REMINDER: TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMING, SOON!
Early Release on Wednesday, March 15th. Students dismissed at noon
No School on Thursday, March 16th and Friday, March 17th.
Please make sure your child is at school, ready to begin by 8:45 a.m. every day. Should your child be absent, please email email@example.com and let your child’s teacher know the reason for their absence so they can share any missing work. If your child has a medical appointment, we must receive a doctor’s note in order for the absence to be excused. Thank you for your
PENNY WAR THIS WEEK!
Today launches a fundraiser to support an animal refuge in Costa Rica. Our 8th graders take a capstone trip in April to Costa Rica. Part of this trip includes stewardship. Funds raised during this event allow students to support this organization through service such as painting, purchasing much-needed supplies for the animals, and even educational events for the community. At the end of this week, totals are tabulated, and the winning grade band gets to create a spirit week for all students to participate in.
In this week’s Penny War, all rolls of coins, $10 and $20 bills count as POSITIVE points for a grade band, while single coins, $1 and $5 bills can count NEGATIVE points toward that grade band. Kids have a great time depositing those “good” coins/paper $ into their own grade level jars while dumping the “Bad” single coins and dollar bills into their opponent’s jars.
In the end, ANY donation is a WIN for Refugio Animal! THANK YOU for participating!
MARCH LUNCH MENU CORRECTION
There is an error on the March menu. It shows lunch being served on Thursday, March 30, but that is a half day of school so there is no lunch that day.
PARENT ENGAGEMENT SURVEY
If you have not already done so, please take a moment to complete this revised parent engagement survey. Revised Survey by March 15th. We do only need one per family. If you have any questions please let the family engagement SR know.
MARCH OTTAWA COUNTY FOOD PANTRY INFORMATION
BOOK CHARACTER DAY – MARCH 30TH
Please mark your calendars! On Thursday, March 30th staff and students are invited to come to school dressed as their favorite book characters! More details to follow.
MARCH LUNCH MENU
FAMILY REFERRAL PROGRAM FOR ’23 – ’24 SCHOOL YEAR – IT’S BACK!!!
Enrollment for new families s NOW OPEN for the ’23 – ’24 School Year! Thank you for the amazing stories you share with family and friends – this is how so many awesome families end up enrolling with us! Please keep sending folks our way – we’d love to talk with them about our family of great schools!
NEWS FROM HOLLAND CHRISTIAN FOOD SERVICE
Did you know that you may apply for lunch benefits at any time of the school year?
Situations change so don’t be hesitant to apply to this confidential resource.
Go to familyportal.cloud , use the drop-down (select Holland Christian as the district), and apply for Lunch Benefits. This is very easy, with no need to know your student’s ID number, and extremely confidential. For questions please contact Sue at 616-820-2934.
REMINDER: HOMESTEAD CAMPUS IS NUT FREE
We have students on campus who have severe allergies to nuts of any kind. Please use extra caution when packing snacks, bringing treats to school, and enjoying lunches so that we can keep all of our students safe.
IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION
If you have someone new to pick up at dismissal time, please always feel free to share THIS VIDEO that includes the map.
HAND 2 HAND – SIGN-UP OPEN FOR THIS YEAR
OK, Hand2Hand is firing up again for the year, and attached is the sign-up form. A few things to know:
- Hand2Hand is a weekly food bag distribution, provided by Vertical Church (yay to them for this partnership!!). Read the attachment for more info.
- There are no qualifications, other than just signing and returning the form.
- Bags are distributed on Thursday mornings and we attempt to put in lockers/cubbies during the lunch hour.
- In order to receive the first delivery, forms must be returned to the front desk before the Labor Day break. However, families can continue to sign up throughout the year.