BLUE NOTE

2023-24 EDITION No. 38 | PUBLISHED WEEKLY ON WEDNESDAYS | BURN BRIGHT

Upcoming Calendar Dates //

Nothing from June 21, 2024 to July 21, 2024.

We are Hiring! (1)

Dear ZCS Parents and Guardians,

One of our cherished ZCS traditions is the eighth-grade trip to Timber Wolf Lake Young Life Camp. Last Thursday evening, students gathered around the campfire to reflect on their time at ZCS. This was followed by an opportunity to pray individually with teachers and rededicate their lives to Christ as they prepare for high school. The prayer time extended into the night, with many students coming together in groups to pray for each other. The next morning, 25-30 students used their free time to gather on the beach for Bible study and prayer. Witnessing God move in such a powerful way was one of my favorite moments at ZCS.

On Monday night, before our 8th-grade graduation began, our graduates formed a circle surrounded by ZCS faculty and staff. Before praying with the students, I had them repeat Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” I pray our students always remember that God knows them, loves them, and has a special plan for their lives.

These moments are just a glimpse of the incredible work happening in our classrooms every day. I am honored to have spent seven years witnessing these moments. We have walked together through many wonderful days as well as many challenging ones. Each day is a gift from God, and they remind me that one of God’s favorite ways to provide for His children is through the gift of each other. Thank you for the many ways you’ve supported me and my family. I will miss this place dearly.

The days are long, but the years are short.

Always Together,

Tim McAboy
Head of School

Blue Note News //

June 5, 2024

2024-25 Action Items & Checklists:

Tuition Contracts // 2024-25 TUITION CONTRACTS ARE PAST DUE
If you have not completed your tuition contracts, please sign your tuition contracts in the ZCS enrollment portal to do so or contact Executive Director of Finance and Operations, Mike Arendsen, at finance@zcs.org.

 

Calendar // Our calendar for the 2024-25 school year has been approved! Click here to view it.

Supply Lists for 24-25// 2024-25 Y5-8th Student Supply Lists

Busing through ZPS // Now is the time to fill out the online transportation form for the 2024-2025 school year. Please complete the form for each child in your family by the end of this school year.

Music Electives // It is assumed that all students entering 7th and 8th grade will remain in their music elective class from this past year. Should your student like to request an elective switch, please fill out this form and send it completed to Mr. Paauw either digitally or dropped off at the school office. All requests must be in before August 16 so that we can plan for the students on our rosters. Requests cannot be made after the school year has begun. 

Digital Arts Team // Middle School students interested in joining the MS digital arts team for the 2024-25 school year, a summer camp is being held on July 23 & 24. Signup is required. 

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Bus Tags // Students need to keep their bus tags until the end of this school year. We won't be collecting the bus tags at school or on the buses this year. 

Parents/guardians may properly dispose of the bus tags at home once this school year has ended, but keep the blue lanyards or black/red fobs at home. You may reuse those for the next school year. 

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Employment Opportunities // We have positions available for the 2024-25 school year. Visit our employment page for current openings. 

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ZCS Expand(ED) Summer Camp and Tutoring // We are so excited about the options we have for you this year with a variety of sports camps, language camps, and other academic opportunities! Full options and sign-ups are available at: zcs.org/expand-ed. Please reach out to Makenna Hoesktra (mhoekstra@zcs.org) with any questions! 

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TRIP is easy! // The ZCS Tuition Reducing Incentive Program is a simple way to earn "free" money on things you already purchase to reduce tuition. Order gift cards & e-gift cards on the RaiseRight app or online (even while you are shopping), or buy gift cards at school on Friday mornings. Just click here and follow the steps to start saving right away!

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Free Children's Hearing and Vision Screenings// Available at Ottawa County Department of Public Health. Schedule now before the back-to-school rush! 

Hearing and vision screening is required for any child entering kindergarten in the 2024-2025 school year, but all children ages 3 to 6 are eligible for screening. An average of 10% of children screened for vision, and 5% of children screened for hearing, are referred to a doctor for follow up care. If your child is preparing for school, or if you have a concern, we encourage you to make an appointment for a free screening today. 

Screenings are by appointment only. Please call 616-396-5266 to schedule your child’s free, comprehensive screening. You will receive a text reminder to confirm your appointment. Plan to arrive a few minutes early and if your child is showing any signs of illness prior to the appointment, please reschedule for another time.

May 29, 2024

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Lost and Found // Please take the time to look through the lost and found items located in the main lobby! There are hundreds of items that have been left. Items left after the last day of school will be donated. 

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2024-25 Action Items & Checklists:

Tuition Contracts // 2024-25 TUITION CONTRACTS ARE PAST DUE
If you have not completed your tuition contracts, please sign your tuition contracts in the ZCS enrollment portal to do so or contact Executive Director of Finance and Operations, Mike Arendsen, at finance@zcs.org.

Calendar // Our calendar for the 2024-25 school year has been approved! Click here to view it.

Supply Lists for 24-25 // 2024-25 Y5-8th Student Supply Lists

Busing through ZPS // Now is the time to fill out the online transportation form for the 2024-2025 school year. Please complete the form for each child in your family by the end of this school year.

