Back to School 2021-22

2021-22 School-Wide Theme

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受造有因

彼得前书4章10节: 各人要照所得的恩赐彼此服事 ,作神百般恩赐的好管家。

 

Creados con propósito

1 Pedro 4:10 (NVI) Cada uno ponga al servicio de los demás el don que haya recibido, administrando fielmente la gracia de Dios en sus diversas formas.

 

Created For A Purpose

1 Peter 4:10 “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

 

(Fun Fact: As a trilingual school, we will often provide statements in three languages to honor each language. Perceived value of a language increases the brain's tendency to comprehend the language. For this reason, we will often list Mandarin first, followed by Spanish and then English in order to raise the perceived need for the less prominent languages of our community.)

 

All-School Information

*Find further information about common terms on the ZCS 101 page here.*

Absentee Reporting

Whenever your student is going to be absent or late to school, please notify the school office. To notify the office, you may email attendance@zcs.org or leave a message on the attendance line: 616-741-0051. When reporting your absence, please list your student’s name, grade, and teacher. All students arriving late or leaving early must sign in/out through the main office.

Athletics

There is a $50 "pay to play" fee for all ZCS sports. If you participate in a Holland Christian co-op sport you will only pay the HC "pay to play" fee. Please send any payments through Smart Tuition if you’re able (preferred), or checks may be turned in to the Zeeland Christian office along with your questionnaire or sports physical.

How to Sign Up for a Sport:

In order to plan for the season, students should sign up for the sports they are planning on participating in this year. Choices can still be changed, but this gives us a good idea of what to expect.

2021 Fall Sports Sign-up due by August 18

If you are participating in a co-op sport at HC you will need to sign-up through FinalForms in addition to the ZCS sign-up.

Please see the ZCS Athletics webpage for most recent schedule information

Start dates for those participating in sports this fall at Holland Christian or Zeeland Christian:

At Holland Christian: 

7-8th Boys Football Parent Meeting / Equipment Handout, August 17, 6pm

6-8th Girls Tennis, Aug. 23 3:15-5pm

6-8th Boys and Girls Cross-Country, Aug. 23, 3:15-4:45 pm

At Zeeland Christian:

7-8th Boys Soccer, Aug. 25

7-8th Girls Volleyball, Aug. 25

Middle School Sailing through Holland Christian: NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE OR BOAT OWNERSHIP NECESSARY. Practices are 3:30 - 6:00p on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at Macatawa Bay Yacht Club. For more information, you can contact Carrie Traver, cktraver@gmail.com.

Busing

Busing is provided for students who live in the Zeeland Public School system. Visit here for general bussing information. Every student needs to submit a new transportation form each year, so if you haven’t already for this school year, please access the form here and mail it directly to the Transportation office.

ZPS no longer sends postcards with bus route information. Parents can access their child’s bus number and stop time via the Transportation Tab in Infinite Campus.

“No Busing” Dates for the 2020-21 school year may be found on the school calendar. Please note that there is NO busing available the first week of school. Busing begins on Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

Building Security

Doors are open during drop-off times only. During school hours all doors will be locked. To enter the school during the school day you will need to enter through the main doors (Door C by the canopy) and be buzzed into the office. Parents, please stop by the main office during the Meet Your Teacher Open House/RAMS FEST to re-authorize your sign-in/background check for the year.

We are excited to welcome parents and other guests into the building to volunteer or just to chat with us. For the safety of our students, all visitors must sign in at the front office. It is important that we have a record of who is in the school at all times. If you’re visiting during drop-off or pick-up, please do not park on Central Ave.

For young fives and kindergarten parents picking children up around noon, there will be more information coming soon from your child's teacher.

*See below for Drop-off and Pickup protocols.

Calendar

Elementary Day - 8:40am to 3:25pm

Middle School Day - 7:35am to 2:25pm

The ZCS calendar can be accessed here. This will provide the most up-to-date information about school activities. A printable version of the calendar can be found here. Please note our scheduled half days below. School is in session from 8:40am - 11:45am on these dates for all Y5 - 8th grade students (morning preschool classes will keep their normal class times).

