BLUE NOTE

2023-24 EDITION No. 22 | PUBLISHED WEEKLY ON WEDNESDAYS | BURN BRIGHT

Upcoming Calendar Dates 

  • February 27, 2024  1:30 pm - 3:30 pm | School Board Coffee Connection

  • February 29, 2024  4:00 pm - 8:30 pm | Optional Y5-8th Conferences *School in Session*

  • February 29, 2024  6:00 pm - 8:30 pm | Countywide Spelling Bee

  • February 29, 2024 | Elementary No PM Busing

  • March 1, 2024 | 1/2 Day of School - No MS PM Busing/Yes Elem Busing

  • March 2, 2024  8:30 am - 1:30 pm | DI Mock Regional

  • March 12, 2024  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Spring Elementary Performance

  • March 15, 2024  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm | 7PM 7th/8th Grade Play

  • March 16, 2024 | 2 PM and 7PM 7th/8th Grade Play

  • March 18, 2024 - March 19, 2024   | Preschool Conferences

  • March 21, 2024  9:10 am - 10:10 am | All School Chapel

  • March 22, 2024  9:00 am - 9:30 am | K-2nd Young Author's Visit: Kelli Baptist

  • March 22, 2024  9:45 am - 10:15 am | 3rd-5th Young Author's Visit: Kelli Baptist

  • March 22, 2024 | 1/2 Day of School

Blue Note News

February 21, 2024

Plan Ahead Busing/No School Dates:
February 23, 2024 | No PM Busing
February 29, 2024 | Elementary No PM Busing
March 1, 2024 | ½ Day
March 22, 2024 | ½ Day
March 29-April 5 | No School // Spring Break

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February Board News // February is an especially busy time of year as we prepare for many aspects of the upcoming school year. This month, we reviewed a preliminary budget for 2024-25, to be finalized by the time of our March meeting. The budget will then be presented to the Society for consideration in advance of our annual society meeting, which will be held on Thursday, April 11th. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us if you’re able!

This month, the Board is conducting interviews with Board nominees in preparation to recommend candidates for Society approval prior to the annual meeting.

The Board also approved the 2024-25 calendar as presented, and we’re encouraged by the partnership of leadership and faculty/staff to plan a calendar that best serves the interests and needs of our community.

Many thanks to all those who participated in strategic planning sessions in January. We are in the process of reviewing both the raw data and the assessment summary as provided by CSI, and we look forward to sharing more with the Society soon. 

Reminder: Please join the Board of Trustees for the School Board Coffee Connection on February 27, from 1:30 to 3:30pm. 

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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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Chapel Pre-Registration Deadline!  // 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-registration will be open until 7PM tonight! 

Pre-Register for chapel on February 23  HERE

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Extended Care 2024-25 Registration // Early enrollment for staff and current Extended Care families is open! See the information below and contact Ginny Spaht at gspahr@zcs.org if you have questions. Simply log in to your enrollment portal to register. 

  • TENTATIVE Rates can be found here.
  • 3s-5th Grade Extended Care Registration Dates
    • Current Extended Care Families: February 20, 12:00pm
    • New Extended Care Families: February 22, 12:00pm
  • Power Hour: Registration is not required.

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Pastor Appreciation Breakfast // We are delighted to host another of Pastor Appreciation Breakfast! Printed invitations will be in students’ backpacks starting in February. Please be sure to invite your pastor for breakfast & chapel on February 23, 2024.

_________________________

Yearbooks //  You may still order a yearbook!  Use the following link to purchase one or more yearbooks. Order form here.

_________________________

Leap Year // Parent Partners have created a fun way to celebrate Leap Year! Each student will be making a super simple time capsule to bring home and open the next leap year (2028). Please send your student to school with 1 disposable water bottle that is emptied, we will use that as the time capsule. If you have a few extra laying around, please send those in too!

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Faces & Our Culture Program // For many years, Zeeland Christian School has had the opportunity to participate in a cultural exchange program for Guatemalan students, and we are excited to continue the program once again.  The Faces And Our Cultures program is designed to provide Guatemalan students the opportunity to spend 7 weeks in our community. Over the years, we have had several Guatemalan ambassadors come to our campus, and many have built lasting relationships with their host families. We are looking for host families to host this fall. Each participant will attend Zeeland for seven weeks as a full-time student and will participate in all aspects of the school day.  These student ambassadors are fluent in English and will arrive on Sunday, October 20th, and depart on Saturday, December 14th.

