October, 2015 - In This Issue:
OCTOBER 31   11 AM - 3 PM
Just a reminder to you that we are nearing the end of our Fresh Apple Pie fund-raiser.  These pies make a delicious gift... and there's still time to order yours.  

Your pies will be ready for pick-up at our Plasman building this Saturday, October 31, between 11 am and 3 pm.  

In fact -- If you're available to help, we would love to have you and your family join us as we work on this great project. 

We'll begin working about 6 am that same morning so these pies will be fresh!
The funds raised with this project will help support students who go out into the community and represent Christ on the ballfields, courts and soccer pitch using their athletic gifts!  Your support absolutely will make a difference this year, and we invite you to join the fun this weekend.

Calvary Baptist Church
October 23   7 PM
October 24   2 PM
Calvary Baptist Church
December 8   7 PM
Calvary Baptist Church
January 15   7 PM
January 16   2 PM
Saturday, April 30    6-9 PM
A huge thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help build ten new picnic tables for CSH! The students are enjoying five at each campus. We love it when new families jump in and serve -- way to go Cora Austin (9th grader) and her dad, Jason! Thank you again to all who made these possible. 
In September, the senior class went on a retreat to a cottage on Allegan Lake. There the students were challenged by Mr. Walker and Mr. Kirby in their spiritual and personal walks with Christ. These students had a great opportunity to bond with one another prior to their final year at CSH and had a memorable time.
What a great time everyone had at the CSH Annual Golf Outing.  On September 29, over fifty golfers assembled for this event at The Ravines Golf Club. Despite a bit of rain, they enjoyed a wonderful round of golf and a delicious lunch. This year we were able to raise over $37,000 for Calvary Schools. Praise the Lord!
On Tuesday, September 29, after the CSH volleyball games, Calvary Schools held a very special commemorative event for Marissa Kronemeyer. A custom wooden cross was given to the Kronemeyer family as well as to Calvary Schools for display. We also commemorated Marissa's volleyball number on a beautiful flag banner that was presented to the family and school body. This banner is currently displayed  in the Laketown Campus. 

Bryan Walker, Executive Director
What does it mean to be 'hot' Christ-followers?  In the letter to the Church in Laodicia in Revelation 3:16, God describes His desire for those who love Him to be 'hot'--fully and deeply in love with Him and His word, and seeking to serve Him with our entire being.  What a great calling by a jealous God who built us to love Him!

Walking through the buildings and seeing our students experience great education and also having the opportunity to practice serving Him, it all boils down to this: Calvary Schools exists to work alongside parents and the Church to help build 'HOT' Christ-followers who are prepared to reflect Christ to this world...well-equipped disciples who will change a generation...future spouses, parents, workers, servants, and leaders who will bring light into a dark and dying world. ' Hot', plain and simple.  Thank you for allowing us to be part of your family's journey toward this GREAT Calling!

As they say - Please "stay tuned" to hear and see what God is doing at Calvary Schools this year!  (We hope you enjoy this new CHS Newsletter format.)

Looking forward!
A letter from the Kronemeyer family
The banner dedicated in memory of Marissa.
Dear Parents, Students and Staff at Calvary Schools of Holland,
We feel like a broken record lately, but we will say it again:  "We are overwhelmed!"   It has been just over three months since our sweet Marissa went to be with her Savior. We never even imagined that we would be left behind in this sorrowful situation. But, amidst all the sorrow, you all have given us joy and thankfulness. We have been completely overwhelmed by the love that has poured out from our school family.
Our family would like to thank you all, too many to name, for the many, many kindnesses you have shown our family. The memorial event on Tuesday was absolutely beautiful. It meant so much to us that you all would take time out of your busy schedules to honor Marissa's life and memory, and to be there for our family as well. We so appreciate all the work that went in to planning this event and notifying everyone involved.
Thank you for the many prayers you have said on our behalf, for the shared tears, the hugs, the donations in Marissa's honor, the offers of help, the food, the flowers, the compassion, the visits, and the list goes on!
We know, without a doubt, that our Marissa is happier now than she ever was here with us. That is our only comfort! For this reason, we can be THANKFUL for her salvation, BLESSED for the time we had with her, HOPEFUL that we will see her again, PEACEFUL that God has a grand plan and that we are playing a part in it, and JOYFUL to go about the work God has for us here. This is what we hope and pray for all of you; that you know the One who holds your future.
Again, thank you so much for being the hands and feet of Jesus! We continue to learn so much through the struggles in this life and through people like you. God Bless You!
The Kronemeyers
Joyce DeRidder, Principal, Laketown Campus
Working as administrators, faculty and staff at Calvary Schools is   a special joy because deliberately helping each student mature as a whole person in Christ is a vital part of our jobs. Growing together as community is an important aspect of that maturing process.