Music Electives // It is assumed that all students entering 7th and 8th grade will remain in their music elective class from this past year. Should your student like to request an elective switch, please fill out this form and send it completed to Mr. Paauw either digitally or dropped off at the school office. All requests must be in before August 16 so that we can plan for the students on our rosters. Requests cannot be made after the school year has begun. 

Digital Arts Team // Middle School students interested in joining the MS digital arts team for the 2024-25 school year, a summer camp is being held on July 23 & 24. Signup is required. 

Athletics // The deadline for the fall sports registration is June 1.

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NURSE NOTE for END of YEAR // Students with medications in the nurse office, PARENTS please come to the office June 4 or 5 to pick up remaining medication.  Inhalers can be sent home with students per parent approval and with written permission from parents, if you would like this option please email Nurse Lindsey -  lwagenmaker@zcs.org

Nurse Hours: I will be available June 10-14 if anything else needs to be coordinated.
NEXT YEAR 24-25 - forms for medications, asthma plans, and emergency health plans can be filled out by the physician for 24-25 after July 1, 2024.

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Bus Tags // Students need to keep their bus tags until the end of this school year. We won't be collecting the bus tags at school or on the buses this year. 

Parents/guardians may properly dispose of the bus tags at home once this school year has ended, but keep the blue lanyards or black/red fobs at home. You may reuse those for the next school year. 

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Employment Opportunities // We have positions available for the 2024-25 school year. Visit our employment page for current openings. 

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1st-5th Family Games // Thursday, May 30 is the annual ZCS Family Games. The games consist of super fun outdoor activities - run by teachers - that the kids rotate through with their 1st-5th grade "family members". The games run from 1-3 p.m. and end with popsicles. Please send your students ready for the weather that day (sunscreen, visors, jackets if cool, etc.) If all day rain is predicted, the Games will be Friday, May 31. Students who will be applying sunscreen at school need to have this consent form on file with the school nurse.  

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ZCS Expand(ED) Summer Camp and Tutoring // We are so excited about the options we have for you this year with a variety of sports camps, language camps, and other academic opportunities! Full options and sign-ups are available at: zcs.org/expand-ed. Please reach out to Makenna Hoesktra (mhoekstra@zcs.org) with any questions! 

_________________________

TRIP is easy! // The ZCS Tuition Reducing Incentive Program is a simple way to earn "free" money on things you already purchase to reduce tuition. Order gift cards & e-gift cards on the RaiseRight app or online (even while you are shopping), or buy gift cards at school on Friday mornings. Just click here and follow the steps to start saving right away!

________________________

DeVries Family Support // If you would like to donate to the DeVries Scholarship Fund, please do so via this link. Scott's Legacy: Empowering Sami and Isaiah's Future

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Free Children's Hearing and Vision Screenings// Available at Ottawa County Department of Public Health. Schedule now before the back-to-school rush! 

 

Hearing and vision screening is required for any child entering kindergarten in the 2024-2025 school year, but all children ages 3 to 6 are eligible for screening. An average of 10% of children screened for vision, and 5% of children screened for hearing, are referred to a doctor for follow up care. If your child is preparing for school, or if you have a concern, we encourage you to make an appointment for a free screening today. 

Screenings are by appointment only. Please call 616-396-5266 to schedule your child’s free, comprehensive screening. You will receive a text reminder to confirm your appointment. Plan to arrive a few minutes early and if your child is showing any signs of illness prior to the appointment, please reschedule for another time.

May 22, 2024

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Lost and Found // Please take the time to look through the lost and found items located in the main lobby! There are hundreds of items that have been left. Items left after the last day of school will be donated. 

_________________________

2024-25 Action Items & Checklists:

Tuition Contracts // 2024-25 TUITION CONTRACTS ARE PAST DUE
If you have not completed your tuition contracts, please sign your tuition contracts in the ZCS enrollment portal to do so or contact Executive Director of Finance and Operations, Mike Arendsen, at finance@zcs.org.

Calendar // Our calendar for the 2024-25 school year has been approved! Click here to view it.

Busing through ZPS // Now is the time to fill out the online transportation form for the 2024-2025 school year. Please complete the form for each child in your family by the end of this school year.

Music Electives // It is assumed that all students entering 7th and 8th grade will remain in their music elective class from this past year. Should your student like to request an elective switch, please fill out this form and send it completed to Mr. Paauw either digitally or dropped off at the school office. All requests must be in before August 16 so that we can plan for the students on our rosters. Requests cannot be made after the school year has begun. 

Digital Arts Team // Middle School students interested in joining the MS digital arts team for the 2024-25 school year, a summer camp is being held on July 23 & 24. Signup is required. 

Athletics // The deadline for the fall sports registration is June 1.

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Tutoring & Summer Camps // Several options for tutoring and summer camps are available through the ZCS Expand-ed Camps. Register here.

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Bus Tags // Students need to keep their bus tags until the end of this school year. We won't be collecting the bus tags at school or on the buses this year. 

Parents/guardians may properly dispose of the bus tags at home once this school year has ended, but keep the blue lanyards or black/red fobs at home. You may reuse those for the next school year. 

_________________________

Employment Opportunities // We have positions available for the 2024-25 school year. Visit our employment page for current openings. 

