HOME BULLETIN: GRCES - Evergreen Campus - May 21  
, 2019  
Children worshipping God together.

22         Evergreen/GRCMS/Rockford Band Concert at the CAW, 7:30pm
23         Retirement Open House for Mrs. Witteveen & Mrs. Haan, 3:30-5:30pm
24          Chapel, 8:15am - Praise & Worship
27         No School - Memorial Day
31          Chapel, 8:15am - Team 1 Presents
31**       Last Day of GRPS Busing for the school year, see below for more information

4           End of Year Picnic and Art Show 
5           Last Day of Preschool
6 & 7     Team 3 Mackinaw Trip
14         No School
17         Hager Park Day
19         Last Day of School, 12:00pm dismissal

Please report all students absences and late arrivals by using the attendance line, 574-5990. If your student will be late to school please make sure your student brings a lunch or include a hot/cold lunch order with your attendance message. School lunches cannot be ordered after 8:30am.

From the Principal
Dear Evergreen Families,

Mrs. Witteveen has chosen to retire from her current position at Evergreen at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. Miss Hannah Rush will be the new teacher in Team One at Evergreen.  Hannah graduated from Calvin College two years ago and is currently teaching second grade in Byron Center. Miss Rush plans to get married in early September so the children will know her as Mrs. Warren.  I'm excited to welcome Hannah to Evergreen. She is excited about Evergreen's pillars of inquiry learning, multi-age classrooms and balanced calendar.

Ann Bakker

Evergreen News
GRPS Bus Riders*** Correction
The Grand Rapids Public Schools is now ending their school year and busing on May 31. If your student rides a GRPS bus this will be the last day of service.  Starting  June 3 you must make alternate transportation arrangements for your student. If your student rides a GRCS bus your busing will continue for the remainder of the year.

Retirement Open House This Week!
Please join the Evergreen Community for a Retirement Open House to honor Mrs. Witteveen and Mrs. Haan  at Evergreen on Thursday, May 23 from 3:30pm-5:30pm. We will celebrate a combined  total  of 62 years of teaching and serving in the Grand Rapids Christian Schools. Please join us for cake and refreshments.

ParentVue Verification was due yesterday.  Did you complete the ParentVUE Verification Process?  If not, please take a few minutes to complete it now. Log into  ParentVUE , click on Online Verification in the upper righthand corner, and follow the instructions on the screen. While you can access ParentVUE on your mobile device, verification is not available in the app and works best when done on a computer. This process must be completed in order for your child to be placed on a class list and/or bus route for 2019-2020 and for your Smart Tuition account to be set up correctly.

Attention  Team 3 Students and Parent:
For the 2019-2020 school year your student will have the opportunity to participate in middle school sports. Sports sign ups happen well in advance of the season for scheduling purposes. The Fall Sports Sign Up is out now and the deadline to sign up is June 7. Please don't miss this chance to have your student try a new hobby, be a part of a team and meet some future classmates in the process. Sports available this fall are Cross Country, Golf Club, Football, Boys Soccer, Girls Volleyball, and Sideline Cheer. You may sign up for multiple sports!

KIDS CARE Summer Day Camp
Kids Care Summer Day Camp registration is now open. The program will be offered from June 17 through August 2, 2019 at the Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School Iroquois Campus. Your children will enjoy fun filled summer activities, outdoor recreation, field trips, and daily devotions.

This summer, we will again offer weekly Spanish maintenance for Spanish Immersion students with Senora Marquez as well as library time with Mrs. Boss and Mrs. Vander Meer which will include book clubs, Maker Space, and STEM activities.

Enrollment is on a first come first served basis.     Click here for Summer Camp registration information. If you have any questions please contact Michelle Ogdahl at    mogdahl@grcs.org .

Hot Lunch
The current Evergreen Hot lunch Menu is posted on the website at grcs.org under campus life and then Hot Lunch. Updates or changes to the menu after it has been published will be highlighted in red in the 2 week preview below.

Mon 5/20
Dutch Waffle, Strawberry-
Blueberry Cup, Whipped Cream, Sausage Links, Juice, Fruit Choice
Tues 5/21
Rotini Beef Pasta, Garden Salad, Cheese, Croutons, Carrots, Garlic Bread, Fruit Choice
Wed 5/22
Pretzels filled w/ Cheese, Yogurt Cup, Snow Peas, Cucumbers, Hummus, Fresh Watermelon
Thur 5/23
Chicken Quesadilla, Cooked Carrots, Chips, Cheese 
Sauce, Salsa, 
Fruit Choice
Fri 5/24
Dorito Walking Taco, Lettuce, Salsa, Cheese, Black Beans & Corn, Fruit Slushy

