Tulip Time Fun!!

According to the calendar, somebody somewhere designated this week Teacher Appreciation Week. As our staffs at Pine Ridge and South Side approached this week, we went into it planning the active, engaging lessons we always aim for. We prepared intentional learning experiences. We even had a few fun parades on the agenda. Never could we have guessed the surprises that were in store for the teachers. Our sneaky parent team had decorated both staff centers full of balloons, streamers and signs early Monday morning. Every day there were snacks and treats available for our staff. Our teachers, parapros, aides, custodians, secretaries and more glowed in the love shown to them! How do we sufficiently thank each of you for entrusting us with your child? Our teachers lie awake at night in prayer for their children (YOUR children). Our teachers proudly share stories of success highlighting their children (YOUR children). Our teachers’ eyes glisten when they witness momentous breakthroughs from their children (YOUR children). Pieces of our teachers’ hearts are embodied in YOUR children. Thank you for caring for our teachers who care so deeply for your little ones. Your love and appreciation was felt this week!

Tulip Time! What a joyous celebration in our city. Thank you for making arrangements, finding costumes that fit (sorta) and accommodating the schedule. We were blessed with beautiful weather and very proud children!



On behalf of HCHS Living Hope Singers Promotion Committee, we thought we would share with you LHS Sunday’s Performances at local churches: Any questions, contact Promotions Committee Chair, Stephanie Walter, kswalters@charter.net.

Sunday, May 13 @ Faith CRC, 9:30 a.m.



The Macatawa Area Coordinating Council would like to invite us to participate in a school challenge, sponsored by the organizers of Green Commute Week again!  They are working with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Holland Public Safety, and the Green Commute Planning Committee to lead a School Challenge on May 15th and 16th, 2018 and hope that our students will enjoy biking, walking, sharing a ride/carpooling, riding the bus or using public transportation.  Each student will receive a special gift for participating.  Webpage for more information.  Students choosing to bike will be able to meet at 7:45 A. M. on the corner of 40th Street & Graafschap Road and again at 40th Street & Ottawa Avenue at 7:50 A. M. for and adult supervised commute to South Side.


Which team is better: Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins and the Holland Christian Alumni or the West Ottawa Alumni All-Stars, led by Tyler VanTubergen? Come on out to Holland Christian HS on Friday, May 18 as we look to settle the score at Game On 2018.  Our community event kicks off at 4:30 as members of the Greater Holland Community with cognitive and/or physical impairments team up with football players and cheerleaders from WO and HC and their bands to participate in a modified football event called Victory Day, hosted by radio personality, The Huge – Bill Simonson.  Come out and support Team Victory during this inspirational event.  In addition to Game On and Victory Day, your ticket gets you a BBQ Dinner and access to yard games and other entertainment that runs from 5 to 6:30.  Tickets for our Game On/Victory Day Event being held at the HC Stadium on Friday, May 18, are still on sale, but prices will increase to $7 a ticket this Friday, May 11.  Register at https://hcs.ticketspice.com/ game-on or buy tickets at the Holland Christian HS Main Office or Administrative Office.


Reminder:  All student materials are due by May 18.

What a wonderful selection of reading opportunities for students this summer.  See what is available in our community below:

Capstone Interactive eBooks! We have free access to over 5000 books, both fiction and non-fiction, at various reading levels. Find these ebooks, which can also be read as e-audio books, at www.mycapstonelibrary.com, or with the Capstone Interactive mobile app.

username: summer18,

password: lovetoread.

See the family information letter for learn more about this resource.
Short videos of picture books, read aloud by actors and actresses.

Herrick Library in Holland:

Join a Herrick Library Summer Reading Club: Clubs run from June 1– mid-August. Kids can sign up in the Children’s Dept.; Teens may sign up at the YA desk; or sign up online beginning June 1, at www.herrickdl.org,  616-355-3100, option 3. Prizes! 
Herrick-fest June 23 at Kollen Park! 
Herrick Library also offers many fun summer programs and events for children and teens! 
Howard Miller Library in Zeeland:
This summer’s theme is Libraries Rock!