________________________

1st-5th Family Games // Thursday, May 30 is the annual ZCS Family Games. The games consist of super fun outdoor activities - run by teachers - that the kids rotate through with their 1st-5th grade "family members". The games run from 1-3 p.m. and end with popsicles. Please send your students ready for the weather that day (sunscreen, visors, jackets if cool, etc.) If all day rain is predicted, the Games will be Friday, May 31. Students who will be applying sunscreen at school need to have this consent form on file with the school nurse.  

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ZCS Expand(ED) Summer Camp and Tutoring // We are so excited about the options we have for you this year with a variety of sports camps, language camps, and other academic opportunities! Full options and sign-ups are available at: zcs.org/expand-ed. Please reach out to Makenna Hoesktra (mhoekstra@zcs.org) with any questions! 

_________________________

TRIP is easy! // The ZCS Tuition Reducing Incentive Program is a simple way to earn "free" money on things you already purchase to reduce tuition. Order gift cards & e-gift cards on the RaiseRight app or online (even while you are shopping), or buy gift cards at school on Friday mornings. Just click here and follow the steps to start saving right away!

________________________

DeVries Family Support // If you would like to donate to the DeVries Scholarship Fund, please do so via this link. Scott's Legacy: Empowering Sami and Isaiah's Future

_________________________ 

Free Children's Hearing and Vision Screenings// Available at Ottawa County Department of Public Health. Schedule now before the back-to-school rush! 

Hearing and vision screening is required for any child entering kindergarten in the 2024-2025 school year, but all children ages 3 to 6 are eligible for screening. An average of 10% of children screened for vision, and 5% of children screened for hearing, are referred to a doctor for follow up care. If your child is preparing for school, or if you have a concern, we encourage you to make an appointment for a free screening today. 

Screenings are by appointment only. Please call 616-396-5266 to schedule your child’s free, comprehensive screening. You will receive a text reminder to confirm your appointment. Plan to arrive a few minutes early and if your child is showing any signs of illness prior to the appointment, please reschedule for another time.

 

May 15, 2024

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Save the Date // Please join us for a Celebration Open House for Dr. McAboy on Tuesday, May 21 from 3pm-5pm. More details to follow. We look forward to celebrating God’s faithfulness as we honor Dr. McAboy's time at ZCS! Please help us spread the word to any graduated families who have been impacted by Dr. McAboy’s leadership. -ZCS Board of Trustees

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Lost and Found // Please take the time to look through the lost and found items! There are hundreds of items that have been left. Items left after the last day of school will be donated. 

_________________________

2024-25 Action Items & Checklists:

Tuition Contracts // 2024-25 TUITION CONTRACTS ARE PAST DUE

If you have not completed your tuition contracts, please sign your tuition contracts in the ZCS enrollment portal to do so or contact Executive Director of Finance and Operations, Mike Arendsen at finance@zcs.org.

Calendar // Our calendar for the 2024-25 school year has been approved! Click here to view it.

Busing through ZPS // If you reside in the ZPS school district and have a student who needs busing for the 24-25 school year, please complete the transportation form located in your ZCS enrollment portal ASAP. 

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ZCS Online Store  // TODAY is the last day to order from the ZCS store.! The pick-up at school option is not available this time due to order completion time being after school is out for the summer. 

_________________________

Employment Opportunities // We have positions available for the 2024-25 school year. Visit our employment page for current openings. 

________________________

ZCS Expand(ED) Summer Camp and Tutoring // We are so excited about the options we have for you this year with a variety of sports camps, language camps, and other academic opportunities! Full options and sign-ups are available at: zcs.org/expand-ed. Please reach out to Makenna Hoesktra (mhoekstra@zcs.org) with any questions! 

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Middle School Overnight Camps // If your child needs medication for overnight camp (including over the counter medication ie;tylenol, motrin, melatonin, benadryl) a medication form needs to be signed by a provider and brought to school no later than 48 hours prior to the overnight field trip.  Please see the teacher email for medication form, ZCS website under School Forms, or stop in the front office. Thank you!

8th Grade Medication Drop Off // Medication needs to be in the original container/bottle (no ziploc bags), labeled with the student's name, and only the amount of medication/tablet(s) needed for camp. Please drop off in front office no later than 48 hours prior to overnight field trip. Contact Nurse Lindsey Wagenmaker with questions, lwagenmaker@zcs.org

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TRIP is easy! // The ZCS Tuition Reducing Incentive Program is a simple way to earn "free" money on things you already purchase to reduce tuition. Order gift cards & e-gift cards on the RaiseRight app or online (even while you are shopping), or buy gift cards at school on Friday mornings. Just click here and follow the steps to start saving right away!

________________________

DeVries Family Support // If you would like to donate to the DeVries Scholarship Fund, please do so via this link. Scott's Legacy: Empowering Sami and Isaiah's Future

_________________________ 

Faces and Our Cultures // Our school has been part of an amazing cultural exchange program for Guatemalan students for years, and we're excited to keep it going! Faces And Our Cultures provides Guatemalan students with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in our community for eight enriching weeks. Sandy Cardona, Faces Program Coordinator, will be visiting ZCS for an informational meeting that will take place at our school campus according to the following details: Friday, May 17th at 10:00 a.m. If you are interested in learning more about the hosting opportunity during the Fall, please consider joining Sandy for the meeting on May 17th and also share your contact information in this link.

