Back to School Guide 2022-23

2022-23 School-Wide Theme

安稳: (安全. 全能. 堡垒. 永恒.) 

“他是我慈爱的神,是我的堡垒,我的据点,我的救主,我的盾牌,我投靠他” ~ 诗篇 144:2

S.E.G.U.R.O. (Santo. Eterno. Grande. Único. Redentor. Omnipotente.)

"Él es mi Dios amoroso, mi amparo, mi más alto escondite, mi libertador, mi escudo, en quien me refugio." ~Salmos 144:2

S.A.F.E. (Secure. Almighty. Fortress. Everlasting.) 

"He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge." ~ Psalm 144:2

Fun Fact: As a trilingual school, we will often provide statements in three languages to honor each language. The 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.


Don’t see answers to your questions listed in the information below? 

READ THIS: 2022-2023 Parent Reference Guide

Academic Opportunities Outside of ZCS

Opportunities that interfere with the academic school day must be approved by the school principal of the grade the child is entering.  The principal or his/her delegate will determine recommendations for opportunities that require approval from the school. (Example: PATH program through Hope College)


The ZCS store through GoodInk is open for orders from August 1-14. Now is your chance to stock up on logowear! Orders can be placed HERE and will be shipped directly to your home.


There is a $75 "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 Blackbaud Tuition if you’re able (preferred), or checks may be turned in to the Zeeland Christian office along with your sports physical. 

All students will need a sports physical in order to participate.  This can be done through your regular doctor or a walk-in clinic.  Click Here for the form that needs to filled out.  Once it is filled out by a doctor it can be uploaded through FinalForms. (See FinalForms links below.)

How to Sign Up for a Sport:

For Zeeland Christian Sports (Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Track, and Baseball), register through Zeeland Christian's FinalForms 

If you are participating in a co-op sport at Holland Christian (Football, Tennis, Cross-Country, and Swimming) you will need to sign-up through Holland Christian's FinalForms.

Fall Sports Schedules:

Please see the ZCS Athletics Webpage for the 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 - August 22

6-8th Girls Tennis - August 22

6-8th Boys and Girls Cross-Country - August 22


At Zeeland Christian:

7-8th Boys Soccer, August 24

7-8th Girls Volleyball, August 24

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, at


Parents can access their child’s bus number and stop time via the Transportation Tab in Infinite Campus. If you have questions about bus transportation please contact the ZPS Transportation office at 616-748-3425.

“No Busing” Dates for the 2022-2023 school year may be found on the ZCS Calendar or check your weekly Blue Note.

Please note that there is NO BUSING available during the first week of school. Busing begins on Monday, August 30.

If you haven't done so already, please take a minute to fill out a Transportation Form for each of your students. This important process helps the Transportation Department prepare efficient busing routes for getting students to and from school. If you still have your student's bus tag at home, please return it to the bus garage as soon as possible so that it can be re-assigned for the upcoming school year.

Student Bus Stop information will be available on Infinite Campus under the "Bus Information" tab the week of August 22, 2022. Summer hours for the Transportation Department are 7 AM - 4 PM Monday through Thursday and 7 AM - 12 PM on Friday. Please contact the Transportation Department at 748.3425 with any questions.


The ZCS Daily School Day Schedule (start, recess, lunch, end times) can be found HERE.

The ZCS Google Calendar can be accessed HERE. This will provide the most up-to-date information about school activities.

A Printable Overview Calendar can be found on our website HERE. Please note our scheduled half days below. On these dates, school is in session from 7:35 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. for all 6th-8th grade students and 8:40 am - 11:45 am for all Y5 - 5th grade students (morning preschool classes will keep their normal class times).

2022-2023 Half Days

Friday, September 16 (Teacher Professional Development)

Friday, October 7 (Teacher PD)

Friday, October 28 (Grandparents' Day / Teacher PD)

Friday, March 3 (Teacher PD)

Friday, March 24 (Teacher PD)

Thursday, May 11 (Tulip Time)

Friday, June 2 (Last Day of School)

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Protocols for 2022-23

Car Line Map can be found HERE.

Car Line Assignment Locations for this year can be found HERE**.

