that entail you ask? Well, I’m glad you asked! ( 😉 ). We will begin, for parents who RSVP on behalf of their child by May 15 via email, with a 30-minute crash course in reading instruction with Miska. We’ll hold our reading instruction night for parents, both South Side and Rose Park, on May 28 at 6:00 in the gym at South Side. At this meeting, South Side and Rose Park parents who have notified us via RSVP by May 15 will receive 50 paper books! One book for every week day of the summer at each child’s instructional level. Miska will share our grade-level reading goals with you and help you become familiar with techniques and strategies you might find helpful over the summer months. Now, here comes the real fun part! Because our students’ reading levels won’t suffer from the typical slide downhill due to consistent, targeted reading, let’s send our hard working readers down a slide! We will rent a big inflatable slide and hold a Summer Slide Party on the playground of Rose Park at the end of July! At this fun event, your child can bring their favorite book to the playground to read to some of our teachers and then, set that book aside and do some fun sliding!

Because the cost of the slide and individualized books are outside of our operating costs, we ask that you contribute $15 to participate. In order to prepare your child’s personalized reading books and goals, we’ll need some advance notice of your family’s interest. Please RSVP by May 15 to mrynsburger@hollandchristian.org and we’ll begin your child’s materials!

Hmmm…this is brand new. What questions do you have? Feel free to send Miska an email or call either South Side or Rose Park office for clarification.

Happy Reading and Happy Sliding!

South Side Announcements

South Side Staffing Update for 2019-2020

  • 3-school Preschool: Mrs. Grassmid and Mrs. Schippers will create home-away-from-home in our three-school preschool program once again next year.
  • 4-school Preschool: Mrs. Baker and Miss Lohman will pair together again in our 5-day four-school classroom! Mrs. VanRees and Mrs. Meckley will work together to grow our three-day four schoolers.
  • Junior Kindergarten: Team Lanser and VanKampen once again provide a space with the gift of time for our Junior Kindergartners at South Side!
  • 5-day Kindergarten: Karen Strikwerda is excited to grow and love a new batch of 5-day kinders next year!
  • 3-day Kindergarten: Sarah Becksfort will create her signature special learning space for our 3-day kinders!
  • First Grade: We are so blessed to have Mrs. VanMeeteren and Mrs. Engbers work together growing our firsties next year! Mrs. Schebor will be moving back to Rose Park to teach first graders in that HC community.
  • Second Grade: Mrs. Ritsema will give her gifts to one class of second graders. Mrs. Hunderman and Mrs. Dreyer will serve together each in a part-time capacity but will full time hearts to grow our biggest kids at South Side 😉

Rest assured our teams put much time and effort into creating invigorating learning spaces for each child to blossom in a new community the following school year. Those meetings will begin taking place soon. If you have a pressing need that we might not be aware of, please contact Miska by May 10 with your written suggestion or request!

Tulip Time

Tulip Time Volksparade –  is Wednesday, May 8th.   There will be a half day of school (11:30 AM dismissal).  Students who take Holland Public Bussing will need to be picked up from school at 11:30AM in carpool lines.

Tulip Time Kinderparade – is Thursday, May 9th.  There will be a half day of school (11:30 AM dismissal), The 1st and 2nd grade students will remain at school and will eat a bagged lunch from home.  Parents may come to assist their child in changing into their costume at the 11:30 dismissal.  There will more information coming home Friday, May 3th, regarding specific dismissal for kindergarten students.  Please remember there is not Holland Public busing on Thursday at Dismissal.   We ask a parent to be at the end of the parade route to promptly pick up your child from their teacher as we end close to the Holland Fire Department on 10th Street.

HC Summer Slide Party Program

Have you ever been blessed with too much of a good thing? 😀 We’ve had so many parents who are eager to support their fledgling readers with our Summer Slide initiative, that Mrs. Rynsburger thought she might get hives trying to collate thousands of books (literally!) for our readers! This is a GREAT problem to have! Insert our Pine Ridge POD group! The photo above captures something pretty beautiful! Our 3rd-6th graders came to the rescue organizing and stapling hundreds of books for their South Side/Rose Park friends! We have a wonderful supply of books ready for our signed-up readers and MORE! If you would like to have your child participate and have yet to RSVP, please read through the following details:

South Side, Forest School and Rose Park would like to invite you to join us in redefining “summer slide” for our kindergarten through second grade children. Students and teachers have worked so diligently throughout this school year developing our children as readers. Parents have been a huge support in this exciting effort and we thank you! It won’t be long and we’ll be sending our students out of school for all sorts of wonderful summer adventures! However, particularly for our emergent readers, summer can impose a looming threat to young readers’ newly acquired reading ability. Not only must children read regularly throughout the summer in order to maintain their ability, they must also read books at their individual instructional reading level. To that end, we’d love to offer you a brand new invitation! Current kindergarten through second grade parents, you are invited to participate in our HC Summer Slide Party Program! What does that entail you ask? Well, I’m glad you asked! ( 😉 ). We will begin, for parents who RSVP on behalf of their child by May 15 via email, with a 30-minute crash course in reading instruction with Miska. We’ll hold our reading instruction night for parents, both South Side and Rose Park, on May 28 at 6:00 in the gym at South Side. At this meeting, South Side and Rose Park parents who have notified us via RSVP by May 15 will receive 50 paper books! One book for every week day of the summer at each child’s instructional level. Miska will share our grade-level reading goals with you and help you become familiar with techniques and strategies you might find helpful over the summer months. Now, here comes the real fun part! Because our students’ reading levels won’t suffer from the typical slide downhill due to consistent, targeted reading, let’s send our hard working readers down a slide! We will rent a big inflatable slide and hold a Summer Slide Party on the playground of Rose Park at the end of July! At this fun event, your child can bring their favorite book to the playground to read to some of our teachers and then, set that book aside and do some fun sliding!