May 8, 2024

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Save the Date // Please join us for a Celebration Open House for Dr. McAboy on Tuesday, May 21, from 3pm-5pm. More details to follow. We look forward to celebrating God’s faithfulness as we honor Dr. McAboy's time at ZCS! Please help us spread the word to any graduated families who have been impacted by Dr. McAboy’s leadership. -ZCS Board of Trustees

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2024-25 Action Items & Checklists:

 

Tuition Contracts // 2024-25 TUITION CONTRACTS ARE PAST DUE

If you have not completed your tuition contracts, please sign your tuition contracts in the ZCS enrollment portal to do so or contact Executive Director of Finance and Operations, Mike Arendsen at finance@zcs.org.

Calendar // Our calendar for the 2024-25 school year has been approved! Click here to view it.

Busing through ZPS // If you reside in the ZPS school district and have a student who needs busing for the 24-25 school year, please complete the transportation form located in your ZCS enrollment portal ASAP. 

_________________________

ZCS Online Store  // The ZCS Store is now open! Deadline to order is May 15. The pick-up at school option is not available this time due order completion time being after school is out for the summer. 

________________________

DeVries Family Support // If you would like to donate to the DeVries Scholarship Fund, please do so via this link. Scott's Legacy: Empowering Sami and Isaiah's Future

________________________

ZCS Expand(ED) Summer Camp and Tutoring // We are so excited about the options we have for you this year with a variety of sports camps, language camps, and other academic opportunities! Full options and sign-ups are available at: zcs.org/expand-ed. Please reach out to Makenna Hoesktra (mhoekstra@zcs.org) with any questions! 

_________________________

Overnight Camp // If your child needs medication for overnight camp (including over the counter medication ie;tylenol, motrin, melatonin, benadryl) a medication form needs to be signed by a provider and brought to school no later than 48 hours prior to the overnight field trip.  Please see the teacher email for medication form, ZCS website under School Forms, or stop in the front office. Thank you!

8th Grade Medication Drop Off // Medication needs to be in the original container/bottle (no ziploc bags), labeled with the student's name, and only the amount of medication/tablet(s) needed for camp. Please drop off in front office no later than 48 hours prior to overnight field trip. Contact Nurse Lindsey Wagenmaker with questions, lwagenmaker@zcs.org

_________________________ 

TRIP is easy! // The ZCS Tuition Reducing Incentive Program is a simple way to earn "free" money on things you already purchase to reduce tuition. Order gift cards & e-gift cards on the RaiseRight app or online (even while you are shopping), or buy gift cards at school on Friday mornings. Just click here and follow the steps to start saving right away!

_________________________ 

Faces and Our Cultures // Our school has been part of an amazing cultural exchange program for Guatemalan students for years, and we're excited to keep it going! Faces And Our Cultures provides Guatemalan students with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in our community for eight enriching weeks. Sandy Cardona, Faces Program Coordinator, will be visiting ZCS for an informational meeting that will take place at our school campus according to the following details: Friday, May 17th at 10:00 a.m. If you are interested in learning more about the  hosting opportunity during the Fall, please consider joining Sandy for the meeting on May 17th and also share your contact information in this link.

May 1, 2024

Save the Date // Please join us for a Celebration Open House for Dr. McAboy on Tuesday, May 21 from 3pm-5pm. More details to follow. We look forward to celebrating God’s faithfulness as we honor Dr. McAboy's time at ZCS! Please help us spread the word to any graduated families who have been impacted by Dr. McAboy’s leadership. -ZCS Board of Trustees

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2024-25 Action Items & Checklists:

 

Tuition Contracts // 2024-25 TUITION CONTRACTS ARE PAST DUE

If you have not completed your tuition contracts, please sign your tuition contracts in the ZCS enrollment portal to do so or contact Executive Director of Finance and Operations, Mike Arendsen at finance@zcs.org.

Calendar // Our calendar for the 2024-25 school year has been approved! Click here to view it.

Busing through ZPS // If you reside in the ZPS school district and have a student who needs busing for the 24-25 school year, please complete the transportation form located in your ZCS enrollment portal ASAP. 

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Auction Items // Don't forget to pick up your items you've won from the auction! Email dgeurink@zcs.org to receive them. Unclaimed items will be re-donated back to ZCS after the end of next week, May 10.

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ZCS Online Store  // The ZCS Store is now open! Deadline to order is May 15. The pick-up at school option is not available this time due order completion time being after school is out for the summer. 

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DeVries Family Support // If you would like to donate to the DeVries Scholarship Fund, please do so via this link. Scott's Legacy: Empowering Sami and Isaiah's Future

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May 6 All-School Chapel // The LAST All-School Chapel of the year is on May 6th. All are welcome to join us for this special gathering. 

  • Monday, May 6th at 9:10AM. 
  • Pre-Registration: Pre-Registration is now a sign-in option for parents/grandparents/guests when attending chapel! Pre-registration allows guests to skip the line and pick up their badge at the front desk. No waiting in line to scan in! Guests are eligible to pre-register IF they have signed in at the kiosk in the office previously WITH their driver's license. Pre-register for chapel on May 6 HERE.  Pre-registration will close at 5PM on Thursday, May 2.  

