FS/SS/PR Newsletter-November 30, 2018

Shared Announcements

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!

Upcoming Concert Announcement

The High School Music Department invites you to its annual band, orchestra and choir Christmas concert on Saturday, December 15, in the Jack H. Miller Center for the Musical Arts, located on the campus of Hope College. We will be offering two performance times for those who would like to attend: one at 2:00 pm and one at 4:00 pm. Beginning Monday, November 19, a link will be posted on the Holland Christian homepage that will allow attendees to make a reservation for which concert they will attend. Those who do not have access to the internet will be able to make reservations through the high school front office. The number of reservations for each of the performances will be limited. In this way we hope to be able to offer a seat to everyone who would like to attend. We look forward to sharing in the celebration of our Savior’s birth through our music.

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Lunch Accounts

Please take a look at your children’s lunch balances. We send out low balance emails each week.  If you have not gotten any (GREAT!) However if you think you should be getting emails, perhaps your email needs to be updated.  Please contact the food service department to update your information.  Thank you for participating in hot lunch. We enjoy serving our students nutritious meals each day!

South Side Announcements

Poinsettia Sale

Thank you to our parents, grandparents and greater community for purchasing poinsettias through our South Side sale. We realized a profit of $1,464. This is more than we have ever generated! Thank you to each of YOU! Each classroom teacher will be informed of the dollar amount he/she can spend to directly impact the learning of their students. We hope that your beautiful potted flowers will bless you. Please know that our young learners will benefit directly from your contribution!

Kids Food Basket

Christmas is a time to love our neighbor. While certainly we are called upon to love our neighbor all throughout the year, Christmas is a time we want to be very intentional about where our focus lies. Consumerism gets packaged up in such pretty bows, it can be a challenge for adults as well as children. While we will be holding classroom Christmas parties, we also want to hold another kind of party this year. A giving party. There are children in our city who will go home during the two weeks of Christmas break with little to no food to eat. Their school-supplied meals will be inaccessible and they will face hunger. God calls on us every day to share our gifts so that others will see and feel God through our actions. In answer to that call, we are going to move into action.

This year we are once again going to partner with Kids Food Basket. Following their guidelines, we will be able to provide suppers for children to eat during the two weeks they have off of school during Christmas break. Kids Food Basket helps to feed 500+ children in the city of Holland. We will assemble a healthy trail mix for these friends of ours and we will decorate their brown bags. On Wednesday, December 19, all of our students will get busy packing trail mix, decorating bags and loading up food supplies.

Would you be willing to help bring this to life with your child at home? If you would like your child to participate in donating food items, would you invite your child to select which items he/she would like to donate from this wish list? Our children understand the discomfort of hunger pangs. Many of our children don’t understand the fear that those hunger pangs might not be satiated. Please talk about God’s call on us to serve our neighbors and help provide hope by filling hungry little tummies.

Items we would like to collect:

  • Boxes of Cheerios
  • Bulk Pretzels
  • Bulk Cheez-It crackers or Goldfish crackers
  • Bags of raisins
  • Snack Sized Zipper-lock bags
  • Brown Lunch Bags

Celebrating the Gift of Friendship at Christmas Time

As Christmas time approaches, we as a staff discuss how to keep our students’ eyes focused on Jesus. Especially in the area of giving, we hope to help your children enjoy the act of giving even more than receiving. Throughout the year with our SPARK service program, our students are supporting various community members and ministries through prayer, visits, collections, and making cards and pictures for members of our armed forces and their families. As there is no specific SPARK collection going on in December, watch for details coming soon about how we as an entire South Side school community will show our love for Jesus and his coming. All of these are so important to open young lives to the needs and opportunities to meet some of those needs as members of the Kingdom of God.

With the overall focus on giving, the staff has thoughtfully considered how to celebrate the Christmas season for students in grades K-2nd. In response to the urging of parents, and with the careful consideration of the staff, we would like to again celebrate with each other in our classrooms in the following way: Instead of each student coming with enough little things (stickers, eraser, piece of candy, etc.) for each student in the class, we would ask that each boy come with one wrapped “boy” gift, and each girl come with one wrapped “girl” gift. These will be used as part of games and activities on the last day before vacation. Please limit the value of these gifts to $3 only. Even though you may be able to find a great deal on a higher priced item for only $3, it helps us avoid some difficulty if the value of each item is actually $3.

