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Immunization Guidelines

Grand Rapids Christian Schools Immunization Guidelines

Students at Grand Rapids Christian Schools are required to have, at the time of initial entry into school and at the beginning of each school year thereafter while enrollment continues, adequate written evidence on file at their school that they have been immunized against illnesses as required by Michigan statutes and applicable regulations and guidelines. Adequate written evidence of required immunizations shall consist of (1) a signed physician’s statement indicating that the student has received the required immunizations, including the immunizations received and the date of receipt; (2) a stamped immunization record from a public health department; or (3) an official immunization record from another school. 

No student may remain in school for more than fifteen (15) school days after initial admission unless (1) the student has received the required immunizations or the student is in the process of receiving the required immunizations, or (2) the student’s parent has submitted adequate written evidence of the required immunizations as set forth in this policy. Students who do not comply with this policy may be excluded from school no later than the fifteenth day after their admission. 

Any student who is excluded for failure to comply with this policy shall be readmitted upon submission to the school office of adequate written evidence of compliance. 

Students may be exempted from required immunizations in a manner consistent with Michigan laws, regulations and guidelines: 
Nonmedical Waivers (religious or philosophical other objections) must be obtained from a county health department. Parents/Guardians must follow the steps below when requesting a nonmedical waiver: 

  1. Contact the county health department for an appointment to speak with a health educator about immunizations. 
  2. If, following the appointment, a nonmedical waiver is requested, a copy of the current, certified (stamped and signed) State of Michigan Nonmedical Waiver Form is provided. 
  3. An unaltered, fully completed, certified waiver form must be submitted to the school office. 

Medical Waivers, signed by a physician on the State of Michigan Medical Contraindication Form indicating medical reasons for an immunization waiver, must be submitted and on file in the school office before a student may be enrolled. 

GRCES Allergy Policy

Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School Policies Regarding Life Threatening Allergies

GRCES relies heavily on parental cooperation to implement the following policy. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY.

Applies to All GRCES Students & Families:
  1. No food clearly identifiable as or clearly labeled as containing peanuts is permitted.
  2. Foods labeled as "processed with peanuts" or "processed in a facility that also processes peanuts" are permitted unless your child's classroom is specifically designated as a "Peanut-Free Zone".
  3. To avoid accidental exposure to allergens through residual contact, all students will be expected to wash their hands after meals.
  4. Any activities involving food in common areas must be allergen-free and proper cleaning of tables and common areas must occur after any events in common areas.
  5. Threats to students with life-threatening allergies will be considered bullying and will be addressed by GRCES's student discipline process. 6. Information about peanut allergies, how to read labels, peanut-free lunch alternatives, or birthday treat ideas will be available at the GRCES school office.
Applies to All GRCES Students & Families in classrooms with a peanut-allergic student:
  1. Children in classrooms who bring peanut products in their lunch will have these products removed and will be provided with a reasonable alternative if available.
  2. GRCES maintains the right to declare a classroom a "Peanut-Free Zone" depending on the age of the allergic child and the severity of the allergy.

If your child is in a "Peanut-Free Zone" classroom, you will be notified directly. (Peanut-Free Zone: Area where no products containing, processed with, or processed in a facility with peanuts is allowed due to risks of cross-contamination and accidental exposure.

Applies to Staff at GRCES:
  1. The school (in partnership with parents, health officials, and other agencies) will participate in ongoing school community education programs.
  2. The school will train staff on allergies, sources of allergens, avoidance techniques, identification of an allergic reaction in progress, and emergency response procedures. 
  3. Teachers in classrooms where life-threatening allergies are present may confiscate food that poses a danger to another student and may provide a safe alternative if one is available.
  4. Peanuts or peanut-contaminated materials will not be utilized in any teacher-initiated activities (i.e. art projects, baking projects, games, etc.)

Hot Lunch

Dear Parents,

Grand Rapids Christian Schools is excited to offer the National School Lunch Program for students and staff at the Grand Rapids Christian Middle School.

Below is a summary of some important details about our food service program.
  • Every student at Grand Rapids Christian Schools has a lunch account tied to their GRCS Student ID number.  Positive balances from the previous school year will roll over to the current school year, negative balances must be paid in full at the end of the school year.
  • Our system, Meal Magic, is a Pre-Pay program. Designed like a debit account, it eliminates the need for students to carry cash to school.  Families deposit funds into their student’s account, which can be used on any day.  This improves the speed of the lunch line, giving students more time to eat, and protects the privacy of students receiving meal benefits. 
  • A feature of Meal Magic is sendmoneytoschool.com. This is a convenience for parents to deposit money into your child’s account online for a small fee with your credit/debit card.  This site will also allow you to monitor your child’s purchases each day.  SendMoneyToSchool.com is an optional service and is NOT required for your child to participate in the hot lunch program. If you are interested in this service, go to www.sendmoneytoschool.com. You will need your child’s Student ID number.  You may also pay with cash or by personal check made payable to GRCS  Food Service for no additional fee at your child(ren)’s  school(s).  Please send these payments to school in an envelope with your child’s name and grade.
  • If you wish to apply for Free/Reduced Lunch, please click on the link provided on the Hot Lunch page of the GRCS Website, or go directly to www.lunchapp.com where you will quickly and easily be able to apply for Free and Reduced Lunch Benefits online.  Please be assured that this information will remain confidential.  
    • If you need an application mailed to you, please contact your school office or Jill Zondag at 6165.74.5815. 
    • A new application must be submitted each school year. 
  • Meal Prices for the 2019-2020 school year are as follows: Full Lunches will be $2.85 for students in 5-8.  “Reduced” lunch price 40¢.  All full lunches include milk.  Milk alone is 50¢/carton.

We are committed to serving students healthy school meals that provide excellent nutrition to enhance student learning.  We look forward to serving your family this year! Please visit grcs.org/hotlunch for all your hot lunch information, including links to all the Meal Magic services, Menus, and answers to many frequently asked questions.  

In addition, I am happy to assist you personally any time at nmccarthy@grcs.org.

Serving Our Students,
Nancy McCarthy
Director of Food Service, Grand Rapids Christian Schools
616.574.5815
 

Evergreen

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Principal Welcome

Evergreen Principal's Corner - Summer 2019

Dear Evergreen,

Parents, I hope that this letter finds you and your family doing well, enjoying summer, and looking forward to the coming school year.  Monday, August 19  is the first day of school for 2019-2020.

Our mission at Grand Rapids Christian Schools is to prepare students to be effective servants of Christ in contemporary society.  

We have the opportunity to delve deeper into our mission at Evergreen this year through our theme, God is My Rock and our theme verse is Psalm 18:2.  Teachers and staff will explore the theme with students in the classroom, during Chapel, and Team Time through songs, scripture and learning activities.

As we anticipate the beginning of this new school year, I want to highlight the first few Evergreen events: 

Thursday, August 15. 4:00-6:00 pm | Evergreen Open House

Stop in anytime between 4:00 pm — 6:00 p.m. to visit your classroom, greet your teachers and see your classmates. We are excited to welcome many new students and families to Evergreen!

Monday, August 19. 8:00 am — 12:00 pm | First Day of School!

Please note that the first day of school is a half-day with a 12:00 dismissal. The normal school day is 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.    

Tuesday, August 20 | Kids Care Begins

Kids Care offers before school care from 7:00-8:00 a.m. and after school care is from 3:00-6:00 p.m. every day school is in session. Please register online or pick up registration forms from the office.

Preschool Classroom Visitation Days/Times:  

Classroom Visitation day August 21 for M/W/TH class

  • Last Names P-Z: 8:15-9:45 
  • Last Names A-N 10:15-11:45 

Classroom Visitation day August 22 for T/F class 

  • Last Names P-Z: 8:15-9:45
  • Last Names A-N 10:15-11:45 

Monday, August 26 | Preschool Begins

Morning preschool times are 8:00-10:50 a.m. Afternoon preschool times are 12:10-3:00 p.m.  All-day preschool is from 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 pm.

Tuesday, August 27. 5:30-7:30 pm | Back-To-School Picnic & Classroom Connect

We will celebrate the start of school together at the Back-To-School Picnic. Following the picnic, parents are invited to join their child’s teacher in the classroom to learn about what to expect for the upcoming school year.  Students will be supervised on the playground by Evergreen volunteers during Classroom Connect. 

Please take time to carefully read all of the information in you back to school mailing packet.  If you have further questions, call the school office at 616.574.5900.

