What Wondrous Love Is This….Oh, My Soul




I’m seeing lots of Good Friday and Resurrection Day-themed work hanging in and outside of classrooms. Students are hearing and reflecting on the Gospel Story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection in Bible lessons, devotions, chapels, and in other lessons, too. This is the beauty of what we get to do every day in our learning at Holland Christian Schools.  What a wonderful time of year in the Church calendar, and opportunity to weave our faith through the varied fabric of learning in every area.

In Tony Campolo’s memorable refrain, “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s a comin’!” Good Friday is so important and special to God’s people. But without Sunday it would be simply a moving story of sacrifice and goodness. That is all. Paul says we would be the most pitiable of all people if the Resurrection were not real. The Resurrection is real! And we have the incredible privilege and joy to celebrate on Sunday.

As always, I pray that you may bless and be blessed this Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Resurrection Sunday with your families in rest, recreation, and in awe-filled worship. This has been another growth, and meaning-filled week at South Side and Pine Ridge, partnering with you and the rest of the staff, equipping young and eager minds, nurturing soft and tender hearts, to transform the world for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The staff and I are eager to see your children again after spring break, to love them and learn along with them!


Holland Christian Launches Summer Camps

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.

Hot Lunch Balances

We appreciate families keeping track of their hot lunch balances!  We submit low lunch balance emails twice a week.  If you have not gotten an email notice and your child takes hot lunch, perhaps we don’t have your current email.  Please email slambers@hollandchristian.org and she can update your emails.

To find out what your child’s current lunch balance (**also what choices they are making–high school, only) please go to sendmoneytoschool.com.  You will need your student’s ID # , this is a free service that you can see your child’s balance. You may pay online with a credit card at this site, there is a minimal service charge.

Lunch balances at the end of the year roll over to the next school year.  We do not refund lunch balances.  If you have a graduating senior we can transfer balances to siblings.

Thank you for participating in our lunch program.  We enjoy serving your children each day.

March is Reading Month

Join us in feeding our minds by reading!  March reading month incentives program from Whitecaps Baseball!  Students will be taking these flyers home today!   See the attached link for this flyer information!  Reading Minutes Calendar

Mom’s in Prayer

MIP will be Friday, April 13, 8:20 a.m. in the Library at Pine Ridge.  Please contact Nicole Shook at ncshook@gmail.com or 616-633-7427 for more information.

Living Hope Singers Performance Schedule

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, April 29 @ North St. CRC, Zeeland, 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 8 @ Tulip Time Dazzle, Central Wesleyan Church, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 13 @ Faith CRC, 9:30 a.m.

Also, performances for Showcase is March 23 & 24  HS Fine Arts Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.


~Looking ahead, TRIP will be held:

  • April 11, 18, and 25
  • NO TRIP April 4 (Spring Break)

~Orders placed March 28 will be available April 11.
~Orders for cards placed after 9:30 a.m. March 28 will be processed April 11 and available April 18.

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

  • 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!

Lunch Menu for April

2018-19 Kindergarten Enrollment

We will offer 3 Day+, 5 Day, and 5 Day Spanish Immersion kindergarten classes this fall.   Enroll online at: https://www.hollandchristian.org/admissions/k-12th-grade-application/. Please enroll your child in kindergarten by March 1 in order for us to prepare class lists. 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 opens early for families with children already at Holland Christian Schools prek-12th grade February 13 from 7 am – 7 pm at hollandchristian.org/admissions/preschool-application/. (We will not process applications received prior to February 13 at 7 am.) Early enrollment will close on February 13 at 7 pm and open to the public on February 14 at 7 am. 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/


The 2017-2018 tuition grant application are available at www.factstuitionaid.com.  Applications are due by Friday, April 13.  If you have questions regarding the application process, contact Terry VanDerKolk at (616) 820-2807 or tvanderkolk@hollandchristian.org.



3-Day Kindergarten

Just a reminder, our 3-day kindergarteners are growing! They will be joining us on Tuesdays for the duration of the school year. We’re excited to have these precious kinders in our midst four days a week after spring break!



After School & Before School Carpool Reminders

Just a reminder the front entrance doors and south side doors are open from 7:30 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. to access the building. All entrance doors will be locked down the rest of the school day. This is a new system-wide policy. If you need to enter the building after these hours, you must access the building at the front entrance (covered door area). The new security system and camera are on the wall just before the entrance doors. Please push the button and wait at the camera for recognition and further communication. Once you have been cleared to enter, the automatic door will make a clicking sound and will unlock. Please come to the office and sign in before proceeding to other areas of the building. Thank you for your cooperation and helping us keep your children safe!