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Holland Christian Softball // Invites all youth softball players to our community day on Saturday, May 4.  Where: Holland Christian Softball fields  623 West 40th St. Holland, MI

When: Saturday May 4 from 9am-2pm 

What: Youth softball community day.  Get a signed poster of the varsity softball team, have a hot dog and chips and watch both the Varsity and JV teams take on West Ottawa. HC Varsity softball is coached by ZCS staff member Laura Hunderman.  

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ZCS Expand(ED) Summer Camp and Tutoring // We are so excited about the options we have for you this year with a variety of sports camps, language camps, and other academic opportunities! Full options and sign-ups are available at: zcs.org/expand-ed. Please reach out to Makenna Hoesktra (mhoekstra@zcs.org) with any questions! 

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Philippines 2025 Spring Break student trip // All applications for students interested in the Philippines Student Trip Spring Break of 2025 are due by Friday, May 3rd, at the conclusion of the school day.  Applications should be submitted to Mrs. Van Dyk. 

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Overnight Camp // If your child needs medication for overnight camp (including over the counter medication ie;tylenol, motrin, melatonin, benadryl) a medication form needs to be signed by a provider and brought to school no later than 48 hours prior to the overnight field trip.  Please see the teacher email for medication form, ZCS website under School Forms, or stop in the front office. Thank you!

8th Grade Medication Drop Off // Medication needs to be in the original container/bottle (no ziploc bags), labeled with the student's name, and only the amount of medication/tablet(s) needed for camp. Please drop off in front office no later than 48 hours prior to overnight field trip. Contact Nurse Lindsey Wagenmaker with questions, lwagenmaker@zcs.org

_________________________ 

TRIP is easy! // The ZCS Tuition Reducing Incentive Program is a simple way to earn "free" money on things you already purchase to reduce tuition. Order gift cards & e-gift cards on the RaiseRight app or online (even while you are shopping), or buy gift cards at school on Friday mornings. Just click here and follow the steps to start saving right away!

_________________________ 

Faces and Our Cultures // Our school has been part of an amazing cultural exchange program for Guatemalan students for years, and we're excited to keep it going! Faces And Our Cultures provides Guatemalan students with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in our community for eight enriching weeks. Sandy Cardona, Faces Program Coordinator, will be visiting ZCS for an informational meeting that will take place  at our school campus according to the following details: Friday, May 17th at 10:00 a.m. If you are interested in learning more about the  hosting opportunity during the Fall, please consider joining Sandy for the meeting on May 17th and also share your contact information in this link.

April 24, 2024

2024-25 Action Items & Checklists:

Tuition Contracts // Please sign your tuition contracts in the ZCS enrollment portal.

  • Deadline: April 26th, 2024
  • Questions? Contact Linda Hoekwater (lhoekwater@zcs.org, 616-879-0347) in the Finance Office.

Calendar // Our calendar for the 2024-25 school year has been approved! Click here to view it.

Busing through ZPS // If you reside in the ZPS school district and have a student who needs busing for the 24-25 school year, please complete the transportation form located in your ZCS enrollment portal ASAP. 

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Book Madness 2024 // Congratulations to Hannah Russcher for winning the annual Book Madness competition. The second-place winners are Sami Zhou and Tyler Bostrom. The third-place winner is Elena Gritter. All four finalists read all 16 books and made great guesses about which books would win the brackets. The book selected as the overall favorite by middle school students was The Labors of Hercules Beal by Gary Schmidt. Thank you to our Wish List Donors who helped us purchase books and award prizes.

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May 6 Chapel Pre-Registration //  Pre-Registration is now a sign-in option for parents/grandparents/guests when attending chapel! Pre-registration allows guests to skip the line and pick up their badge at the front desk. No waiting in line to scan in! Guests are eligible to pre-register IF they have signed in at the kiosk in the office previously WITH their driver's license. Pre-register for chapel on May 6 HERE.  Pre-registration will close at 5PM on Thursday, May 2.  

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An invitation from ditto! // ditto is excited to announce that we are getting a new carpet! This is a much-needed update. In order to keep within our mission of keeping Christian School tuition affordable, we need your help. During the installation process, we will need crews to help us move shelving, furniture, and other items around the floor. 

Groups will work from around 6:30-8:30 each night between April 22 and May 3. Sign up to help here.   Questions?  Please contact Lisa Fredricks lfredricks@dittoresale.com.

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Fun Night // Join us for Fun Night at ZCS! Most of the games will be indoors, so rain or shine, come on out! Games range from 2 tickets to 6 tickets. Sadly, this year we will not be having our annual fish pond, but we will have lots of other fun games to play.  So, bring your family, friends, and neighbors. We can't wait to see you!