I am so eager to begin this school year.  I look forward to meeting each one of you, and I ask for your prayers for the 2019-2020 school year: for the students and families who will be part of our Evergreen community, and for the Evergreen staff members preparing for the year.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer… 
Psalm 18:2

—Ann Bakker

Back to School Letter

2019-2020 Evergreen Staff

  • Preschool: Dominique VanHill and Ingrid Speulstra, Kathryn Breuninger
  • Team One: Hannah Rush (soon to be Hannah Warren), Beth Nyenhuis, Mary Witteveen Team Two: Barb Kok, Corey Visker.
  • Team Three: Graham Schultze, Coreen Hausig PE: Dave Nieboer
  • Spanish: Jasmin Perez Art: Mary Garrod
  • Media Inquiry Specialist: Joni Bolt
  • Music: Sara Hondorp (Teams 1 and 2), Jennifer Kotchenruther, Recorders and Orchestra (Team 3) Jonathan Blakemore, Band (Team 3)
  • School Social Worker: Grace Boyle
  • Student Support Services: Becky Breuker (Coordinator and Academic Interventionist). Support Staff: Nicole Michele, Carol Kayyali, Jane Sharda, Jan Wilkins, Kathryn Breuninger Facilities Manager: Dave Zondag
  • Principal: Ann Bakker
  • Office Staff: Carrie Doezema and Heather Scholma


Updating Information

Please take a few minutes within the next week to log into your ParentVUE account to update any contact information that may have changed since you submitted your 2019-20 enrollment agreement. This is particularly important if you have changed an email address, street address or phone number. These are the contacts we will be using for you and your students throughout the school year.

Forms/Documentation

In your back to school mailer were are a variety of forms. Please plan on turning in all forms that need to be filled out no later than the first day of school. Please note that we need all preschool and kindergarten students as well as all students in 1st-4th grade who are new to GRCS to submit their required health appraisal form, up-to-date immunization record or certified waiver, and birth certificate to the school office by the first day of school, (August 19 for K-5th and August 26 for Preschool). Your child will not be able to start school until these forms and documents have been submitted.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Procedures

Please read the Guidelines that are included in this packet and located here. Thank-you for your cooperation as we work to maintain the safety of our students and our families.

Evergreen’s address is 1630 Griggs Street. This will be the only available entrance during the school day. All parents should use the Griggs entrance for morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. Please do not leave your vehicle unattended in the drop-off / pick-up lane at any time before, during or after school. The yellow striped parking spaces are designated for pre-school families only from 7:45-8:10 a.m. and from 2:50-3:10 p.m. Sylvan Avenue remains a designated bus lane and will continue to be used for bus drop-off and pick-up. Students who ride the bus will use the Sylvan entrance in the morning. The Sylvan parking lot is designated for staff parking.

Transportation

Families choosing busing will receive information from the transportation department in a separate mailing. Please note that the GRCS busing begins on Monday, August 19. Grand Rapids Public busing begins Tuesday, August 20. Please contact June DeGraaf with questions regarding busing. She can be reached at 616.574,.5710 or by email at jdegraaf@grcs.org.

Food Allergies

The GRCS Board-approved policy for life-threatening food allergies at the elementary school level includes eliminating these allergens, when possible, from the school. Therefore Evergreen, like all GRCS schools, is a peanut-free campus. Being a peanut-free campus means having no foods that are clearly identifiable or clearly labeled as containing peanuts. In addition, due to life threatening allergies of specific students, it may be necessary to designate Peanut-Free Zones which entails a more stringent policy of no food labeled as having been "processed in a plant with peanuts" or "may contain peanuts". Or it may be necessary to have Tree-Nut Free Zones meaning no food containing or having been processed with nuts of any kind.

Your classroom teacher will further communicate with families if the need arises for your classroom to have a more stringent food restriction policy. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping all our students safe here at Evergreen.

Kids Care

Kids Care is the before and after school care program at GRCES. At the Evergreen Campus, Kids Care is offered 7-8am and 3-6pm on full days of school and will be available starting August 20. You must pre-register for Kids Care online at www.grcs.org/campus-life/kids-care. If you have used or plan to use Kids Care please take time to review their website as scheduling and rates have changed. If you have questions please contact the Kids Care Program Manager, Michele Ogdahl at MOgdahl@grcs.org or 616.574.6565.

Included with your mailed back to school packet:

Forms not included with this letter but may be obtained by contacting the school office or through the Parent Portal after logging in to GRCS.org:
Forms to return on or before the first day of school:
  • Field Trip and Transportation Release Waiver (K-5th grade students)
  • A copy of your student’s birth certificate (Kindergarten and Students new to GRCS)
  • Current health appraisal with immunizations (Pre-School, Kindergarten & new students)
  • Concussion Awareness Form (only for students new to GRCS)
  • Michigan Child Information Record (Pre-School students)
  • Major Medical / Life Threatening Food Allergies (as necessary)
  • Prescription Medication Authorization (as necessary)
     

Supply List

Evergreen School Supply List

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Below are the supplies that your child will need to bring to school in August. 
Please Note: Backpacks are kept in lockers and will need to fit into a 12" x 12" space. Please keep this in mind if you purchase new backpacks this summer.

Team 1

  • 1 Large Glue Stick
  • Colored Pencils (12 count - sharpened)
  • Supply Box (with name on it)
  • Scissors
  • Art Shirt (with name on it)
  • Tennis Shoes for P.E.
  • Large Backpack (without wheels and need to fit a folder and lunch bag)

Team 2

  • Backpack
  • 1 Large Glue Stick
  • Small Supply Box
  • Washable Markers
  • Tennis Shoes for P.E.
  • Water Bottle (with sip top)
  • Scissors

Team 3

  • Backpack
  • 1 Large Glue Stick
  • Markers
  • Colored Pencils (24 or more)
  • Covered Pencil Sharpener
  • Highlighter
  • Scissors
  • Calculator
  • Tennis Shoes for P.E.
  • Water Bottle (with sip top)
  • Small supply box

Car Line Pick Up Procedures

After School Pick Up Procedure for Car Line

  1. Each new family will receive 2 car window ID signs. Signs for pre-school families will be bright pink. Signs for all other families will be green. The sign will include the Evergreen logo and the last name of your family. Please keep one sign and distribute the other sign to those designated to pick up your children. If you are a returning family and need new signs or if you need more signs, please contact Carrie Doezema (cdoezema@grcs.org).
  2. The car sign must be displayed in the front, right corner of your car window. It also works well to attach the sign to your front passenger visor and just flip the visor down as you enter the car line.
  3. The Evergreen parking lot at 1630 Griggs St. is set up for one way traffic from west to east. Cars entering the parking lot should pull directly into the pick up lane. Families with green signs should proceed as far as possible to the east end of the pick up line to wait for their students. Pre-school families with pink signs should pull as far forward as possible but stop by the staff member at the front entrance of the school to wait for their preschool student there.
  4. Staff members will walk students out to the pick up line at the end of the school day.
  5. Staff members on duty will call out the last name shown on the displayed car sign and then direct your child(ren) to get in the car.
  6. Pre-school students will remain in the front vestibule of the school until their last names are called. Pre-school students will be escorted to cars.
  7. As soon as cars finish picking up their child(ren) they may carefully pull out of the pick up line and exit the parking lot. Staff will then wave the next cars forward and continue to call out names.
  8. Please do not park your car in the car line. Drivers must remain in their vehicles while in the car line.
  9. For the safety of all, please remember that it is not wise to cross a road or parking lot through traffic or between cars.
  10. If a child has not been picked up from school by 3:20 p.m. the staff members on duty will take that child to our after school KidsCare. Parents will be responsible to pay any applicable KidsCare fees that are incurred. If an emergency delays you, please call the school office at 574-5900. If the weather is bad, we understand that the pick up process will most likely take longer.

If you have any questions or comments please contact Principal Ann Bakker by phone (616.5745902) or by email (abakker@grcs.org). Thank-you for your cooperation as we work together to maintain the safety of our students and our families.
 

Preschool Drop-Off and Pick Up Procedures

Drop-Off and Pick Up Procedures for Pre-School Students

Welcome to pre-school at Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School, Evergreen! 

  • Morning preschool times are 8:00-10:50 a.m.
  • Afternoon preschool times are 12:10-3:00 p.m.
  • All day preschool is from 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

You may park your car in the parking lot and walk your child to the pre-school room in the morning or you may use the care pick up line.

