BLUE NOTE

February 1, 2023

Questions? Email: zcsinfo@zcs.org

Upcoming Calendar Dates 

February 8: Pastor Appreciation Breakfast | 8:00AM
February 8: All School Chapel | 9:00AM
February 10: NO PM Busing
February 11: Snowfest* | 1-3PM
February 13: Current Extended Care Family Registration (2023-2024)
February 13 & 14: NO Busing
February 15: New Extended Care Family Registration (2023-2024)
February 17 & 20: NO School
February 20: Parent Organized Caberfae Ski Trip
February 28: 1:30-3PM School Board Coffee Connection

 

Looking Ahead

March 2: Optional Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences
March 2: NO Elementary PM Busing
March 3: Half day of school. Busing available.
March 10 & 11: 7th & 8th Grade Play 

 

 

*Events organized by Parent Partners.

NEWS

Pastor Appreciation Breakfast: We’re thrilled for the return of the Pastor Appreciation Breakfast! Printed invitations went home with students on Monday & Tuesday. Please be sure to invite your pastor for breakfast & chapel on February 8, 2023. 

Parent Partners Recess Duty: Interested in helping out at school or being a part of your child's school day in a unique way? Come join us as a parent recess volunteer! Come ready to supervise and get to know our wonderful ZCS students. Sign up HERE

Snowfest, organized by Parent Partners  Saturday, February 11th 1-3PM at the ZCS Sledding Hill. No Registration required, if you plan to come please bring a dessert to share, hot chocolate will be provided! * Free event organized by Parent Partners.

Tour ZCS after Chapel: Curious how your children/grandchildren spend their days at ZCS? Come and tour the school after chapel on Wednesday, February 8 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 jschafer@zcs.org.

Save the Date: All-school parent organized ski trip to Caberfae on Monday, Feb 20.  Look for the sign up in next week's Blue Note.

You Are Invited! On February 28th between 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., 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 1:30-3:00. (Please sign in at the office.)

Share your photos with us:  The Marketing & Communications team has created a new way for you to share your photos of ZCS events & activities with us. Simply attach the full resolution photo, include a small description, and email us at photos@zcs.org.
Please note: by submitting photos you are agreeing to allow ZCS to post, share, and include in promotional projects. Photos can be submitted anytime throughout the year. 

2023-2024 Extended Care: Open enrollment for CURRENT families using Extended Care will begin on February 13th. Families needing Extended Care for the first time starting next year can enroll beginning February 15th. Families will need to log in to their School Admin account at that time to fill out the checklist item indicating their need for the 23-24 school year. They will be notified of their schedule via email by the end of February. View the Tentative Extended Care Rates Here

Open Enrollment:  If you know someone who is looking to enroll in a preschool, elementary or middle school and would like to take a tour, please tell them to call, email, or text Natalia McGowen nmcgowen@zcs.org and 616-239-9812. Classes are filling quickly!

ZCS Ski Club: We plan on going skiing this Friday. Students should sign the form by Mr. Fischer's office if they plan to ride the bus.  Please check our ski club webpage if you have any questions. https://www.zcs.org/skiclub/  Bus fee is $5 ($3 there and $2 back)  

7th & 8th Grade Play: Join the ZCS 7th & 8th grade theater cast & crew on a hunt for a treasure hidden in a mansion worth 84 million dollars! Who will find it first?  One of the Pembroke family members?  The bickering trio of ghost hunters?  The nosy news team?  Or the busload of obnoxious tourists? This family-friendly comedic mystery will have you using your best detective skills while laughing in your seat. Performances are Friday, March 10 at 7pm, and Saturday, March 11 at 2pm and 7pm. Ticket information to come. 

Auction 2023: The auction committee is already hard at work collecting items for this year’s spring auction. If you would like to participate in donating, now is a great time to find a great deal! One simple way to donate is shopping through our Amazon Wish List.  Other items are accepted as well! We appreciate all of our generous donors! 

Ottawa County Health Department Vision and Hearing Screenings have been completed for 22-23.  If your family needs any assistance in finding services or providers or help navigating appointments please reach out to the school nurse - Lindsey Wagenmaker, lwagenmaker@zcs.org

K-6th HC Volleyball Clinics: Whether you're brand-new to the sport of volleyball or have been playing for some time, this clinic is for you! Led by the high school coaches and mentored by Holland Christian varsity volleyball players, kids will have 3 fun and active sessions learning the game of volleyball and focusing on improving foundational skills. Open to girls and boys!  

TRIP News: If there is a snow day on Tuesday TRIP will go as usual. If there is a snow day on Friday there will be NO Instant TRIP.