    • Date: Friday, May 3, 2024
    • Time: Food 5:00 to 8:00pm // Games 5:30 to 8:00pm
  • Payment Type: Ticket and food purchase payments to ZCS Venmo with “fun Night” in the memo.
  • Tickets: Pre-sale tickets are 4 for $1, with 8 bonus tickets for every $20 spent. Tickets will also be sold for 4 tickets for $1 at Fun Night.
    • Pre-sale tickets will be sold by the office on:
      • Wednesday, May 1, 11:00am to 1:00pm
      • Thursday, May 2, 11:30am to 1:00pm
      • Friday, May 3, 11:30am to 1:00pm

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ZCS Expand(ED) Summer Camp and Tutoring  // We are so excited about the options we have for you this year with a variety of sports camps, language camps, and other academic opportunities! Full options and sign-ups are available at: zcs.org/expand-ed. Please reach out to Makenna Hoesktra (mhoekstra@zcs.org) with any questions! 

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TOTALLY FREE Car Wash //  Saturday, April 27 from 9 am - noon (rain or shine) in the parking lot in front of Dollar General and Ace Hardware. Yes, it is free! We will not take donations at the car wash. 7th-grade students are collecting pledges for each car washed, so we need you to drive through! The pledges will support Grace Community Christian School in the Philippines. Tell your neighbors!

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Philippines 2025 Spring Break student trip // All applications for students interested in the Philippines Student Trip Spring Break of 2025 are due by Friday, May 3rd, at the conclusion of the school day.  Applications should be submitted to Mrs. Van Dyk. 

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Seamstresses Needed for the Band Program // Mr. DeVries is looking for anyone who is interested in volunteering some time to help refurbish the marching band uniforms. The biggest needs are to re-hem some pants, sew up some ripped seams, and sew on buttons. All supplies will be provided. Please email ldevries@zcs.org if you are interested. Efforts will be coordinated on various days over the summer that work best for you! If you have already given Mr. DeVries your name, please still email him so he can add you to the official list. Even if you only have a little bit of time, any help is welcome! 

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TRIP is easy! // The ZCS Tuition Reducing Incentive Program is a simple way to earn "free" money on things you already purchase to reduce tuition. Order gift cards & e-gift cards on the RaiseRight app or online (even while you are shopping), or buy gift cards at school on Friday mornings. Just click here and follow the steps to start saving right away!

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Faces and Our Cultures // We are happy to share with you that this year we will welcome Guatemalan students on campus through the Faces and Our Cultures Program. These young ambassadors will  spend eight  (8) weeks living with a school host family while attending classes and participating in extracurricular activities at school. 

The dates of the program are:   

From: Sunday, October 20th    

To: Saturday, December 14th

We are in the process of recruiting host families for THESE wonderful ambassadors

If you are interested in learning more, please contact me by responding to this email, contact Sandy Cardona, at sandy.cardona@facesandcultures.com, or, even better, completing the following link: LEARN MORE   

April 17, 2024

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2024-25 Action Items & Checklists:

Tuition Contracts // Please sign your tuition contracts in the ZCS enrollment portal.

  • Deadline: April 26th, 2024
  • Questions? Contact Linda Hoekwater (lhoekwater@zcs.org, 616-879-0347) in the Finance Office.

Calendar // Our calendar for the 2024-25 school year has been approved! Click here to view it.

Busing through ZPS // If you reside in the ZPS school district and have a student who needs busing for the 24-25 school year, please complete the transportation form located in your ZCS enrollment portal ASAP. 

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Muffins with Moms // April 23 & 24 // Have a muffin with your elementary kiddos before the school day starts!!  TODAY is the last day to sign up for Muffins with Moms/Ma'ams!

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An invitation from ditto! // ditto is excited to announce that we are getting a new carpet! This is a much-needed update. In order to keep within our mission of keeping Christian School tuition affordable, we need your help. During the installation process, we will need crews to help us move shelving, furniture, and other items around the floor. 

Groups will work from around 6:30-8:30 each night between April 22 and May 3. Sign up to help here.   Questions?  Please contact Lisa Fredricks lfredricks@dittoresale.com.

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Fun Night // Join us for Fun Night at ZCS! Most of the games will be indoors, so rain or shine, come on out! Games range from 2 tickets to 6 tickets. Sadly, this year we will not be having our annual fish pond, but we will have lots of other fun games to play.  So, bring your family, friends, and neighbors. We can't wait to see you!

  • Date: Friday, May 3, 2024
  • Time: Food 5:00 to 8:00pm // Games 5:30 to 8:00pm
  • Payment Type: Ticket and food purchase payments to ZCS Venmo with “fun Night” in the memo.
  • Tickets: Pre-sale tickets are 4 for $1, with 8 bonus tickets for every $20 spent. Tickets will also be sold for 4 tickets for $1 at Fun Night.
    • Pre-sale tickets will be sold by the office on:
      • Wednesday, May 1, 11:00am to 1:00pm
      • Thursday, May 2, 11:30am to 1:00pm
      • Friday, May 3, 11:30am to 1:00pm

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ZCS Expand(ED) Summer Camp and Tutoring  // We are so excited about the options we have for you this year with a variety of sports camps,  language camps, and other academic opportunities! Full options and sign-ups are available at: zcs.org/expand-ed. Please reach out to Makenna Hoesktra (mhoekstra@zcs.org) with any questions! 