As we give focused attention to creating and sustaining an environment where students thrive and grow in the social and spiritual areas, as well as the academic, we have made a few changes this year that seem small but can make a big difference over time.

Assessing the social, emotional and spiritual tenor of young people in the middle school and high school is complicated by the fact that the students move from one teacher to another each hour. Every full time faculty member teaching five 50-minute periods a day sees approximately 100 students in a single day. As faculty, staff and administration, our one-on-one times with students is sporadic and limited.

As a small faculty and staff, we have been and continue to be individuals who enjoy and appreciate one another and the special gifts each person brings to our community.  We are working hard this year to be better at communicating with one another those things that affect the whole student body, including sensitivity to particular student needs. Each morning our faculty gather at 7:45 for a brief time in prayer before our first classes begin.

We are also working to ensure not only that the behavior expectations teachers have of students are consistent from one classroom to another but also that they are enforced consistently. As we have time to observe in each other's classes, we are able to give feedback and build one another up as we grow professionally.

Also this year, we have begun to have a short devotional time with all of the students gathered in the central common area at 8:05am on each Monday and Friday to begin and end the week together. It is our desire to create in the student body a sense of community as we sing, read Scripture and pray together on these two days. (The other days the students are in homeroom.)

As we encourage our young people who know the Lord with the words of Paul to Timothy in I Timothy 4:12, "Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity," we encourage each other as faculty and staff to be examples of unity that students can see and follow.
Cheryl Ward, Principal, Plasman Campus
Second grade files out of room 108, pausing for a moment at the door, then curving  around the keyboard as Ms. Taylor quietly adjusts the sound. As the last student takes her place, music swells and 102 voices of all ages join in song. All Creatures of Our God and King is the current hymn. There is something rather magical about watching four-year-olds belt out the alleluias with all of their hearts. Second grade sings beautifully from behind the younger students.
Back in their room, Mrs. Bos directs students back to their desks. Bible is the first subject of the day. After their memory work, students view a map of Egypt in anticipation of the story of Joseph. Where are Shechem and Dotham, anyways? After reading and narrating (to make sure they really understand the text), a discussion arises around Joseph and bragging. According to the class, it seems that bragging does, indeed, have negative consequences. Students put their things away and head to Choir.
After Choir, comes Math. This subject always begins with mental math, in order to build  basic math skills. Students count by two's and then subtract by two's. It moves rapidly and sometimes help is needed. Each student experiences success while also being challenged to grow. Students are also working on the maturity trait of diligence for this subject, which seems apropos. They complete a lesson on subtraction, and then it is time for recess.
The end of recess signals the beginning of Literature. Second Grade is reading Little  House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Students begin with recalling previous words: deserved, solemnly , catechism , and imagine. Then they read a story-within-a-story of Grandpa; it's the one when Grandpa snuck out from rest time on Sunday and went sledding. After reading and narrating (to establish new neural pathways within the brain by processing higher level sentence structure and vocabulary words), students discuss Grandpa's choices. A student provides an interesting connection between Chapel and Literature; she quotes Grandpa's actual words and then reminds the class what C.S. Lewis said about moral law. This is quite a connection for a second grader. The subject ends with a conversation about why people need time to rest, while students evaluate the pros and cons of a solemn, restful Sunday like the ones Grandpa experienced.
In Phonics and Spelling, students will be working on the trait of attention. They review  the "-ng rule" and look for examples of it in their transcription pieces. They practice spelling the words together, then add those words to their spelling lists. Finally, they correctly write the words in their spelling journals on their own to demonstrate mastery. Mrs. Bos circulates to confirm that they all know it, helping those who may still need it. There will be an assessment on these words at the end of the week, so they will recall them in class each day.