Car Line Protocols - Details for Parents can be found HERE.

**Please stop by the table in the gym at RAMS fest to pick up your car tags for your assigned car line.

Extra Notes:

  • There is NO Drop-Off or Pick-Up on Central Ave. unless you park and your student uses the sidewalk and cross-walk.
  • Please be courteous and respectful of our fellow parents in line with you and of our neighbors by not stopping in front of their driveways.

Hot Lunch

Hot lunch is provided daily for our staff and students by Holland Christian Schools. The food is prepared right in our kitchen and served fresh to our students daily. is the system used to manage hot lunch accounts and charges.

  • Please read THIS LETTER from Holland Christian with details about applying for Free/Reduced Hot Lunch as well as other hot lunch information.
  • For Middle School Students: There will be a replacement fee for any cards lost or destroyed. 
  • The cost for hot lunch is $3.00 per student. Thursday is Pizza Day, and an extra slice is offered for $1.50 for grades 3-8.
  • Hot lunch orders must be in by 8:00 a.m. for middle school students and by 9:00 a.m. for elementary students. *If your student will be late to school, please make sure to call the school office and submit your child’s hot lunch order before the cut-off time.
  • Menus can be found on the Parents page on our website HERE.
  • Deposits into changed to a NEW Family Portal on July 1, 2022. If you have used this online deposit service in the past, you will need to re-enroll your students. Our district name is Holland Christian School.  
  • Current lunch balances for grades K-7 will roll over when you re-enroll. 
  • It is important for you to know your student's account number to set up your account. To find your student's account number, please go to the Infinite Campus site and look on the 'Today' tab. 
  • The is no service fee for online deposits before October 1, 2022.  
  • Sendmoneytoschool only takes credit cards to make a deposit. 
  • You may always drop off deposits at your school office. 
  • You do not have to sign up for to get hot lunch.

Meet Your Teacher Open House (Y5-8) and Rams Fest*

Wednesday, August 17 

Meet Your Teacher 4-6 p.m.

Food Trucks 4-7 p.m.

Come meet your teacher and enjoy music, inflatables, and food trucks! There will be a Letz Taco Bout It food truck, Dune Buggy (hamburger/hot dog), Holy Smokers BBQ truck, and the Kona Ice Truck available. Ronin the Ram will also make an appearance! 

Start your night with a visit to the gym - a checklist of activities to be completed will be provided to ensure you don’t miss any important tasks.

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.

Meet The School Nurse! Please plan to bring your child/ren’s medical forms (and medicine/inhaler/etc.) to the school nurse who will be in her office (front office) during Rams Fest. Please review the various forms necessary for students who will need to take medicine at school OR for students who suffer from seizures, allergies, migraines, and/or asthma. Please print, complete, and submit to the school on this night or before school begins. You can find all the forms on this Parent Page under School Forms towards the bottom.

5th Grade Band Students: Reminder for families of 5th-grade band students: Mr. DeVries will be available in the band room from 5-6p during RAMS FEST if you have any additional questions. 

*Sponsored by Witness Inspection - Thank you!

MOSAIC Foster & Adoption Group Event

Join us on Thursday, September 22, from 6 - 7:30 pm at Ridgepoint Church for an informal play date to kick off the start of the school year. A pizza dinner and ice cream dessert will be provided, in addition to the playscape being open for family fun. RSVP HERE.

New families are always welcome: families who have chosen adoption, foster care, refugee care, kinship care, or participate in Safe Families; families who are contemplating adoption, foster care, or safe families; families at ZCS who are not ready to bring a child(ren) into their homes but want to be involved by stepping into the lives of families who have chosen to do this. All types of families are a blessing to our group!

Developing supportive relationships is at the heart of Jesus and is the heart of The School MOSAIC ministry. These intentional relationships strengthen ZCS Mosaic families, provide encouragement, understanding, and support to parents while simultaneously striving to provide vulnerable and hurting children with community, normalcy, hope, and belonging in the school setting. If you’d like to get involved, please tell us a bit about your family by completing our info survey HERE. If you have questions or need more information, please email

Parent Meetings

August 15 Y5/K Parent Meetings - 6:00-6:45 p.m. in classrooms

August 24-25 Threeschool/Preschool Parent Meetings 7:00 p.m. (Central Ave. & Drenthe)

August 30-31 Threeschool/Preschool Parent Meetings 7:00 p.m. (Creation Ridge)

September 8 Elementary Parent Meetings 6:00 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.