Join us for a kick-off party featuring a show with Magician Tom Plunkard on Monday, June 11th at 10:00 a.m. in the Banquet Room! Kids can register for the program and receive a Summer Reading Log beginning on June 12th.The program runs from June 11th to August 6th. There will be a number of summer events for children and teens as well. 616-772-0874



MIP will be Friday, May 18, 8:20 a.m. in the Library at South Side.  Please contact Nicole Shook at ncshook@gmail.com or 616-633-7427 for more information.


~Summer TRIP Hours:  (Summer tables are at the High School and Rose Park locations only, 7:30-9:00AM)

  • June 13, & 27
  • July 11 & 25
  • August 8, 22, & 29…



If you are interested in purchasing a CHAMPS coupon book $25.00 please stop in the South Side or Pine Ridge office to Pick up yours today!  Great as a Gift, for your LOVED one!



2018-19 Kindergarten Enrollment

We will offer 3 Day+, 5 Day, Nature-Based and 5 Day Spanish Immersion kindergarten classes this fall.   Enrollment is OPEN at: https://www.hollandchristian.org/admissions/k-12th-grade-application/.  Children will need to be 5-years-old by September 1, 2018, to enroll in kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year.

2018-19 Preschool Enrollment

Preschool enrollment continues as well at: hollandchristian.org/admissions/preschool-application/. Preschool enrollment requires a $75 deposit. With our 3-year-old, 4-year-old, and Junior Kindergarten morning classes, afternoon enrichment classes, and before and after school care parents can create a fully customized preschool schedule, ranging from part-time to full-time enrollment. Click here to learn all about our preschool offerings, including class schedules and tuition rates: https://www.hollandchristian.org/schools/preschool/


Holland Public Transportation Information for the 2018-19 school year

A registration form must be filled out for every Holland Christian student desiring transportation through Holland Public busing (even if you have used HPS busing in previous years). Please mail the completed form to the HPS Transportation Department by June 4. To get the registration form please click here: Holland Public Busing Form.  Holland Public busing is FREE. You will be notified mid-August of the stop location, pick-up and drop-off times. Any questions, please contact Holland Public Schools Transportation at (616) 494-2950.

South Side Transportation Information for 2018-19 school year

For families living outside of the Holland Public transportation district, Holland Christian offers busing options.  Please go to the HC Transportation website to learn more and register online.  Deadline for registration is June 4.  If you have questions contact Dan Vos at (616) 820-2805.



We are excited and prepared to welcome our newest kindergarteners for next school year already! If your child is in Mrs. Strikwerda or Mrs. Becksfort’s class, please plan to join us with your Kindergartner for Visiting Day for the 2018-2019 school year on Friday, May 18th from 8:30-9:30.  It will be a fun morning as your child meets his/her teacher and parents have questions answered.  You will enjoy this morning’s sneak peak to see what next year will bring.  More details can be found in the letter sent home this week.



Reminder:  All student materials are due by May 18.

*Exceptions are possible for students who need materials for All Star Reading or a specific classroom assignment.

Teachers: May borrow materials until the end of the school year.
Students/staff are welcome in the library at your normally scheduled time (and any other time teachers sign up to use the room) for stories, curriculum support, and browsing through May 25, but there will not be regular student checkout after May 11. Volunteers are welcome right to the end of the year because there is re-shelving and inventory with which we can use a lot of help!

Summer check out: There will not be summer check-out this year.

MIDDLE SCHOOL MASHUP – MAY 21, 7-8 PM at Holland Christian Middle School!

It’s a little bit open house, a little bit of an information night – it’s our Middle School Mashup! Current HC 6th grade parents and students and any family considering enrollment at Holland Christian Middle School for the 2018-19 school year are invited to come and preview what it’s like at the Middle School. Take a tour, listen to current middle school students talk about life at HCMS, and find how to to dive in to all the opportunities available to students both during and after school. It’s going to be a great night; please join us! For questions or more information, contact the middle school office, at (616) 820-3205 or ms@hollandchristian.org.