For More Information: Faces & Our Culture Program INFORMATION!

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TRIP is easy! // The ZCS Tuition Reducing Incentive Program is a simple way to earn "free" money on things you are already purchasing to reduce tuition at ZCS.

  • Order gifts 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!

Instant TRIP:  Would you like to order physical cards but don't want to wait a week or more to get them?  Instant TRIP offers 35 brands that you can purchase and take with you.  Come check it out on Fridays when school is in session 8:00-9:30 am.

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SNOWFEST- Canceled // Due to weather conditions, Snowfest has been canceled. 

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Only 7 More Sponsors Needed // We are looking for about 9 more sponsors. Since 1999, ZCS has had a sister-school relationship with GCCS in the Philippines. One way we can connect with students at GCCS is to sponsor their tuition. For only $800, a student can attend GCCS for an entire year. Our ZCS community has committed to sponsoring 65 students this year. Please contact Maria Klompmaker (mklompmaker@zcs.org) if you are interested in a full sponsorship ($800), a semester sponsorship ($400), or a term sponsorship ($200). Thank you!

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Holland Christian Boys Club Lacrosse for 3rd-8th Grade Students // Registration is open for Holland Christian's boys lacrosse club for this spring!  There is a 3rd/4th grade, 5th/6th grade, and 7th/8th grade team that is ready for your child to participate!  Early bird registration rates are through February 16 for 5/6 and 7/8 and through March 1 for 3/4.  Use the following link to register and find additional information about the club.  https://campscui.active.com/orgs/HollandChristianSchool

February 14, 2024

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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-registration will be open until 5PM on 2/21/24  

Pre-Register for chapel on February 23  HERE

_________________________

Extended Care 2024-25 Registration // Early enrollment for staff and current Extended Care families opens next week! See the information below and contact Ginny Spaht at zspahr@zcs.org if you have questions. Simply log in to your enrollment portal to register. 

  • TENTATIVE Rates can be found here.
  • 3s-5th Grade Extended Care Registration Dates
    • Current Extended Care Families: February 20, 12:00pm
    • New Extended Care Families: February 22, 12:00pm
  • Power Hour: Registration is not required.

_________________________

Pastor Appreciation Breakfast // We are delighted to host another of Pastor Appreciation Breakfast! Printed invitations will be in students’ backpacks starting in February. Please be sure to invite your pastor for breakfast & chapel on February 23, 2024.

_________________________

Yearbooks //  You may still order a yearbook!  Use the following link to purchase one or more yearbooks. Order form here.

_________________________

Leap Year // Parent Partners have created a fun way to celebrate Leap Year! Each student will be making a super simple time capsule to bring home and open the next leap year (2028). Please send your student to school with 1 disposable water bottle that is emptied, we will use that as the time capsule. If you have a few extra laying around, please send those in too!

_________________________

Faces & Our Culture Program // For many years, Zeeland Christian School has had the opportunity to participate in a cultural exchange program for Guatemalan students, and we are excited to continue the program once again.  The Faces And Our Cultures program is designed to provide Guatemalan students the opportunity to spend 7 weeks in our community. Over the years, we have had several Guatemalan ambassadors come to our campus, and many have built lasting relationships with their host families. We are looking for host families to host this fall. Each participant will attend Zeeland for seven weeks as a full-time student and will participate in all aspects of the school day.  These student ambassadors are fluent in English and will arrive on Sunday, October 20th, and depart on Saturday, December 14th.

For More Information: Faces & Our Culture Program INFORMATION!

_________________________

TRIP is easy! // The ZCS Tuition Reducing Incentive Program is a simple way to earn "free" money on things you are already purchasing to reduce tuition at ZCS.

  • Order gifts 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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ZCS Caberfae Trip Canceled // Due to the weather and lack of participation, the ZCS Caberfae Ski Trip has been canceled.  We'll try again next year!

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SNOWFEST- POSTPONED // NEW DATE: February 24th, 6-8pm
Parent Partners is hosting a snow fest at the ZCS hill! It will be a fun evening of sledding, and hot chocolate will be provided.

