South Side & Pine Ridge June Newsletter

Woven Together

This has been a wonderful year! We started the year with so many questions and uncertainties. We wondered how teachers would teach and students would learn in masks, what would it feel like to try to socially distance in the classroom where our nature is to get close and come together, how long will we be able to provide in person learning, will we watch classmates and staff struggle with COVID illness…. the list could continue. Here we sit with a week of school left and as we look back, it is easy to see how God’s hand has been with us along the way. We are so blessed to have a very limited number of quarantines, masks have been worn without complaint and most importantly, staff and students have remained healthy either not having contracted COVID or contracting it and making a complete recovery. We PRAISE God for His faithfulness!!! We also thank each of you for your partnership during a very unique year. We look forward to next year with a new hope that we will start a year with all things COVID behind us.

Please join us with your lawn chairs on June 4, 10:30-11:25 for an outdoor chapel and end-of-year celebration. This chapel will highlight our students who are present on Friday and how in each classroom we were woven together through this unprecedented time. If your child attends preschool on a day other than Friday, you are welcome to come with your child to also be part of our audience and celebrate with us. We will end our chapel with a prayer over the second graders as they transition to Pine Ridge next year. I would ask that when you arrive at the chapel, please park in your designated carpool spots (K-2 front of building) and PK/JK (south side of building) and leave your car there and join us on the playground. Once the chapel is over, head right out to your car and your children will be brought out to you.

Erin Wyma
South Side Elementary Principal

/ Shared Announcements

A note from Mrs. Throop

Dear Holland Christian families,

I am writing to say goodbye and thank you for 12 wonderful years of being your elementary school counselor. My family is moving in June to St. Augustine, FL.

Christian counseling is a blessing for our children and I hope and pray that you always provide it for our young boys and girls. I will keep our HC community in my heart forever, and be eager to hear more good news from all of you. Please know that I have loved your children and my responsibility to help guide and nurture them. Until we meet again.

With Christ’s love,

DeeDee Throop

JUST A REMINDER: IMMUNIZATIONS FOR Preschool, Kindergarten, and new students to Holland Christian

Immunization Requirements for all preschool, kindergarten, and new students entering HC:  Please schedule a call/visit with your primary care physician to discuss any immunization needs for your child.  All students MUST be up-to-date on their immunizations BEFORE they start the new school year.  Any students without the required immunizations or approved waivers will not be allowed to enter school until they are complete and approved by the State of Michigan.  Please see this information sheet listing immunization needs.

Trip Summer Schedule

(7:30-9:00 at Rose Park and the High School)

  • June 2, 16, & 30
  • July 14 & 28
  • August 11, 25, and weekly starts again

MIP ( Moms in Prayer )

The weekly meetings have concluded for the 2020-21 school year. Thank you to all who so faithfully met to pray over our school and children this year. We are looking forward to reengage for the 2021-22 school year. If you have questions please feel free to email Nicole Shook at

Library notice

Though children are no longer checking out HC library books, could you please be on the lookout for any HC library books you may have received an overdue notice for?

The Parent Board

The Parent Board is looking for new members and volunteers for the 2021-2022 school year! Members meet once a month to help plan and participate in the events happening around Southside, Pine Ridge, and Forest Schools.

If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a member, please email Kelli Kruithof at

Are you interested in being involved but can’t commit to full Parent Board membership? Sign up to be on our volunteer list. We will then contact you with volunteer opportunities throughout the year.


/South Side Announcements

Lost and Found

Beginning Tuesday, June 1, items from the Lost and Found will be available from 10:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. at the front entrance. Items not claimed by Monday, June 7,  will be donated to ditto.

/ Pine Ridge Announcements

Pine Ridge is looking forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our 5th grade graduating students as well as recognizing the staff members who will be moving on to other roles.

We cannot close out this year without a huge thank you to the staff who weathered this most unusual school year. In addition to the regular teaching duties, they had to learn how to effectively navigate Zoom, quarantine, masks, social distancing, contact tracing, etc. Most of these things were not included in teacher training programs. Thank you to all.

If you happen to stop by on a Thursday afternoon at Pine Ridge, you will not only see the friendly faces of the students and staff, you will get to see friendly canine faces as well! The Ruff Readers program has brought several furry friends each Thursday afternoon to be read to Pine Ridge students, this one of the highlights of our week!

Field Day

We are planning a modified Field Day to be held at Pine Ridge for Pine Ridge, South Side, and Forest School students. We’re excited that we get to hold it this year! We are anticipating an afternoon of fun, skill and games on Field Day. Mr. Kool has put together stations to test our athletic abilities as well as our good humor!

Students and Parents

Are you missing a few items from home? Please check the lost and found tables which will be by the main entrance at Pine Ridge Tuesday, June 1 – Friday, June 4 from 9am – 2pm.

Athletics in Middle School

As a 6th grader next year, your child will have the opportunity to join middle school sports. Please see the information below:

21-22 Sports Registration:

All families with students going into 6-12th grades will need to register online for athletics through Final Forms. Registration for 21-22 athletics will be available starting on April 1.

21-22 Sports Physicals

The athletic department anticipates the requirement of a pre-participation physical (dated after April 15, 2021) by the MHSAA to participate in school sports for next year. Holland Christian was unable to offer a night for physical appointments this spring for athletes, as was our usual custom. Athletes will need to individually schedule an appointment with their primary care provider between April 15 and the start of their first practice or try-out in any upcoming season. Physical forms are available to be printed from individual Final Forms accounts to take to your appointment for your medical provider to complete and sign.

/ Requested Announcements

Hope College 2021 Summer Science Camps

Looking for  an opportunity for your child to have hands on, engaging experiences in Science, Engineering, Math and the Arts? Hope College offers half day and full day science academies. More details about Summer Science Camps can be found here.

Boys TTQ (Total Trek Quest)

We are working hard to bring a great TTQ program to our boys and families. We are offering an all virtual and hybrid option. The hybrid option will have one in-person practice weekly held at area PARKS—not SCHOOLS, such as Helder Park, Kollen Park, Pottawattomie and Ransom Park. If you have any question or concerns please feel free to reach out to me at 616.430.6561 or We are looking forward to continuing our TTQ program!  Access to the online TTQ FLYER will be available late summer or early fall.

MBJA Summer Sailing Brochure

We look forward to having Holland Christian students as part of our summer sailing program! Your high school team enjoyed a successful spring season with us! If you have any questions, please email, call 616.796.8671, or call this cell phone: 616.403.6313. See this flier for more sailing information.

/ Calendar

View the full Holland Christian Calendar.


  • 31 – Memorial Day (No School)


  • 4 – Final Chapel 10:30-11:35 (Playground)
  • 11:30 Dismissal (No HPS busing)


  • 17 – South Side Preschool Meet the Teacher Night
  • 19 – South Side & Pine Ridge Ice Cream Social
  • 24 – 1st Day of School (Full Day)
  • 25 – South Side Parent Information Night
  • 26 – Pine Ridge Parent Information Night


  • 3 – No School