SS/PR Newsletter – October 2020

Dear Parents,

October is a wonderful time of the year. The colors are spectacular with everything from the reds, oranges and yellows of the leaves, to the blues and grays of the sky!  The air is typically cool in the mornings and evenings, yet, warm during the day. The foods of the season such as fruits, vegetables, and desserts are all so savory. For most of us, October is also a time to enjoy the routine that has almost become a part of our lives, after the busy beginning of school, church and community activities. This year the activities and routines are much different than past years, but through God’s faithfulness, we are finding this October to once again be a time to reflect on God’s handiwork in the world around us, as we pray for His peace and love for all.

/ Shared Announcements

Executive Order Update on Masks

Pursuant to the executive order issued on Friday, September 25, our kindergarten through fifth grade students must wear a mask when inside the school building effective October 5th, 2020. Children will not be required to wear a mask when eating or drinking, but they will need to wear their mask when learning in the classroom. During times of outdoor learning and outdoor play, our children will not be required to wear their masks. Our teachers are watching over your child’s comfort and prepared to allow for outdoor times for learning and play more frequently in order to take a mask break as needed. Thank you for your grace as we navigate through this change together.

Virtual Parent Teacher Conference Schedule

We can’t wait to celebrate the gift of your child with YOU! We value your partnership and are eager to spend time in prayer and conversation around the growth of your child. Parent/teacher conferences will be held remotely with appointments from 4:00-8:00 on October 19 and 20. Sign up notification was sent via email on Monday, October 28, 2020. HC Virtual Paragon – our conference reservation system, will be utilized to schedule your conferences.  Here is a Parent Guide for connecting to the scheduled Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences on the day of your conferences.

If you would like a conversation with any of your child’s encore teachers, please reach out to them directly to set up an appointment time that is convenient for you:

  • Physical Education with Mr. Kool: mkool@hollandchristian.org
  • Music with Mrs. Boer:  sboer@hollandchristian.org
  • Foreign Language in the Elementary School (3rd-5th) Maestra Gomezz:  fgomez@hollandchristian.org
  • Art with (PR) Miss. Drews: drewserin@gmail.com  or (SS) Mrs. Meckley: tmeckley@hollandchristian.org

Grandparents Day is going Virtual!

Our SS/PR community is eager to celebrate our children and families/friends, preschool through fifth grade, in a safe celebration this year. We would like to invite our preschool through fifth grade grandparents/friends to celebrate and participate with our students this upcoming Virtual Grandparents/Friends Day on Thursday, October 15.  Please let Grandpa/Grandma/Grandfriend know that their special someone will soon be planning a sweet celebration of the generational love and faithfulness together to take place Virtually on October 15!

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

September/October Hot Lunch Menu

Medication at School

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, Hendrina Cupery. 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!

Walkathon

Thank you so much for your generous giving and support for our walk-a-thon this year.  We have raised between SS/PR/FS $25,150.53 combined with RP and Business Sponsors we raised $54,024.53.  GOD IS GOOD!!

MIP

Moms In Prayer will meet on Friday, October 2, 9, 16 and 30th ~ in the morning from 8:20-9:20 @ the Forest School pond area. Bring a chair, Bible and Pen! Looking forward to praying the year with you. Contact Nicole Shook with questions.

Daily At Home Student Screenings Required

As a reminder, parents are required to screen their child at home each morning before going to school. If your child has any new or increasing symptoms below, they should not go to school and you should contact your child’s doctor for additional instruction.

  • Temperature of 100.4 or higher or signs of fever (chills/sweating)
  • Sore throat
  • Dry cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Severe headache
  • Loss of taste or smell

Hot Lunch Accounts

There are two ways to add funds to your child’s hot lunch account: You may drop off a check made out to Holland Christian to our office and the funds will be added. You may SEND a check with your child to the school office and the funds will be processed for you. Or you can add funds on-line through sendmoneytoschool.com (fees have been removed from this program). You will need your Student’s ID # to set up new accounts. This was emailed to you earlier this month.

Principal Office Hours

The second Friday of the month I will hold open office hours at South Side from 8:30-9:15. The third Friday of the month I will hold open office hours at Pine Ridge from 8:30-9:15. Come and grab a cup of coffee, wear a mask, and pull up a chair. Let’s talk through your thoughts, wonderings, questions and ideas. I look forward to serving you again this year.

/ Calendar

View the full Holland Christian Calendar.

October

15  – Grandparents/friends Day
16 – Report cards go home
19 – Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00pm-8:00pm
20 – Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00pm-8:oopm
22-23 – CEA (No School)

November

4 – Picture Retake Day (PR)
4 – Picture Retake Day (SS)
25 –  Half-day
26-27 – Thanksgiving Break

/ Requested Announcements

Write Michigan Writing Contest

Kent District Library is offering an exciting opportunity this year. The Write Michigan Short Story Contest is open to writers of all ages across the state of Michigan. You can check out the Write Michigan website which contains all of the contest’s information. This is an amazing opportunity for young people to win a cash prize and get their story published! Stories can be submitted through Monday, November 30 until noon.

Bus Drivers need

Holland Christian Schools is seeking people who want to build up and encourage young people and families through providing regular school bus transportation for students. Hours are flexible. We are seeking applicants who demonstrate a love for kids, careful, conscientious driving habits, and an interest in providing a needed service to the families of Holland Christian. No previous school bus driving experience necessary. Holland Christian will provide the training necessary. If interested please contact Dan Vos at 616-820-2805.

TTQ Boys Run Club

We hope that the start of your school year is going well.  We know that this is a busy season as we all face these challenges brought on by the pandemic.  As we enter into fall, we wanted to take a few minutes to share the changes we’ve made to our TTQ season. We will be offering scholarships for the fall season. Please contact Brandon Melnyk at bmelnyk@arborcircle.org or 616-450-4651 for scholarship information. The two options will be as follows:

TTQ Virtual will offer 2 interactive virtual practices/week:

  • 1 practice will include a movement-based workout and curriculum activity
  • 2nd practice will include the curriculum activity

TTQ Hybrid plan will offer 1 interactive virtual practice and 1 in-person practice/ week

  • 1 practice will include a movement-based workout and curriculum activity
  • 2nd practice will be held at an outdoor regional destination and will include a 5k training run and curriculum activity.
  • COVID 19 safety precautions will be in place, including mandatory masks wearing, social distancing, and hand sanitization.

Both options include a virtual family-focused kickoff, a program/race t-shirt, and a Thanksgiving theme virtual 5k. See the TTQ Flyer. TTQ Registration information