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SS/PR January Newsletter

Dear Parents,

It’s 2021! It’s been so wonderful to fill our  learning spaces with the sights and sounds of our children learning, laughing and loving again. We are enjoying hearing about the 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 2021 we also see the new 2021-2022 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 7:00 AM on Tuesday, February 2. Preschool enrollment will begin at 7:00 AM on Tuesday, February 9. Please don’t hesitate to call school if you have any questions in that regard.

All peace and joy to all of you.

/ Shared Announcements

Winter Gear

We would like to request, as we return to school, that students have the extra winter clothing needed for the winter months. We have limited items at school to loan students, but for sanitary and safety reasons, cannot return items to the collective inventory for 72 hours after they have been used. If there is a large number of students borrowing items we deplete the inventory quickly. Thank you for making this a priority for your child’s health and warmth.

Items to include with your child are:

  • Snow pants for warmth, even if it is not snowing
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Boots

Poinsettia Sale

Our sincere thanks for your support of this year’s poinsettia sale. The profits from this event will be shared among the staff for purchasing unbudgeted items for the classroom. This is a gift from you that is appreciated.

Birthday Book Club

This has been a program available in our Media Center for Years. You may not know, so here are some of the details. If you would like to dedicate a book in honor of your son/daughter for their birthday or half birthday, please contact Mary Hofman at mhofman@hollandchristian.org  for more information. Here is a link to the program’s explanation:  Birthday Book Club

 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 8:45 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.

Hot Lunch Menu

The January lunch menu is now available.

School Supplied Snacks

The USDA has created a federal program feeding all school children lunch, at no cost to families, during this pandemic. Two SNACK items will now also be offered to all school children each day in the afternoon. We’ve got your child covered (and well fed)!

/ Pine Ridge Announcements

Positive Options – Baby Battle

Thank you so much for all your generous donations for our Baby Battle! We collected over 3,000 items for Positive Options. What a blessing to be able to share from our hearts in a fun and engaging way!

Spring Boys TTQ (Total Trek Quest)

This past fall we were able to offer an all virtual and a hybrid TTQ program. With the hybrid program we had one practice day that was virtual and one practice day that was in person every week over a 9-week period. The virtual practices involved a 90-minute zoom lesson that included an indoor workout, an adapted TTQ activity and followed with ample opportunity for discussion. The in-person practices were held at local parks adhering to CDC guidelines including social distancing, mask wearing and hand sanitizing. Boys from different schools were invited to join at the parks for a warmup, running, and a modified TTQ activity.

Looking into the Spring 2021 season we will continue to offer these choices. The spring season will begin later than usual on April 12, 2021, due to the current pandemic situation. As we continue to follow the guidelines set out in the Michigan Safe Schools Roadmap, we will again be unable to hold TTQ practice at schools. We will use regional parks where practice can be held outside. Because of this, we need to push the start of the season back so that the weather will be warm enough to be outside for our 90-minute practice. We will be sending out more promotional materials in February as well as the registration link when it is available.

If you have any question or concerns please feel free to reach out to me at 616-430-6561 or rkowalk@arborcircle.org. We are looking forward to continuing our TTQ program!

Spring GOTR (Girls on the Run)

While the pandemic may still be impacting our normal daily activities come spring, we know that our girls have been suffering disproportionately from the isolation and the documented increases in cyber-bullying. Now, more than ever, our adolescent and pre-adolescent girls need a safe space to connect and use their voice to help cope with the stressors of COVID-19 and life in general!

We understand that school districts have been struggling under the weight of ever-changing directives, and many have opted to suspend extracurricular activities this year. However, we have put in countless hours of work and consulted with national experts to create options that are SAFE and MANAGEABLE for schools, community centers, and other potential program sites to continue to offer access to this proven curriculum while maintaining safe environments for learning.

As you will see in the attached Program Options Matrix, we are prepared for the spring season with options to meet your girls where they are, regardless of what the pandemic situation is at the moment. From flexible and safe in-person options to completely virtual teams, or even an independent and self-contained option, we are confident that we can meet your girls’ needs this spring. For example, Grandville Public Schools had great success hosting a fall program by allowing teams to meet outside the school during the early evening after the school grounds were vacated. The demand for this program was so great that all available in-person teams filled to capacity, and an additional completely virtual team was added to serve even more Grandville Public School girls.

You will also find attached the 2021 Spring Site Recruitment Packet, outlining what your potential site needs to be successful in offering GOTR Programming in this unusual time, and a summary of how Spring 2021 will be different than previous years (and subsequent years) of programming!

Whether hosting a virtual site or a modified in-person site on school grounds or at another community space, we want to ensure that your girls have the opportunity to continue to develop their confidence, competence, character, connection, caring, and contribution to the community so they can come out the other side of this pandemic stronger than before!

It is my hope that these documents can help you assess the options that are available, articulate these options to those involved in the decision-making process, and ultimately decide which option is the best fit for your girls’ and families’ needs. To apply to host your spring 2021 program site, CLICK HERE or visit our website at www.gotrkmc.org

/ Calendar

View the full Holland Christian Calendar.

December

21 – January 1,2021 – Christmas Break

January

4 – School resumes
18 – MLK Day (no school)

February

15 – No School: Professional Development
Presidents Day

/ Requested Announcements

Little Maroons

Due to the current safety protocols, our kindergarten through sixth grade Little Maroons basketball programing will be postponed till after Christmas break. Current registrations will be automatically registered for the new dates. City of Holland Recreation will also be postponing our 5/6er programing as well, but more specific information will be coming from them as well. The dates we are planning on at this point for our grade levels are the following:

K-2: Skill Sessions on 1/9, 1/16 and 1/23:

(10:30-12pm: Girls at Pine Ridge & Boys at High School)

3-4: Skill Sessions on 1/9, 1/16 and 1/23 & League Play 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 and 2/20:

(8:30-10am: Girls at Pine Ridge & Boys at High School)

5-6: Skill Sessions on 1/9, 1/16 and 1/23 & City of Holland Dates Coming:

(12:30-2pm: Girls at Pine Ridge & Boys at High School)

More information about specific safety protocols may be communicated as we get closer to January, but the plan is to continue with our current practice of wearing face masks, 1 spectator per participant, distancing, and washing of hands and equipment.