_________________________

Only 7 More Sponsors Needed // We are looking for about 9 more sponsors. Since 1999, ZCS has had a sister-school relationship with GCCS in the Philippines. One way we can connect with students at GCCS is to sponsor their tuition. For only $800, a student can attend GCCS for an entire year. Our ZCS community has committed to sponsoring 65 students this year. Please contact Maria Klompmaker (mklompmaker@zcs.org) if you are interested in a full sponsorship ($800), a semester sponsorship ($400), or a term sponsorship ($200). Thank you!

_________________________

Holland Christian Boys Club Lacrosse for 3rd-8th Grade Students // Registration is open for Holland Christian's boys lacrosse club for this spring!  There is a 3rd/4th grade, 5th/6th grade, and 7th/8th grade team that is ready for your child to participate!  Early bird registration rates are through February 16 for 5/6 and 7/8 and through March 1 for 3/4.  Use the following link to register and find additional information about the club.  https://campscui.active.com/orgs/HollandChristianSchool

February 7, 2024

Plan Ahead Busing/No School Dates:
February 12, 2024 | No Busing
February 13, 2024 | No Busing
February 16, 2024 | No School // Winter Break
February 19, 2024 | No School // Winter Break
February 23, 2024 | No PM Busing
February 29, 2024 | Elementary No PM Busing
March 1, 2024 | ½ Day
March 22, 2024 | ½ Day
March 29-April 5 | No School // Spring Break

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Lunar New Year Event // 新年快乐--Happy New Year!
On Friday, February 9, more than 1.5 billion people will be celebrating the Lunar New Year. Join us as we celebrate Lunar New Year at the Holland Fish and Game Club from 5:30-8pm on Friday, Feb 9!  All are invited to this family-friendly event!

We will also be celebrating at ZCS. In addition to a Chinese-themed lunch at school, we invite everyone to wear RED on Friday, February 9--the traditional color of this holiday. 

_________________________

Pastor Appreciation Breakfast // We are delighted to host another of Pastor Appreciation Breakfast! Printed invitations will be in students’ backpacks starting in February. Please be sure to invite your pastor for breakfast & chapel on February 23, 2024.

_________________________

Yearbooks //  You may still order a yearbook!  Use the following link to purchase one or more yearbooks. Order form here.

_________________________

Faces & Our Culture Program // For many years, Zeeland Christian School has had the opportunity to participate in a cultural exchange program for Guatemalan students, and we are excited to continue the program once again.  The Faces And Our Cultures program is designed to provide Guatemalan students the opportunity to spend 7 weeks in our community. Over the years, we have had several Guatemalan ambassadors come to our campus, and many have built lasting relationships with their host families. We are looking for host families to host this fall. Each participant will attend Zeeland for seven weeks as a full-time student and will participate in all aspects of the school day.  These student ambassadors are fluent in English and will arrive on Sunday, October 20th, and depart on Saturday, December 14th.

For More Information: Faces & Our Culture Program INFORMATION!

_________________________

Save on Tuition with TRIP // The ZCS Tuition Reducing Incentive Program is a simple way to earn "free" money on things you are already purchasing to reduce tuition at ZCS

There are 3 ways you can use TRIP

  1. Order gift cards online from the app (even while you are shopping)
  2. Buy gift cards at school (Friday mornings)
  3. Order gift cards online (available at school in a week) Setting up an account is easy! Just click here and follow the steps to start saving right away!

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SKATING PARTIES! // All skating parties will start at 6:00pm and wrap up at 8:00pm. Admission is $10.00 and skate rental is included in that price. NOTE- any child over 33 inches coming into Rollerxscape will be charged the 10 dollar admission fee. A supervising adult who does not plan to skate will NOT be charged the fee. Rollerxscape does not allow any outside food or drink in their facility due to health department rules. Concession stands will be open, and you are able to purchase food and beverages if you wish to do so. Come and join in on the fun! Hope to see you there! 

February 13: Middle School

Where? Rollerxscape in Holland (12521 James St, Holland, MI 49424)

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ZCS Caberfae Trip // Join us for a day of skiing at Caberfae on Monday, February 19, 2024.  The price per lift ticket is $40 and includes rentals if you need them. Sign up HERE.  Sign-ups will CLOSE at midnight on Wednesday, February 14. We will not be able to adjust rentals or lift tickets after that time.  We will be planning a potluck for those who would like to participate, so watch your email for more information.  If you have any questions, you can email Dana Staat or Marcie Leegwater at danastaat@gmail.com or leegwaterm@gmail.com.  Hope to see you there!

