SS/PR Elementary Newsletter 2018-2019-Off To A Great Start

What a joy it has been to welcome our students and families back to school! After months of researching, dreaming and planning, weeks of collaborating and hours of preparation, it is SO good to be back face-to-face with the children we’ve been ‘preparing a table’ for. We’re looking so forward to the journey that lies ahead. We claim God’s faithfulness over every child each day of this school year. Through our partnership and effort, may God be glorified!

Shared Announcements

Ottawa Avenue Construction Update

Ottawa and 32nd is now open!
Cars can now travel through on Ottawa at 32nd.  Sidewalks are still closed on Ottawa until work is complete.

Thanks for your patience and adjusting your schedule to get to school on time over the last few days.  Travel times should be more normal now.  Have a great weekend!

Holland Public Bussing Important Information

Holland Public busing starts Tuesday, September 4.  Parents who signed up for HP Bussing, you will getting your schedule from Holland Public Transportation by the end of the week.  We apologies for the delay, Holland Public Schools is dealing with some logistics issues.

If you desire busing for your student but have not yet signed up through Holland Public transportation, you are technically past their June due date. However, if you register now, your student may be able to begin riding later in September. To sign up, go to the HC Transportation page (under Holland Public busing).


You are invited along with the entire Holland Christian Schools community to our annual Convocation Ceremony to kick-off our 2018-2019 school year. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, alumnus, friend, or supporter, we would love to welcome you along with all of our Preschool-12 grade students in a time of celebration, prayer, praise, and listening to God’s Word at the beginning of this exciting new year. Various Holland Christian students, staff, and community members will lead in song, prayer, and devotion. Come and join us Wednesday, August 29, 9AM in the high school gym for this very special convocation service. You will be blessed!

Important To Do Today

It is imperative that you update your demographic information in PowerSchool now with your latest and most accurate contact information. Simply go in your browser to, and, if you are a returning parent, log in with your personal log in and password. If you have difficulty, click the “If you are having trouble…” link to retrieve your log in information. If you are a first-time parent, create a login for yourself. Then, either an “update demographic screen” will automatically pop up, or simply click the “change demographics” button on the left of the screen. This information is necessary for field trip participation, emergency response and treatment, student photo permission, and for the office to easily be able to contact a parent or guardian as needed or desired. When listing your child’s emergency contacts, please be sure to list two contacts other than yourself. Again, please do this today to ensure that your child’s teacher has the most accurate contact information for you. The teachers do a lot of communicating with parents especially at the start of the year, and we want to make sure that you receive all of this communication. Thank you!

HC Batons

We hope you have treasured the note written to your child from last year’s teacher and tucked inside the special HC baton. It’s not too late to write your own note to your child, or ask a close family friend, leader, or mentor to write their encouragement to your child about what they see as God’s gifts in your student at this point in their growing. We ask that each baton be returned to school in time for our convocation on August 29. Your child’s teacher has a special devotional planned during which batons will be passed from your child to his or her new teacher. You are welcome to bring these batons to the Ice Cream Social event on the 16th of August, on the first day of school on August 21, or during Parent Night on the 22& 23rd of August, or , whichever is most convenient for you. Please keep in mind we need to have them to your child’s teacher by Wednesday, August 29.

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 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 yet for this event. This night is our treat to you! More information will be distributed by your classroom teacher.


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

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 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.

Tuition Grant Fund Auction

October 13 at 6:00

Auction invites are out and should have made their way to your mailbox last week! The auction committee would warmly welcome you to the table we’re preparing, please RSVP here  at your earliest convenience! Sometimes, we experience a glitch in our system and some mailboxes are missed. We’re always working to fix those mistakes, but we can’t if we don’t know about them, If you did not receive an invitation please contact Leanne Halma (”

Before/After School Care Programs

We offer a before school program for families that need to drop off students as early as 7:00 AM, as well as our after school program starting at 3:15 until 5:30.  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 Amanda Brouwer at 616-820-4081.

Grandparents Day

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

South Side Announcements

Yellow Vest

We currently have a need for lunch recess supervisors on the playground, from 11:45-12:30 each day. Pay $10 for the 45 minutes. Even if you can’t commit to every day, if you would like to learn more, or know that you would like to help out in this capacity, please email , or call the office at 616-820-3535.

Room Parents

If you are interested in serving as a room parent, please feel free to sign up in the office.

School Pictures

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

Forest School Announcements

Parent Night

Come and talk with Mr. Harig and Mrs. Bosch on Thursday, September 6 at 6:30. Mr. Harig will give you details soon 🙂

School Pictures

On Thursday, September 6, your Forest School child will have his/her kindergarten picture taken! Let’s make sure we get those little faces in front of the camera BEFORE we hit the puddles! Order form flyers will come home in your child’s backpack on Monday.

Groundbreaking Celebration

Save the date! On Monday, September 17 at 6:30 our Forest School families and the community at large are invited to attend a Forest School Groundbreaking Ceremony! Please mark your calendars. This will be a wonderful time to share in our gratitude for this program, our families, our staff, the support we have experienced from the community which all point directly to God’s faithfulness!

Pine Ridge Announcements

Piano Player

Piano Player needed for Wednesday Morning Chapel twice a month.  If you are available to help in chapel from 10:15AM to 10:50AM on September 5, 12 or 26 please contact Laura in the front office.  820-3505 or email to sign up!

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

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 August 27 or September 7 so register soon!

Upcoming Dates:


31 – No School Staff Development


3 – Labor Day vacation
6 – School Pictures for Forest School
13 – School Picture for PR
20 – School Picture for SS
26 – Walk-a-thon
28 – No School Staff Development


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


21 – 1/2 Day of School ( 11:30am Dismissal )
22-23 – Thanksgiving vacation


12/6-12/19 – SS swimming lessons
24- January 4 – Christmas vacation


Working Together in Christ,

Miska Rynsburger

South Side Principal


Tim Howell

Pine Ridge Principal