Please see your child’s teacher if you have any questions. Thank you for helping us make the student gift exchange a fair, fun, and meaningful experience for everyone!

Swimming Lessons

Our 5-day kindergarteners, Forest School kindergarteners as well as first and second graders are invited to participate in swimming lessons at the Holland Aquatic Center. For a general introduction to the program, please click here. The following are the times scheduled at the pool for our students. You are welcome to visit the instructional pool to cheer on your child! Suits and towels are provided for our students by the Holland Aquatic Center. Goggles that cover children’s eyes are allowed. They have asked that full face masks be left for play at the beach.

If you choose to observe your child’s class in action, please see the schedule listed below for dates and times:

Dates – December 6th  through December 19th.

Classes                                Times                                         Teachers

2nd. Grade                  9:00 -10:00 a.m.                    Hunderman/Ritsema

1st Grade                    10:00 – 11:00 a.m.                   Engbers/Schebor/Van Meeteren

Kindergarten             12:35 – 1:35                               Harig/Strikwerda

Forest School Announcements

Swimming Lessons

Our 5-day kindergarteners, Forest School kindergarteners as well as first and second graders are invited to participate in swimming lessons at the Holland Aquatic Center. For a general introduction to the program, please click here. The following are the times scheduled at the pool for our students. You are welcome to visit the instructional pool to cheer on your child! Suits and towels are provided for our students by the Holland Aquatic Center. Goggles that cover children’s eyes are allowed. They have asked that full face masks be left for play at the beach.

If you choose to observe your child’s class in action, please see the schedule listed below for dates and times:

Dates – December 6th  through December 19th.

Classes                                Times                                         Teachers

2nd. Grade                  9:00 -10:00 a.m.                    Hunderman/Ritsema

1st Grade                    10:00 – 11:00 a.m.                   Engbers/Schebor/Van Meeteren

Kindergarten             12:35 – 1:35                               Harig/Strikwerda

Pine Ridge Announcements

6th Grade Ski Club

Ski Club is ready to launch its 2018-2019 season!  Students grades 6-8th will start ski club on Dec. 14th.  Bus Sign up will be available in the office starting Monday, Dec. 10.  Bittersweet Ski forms as well as dates, discount and bussing information are still available in the office. Future Ski Club dates are :  Jan 11, 25  ~ Feb. 8 & 22 ~ March 1

Swimming Lessons 3rd & 4th Graders

Our Pine Ridge students have the opportunity to receive swimming lessons at the Holland Aquatic Center this year again. We have a long history of partnering together is this important endeavor. Living near so many lakes, it is prudent to help our young children with survival techniques and build confidence in the water. They have produced this video for parents and teachers to watch to help understand their goals and techniques.

Our schedule will be as follows:

( DeZwaan & VanWeelden ) is November 19-December 5.  ( No class 11/21 – 11/23 ) ** Pool time from 12:45-1:20pm.

( Boer & Meyering) is November 19-December 5.  ( No class 11/21 – 11/23) ** Pool time from 1:45-2:20pm.

( Hirdes/Riemersma ) is December 6 – 19.  ** Pool time from 1:45-2:20pm.

Kinder Dutch Dance

Join the FUN of being a Dutch Dancer! Individual children or groups of children (i.e. theater troupe, sports team, schools, churches, family, neighborhood, etc.) are invited to participate in this parent-sponsored, parent-supported activity.  For more information go to Kinder Dutch Dance

NEW Middle School Dutch Dance

If you’re a parent that would like to receive information about Middle Dutch Dance for 2019, send an email to kinderdance@tuliptime.com and we’ll add you to our information distribution list!  For more information go to Middle School Dutch Dance

Requested Announcements

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.

Calendar

Upcoming Dates:

November

11/19-12/5 – PR swimming lessons (3Boer, 3DeZwaan, 4Meyering & 4VanWeelden)
28 – 30 Scholastic Book Fair Shopping

December

12/6-12/19 – SS swimming lessons
12/6-12/19 – PR swimming lessons (4 Hirdes/Riemersma)

12/12 – 3rd Grade Gingerbread Houses
12/20&21 – No Holland Public Busing AM/PM
12/24/18- 01/04/19 – Christmas vacation

January

21 No school (MLK Day)
30 – 4th Grade Market Day

 

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