Because the cost of the slide and individualized books are outside of our operating costs, we ask that you contribute $15 to participate. In order to prepare your child’s personalized reading books and goals, we’ll need some advance notice of your family’s interest. Please RSVP by May 15 to mrynsburger@hollandchristian.org and we’ll begin your child’s materials!

Hmmm…this is brand new. What questions do you have? Feel free to send Miska an email or call either school office for clarification.

Happy Reading and Happy Sliding!

Kindergarten Visiting Day

Mark your calendar for our Kindergarten Visiting Day on May 17th, from 8:30am – 9:30am.  There will be more information coming out the beginning of May.

Tulip Time Fun Run

Last year we had a group of Mini Maroon Platoon Runners who participated in the Tulip Time Fun Run. This event is in the works again this year! If you have a mini runner who would like to participate in the excitement of Tulip Time, take a peek at these details! The Kid’s Fun Run will take place on May 4 at 9:00 am. Put a maroon shirt on your child (if you’re plumb out of maroon shirts, stop at the South Side office, we have a selection you can pick from) and lace up those shoes! This fun run is intended for children 8 and under. The running and playing our children do every day at recess is sufficient training for the course (it’s less than a 1 mile run).

You can register here. Our team name is: MiniMaroons. The password: gohc

Please don’t hesitate to find Miska if you have registration troubles. In the meantime, hold onto the hope that spring WILL return! …one day….we think….  😉

End of Year Chapel

We will sit together and give thanks to God as well as thank our second graders for their positive leadership throughout this school year in our final chapel. During this chapel time we send off our second graders will prayer and seek God’s blessing on their lives as they move off to bigger and broader places 😉 This chapel time will be held on Friday, May 31 from 10:45-11:15 (bring your Kleenex!)

Pine Ridge Announcements

Middle School Mashup

6th Grade Parents and Students – Join us for the Middle School Mashup – May 6, 7:30-8:30 pm
It’s a little bit open house, a little bit of an information night – it’s our Middle School Mashup! Current HC 6th grade parents and students and any family considering enrollment at Holland Christian Middle School for the 2019-20 school year are invited to come and preview what it’s like at the Middle School. Take a tour, listen to current middle school students talk about life at HCMS, and find how to to dive in to all the opportunities available to students both during and after school. It’s going to be a great night you won’t want to miss. Reminder to the students who will be 7th Graders next year, Shot Requirements before starting 7th Grade.  Physicals also need to be dated after April 15th to be eligible to use for sports.

Tulip Time

May 8th for the Tulip Time Volksparade we will have a half day of school (11:30 AM dismissal).  Students who take Holland Public Bussing will need to be picked up from school at 11:30AM in carpool lines.  6th Grade band students are in Division Two in the parade but bussing is not provided for them. They will need to be picked up at 11:30AM as well and brought to their designated spot given to them by Mr. Veenstra.

May 9th for the Tulip Time Kinderparade we will have a half day of school (11:30 AM dismissal).  For 5th and 6th Graders, who take Holland Public Bussing, will need to be picked up from school at 11:30AM in carpool lines. For the 6th Grade band students please note, bussing is not provided for them. They will need to be picked up at 11:30AM as well and brought to their designated spot given to them by Mr. Veenstra.  The 3rd & 4th Grade students will remain at school, and will need a home packed lunch to eat on this day at school before the parade.  3rd & 4th Grade students will then be taken to the parade route by bus.  Just a reminder that we are in Division Two; when your child passes you on the parade route, please head down to the end of the parade route to collect them from their class teacher near Kollen Park and 10th Street.  Students who volunteered as Dutch Masters, Please bag up your costumes and bring them back to school Friday, we will take care of the cleaning. Division Line up Map and Parade route Map.

May 11th, Muziekparade the 6th Grade will NOT be participating in this parade this year.

Athletic 2019/2020 Information

Attention current 5th & 6th Grade students who are interested in joining the MS sports teams for the 2019-20 school year!  Holland Christian will be Rolling out a new athletic online registration system. Holland Christian Schools is now partnered with FinalForms, an athlete online registration company.  This email notification is for all parents of current students grades 5-11, but intended only for students interested in participating in any sport for the 2019-20 school year (grades 6-12… 6th graders are limited to participation in cross country, tennis, swimming & diving and track & field).  We are excited about this new relationship with benefits for our athletes and families including a streamlined athletic physical process, more efficient communication and online pay to participate fee collection. Your family data is saved season-to-season and year-to-year… meaning you should never have to enter the same information twice!