_________________________ 

SNOWFEST- POSTPONED // NEW DATE: February 24th, 6-8pm
Parent Partners is hosting a snow fest at the ZCS hill! It will be a fun evening of sledding, and hot chocolate will be provided. If there is no snow on February 10-the date will be moved to February 24! 

_________________________

Only 7 More Sponsors Needed // We are looking for about 9 more sponsors. Since 1999, ZCS has had a sister-school relationship with GCCS in the Philippines. One way we can connect with students at GCCS is to sponsor their tuition. For only $800, a student can attend GCCS for an entire year. Our ZCS community has committed to sponsoring 65 students this year. Please contact Maria Klompmaker (mklompmaker@zcs.org) if you are interested in a full sponsorship ($800), a semester sponsorship ($400), or a term sponsorship ($200). Thank you!

_________________________

Holland Christian Boys Club Lacrosse for 3rd-8th Grade Students // Registration is open for Holland Christian's boys lacrosse club for this spring!  There is a 3rd/4th grade, 5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade team that is ready for your child to participate!  Early bird registration rates are through February 16 for 5/6 and 7/8 and through March 1 for 3/4.  Use the following link to register and find additional information about the club.  https://campscui.active.com/orgs/HollandChristianSchool

January 31, 2024

Plan Ahead Busing/No School Dates:
February 12, 2024 | No Busing
February 13, 2024 | No Busing
February 16, 2024 | No School // Winter Break
February 19, 2024 | No School // Winter Break
February 23, 2024 | No PM Busing
February 29, 2024 | Elementary No PM Busing
March 1, 2024 | ½ Day
March 22, 2024 | ½ Day
March 29-April 5 | No School // Spring Break

_________________________

Lunar New Year Event // 新年快乐--Happy New Year!
On Friday, February 9, more than 1.5 billion people will be celebrating the Lunar New Year. Join us as we celebrate Lunar New Year at the Holland Fish and Game Club from 5:30-8pm on Friday, Feb 9!  All are invited to this family-friendly event!

 

We will also be celebrating at ZCS. In addition to a Chinese-themed lunch at school, we invite everyone to wear RED on Friday, February 9--the traditional color of this holiday. 

_________________________

Pastor Appreciation Breakfast // We are delighted to host another of Pastor Appreciation Breakfast! Printed invitations will be in students’ backpacks starting in February. Please be sure to invite your pastor for breakfast & chapel on February 23, 2024.

_________________________

Yearbooks //  You may still order a yearbook!  Use the following link to purchase one or more yearbookshttps://store.geskusphoto.com/cart/01HAWB3Z2H05CX7AY2VN1B27RG/catalog

_________________________

Save on Tuition with TRIP // The ZCS Tuition Reducing Incentive Program is a simple way to earn "free" money on things you are already purchasing to reduce tuition at ZCS

There are 3 ways you can use TRIP

  1. Order gift cards online from the app (even while you are shopping)
  2. Buy gift cards at school (Friday mornings)
  3. Order gift cards online (available at school in a week) Setting up an account is easy! Just click here and follow the steps to start saving right away!

_________________________

SKATING PARTIES! // All skating parties will start at 6:00pm and wrap up at 8:00pm. Admission is $10.00 and skate rental is included in that price. NOTE- any child over 33 inches coming into Rollerxscape will be charged the 10 dollar admission fee. A supervising adult who does not plan to skate will NOT be charged the fee. Rollerxscape does not allow any outside food or drink in their facility due to health department rules. Concession stands will be open, and you are able to purchase food and beverages if you wish to do so. Come and join in on the fun! Hope to see you there! 

February 13: Middle School

Where? Rollerxscape in Holland (12521 James St, Holland, MI 49424)

_________________________

ZCS Caberfae Trip // Join us for a day of skiing at Caberfae on Monday, February 19, 2024.  The price per lift ticket is $40 and includes rentals if you need them. Sign up HERE.  Sign-ups will CLOSE at midnight on Wednesday, February 14. We will not be able to adjust rentals or lift tickets after that time.  We will be planning a potluck for those who would like to participate, so watch your email for more information.  If you have any questions, you can email Dana Staat or Marcie Leegwater at danastaat@gmail.com or leegwaterm@gmail.com.  Hope to see you there!