Pre-school students may be dropped off in the morning and picked up in the pick-up line at the end of the day. We have established specific procedures to ensure that the process goes smoothly and to ensure the safety of each child:

  • Drop off time for pre-school students will be from 7:50 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. There will be staff at the front door to greet children and walk the pre-school students to the classroom. If you arrive outside of the 7:50-8:00 a.m. time frame, you will need to park your car in one of the parking spaces and walk your child to the pre-school classroom. The yellow striped lines in the parking lot are reserved for pre-school families from 7:45 a.m. until 8:10 a.m.
  • Pick up time for pre-school students will be from 3:00 p.m. until 3:15 p.m. Pre-school students will be inside the front door of the school with pre-school staff and will be released to cars in the car line according to the procedures in After School Pick-Up Procedure for Car Line letter.
  • Pre-school students who attend the morning session must be picked up by a parent/caregiver at the classroom door at the end of the morning session at 10:50 a.m.
  • Pre-school students who attend the afternoon session must be walked into the building and to the pre-school classroom by a parent/caregiver at 12:10 p.m.

Thank-you for your cooperation as we work together to provide an excellent educational experience for our students!  If you have any questions or comments please contact Principal Ann Bakker by phone (616.5745902) or by email (abakker@grcs.org). 
 

Iroquois

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Principal Welcome

Iroquois Principal's Corner - Summer 2019

Dear Parents,

I hope you are enjoying your summer! I am thrilled to be writing you this letter as your new principal and partner in your child's Christian education at Grand Rapids Christian Schools. I am excited to see God work in our partnership. Your kids are a blessing, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to work alongside you and their teachers in order to provide them with a top-notch educational experience here at Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School.

Welcome new teachers and students and welcome back to those who are returning! We are glad you are here. There are a lot of new students and teachers this year. A big welcome to Susan VerWys in preschool, Abigail Hendriksen in 2nd-grade Spanish Immersion, Eena Wright in 3rd-grade, Anna Minnema (Boice) also in 3rd-grade,  and Taylor Asfour in 4th-grade.

I'm excited to share with you our theme next year which will be "Every Story Whispers His Name" based on Psalm 89:1 that says, "I will sing of the Lord's great love forever; with my mouth, I will make your faithfulness known throughout all generations."

We all have a story that led us to some turning point in our lives, and so often it is evident that God was with us in those stories. We will have a great year of listening to and sharing stories of God's work.

As you know, we are starting the school year a week earlier this year. Good news! New air conditioning has been installed on the second floor to keep temperatures more comfortable and conducive to a positive learning environment. 

You are receiving a lot of information in this packet. Please take your time looking through it and feel free to ask any questions you may have. You are making a great investment in your child's education, and I encourage you to be familiar with the details that will make this a great experience for them.

One important detail I would like to point out is that we need all preschool and kindergarten students as well as all students in 1st-4th grade who are new to GRCES to submit their required health appraisal form, up-to-date immunization record or certified waiver, and birth certificate to the school office by August 12. Your child will not be able to start school until these forms and documents have been submitted.

I have been looking forward to this school year for quite some time now! The welcome my family and I have received from many of you is incredible. It is my prayer that you feel as welcome as we have. So, let's have a great school year enthusiastically learning, praising our Savior, and celebrating each other and all our uniqueness. Thank you for sharing your kids with us. Have a blessed rest of your summer!

Your Partner in Christian Education,
— John Barkel

Back to School Letter

2019-2020 Iroquois Staff

  • Preschool: Jessie Connell, Jenna Jansen, Basti Marquez, Berenice Mejia, Susan VerWys, and Lorna VanderSluis
  • Young 5s: Lori VanderBaan
  • Kindergarten: Alison Jimenez, Linda Jonker, Sondra Minnema, Sheryl Rozendal, Rachel Bardolph, and a new hire for Spanish Immersion
  • 1st Grade: Liz Kingma, Anna DeMoor, Kate Traylor, and Elizabeth Wolf
  • 2nd Grade: Grada Groen, Rachel Jen, Krista Vanderzee, Susan VanTimmeren, Sheryl Baker, and Abigail Hendriksen 
  • 3rd Grade: Vanessa Abreu, Elizabeth Triminio, Eena Wright, Anna Boice, and Brandon Helder 
  • 4th Grade: Sue Pluymert, Taylor Asfour, Abby Silvey, and Kelsey Tucker
  • Phys. Ed.: Linda Jongsma and Ann VanRees
  • Art: Laura Pegman
  • Music: Lisa VanderKamp and Sara Hondorp 
  • Computers: Chris McWhertor
  • Spanish: Merideth DeVries
  • Library: Betty-Ann Boss
  • Support Services: Jenny Marsh, Ronda Pifer, and Kim Primus
  • Principal: John Barkel
  • Secretaries: Arrin-Michelle Brisbane and Laura Szotko
  • Custodian: Dave Zondag

Details to note:

  • We are celebrating the start of the school year with an Open House for students and parents on Thursday, August 15, from 6:30pm-7:30 pm.  This is always a great time for children to meet their new teachers and to see their new rooms.  It is always fun to watch as the children come back to school and see their teachers and friends again.  We are always amazed at how much the children have grown!
  • Your child’s teacher for the 2019-2020 school year will be posted in your ParentVUE account by August 15.  Access your ParentVUE account at: synergyvue.grcs.org. Log in, then select your student by clicking on their photo under Recent Events, and click on the Class Schedule link to see your child’s teacher.  Also, while you are in ParentVUE, please click on the Student Info link and make sure your emergency contact information is correct.
  • Classes will begin on Monday, August 19, at 8:10 am.  This will be a shorter day.  The dismissal bell rings at 12:10 pm.  No lunch will be served at school this day.  
  • KIDS CARE: Information and registration for KidsCare can be found on-line at: www.grcs.org/kidscare. If you have questions please email Michelle Ogdahl at mogdahl@grcs.org
  • HOT LUNCH: information can be found by going to: www.grcs.org/hotlunch.  Hot Lunch will begin on Tuesday, August 20. Hot Lunch, including milk, is optional. Milk “only” is also an option.  Students may bring a lunch from home as well.  
  • MEDICAL: If your child has any major medical conditions or will be required to take prescription medications at school, we will need those forms signed by a physician and turned in, prior to starting school. These forms will need to be completed at the beginning of every school year that your child is enrolled. 
  • ALLERGIES: The GRCES Iroquois campus is a peanut and peanut-product “FREE” building.  A team of parents, teachers and administrators worked hard to develop a common-sense policy that is age appropriate and consistent with our overall beliefs.  Please contact the school office if you have questions.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Bussing information is not included with this letter as it is not available from GRPS at this time.  We will pass it on to you via email as soon as we have it.  The after school pick-up plan for days that GRPS busses do not run will be to pick up your child(ren) in the gymnasium (more information included in the mailing). GRCS busses will run on the first day of school, August 19. GRPS busses will start on the second day of school, August 20. You will receive bussing info via email from the Transportation Dept.
  • PTO: The Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) of GRCES is a very valuable group of parents in our school.  The PTO schedules volunteers for hot lunch helpers, fundraising, etc.  Please watch for more information coming from them.
  • PICK-UP: After school pick-up line: New families will receive 2 car window ID signs within the first week or two of school starting. Returning families should have signs from previous years. Should you need additional signs, please email Laura Szotko (lszotko@grcs.org).

Forms and Information

The following forms must be read, completed, signed and returned to the school office no later than August 12.  Students may not start school unless these forms are in.  Please make sure to get these important details done.

Included in your mailed back to school packet:
New students and all Preschool and Kindergarten students also need to submit the following forms:
  • Birth Certificate
  • Health History Form
  • Vaccination Record

Preschool Info

Preschool and Young 5’s Families 2019-2020 Back to School Information

Dear Parents,

We are looking forward to partnering with you in your child’s education and are excited to welcome you in August for the 2019-2020 school year! This note contains a lot of “need to know” information. Please read it carefully.

Required Documentation – Due August 12, 2019
  • The Health Appraisal form and an official copy of your child’s up-to-date immunization record from your doctor or a certified waiver needs to be turned in to the school office no later than August 12, 2019. Note that the front and back must be filled out and the form must be signed by the student’s doctor’s office.
  • We will also need a copy of your child’s Birth Certificate by August 12, 2019.

Your child will not be able to start school until these forms and documents have been submitted. You may either send these in the mail (1050 Iroquois SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506), email them to Michelle Ogdahl (mogdahl@grcs.org), or drop them off at the school office.  The school office will be open 9:00 am - 3:00 pm starting Aug. 5.

