Rose Park News 9/21/18

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

Isn’t the picture great? I love the smiles, energy, the sheer joy that is displayed so beautifully in these Kindergarten students at jumping two feet into the sand below their launching point. I love it! It captures the experience of so many at Rose Park. From the opening of the day when I am greeting out front, to my classroom visits and walks around the playground, I see much joy, energy, and excitement on the faces of students and staff alike. We are off to a great start this year with five weeks in already! Is that hard to believe for you? Or, are you and the family comfortably in the routine of a new school year already. Beside all of the day-to-day learning we have some great events coming up this week. Our annual Walkathon is Wednesday afternoon. Please feel free to come and join us for this community-building, fun, annual event for all three of our elementary campuses. Also, for parents, Tuesday evening at 7PM (see below) is our offering of the Screenagers video presentation. For all parents navigating the place of technology in your family’s and in your own lives, Screenagers will be a timely and helpful resource for all parents, but especially for those with 5th-12th grade students. And finally, on Friday, you get to enjoy an extra day with your children and families as all staff at HCS engage in a day of timely professional development to support the good work that happens on a daily basis in all of our buildings. Some of this time we will spend with our colleagues from Zeeland Christian, as well! I am looking forward to another great week next week!

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.


SCREENAGERS – Tuesday evening, September 25, 7 pm

Holland Christian and Zeeland Christian School are partnering together for a showing of the film SCREENAGERS on September 25 at 7 pm in the HCHS Auditorium. Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance. Please join us for this important event! We especially encourage parents with children in 5th-12th grade to attend this event. Check out the trailer here: 447

Walk-A-Thon This Wednesday

This annual event has become a favorite. Students will be asked to collect funds from Family, friends, and neighbors in an effort to raise funds for non-budgeted classroom and playground improvements.  They will participate in a 45 minute walk at the high school track, in which they may walk, jog, or run around the track.  During the walk there will be games and activities for the kids to participate in as well. The event will be held during the school day on Wednesday from 1pm to 2:15 PM at the HCHS Track. Parents are invited to come cheer students on and enjoy an afternoon of fun.   Pledge forms have been collected, and we are excited to announce the classroom winners next week.   Thanks so much for your support!  We hope to see you at the track!

Thursday, September 27 – First Live! @the Intersection of 2018-19

Please join us at 7:55AM Thursday, September 27 as we enjoy the first Live! @the Intersection of the school year.  Come support and enjoy the music of our 5th grade orchestra students. We hope to see you in the intersection!

Bussing Payments

Many bussing payments have been coming in to Rose Park.  As a reminder, for a family to ride the bus, the fee is $460.00.  If you have one student riding the bus, the fee is $230.00.  The fee for the shuttle bus to the Middle School and High School is $75.00.  Thank you!

Tuition Invoices Update

Tuition invoices will be arriving in your mailbox mid to late September for the 2018-2019 school year.  If you expect to see an invoice and have not received one by October 5 please let our office know by calling 616-820-2805 or email Terry VanderKolk at If you have any questions regarding your invoice once you receive it, please direct your questions also to Terry and she will be able to help you out.

Hot Lunch Menu

August / September

A.C.E  Request – Parents and Grandparents

Do you or someone you know have an interesting hobby, specialized knowledge, or creative idea to share with elementary students?  Holland Christian is looking to match you with interested students in our After school Community Enrichment program. Please share your ideas for teaching an ACE class with our coordinator, Sue Vos (

Grandparents Day, Thursday October 4

Grandparents day is coming, Thursday October 4, 2018!   Preschoolers will have a chance to share their classrooms with their grandparent in the morning.  K-6  will share their classrooms in the afternoon.  Remember, 5/6 can invite grandparents to join them for a special lunch on this day.  An informational flyer will be coming home TODAY with specific details.

1:00PM-1:30PM  – Coffee, Cider and Treats

1:30-2:00PM – Program in the Gym

2:00PM-3:00PM – Classroom activities

Grandparents Day Help

Thursday, October 4 will surely be a wonderful time of fellowship, a beautiful program put on by our kiddos, and some delicious treats and refreshments!  However, we need your help! We will need a variety of goodies to offer our guests, so please sign up for what you can! Anything you commit to bringing will need to be dropped off to the front office by 8:30am on October 4. Either home-made or store bought goodies are welcome and appreciated! Please use this link to sign up.  Thank you!