_________________________ 

SNOWFEST- SAVE THE DATE // Saturday, February 10, 6-8pm
Parent Partners is hosting a snow fest at the ZCS hill! It will be a fun evening of sledding, and hot chocolate will be provided. If there is no snow on February 10-the date will be moved to February 24! 

_________________________

Only 7 More Sponsors Needed // We are looking for about 9 more sponsors. Since 1999, ZCS has had a sister-school relationship with GCCS in the Philippines. One way we can connect with students at GCCS is to sponsor their tuition. For only $800, a student can attend GCCS for an entire year. Our ZCS community has committed to sponsoring 65 students this year. Please contact Maria Klompmaker (mklompmaker@zcs.org) if you are interested in a full sponsorship ($800), a semester sponsorship ($400), or a term sponsorship ($200). Thank you!

_________________________

Holland Christian Boys Club Lacrosse for 3rd-8th Grade Students // Registration is open for Holland Christian's boys lacrosse club for this spring!  There is a 3rd/4th grade, 5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade team that is ready for your child to participate!  Early bird registration rates are through February 16 for 5/6 and 7/8 and through March 1 for 3/4.  Use the following link to register and find additional information about the club.  https://campscui.active.com/orgs/HollandChristianSchool

January 24, 2024

Plan Ahead Busing/No School Dates:
January 24, 2024 | MS No PM Busing
January 25, 2024 | MS No PM Busing
January 26, 2024 | No PM Busing
February 12, 2024 | No Busing
February 13, 2024 | No Busing
February 16, 2024 | No School // Winter Break
February 19, 2024 | No School // Winter Break
February 23, 2024 | No PM Busing
February 29, 2024 | Elementary No PM Busing

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Long-term Sub Positions // We have two long-term sub positions available to cover maternity leaves in our Middle School Support Services. Click here to see more information.

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Admissions & Enrollment Update // Thank you to those who completed preschool-Kindergarten applications! We are thrilled to have your children join us next year.

Please share with New-to-ZCS families: Preschool open enrollment starts TOMORROW, January 25th at 12pm.  Visit zcs.org/apply for more details.

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Pastor Appreciation Breakfast // We are delighted to host another of Pastor Appreciation Breakfast! Printed invitations will be in students’ backpacks starting in February. Please be sure to invite your pastor for breakfast & chapel on February 23, 2024.

_________________________

Parents who are new to immersion // Join us for a time to connect with other immersion parents on January 30 at 7:00pm in the Media Center. It will be an opportunity to learn and ask questions about our approach to immersion. Now that you have experienced the rhythms of the school year and your young child is making huge strides in understanding and speaking a new language, I encourage you to join us in the media center to talk about both Spanish and Mandarin immersion at ZCS. While this gathering is intended for parents who have students already in the immersion classrooms, if you know of anyone considering enrolling in Spanish or Mandarin immersion next year, feel free to invite them as well.

_________________________

Yearbooks //  You may still order a yearbook!  Use the following link to purchase one or more yearbookshttps://store.geskusphoto.com/cart/01HAWB3Z2H05CX7AY2VN1B27RG/catalog

_________________________

SKATING PARTIES! // All skating parties will start at 6:00pm and wrap up at 8:00pm. Admission is $10.00 and skate rental is included in that price. NOTE- any child over 33 inches coming into Rollerxscape will be charged the 10 dollar admission fee. A supervising adult who does not plan to skate will NOT be charged the fee. Rollerxscape does not allow any outside food or drink in their facility due to health department rules. Concession stands will be open, and you are able to purchase food and beverages if you wish to do so. Come and join in on the fun! Hope to see you there! 

January 29: 3rd-5th  

February 13: Middle School

Where? Rollerxscape in Holland (12521 James St, Holland, MI 49424)

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ZCS Caberfae Trip// Join us for a day of skiing at Caberfae on Monday, February 19, 2024.  The price per lift ticket is $40 and includes rentals if you need them. Sign up HERE.  Sign ups will CLOSE at midnight on Wednesday, February 14.  We will not be able to adjust rentals or lift tickets after that time.  We will be planning a potluck for those who would like to participate, so watch your email for more information.  If you have any questions you can email Dana Staat or Marcie Leegwater at danastaat@gmail.com or leegwaterm@gmail.com.  Hope to see you there!