Upcoming Dates and Events
  • August 12: Required documentation due at the school office
  • August 15: All School Open House, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
  • August 21 or 22: Preschool/Young 5’s Visiting Days
    • Your child’s visiting day will depend on what schedule your child is enrolled in.
    • Visiting day will be a 1½ hour session accompanied by one parent or guardian.
    • Your child’s teacher will be sending you a separate welcome letter with exact dates and times.
  • August 26 or 27: Preschool/Young 5’s classes will begin depending on your child’s weekly schedule.
  • Aug. 30 & Sept. 2: No School - Labor Day Weekend
Preschool and Young 5’s Times    
  • Mornings 8:20am - 11:00am
  • Full Days 8:20am - 2:45pm
Kids Care Offering and Times
  • Before School Care: 7:00am - 8:20am
  • Lunch Bunch: W/TH 11:00am - 12:05pm
  • After School Care: 2:45pm - 6:00pm
If you have questions, please contact us at mogdahl@grcs.org.
 

Kindergarten Info

Kindergarten Families 2019-2020 Back to School Information

Dear Parents,

We are looking forward to partnering with you in your child’s education and are excited to welcome you in August for the 2019-2020 school year! This note contains a lot of “need to know” information. Please read it carefully.

Required Documentation – Due August 12, 2019
  • The Health Appraisal form and an official copy of your child’s up-to-date immunization record from your doctor or a certified waiver needs to be turned in to the school office no later than August 12, 2019. Note that the front and back must be filled out and the form must be signed by the student’s doctor’s office.
  • We will also need a copy of your child’s Birth Certificate by August 12, 2019.

Your child will not be able to start school until these forms and documents have been submitted. You may either send these in the mail (1050 Iroquois SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506), email them to Michelle Ogdahl (mogdahl@grcs.org), or drop them off at the school office.  The school office will be open 9:00 am - 3:00 pm starting Aug. 5.

Upcoming Dates and Events
  • August 12: Required documentation due at the school office
  • August 15: All School Open House, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
  • August 19: First day of Kindergarten — half day dismissal at 12:10 pm
  • Aug. 30 & Sept. 2: No School - Labor Day Weekend
Kindergarten Times    
  • Full Days 8:10am - 3:10pm
Kids Care Offering and Times
  • Before School Care: 7:00am - 8:20am
  • After School Care: 2:45pm - 6:00pm
If you have questions, please contact us at mogdahl@grcs.org.
 

Supply List

Iroquois School Supply List

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Listed below are the supplies that your child will need to bring to school in the fall.
Note:  Backpacks will be kept in lockers and will need to fit into a 12" x 12" space.  

First Grade

  • 1 Large Glue Stick 
  • Crayons (16 count)
  • Colored Pencils (24 count – sharpened)
  • Flat Zippered Pencil Pouch to fit in your child’s seat sack (no pencil boxes)
  • Tennis Shoes for P.E. (to be left at school all year)
  • Large Backpack (without wheels and needs to fit a folder and lunch)
  • 2 large containers of Clorox wipes (for classroom cleaning)
  • (Pencils, scissors, markers, erasers and folders will be supplied by school)

    
Second Grade

  • Crayons (16 count)
  • 1 pkg of 8 Markers, classic colors and broad tipped
  • 1 Highlighter
  • 1 pkg Dry Erase Markers (not vis-à-vis)
  • Scissors (not for Spanish Immersion)
  • Pencil Box (not for Spanish Immersion)
  • 1 package of Post-it notes (3 x 3 size)    
  • Tennis Shoes for P.E. (to be left at school all year)
  • Art Shirt (with name on it - old adult size t-shirt)
  • Clorox wipes (for classroom cleaning)

    
Third Grade

  • Large Glue Sticks (2)
  • Crayons (16 count)
  • Colored Pencils (12 count)
  • Pencil Box
  • Covered Pencil Sharpener
  • Markers
  • Pencils (2 doz #2 yellow-sharpened – for ‘community’ pool)
  • Dry Erase Markers (not vis-à-vis)
  • Highlighter
  • Scissors
  • 1 package of Post-it-notes (3x3 size)
  • Tennis Shoes for P.E.
  • Active Public Library Card
  • For Home Use: Ruler & Pencils
     

Fourth Grade

  • Pencils (#2 yellow-sharpened) 
  • 2-3 Highlighters
  • 2-3 Dry Erase Markers (not vis-à-vis)
  • Post-It Notes – 2 packs
  • Tennis Shoes for P.E.
  • Water bottle (with sip top)    

Car Line Pickup Procedures

Iroquois After School Pick-Up Procedures for Car Line

Car Window ID Signs

New families will receive 2 car window ID signs.  Returning families should have theirs saved.  Please distribute them to any others designated to pick up children.   If you need more signs, email Laura Szotko (lszotko@grcs.org).

Car signs must be displayed in the front, right corner of car window. It also works well to attach the sign to your front passenger visor and just flip the visor down as you enter the car line.

Students will be divided into 4 groups according to last names:
  • A-D (Blue/Group 1)
  • E-L (Yellow/Group 2)
  • M-S (Green/Group 3)
  • T-Z (Purple /Group 4)

Students should only wait for car pick up in the car line waiting area as this is the only place there is staff supervision after school for non bus-riders.

Safety Guidelines

Cars should enter the circle drive from Iroquois and wait in the right lane (approximately six cars). The car line will continue on to the east side of Iroquois.  Staff members on duty will call out the group number and last name shown on the displayed car sign and then direct your child(ren) to get in the car. 

If there is a delay in your child(ren) arriving in the waiting area, staff will direct you to pull as far forward as possible while you wait. In some cases, it may be necessary to direct you to park your car and walk up to the school. Your cooperation with staff, as they work to keep the line moving, will be greatly appreciated.

As soon as cars in the right lane pick up their child(ren) and pull out, staff will wave the next cars forward and continue to call out group numbers and last names. We hope that by calling out several cars at a time and by encouraging students to watch for their rides, the line will move quickly. 
    
Please do not arrive for the car line until 3:05 pm. This will make for less congestion when parents pick up their preschoolers at 2:50 pm.  Please do not park your car and leave it in the car line.  Drivers must remain in their vehicle while in the car line.

For the safety of all, please remember that it is not wise to cross a road or parking lot through traffic and/or between cars.  Rather, use designated crosswalks.  Also, please reserve the circle drive for car line pick up only.  Do not use the left lane to simply drive through to the parking lot.

If an emergency delays you in picking up your child at the scheduled release time, please call the office at 616.574.6500.  

Rockford

Rockford Info

Principal Welcome

Rockford Principal's Corner - Summer 2019

Dear Rockford Christian Families,

I hope this letter finds you all well and your summer in full swing. Whether outside, traveling, or at home, the summer months afford us time to connect with family and friends. As our first day of school, August 19th approaches, I look forward to connecting with you as a part of the Rockford Christian School Community.

In our classrooms and outdoors, students at Rockford Christian are being equipped as effective servants of Christ. Here, our students learn about God’s world and discover their place in it. They hear God’s story and find themselves a part of it. As we learn and grow together, our theme for the year will be “Love in Action” taken from Romans 12: 9-21. Christ is at work in our school. I pray our theme will help us to see and show His love this year during our Family Time, classroom learning, outdoor education, and school-wide activities.

In addition to our theme, I want to highlight some upcoming school events:

Back-to-School Open House | Thursday, August 15, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Our back-to-school open house allows parents and children to meet teachers, see classrooms, and connect with classmates and friends. I look forward to seeing you there!

First Day of School | Monday, August 19, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Don’t forget those first-day-of-school pictures! Our first day together will be Monday, August 19th. There will be no RPS busing at the noon dismissal time, but GRCS buses will be running.

Opening Family Time & School Year Dedication | Monday, August 19, 11:30 AM
All RCS parents are invited to our first Family Time of the year. This special event allows us to come together as a community in praise and worship to God. It is a wonderful way to end our first day and start the year. We hope you can join us.

RPS busing will begin on Monday, August 26.
Normal full-day school hours (8:30 -3:15) will begin Tuesday, August 20th.  Students dropped off before 8:20 will stay in Kids Care, which opens at 7:30 AM each morning. Kids Care is $5 per hour. After School Kids Care will begin on Tuesday, August 20th.
 
Classroom Connect | Monday, September 9, 7:00 — 8:00 PM
Classroom Connect is your chance to hear more from homeroom teachers about curricular highlights, classroom routines, and expectations for the year.
 
Back-to-School BBQ | Thursday, September 12, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
I tend to think the best friends are made over food. Come join us for a meal together as we celebrate the start of another year! More detail will follow from the RCS PTO in the Home Bulletin.