For History, students have been reading William Bradford: Pilgrim Boy. They are  continuing to work on the habit of attention for this subject. Mrs. Bos opens with the question, "Is it ok to do something you know is right, even if it involves disobeying?" They read and narrate (to help them learn the history in class so that they won't have to cram for it later), working hard to recall all of those vivid details. They end with a discussion on why Brewster is admirable, listing traits that make an admirable person in general.
Their final morning subject is Handwriting. They are learning D'Nealian font, which is  lovely, but which also carries an added benefit for those with dyslexia, counteracting the  tendency to flip letters. Students work on the letters d and p before breaking for lunch and a much-needed rest. Mrs. Bos smiles widely as they gather their lunches and skip down the steps toward the picnic tables. They all grin back.
Jessica Fox, Theater Director
Calvary Schools of Holland offers another fun, family-friendly theater season!  
Our fall play,  "The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs" by Linda Daugherty, was performed by our 5th - 9th grade students.  This silly fractured fairy tale is a great story where even the "villains" find a place to belong. This show was held at   Calvary Baptist Church on  Friday, October 23rd 
and Saturday, October 24th. What a great turnout we had for this years play!
This year our Winterim class will be performing "In One Basket", a collection of folk and fairy tales by Shirley Pugh. Students will have the opportunity to be a part of the cast and direct one of the short plays as well.  This show will be performed at
Calvary Baptist Church
Friday, January 15th at 7:00pm
and Saturday, January 16th at 2:00pm
There are no tickets for this show but a $5 per person donation is suggested.  
Our spring play is "Father Knows Best" adapted by Kristin Sergel based on the radio play by Edward James.  Join us to be transported back to the 50's for a funny and heartwarming show at
Lokers Auditorium in Zeeland on Friday, March 18th at 7:00pm
and Saturday, March 19th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Tickets are $8 each and will be available in February.  
We are offering season tickets this year that may be purchased from any cast member. Season tickets are $36 and include reserved seating for all three shows on opening night and other perks as well.  Business sponsorships are still available and help to ensure that we are able to keep offering a high quality theater experience for students and their families.  Thank you so much for supporting theater at Calvary!  See you soon.
Please contact Jessica Fox at   calvary.theater@gmail.com   with any questions about our season.  
Trent Broussard, Choir Director
On September 30, our 8th-12th grade male singers spent the day with 250 other area high school male singers at Zeeland High School rehearsing and singing as a mass male chorus. Dr. Jonathan Reed, professor of music at Michigan State University led the choir. The students were joined by men of the Holland Chorale, the Holland Windmill Chorus, Hope College's 12th Street Harmony, a gospel quartet and our own baritone, Trent Broussard, in presenting a rousing concert that evening.
The purpose of the event was to encourage male singers to believe that singing is an activity not limited to their youthful days but is an activity for a lifetime. The boys prepared and sang an arrangement of Psalm 98, A La Nanita Nana (a Spanish carol) and Peter Wilhousky's arrangement of The Battle Hymn of the Republic. The concert featured multiple genres including classical choral music, Broadway, barbershop, gospel music, modern a cappella singing and an operatic aria.

The students left the event with a great sense of accomplishment and a memory that will last a lifetime. The organizers of Adventures In Harmony are already planning a similar event for female singers in the 2016-17 school year.

Christmas at Calvary: A Concert of Carols and Lessons
This December Calvary's Plasman and Laketown campus students will join forces to present a delightful Christmas concert modeled after the traditional service of lessons and carols which has been a feature of King's College in England for over a hundred years. 

Laketown and Plasman bands and choirs will join with our elementary students on  December 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church   for this sacred service. The service of lessons and carols intersperses significant Scripture readings with traditional carols. The students are under the direction of Melissa Johnson, Raye Jean Swinehart and Trent Broussard. Angie Green will accompany.