 

 

ZCS Shopper

Haven CRC in Zeeland is seeking a Pastor of Community Life to join their staff.  This is a full-time salaried position.  The person in this role works in collaboration with the Lead Teaching Pastor and reports to the administrative team.  The position oversees all aspects of family life ministries, and all areas of Outreach and Hospitality.  If you are interested in this position or want to receive a copy of the job description, please contact Jim Timmer at 616.403.3316 or email to rgoperationsllc@gmail.com.

 

VOLUNTEER/EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

We have an immediate opening in our extended care team for an assistant. The hours will be from 3-6 monday-friday. Please go to www.zcs.org/employment for more information!

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 (mklompmaker@zcs.org).

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Attendance Reminder:

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

  • Email students' homeroom teacher and attendance@zcs.org 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 attendance@zcs.org prior to the absence and all the days can be entered at once. 

 

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.

 

School Visitors:

Learn the sign in process here.  We are pleased to announce a New Visitor Management System, called “Raptor”, which we began using on December 1, 2022.  Please bring your state issued ID/Drivers License to facilitate efficient sign in.

 

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:
    • Busing: 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. 

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

 

TRIP:

  • 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.
  • Instant Trip is on Fridays from 10am-Noon.

 

FROM THE PREVIOUS BLUE NOTE

01.18.2023 

Pastor Appreciation Breakfast: We’re thrilled for the return of the Pastor Appreciation Breakfast! Printed invitations will be going home with students next week. Please be sure to invite your pastor for breakfast & chapel on February 8, 2023. 

Spelling Bee Winners: Congratulations to the school champion, Kayleigh Van Dyk, 8th grade and runner-up, Samuel Vanderhyde, 8th grade.

2023-2024 Extended Care: Open enrollment for CURRENT families using Extended Care will begin on February 13th. Families needing Extended Care for the first time starting next year can enroll beginning February 15th. Families will need to log in to their School Admin account at that time to fill out the checklist item indicating their need for the 23-24 school year. They will be notified of their schedule via email by the end of February. View the Tentative Extended Care Rates Here

Open Enrollment:  If you know someone who is looking to enroll in a preschool, elementary or middle school and would like to take a tour, please tell them to call, email, or text Natalia McGowen nmcgowen@zcs.org and 616-239-9812. Classes are filling quickly!

Lunar New Year Celebration: January 21 10AM-12PM at Howard Miller Public Library.  Experience a Chinese Lion Dance around the town, learn Chinese calligraphy, do some Chinese paper cutting, eat Chinese food, listen to Chinese stories and so much more.  Brought to you by Zeeland Christian School and Howard Miller Public Library. 

Estate Plan Workshop: Have you been putting off creating a will? Do you need to update your estate plan and have questions? Join us on January 24 (via Zoom) for an Estate Plan Workshop and Q&A with Attorney and Holland Christian parent, Haans Mulder. Registration required.
*Please note, the previous in-person option for this workshop has been canceled. 

No Ski Club this Friday: The rain and warm temps will keep us from going skiing for another week. But the forecast shows colder weather returning soon.  Yes! Let’s hope for snow!

Skating Parties: January 23 and 24 are the K-2 and Middle School skating parties!! We are so excited to be able to have these again!! Skate time is 6-8pm and it is a 8 dollar entry fee for skating and any rentals you may need! We still would love a few more chaperones, especially on the middle school night. Please click the link to sign up

Parent Partners Recess Duty: Are you available to help supervise lunch recess?  Sign up HERE

8th Grade Families You are invited to experience Holland Christian High School first-hand at the HC High School Showcase on Monday, January 23rd at 7 pm. Meet the staff, coaches, and co-curricular leaders and learn more about what makes Holland Christian High School such a thriving community. For those of you with an oldest or only child, you’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about how course registration works and the academic opportunities available to your child in high school. Enjoy some refreshments and music from our amazing Jazz and Worship Bands while you are here! RSVP HERE

Auction 2023: The auction committee is already hard at work collecting items for this year’s spring auction. If you would like to participate in donating, now is a great time to find a great deal! One simple way to donate is shopping through our Amazon Wish List.  Other items are accepted as well! We appreciate all of our generous donors! 

K-6th HC Volleyball Clinics: Whether you're brand-new to the sport of volleyball or have been playing for some time, this clinic is for you! Led by the high school coaches and mentored by Holland Christian varsity volleyball players, kids will have 3 fun and active sessions learning the game of volleyball and focusing on improving foundational skills. Open to girls and boys!  

  • Cost: $25, Late Registration: $35 
  • When: March 11th, 18th, 25th
  • Time: K-2 @ 8-9:20am, 3rd-6th 9:30-10:50am
  • Location: HCHS Gym

Register: https://campscui.active.com/orgs/HollandChristianSchool, select 22/23 school year