_________________________ 

SNOWFEST- SAVE THE DATE // Saturday February 10, 6-8pm
Parent Partners is hosting a snow fest at the ZCS hill! It will be a fun evening of sledding and hot chocolate will be provided. If there is no snow on February 10-the date will be moved to February 24! 

_________________________

Let's wear RED on Friday...新年快乐--Happy New Year! On Friday, February 9 more than 1.5 billion people will be celebrating the Lunar New Year. We will also be celebrating at ZCS. In addition to a Chinese themed lunch at school, we invite everyone to wear RED on Friday, February 9--the traditional color of this holiday. 

_________________________

Sponsors Needed // Since 1999, ZCS has had a sister-school relationship with GCCS in the Philippines. One way we can connect with students at GCCS is to sponsor their tuition. For only $800, a student can attend GCCS for an entire year. Our ZCS community has committed to sponsoring 65 students this year. We are looking for about 9 more sponsors. As a sponsor, you will receive a profile page with a picture and information about your sponsor student. You will also have the opportunity to receive and send notes to your sponsor student and donate toward a Christmas gift (groceries purchased locally by GCCS staff) that all sponsor students will receive. Please contact Maria Klompmaker (mklompmaker@zcs.org) if you are interested in a full sponsorship ($800), a semester sponsorship ($400), or a term sponsorship ($200). Thank you!

_________________________

Holland Christian Boys Club Lacrosse for 3rd-8th Grade Students // Registration is open for Holland Christian's boys lacrosse club for this spring!  There is a 3rd/4th grade, 5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade team that is ready for your child to participate!  Early bird registration rates are through February 16 for 5/6 and 7/8 and through March 1 for 3/4.  Use the following link to register and find additional information about the club.  https://campscui.active.com/orgs/HollandChristianSchool

 

Thank you, parents and guardians, for partnering with us as we seek to fulfill our mission and vision. 

January 17, 2024

Plan Ahead // Busing & No School Dates
January 24, 2024 | MS No PM Busing
January 25, 2024 | MS No PM Busing
January 26, 2024 | No PM Busing
February 9, 2024 | No PM Busing
February 12, 2024 | No Busing
February 13, 2024 | No Busing
February 16, 2024 | No School // Winter Break
February 19, 2024 | No School // Winter Break
February 23, 2024 | No PM Busing
February 29, 2024 | Elementary No PM Busing

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Admissions & Enrollment Update // Preschool enrollment is just around the corner! Please take note of the upcoming dates and share the open enrollment dates with friends and family.

 

January 16 – January 22, 2024 | 12PM Open/10AM Close
Preschool Early Enrollment Current ZCS Y5-8th Families & Staff
Current families with students enrolled in Y5-8th and staff members who need to enroll preschool students,

 

January 18 – January 22, 2024 | 12PM Open/10AM Close
Preschool Early Enrollment Current ZCS Preschool Families
Current families with preschool students, but no Y5-8th ZCS students, who need to enroll preschool students.

 

January 25 – January 31, 2024 | 12PM Open/10AM Close
New to ZCS families who need to enroll in preschool, Y5s/Kinder (and all other grades) students. 

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Pastor Appreciation Breakfast // We are delighted to host another of Pastor Appreciation Breakfast! Printed invitations will be in students’ backpacks starting in February. Please be sure to invite your pastor for breakfast & chapel on February 23, 2024.

_________________________

Parents who are new to immersion // Join us for a time to connect with other immersion parents on January 30 at 7:00pm in the Media Center. It will be an opportunity to learn and ask questions about our approach to immersion. Now that you have experienced the rhythms of the school year and your young child is making huge strides in understanding and speaking a new language, I encourage you to join us in the media center to talk about both Spanish and Mandarin immersion at ZCS. While this gathering is intended for parents who have students already in the immersion classrooms, if you know of anyone considering enrolling in Spanish or Mandarin immersion next year, feel free to invite them as well.