Holland Christian Auction October 13

Have you registered yet for this year’s Tuition Grant Fund Auction? It’s held on Holland Christian High School’s main street, and is a fun evening that exists to raise money for Christian education, working to make it more affordable for everyone. We take a delicious dinner catered in style by Alpenrose, and add live music from the talented musicians in the Holland Christian Jazz Band, energetic emcees, and interesting people. In addition to entertainment and fellowship, you get to bid on over 150 fabulous gifts graciously given by our community, all to support Holland Christian’s Tuition Grant Fund. We offer a wide variety of items and price points on the buy-a-line auction so that everyone can participate in the fun. Register here before September 28.  If you have any questions, please contact Leanne Halma, Anne Bushouse or Anita Mulder.  Please join us Saturday, October 13 at 6:00PM.  Remember to register here!

6th Grade Athletics

6th graders have more opportunities to participate in Middle School athletics.  Our Winter 1 season begins 10/15/18.  Please click on this link to read more about the opportunities.


You are always welcome to join us for our all-school chapels on Wednesday mornings at 10:35 AM in the gymeterium. We welcome parents and friends to join us in worship as we discover how we can grow in preparing a table of welcome and hospitality.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Mark your calendars!  Parent teacher conferences are coming up!  Conferences will be held on Monday October 22  4:00pm-8:00pm
Tuesday October 23 4:00pm-8:00pm

CEA Convention

As a reminder, there will be no school on Thursday and Friday October 25 and 26.

Upcoming Dates:


22 – Kids Stuff Resale

25- Screenagers at HCHS 7:00PM

26 – Walkathon at HCHS track

27 – Live! @the Intersection 7:55AM 5th Grade Orchestra

28 – No School – Staff Development


4 – Grandparents’ day

13 – Holland Christian Auction 6:00PM

22-Parent/Teacher Conferences

23 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

25 – CEA – No School

26  – CEA- No School


2 – 5/6th grade Donuts with Dads

6- Preschool Dad’s night

21 – 1/2 day

22 – 23  – Thanksgiving Break

Requested Announcements

Moms In Prayer

MOMS IN PRAYER-  See you in October for our next Moms In Prayer!  We meet from
8:15-9:05 in the library on Fridays that we have school in session.  Hope to see YOU soon!
LORD God of Heaven’s Armies, may ________ know that there is no one as mighty as You;
 that You are entirely faithful.  From Psalm 89:8 (NLT)

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.

Learn To Play the Harp!

There is a wonderful opportunity for children ages 9-12 to learn to play the harp. Our Holland Christian High School Orchestra has a need for a harpist in the future… this would be a great way to get started. Click on this link for more information!  NOTICE :  There was a change in the start date and meeting time!  This group will meet on Thursdays, September 28 – November 9, from 3:30PM-5:00PM.

5th /6th Grade Girls Lakeshore Volleyball League

5th and 6th grade girls! Would you like to play volleyball for a local League?  This is a travel Volleyball league that will compete against area communities.  Practices are on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Saturday games will require some travel to local communities (Hamilton, Zeeland, Fennville)   This League runs from Saturday, October 22 – December 8, 2018.  Fees: $35 Resident~$50 Non-Resident if you register by 9/24/2018.  Registration between 9/25/2018-10/8/2018 will be Fees: $40 Resident~$55 Non-Resident.  After 10/8/2018 registration increases to Fees: $50 Resident~$65 Non-Resident; pending availability.  Go to Holland Recreation website to Register for the Lakeshore Volleyball League!

Little Maroons Boys and Girls Basketball Clinics and Leagues K-6

All skill levels are welcome!  Holland Christian High School Athletes and Coaches will be leading these three sessions and leagues. For more information  click here.  To register for HC Clinics and Leagues click here.

Parade of Fire Trucks

Friday, October 5 at 7:00PM is the 36th annual Parade of Fire Trucks in downtown Holland.