Mon 5/27

Memorial Day

No School
Tues 5/28
Hot Dog on a Bun, Baked Beans, Potato Chips, 
Fruit Choice
Wed 5/29
Breakfast Extravaganza,
Pancakes, waffles,
or French Toast, Sausage Links, 
Fruit Choice, Mango Wango Juice, Muffin
Thur 5/30
Popcorn Chicken Peppers, Fresh Cucumbers, Carrots, Ranch, Bread/Roll, Fresh Strawberries
Fri 5/31
French Bread Pizza, Vegetable Choice, Fruit Choice

Hot Lunch Volunteers
Evergreen needs volunteers to help serve lunch to our K-5 students throughout the school year. Please use the  Evergreen Hot Lunch and Recess Sign Up  to volunteer to help serve from 12:25-12:50pm.

Hot Lunch Volunteers
Mon, 5/20:
Tues, 5/21:

Wed, 5/22:
Thur, 5/23:
Fri,    5/24:

Mon, 5/27:
Tues, 5/28:

Wed, 5/29:
Thur, 5/30:
Fri,    5/31:
Volunteer Needed*
Volunteer Needed*
Joanne Peterson
Volunteer Needed*
Mary Ma  

No School
Volunteer Needed*
Joanne Peterson
Volunteer Needed* 
Mary Ma

Playground Duty
Your assistance is appreciated during the noon recess from 12:45 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. 
Younger siblings are always welcome to join us during recess! 
Please use the  Evergreen Hot Lunch and Recess Sign Up  to volunteer.

Recess Volunteers
Mon, 5/20:
Tues, 5/21:

Wed, 5/22:
Thur, 5/23:
Fri,    5/24:

Mon, 5/27:
Tues, 5/28:
Wed, 5/29:
Thur, 5/30:
Fri,    5/31:

Volunteer Needed*
Laura Koster
Joanne Peterson
Volunteer Needed*
Volunteer Needed*

No School
Laura Koster
Joanne Peterson
Volunteer Needed*
Volunteer Needed*

GRCS Athletics  

Attention all girls interested in learning and improving cheerleading skills in grades 5-12:  There will be four weeks, 8 sessions of summer cheer clinics at Grand Rapids Christian High School this summer.  They will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays of the last two weeks in June and the last two weeks in July. Questions:Contact Jacquie DeJonge @ 616-949-7516.

Dates are as follows:June 18, 20 and July 30 and August 1
Time: 10:45 - 12:45 p.m.
Place:  Quest Center
Cost:  $40 (four hour-long gymnastic sessions with Randy Owens @ $10/hour)
Development of cheer skills, jumps, and stunting, gymnastics, and strength and conditioning with Daimond Dixon will be the focus of the clinics.

GRCS 2019 Summer Sports Camps 
Our  summer  camps offer a great opportunity to improve skills and athleticism in a variety of  sports.  Grand Rapids Christian offers  summer  camps to kids 4 years old - high school!  

This year's  camps include:
  • Baseball: ages 7-14 years old
  • Boys Basketball: 1st - 10th grade
  • Girls Basketball: 1st - 10th grade
  • Boys Basketball Skills and Drills:  3rd - 8th grade
  • Girls Basketball Skills and Drills:  3rd - 8th grade
  •  Cross Country:  middle school and high school
  • Boys Lacrosse: 3rd - 8th grade
  • Girls Lacrosse:  3rd - 8th grade
  • Boys Soccer:  3rd - 12th grade
  • Girls Soccer:  3rd - 12th grade
  • Softball:  5th - 8th grade
  • Coed Tennis: ages 4 - high school
  • Boys Volleyball:  5th - 12th grade
  • Girls Volleyball:  5th - 12th grade
If you have any questions about our camps or the registration process, please contact Carolyn Groendyk in the athletic office at 616.574.5819 or  cgroendyk@grcs.org.

Registration is Open for the Following Spring and Fall Sports:
or email  sboender@grcs.org with questions
  • Fall Flag Fooball:   Volunteer coaches needed
    • 4-8 years old
    • August 27-Mid September
    • Tuesday practices, 5:30-6:30pm at Gainey Field
    • 3 Saturday Games at Eagles Stadium
    • Cost: $45
  • Fall Rocket Football:   Volunteer coaches needed
    • 3rd-6th grade
    • August 19-Mid September
    • Practice:  Mondays 6-7:30pm, Tuesdays 4:30-6pm and Thursdays 6-7pm
    • Games:  Saturdays at various schools
    • Cost: $165 (includes new updated jerseys and 2 day Summer Camp Fee)
  • Fall 7th/8th Grade Football
    • August 19 - Mid October
    • 3 Practices during the week
    • Games at Eagles Stadium and surrounding schools on Saturdays
    • $130 (includes helmet, jersey and pants and 2 day Summer Camp Fee)
  • Summer Open Play - Football
    • 7th/8th Grade
    • July 10, 17, 24 & 31
    • 1-3pm at Eagles Stadium
    • FREE - no need to register
Summer Fee is waived if registered for football leagues by July 26.  Football Registration closes on August 6. 

