FS/SS/PR Newsletter-February 8

Between South Side and Pine Ridge we are in the midst of Makers Week. The energy and excitement for learning and collaboration is running on high octane during these weeks! I hope the South Siders came home with many great stories showcasing student innovation and design thinking. Pine Ridge parents, be sure to ask about your child’s project each day next week. We remind our students that our God is a creative God. We see God’s handiwork all around us. When we are first introduced to God in the Bible, we read about the majesty and beauty of our Creator. As one created in God’s image, we too find joy in reflecting God in our own handiwork and designs. Take a peek at just a small slice of our learning and making this week.


Shared Announcements


Open enrollment began this week for K students. 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.

Next week Tuesday, February 12, at 7:00 A. M. preschool enrollment begins.  You will need to re-enroll your child as he/she moves through the the preschool program.

HCMS Presents Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids!

Our 7th and 8th graders are presenting Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids on February 28 at 7:00 P.M. 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


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

Family Fun Night!  Under the Big Top!  Friday, March 8, 2019 5:30 – 8:00pm at Pine Ridge.  Look for the orange information sheet that will come home in your child’s folder today.

We need 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.

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

If you have questions, please 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 began February 7 and will continue thru March 7.

Wacky Wednesdays

They are here!   It will be fun to see what the kids come up with.

Feb. 13 – School or team spirit day
Feb. 20 – Pajama day

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

Circle Drive Safety

We know all too well how rushed the morning & end of day can be with today’s busy schedules. We would like to ask you to remember to please watch your speed as you enter and leave the crescent drive in the front of school.  For the safety of everyone as well as students walking to school from the neighborhood we never know when someone could pop out and in front of a car.  Thank you for being mindful and keeping our little ones safe.

Recess Help

We are asking for your help with one more noon recess supervision need. This is for Wednesday, February 27.
If you be willing to help fill this gap please check your calendars to help us from 11:45-12:30?  If you have signed up to do  classroom lunch supervision for your child’s teacher and could stay the extra time, we could work that out. Please contact Mrs. Rynsburger at mrynsburger@hollandchristian.org or Mrs. Meiste pmeiste@hollandchristian.org for details.

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!

Makers Week Feb. 11 – 14

We are in need of your HELP!!!  We are looking for the following items
  • Outdated small electronics, small appliances, old phones for our students to take apart and learn how things work!  **Please no TV’s or computer screens!
  • 20 oz. water or pop bottles
  • Paper towel rolls, wrapping paper rolls, any diameter cardboard rolls
  • Newspaper
  • Rocks to paint ( 2″ to 5″ in Diamater )

Please bring these items to school by Monday, Feb. 11th.

Pine Ridge Girls Running Club

Girls running club 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 on registration.   Official registration is ready.  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.

HC Lacrosse Club

HC Lacrosse Club is getting ready for another exciting season for 3 rd – 8 th Graders. Informational and Registration Night is Thursday, February 21 at 7:00p.m. in the HCHS Lecture Hall.  Coaches will be available to meet and answer questions. Registration will be available and payments accepted as well.  *NEW THIS YEAR* Uniform /Jersey selection and fitting! Flyer

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

Walk For Warmth

Community Action Agency provides utility assistance to families in your community before the heat or electricity is shut off!  CAA has helped over 3,700 households in Ottawa County, many of them in your community.  If you would like to organize a walk Team to raise money and  show your support, visit www.miottawa.org/w4w for more information.  This annual vent is this Saturday, Feb. 9, at 8:30am at  City on the Hill, 100 S. Pine in Zeeland, MI 49464.

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.

Holland Little League

Holland Little League is now registering baseball and softball players for the 2019 season through Saturday, February 9th.  More information and the registration link can be found on their website located at www.hollandlittleleague.com.


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:


11-14 – Makers Week ~ PR
13 – Wacky Wednesday – School or Team spirit day
15 – No school, Staff Development
18 – No school, Presidents Day
19 – 5th grade to the GR Symphony, @ Central Wesleyan
20 – 3rd Hemlock Crossings Field Trip
20 – Wacky Wednesday – Pajama day
26 – No PM Holland Public Bussing


1 – 6th Grade Ski Club
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
29-April 5 –  Spring Break


Working Together in Christ,

Miska Rynsburger

South Side Principal



Tim Howell

Pine Ridge Principal