March always makes me think about all of the new beginnings—the snow melts and we welcome the longer, sunnier days and warmer air. We are also preparing for a variety of fun activities that will take place in the next couple of months. This is also a time of year when teachers work hard preparing students for the spring Parent-Teacher Conferences happening the last two weeks of March. This will be such a wonderful time to see all of the different ways that your child has grown spiritually, socially and academically.
Thank you for your partnership as we continue to love and educate your child each day.
Kids’ Stuff Resale
We are excited for our spring sale! Don’t miss this opportunity to shop for spring & summer items for your kiddos. March 4, 2022 from 9am-noon. This sale is open to the public, so invite your friends!
Would you like to save money on your tuition? TRIP is a great way to do so! Holland Christian is hosting two introductory TRIP meetings on Wednesday, March 1 at 2pm in the Rose Park Media Center and Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30pm in the HCHS Media Center. You will learn how to use TRIP and be able to access your account right away if you bring your computer or phone to participate. Leave ready to save! Any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hearing & Vision Screening
The Allegan County Health Department will be at South Side March 6-8 for Hearing & Vision Screening for preschool through 2nd grade. If your child wears glasses, please be sure he/she has them at school.
- If you prefer to NOT have your child screened, please stop in the office by Monday, February 27 to fill out the provided opt-out form that provides documentation of a recent screening elsewhere, OR you can fill out Allegan County’s online opt out form (Please notify the South Side office if you choose to opt out online).
- Preschool families: Please fill out the top portion of the white Kindergarten Entry/Preschool Hearing & Vision Screening Record, and return it to your child’s teacher by Monday, Feb. 27. The testing results will be filed in your child’s school file as proof of testing for students that are entering kindergarten in the 23-24 school year.
Living Hope Showcase
Tickets are on sale now for the Living Hope Showcase event “The Wonderful World of Disney: A Magical Night of Song and Dance.” Celebrate our favorite Disney songs with us on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18 at 7 pm in the HCHS Auditorium. Be our guest! Reserved seating and livestream tickets are $10 and tickets are available now on our Living Hope page. $1 from every ticket sold will support the Starlite Shores Family Camp.
As we continue to move through cold and flu season, please remember if your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep them home: vomiting, diarrhea, fever (over 100.3), fatigue & chills, loss of taste &/or smell. Your child needs to be free of these symptoms for at least 24 hours before returning back to school. For fevers, your child must be fever free without the use of fever reducing medicine for 24 hours.
If your child will not be present at school for illness or vacation OR if you are picking them up during the day for an appointment, please remember the office must be looped in on all communication regarding student’s schedules. Please send one email to your child’s teacher and CC the office by including Jenna and Pat, or call 616.820.3535 to leave a message at any time.
Parent-teacher conferences are coming up March 20 & 27, from 4-8pm both days (the 27th offers a virtual option for you if needed). You received an email on Monday, February 13 about how to sign up. Teachers deeply value your partnership, and are looking forward to this time of conversation with you!
From the Parent Board
Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up, and we would love to bless our teachers with a meal! Fill out the Conferences Meal Signup to help prepare a delicious taco meal for Monday, March 20.
Parent Board is looking ahead to next year! Would you like to be part of our team? Help us plan/execute Walkathon, show teachers our appreciation throughout the year, and plan some fun events, besides getting to know the school community! Please contact Tami Schippers or Emily Baker if you’d like to hear more.
South Side Book Fair
The South Side book fair will be the week of March 20 in the After School Care room in the 1st and 2nd grade hallway. Come and shop the following dates:
- Monday, March 20: 3-8pm
- Wednesday, March 22: 11am-12:30pm
- Thursday, March 23: 3-5:30pm
We’d love to have you sign up to help work at the book fair as well!
South Side/Pine Ridge Parent Board is hosting an all-school skating night at Rollxscape on Tuesday, March 28. Join us from 6-8pm for skating, fun and fellowship. Admission and skate rental costs are covered by the Parent Board. Concessions are available to purchase by families. We look forward to seeing you there!
We are so excited to welcome our grandparents and grand friends to South Side the morning of Thursday, April 20. The only exception is Mrs. Grassmid’s 3’s Monday/Wednesday class–they will celebrate their special day the morning of Wednesday, April 19. More details will be coming as we get closer. Pine Ridge will also be having their Grandparents Day on the afternoon of April 2o.
Please remember we have two sections for students to choose from to march in this year’s Tulip Time parade; your student may be in the “tulip” section or the “Dutch heritage” section. In order to make sure we have the correct props for all students, please fill out the Tulip Time survey by Monday, March 27.
Lost & Found
The office is continuing to update our South Side Lost and Found Photo Album as items come into the gray tub in the office. Please check it out to see if any of these items belong to your child. Feel free to email one of the secretaries, Jenna or Pat, to claim your item(s), and we will be sure to get it in your child’s backpack.
Also, we have a smart watch and pair of adult men’s sunglasses that have been turned into the office. Please stop in, email, or call the office 616.820.3535 to identify and pick your item up!
K-6 Boys & Girls Volleyball Clinic
Whether brand-new to the sport of volleyball or a more experienced player, this clinic is for all elementary athletes, both boys and girls! Led by the high school coaches and mentored by Holland Christian varsity volleyball players, kids will have 3 fun and active sessions learning the game of volleyball and focusing on improving foundational skills.
Who: K-2nd and 3rd-6th grade boys and girls
Location: HCHS Gym
Dates/Time: March 11, 18, 25. K-2 @ 8-9:20am, 3rd-6th 9:30-10:50am
Cost: $25, Late Registration: $35
Sign-up now on Active (Select 22/23 school year.)
Spartan Nash Direct Your Dollars™ Receipts Program Ends March 1, 2023
SpartanNash (Family Fare & D&W) is ending their Direct Your Dollars™ receipts program as of March 1, 2023, so Holland Christian Schools will no longer be collecting your Family Fare or D&W receipts to turn in for cash. Thanks to all of you who participated in the program since 2016!
Important Website Links
- 4: Kids stuff resale 9am-12pm @ HCHS
- 6-8: Hearing and vision testing
- 20: Parent-teacher conferences 4-8pm (in person)
- 24: Report cards available
- 27: Parent-teacher conferences 4-8pm (virtual option available)
- 28: South Side/Pine Ridge Skating Party 6-8pm
- 31-April 9: No school: Spring break
- 10: School resumes
- 19: Mrs. Grassmid’s 3’s Monday/Wednesday class Grandparents/Grand friends Day
- 20: Grandparents/Grandfriends Day