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      Tuesdays:  Gift card sales @ RCS from 8:00-10:00am 
      Wednesdays:  Gift card sales @ GRCES Iroquois Campus from 7:30am-5:00pm 


You may also contact us at the TRIP office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; hours vary. Phone 574-6030 or email 

Statements for TRIP credit earned 11-1-18 through 4-30-19 will be available to pick up in early May. TRIP credit should be applied to your May tuition statement if you pay monthly. To direct TRIP credit outside of GRCS schools, or if you have any questions about how your tuition credit is applied, please contact Amy Doezema 574-6004 ( adoezema@grcs.org) or Tim Stapert 574-6006 ( tstapert@grcs.org).

  • Last week to purchase/order small denomination cards! Great for teacher gifts, graduates and other special occasions! We have limited quantities of selected cards in stock. Additional brands must be special ordered a week ahead.  
  • NEW brands available as physical gift cards! All must be special-ordered a week ahead. REI $25 card, 8% (also available as instant e-cards at ShopWithScrip and Benefit Mobile - both with 8% rebate), Forever 21 $25 card (also available as instant e-card at ShopWithScrip-5% rebate and Benefit Mobile-6% rebate), Southwest $250 card (also available as instant e-card at ShopWithScrip and Benefit Mobile - both with 4% rebate)
  • Krispy Kreme is now available to Reload, in addition to $10 physical cards and instant e-cards (both ShopWithScrip and Benefit - 8%)
  • Choice Hotels cards are now available to Reload
  • Whole Foods has discontinued their participation

Try our secure, convenient mobile shopping options!
  • MyScripWallet is the mobile-optimized version of ShopWithScrip. Go to MyScripWallet.com and log in with your ShopWithScrip.com log in information. Purchase, redeem and manage your electronic gift cards! (ShopWithScrip and PrestoPay account set-up is required).
  • The Benefit Mobile app has been adding new vendors and offering frequent bonuses. Get started at https://www.benefit-mobile.com/causes/grand-rapids-christian-schools . (Note that Benefit retailers and rebates differ from those at ShopWithScrip and the TRIP Office).
  • Visit the Online Ordering page at eagletrip.org for more details and instructional videos.
GRCS News             

Technology Equipment Sales: Our yearly technology sale will be held at GRCHS in the All City Gym entry off Plymouth on June 6 from 12:00 - 4:00, and June 7 from 7:30 - 1:00. All devices are sold as is with no support.

Congratulations Mrs. VanderLaan! Mrs. Denise VanderLaan, the middle school Inclusion Coordinator, will be retiring in June after 22 years of teaching. We would love to send her off into retirement by showering her with cards of encouragement and congratulations. Please send or bring your cards to the middle school office, 2036 Chesaning Dr SE, GR, MI 49506. Send your cards by Friday, May 31.

GRCS has numerous  positions open for next school year.   If you know of someone you think would be a good fit please let them know of these openings.

New 2 You News

Spring Cleaning? 
New 2 You depends on your donations to keep our shelves stocked to make money for YOU, our Grand Rapids Christian School families!  
We are in particular need of:
  • Dressers and all bedroom furniture items (except mattresses)
  • Gently used sofas and upholstered chairs 
  • Dining room furniture
  • Vintage items (we get top dollar for these items!)
  • Clothing, shoes and jewelry
  • Housewares
Simply drop off your items at the marked donation door at 
2929 29th Street from 10-7 Monday through Saturday.  Can't fit it in your car? We offer free pickup for furniture items on Wednesdays and Thursdays so call 942-2929 or email  new2you@grcs.org to schedule. 

Requested Announcements
Please note: Listing of the goods, services, and events here does not constitute the endorsement of the Grand Rapids Christian Schools.

Youth Leader Position:   Hanley CRC, located in Grandville, is seeking a part-time high school youth leader starting in the fall of 2019. To request a job description, please contact Cari Wiersema by email:  kcwiersema@att.net  or 616-813-0626.

Other GRCS School Home Bulletins

Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School
Evergreen Campus

1630 Griggs St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Phone: 616.574.5900  Fax: 616.574.5910
Principal - Ann Bakker - abakker@grcs.org
Secretary - Carrie Doezema - cdoezema@grcs.org