FS/SS/PR Newsletter-09/14/18

Every week our staffs, both at Pine Ridge and South Side, spend time before school with God. Together. We spend time in God’s Word, in prayer and in community. We find it reorients our hearts to God and to the mission He has called us to….which is to love and grow His littlest Kingdom bringers. This time of communal devotion is often a time of celebrating the human bonds God has established which strengthens each of us in times of weakness. This time fortifies our faith in God as we do life together. This time reminds us of the high calling and precious people God has placed in our midst: namely your children and YOU! This week, at South Side, Karina Schebor led devotions and I’d like to invite you to share in the poem she shared with us. Not only do these words provide a parabolic image of our loving Heavenly Father, I believe it speaks to many parents who are at this beautiful, tender stage in life. May you each bless and be blessed this weekend!


When I remember that I am a parent,

and think of God as Father,

I recall a special breakfast

brought to me in bed.

We awoke early

to the sound of hurrying feet.

We wondered what they were up to,

our four- and eight-year-olds;

but soon it came—

breakfast in bed.

It was an elaborate menu:

chilled burnt toast, with peanut butter;

eggs, fried, and chilled, too;

soggy cereal,

(the milk had been added too soon)

and tepid tea!

A horrendous mix.

When they stepped out for a moment

to get something they’d forgotten (heaven forbid!)

My wife whispered,

“You’re going to have to eat this, I can’t!”

And I did.

I didn’t eat as a gourmet,

for it wasn’t gourmet cooking;

I didn’t even eat as a hungry man

for I wasn’t hungry.

I ate it as a father

because it was made for me;

I was expected to;

they had faith in me.

And I ate because it was served on eager feet

and with starry eyes.

I think of my poor service to God

as teacher, parent,

interpreter of the Good News.

I know that my offerings are soggy,

tepid, and unfit,

but my Father receives them

and even blesses them—

not because I am good

but because he is!

Reprinted by permission from Bless My Growing by Gerhard Frost, © 1974 Augsburg

May this truth both inspire you and bring you comfort that our God doesn’t expect perfection from us. He loves us as we are and simply asks that we give all who we are as an offering to Him. May our children deeply know and find the same truth in their lives.

Shared Announcements

4th Annual HCS Homecoming Family Weekend
Friday, September 14

Holland Christian High School
This evening has become a family favorite, filled with good memories—even when it downpours! Picnic dinner and children’s activities, including bouncy houses, lawn games, and crafts, start at 5 pm, then the varsity football game against Zeeland East begins at 7.  Tickets are $10 per person on the gate. Looking forward to hanging out!

Forest School Groundbreaking

With much gratitude we would like to invite you to our Forest School Groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, September 17, at 6:30 pm. Please join us by the entrance to the woods between Holland Christian Middle and High School where the Forest School Kindergarten meets each day. We will pray for God’s blessing and protection on their school year and on Holland Christian’s newest classroom building! No RSVP necessary. If you have any questions, please contact us at (616) 820-2805.

Kids Stuff Re$ale

Resale will be on Saturday morning, September 22 from 9am-Noon at Holland Christian High School. For more information, please email kidsale@hollandchristian.org or call 616 820-2805.


Holland Christian and Zeeland Christian School are partnering together for a showing of the film SCREENAGERS on September 25 at 7 pm in the HCHS Auditorium. Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance. Please join us for this important event! We especially encourage parents with children in 5th-12th grade to attend this event. Check out the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/215750 447

Grandparents/Friends Day

Please let your child’s grandparents or grandfriends know that they are invited to a special Grandparents/friends Day on Thursday, October 11Preschool will host their grandparents/friends from 9:00-10:00K-2 will host our special guests from 10:15-11:30 and finally Pine Ridge will welcome grandparents/friends from 12:45-2:00. If they haven’t started drinking caffeine, this will be a great day to start!

