October 5, 2022

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Upcoming Calendar Dates 

2022-2023 Calendar: Find the 2022-2023 calendar here.

October 6: Central Ave. Prospective Family Showcase: 12 pm & 6:30 pm. Register Here.

October 7: Y5-8th ½ day of school: 10:45 am dismissal for MS. 11:40 am dismissal for Y5-5th. Preschool: Normal AM Schedule. *Busing is Available* 

October 13: Board Coffee Connection 8:45-10:15 am 

October 13: Y5-5th Donuts with Dads & Dudes 8 am (Last names A-M)

October 14: Y-5-5th Donuts with Dads & Dudes 8 am (Last names N-Z)

October 13 & 17: Y5-8th Parent Teacher Conferences

October 19, 20 & 21: NO School 

October 26-27: Preschool Grandparents’ Day - Sign-Up for Updates

October 28: ½ Day of School *Y5-8th Grandparents Day* - Sign-Up for Updates

October 31: NO Busing available 

November 3: Legacy Event - Registration is Open!

November 10: NO PM Busing 


Zip in for Zondervans: Wow! Over $10,000 was raised this past Saturday for the Zondervan family. Thank you to everyone who came out and donated to support Laura and Doug and to the families who organized this wonderful event. We should have an update for our community on the overall amount raised by next week’s Blue Note.

Fall Parent/Guardian Teacher Conferences on October 13th and October 17th sign-up began on Monday, Monday, October 3 at 9:00 a.m. You have received information from your child’s teacher with instructions for sign-up as well as the master password.

Central Ave. Prospective Family Showcase- TOMORROW: Do you have friends considering ZCS? Is your oldest a preschooler and you want to learn more about elementary at ZCS? Are you looking at preschool options? Our fall Prospective Family Showcase is an opportunity to talk with teachers and leadership, walk around school, and ask questions of our admissions staff. Please register here.

You Are Invited! On October 13th between 8:45-10:15, the Zeeland Christian School Board of Trustees is hosting a Coffee Connection time. You are invited to join members of the school board for coffee and conversation. Questions and curiosities are welcome! Feel free to drop in the Office Conference Room at any time between 8:45-10:15. (Please sign in at the office.)

Donuts with Dads & Dudes: ZCS Parents Partners is excited to host Donuts with Dads & Dudes! Thursday, October 13 at 8:00am for last names A-M. Friday, October 14 at 8:00am for last names N-Z. An email with details was sent out last week. Please click here to sign-up. Deadline to sign up is today, Wednesday October 5. 

Tour ZCS after Chapel: Curious how your children/grandchildren spend their days at ZCS? Come and tour the school after chapel on Wednesday, October 12 to see what is happening behind the scenes. Coffee and a special treat from our new Holland Christian food service team will be provided. RSVP to Jennifer Schafer at

October Hot Lunch Menu

Destination Imagination is back at Zeeland Christian. ZCS has sent many teams to the Destination Imagination regional and state competitions. Those interested in applying for a team should turn in your applications to Mrs. Van Dyk by Monday, October 10th. Those students placed on teams will be notified by Tuesday, October 18th. Contact Kristi Van Dyk ( if you have any questions. 

Middle School Ski Club: Middle School Ski Club will be starting soon! Application forms are available online and in the main office. Students can receive reduced rates for skiing at Bittersweet Ski Resort with a ZCS Ski Club Card. Please fill out the form and return $29 to the school office by December 10th. Please make checks payable to Bittersweet Ski Resort. These passes allow you to get discounts on lift passes and rentals. They do not cover the entire cost of skiing. We will make a separate announcement when the ski club cards are ready for pick up. We will be going as a middle school most Friday nights during the winter season. Visit our Ski Club page at for more information. Adults can also receive reduced rates with a ZCS Ski Club card! Please contact Ross Fischer ( or Ben Kapenga ( with any questions.

Attendance Reminder: If your student is going to be absent or late please:

  • Email the student's homeroom teacher and the reason for the absence or late arrival. 


  • Email your homeroom teacher and leave a message on the attendance line 616-741-0051 with the reason for the absence or late arrival. 
  • If your student is going to be absent for multiple days, please email prior to the absence and all the days can be entered at once. 


  • Parents of Young 5s-5th grade:  If you want your TRIP sent home with your child please update your profile on RaiseRight with their current teacher's name. Middle School students need to pick up your TRIP in the front office.
  • Bonus Fest : October 7-30. New bonuses start each weekend at 12:00am ET on Friday and end at 11:49 ET on Sunday. Offers will be announced each Friday via the Raise Right Facbook and via email. 
  • Instant Trip is on Fridays from 10am-Noon. 

Note from the Nurse–When To Stay Home from School:

  • A fever of 100 degrees or higher. Your child should be fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine before returning to school.
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea within the last 24 hours, free of vomiting/diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • A child that seems ill – unusually tired, pale, difficult to wake, headache, body ache, confused or irritable, and/or lack of normal appetite.

Wheelchair-accessible Van: We are in need of a wheelchair-accessible van for our middle school team to borrow/use for various field trips this year. We would love for one of our students to be able to experience traveling with her friends, sharing in the excitement of anticipating an event to come, and participating in the camaraderie of the shared experience on the way home. Please reach out to Middle School support services teacher Alayna Visser ( with any contacts or possible leads. Thank you!

Substitute Teachers REALLY Needed! As we enter this school year, 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 (

Support Services Employment Opportunities: We are in NEED of Substitutes and regularly scheduled support services employees! If you have a passion for helping kiddos and would like a flexible schedule! Please look at the job details at

School Delays/Cancellations:

  • Zeeland Christian operates on the same schedule as Zeeland Public Schools when weather delays and cancellations occur. Subscribe to Z for Me to receive email alerts from ZPS regarding school closings. (Weather News Outlet text notifications are no longer available.)
  • Delays:
    • When school is delayed for two hours, all buses will run two hours later than scheduled. School start times will be exactly two hours later as well.
    • Hot lunch will be provided as scheduled on delay days. 
    • Morning Preschool - No school on delay days. 
    • Before School Care is available on delay days for students already scheduled for that morning. (Before School Care is unavailable for students not on the schedule for that morning.)
    • Morning Young Fives - No school on delay days. 
    • Morning Only Kindergarten Students - No school on delay days.

Please find more information here If you want to access the Zonar bus security app.

ZCS Shopper

  • Kiekover, Scholma & Shumaker CPAs (located in downtown Zeeland) has several exciting employment opportunities.  First, we are accepting applications for a Payroll and Accounting Specialist. Qualified applicants will have a minimum 2 years prior experience in payroll processing and reporting, as well as the ability to effectively manage multiple clients, projects, and deadlines.   We are also looking to add an Administrative Professional to our team.  This seasonal position will run from February through April, offering a flexible schedule of 5-6 hours per day.  The primary role will be to provide support in the assembly department.  Candidates should possess basic computer skills, strong attention to detail, and a positive attitude.  Interested individuals please contact Ben Zandstra at or call/text 616-748-7409
  • Apartment for Rent: Small one-bedroom upstairs apartment in downtown Zeeland. Limited to one vehicle tenant.  $700 monthly rent includes utilities. No pets and no smoking.  Contact Steve Bouman at 616-403-6147 for more information.
  • Zeeland Bakery hiring. Seeking ~5:00 am - 9:00 am, or ~9:00 am - 12:30 pm. Flexible scheduling. Email: