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It has been such a blessing to me this year as I think about our theme of “Faith Like a Child” to be  surrounded by God’s precious children each day. As I talk with the children, hear them praising God in worship, and walk the halls to see their projects displayed on the walls, I am in awe of their faith. In many ways it is simple and straightforward and yet in spite of that (or maybe because of that) is so deep and full of joy and truth. Here are a few examples I’ve seen of childlike faith on display at South Side recently.

  • Preschoolers and Y5 students learned in class and heard our 2nd graders share in chapel about how each snowflake is unique and learned that God created us each uniquely. They created snowflakes to display their uniqueness.
  • Kindergarteners shared a faith selfie about who they are in Christ.:”I am loved. I can do it. I have Jesus.”
  • After learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. first graders dreamed about how the world would be better, coming up with ideas like “share God’s word, give more hugs, and love everyone.”
  • Second graders studied character traits in reading and then did a deep dive into a Biblical character and what traits that person displayed. Did you know Mary was brave and Moses was wise? Ask a 2nd grader to tell you how they know that!

Christy Haig


Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences for Young Fives through 2nd grade students are coming up Thursday, March 21 and Monday, March 25, from 4-8pm both days. You received an email on February 16 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

Parents: We would love to bless our teachers with a meal the night of conferences on Thursday, March 21. Food can be dropped off by 4pm on Thursday, March 21. If you are willing to contribute, please sign up here.
Parent Board is looking ahead to next year! Would you like to be part of our team? Help us plan and 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 Scholastic Book Fair will be coming to South Side during conferences in March. It will be open Thursday, March 21 and Monday, March 25 from 4-8pm in the After School Care Room at South Side. We are in need of a few volunteers to make this a success. Please sign up here if you are willing to help out!

Spring Concert

Our all-school spring concert will be Thursday, March 14 with Pine Ridge and Forest School. Please join us at Christ Memorial at 6:30pm for this special evening.

Swimming Lessons

Holland Christian elementary students have the privilege of receiving swimming lessons each year through the Holland Aquatic Center. These lessons are provided  during the school day for 2 weeks. First and second grade will be doing lessons on March 18-28 in the morning. We recognize this program could be a little uncomfortable for children. However, because our children are blessed to be raised in Michigan and surrounded by bodies of water, we believe this safety instruction is a blessing that we pray they will never need, but that we feel responsible to equip them with. If you find yourself pondering over the “why” of lessons, please take listen to HC mom Jenny White on the why swim safety. This HCAC Swim School welcome video might help you understand a bit about the logistics. Please feel free to contact the South Side office with any questions.

Tulip Time

An email was sent out on February 26 asking for your child’s preference for the Tulip Time parade this year. If you have not already filled it out, please fill out this Tulip Time Survey so we can make sure we are prepared with the correct props.

Lost & Found

The office is continuing to update our South Side Lost and Found 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 Rachel Steen, to claim your item(s), and we will be sure to get it into your child’s backpack.

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  • 2: Kids’ Stuff Resale 9am-noon @ HCHS
  • 14: Spring concert at Christ Memorial
  • 21: Parent-teacher conferences 4-8pm
  • 21: Report cards available
  • 25: Parent-teacher conferences 4-8pm
  • 29-April 7: No school: Spring break


  • 8: School resumes