Hot Lunch Negative Balances

A friendly reminder that school food service is a prepay program.  We are noticing that families have not deposited money into their child’s account yet this year….however they are enjoying hot lunch each day.   We would so appreciate– if you would take responsibility for your child’s meal account balance.   You may drop off a check at the school office or go onto sendmoneytoschool.com and make a payment on line with your child(ren)’s ID number.  You may pay by credit card at the SMTS site.
It’s never too late to apply for meal benefits.  If you received benefits last year, you must reapply each year.  Go to lunchapp.com and choose your district that oversees your food service.   If you have never applied for benefits and feel you may qualify…go to the site and review household  income and family size to determine if you may be eligible.  Thank you for supporting our programs, we enjoy serving your students!

MIP Moms in Prayer Group

Moms In Prayer for SS/PR/MS will be meeting every Friday from 8:20-9:20 at the high school in Room 262. If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Shook ncshook@gmail.com or 616-633-7427 for more information!

A.C.E  Program

Parents and Grandparents:  Do you or someone you know have an interesting hobby, specialized knowledge, or creative idea to share with elementary students?  Holland Christian is looking to match you with interested students in our After school Community Enrichment program. Please share your ideas for teaching an ACE class with our coordinator, Sue Vos (svos@hollandchristian.org).

Tuition Invoices Update

A note from the administration office, tuition invoices will be arriving in your mailbox mid to late September for the 2018-2019 school year.  If you expect to see an invoice and have not received one by October 5, please let our office know by calling 616-820-2805 or email tvanderkolk@hollandchristian.org.


This annual event has become a favorite. Students will be asked to collect pledges from Family, friends, and neighbors.  They will then participate in a 45 minute walk at the high school track, in which they may walk, jog, or run around the track.  During the walk there will be games and activities for the kids to participate in as well. The event will be held during the school day on September 26th from 1pm to 2:15 PM at the HCHS Track. Parents are invited to come cheer students on and enjoy an afternoon of fun.  Pledge forms and money must be turned in by Wednesday, September 19th.  Extra Pledge forms are available in the school office.

Elementary Handbook

Whether you are new or experienced at South Side or Pine Ridge, for your convenience, here is a link to our Elementary Handbook found on the HC website. Please refer to the handbook for general information, or with specific questions you may have about life at South Side or Pine Ridge.

Student Absences

Please report to us if your child(ren) is going to be absent.  This needs to be done each day they will not be in school.  Also, we would appreciate it if they were reported in by 8:30 AM, but you can call and leave a message anytime before that time.  If you do not call us, and if the child’s teacher does not know about the absence, we will try to call you. (This policy is to protect your child–we want to ensure your child’s safe arrival at school.)

Entry System

For those of you new to our school, please note that we have a video intercom entry system at the front entrance door of of all our buildings.  Entrance into the building (during school days, from 8:30 AM- 3:00 PM) is only through the front door under the large canopy, and will require a simple push of a button.  Upon seeing the person at the door, the secretary will inquire who it is and release the lock.  Please realize this system is NOT put in place to inconvenience parents or students; instead, we use this system because Holland Christian places a high priority on student safety. Utilizing a video intercom entry system is just one more thing we can do to put safety first.

Medical Information Reminder

Parents: if your child has a medical plan on file or takes meds at school, we need an updated form signed by their physician each school year.  So, if you have not done this yet, please do so ASAP.   You are welcome to contact our school nurse, Jane Borr (janbor@hollandhospital.org).  She will help you set up a plan for the office to assist in administering the medication. For safety reasons, Holland Christian Schools is not able to dispense any medication (prescription or non-prescription) to our students without a doctor’s order.  Thank you for your help!

Elementary Counselor

Our elementary counselor, Mrs. DeeDee Throop is at Pine Ridge every Wednesday (all day) and on Friday mornings, and at South Side on Tuesday and Friday afternoons to assist with any personal or social situations that might arise with our students.  She has 14 years of teaching experience and is starting her 17th year as a counselor.  She loves our children and thinks of herself as a “cheerleader” for them.  If you have questions or concerns about your child, please call (886-4240), or email dthroop@hollandchristian.org or drop in on her designated days, to see her.  One of her mottos is that we all need a little help now and then.