Please see the RCS Calendar for additional calendar dates and updates.

One other important detail I would like to point out is that we need all preschool, kindergarten, and 7th grade students as well as all students in 1st-8th grade who are new to RCS to submit their required health appraisal form, up-to-date immunization record or certified waiver, and birth certificate to the school office by August 12.  Your child will not be able to start school until these forms and documents have been submitted.

We eagerly anticipate the upcoming year and praise God for His many blessings. It is humbling to be a part of such a committed and caring community centered in Christ. Thank you for your continued prayers for RCS, support of our mission, and trust with your children.

Please see the RCS Calendar for additional calendar dates and updates.

Your partner in Christian education,
—Ben Buursma

Middle School

Middle School Downloads

Middle School Info

Principal Welcome

Middle School Principal's Corner - Summer 2019

Dear GRCMS Parents,

I hope that this letter finds you and your family doing well, enjoying summer, and looking forward to the coming school year. In a few more weeks it will be Monday, August 19, and the first day of school for 2019-2020!  

The GRCMS theme for the upcoming school year is “Dream Small: Do Small Things With Great Love.”  We do want our kids to think about and aim for big ideas, but we also don’t want them to miss all of the little things that they can do each day to make a difference in building the Kingdom here.  We are going to emphasize the daily “little things” that they can do or that others do for them. We want to be observant about, practice, and appreciate those little things and, also, appreciate the people who do them for us and others. As Mother Teresa showed us with her life: we all are able to “do small things with great love.”  Check out Josh Wilson’s song “Dream Small” to better understand the theme idea.

As July turns to August, I want to highlight the first two events for you to be involved in with your children at Grand Rapids Christian Middle School so that they are on your family calendar: 

Wednesday, August 14, from 6:00-7:30 pm.
This will be the evening of our back-to-school open house, hosted by the GRCMS P.T.O. You and your child(ren) can come and check out the classroom(s) and connect and/or re-connect with teachers and friends. Please come and go as you are able on this evening. We look forward to seeing you!

Thursday evening, September 12, at 7:00 pm
“Classroom Connect”: This evening will be an opportunity for parents to meet with our teachers and to learn about routines and expectations for the year. It is an opportunity to get to know one another face-to-face and start the year well.

Homeroom and schedule information will not be available until early August.  
This information can be found by logging into ParentVue or StudentVue, selecting the student(s) whose schedule you wish to view, and then clicking on “Class Schedule.”  Again, this information will not be available until early August and could still be subject to change as final details for 2019-2020 are confirmed.

A few other reminders: The school day at GRCMS runs from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. The first bell will ring at 7:55 and instruction will begin at 8:00.  

There is no school on Friday, August 30, because of Labor Day weekend.  In addition, for the safety of all children, please see the enclosed letter regarding traffic patterns and before- and after-school drop-off.

As we look ahead to the upcoming school year, we do so with complete reliance on our Lord to provide for all of our needs. We covet your prayers for the 2019-2020 school year: for the students and families who will be part of our GRCMS community, for the GRCMS staff members preparing for the year, and for the many preparations that happen yet in August. We look forward to the coming school year as God continues to shape us into His servants through the little things that make a difference in each and every day. 

Your partner in Kingdom service,
—Eric Burgess

5th Grade Letter

Dear Parents of GRCMS 5th Graders,

We look forward to getting to meet your daughters and sons this coming year and to beginning the journey of middle school with them.  Thanks for choosing GRCMS!

The purpose of this letter is to give you an initial idea of the groupings of the 5th graders for 2019-2020.  Because this is all new for many of you--and since we have five homeroom groupings this year instead of the traditional four groupings--we wanted to explain the structure.  In 2019-2020, we will have two Spanish immersion homerooms and three English homerooms.  

The teachers for the 5th graders are as follows:
  • Mrs. Diane Boerma - Spanish Immersion         
  • Mr. Steve DeBoer - English
  • Mr. Jimmy David - Spanish Immersion
  • Mr. Tully Groenendyk - English
  • Ms. Ivy Nelson - English

Mrs. Boerma will teach all of the English content (ELA and social studies) to Spanish immersion students; she will have her homeroom in the morning, and then they will go to Mr. David for Spanish instruction (Bible, science, and math) in the afternoon.  Mr. David will have his homeroom for Spanish instruction (Bible, science, and math) in the morning, and his students will go to Mrs. Boerma in the afternoon for English courses (ELA and social studies).

The non-immersion students will have some combination of two of the three English teachers for their core classes of Bible, math, science, social studies, and ELA.  They will have one teacher for Bible, math, and science each day, and the other teacher for social studies, reading, and writing instruction.

Fifth graders will also be grouped differently for their co-curricular classes: art, physical education, music classes, Spanish, and technology.  This allows the opportunity to get to know and interact with a different group of students than their daily homeroom groupings.

Homeroom teachers and final schedule information will not be available until early August.  This information can be found by logging into ParentVue or StudentVue, selecting the student whose schedule you wish to view, and then clicking on “Class Schedule.”  

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.  We look forward to seeing you in August!

Your partners in Kingdom service,

Eric Burgess

Principal
eburgess@grcs.org

Sara Seth

Assistant Principal
sseth@grcs.org

Lynnette Kooienga

Academic Program Coordinator
sseth@grcs.org

GRCMS Traffic Flow

Dear Grand Rapids Christian Schools’ Families:

At GRCS, the safety of your children is of utmost importance to us. As our school campus is situated on a major traffic artery and street, your cooperation is needed. During the times middle school children are driven to school and picked up after school, the guidelines listed below must be followed. 

Although there is a great deal of detail below, it is essential that you review and understand these directions for the safety of all children.
  1. Doors open and students can arrive to school as early as 7:30 AM daily. We have no before school care program at GRCMS.
  2. During drop off and pick up times, the half circle drive and parking area on Chesaning Street are FOR BUS DROP OFF ONLY. Drop-off times are 7:30-8:15 AM and Pick-up times are 2:45-3:15 PM.
  3. Parents & high school drivers should drop students off and/or pick them up in the flow-through parking lots along Shiawassee Street. There are arrows and signs marking the flow of traffic through this lot. Students can enter through doors on the south side of the building.
  4. There will be a trained crossing guard at the corner of Chesaning & Burton (Englewood & Burton) and at Chesaning and Shiawassee to help student walkers and bikers safely cross during drop-off and pick-up times.
  5. Bikers should have bike locks and must park their bikes on racks during the school day (one stationed near the playground & Chesaning Street; the other near the gym along Shiawassee Street).
  6. There is absolutely no student drop-off, pick-up, or parking allowed along Chesaning Street. 

Thank you for cooperating with our traffic flow and safe passage guidelines. Please see Traffic Flow Map for additional instruction.  We appreciate your partnership and are excited to serve your families this coming school year!

Your partner in Christian education,
Eric Burgess, Principal
 

Supply List

Middle School Supply List

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Listed below are the supplies that your child will need to bring to school in the fall.  Supplies may need to be replenished during the school year as needed.

Fifth Grade

  • 2 Composition books 
  • 1 Pocket folder for homework – optional (folders for other subjects provided)
  • 3 Dozen sharpened pencils 
  • 1 Highlighter
  • 1 Scissors
  • 1 Black Sharpie marker
  • 1 Large glue stick
  • Colored pencils and wide tip markers
  • Pair of earbuds to keep at school (with mic optional)
  • Calculator with an exponent feature

    
Sixth Grade

  • Assignment notebook
  • Three 1” binders (1 for Soc St/Bible; 1 for Sci/Math; 1 for ELA)
  • Loose-leaf notebook paper
  • 3 Dozen sharpened pencils for the classroom
  • Pens and erasers
  • Small, handheld pencil sharpener
  • 1 Highlighter & 1 black Sharpie marker
  • Calculator
  • Scissors
  • 1 large glue stick
  • Colored pencils and fine tip markers 
  • Pair of earbuds to keep in your laptop case (with mic optional)
  • Laptop case or sleeve for 11.6” computer 

    
Seventh Grade

  • Assignment notebook - optional

  • Organizational system – binders (preferred) or folders for 5 subjects (color coding works great)

  • Loose-leaf notebook paper

  • Loose-leaf graph paper

  • Set of 3 dividers for math binder

  • 2 one subject spiral bound notebooks

  • Pencils, pens, erasers

  • Calculator – student is required to have his/her own calculator

  • Colored pencils 

  • 1 Pair of earbuds to keep in your laptop case (with mic optional)

  • Laptop case or sleeve for 11.6” computer 

  • Spanish Students: 1 (1”) binder with 5 dividers and loose leaf paper

  • ASL Students: 1 (1”) binder

Eighth Grade

  • Assignment notebook  
  • Loose-leaf notebook paper    
  • Calculator (scientific)
  • Pens, Pencils 
  • Colored pencils (not markers)
  • Highlighters 
  • Bible
  • Writing journal for Bible class (journal-style book, not a spiral notebook)
  • 5 ( 1”) Binders (1 per class: Bible, ELA, Science, Math, History)
  • Pair of earbuds to keep in your laptop case (with mic optional)
  • Small pencil case or bag with pencils and eraser for Art class
  • Laptop case or sleeve for 11.6” computer 
  • Spanish Students: 1 (1”) binder with 5 dividers and loose leaf paper
  • ASL Students: 1 (1”) binder

PTO Welcome Letter

Dear Families,

The Grand Rapids Christian Middle School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) would like to extend a warm welcome to all new and returning families!  We are a volunteer organization made up of parents, teachers, administrators, and support staff who work to connect your family and our school in a positive and enjoyable way.