2021-22 Half Days

Friday, November 5th (Grandparents’ Day)

Wednesday, May 11 (Tulip Time)

Friday, June 3 (Last Day of School)

We follow Zeeland Public Schools for most delays and cancellations. To find out if there is a closing or delay check your email, the ZCS Facebook page, our website, or the local news stations.

Drop-Off and Pickup Protocols for 2021-22

For the 2021-22 school year, we will again use the pickup and drop-off process we began last year. With 1,063 students at ZCS, we’ve found this to be a much safer way to get all students to and from class. Our teachers also noted a significant increase in instructional time with students arriving at school on time and parents not arriving at classrooms early for pickup. With only minimal exceptions, all students not riding the bus should be dropped off or picked up at their assigned door. If, occasionally, you need to enter the building at drop-off, please come through the main office to sign in.

*VIEW MAPS HERE*

DROP-OFF:

Preschool (Central Ave site)

  • Parking is available in the preschool parking lot or along Central Ave.
  • Parents/Guardians will park and walk their child to the outside door of their child’s classroom. This is also where pickup will occur at the end of class.

Elementary (Y5-5th)

  • Each family will be assigned a car line location for the year. These assignments are made by balancing classroom locations, sibling groups, and the number of students assigned to each door. You may see your family’s car line assignment HERE.
    • Yellow - Door I (The preschool parking lot (WEST LOT) through to the Y5/K/2 recess door)
    • Orange - Doors G and H (The back parking lot (SOUTH LOT) by the 1st and 4th grade classrooms)
    • Blue - Door D (The middle school parking lot (EAST LOT) by the kitchen/gym entrance)
  • There is no drop-off allowed on Central Ave. (the front of the building) except for access to handicapped parking spaces and busses.
  • For the first week of school, parents may walk their Y5 and K students to their rooms. Parents should come in through their assigned door to help their child develop his/her morning routine.
  • We prefer parents/guardians drop off their children from 8:25-8:35am. If you need to drop off your child(ren) before 8:10am, they need to be signed up for extended care.
  • The playground will be supervised from 8:20-8:40am each morning.

Middle School (6th-8th)

  • Middle school drop-off is at Doors D and E.
  • Drop-off on Central Ave. is only allowed for students arriving after the start of the school day who need to sign in at the office.

PICKUP:

Preschool (Central Ave)

  • Parents/Guardians will park and pick up their child at the outside door of their child’s classroom.

Elementary

  • All students going home by bus or car will be dismissed when the final bell rings (3:22pm).
  • Students who are walking home will be dismissed after the busses leave.
  • Parents/guardians will pick up their child(ren) at their assigned car line door--the same door used for drop-off in the morning.
  • We encourage all parents to use the car line to pick up their child(ren). However, parents/guardians may choose to park and walk to their assigned door to meet their child(ren). If you walk to meet your child, please bring the pickup pass with your name to help teachers identify which child(ren) you are picking up. No pick up is allowed on Central Ave.
  • Students may not leave the pickup site to walk to a parked car alone. Teachers must dismiss each child directly to a parent/guardian.
  • Every family will receive two color-coded pickup passes with a blank space to write their family’s last name. Parents/guardians will need to display their color-coded pickup passes on their dashboard. If you need more than two passes, you may pick up extras in the main office.
  • If two or more families carpool together, they may use one pickup door. Make sure each driver has pickup passes for each family. If the families in the carpool are not assigned to the same door, please connect with our office staff to get the appropriate color pickup pass for a newly assigned door.
  • Students in Y5/K will either be escorted to the pickup line where they will wait with a teacher for a parent/guardian to arrive OR they will be picked up in the classroom by an older sibling. Students in Y5/K will not be dismissed on their own.