1. Cars please do not use the entrance off 40th Street between 7:45am – 8:10am, and also 2:45pm and 3:30pm. This is for Bus use only.

2. Make sure the bus circle stays clear of cars at all times. We can make this easier for all if you pull forward as we do during pick-up, so there is plenty of room behind you for others to do the same. Busses need that extra room to turn around and use the 40th street exit and are on a tight route schedule for student drop off and pick up. We have had some close calls when busses swing out to make the turn around and cars have been stopped in the circle. During these drop off and pick up times, students should not be loading or unloading in the traffic circle!  This is for your safety as well as the children.

3.  If you plan on exiting your vehicle to pick up your child between 2:30pm and the end of the day, please park either North of the bike racks or along the woods side (far west side) of the parking lot.  This will keep the loading zone clear for parents to line up for after school parent pick up.

4.  When you are in the loading zone area, please do not pull forward (DO NOT LEAVE) until the teacher alerts you to do so.  We need to make sure all the students are safely loaded into vehicles within the loading zone, before cars start to move forward!

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping your children safe!

Sports Physicals, Students moving up to Middle & High School next year

The Athletic Department of Holland Christian Schools is offering students entering grades 7-12 the opportunity to complete a state-required athletic physical. This required physical will allow your student to participate in athletic events throughout the 2018-2019 school year. Note: If you bring your student to their personal physician, the exam must be dated after April 15 to be valid.
Physicals will be given Tuesday, April 17 from 6:30-9:00 PM at South Washington Family Medicine (Lakeshore Health Partners, 904 Washington Ave., #210) for the nominal fee of $15. For a simple and quick appointment, please click on this LINK. The 2018-2019 physical forms are also available through this sign~up link.

Looking for Volunteers

Chapel Piano Player needed for Wednesday Morning Chapel twice a month.  If you are available to help in chapel from 10:15AM to 10:50AM on any of these dates : April 11 or 25  please contact Laura in the front office 820-3505 or email lnorman@hollandchristian.org to sign up!

Golf Lessons

Lessons are 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 April 20, so register soon!



  • 30 – No School: Spring Break ~ thru April 6


  • 9 – Classes resume
  • 11 – 3 Grade Outdoor Discover Center Trip
  • 13 – Moms in Prayer (PR)
  • 17 – Middle & High School Sports Physicals
  • 20 – Moms in Prayer (SS)
  • 20 – No Holland Public Bussing
  • 25 – 4th Grade GR Museum Trip
  • 26 –  5th & 6th Grade Fine Arts Night
  • 27 – Moms in Prayer (PR)


  • 4 – 5th Grade Windmill Island Trip
  • 9 – Dismissal will be at 11:30am, NO Holland Public Bussing ~Holland Christian bussing will run as normal.
  • 10 – Dismissal will be at 11:30am, NO Holland Public Bussing ~Holland Christian bussing will run as normal.
  • 15 – Closing Convocation at the HS, 9AM
  • 15 – 4th-12th Grade Orchestra Concert, at Jack H Miller Center, 7pm
  • 21 – Middle School Mashup ~ 6th Graders Explore the MS 7PM-8PM
  • 24 – 6th Grade John Ball Zoo Trip
  • 28 – No School, Memorial Day


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


Family Learning Opportunity

Maranatha Christian Reformed Church will be hosting a few “Family Matters” education nights in the month of March. Come and join for snacks, discussion and learning together!

Ottawa County Food Resources

As you probably know, many families in Ottawa County experience food insecurity this time of year.  We would like to share an online food database created by Ottawa Food, where Ottawa County residents can search for food pantries and free meals.  This database is available in English and Spanish.  Residents can search for food pantries and community meals, either by date or location, by clicking on this link ottawafood.org/findfood.

Host Families Needed for international Students 2018-19

Holland Christian is currently enrolling international students from several countries for the 2018/19 school year.  If your family is interested in this ministry opportunity where you can learn about a different culture and provide a caring environment for an international student, please contact Karen DeRoo at kderoo@hollandchristian.org  to learn more. Host families receive a generous stipend for hosting.

Hope College Soccer Camp

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!

Learn to Sail This Summer!

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