Blue Note

Weekly update on ZCS happenings and important school information.

January 13, 2021

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Upcoming Calendar Dates 

2020-2021 Calendar: Find the 2020-2021 calendar HERE 

January 14: ZCS Showcase *Don’t miss out!* 

January 18: No School 

January 20 & 21: NO MS AM Busing

January 22: NO PM Busing

January 21-28: Online Young 5s-Kindergarten Open Registration 

January 28: Online Preschool Registration opens at 7 PM

January 28: ½ Day of School NO PM Busing

February 8 & 9: No Busing

February 12 & 15: No School *Winter Break* 

February 23: ½ Day of School  NO PM Busing 

February 25: NO PM Elementary Busing

February 26: NO Busing 


Thank you! This year-end our goal for Tuition Assistance was $200,000 and our community raised $252,000! This is such a blessing to our families who receive assistance and our whole community who benefits from these families being a part of our school. To our donors, thank you for Giving ZCS this year-end!

Don’t Miss Out! The last showcase before preschool through kindergarten registration is happening on Thursday, January 14. Visit to learn more. *Families must sign-up in advance to attend. 

SKI CLUB this Friday (January 15th).  We will be out at Bittersweet this Friday night from 4:30pm-8:30pm. No Bussing.  Mr. Kapenga and Mr. Fischer will be at the entrance of the lodge at 4:30pm if you need help with anything.  If you don't need help we will see you out on the slopes.  Parents, if you drop your students off we will be the adults "in charge" until 8:30pm. Please plan picking up and dropping off with your own child.  PLEASE SEE INFO AT THE SKI CLUB PAGE!

Ski Caberfae on January 18 is full! If you would like to be added to the waiting list please email

Thursday Moms In Prayer meeting is over Zoom at 9 AM. Text or email Erica Boerman for link details: 202-3136-5123 or

Protect Young Eyes is a website that has valuable information and tips on ways for families to manage their devices, gaming, and social media. This website has been helpful to a lot of parents and several are churches have hosted Protect Young Eyes events for parents. Feel free to browse the site if this information might be helpful for you and your family.

TRIP Update: Dining Concepts certificates are no longer available to order. We still have some of the $25’s on hand, and they may be available through ShopWithScrip for a limited time depending on their inventory on hand. All Dining Concepts certificates will need to be used by the end of 2021 despite the expiration date on the certificate. The company will stop refunding the restaurants at that point.

All Belong is excited to hold our annual auction Thursday, January 28 through Saturday, January 30! This year, the auction is completely virtual and can be accessed online from the comfort of your home. You will have the opportunity to bid on fantastic items and experiences, ranging from toy Lego sets to an inflatable kayak for two! Contributing to the meaningful work of building faithful, inclusive communities has never been more accessible. Proceeds from this event provide meaningful support for churches and schools to access resources that build belonging.  Visit for more information and how to register. Register by January 14 to be entered to win an iPad!

Sponsor a Student in the Philippines: We are thankful for the relationship we have had with Grace Christian Community School for over 20 years. One way we build relationships with our friends there is to sponsor over 85 students at their school. For only $500, students can attend GCCS for an entire year. We are thankful for the many sponsors who have already signed up and would love to find sponsors for 40 more students. If you are interested in a full sponsorship ($500) or a partial sponsorship ($250), please contact Maria Klompmaker (

Little Maroons: Thank you for your patience as we navigate changes to the winter season. Please note the date changes as well as some further health department guidelines that will need to be enforced. Please view the entire update HERE 

TERRACYCLE on hold: Thank you so much to all of our loyal supporters who have been helping us up-cycle trash through the TerraCycle program. Due to the current COVID-19 situation and how we are carefully handling things in our school, TerraCycle collections will be put on hold until further notice. Thank you for understanding!

Attendance: Whenever your student is going to be absent or late to school, please notify the school office. To notify the office, you may email or leave a message on the attendance line 616-741-0051. When reporting your absence, please list your student’s name, grade, the reason for absence, and teacher.

We would love to add more potential subs to our list for English, Spanish, and Mandarin! 

  • Subs are able to choose which jobs they accept, which grade levels they are interested in, etc.
  • We are looking for adults who love God, love kids, love learning, and have completed at least 90 college credit hours.
  • Time commitment is roughly 7:15-2:45 for middle school and roughly 8:15-3:45 for elementary.
  • Pre-tax payment is $106.50 for a full day
  • To ask questions or move forward with being added to the list, contact Maria Klompmaker ( to fill out an application and get details about fingerprinting.

 ZCS Apparel: New winter items have been added!

Parent Points: If you need to sign up for a new parent points assignment, please sign up HERE  


  • All online orders are due by 11:00 on Tuesdays
  • Instant Trip is 11 AM - 1PM each Friday when school is in session. 
  • Check out the new app!
  • If parents of Y-5s-5th grade want their children to take home their TRIP they need to update their profiles on to put in the new teacher's name for this year.  Middle schoolers may pick up TRIP for their parents in the front office.
  • Ship to Home: RaiseRight App exclusive: Families can get gift cards from 250+ brands delivered right to their homes or delivered right to friends and family as holiday gifts. It’s convenient and contactless. Families must pay with a bank account or credit card. A small shipping fee applies
  • Culvers is NEW to Instant TRIP! 

ZCS Shopper

  • 2014 Ram 1500 Quad Cab Pick-Up. Engine: 5.7 L V8.74,000 miles. Exterior: White, Interior: Grey. Automatic transmission. Very clean interior and exterior excellently cared for. Sliding rear window. Seats 5. Tonneau cover. $25,000.Please call 616-610-4276