Middle School

  • For middle school pickup, please line up or park in the middle school parking lot (EAST LOT) prior to dismissal and safely exit once you have picked up your child(ren).
  • Middle school students need to go home promptly at the end of the middle school day. Students should ride the bus or be picked up by 2:35pm.
  • Students who are not picked up by 2:40pm will go to Power Hour.
  • Power Hour is available for students who have to stay after school (namely students who have siblings in the elementary school or students waiting for a ZCS athletic practice to begin). If your child is not in one of these categories but needs to stay for Power Hour, please contact the middle school principal. Students will stay in Power Hour until the end of the elementary day. Then they will be dismissed to be picked up at their family’s assigned car line door with younger siblings. Athletes will be dismissed to practices/games as determined by their coaches.
  • In order to cover extra staffing costs, families will be charged $2/day for Power Hour. This cost will be added to your Smart Tuition account. Students playing sports will not be required to pay this fee as it is covered in the cost of “pay to play.”

Extra Notes:

  • There is a bike rack in the front of the school for bikers. Elementary students should place their bikes in the rack in the front of the school. Middle school students may use the rack in the front of the school or behind the school.
  • Students who walk home should leave out the front entrance, Door C.
  • Please be aware of our neighbors and be conscious not to block their driveways with your vehicle during drop-off and pickup times. Please also extend grace to other parents and drivers in the pickup line as you wait and pick up your child/ren. This drop-off and pickup process is key in ensuring the safety of all students at the beginning and end of each school day.

Extended Care

Extended Care is offered for students in threeschool-5th grade. Childcare hours are available between 7:00 am-6:00 pm. Please register with or direct questions to Heather Mulder at extendedcare@zcs.org.

Field Trips

Currently, we are moving forward with plans to have field trips, camps, and family groups take place this year! These details will come from teachers.

Hot Lunch

Click HERE to access menus, pay hot lunch balances, and access forms to apply for Free/Reduced lunches*. If you do not have a hot lunch account, email foodservice@zps.org and they will assist in setting up your account. You will need your student’s ID number for the account set- up. If you do not know your student’s ID number, please contact the school office.

*For the 2021-2022 school year, hot lunch is no charge for all students. In order for the lunch to qualify and be given for free, the state of Michigan requires children to have a complete meal. For lunch, there are five components offered to make up a complete meal: protein, bread, fruits, vegetables, and milk. Three of the five components are necessary (and one of them needs to be ½ cup of fruit or vegetables) on your child’s tray in order for it to qualify as a complete meal and be considered free under the National School Lunch Program.

August 2021 Menu

September 2021 Menu

Infinite Campus

The Infinite Campus Parent Portal, in conjunction with Zeeland Public Schools, allows Young 5s-8th grade parents to view their own child’s school records for the current school year, anywhere, anytime through a secure web browser.

Link to Infinite Campus

New families: Fill out the acceptable use policy and return to zcsinfo@zcs.org. Once this form is filled out the school office will provide your login information.

Existing families: If you have misplaced/lost your username/password, please email leisen@zps.org to have your password reset.

Meet-Your-Teacher Open House (Y5-8) and RAMS FEST

Wednesday, August 18, 4-7p

Come meet your teacher and enjoy music and food trucks! There will be a taco food truck, a hamburger, hot dog & waffle truck, a BBQ truck, and the Kona Ice Truck. Ronin the Ram will also make an appearance!

Please plan to bring your child/ren’s supplies along and drop them off in their classroom/s when you visit. Please also have all items labeled with your child/ren’s first and last name.

Reminder for families of 5th grade band students: Mr. DeVries will be available in the band room from 5-6p during RAMS FEST to talk with you about the Meyer Music Rent-to-Buy program for instruments if your student is beginning band this year.

Picture Days

School pictures are scheduled for September 27 - October 1 for preschool - 8th grade.

A specific date for your child will be determined based on grade level and will be published as we get closer. Personalized envelopes for orders will go home with your child and must be returned by their assigned picture day.

Moms in Prayer

Contact Erica Boerman for more information on Moms in Prayer boerman.erica@gmail.com

Parent Meetings

Parent meetings are held at the beginning of each year for students in Young Fives - 8th grade. If you haven’t already received information about a parent meeting, those details will be communicated directly by your child’s teacher at the start of the school year.