_________________________

Yearbooks //  You may still order a yearbook!  Use the following link to purchase one or more yearbookshttps://store.geskusphoto.com/cart/01HAWB3Z2H05CX7AY2VN1B27RG/catalog

_________________________

SKATING PARTIES! // All skating parties will start at 6:00pm and wrap up at 8:00pm. Admission is $10.00 and skate rental is included in that price. NOTE- any child over 33 inches coming into Rollerxscape will be charged the 10 dollar admission fee. A supervising adult who does not plan to skate will NOT be charged the fee. Rollerxscape does not allow any outside food or drink in their facility due to health department rules. Concession stands will be open, and you are able to purchase food and beverages if you wish to do so. Come and join in on the fun! Hope to see you there!

January 22: Y5-2nd
January 29: 3rd-5th
February 13: Middle School
Where? Rollerxscape in Holland (12521 James St, Holland, MI 49424)

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SNOWFEST- SAVE THE DATE //- Saturday February 10 from 6-8pm Parent Partners is hosting a snow fest at the ZCS hill! It will be a fun evening of sledding and hot chocolate will be provided. If there is no snow on February 10-the date will be moved to February 24! 

_________________________

Sponsors Needed // Since 1999, ZCS has had a sister-school relationship with GCCS in the Philippines. One way we can connect with students at GCCS is to sponsor their tuition. For only $800, a student can attend GCCS for an entire year. Our ZCS community has committed to sponsoring 65 students this year. We are looking for about 9 more sponsors. As a sponsor, you will receive a profile page with a picture and information about your sponsor student. You will also have the opportunity to receive and send notes to your sponsor student and donate toward a Christmas gift (groceries purchased locally by GCCS staff) that all sponsor students will receive. Please contact Maria Klompmaker (mklompmaker@zcs.org) if you are interested in a full sponsorship ($800), a semester sponsorship ($400), or a term sponsorship ($200). Thank you!

_________________________

Holland Christian Boys Club Lacrosse for 3rd-8th Grade Students // Registration is open for Holland Christian's boys lacrosse club for this spring!  There is a 3rd/4th grade, 5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade team that is ready for your child to participate!  Early bird registration rates are through February 16 for 5/6 and 7/8 and through March 1 for 3/4.  Use the following link to register and find additional information about the club.  https://campscui.active.com/orgs/HollandChristianSchool

January 10, 2024

New School Google Calendar // We have moved to a new school-wide Google calendar. This new calendar, named BLUE NOTE CALENDAR, will be used as our primary school calendar for sharing important school dates, events, and activities. This change is designed to provide you with more concise information, ensuring you stay well-informed about what is coming up at our school. Please read this document for the full information regarding the change with the link and instructions to the new Google calendar. The old “ZCS General Calendar” will be discontinued soon.

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Admissions & Enrollment Update // Preschool enrollment is just around the corner! Please take note of the upcoming dates and share the open enrollment dates with friends and family.

  • January 16 – January 22, 2024 | 12PM Open/10AM Close
    Preschool Early Enrollment Current ZCS Y5-8th Families & Staff
    Current families with students enrolled in Y5-8th and staff members who need to enroll preschool students.
  • January 18 – January 22, 2024 | 12PM Open/10AM Close
    Preschool Early Enrollment Current ZCS Preschool Families
    Current families with preschool students, but no Y5-8th ZCS students who need to enroll preschool students.
  • January 25 – January 31, 2024 | 12PM Open/10AM Close
    New to ZCS families who need to enroll in preschool, Y5s/Kinder (and all other grades) students.

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Jingle Jog Update from Ms. Miller // "Well, the ZCS community brought some serious energy to this year's Jingle Jogs!! I'm in awe once again of how willing this school family shows up for the fun and support of our sister school in the Philippines! Over $5000 raised! Thank you so much, everyone!"

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Pastor Appreciation Breakfast: We are delighted to host another of Pastor Appreciation Breakfast! Printed invitations will be in students’ backpacks starting in February. Please be sure to invite your pastor for breakfast & chapel on February 23, 2024.

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Rosie the Bunny // One of our staff members is looking to rehome her pet bunny, and our early elementary support services team would love to adopt her as a classroom pet. Rosie the bunny would serve as a comfort/motivation for students and would also provide opportunities for students to care for her. However, we are in need of someone who is willing to own the bunny and allow her to attend school each day. If your family may be interested in adopting a pet that you do not need to worry about during the school day, we'd love to connect with you! Please email sdeters@zcs.org with questions and/or to express interest. 