HC Tuition Grant Fund Auction October 13 @ 6pm.

One of the first areas to sell out at last year’s auction was the Gift Card Wall. We collect over 100 gift cards in amounts ranging from $20-$100 and then sell them to auction attendees for $40 each. You might walk a way with a bonus, and you might walk away with a $20 gift card and the knowledge you helped support the 30% of HC students who receive tuition assistance from the Fund…either way, its a win! Would you consider donating a gift card? You could even purchase it from TRIP! Drop it off at any HC office and let them know it is a donation for the Gift Card Wall. If you’d like a written acknowledgment for your gift, please drop it off at the admin office. For more information, please contact Leanne Halma, Anne Bushouse or Anita Mulder. Remember to register here! https://www. hollandchristian.org/tuition- grant-fund/tuition-grant-fund- auction-registration/

Before/After School Care Programs

We offer a before school program for families that need to drop off students as early as 7:00am, as well as our after school program starting at 3:15 until 5:30pm.  Families need to pre-register prior to using these programs to allow us time to provide adequate supervision.  We will allow drop-in’s as long as space allows. Please give the office a call at least 24 hours in advance. Click this online registration link  to begin the registration process for either of these programs.  If you have any questions regarding these programs please contact program director Tammy Grassmid at 616-834-6788.

South Side Announcements

Grandparents/Friends Day

Please let your child’s grandparents or grandfriends know that they are invited to a special Grandparents/friends Day on Thursday, October 11Preschool will host their grandparents/friends from 9:00-10:00K-2 will host our special guests from 10:15-11:30 and finally Pine Ridge will welcome grandparents/friends from 12:45-2:00. If they haven’t started drinking caffeine, this will be a great day to start!

The South Side teachers have a creative idea…we THINK this will be adorable but we need some help. Children will be singing “If I Were A Butterfly” for their grandparents/friends (shhh….don’t give it away! 😉 ) and we’re looking for a few children who have certain animal costumes and might be willing to step into the limelight during their line in the song. No solos. Just sing with the choir in costume. Do any of you have a butterfly costume AND a child willing to wear the costume for the praise and worship time on stage? We’re also looking for a child willing to wear a fish costume, an elephant, a kangaroo, an octopus (I know, right?!?!) and a fuzzy wuzzy bear. If you happen to have any of these animal costumes at home, or anything close to that animal, AND your child is willing to don the goods, would you please email Miska at mrynsburger@hollandchristian.org  Be sure to follow up with the reviews from your parents after the special day. We think it’s going to be pretty special <3 Thank you!

GPI School Pictures

On Thursday, September 20, your South Side child will have his/her school picture taken! Order form flyers will went home last Friday/Monday for preschoolers.  As a reminder: Every form will need to be turned in on Thursday when your child has their photo taken, regardless of ordering online or your choice to order a photo package.

Forest School Announcements

Forest School Groundbreaking

With much gratitude we would like to invite you to our Forest School Groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, September 17, at 6:30 pm. Please join us by the entrance to the woods between Holland Christian Middle and High School where the Forest School Kindergarten meets each day. We will pray for God’s blessing and protection on their school year and on Holland Christian’s newest classroom building! No RSVP necessary. If you have any questions, please contact us at (616) 820-2805.

Grandparents/Friends Day

We have enough grandparents/friends day crammed into one day in October! We can’t expect them to wheel over to one more celebration! While we know grandparents are amazing people. there are limits! 😉 Forest School Grandparents Day will take place on Friday, May 17 in the afternoon. More details forthcoming!