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Volunteer Opportunity // The auction committee is looking for some volunteers to help set up tables and chairs at ZCS for the Auction this year!  Sign up HERE if you (or your kids!) are willing to help out!  Date: Thursday, April 18  Time: 3:30 to 5pm  

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TOTALLY FREE Car Wash //  Saturday, April 27 from 9 am - noon (rain or shine) in the parking lot in front of Dollar General and Ace Hardware. Yes, it is free! We will not take donations at the car wash. 7th-grade students are collecting pledges for each car washed, so we need you to drive through! The pledges will support Grace Community Christian School in the Philippines. Tell your neighbors!

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Interested in learning more about the Philippines 2025 Spring Break student trip? // We invite parents and students of current 6th and 7th graders (2024-2025 7th and 8th graders) to join us for an informational meeting Monday,  April 22 at 7:00 in the Choir Room.

This short meeting will: 

  • give you some history about our sister-school relationship with GCCS 
  • show an example itinerary from a previous trip
  • explain some expectations we will have for students on the trip
  • share how the tough decisions about who get selected to attend will be made 
  • give time for Q&A. 

Students/parents do not need to attend the meeting, it is offered as an option to anyone who would like more information. Student applications will be handed out at this meeting, as well as at school starting on April 23rd.

Please email Kristi Van Dyk (kvandyk@zcs.org) if you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to zoom in. 

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Seamstresses Needed for the Band Program // Mr. DeVries is looking for anyone who is interested in volunteering some time to help refurbish the marching band uniforms. The biggest needs are to re-hem some pants, sew up some ripped seams, and sew on buttons. All supplies will be provided. Please email ldevries@zcs.org if you are interested. Efforts will be coordinated on various days over the summer that work best for you! If you have already given Mr. DeVries your name, please still email him so he can add you to the official list. Even if you only have a little bit of time, any help is welcome! 

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TRIP is easy! // The ZCS Tuition Reducing Incentive Program is a simple way to earn "free" money on things you already purchase to reduce tuition. Order gift cards & e-gift cards on the RaiseRight app or online (even while you are shopping), or buy gift cards at school on Friday mornings. Just click here and follow the steps to start saving right away!

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Faces and Our Cultures// We are happy to share with you that this year we will welcome Guatemalan students on campus through the Faces and Our Cultures Program. These young ambassadors will  spend eight  (8) weeks living with a school host family while attending classes and participating in extracurricular activities at school. 

The dates of the program are:
From: Sunday, October 20th
To: Saturday, December 14th

We are in the process of recruiting host families for THESE wonderful ambassadors

If you are interested in learning more, please contact me by responding to this email, contact Sandy Cardona, at sandy.cardona@facesandcultures.com, or, even better, completing the following link: LEARN MORE   

April 10, 2024

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Next Academic Year Checklists:

Tuition Contracts for next year are NOW AVAILABLE // Tuition contracts are active in the ZCS enrollment portal.
Deadline: April 26th, 2024
Questions? Contact Linda Hoekwater (lhoekwater@zcs.org, 616-879-0347) in the Finance Office.

Busing through ZPS // If you reside in the ZPS school district and have a student who needs busing for the 24-25 school year, please complete the transportation form located in your ZCS enrollment portal ASAP. 

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ZCS Expand(ED) Summer Camp and Tutoring  // We are so excited about the options we have for you this year with a variety of sports camps,  language camps, and other academic opportunities! Full options and sign-ups are available at: zcs.org/expand-ed please reach out to Makenna Hoesktra (mhoekstra@zcs.org) with any questions! 

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Society Meeting // Our annual Society Meeting is scheduled to be in person on April 11, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. in the choir room. The purpose of this meeting is to approve the budget and elect new Board members.

  • The proposed 2024-2025 budget, the Board nominees, and the full Society Report (all-school year in review) can be viewed here:  2024 Society Report
  • The ballot for new Board members can be accessed here:  2024 Voting Link.  Voting will be online only and will close at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, April 11th. All society members are invited to submit a vote.
    • Society Members: A society member of ZCS is anyone who has children in attendance at our school (including parents, legal guardians, and step-parents) and acknowledges and accepts that education at ZCS is taught in alignment with the principles expressed in the ZCS constitution, and the three forms of unity of the Reformed Churches as embodied in the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of the Synod of Dordrecht of 1618-1619.

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April 17 Chapel Pre-Registration //  Pre-Registration is now a sign-in option for parents/grandparents/guests when attending chapel! Pre-registration allows guests to skip the line and pick up their badge at the front desk. No waiting in line to scan in! Guests are eligible to pre-register IF they have signed in at the kiosk in the office previously WITH their driver's license. Pre-register for chapel on April 17 HEREPre-registration will close at 5PM on Monday, April 15.  

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Muffins with Moms // April 23 & 24 //  Muffins with Moms/Ma'ams Sign Up!! Sign up today to have a muffin with your elementary kiddos before the school day starts!! 

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An invitation from ditto! // ditto is excited to announce that we are getting a new carpet! This is a much-needed update. In order to keep within our mission of keeping Christian School tuition affordable, we need your help. During the installation process, we will need crews to help us move shelving, furniture, and other items around the floor. 

Groups will work from around 6:30-8:30 each night between April 22 and May 3.  If you are interested, please contact Lisa Fredricks lfredricks@dittoresale.com.