Parents: As you are getting ready to transition your child from Rose Park/Pine Ridge, please remember to check with your doctor’s office or the Ottawa Co Health Department regarding immunizations.  All immunizations must be up to date before students start school.  According to Michigan law, which Holland Christian Schools follow, only students with a complete immunization record or Ottawa Co approved waiver will be able to enter the school when we start on August 21, 2018.  Immunization Requirements



  • 15 – Closing Convocation at the HS, 9AM
  • 15 – 4th-12th Grade Orchestra Concert, at Jack H Miller Center, 7pm
  • 15 & 16 – Green Commute Days
  • 18 –  Mom’s In Prayer, 8AM at SS
  • 18 –  Victory Day, Kirk Cousins
  • 18 – Kindergarten Visiting Day – New Kindergarteners visit South Side
  • 18 – 4th Grade DeGraaf Nature Center Field Trip
  • 21 – Middle School Mashup ~ 6th Graders Explore the MS 7PM-8PM
  • 22 – 6th Grade Field Trip to Camp Blodgett
  • 23 – 6th Grade John Ball Zoo Field Trip
  • 25 – 2nd to 3rd Moving up Day 🙂
  • 28 – No School, Memorial Day
  • 29 – Field Day to South Side Elementary ” Wear your HC Shalom TShirts”
  • 30 – 5th Grade State Park Field Trip – Big Red


  • 1 – Last day of School ( 1/2 Day )


Herrick District Library News

May ONLY Kids and teens: Do you have overdue fines on your Herrick District Library account? All you need to do is READ to get rid of them! For every 15 minutes of reading, $1.00 of fines will be waived from your Herrick District Library account. More Information!

Spanish Immersion Art Camp!

Greetings from Carolyn Stich Studio in downtown Holland. My name is Rachel Stich and I am happy to announce a summer Spanish art class for students enrolled in Spanish immersion programs in the area.

The emergence of bilingual education is so exciting and I am eager to get this program started! Spanish and art have been integral parts of my life for as long as I can remember. This love of language has led me to study in Spain and teach in Guatemala, resulting in a C1 advanced proficiency level on the DELE exam.

From the second students walk in to the studio for class, they will be greeted in Spanish and with a smile. Throughout the class, instructions will be given and conversations will be had between students and myself in Spanish. This is a unique opportunity for continued linguistic support throughout the summer whilst providing a fun and creative outlet for kids. We’d love to see your students there!

Classes will be Monday afternoons and evenings starting on June 11. From 1-2:30pm, we invite youngsters ages 6 to 11. From 7-8:30, we hope to see students from 12 to 16 years of age! Each session we will do a new project and have a great time.

Please call us or email us with any questions or to register! Our email address is carolynstichstudio@gmail.com and our phone number is (616)298-2687. Registration is also available on our website: http://www.carolynstich.com/spanish-art-camp.


Registration is open for summer camps at HCS.  We are excited to offer a variety of distinctively Christian camps for all ages (there are even some options for adults).  Check out our offerings here.  There are camps offered from June 4 through August 10.  Some camps have a limited number of spots, so register soon.


The enrollment process for our 2018 Camp season is open. We are excited to bring another summer of exceptional soccer camp opportunities to campers from across the Midwest. Enroll online www.hopesoccercamp.com and reserve your spot at the most  popular soccer camp in Michigan.  Post Card  and Enrollment information!


The Macatawa Bay Junior Association summer “learn to sail” programs are suitable for children from 5 years to 18 years old.  Depending on the specific class, classes are full day or half day, and new sessions begin weekly. Sailing lessons focus on water safety and skill building and integrate practical lessons in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM curricula) and are taught by US Sailing certified instructors. Learn more here:  MBJA Sailing Camp Link


Spend your summer at the Harbor Humane Society, empowering patience and empathy for all creatures.  LINK

Calvin Summer Science Camps

Calvin College ACE Camps are offered to height-achieving students who will be challenged in week-long experiences in chemistry, physics, and advanced science. Each camp is guided by expert teachers who give students the chance to use state of the art technology and sophisticated equipment in Calvin’s Science laboratories.  LINK


Find life outdoors, overnight camp 4 day & 8 day sessions available for grades 1st to 9th Grades.  Day camp @ Camp Scottie Campus for grades K – 5th Grade. Wilderness trips for grades 7th – 12th+.  www.Camproger.org