The purpose of this unified concert is to help our students and families engage with Christmas in a deeply meaningful way and to allow our students the opportunity, through various art forms, to grow in both their understanding of and in their ability to communicate the true meaning of Christmas. The concert is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be collected.
Scott Dogger, Athletic Director
We all are assigned multiple roles in life in which God has placed us. They often change over time or morph into a more defined role. You might be a husband, a father, a deacon, a school board member, an engineer and a baseball coach all at the same time. Or you are wife, a mother, a choir member, a full time CPA, and you organize a local area fundraiser. Sometimes our roles are unexpected. 
I am in one of those roles. In my wildest dreams, I never thought I would be an athletic director, let alone an athletic director for a second term. God has blessed me with a tremendous job, one filled with exciting challenges, all to bring glory to Himself.
Why do I talk about roles? I need you to accept a challenge by filling a role. What role is a good fit for you? Is it taking tickets prior to a basketball game, keeping score at a volleyball match, preparing a facility for a game, helping to fund a sports team, or being a prayer warrior for our students/athletes to keep them from injury or to help them to be a witness to the other team or their fans? This is a just a partial list of roles and activities currently needed by the Athletic Department at Calvary.
What role will you fill?  Please contact Scott Dogger at scott.dogger@cshk12.org or 616-403-8165.  GOOOOOOOOOOOO, Calvary!!!!!
Stacy (Wolters) Scholten, '95
Stacy and her family.
Her work is honorable. Her work is necessary. Her status and achievement have been earned. And her breath of experience is amazing.
After her 1995 graduation, Stacy (Wolters) Scholten earned an Associate Degree at Grand Rapids Community College, followed by a BA in Criminal Justice from Grand Valley State University. She started her career climb as a part-time police officer, working in two departments. Her first job was a part-time Ottawa County Road Patrol Officer and then went full time with the Muskegon County Sheriff's Office as a Friend of the Court Warrant and Transport Officer for a year. Later she took the position of Friend of the Court case worker.
Moving into full-time work, Officer Scholten worked for the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office in Animal Control and was then placed on road patrol. Following that, she was assigned as a Road Patrol Deputy to the City of Coopersville and as a Juvenile Court/Probation Officer for six years working with high-risk youths. She then earned a special assignment as a detective under the umbrella of the Michigan State Police, working with the West Michigan Enforcement Team where she conducted undercover narcotics investigations. Stacy has also served as a Community Policing Officer in the City of Hudsonville prior to her current position as a Holland Township Community police officer on road patrol. "I love it, Stacy says, "everyone from all backgrounds works in the police force. We respect one another, are helpful and supportive. It is a career where you find others who've 'got your back.'"  Somehow, through it all, Stacy has been able to manage her work shifts along with her household and family life. "When I am home, I am home as a wife and mother," she says. Stacy and her husband, Dallas, live in Holland with Cadence, her daughter, who is a fourth grader at Calvary Schools of Holland. Daughter, Mercedes (18) is at the University of Montana, and Serrana (16) will follow her sister there this coming year. Both Mercedes and Serrana are pursuing careers in health, nutrition and fitness.

Stacy has sweet memories of Calvary Schools of Holland, which was then only the Plasman Campus. She recounts loving the small-knit community and good friends such as Jeannette (Wolters) Gerth, who is now serving with her husband and children as missionaries in Tanzania. "The teachers cared for both our spiritual and academic growth", she said, adding, "They were sincere." After working for so many years with the public, she knows the difference between the public schools and her alma mater where Stacy played volleyball, basketball, sang in the choir, worked on the year book staff and served as a cheerleader.  An exceptional memory was a mission trip to the Czech Republic and traveling by train through Vienna Austria with a group of 40 Calvary students from the Crusader Choir Choral and their beloved choir director, Joanne Shelton. The group traveled through Slovakia where they played sports with high school students, visited a mental hospital, assisted in building a church, and spent time ministering to many gypsy orphans and others, with the help of Pastor Michael Grooms.
Behind the scenes or on the streets, Stacy (Wolters) Scholten shines as a Calvary Schools of Holland alumni. 
Author:  Karen Visser, Volunteer

Calvary Schools of Holland