Dear Forest Families,
Children are among our dearest blessings from God in this life. Raising our dear little ones to know and love God as well as to celebrate who they are as God’s unique child is a high calling for parents. We are grateful to be entrusted as a school to partner with you in this journey. One of the challenges we face together is helping our children navigate hardships in the world and in their personal lives in child-appropriate ways. The invasion in Ukraine is bringing stories of struggle to the ears and hearts of our children. To live in a broken world is to ask the question “why?” The human condition brings an acute awareness of hardship from time to time. As a faithful follower of Christ, we are blessed to be able to respond with our faith and with patience, with gentleness and with prayer. If you find your child asking hard questions or expressing their unrest through behaviors or anxieties, we can respond to them by normalizing their wonders, fears and frustrations. It’s ok to feel nervous. It’s ok to feel angry. And at the same time it’s ok to celebrate joys in our lives. It’s ok to laugh even with hardship happening in our broken world. The Psalmist offers us warm words of comfort in Psalm 27 verse 12: “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” And so it’s ok and good to bask in the warmth of the light of the Lord. Our children can take shelter in God’s strength. We continually lead our children in prayers for peace in our hurting world. And we can take them by the hand and confidently walk in the faith we hold in our good, good Father. Thank you for allowing us to walk beside your family in this journey.
Yours in Christ’s service,
Forest School Feedback
As partners in our Forest School program, I value your input and feedback from the parent perspective. If you’re willing and have time, please fill out this survey to provide your reflections on your child’s and your experience in Forest School. Your thoughts will be instrumental as we continue to grow and shape our program. Thank you, Forest Friends, for being an integral part of this beloved program!
All Holland Christian preschool-5th grade students will be joining together for a night of praise and worship. Join us Thursday evening, April 21, at Central Wesleyan Church at 7 pm.
Hearing and Vision Screening
Allegan County will be providing hearing and vision screening to our K-3rd grade Forest kids the afternoons of Thursday, March 10, and Friday, March 11. If this is a service you would like to opt out of, please provide either an email or a note to your child’s teacher excusing them from the screening.
Forest School Gear Swap & FB Chat Group
If you are a Forest School parent looking to buy or sell any gear with a lot of life left, you may want to join the Forest School Gear Swap Facebook Group. It’s a private group exclusively for FS parents where you can swap gear, share tips, ask questions and more! Follow this link to request to join!
Are you getting the most help you can for paying your tuition? The TRIP program is designed to help you pay tuition without extra cost to you. Have you checked it out lately? There are so many instant and electronic opportunities now available that make it easier, more convenient, and comfortable to use! Take a quick look at it and see how easy it’s become. Give it a try and see if it doesn’t lighten your financial load. Help is always just a quick question away. You can also visit the TRIP page for more info.
Tulip Time Choices
If you have yet to choose if your child will be in the Dutch Heritage or the Gardener section of the parade, please do so today with this Parade Section Form More details about logistics, costumes, and timing will be coming soon. Don’t hesitate to email Miska with questions or wonderings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boys Lacrosse Club
Holland Christian offers boys lacrosse as a spring club sport opportunity for students currently in grades 3-8. There is a 3rd/4th team, a 5th/6th team and a 7th/8th team that compete from the end of March to the end of May. Register today through our “Active” registration, which is the same registration link as HC summer camps: If you have any questions, please email Micah Kool at email@example.com.
Parent-teacher conferences are coming up March 28 & 30, from 4-8 pm both days. You will receive an email with instructions on how to register for conferences in a few weeks.
- 5: Kid Stuff Resale
- 18: End of 3rd quarter
- 25: Report cards available
- 28: Parent-teacher conferences
- 30: Parent-teacher conferences
- 1-10: Spring break
- 21: Grandparents Day and Spring Program at Central Wesleyan Church 7 pm
- 11-12: 1/2 days for Tulip Time
- 30: No school for Memorial Day
- 3: Last day of school, 1/2 day