April 15 is the first day students can complete the MHSAA required athletic physical for the 2019-20 school year in order to participate on a school athletic team.  Our partnership with FinalForms requires you to register your child online for sports at Holland Christian in order to print the needed MHSAA physical form for your MD/DO/PA/NP to complete.  With April 15 fast approaching, we want to ensure parents understand the new process for registering online before completing the annual MHSAA physical. If you already signed up for Holland Christian’s physical night on April 30 or plan to have your child’s athletic physical completed at your primary care physician before participation, please register your athlete online before doing so by following the instructions at the following link: https://www.hollandchristian.org/athletics/handbooks-forms/

If you still desire to sign up for an appointment at the Holland Christian physical night on April 30, 2019 for the 2019-20 school year, please sign up at the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4eafaf2aa46-athletic

Procedures and requirements such as these are important for our organization to run efficiently and safely.  We hope your experience is streamlined after the initial learning curve of the new registration process. Thank you for your efforts to assist us in extending the classroom and put knowing God on display through athletics at Holland Christian.    Go Maroons!  Dave Engbers, Athletic Director

HC Summer Camps

Still thinking about Summer Camps? HC is offering many fun and unique opportunities this year.  Please sign up today as camps that are lacking participants will be cancelled in the next week! Camp information and registration can be found at https://www.hollandchristian.org/summer-camps/

Volleyball Camp at HC

We can’t wait to play volleyball with you this summer!  Holland Christian offers summer volleyball camp for girls entering 3rd – 5th grades and entering 6th-8th grades during the week of June 24.  Led by all three high school coaches and mentored by HC varsity volleyball players, girls will have a fun and active week of learning the game of volleyball, focusing on improving foundational skills and learning advanced techniques.  We work hard to coach to every level and look forward to helping you grow in the game of volleyball while you also challenge yourself physically and engage in fun and memorable games and activities.  This year’s camp also includes a very special take-home gift!  Follow this link to register online!
https://www.hollandchristian. org/summer-camps/#June-24-28

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

Kirk Cousin’s Middle School Football Camp

Kirk is excited to be running his middle school camp again this summer!  Kirk has designed his camp to be about building character and having fun while enjoying the game of football. The camp will be held at Hope College on June 28 & 29. Kirk and his dad will also be speaking at a dad’s/guardian lunch on June 29. You can register at kirkcousins.org.

Little Maroons Basketball Camps!

Summer is around the corner and it is time to sign up for Little Maroons Basketball! Camps are offered for boys and girls grades K-8th! Click the link below to sign your student up; with each sign up comes a complimentary HC Basketball! We look forward to a week full of fun and basketball!  https://hcs.regfox.com/holland-christian-summer-camps-2019

Requested Announcements

Good Sam’s Wild Run

When: Saturday, June 8,  Where: Macatawa Greenway at Ridgepoint Church
Join us for Good Samaritan Ministries’ 5th Annual Good Sam’s Wild Run! Kids ages 4-13 will maneuver obstacles designed by local companies and will be able to vote for their favorite obstacle at the end of the run. All proceeds go to support programming that helps families overcome housing and financial obstacles.  Register by May 24 to be guaranteed a t-shirt! www.GoodSamMinistries.com  If you have any Questions, Contact Anne Reilly-Clegg at areillyclegg@GoodSamMinistries.com or 616-392-7159 ext. 111.

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

Hope College Summer Science Camp

Hope College Summer Science Camp 2019 Brochure

Salvation Army Day Camp

For Children ages 5-14.  Registration is limited to 100 children!  First-come, first-served!  Sessions will run from June 10 through August 16, 2019.  CLOSED on July 4 and 5th, for Independence day!  Flyer 

Son-Life Summer Camp

Son-life Camp & Retreat center invites you to join their summer camp!  www.son-lifecamp.org/Summercamp.  If you have any questions please contact them 269.792.2081 or email office@son-lifecamp.org

Calendar

Upcoming Dates:

May

5 – Kids Fun Run
6 – Middle School Mash up for 6th Graders moving to MS next year
8 – Tulip Time ~ Dismissal 11:30am, Both HC & HP will be running for dismissal
9 – Tulip Time ~ Dismissal 11:30am,  No Holland Public Bussing
17 – Kindergarten Visiting Day SS (8:30 am-9:30 am)
17 – Mother’s Day Spectacular (Forest School program)
20 – SS & PR Field Day
22 – Kindergarten   – Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park
23 – 5th Grade to Holland State Park
24 – 6th Grade Camp Geneva
24 – 2nd Grade – Holland History tour
29 – Second Grade, Moving Up Day to PR
29 – 1st Grade to John Ball Zoo
31- Last day of school (dismissal at 11:30) *No HPS Buses for the afternoon

Working Together in Christ,

Miska Rynsburger

South Side Principal

mrynsburger@hollandchristian.org

616-820-3535

Tim Howell

Pine Ridge Principal

thowell@hollandchristian.org

616-820-3505