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Rockford Home Bulletin News — November 12, 2019

Rockford Campus News

School Closing Announcements

When school is unexpectedly closed due to weather-related or other reasons, parents/guardians will be informed via a text message from Tom DeJonge, superintendent, using InTouch, the new parent notification system GRCS launched this fall.  A notice regarding the closing will be posted on the GRCS website, and on radio and local TV channels (as we have done in the past).  The media notification may only inform parents of Grand Rapids Christian Schools being closed and may not list specific buildings (due to changes in how the media outlets cover school closings) unless specific buildings are closed. 

Please note that parents with elementary students will also receive a message before 10:00 a.m. from their child’s school with learning activities for their younger children to do during their time at home.  Middle school and high school age students will receive assignments via email for completion before the next school day. 

Please contact your building principal with specific questions!

Expedition Kindergarten — TONIGHT!

Please join us for Expedition Kindergarten, a special night designed just for you and your preschooler! Come explore Kindergarten at Rockford Christian tonight at 6:00 pm. This fun, camping-themed event will begin with dinner in the Rockford Christian Lobby. From there we will take a hike around the school so your child can experience several Kindergarten activities. You won't want to miss it! Childcare will be provided.

Questions? Contact Linda Vellenga at 616.574.6015 or

Operation Christmas Child — Donuts for Sale!

We need donuts to sell at the OCC Snack Store on Thursday and Friday morning at break time. Can you help us out by stopping at the grocery store and picking up a dozen? A reminder that OCC packing items are due by this Friday along with cash donations for shipping costs. Thank you!

RCS Ski Club

Calling all skiers and snowboarders. Join the RCS Ski Club by purchasing a punch pass that will make skiing/boarding at Cannonsburg more affordable. The passes are good anytime during the season. Email Kristin Buursma at to get a form or stop by the school office.

Moms In Touch

Moms in Touch meets on Wednesdays at 2:45 pm. Please join us in prayer for our school.

Parking Lot — Drop off and Pick-Up

We have noticed that both parents and students need a reminder about drop off and pick-up times. Students are to remain under the canopy at all times until a parent comes through the drive-thru line OR  a parent retrieves their student(s) from underneath the canopy and walks with them to their car. Students are not to leave the canopy area unattended.

There is to be NO pick-up in the middle school parking lot area. That parking area is for BUSES ONLY.

NO PARKING under the canopy at both drop-off and pick-up times.

Thank you for help in keeping students safe.

Recess Gear Wear

The season has changed and the weather has turned colder and occasionally damp. Please have students come to school prepared with outdoor gear for the weather. A fresh air break is very important for busy-bodies and we try to go outside as much as we can.

Book Fair

The library will be hosting a Follett Book Fair next week,  November 18 to November 22. 

Book Fair Hours:

  • Monday: 8:00 am — 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday — Thursday: 8:00 am — 3:30 pm
  • Friday: 8:00 am — 11:00 am

Cash, checks and credit/debit cards are accepted. Gift cards are also available and make wonderful gifts! Profits from the fair will be used to buy additional books for the library. Teacher wish lists will also be available. Books make perfect gifts for teachers or Christmas, or just simply to say “I appreciate you!”

We are also seeking volunteers to help with the fair. If you are interested, please sign up HERE. Hope to see you there!

Recess Volunteers


Monday, 11/11 Maria Axtman
Tuesday, 11/12 Aubrey Katerberg
Wednesday, 11/13Volunteer needed
Thursday, 11/14 Aubrey Katerberg
Friday, 11/15 Kelly Lovell, Tami Zylstra


Monday, 11/18 Volunteer needed
Tuesday, 11/19 Aubrey Katerberg
Wednesday, 11/20 Volunteer needed
Thursday, 11/21 Aubrey Katerberg
Friday, 11/22 Volunteer needed

*To sign up and for the most up-to-date recess volunteer recess schedule, please click here!

RCS Athletics + Youth Sports

Recreation Programs are Open for Registration.  

All programs are run by GRCS High School Coaches.  

  • For more detailed information go to  
  • Cannonsburg Discounted Ski Passes  - available through the school office
  • Girls Basketball Pre-Season — Grades 5th-8th
  • Youth Boys or Girls Basketball Leagues — Grades 1st-4th
  • Kindergarten Coed Basketball
  • Girls Lacrosse Open Gym — Grades 3rd-8th
    • NOTE TIME CHANGE ~ 2:30-4:00 pm

Register at  Your password AND username is your email address.  

For questions, contact Stacey Boender at or 616.574.6024.
Office Hours are Wednesdays and Fridays 8:00 am — 2:00 pm. 

Little Eagles Night Out

The Girls Varsity Basketball program is having a fundraiser.  Drop off your little one, ages 5-12 for a fun night at the Quest on Friday, November 15 from 6:00 pm — 9:00 pm.  No registration needed, just show up, and the Varsity players will play with your kids.  Donations are accepted.