September 13 Middle School Parent Meeting 6:00 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. 

Parent Partners

The vision for starting Parent Partners is to have a strong community of parents to assist in providing a high quality christian educational experience. How do we do that? By having parents partnering with the school to make ZCS a place where families feel welcomed and teachers feel supported.

Parent Partners' overarching mission is: To support teachers and provide opportunities for parents (and grandparents!) to be involved in their kids’ educational environment by assisting teachers, and building relationships with other parents (and grandparents!).

Parent Liaison

Each classroom has one to two parent volunteers who act as liaisons for that particular class. These liaisons help coordinate teacher gifts and plan several parent gatherings throughout the year. Parent Partners will oversee and support the Parent Liaisons.

Preschool Information

Meet Your Teacher Open Houses and Parent Meetings

Our teachers and assistants are preparing to meet you on August 24, 25, 29, and 30, from 4:30-6:00 PM for the classroom open house and at 7pm for the parent meeting.  If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher. 

Wednesday, August 24

Mrs. Kim Van Duyn (Drenthe M/W,/F 4s)

Mrs. Kendra Laarman (Central T/Th 3s) *Open House 4-5pm and Parent Mtg 6:45-7:15

Mrs. Kendra Laarman (Central M/W/F 3s) *Open House 5:15-6:15 and Parent Mtg 7:30-8

Mrs. Lisa Klamer (Central M/W/F Morning 4s)

Mrs. Betsy Osterhouse (Central M/W AM’s 3s)

Thursday, August 25

Mrs. Lisa Klamer (Central M/W/F Afternoon 4s)

Mrs. Jen Kuipers (Central M/W/F 4s)

Mrs. Julie Sal (Central M-Th 4s)

Maestra Saenger  (Central Spanish, M-Th 4s)

Monday, August 29

Maestra Kristi Patrick (Creation Ridge Spanish M/W/F AM)

Mrs. Kris DenBleyker (Creation Ridge M/W/F AM)

Mrs. Robin Wright (Creation Ridge M/W/F AM)

Creation Ridge Explorers Class

Tuesday, August 30

Mrs. Kris DenBleyker (Creation Ridge T/TH AM)

Mrs. Marci Mulder (Creation Ridge T/TH/F AM)

Maestra Kristi Patrick (Creation Ridge Spanish T/TH AM)

Supply Lists

Student supply lists for young fives thru 8th grade can be found HERE. Please bring your child's items to their classroom on August 17 when they come to meet their teacher. All items need to be labeled with the student's first and last name. 

Preschool 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 (labeled with first and last name) and a snack to school each day. We encourage families to sign up to donate one or two common school or household items as each teacher/classroom deems necessary. More information will come from your child’s teacher. 

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 Tech 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 15

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

August 17

Meet Your Teacher Night, 4-6 p.m.

*Meet the nurse and bring all medical/health paperwork and medicines tonight!

*Remember to bring your school supplies tonight and bring to your classroom!

Rams Fest, 4-7 p.m.

 August 23  

Young Fives/Kindergarten Bus Night (info. letter sent to all Y5/Kinder parents/guardians)

August 23

First Day of School!

7:35 start time for Middle School

8:40 start time for Elementary

9:00 a.m. Opening Convocation (families welcome) in the ZCS back parking lot.

August 24-25

Threeschool/Preschool Meet Your Teacher Open Houses & Parent Meetings 

(Central Ave. & Drenthe)

August 29

First Day of Threeschool/Preschool (Central Ave. & Drenthe)

August 29 & 30

Threeschool/Preschool Meet Your Teacher Open Houses & Parent Meetings (Creation Ridge)

September 2-5

No School - Labor Day Vacation

September 6

First Day of Threeschool/Preschool (Creation Ridge)

September 17

½ Day of School - Teacher Professional Development