Wherefore Art Thou, Spring?!

“Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.” – Deuteronomy 32:2


Green Commute Week

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.


Tuition Reduction Incentive Plan (TRIP) 101 Gathering

  • When? Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30pm
  • Where? Ferris Coffee on 8th Street (formerly JPs)

TRIP is a program that directly benefits Holland Christian families by reducing tuition cost for those who use the program.  Participants purchase gift certificates or ecards (via online or a paper order form) through Holland Christian to shop at hundreds of retail stores, gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants. The participating businesses sell the gift cards to HC at a discount and then Holland Christian sells them to you at face value and tuition credit is earned.  Anyone–parents, grandparents and friends can be participate in TRIP and designate their earnings towards any enrolled HC family, future family, or the HC Tuition Grant Fund. Come join us for an informative, casual gathering. This isn’t your parents’ TRIP anymore. Learn about the different ways to order TRIP cards, the great new options available for instant ecards, and how to reload TRIP cards without entering a HC school.

Organized by Jordan Kleinheksel and Karen Gorter

HCHS Spring Production

Performances for the HCHS spring production, The Westing Game, are just around the corner – April 19, 20, & 21!

We are producing The Westing Game in a black-box style, meaning the audience is seated on-stage, on three sides of the performance space. All seats are good seats, and due to this creative staging, we are selling tickets as General Admission. So, you will not be picking seats when you buy your tickets.

The production is based on the Newberry-winning mystery novel by Ellen Raskin, and suitable for the whole family. We hope to see you there!

Moms in Prayer

MIP will be Friday, April 20, 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.

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.


~Looking ahead, TRIP will be held:

  • April 18, and 25

~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!

Lunch Menu for April

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/


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


Book Back Party

We are thrilled and so grateful for our team of volunteers who work so diligently in our elementary libraries keeping materials orderly and resourceful. Mrs. Hofman works so hard to maintain three enriching libraries at our elementary campuses. At our South Side library we have a bit of a perfect storm….and storms and libraries don’t pair well as you might imagine. Several of our volunteers have had to reduce their hours for a variety of reasons and at the same time several grade levels have been engaged in research which involves a massive increase in books being checked out. We are wondering if we could hold a “Book Back Party”. On Wednesday, April 18 from 12:30-3:00 we are looking for a team of individuals who would be willing to give up an hour or so to be shown how to reshelve our books (that will include a free crash course on the Dewey Decimal system!) in our South Side library. If you have the time and are willing to spare an hour to return our library to tip top shape, would you please email Miska at mrynsburger@hollandchristian.org . We will even provide refreshments to help make the work fun and delightful. More importantly, we hope the feeling of knowing you are an integral part of making your child’s education excellent will be rewarding as well. Thank you for considering!

Kindergarten Visiting Day

We are excited and prepared to welcome our newest kindergarteners for next school year already! If your little one is enrolled in traditional kindergarten (our nature-based kindergarten and Spanish Immersion welcome events will be held separately) 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 will follow in the days to come.



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  7th-12th Grades ~ NEXT WEEK!  There are many spots still available. Sign-up TODAY — For a simple and quick appointment, please click on this link. They will be 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.  The 2018-2019 physical forms are also available through this 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 25 or May 9  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!



  • 17 – Middle & High School Sports Physicals
  • 20 – Moms in Prayer (SS)
  • 20 – No Holland Public Bussing
  • 20 – 4th Grade DeGraaf Nature Center Field Trip
  • 25 – 4th Grade GR Museum Trip
  • 25 – 6th Band & Orchestra Practice at Rose Park – AM
  • 26 – 5th & 6th Grade Fine Arts Night
  • 27 – Moms in Prayer (PR)


  • 4 – 5th Grade Windmill Island Field 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
  • 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
  • 24 – 6th Grade John Ball Zoo Field Trip
  • 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 )


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.

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.

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