FS/SS/PR Newsletter-January 11, 2019

It’s 2019! It’s been so wonderful to fill our hallways and learning spaces with the sights and sounds of students learning, laughing and loving again. We have enjoyed hearing about the non-snowy adventures your family embarked upon over Christmas break. As we stand together at the cusp of this new year, we together give God all that we are and all that will be. Looking out into 2019 we also see the new 2019-2020 school year! This means enrollment season is upon us. We continually pray for our families at Holland Christian. It is at this time of year that we pray too for our prospective families. We love to have new people asking questions, enjoying tours and considering joining the family at Holland Christian. 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? Enjoy the newly fallen snow this weekend! It’s beautiful out there!

Wellness Wednesday action for Mrs. Strikwerda’s Kindergartners!

Shared Announcements

Discovery Nights for Prospective Parents

You are invited to learn more about Holland Christian School’s programs at our Discovery Nights!  Meet our teachers, tour the classrooms, and get a feel for the school that will launch your child on a tremendous trajectory towards a world-transforming life for Jesus Christ. No RSVP necessary.

Forest School Discovery Night, January 17, 6 PM

Prospective Forest School kindergarten and 1st grade families are encouraged to attend this event at the Forest School building located between Holland Christian High School and Middle School (900 Ottawa Avenue, Holland). Forest School will be enrolling kindergarten students for the 19-20 school year as well as limited spots in 1st grade, based on availability. Enrollment for Forest School kindergarten will be via lottery if applications exceed the openings available.

Preschool & Kindergarten Discovery Night

January 29, 6 PM, South Side Elementary (913 Pine Avenue) Childcare provided.

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

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

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/

South Side Announcements

Recess Help

We are asking for your help with noon recess supervision.  We have several vacant spots for the next six weeks, especially on Wednesdays.  Would you be willing to please check your calendars to help us from 11:45-12:35?  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

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 Area Arts Council

Creative kids, Holland Area Art Council is offering classes & Workshops for all ages!  Please visit their website for more information! www.hollandarts.org or call 616-396-3278.  Flyers are available in the school office.

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:


21 – No school (MLK Day)
17 – Forest School Discovery Night 6:00-7:00
25 – Report Cards Go Home
29 – South Side Discovery Night 6:00-7:30
30 – 4th Grade Market Day


4-8 – Makers Week ~ SS
11-14 – Makers Week ~ PR
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 – 3rd Outdoor Discovery Center
29-April 5 –  Spring Break


Working Together in Christ,

Miska Rynsburger

South Side Principal



Tim Howell

Pine Ridge Principal