Pine Ridge Announcements

GPI School Pictures

We will be adding an online order link in a few weeks to this newsletter, when photo proofs are returned from GPI.  If you would like to order photo’s or yearbooks online, you can do so at that time.  Picture retake day will be Nov. 1st, 2018 right away in the morning.  If you would like a photo retake, you must bring in the GPI photo proof package that you received and were not happy with.  If your child(ren) were not at school on September 13 for photo day, they can get a photo taken on this day as well.  Reminder: Yearbooks have to be ordered in advance, we will not have extra copies to hand out in May 2019.

Carpool/Parent Pick up Procedure

Student safety must be, and remains our primary concern for everyone during student drop-off and dismissal at Pine Ridge. Our students, like any pedestrians, are defenseless against a moving vehicle. Do not assume anything as a driver. Remain alert always, and continue to scan and be aware of any and all students who may be around your vehicle at any given time as you slowly proceed.

Please communicate this information to any and all who may be involved in transporting your student(s) to and from school. All of us must be vigilant in observing these simple rules:

The drive along 40th is for bus lane only.
The drive off Graafschap road is for carpool vehicles only.

Before School

Use the Graafschap drive for dropping off your students.Please pull forward along the sidewalk (in front of our gym) at the curb. Do not stop anywhere on the traffic circle by the main entrance. Yield to the busses.
Do not park, attended or unattended, in the drive longer than to safely let your students out of your vehicle.
Park only in designated parking lot spots if you are getting out of your vehicle with your students. These would be the parking spaces along the grassy area to the west of the drive.

After School

Remain in your vehicles as we direct your students to your car during after-school carpool. Do not get out of your cars. We will get your students to you. Catch the staff member in the middle of the loading zone to get your child(ren) who do not see you on their own.
Generally, we only load students in the “loading zone” as indicated by the solid white lines painted across the drive, and by signs on the sidewalk next to the drive. When all cars are loaded in the loading zone, a teacher will dismiss each file of cars.
When people are moving, cars are not; when cars are moving, people are not. Once your car is in the loading zone, lock it down, and do not move again until invited to do so by the staff member at the front of the loading zone.
If you are walking with your child(ren) to the parking lot, do not walk through the carpool lines. Rather, cross in front of the carpool lines only when we are loading students, waiting, of course, when we are dismissing cars.
Remember these rules are for the safety of all of our children. At times, it will mean we will have to be patient. Thank you!

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.

Baton Twirling Classes

Come join the fun and learn how to twirl a baton!  Baton twirling is making a come back as the latest and greatest sensation!  Don’t miss out on all the fun!  Starting Tuesday, September 25 thru December 18. Flyers are available in the school office.  Click here for more information or email athleticsens@aol.com

Trek Quest for Boys

An after school program for boys in grades 3-5, Total Trek Quest (TTQ) combines the physical activity of training for a 5k run with a curriculum that focuses on learning to set goals, building strong relationships, and making healthy choices. This fun, interactive 9-week program uses running and educational activities to encourage positive mental health and wellness while also preventing high-risk behaviors. We have practices slated on Tuesdays/Thursdays, from 3:20-4:50, with the season running from the week of 9/17, and the last week of practices being the week of 11/5 (with the last practice on 11/8). If you have any questions please contact Brandon Melnyk at 616.396.2301 Ext. 132 or bmelnyk@arborcircle.org 


Upcoming Dates:


14-  Homecoming Tail Gate Event
20 – School Picture for SS
22 – Kids Stuff Re$ale
26 – Walk-a-thon
28 – No School Staff Development


11 – Grandparents Day SS/PR
13 – Tuition Grant Fund Auction
25-26 – No School: CEA Convention


1 – picture make up/retake date (SS & PR)
11/19-12/5 – PR swimming lessons (Boer, DeZwaan, Meyering & VanWeelden)
21 – 1/2 Day of School ( 11:30am Dismissal )
22-23 – Thanksgiving vacation


12/6-12/19 – SS swimming lessons
12/6-12/19 – PR swimming lessons (Hirdes/Riemersma)
24- January 4 – Christmas vacation

Working Together in Christ,

Miska Rynsburger

South Side Principal



Tim Howell

Pine Ridge Principal