Your contributions to our organization make a difference.  You will find a list of events and the beneficiaries on the back of this letter.  We want to encourage anyone to get involved, whether through the PTO, financially, or by attending and participating in many of these activities.

To kick off the school year, we will be having an apparel sale at our Open House on Wednesday, August 14 at 6:00pm.  Look for us in the lobby!

Thank you for all you do and we look forward to connecting with many of you.

Lesley Selfe
GRCMS PTO Chair
selfe.les@gmail.com

Middle School Hot Lunch FAQs

How do students receive meals?

At middle school, students will sign up for hot lunch at the beginning of the day.  At the serving line during lunch, they will receive their selection and proceed to the cashier. Students receiving free or reduced-price meals will use the same procedure, and there will be no indication on the screen that the student is receiving a free or reduced-price lunch.

Can I still send a check to school?

Absolutely. Deposits may be sent to school with your student in an envelope. Please label the envelope ‘Food Services’ and include the student's first and last name.  Payments may be dropped off in the school office. 

Can I send one check for all my students?

Yes. We have the ability to make family deposits. However, all student accounts are individual. Please indicate how much you want deposited to each student account.

How will I know when the account is getting low on funds?

You can monitor accounts online. Follow the link to SendMoneyToSchool.com and after creating an account and receiving your password, you can log on and view account balances and history. Click the "View History" link next to the student's name.  There is no charge to view your student's account history or balance.

May Students Charge Lunches to Other Students' Accounts?

No. Due to the federally regulated child nutrition program, meals are not allowed to be charged to other student’s accounts.

What if I do not have access to the Internet?

We are happy to assist you in maintaining your student's account.  You can contact Jill Zondag by calling 574-5815. Students may also check their balance at the register as they make their purchases.

May I get a refund from my child's account?

We are happy to transfer funds between your children's accounts. All lunch balances are carried over to the following school year.  We urge all families to monitor their lunch balances beginning in April to avoid leaving an excess balance on their account. There is no fee to register at SendMoneyToSchool.com to access your child's account usage and balances. Unfortunately, we do not refund hot lunch balances.

What is the cost for Hot Lunch?

Meal Prices for the 2019-2020 school year are: Full Lunches will be $2.85 for students in 5-8.  “Reduced” lunch price is 40¢.  All full lunches include milk.  Milk alone is 50¢/carton.

How do I apply for Free/Reduced Price lunches?

If you wish to apply for Free/Reduced Lunch, please click on the link provided on the Hot Lunch page of the GRCS Website, or go directly to www.lunchapp.com where you will quickly and easily be able to apply for Free and Reduced Lunch Benefits online.  Please be assured that this information will remain confidential.  If you need an application mailed to you, please contact your school office or Jill Zondag at 616.574.5815. A new application must be submitted each school year. 
 

Dress Code

Dress Code 

It is essential that students, parents, and faculty members uphold our dress code policy and expectations because the personal appearance of each member of the student body reflects upon the entire school. Students are expected to dress in a neat and modest fashion, appropriate for the activities in which the students are involved and the climate/weather conditions. Understanding fashion trends, styles, and individual expression, GRCMS will maintain a standard for student appearance that preserves and promotes a positive and appropriate self image, respect for others, and a Christian learning environment free of distractions.

General Dress Code
  • All school attire must be free of suggestive or offensive words, images, etc. or any such message that may create disruptions & distractions in the learning environment.
  • All school attire should be free of holes or frayed design that showcases skin or other parts of the body.
  • Hats are to be removed during chapels, devotions, worship times, prayer, and any other situations when requested by a staff member or supervising adult. Headwear may be worn in class.
  • All t‐shirts/tops/shirts must come (at least) to the waist line of each individual student. Waist line t-­‐shirts/tops/shirts may require an undershirt that is tucked in, as not to showcase skin or the mid-­‐section when raising arms or bending over.
  • Slacks, jeans, tops, shirts are not to be tight-­‐fitting, drawing attention to the student’s body
  • “Heelies” or shoes with wheels are not permitted.
  • Modest shorts can be worn during the warmer months (August, September, May, June). Shorts, capris, skirts and dresses must be at the top of the knee OR must meet the fingertip length test (as in be the length of, or longer, when a student holds their arms straight down their sides, with hands and fingertips straight).
  • Pants/sweats/shorts are to be free of words across the “gluteus maximus” or back area.
GRCMS Girls
  • Shorts, capris, skirts, and dresses must meet the fingertip length rule (as in be the length of, or longer, when a student holds their arms straight down their sides, with hands and fingertips straight).
  • Undergarments must be covered at all times & sleeve fabric must come to the edge of the shoulder.
  • Strapless or strapped shirts, blouses, or tops are not to be worn to school.  All shirts, blouses, tops, etc. worn to school must have sleeves.
  • The neckline of all t-­shirts/tops/shirts must be high enough to show no cleavage.
  • White tops, skirts, pants are permitted. However, girls must be mindful and intentional in wearing appropriate undergarments.
  • For School Field Trips (particularly trips involving water activities), tankinis (bikinis with an attached tank to cover the abdomen/stomach) or one­‐piece bathing suits must be worn. This expectation is consistent with that of youth groups and camps.
GRCMS Boys
  • Pants/sweats/shorts are not to be “sagging” below the waistline/hips.
  • Facial hair needs to be trimmed neatly.
  • In warmer months (August, September, May, June), boys may not wear just jerseys or sleeveless shirts.  
  • All shirts worn to school must have sleeves.
P.E. Dress Code
  • Students are required to change clothes for PE classes.
  • Shorts/warm-­ups and t-­‐shirts are suggested; these must follow the school dress code.
  • Athletic shoes must be worn for PE class.
Pease Note

The school reserves the right to decide what is inappropriate for the school setting. In the area of grooming and dress, we hold a high standard, clear regarding our expectations and the culture of those who demean themselves because they do not regard themselves or identify as image bearers of God. Students needing a change of clothes will be allowed to call home and make arrangements for changing before being allowed back in class. 

High School

High School Info

Principal Welcome

Dear Parents/Guardians and High School Students:

We trust your summer is offering a time of refreshing for you and your family, a time to enjoy a more relaxed pace not tied to bells and buses. We also hope it allows you time to think about next school year.

We have been preparing for the new school year at Grand Rapids Christian High School, and we are excited to see how God will continue to bless our staff, students, and surrounding communities. There are so many  reasons to praise God for all He does for us on a daily basis. Please join us as we ask for His continued guidance in this upcoming school year. We will continue to work together to become effective servants of Christ.

This mailing contains pertinent  information  regarding  orientation  and the details for a successful  beginning to our school year. We will do all the orientation in the Upper and Lower  Town  Square.  The access  point for those days will be at the main entrance on the Plymouth side of the building. For your planning for the beginning of  school, all the orientation details will occur on the same day, each grade level having its own day. Note that the freshman orientation on Friday, August 16, is part of an all-day "freshman launch" that concludes with a family dinner at 5:00. See orientation details below.

Please watch for emails with other details and opportunities to get involved at GRCHS. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Sincerely,
Bradley P. Mockabee, Principal

Orientation Days

SENIORS

Monday, August 12

8:30 am — 11:30 am
1:00 pm — 3:00 pm

JUNIORS

Tuesday, August 13

8:30 am — 11:30 am
1:00 pm — 3:00 pm

SOPHOMORES

Wednesday, August 14

8:30 am — 11:30 am
1:00 pm — 3:00 pm

MAKE-UP

Thursday, August 15

8:30 am — 11:30 am
1:00 pm — 3:00 pm

The whole process will take you about 60 minutes for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. You may come any time during your assigned day - 8:30-11:30 am. and 1:00-3:00 pm. When you finish all the items listed under #1 below, you may leave. Note that any student who is unable to attend their assigned orientation day or makeup day may complete requirements during late start or responsibility period on Monday, August 19, the first day of school.