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Fun Night // Save the date for the annual ZCS fun night on Friday, May 3, from 5:30 to 8:00.  Fun Night is packed full of food and fun and is put on by our awesome 8th graders. All of the proceeds will go towards the 8th-grade class trip and their gift to the school. There will be more details to come later on how to get tickets. We hope to see you all there!

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Volunteer Opportunity // The auction committee is looking for some volunteers to help set up tables and chairs at ZCS for the Auction this year!  Sign up HERE if you (or your kids!) are willing to help out!  Date: Thursday, April 18  Time: 3:30pm- 5pm  

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2024-25 Calendar  // Our calendar for the 2024-25 school year has been approved! Click here to view it.

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Yearbooks //  Last week to order!  Use the following link to purchase one or more yearbooks. Order form here.

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TOTALLY FREE Car Wash //  Saturday, April 27 from 9 am - noon (rain or shine) in the parking lot in front of Dollar General and Ace Hardware. Yes, it is free! We will not take donations at the car wash. 7th-grade students are collecting pledges for each car washed, so we need you to drive through! The pledges will support Grace Community Christian School in the Philippines. Tell your neighbors!

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Interested in learning more about the Philippines 2025 Spring Break student trip? // We invite parents and students of current 6th and 7th graders (2024-2025 7th and 8th graders) to join us for an informational meeting Monday,  April 22 at 7:00 in the Choir Room.

This short meeting will: 

  • give you some history about our sister-school relationship with GCCS 
  • show an example itinerary from a previous trip
  • explain some expectations we will have for students on the trip
  • share how the tough decisions about who get selected to attend will be made 
  • give time for Q&A. 

Students/parents do not need to attend the meeting, it is offered as an option to anyone who would like more information. Student applications will be handed out at this meeting, as well as at school starting on April 23rd.

Please email Kristi Van Dyk (kvandyk@zcs.org) if you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to zoom in. 

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Seamstresses Needed for the Band Program // Mr. DeVries is looking for anyone who is interested in volunteering some time to help refurbish the marching band uniforms. The biggest needs are to re-hem some pants, sew up some ripped seams, and sew on buttons. All supplies will be provided. Please email ldevries@zcs.org if you are interested. Efforts will be coordinated on various days over the summer that work best for you! If you have already given Mr. DeVries your name, please still email him so he can add you to the official list. Even if you only have a little bit of time, any help is welcome! 

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TRIP is easy! // The ZCS Tuition Reducing Incentive Program is a simple way to earn "free" money on things you already purchase to reduce tuition. Order gift cards & e-gift cards on the RaiseRight app or online (even while you are shopping), or buy gift cards at school on Friday mornings. Just click here and follow the steps to start saving right away!

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Hot Lunch Account Reminder // Please check your hot lunch account balance and take care of negative balances this week!  You may check your balance and add funds on the Family Portal

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GCCS Sponsorships // All students have at least a partial sponsorship! If anyone is interested in a partial sponsorship ($200, $400, or $600), please email Maria Klompmaker (mklompmaker@zcs.org).

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Faces and Our Cultures // We are happy to share with you that this year we will welcome Guatemalan students on campus through the Faces and Our Cultures Program. These young ambassadors will  spend eight  (8) weeks living with a school host family while attending classes and participating in extracurricular activities at school.
The dates of the program are:
From: Sunday, October 20th    To: Saturday, December 14th
We are in the process of recruiting host families for THESE wonderful ambassadors:
If you are interested in learning more, please contact me by responding to this email, contact Sandy Cardona, at sandy.cardona@facesandcultures.com, or, even better, completing the following link: LEARN MORE   

ZCS VOLUNTEER/EMPLOYMENT //

VOLUNTEER // TRIP would like a couple more volunteers to sell Instant TRIP on Friday mornings.  If interested contact Deb at 616-879-0398.

ZCS SHOPPER //

ZCS Parent seeking rent/purchase home in Zeeland. Parent has a max price point of  $1350 per month including utilities. If you know of a location that may fit this family please contact: ajane251@gmail.com

Explore Hope Camps!  https://drive.google.com/file/d/14HsYw_DexDkp6ZvfqdB6R1sKkjwQdVdH/view

Summer Soccer - Individual or group soccer training over the summer with Coach Lito Wagenveld, a teacher and coach at Holland Christian High School. See the digital flyer linked HERE. Additional details HERE. Reach Lito at 708-829-1436 or email him at primusperformancesoccer@gmail.com with interest.

Engage Therapy Center is looking to add a qualified Occupational Therapist to join our private clinic. Engage Therapy Center is a pediatric therapy center in Zeeland, Michigan that is committed to walking alongside our clients through the therapy process. By working together, we help our clients perform the everyday tasks that bring meaning to their lives. We are looking to hire a part-time or full time pediatric occupational therapist to join our team.

Valid Michigan OT license required * Pediatrics experience preferred * Curious and passionate

Willing to take initiative in helping Engage Therapy Center be an exceptional community resource

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time  * Pay: $30.00 - $45.00 per hour
Benefits:
Dental and Vision insurance
Health insurance
Health savings account
License reimbursement
Paid time off
Professional development assistance
Interested candidates please send resume to: briar@engagetherapycenter.com

Parent Reminders