FS/SS/PR Newsletter-March 1

Wednesday marks an important day on the Church calendar. We observe the beginning of Lent on this day. The history of the Lenten season is an interesting journey. It tells the story of faith-filled servants spanning time and space seeking to observe and celebrate in gratitude the greatest gift of all, Jesus sacrificial atonement of his people. While God does not command the church to observe Lent, we do seek to prepare our hearts and lives as we walk toward Good Friday and Easter through the Lenten season. I recently read a book entitled Mudhouse Sabbath in which Lauren Winner writes, “Practicing the spiritual disciplines does nat make us Christians. Instead, the practicing teaches us what it means to live as Christians.” We will be preparing our own hearts with music, liturgies and visuals during this time as well as inviting our children to mark themselves uniquely during this time. It is a tangible way for our young ones to remember to whom they belong and how that belonging transforms each of us in big and small tangible ways.


Shared Announcements

Dress for the weather reminder

With the weather entering the ebb and flow of seasonal changes, we ask you to please remember to have your child(ren) have ready access to winter gear, even if there is no snow on the ground.  We have a very limited amount of extra gloves, snow pants, and only 2-3 pair of boots to offer.  The students still need warmth and coverage for a playground that has a lot of dirt to mix with snow.

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.

March Lunch Menu

SS & PR Lunch Menu

Fun Night

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

Thank you to the many of you who have volunteered or contributed in some way! We greatly appreciate it!!  Candy donations can still be brought to the offices, and we still have some specific needs: We could still use pop or Gatorade for the Bottle Ring Toss game, full size candy bars for Bingo, and we have openings for cupcakes for Cake Walk that need to be filled. Also, we have openings for workers, especially for second shift games. If we don’t have enough volunteers, we may not be able to offer all of the game options. Please consider if you can help us in this way.

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

Fun Night advance ticket sales: Beginning Monday, March 4, you will be able to purchase fun night punch cards in the office at both South Side and Pine Ridge. 40-punch cards are $10, 20-punch cards are $5, and a card to purchase a whole pizza is $6. All games are 1 punch, and food prices range from 1 punch to 3 punches.

Children will win tickets at the games and can then go to the Prize Room (Gym) to redeem their tickets for prizes (similar to Chuck E. Cheese).

Fun Night map and final information: Your child will be taking home an orange sheet which has a map of Pine Ridge and shows where all of the games and activities will be taking place. It also gives important information about food prices, parking, and much more! Please look for it, and take it with you to Fun Night!

Questions? Contact Jen Brink at jenjbrink@gmail.com or Sally Oosting at sunema99@hotmail.com

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.

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.


Join the Living Hope Singers for an evening of song and dance as they celebrate music from the 1970’s.  Showcase 2019 will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 15 & 16 at 7:00 pm in the Holland Christian High School Auditorium.  Tickets can be ordered here.

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.

Enrollment 2019-2020

Remember to share the good news of Holland Christian to others.  If parent 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.


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.

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

South Side/Forest School Announcements

March Lunch Menu

SS Lunch Menu    Forest School Lunch Menu

Tulip Time Fun Run

It’s tough to believe when our temperature peeks right around 11º in the afternoon, BUT spring time is on the way! It always comes! And with it comes Tulip Time! 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). If you register before April 15 you’re guaranteed a t-shirt!

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….  😉

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. You must Register by March 1st for the Tulip Time Run.  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

Spring season of TTQ at Pine Ridge

Just to verify, TTQ Club will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15pm – 5pm in the Music Room starting March 5th, and will run for 9 weeks.  We currently have 7 boys signed and 2 group leaders, there is still room for more.  Please help us recruit more 3rd – 5th grade boys for a wonderful season of TTQ!  For more information contact (616) 396-2301  or www.arborcircle.org

18-19 HCMS 6th Grade Spring Sports Sign ups

We are welcoming 6th graders to join in a select number of Spring 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, 7th & 8th Grade Girls Middle School Lacrosse

Are you interested in playing lacrosse?  This is a combined West Ottawa / Holland Christian team that is offered this Spring. “tryouts” are scheduled for March 26th & March 27th.  In years past, cuts have not been made at tryouts, they are more or less treated as the teams first practice.  Flyer

If you have any questions about the club sport program, Please contact Holland Township Recreation at recdept@hct.holland.mi.us

6th Grade Boys and Girls MS Track & Field

6th grade boys and girls are invited to participate on the Middle School Track & Field team this Spring.  The first practice will be Monday, March 18th. Sports Sign-up 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, 2019 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

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.   Anyone who loves to play basketball is welcome to join!

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.

5th – 6th Grade Girls Soccer Park Township Recreation

Register with a friend! $38. www.recreation.parktownship.org   Register by March 1,  Program runs April 9-May 18.
Practice: Tuesday & Thursday (5:30 or 6:30)
Games: Saturday (9:00 or 10:00) Monday (5:30 or 6:30)
Location – Winstrom Park
Shin guards and cleats required. Parent volunteers as coaches. Please fill out coach form attached to your email receipt if you are interested in being a coach. Due to the high amount of teammate requests, requests are only granted for coaches.

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/

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:


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


5 – Kids Fun Run
8 & 9 – Tulip Time ~ No PM Holland Public Bussing
20 – SS & PR Field Day


Working Together in Christ,

Miska Rynsburger

South Side Principal



Tim Howell

Pine Ridge Principal