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Iroquois Home Bulletin News — January 26, 2021

Iroquois Campus News

Remember to send your kids with Snow Gear!

It's cold outside! Please make sure your children come to school with outerwear for snow and cold...winter coats, snow pants, boots, hat, and mittens/gloves. 

Second Semester Calendar Updates

See the message from Superintendent, Tom DeJonge.

  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021: No School for Preschool — 8 students.
  • This adjustment is connected to Winter Break and extends the break on the front end by an additional day.
  • Wednesday, March 17, 2021: No school for K — 8 students.
    Please note that preschool will be in session and preschool students will attend on this day.

Virtual Learning

If you are considering virtual learning for your child for any reason, you MUST contact the office. Please do not contact teachers about arranging virtual learning. Any type of virtual learning MUST be arranged through the office. (616.574.6500)

2021-2022 Preschool and Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for 21-22 is now open for current families and staff! We encourage you to register your child as soon as possible to save their seat in kindergarten at  Remember to use the passcode: Explore21.
Preschool registration will open for all current families and staff on December 29.  Watch your inbox for an email with all the details. 

Virtual Lost and Found!

Please CLICK HERE to view photos of lost and found items. If you see something you that belongs to your child, please email Laura at and the item will be sent home with your child.

It is SO helpful if you label your kids' items, even with just initials. Clearly labeled items almost always make it back to their owner! Feel free to call the office at 616.574.6500 to ask about missing items. 

Notify the Office of Absences and Late Arrivals

Please ALWAYS notify the office if your child will be absent or late. You are encouraged to notify teachers by email, but it's most important to notify the office as this helps us keep efficient attendance records.

Please email or phone 616.574.6590. 

Thank You for Completing the Daily Health Screen! 😷

If a child's screen has not been completed, he or she will be pulled from class to answer the health screen questions. Please help avoid disrupting class time by completing the health screen as follows:

  • before your child arrives at school and no later than 8:30 am
  • even if your child will be absent or late
  • even if your child is learning virtually

Preschool health screens should be completed even on days the preschooler does not attend.

If your student is experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, please keep them home and contact your doctor.

Kent County COVID-19 Testing Sites

Thank you to everyone for your positive attitude and teamwork to keep our school in session! 

For more information on testing sites or to register for a testing day, call 616.632.7200 or register online.

Food Service News

Free Meals and Snacks

Free meals and snacks will continue in January through the end of the school year. Enjoy!

Preschoolers both half-day and full-day and their younger siblings may pre-order lunch online. All orders must be placed by Monday at 8:00 am.

Food Service Workers

Grand Rapids Christian Food Service is looking for fun and energetic part-time staff. These positions are at the GRCHS and Rockford Christian Schools. Hours are 8:30 am — 1:00 pm.  Work involves standing for long periods of time, fast-paced, and some lifting. Limited experience needed, must enjoy working with students and a heart to serve.

If interested, please email Nancy Michaels at

Free and Reduced Lunch Benefits

We encourage you to fill out a meal application if you feel you would qualify for Free and Reduced meals.  For those of you that received a P-EBT card this past  summer — a  debit card that offers grocery dollars for each child.  USDA passed a second bill to reinstate the program in January for virtual learners.  One of the criteria to qualify is to have an application filled out.  

Go to to fill out an application.  

GRCS Technology

Student and Parent Online Directories

Staff, student, and parent directories are available online.

For quick access to the staff directory, select Contact at To access the student and parent directories on the Parent Portal, select Parents > Parent Portal and log in to your Parent Portal account.

Not sure how to login to your Parent Portal account? Go to the GRCS Tech YouTube channel to learn how to access the directories.

The GRCS Online Directories tutorial will help you navigate there.

The GRCS Website Portal Account Set Up will show you how to create an account if you have not yet done so.

PTO News

Save your receipts for PTO with this New Refunding Opportunity!

GRCES is participating in the Direct Your Dollars program through SpartanNash. Through Direct your Dollars we collect original receipts from grocery shopping at any SpartanNash brand store (D&W Fresh Market, Family Fare, Forest Hills Foods, Ada Fresh Market by Forest Hills Foods).  SpartanNash will donate $1,000 to our school for every $150,000 in receipts we collect.

Please start collecting your receipts and either send them to school via your child or mail them to school (GRCES attn: PTO/Direct Your Dollars, 1050 Iroquois Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, 49506)

Any questions, please contact Lisa Alles at


The Paper Gator is always open! Toss in junk mail, magazines, newspapers, and school papers. Click here for the list of accepted items: Paperboard is accepted now, but no corrugated cardboard, please. 

 Athletics + Youth Sports

Cannonsburg Ski Passes

This year, you can go directly to to order your passes.  Passes can be mailed to your house or you may pick them up. Your school name is "GR Christian" and the sponsor is "Stacey Boender."  

GRC Youth Sports and Recreation Programs  

Did you know, GRC has its own Recreation Department? We offer sports programs for GRCS students and students from the surrounding area. For a complete look at what we have to offer, go to

Our programs will follow the same Health and Safety Protocols, as we are following at school. Masks for coaches, hand sanitizer for players, disinfectants for equipment, and social distancing will all be observed.  

Click HERE to view current and upcoming opportunities


Register at Your password AND username is your email address.  


Email Stacey Boender at

New 2 You News

Tips on Donating Well in 2021

Donating games, puzzles, and toys? Please make sure the games have all the necessary pieces to play. We love puzzles and can even manage those missing a piece or two if the box is labeled as such. Toys and stuffed animals are great unless they are broken, over-loved, stained, ripped, missing parts, etc. Thanks for donating and see you soon!

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