On your assigned orientation day, come to the main entry on the Plymouth side of the building and begin your orientation there:

Station 1 - Drop off any completed forms (enclosed); pick up building map with orientation stations located on it
Station 2 - In the Learning Commons - sign and necessary forms, show that you have a protective carrying case/padded backpack, and get your computer, access codes, and log ins
Station 3 - In Room 232 -yearbook and ID pictures - if you wish to order a picture packet, present the completed the form sent to you directly from the photographer and the payment for your order. Seniors have only an ID picture taken
Station 4 - pick up your class schedule; check it carefully and take questions directly to your counselor
Station 5 - get your locker number; locks are available; only school locks may be used on the school lockers
Station 6 - pick up your parking permit if you requested one
Station 7 - go to the bookstore - present your schedule to get your books
Station 8 - go to the registration table to complete processing of books
Station 9 - drop off lunch forms and money for your lunch account That completes your orientation day responsibilities.

Freshman Launch

Freshman Orientation

Friday, August 16 | 9:00 am — 5:00 pm

Freshman Family Dinner

Friday, August 16 | 5:00 pm

Freshman Launch is scheduled for Friday, August 16 from 8:45 am. - 5:00 pm.  Our hope is that the 9th graders will feel more comfortable about starting school on Monday having the opportunity to get to know classmates and a few upperclassmen, see other 9th graders who share their classes, and "practice" their schedules . The Launch will end with a family meal at 5:00 pm. 

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
  • 8:45 am — Students dropped off at Plymouth entrance with a backpack.
  • Check in and pick up folder
  • Opening welcome and devotions
  • Freshman breakfast
  • Introduction of Student Congress
  • Get to know each other
  • Lunch provided
  • Pick up books, lockers, computers, pictures
  • Computer orientation
  • Students practice running through their schedules
  • Eagle Way and what it means to be a student at GRCHS
  • Opportunities to get involved at GRCHS
  • Team building
  • 5:00 p.m. — Parents join for a meal

School Details

Enrollment

Students of families whose enrollment forms have not been received by the business office or whose prior financial commitments have not been resolved at the Grand Rapids Christian Schools' Business Office will not be able to pick up the school laptop or books until those obligations are met.

Laptops

School-owned MacBook Air laptops will be issued to students. Those will come with hard-shell snap-on cases to protect the laptops from scratches. The students will also receive login credentials for accessing accounts such as their network and Google drives, and StudentVue accounts. In order to receive a laptop, the student will sign an Acceptable Use agreement. The student must come with a carry case in a style preferred by the student or a backpack with a padded laptop sleeve in it.

School Lunch

Our lunch program, part of the National School Lunch Program, will allow you to make deposits into your high-schooler's lunch account as needed through the year. Families who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program will have access to that, using a confidential system of access. Details are included in this mailing (buff form).

ParentVue

Parent Access to Student Academic Performance and Internet Security - ParentVue , will give you access to viewing schedules, assignments, grades, attendance information, and more. It can be accessed via the internet or the ParentVue mobile app. GRCHS uses Securely, an internet filter system, to keep students safe online. You can set up notifications to monitor your student's usage. Please see the letter from Sheila VanderWoude, Director of Technology, and contact her if you have any questions (svanderwoude@grcs.org).

Back-to-School Open House

Back-to-School Open House for Parents is scheduled for Tuesday, August 20 from 6:30 pm — 8:45 pm. We will begin with a brief welcome and worship in the Center for Arts and Worship at 6:30. After that, parents will move through their student's schedule, attending 7-minute classes to learn more about each teacher and course. Please write down or print your student's schedule and take it with you. If you need a copy, we will print that for you in the office that evening.

Parent Involvement

Parent partnership is essential to a healthy school community. We continue to look for ways to grow our partnership with the home. Please watch for an email before school begins that outlines ways that you can get involved and partner with the school to serve our students.

Students with Allergies

We have a number of students with significant peanut and tree nut allergies. While we are not a peanut/tree nut-free school, we ask that you be sensitive to that by avoiding sending snacks to school that contain those allergens whenever possible. It will help us create a safer environment for those students. Please contact a counselor if your student has an allergy or other medical condition that we should know about.

Senior Retreat

The senior retreat is scheduled for August 17 and 18 at Grace Adventures Camp. If you have not yet signed up for this important time for our seniors to fellowship and set the foundation for an awesome senior year, please contact Mr. Eric Taylor, dean of student life, at etaylor@grcs.org.

New Students

New students will be welcomed appropriately through a separate orientation. If you are a non­ freshman who is new to GRCHS, watch for communication about this orientation from Mr. Eric Taylor, dean of student life.

CLASSES BEGIN ON MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2019! 

Students will have a normal Monday schedule (periods 1, 3, 5, 7), including a late start. pt period begins at 8:35. See the daily schedule for details.

GRCHS Student Parking

REGULATIONS for DRIVING AND PARKING | 2019 - 2020

(download and print GRCHS 19-20 Parking Permit Application)

Given that driving to and parking at school is a privilege and not a right, Grand Rapids Christian High School expects that students to whom the privilege is extended will abide by the regulations listed below.

REGULATIONS:
  • All vehicles driven to school that are used by students  and staff must be registered in the school office and a 2019 - 2020  registration  sticker must be properly  affixed to the front windshield on the passenger side. Each student must submit a written application with parental signature for a parking permit.
  • Notes on parking:
    • Applications for parking permits are due in the school office by August 2, 2019.
    • Parking permits will be distributed at orientation.
    • If a student begins driving during the year, a permit can be requested at that time.
  • If a student with a registered parking permit drives a different vehicle on a given day, they are required to register the temporary vehicle in the office.
  • If you change a car during the year, you must register the new car in the office. You can transfer the sticker to the new car or request a new sticker.
  • Student vehicles are to be parked properly in designated white line parking spaces, in the student parking areas. Please note: The service drive on the  east  side of the school is a fire lane and may not be used for parking. Cars must park in the student parking areas, not in the visitor spaces, yellow- lined spaces, or in the staff lot.
  • Cars not normally driven to school must be registered with a day permit in the school office either the afternoon before or at the beginning of the school day.
  • The Shawnee Church circle drive and lower lot are off-limits to the school. The school service drive and bus turnaround circle may not be used by students  for parking. In order to be a good neighbor and because of the congested traffic situation on the. narrow streets surrounding the school, student parking on streets is not allowed.

 
VIOLATIONS:
  • Students who drive unregistered vehicles to school will be fined $15.00.
  • Students who park a registered or unregistered vehicle on one of the streets near the school, such as Plymouth, Tecumseh, Okemos, Menominee, and Tekonsha will be subject to $15.00 parking fines.
  • Parking in the areas designated for staff or visitors results in a $5.00 fine.
  • Student parking is not allowed:
    • Outside white-lined parking spaces.
    • In yellow-lined parking spaces
    • On curbed areas designated as Fire Lanes
    • On curbed areas painted blue or yellow.
    • On sidewalks or other walkways.
    • These violations are subject to a minimum of $5.00 fines. Repeat offender fine is $10.00 and potential loss of parking privilege
  • Students who, without permission, use their vehicles to leave campus or take other students off campus, other than at the end of the school day, risk their parking permit and driving privileges.
  • Persons parking in the Handicapped spaces may be ticketed by the Grand Rapids Police Department. Their minimum fine is $75.00.

Repeated violations may result in the loss of driving privileges to and from school or suspension from school.

MISCELLANEOUS:
  • The School Board has given civil authorities the right to search vehicles in designated school parking lots.
  • All vehicles are to remain unoccupied while parked in any lot. Students who need to access their cars during the school day must receive permission from the attendance office. No vehicle may be driven in the lot except to enter or exit the premises during the school day or for a school sponsored activity.
  • All vehicles are to be driven with care.
  • RECKLESS DRIVING OF ANY KIND IS PROHIBITED AND COULD RESULT IN SUSPENSION OR LOSS OF DRIVING PRIVILEGES.
  • All vehicles must be driven on designated roadways, never over curbs, grass, etc.

