“When you don’t know what to do, just do the next thing in love.”
Like many of you, I’m at the stage of life some refer to as the “sandwich generation,” raising children while also caring for aging parents. This past weekend, while looking forward to a busy week that ends with me heading to the Philippines, my mom suddenly went into the hospital in Florida, leaving my dad, who is 90 and battles dementia, in their retirement community trailer alone. While I couldn’t fathom leaving my family and work only a few days before I go overseas, I felt like I should go. I didn’t know what to do, and quickly the words of advice I’ve given hundreds of times came back to me (originally Brennan Manning’s words, I think): “When you don’t know what to do next, just do the next thing in love.”
So, I write this from Florida while taking a break from doing laundry, cleaning bathrooms, and visiting my mom in the hospital. It’s been a challenging week, as my mom is my dad’s anchor and he especially struggles when she’s not here, but in the challenges, God has been faithful. I’ve had tender moments with my dad, part of continual healing of an always strained relationship. I’ve had long conversations with my former and now retired childhood pastors and college professors who live in this community. And I even ran a few miles with my 75-year-old running partner who I’ve been running with on my visits here the last few years.
As we step into the hard things, moving forward in love, God is faithful. The hard things are still hard, but they also bring joys and glimpses of eternity.
As always, I’m glad to be on this journey with all of you.
Head of School
All School Showcase: Thursday, January 17. Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle School. More info at www.zcs.org/showcase
Spelling Bee: Congratulations to 2019 Spelling Bee Winner- Sam Knot and Runner up Eviney VanderZwaag. Both spellers advance to the regional competition on February 12.
Enrollment News: We are excited to announce TWO major updates regarding our yearly re-enrollment process. #1: Enrollment with be almost entirely online! #2 Zeeland Christian School is moving to Continuous Enrollment!! This is the "Set it and Forget it" model of re-enrollment that seeks to simplify life for the majority of ZCS families who re-enroll every year. Once you sign a Continuous Enrollment Contract this year, you'll never have to go through the re-enrollment process again! Visit www.zcs.org/continuousenrollment to learn more.
Are you are a foster, adoptive, or kinship family who is interested in connecting with other ZCS foster, adoptive, or kinship families? Have you been considering adoption or foster care and want to gain more information from other families who have fostered or adopted children? Or, are you just wanting to grow closer, learn from, empower, laugh with, and support other families? Then ZCS School Mosaic Group is the group for you! We would love to get some more information about: your family, children, areas you would like more support, and what type of social gatherings you would like to participate in. To submit this information, please go to https://goo.gl/forms/CKrDw5b1RG9MvZ682 and fill out our brief survey. Or, if you would like some more information on School Mosaic email Kara Koster and Jill Emmick at firstname.lastname@example.org
Busing Alert: NO AM Middle School Busing on January 16 & 17. NO PM Busing Elementary & Middle School on January 18
8th Grade Families: Join us at the HOLLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL SHOWCASE 2019 – JANUARY 28. You and your soon-to-be high schooler are invited to explore Holland Christian High School on January 28 at 7 pm. Come meet our teachers, students, and learn more about this special place, where kids are discovering every day who God created them to be! No RSVP necessary. Any questions? Please contact Courtney Lampen at email@example.com or (616) 820-2804.
Items for the Philippines: Over the next two weeks, we will be collecting Band-Aids, antibiotic cream, vitamins, and pain relievers (like Ibuprofen) for our friends in the Philippines. If you would like to donate any of these items, or other health/hygiene items, please place them on the tables in the front hallway of school by the end of the day on Wednesday, January 23rd. Thanks so much!
January 16 & 17: NO AM Middle School Busing
January 17: All School Showcase
January 18: NO PM Busing Elementary and Middle School
January 21: NO School
January 31: Open Registration for Preschool
February 15-18: NO School *Winter Break*
March 7-9: 8th Grade Play
ZCS Google Calendar: Stay up to date by subscribing to the ZCS Google Calendar!
Caberfae SKI Day January 21. Always a great time with friends, a warm fire and a potluck lunch with our own part of the lodge. Jan 21 - $15 for the lift ticket with complimentary ski rental and lesson. Snowboards are $8 more and helmets are $3. Feb 18 - $18 for the lift ticket with complimentary ski rental and lesson. Snowboards are $8 more and helmets are $3. To purchase tickets please use this link and drop off at the school office with payment by Friday, January 18th. Contact Rebecca Grant with questions firstname.lastname@example.org
Pig in a Blanket: Traditional and flaky Pig options are available for $10 per dozen. Purchase your pigs in the office and pick up in the hallway freezer.
Yearbooks: There is still time to order a yearbook! Order online today!
Drop Off/Parking: Please be aware of the marked drop off spots in the front of the school during drop off and pick up. These spots are for drop off only. These are NO Parking zones. LINK to parking/drop off
Notice: Asbestos Letter
Macatawa Bank is no longer be distributing TRIP orders. TRIP may be sent home with a K-8th student (6th-8th grade pick up orders in the main office) or picked up in the main office on Tuesday from 10:30-4:00. If there is a snow day on Tuesday TRIP orders continue as usual, with pickup available the following day.
If you have a TRIP order to pick up you may come in on Friday between 11:00am -1:00pm as well as on Tuesday from 10:30-4:00.
Instant TRIP Fridays 11:00-1:00 in the main office. If the school is not in session/snow day on Friday, there is no Instant TRIP.
If you are having TRIP sent home with an elementary student, please update your profile to show the classroom teacher of your child. https://shop.shopwithscrip.com/Account/Profile
- Spring Break Rental: 3 Bedroom Condo for Rent in Orlando, Florida. March 29- April 5, 2019. $1200.00. Call Al at 616-499-4228
- For Sale by Owner: 9228 Bluff Lake St. Zeeland. See Zillow for video, pictures, and contact info. Paved walkway across the street to Woodbridge Elementary where the bus takes kids to and from ZCS.
- HAIR STYLIST: Seeking an experienced hair stylist with a client base to rent-a-chair in a full service, trendy and charming salon in Zeeland (Drenthe area). If you or someone you know would be interested, we’d love to chat! Please contact Jeff @ (616) 212-8788 or email@example.com.
- GVSU Girls STEM STEPS Camp: For girls ages 11-13 who are currently in sixth grade and entering seventh grade in the fall of 2019. Application: https://www.gvsu.edu/cms4/asset/84121ECC-B7E0-024B-C851F564B9DE7D47/70934_gvsu_steps_2019_003.pdf Online Application: https://www.gvsu.edu/steps/cms-form-edit.htm?formId=4AB7A18E-9A3B-E4B9-A111870F77FE87E2 Application Deadline is March 15, 2019
- Golf carts for sale $1700. Call Winding Creek Golf Course 616-396-4516
- “Forever After” Ridge Point Community Church Father/Daughter Dance February 9 6:30-8 PM or February 9 6:30-8PM $25 per couple $7 additional daughter. Laketown Conference Center, Saugatuck. RSVP: ridgepointff.org