Rose Park News 8/24/18

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

Again, a hearty welcome back! We’ve been seeing a lot of each other the last couple of weeks with a couple of evening events in addition to beginning school. Your smiling faces, warm greetings, and conversations have blessed me! Thanks for your support and partnership demonstrated in attending these important back-to-school events. The staff and I are blessed by yet another wonderful start to this  school year.

If you were here at the start of the Ice Cream Social last week, you know we invited everyone present to come and pray around the Standing Stone in the grassy area south of the main entrance. It is a marvelous tradition for us. Erecting and recognizing Standing Stones is a practice that predates Rose Park and goes all the way back to the days of Old Testament Israel and beyond. Israel would erect a stone or pile of stones to commemorate something important that God had done in their lives. It was meant to provoke questions, children asking their parents, “What happened here?” And, parents would tell the stories of God’s faithfulness.

So it is with us. We desire that Rose Park be a place where we mark God’s good work in our lives individually and communally. Maybe someday these children will bring their children by 556 Butternut Drive, and their children will ask, “What happened here?” And these parents, our current students now, will tell their stories of God’s work and faithfulness in their lives and growth and experience at Rose Park Christian School.

That Standing Stone fits so well with the Christ-Centered story and experience we desire, and that we know you desire for your children. We are so grateful and honored, along with you, to tell passionately and live with intentionality the great Story of God’s faithfulness in Jesus Christ again this year. And, when we do that, we will be preparing a table for the Holy Spirit to continue working in our students, in all of us, in our neighborhood, and in our world.

As always, I pray that you may bless and be blessed this weekend with your families in rest, recreation, and in awe-filled worship. We are grateful to partner with you in equipping young and eager minds, nurturing soft and tender hearts, to transform the world for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It’s been a great first week, and we look forward to seeing your children again next week to love them and learn along with them.


Busing Update

Please know that West Ottawa begins busing next Tuesday. Obviously, this means we will have more bus traffic, and presumably less cars in the parking lot at drop off and pick up times. In light of resumed busing, and student-safe practices at Rose Park, please observe the following:

  • All cars use the east drive only, coming in off from Butternut, and using the entrance to the parking lot closest to the strip mall next door, and exiting using the drive closest to Rose Park. We have designed traffic flow to be one-way only in this fashion.
  • Buses only are allowed to use the west drive. Again, no cars should use the west drive before and after school. If you are dropping off a middle or high schooler for the morning shuttle, please park and wait in the parking lot, or simply drop them off in the drive to wait for the bus.

A few after school carpool reminders:

  • When your car is in the loading zone area – please turn on your hazard lights UNTIL you have all the children in your carpool, then turn lights off.
  • If your child does not see you or has not come to your car, feel free to ask staff on duty to help your riders find their way to your car. Please stay inside of your car.
  • Do not allow your children to come to your car if you are not yet in the loading area.
  • Please use the carpool plan whenever possible. If you must come and get your children from the sidewalk, please park in the designated parking spots and walk in front of the loading zone area, not between cars that are waiting in the carpool lanes.
  • For a more complete explanation of our carpool, parking lot, and driveway instructions, please click and read this document.

Elementary Handbook

Whether you are new or experienced at Rose Park, 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 Rose Park.

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

HCS Back-to-School 2018 Convocation

For all Preschool-12th grade students and all who are part of the HCS community: Wednesday, August 29, 9AM, HCHS Gymnasium is the time and place for this year’s Convocation gathering. 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 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!

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 Wednesday, August 29.   Please keep in mind we need to have them here at school by Wednesday, August 29.

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 Rose Park office and the funds will be added.
  • Add funds on line through (there is a small fee with this method)

You may also check the balance on your student’s lunch account:

  • go to
  • click on Schools, then Parent Resources.
  • Click on the Hot Lunch Tab.
  • On the right hand side is the link:
  • Set up a new account for your family.  You will need your email address, and a password you would like to use.
  • Your student’s ID number will be needed to link your child to your account.  Please contact either our RP office for this number, or ask your child’s teacher.
  • Please contact Carla or Diane in the RP office with any questions!

Hot Lunch Menu

August / September

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, you should have received already an email with your student’s unique access ID and password. (If you have not seen this email, dated 8/9/18, please check your spam folder.) Then, create a login for yourself. Click the “demographic change” 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!

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 ( 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!

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 Byron Center 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!

Early Childhood Tailgate

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.

School Counselor

Our elementary counselor, Mrs. DeeDee Throop is here every Tuesday morning and all day Thursday 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, email, or drop in on a Tuesday or Thursday to see her. God bless you as you parent your precious children.


We would love to have you join us for our All School chapels on Wednesday mornings at 10:35 AM in the elementary gym. We welcome parents and friends to join us in worship as we discover how we can grow in cultivating shalom.


For those of you really planning ahead, Rose Park’s picture days are Wednesday, September 19, and Thursday, September 20. More specific information and scheduling will come once we are underway through classroom and the Rose Park blogs.

Upcoming Dates:


29 – All School Convocation at the high school 9:00AM


14-  Homecoming Event
19 – Picture Day
20 – Picture Day
22 – Kids Stuff Resale
26 – Walkathon

28 – No School – Staff Development


4 – Grandparents’ day

22-Parent/Teacher Conferences

23 – Parent/Teacher Conferences
25 – CEA – No School
26  – CEA- No School


1 – Preschool Dad’s night
2 – 5/6th grade Donuts with Dads
21 – 1/2 day
22 – 23  – Thanksgiving Break

Requested Announcements

Moms In Prayer

Please watch this brief introductory video to the ministry of Moms in Prayer.   We would love to have you join us Friday mornings in the Rose Park Library.

Please contact Kathy Schut with any questions.  616-875-8912,


The Kids Stuff Resale will be on Saturday morning, September 22 from 9-12 at Holland Christian High School. For more information, please email kidsale@ or call 616 820-2805.

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 August 27 or September 7 so register soon!