FS/SS/PR Newsletter-January 25, 2019

Discovery Night is just around the corner. Please invite your friends! Our staff at South Side is excited to meet many new families Tuesday evening and learn a bit about the children God may bring into our care next year! This evening is intended for families who are considering joining us at Holland Christian or who are simply seeking more information about early childhood options and programming. We’re happy to share our ever-growing story and offer a peek into all that is in store for preschool and kindergarten children! Feel free to contact me with questions. Childcare is provided! In the meantime, enjoy these photos of our kindergarteners exploring the Outdoor Discovery Center! All of our kindergarteners are embarking on the exciting and wholesome frontier of nature-based learning to varying degrees (pun intended these days!) ❄️ ⛄️

Please note the following dates are when enrollment will begin: Kindergarten enrollment will begin at 8:00 on Tuesday, February 5. Preschool enrollment will begin at 8:00 on Tuesday, February 12. Please don’t hesitate to call school if you have any questions in that regard. And? Bundle up! It’s beautiful out there!

Shared Announcements

Registration is open for 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 begin January 31.  Register by filling out a registration form and returning it to the Southside or Pine Ridge office by Monday, Jan. 28.
SS Registration form Information

PR Registration form information

Moms In Prayer

We are Moving!  Beginning Friday, January 19th, the Moms In Prayer (MIP) group from the Middle School, Pine Ridge and South Side will be meeting at South Side once again.  We will promptly begin at 8:20 and go until 9:20as we gather in the library.  Please contact Nicole Shook at ncshook@gmail.com if you have any questions.  We are looking forward to having you join us.

Wacky Wednesdays

They are almost here!   Start thinking of the possibilities for this annual event.  It will be fun to see what the kids come up with.

Jan. 30 -Favorite color day
Feb. 6  -Crazy hair / hat day
Feb. 13 -School or team spirit day
Feb. 20 -Pajama day
Fun Night Clue #1
Lions, and tigers, and bears – oh my!  Save the date for Fun Night!  Friday, March 8, 2019 5:30 – 8:00pm at Pine Ridge.  There will be many volunteer opportunities available!

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!


Come to a TRIP (tuition reduction program) informational meeting!
What:    T.R.I.P. 101
Where: Courtyard Marriott on 8th Street in their coffee lounge
When:  Thursday, Feb. 7
Time:    7:00 PM
Bring:   Laptop or Ipad if you want to begin your T.R.I.P. process at the meeting

TRIP Newsletter

Lunch Items

January Menu

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/

Forest School Announcements

Makers Week

Makers Week is a unique learning experience that will be coming our way during the week of February 4. Our Forest Kindergarteners will be given the opportunity to select from a wide variety of STEAM related learning experiences in the forest as well as at South Side. Mr. Harig will bring children who select projects housed at South Side over to the campus for the morning and pick them up again at the close of the morning. They will learn and work side-by-side with new friends and from a new teacher for the morning. Mr. Harig will ensure than each Forest Kindergartener has at least one friend beside them. Mr. Harig will pick them up again at the close of the morning to eat lunch together and share the details and excitement they experienced in their learning adventures from the morning. Please don’t hesitate to contact me for further details and information. mrynsburger@hollandchristian.org 

Lunch items

 January Menu

South Side Announcements

Kindergarten Programming

A few years ago the kindergarten teachers from South Side attended a conference on the importance of play and the impact child-led play has on the brain development overall wellness of the whole child. Since this training, Mrs. Becksfort and Mrs. Strikwerda have incorporated more play and free choice opportunities in innovative ways. It’s a joy to observe and hear the students’ excited engagement in the classroom. Most recently, Mrs. Becksfort and Mrs. Strikwerda have also been learning more about outdoor play through Mr. Harig and his Forest Kindergarten class. In order to further lean into their learning and out of their desire to meet the needs of all young learners, Mrs. Becksfort and Mrs. Strikwerda’s classes will be regularly heading to the Outdoor Discovery Center for the afternoon on Wednesdays throughout second semester. Our kindergarteners will experience learning which incorporates more outdoor play and as well as teacher-led instruction in God’s great outdoors!

Recess Help

Thank you to many who have suited up and joined our staff supervising and playing with our children at noon recess!   We only have two vacant spots left.  If you be willing to please check your calendars to help us from 11:45-12:35?  The stipend we offer is $10 for your time. The joy and bonding with the children? Priceless! 🙂 If you have signed up to do classroom lunch supervision for your child’s teacher and could stay the extra time, we’d appreciate your help! Please contact Mrs. Rynsburger at mrynsburger@hollandchristian.org or Mrs. Meiste pmeiste@hollandchristian.org for details.

Pine Ridge Announcements

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 will be ready by the beginning of Feb.  If you have any questions, please contact Sara Knoester sknoes@hotmail.com

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, Jan 25.  Bus Sign up will be available in the office starting Tuesday, Jan. 22.   Future Ski Club dates are :  Feb. 8 & 22 ~ March 1

Kinder Dutch Dance

Join the FUN of being a Dutch Dancer Kinder Dutch Dance Flyer!  3, 4, & 5th Grades are able to join the dance during Tulip Time as dancers in the Kinder Dance Program.  There will be an information meeting on Jan 17th at 6:30pm at the Tulip Time Office ( 42 W. 8th Street ) HC Parent, Kim Hekman will be coaching dance practice at Pine Ridge on Monday’s at 3:45pm.  Feel free to contact her with any questions, dutchdancekim@gmail.com

NEW Middle School Dutch Dance

New this year 6th Grade can join the Middle School Dutch Dance for 2019  Middle School Dutch Dance Flyer. If you are at all interested, please plan on attending the Dance Program meeting at the Tulip Time office (42 West 8th Street) on Jan. 17th, at 6:30pm. HC Parent, Kim Hekman will be coaching dance practice at Pine Ridge on Monday’s at 4:45pm.  Feel free to contact her with any questions, dutchdancekim@gmail.com

Requested Announcements

Baton Twirling Classes

Come join the fun and learn how to twirl a baton starting Feb. 5th for ages 4 – 16!   Flyer  This is a great opportunity which can lead to students becoming a majorette for their school.  Information flyers are also available in the school office. Call 616-460-1747 or email athleticsens@aol.com

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.

CLC Network Auction

Looking for some mid-winter fun? Bring your family and friends to the CLC Network (previously known as Christian Learning Center) Auction on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Calvary Christian Reformed Church (3500 Byron Center Ave SW, Wyoming, MI). Dinner and the silent auction start at 4:30pm, and the live auction begins at 6:00pm. Bid on merchandise, gift certificates, experiences, and much more! Your participation helps equip congregations and schools to glorify God through purposeful, innovative inclusion of persons with varied abilities. Learn more at clcnetwork.org.


Upcoming Dates:


28 – Report Cards Go Home
29 – South Side Discovery Night 6:00-7:30
30 – 4th Grade Market Day
30 – Wacky Wednesday – Favorite color day


4-8 – Makers Week ~ SS
6 – Wacky Wednesday – Craze hair/hat day
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


8 – Fun Night (at PR)  5:30-8:00
12 – No PM Holland Public Bussing
20 – 3rd Outdoor Discovery Center Field Trip
29-April 5 –  Spring Break


Working Together in Christ,

Miska Rynsburger

South Side Principal



Tim Howell

Pine Ridge Principal