Violations of #3 & #4 are subject to a minimum $25.00 fine
 

Staff Updates

American Sign Language: Diane Sytsma
Dean of Students: Elizabeth Hoving
Facility Maintenance: Kevin Klaassen
Inclusion Coordinator: Missy Meekhof
Spanish: Kate Avila
Spanish: Raquel Rodriguez
 

Counseling Office

A School Counselor is assigned to each student at GRCHS. The counselor can always be the first contact for parents/guardians when questions come up.

The counselor walks alongside that student throughout her/his high school career in the following ways.
  • Assisting in making yearly course selections and schedule adjustments.
  • Connecting students to academic support upon referral from parents, teachers, or students.
  • Providing support for non-academic problems related to attendance, discipline, social/emotional issues upon referral from administration, parents, or students.
  • Working with students and families to create post-high school plans.
Counselor Assignments for 2019-2020 by last name:
COUNSELOR 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Mrs. Wallace A — G
+Spanish Immersion students
A — G A — G A — G
Mrs. Hartman H — M H — M H — Q H — Q
Mr. Grasmeyer N — Z N — Z R — Z R — Z

 

Technology Letter

Parents,

Grand Rapids Christian Schools uses three parent portals to partner with you in supporting your child in their education in this digital world.

PARENT VUE

ParentVUE, our parent portal for our student information management system, gives you access to your child's schedule (once it is finalized in August), grade book, attendance, and report cards . You can view your emergency contacts on record and complete your enrollment verification process in ParentVUE. Under "Account", you can set up automatic notifications to receive a weekly email with a grade book summary, and attendance emails when your child misses a class that was not reported to the office.  Access ParentVUE at synergyvue.grcs.org.

SECURLY

Securly, our internet filtering system, works on school devices whether they are at school or off campus. An algorithm of student internet usage activates an email to you with a snapshot of your child's internet usage that week. To set up an account to view your child's internet audit trail, create an account from the Parent Portal button in the first email that arrives from Securly late August. You can set website restrictions that take affect on the school device when it is off campus if desired, in this portal.  Access the Securly Parent Portal at any time at securly.com.

The Grand Rapids Christian School website is a great resource for calendar events, technology information, and more. User guides for Securly and ParentVUE can be found HERE.

WEBSITE PARENT PORTAL

One of the new things last year was the addition of an online student and Parent  Directory . Access the directory through the password protected Parent link in the upper right corner . To set up your account, you need to click on the Forgot My Password link . An email will be sent to the first listed email address on your ParentVUE record which is the email we authorized for the website portal. Set up a password by clicking on the link in the email you receive. The online directories will be updated mid August.

You will receive text notifications through our new notification system this year for some time sensitive events. If desired, there will be an opt out option when you receive that first text.

Please let me know if you have questions.

Sheila Vanderwoude
Grand Rapids Christian School Director of Technology
Email. svanderwoude@grcs.org
Phone. 616.350.6063

Fall Sports

All athletes are required to have an athletic physical exam prior to the beginning of tryouts or practice . That physical must be dated after April 15, 2019 to be valid for school year 2019-2020. The MHSAA Physical form is available in the school office or online at grchristianeagles.org. The physical information must come in on that form.

If you are interested in participating, we encourage you to contact the coach if you have not communicated with him/her already. Although only the head varsity coaches are named below, be aware that many of the sports include 9th grade or junior varsity programs.

The first day for volleyball & girls swim/dive is August 14, with all other sports beginning on August 12.

Questions may be directed to Athletic Director, Mr. Jason Heerema 616.574.5820 or jheerema@grcs.org.
 

GIRLS FALL SPORTS

Cross Country Doug Jager 616.723.6345
Golf Seth Davies 616.334.4040
Swimming Mitchell Schroder 616.802.0300
Volleyball Tiffannie Gates 616.304.3009
Cheerleading Jacquie DeJonge 616.560.7461
Sailing Dan Kremer 616.443.7964

 

BOYS FALL SPORTS

Cross Country Doug Jager 616.723.6345
Football Don Fellows 616.916.7786
Soccer Bruce Pobocik 810.908.8879
Tennis Tim Morey 616.822.2222
Sailing Dan Kremer 616.443.7964

 

Parent Volunteer Team Letter

Dear GRCHS Families,

What a blessing it is to be part of such a wonderful family! Every time I come to school, for a concert, a sporting event, or to spend an hour volunteering for Hot Lunch, I am once again reminded of the privilege our students and families enjoy there. The Lord has been good to our community.

The PVT (Parent Volunteer Team) is a group of parents who volunteer to serve lunch to our students. We serve alongside the paid staff, right in the cafeteria, at the  students'  lunch time. This is a marvelous opportunity, and we encourage you and welcome you to join us. Here is a chance for  parents  or grandparents  to  be involved in our unique school community. Get to know students, other parents, the staff - teachers, administrators, office personnel,  who make up the GRCHS family. Here is a chance to  connect with your own student(s) in their environment, and be there for them or other kids when a smile  and a "how is your day going" may make a huge difference. The PVT is one of very few opportunities to be in the school environment and to be involved.

The PVT is also a unique opportunity because it is the only fundraising opportunity for the High School where money is earned by the volunteers and is available for things that simply don't get included in the tuition budget. Over the years, the PVT has been able to help our school with the much-needed but "extra" items that have impacted thousands of students. Examples include the recent renovation and upgrade of the Art Department which was not able to be included in the large all school renovation work. When the State of Michigan changed its requirements for High School graduation, we responded by changing our class schedule to accommodate more class credits, and one result was he number of students taking Art classes. The PVT was able to step in and fund the needed upgrades. Other examples over the years are classroom sets of Bibles for the Bible and Theology Department, lab equipment for science classes, whiteboards for all classrooms, and the first security cameras when security became a larger concern.

Please consider joining us! It is easy and fun!  Just an hour to come in, grab an apron, and help serve. You can pick you day and how often you are able to come.

Thank you!
Marion VanDenHeuvel (for the PVT)
 

Eagles Music Boosters

Dear Parents of Band, Orchestra, and Choir Students:

I'm sure you know how much work your students put into preparing for each concert. But do you know how much our music teachers have to do even before they pick up a baton?

They've been managing uniform fittings, dry cleaning, publicity, scholarship applications, and conferences as well as making arrangements for trips and guest musicians. (And that's just what we know about!)

That's why some parents decided to form EAGLES MUSIC BOOSTERS. The Boosters support our music faculty (and students) by promoting concerts, other events, and student achievements; organizing day trips and other opportunities for musical education; and serving in other volunteer capacities with the goal of equipping students for worship and service and fostering their gifts and passion for music.

BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Whether you have gifts in sewing, public relations, or travel planning, or if you are simply willing to run an errand or distribute concert programs once or twice a year, we invite your participation!

If this sounds like something you'd like to help with- or if you're interested in joining the steering committee-please contact the Boosters' president, Kerry VerMeulen, at kerryvxmj@gmail.com.

If you'd like to know more about the Boosters or about the GRCHS music program, check out the Eagles Music Boosters Facebook Group ! You'll find lots of helpful information about concerts, competitions, trips, and other music-related events and opportunities; learn about the great ways our students have been representing their school in the community; and discover how you can support our wonderful teachers and the music program at GRCHS.

With gratitude,
 
Kerry VerMeulen, President 
Karen DeVries
Lisa Vanderkamp 
Tom Bouwman 
Jane Parker
 

Moms in Prayer

Moms In Prayer is an international prayer movement that gathers moms to pray for their children and school community.
Moms In Prayer meets weekly throughout the school year.

Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 am. 
First Meeting: September 5
CAW Practice Room 158


At Moms In Prayer we read and pray Scripture,  we  thank and  praise God  as a  group, and we pray one-on-one by name for our children.  We do  not  pray  long and  eloquent  prayers, but we certainly pray heartfelt prayers. And we are assured, "the Lord hears when we call to him" Psalm 4:3.

Not sure whether Moms In Prayer is for you? Feel free to contact a leader or give one of our meetings a test run. 
No preparation or prior experience required. We're glad to have you!
We welcome all moms, stepmoms, foster moms, host moms, aunties, and grandmas. We welcome moms who love to pray and moms who are just learning about prayer.  God lovingly receives ALL our prayers in various shapes and sizes.
This is a sweet time of meeting the Lord on behalf of our children. 

Will you join us?

We look forward to meeting you and praying with you!
Pam Bishop: 616.481.8269 | rpbishop1@comcast.net 
Heather Stroobosscher: 616.540.4821 | hstroobosscher@gmail.com

Contact Pam or Heather with questions, or just show up!