Preschool Information

Meet Your Teacher Open Houses

Our teachers and assistants are preparing to meet you on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, August 24-26, from 4:00-7:00 PM, following the schedule below. Teachers will communicate where you should meet them prior to that evening. Please come to visit any time during your assigned evening to see your child’s classroom, meet the teachers, and pick up a folder of information specific to your child’s class.

Tuesday, August 24

Mrs. Kris DenBleyker (Creation Ridge 3s - both classes)

 

Wednesday, August 25

Mrs. Kendra Laarman (Central Ave 3s - M/W/F class)

Mrs. Kim Van Duyn (Central Ave 3s)

Mrs. Lisa Klamer (Central Ave 4s)

Mrs. Julie Sal (Central Ave 4s)

Maestra Tatjcha Lambers (Central Ave Spanish Immersion 4s)

Mrs. Robin Wright (Creation Ridge 4s)

Mrs. Kate Rosema (Creation Ridge 4s)

Maestra Kristi Patrick (Creation Ridge Spanish Immersion 4s)

 

Thursday, August 26

Mrs. Kendra Laarman (Central Ave 3s - T/Th class)

Mrs. Betsy Oosterhouse (Central Ave 3s) - 4:00-6:00 PM

Maestra Kristi Patrick (Creation Ridge Spanish Immersion 3s)

Mrs. Kathie Dieleman (Central Ave 4s)

Xu Laoshi (Central Ave Mandarin Immersion 4s) - 6:00-7:00 PM

Mrs. Kim Van Duyn (Drenthe Site 4s)

 

Preschool Parent Handbook

A preschool parent handbook is provided each year to incoming families. This year the handbook will be shared with you via email prior to your scheduled open house. Included in the forthcoming email is a written copy of the parent handbook as well as a video that covers some important details.

We ask that you watch the video and look through the handbook promptly after receiving it. When you meet with the preschool staff, you will be asked to sign a page stating that you received the parent handbook and understand its contents. This signed statement is required for state licensing purposes. After reviewing the handbook, please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

Preschool First Day of School

The first day of preschool will be Wednesday, September 1, or Thursday, September 2, depending on your child’s schedule.

Preschool School Supplies

Classroom supplies are provided for students to use while in preschool. Children should come to school with a backpack (large enough to hold at least 8.5x11 sized papers) each day. Children will also need to bring a water bottle and snack to school each day. Both the water bottle and “snack bag” need to be labeled with your child’s first and last name. Please send healthy snacks with your child. Families with children at Creation Ridge have already received a specific list of outdoor clothing requirements, too.

We encourage families to sign up to donate one or two common school or household items as each teacher/classroom deems necessary. Sign up information is available from your classroom teacher through an online form. These are items that help meet additional classroom needs, but that are not needed from every student.

COVID-19 Information

State required COVID information can be found on the ZCS website here.

Supply Lists

Student supply lists can be found here. Please bring your child's items to their classroom on August 18 when they come to meet their teacher. All items need to be labeled with the students’ first and last name.

Technology for Middle School

Every year we need parents to fill out a new technology form.

Please take a few minutes to complete the following form. It would be a good idea to have your child do this with you. All forms must be completed before students may take their laptop home.

Important Dates

August 16

Y5/K Parent Meetings, 6-6:45p

August 18

Meet Your Teacher Night and RAMS FEST, 4-7p

August 23 (tentative)

Young Fives/Kindergarten Bus Night

August 24

First Day of School!

7:35 start time for Middle School

8:40 start time for Elementary

Opening Convocation (families welcome), 9:00a on the ZCS sledding hill

August 24-26

Threeschool/Preschool Meet Your Teacher Open Houses

September 1-2

Threeschool/Preschool Classes Begin

September 3-6

No School - Labor Day Vacation

September 11

ZCS Golf Outing at Winding Creek Golf Club. All skill levels welcome!

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September 17

No Bussing

September 24

No School--Teacher Professional Development