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SKATING PARTIES!! January 22-Y5-2nd, January 29-3-5 and Middle School is February 13!
All skating parties will start at 6 and wrap up at 8pm. Admission is $10.00 and skate rental is included in that price. NOTE- any child over 33 inches coming into Rollerxscape will be charged the 10 dollar admission fee. A supervising adult who does not plan to skate will NOT be charged the fee.
Rollerxscape does not allow any outside food or drink in their facility due to health department rules. Concession stands will be open, and you are able to purchase food and beverages if you wish to do so.
SNOWFEST- SAVE THE DATE- Saturday February 10 from 6-8pm Parent Partners is hosting a snow fest at the ZCS hill! It will be a fun evening of sledding and hot chocolate will be provided. If there is no snow on February 10-the date will be moved to February 24!

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Blaze // We are so excited to welcome our school dog, Blaze to our school full-time! Blaze celebrated his birthday with us on January 4. We'd love your help in welcoming Blaze to ZCS. We've created an Amazon Wishlist with things we need. We also welcome gift cards to pet stores or monetary donations.  Thank you for your help in getting our school ready for Blaze!

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Sponsors Needed! Since 1999, ZCS has had a sister-school relationship with GCCS in the Philippines. One way we can connect with students at GCCS is to sponsor their tuition. For only $800, a student can attend GCCS for an entire year. Our ZCS community has committed to sponsoring 65 students this year. We are looking for about 13 more sponsors. As a sponsor, you will receive a profile page with a picture and information about your sponsor student. You will also have the opportunity to receive and send notes to your sponsor student and donate toward a Christmas gift (groceries purchased locally by GCCS staff) that all sponsor students will receive. Please contact Maria Klompmaker (mklompmaker@zcs.org) if you are interested in a full sponsorship ($800), a semester sponsorship ($400), or a term sponsorship ($200). Thank you!

ZCS VOLUNTEER/EMPLOYMENT

Long-term Sub Positions // We have two long-term sub positions available to cover maternity leaves in our Middle School Support Services. Click here to see more information.

Substitute Teachers REALLY Needed //  We would love to have a longer list of possible substitute teachers who love God, love kids, and love to learn. By joining the substitute teacher list, you will be aware of when jobs are open and then choose which jobs to accept. We would love to have English, Spanish, and Mandarin subs. If you or someone you know are interested in additional information, please contact Maria Klompmaker (mklompmaker@zcs.org).

ZCS SHOPPER

Sight Eye Clinic is hiring for Medical Scribe! Seeking individuals with a passion for the field of medicine and high-quality patient care. A Medical Scribe provides clinical support to physicians. Duties include: documenting exam components, diagnoses, treatment plans, orders, and medications.

Requirements: Excellent written and oral communication skills, with proficiency in grammar and spelling.- Strong attention to detail. Self-motivated and eager to learn.- Assumes responsibility for good working relationships, contributing to overall good morale, attitude, and actions.- Ability to handle all responsibilities while maintaining a high level of professionalism and confidentiality.- Excellent communication skills necessary to communicate with patients, staff, direct supervisor, and doctors.- High school diploma or equivalent. Email resume to: ewauchek@sighteyeclinic.com

Big Star Lake Cottage for rent.  4BR/2BA-Sleeps 11. Close to the water. Most beautiful sunsets on the lake!  Call 616-886-7239

ZCS Annual Auction 3

SAVE THE DATE

Save the date: Friday, April 19, 2024!

This year, the auction will take place online AND in person.

Auction Details

Highlighted Items

  • 2023 EZGO L6 6 Passenger Gas Golf Cart - White, complete with Kawasaki engine, full LED head and tail lights with brake lights, upgraded seats, light-up cupholders, USB charger in the dash, and a 2-year warranty.
  • 2023 Icon 4 passenger Custom Build Electric Golf Cart - Red, complete with AGM maintenance free batteries, onboard charger, four-wheel disc brakes, dash with speedometer, and USB charger, turn signals and brake lights, party lights, 500 Watt sound bar, air horn, cup holders in front and back, seatbelts, front storage basket, and a removable enclosure.
  • One Year of FREE tuition! ($9,000 Voucher) It can be used for anyone who attends ZCS and is transferable to another family.

Please contact Dana Geurink (616-610-9180, dgeurink@zcs.org) with any questions.

Parent Reminders

Interested in being a Blue Note featured business? Email dgeurink@zcs.org.