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One of my favorite moments of the school year is mornings during the advent seasons. Sometimes during devotions everything in a familiar classroom feels a bit extraordinary. The lights are low, voices are hushed, children and teacher are gathered together around a candle. They are feeling the anticipation of the coming of Christ. They are feeling the deep and abiding love of their heavenly Father. The ordinary classroom becomes a holy place of learning. Children point their hearts to the coming of Christ. Together. In the soft glow of candlelight heads are bowed and children offer their praise to our God in prayer. Together. There are many moments I’m deeply grateful for the gift of Christian education. The learning and transformed hearts that takes shape throughout the Advent season are some of my very favorite. May Hope, Peace, Joy and Love abound for your family as we, together, walk toward celebrate Christ incarnate.

Yours in Christ’s service,



Swimming Lessons

Our Holland Aquatic Center is providing swim lessons for us again this year! I recognize this program is a little uncomfortable for some children and families especially if it’s new and unfamiliar to you. Because our children are blessed to be raised in Michigan, surrounded by bodies of water, we believe this safety instruction is a blessing that we pray they will never need but feel responsible to equip them. If you find yourself pondering over the “why” of lessons, please take a listen to HC mom Jenny White on the why for swim safetyHCAC Swim School welcome video will help you understand a bit about the logistics. Our 1st-4th graders will be bused to the pool each day the weeks of February 5-February 16. More details of timing will be published next month.

Maroon & White Shop

HC gear is a wonderful Christmas gift! Stop in the Maroon & White Shop at the high school every Monday and Wednesday from 8:00-11:30am and Fridays from 8am-3pm.

Kindergarten Cookie Sale

Our kindergarteners will be having their annual cookie sale on Wednesday, December 6. Grab your quarters and join us in the Intersection at Rose Park at 10am. Cookies will be $.50 a piece. All proceeds will bless Manos de Jesús.

Rose Park Lost and Found

The weather is changing and our Lost and Found is growing! Please take a minute to look our Lost and Found photo Album to see if any of these items belong to your student. Feel free to email Katie or Suzanne to claim your items and we will make sure to get it in your student’s backpack. These items will be donated soon.

Also, please make sure to bring your child’s snow stuff to school every day or leave an extra set at school. In Michigan, the weather can change quickly and we want to make sure your child is warm and comfortable in their outdoor play! Our office has a limited supply of items. If your child borrows an item, we will send it home to be washed and returned for other students to use. We are always looking for extra gloves to add to our supply!

Discovery Night at Rose Park

Do you or any of your friends or extended family have a prospective preschooler or kindergartener? Are you looking into options for the 24-25 school year? We’ll be having our Discovery Night on January 18 from 6-7pm, and we’d love to have you come and explore Rose Park’s preschool and kindergarten programs! Since we prepare individually for each family visiting this Discovery Night, an RSVP for the Discovery Night is required.

If you are unable to make it to Discovery Night, you are still welcome to visit Holland Christian Schools in person and see things in action for yourself. Feel free to schedule a campus tour through by filling out our Inquiry Form. Enrollment for the 24-25 school year begins on February 1, 2024.

Favorite Things

Our Parent Team has compiled a list of our Rose Park Staff’s favorite things. If you are looking for ideas of ways to show your appreciation to your child’s teacher, this list may help you!

Christmas Break

No school December 25-January 5 for Christmas break!

Little Maroons Basketball

Little Maroons is a Holland Christian winter basketball opportunity for kindergarten-6th graders to develop in both skill and game play. Grades 5-6 have three clinics before Christmas to prepare for their local 5-6 league run through City of Holland Recreation. Register through Active for the Holland Christian sessions and clinics.

Substitute Need

Help needed!! Rose Park has a handful of WONDERFUL individuals who faithfully jump in and help us fill in for teachers and aides who need to be absent from the classroom. We need to add to this group! If you have even a spark of interest in subbing in a classroom at Rose Park, or you know of someone who may be interested, please reach out and email Suzanne or Katie in the office 616.820.4055. Subbing hours can range from a few hours, to a full day from 8am-3:15pm. If it is your preference to sub only at Rose Park, we can make that happen! A teaching certificate is NOT required.

Hot Lunch

December 2023 Hot Lunch Menu


View the full Holland Christian calendar


  • 6: Kindergarten Cookie Sale 10am
  • 8:  4th and 5th Grade Orchestra and 5th Grade Band Christmas Chapel Performance 8:30-9:10am
  • 12: Spanish Immersion Christmas Concert at HCHS 6:30-8pm
  • 25-Jan 5: Christmas vacation


  • 11: Discovery Night at Rose Park
  • 8-19: MAP & Delta Testing
  • 12: End of 2nd quarter
  • 15: No school MLK Day
  • 19: Report cards available online