Moving Toward Fall

Gauging from the forecast, it appears our extra toasty school days may be behind us. Though sweaty and rosy cheeked, we’ve been so impressed with the effort and continued energy our students have engaged with their learning experiences this week. We hope you have time to spend with your family enjoying cooler temps this weekend. With that, our 4-day weeks are also behind us. Ready for our 5-day schedule? We’re excited to continue growing and learning with our students all week next week! Bless and be blessed this weekend. See you on Monday!

Shared Announcements

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.

Walk-a-Thon

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 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!

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. The cost is $8 per person in advance, including both dinner and game, and tickets are available online at hollandchristian.org/alumni or at the HCHS or HCS administration offices. Or it’s $10 per person on the day of the event. Looking forward to hanging out!

**Special note for preschool & kindergarten parents: Save the date but don’t buy your tickets for this event. This night is our treat to you! More information will be distributed by your classroom teacher.

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.

Screenagers

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

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.

Grandparents Day

Save the date! October 11 we will roll out the red carpet for our Grandparent/friends! More details forthcoming!

Tuition Grant Fund Auction

Last year at the auction, there were nearly 100 first time attendees! We’re so very pleased with the increased attendance, we’re bringing back the half price special for first timers! If you attended last year for the first time, please come back and fill a table! We understand schedules are busy, but we want YOU (yes, YOU!) at the auction whether you can buy a line, pick a card from the gift card wall, bid on a live item, or not. While it is a fundraiser, it is also intended as a community event where we can gather and celebrate! 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

GPI School Pictures

On Thursday, September 20, your South Side child will have his/her school picture taken! Order form flyers will come home today.  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.

Pine Ridge Announcements

GPI School Pictures

On Thursday, September 13, your Pine Ridge child will have his/her school picture taken! Order form flyers will come home today.  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.

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 9/10, and the last week of practices being the week of 11/5 (with the last practice on 11/8). Come join us for the TTQ kick off at the Lost City, 12350 James Street, Holland MI 49424 on Saturday, September 8 from 10am – Noon.  If you have any questions please contact Brandon Melnyk at 616.396.2301 Ext. 132 or bmelnyk@arborcircle.org 

Golf Lessons

Golf Lessons are now available for students ages 7-17 in Holland through The First Tee, a non-profit that teaches golf and values to ANY child regardless of family income. Sign up HERE for sessions at Macatawa Legends or Winding Creek. Classes begin September 7 so register soon!

Upcoming Dates:

September

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

October

11 – Grandparents Day SS/PR
13 – Tuition Grant Fund Auction
25-26 – No School: CEA Convention
26 – picture make up/retake date (SS & PR)

November

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

December

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

mrynsburger@hollandchristian.org

616-820-3535

Tim Howell

Pine Ridge Principal

thowell@hollandchristian.org

616-820-3505