HOME BULLETIN: GRCES - Iroquois Campus -  May 28, 2019 top 
Children in prayer together.
28 BOGO Scholastic Book Fair begins
31 Last day of Preschool
31 Prayer Circles
31 BOGO Scholastic Book Fair ends

3-7 NO GRPS busing
      Gym pickup for car line kids and GRPS bus riders. 
      GRCS buses will run as usual.
6 Technology Equipment Sale at GRCHS 12pm-4pm
7 Technology Equipment Sale at GRCHS 7:30am-1pm
7 Chapel 8:25am - All are welcome
7 Last day to claim items from Lost and Found
7 Last day of school (K-4) - Half Day - 12:10 Dismissal

Please inform the office of all absences or late arrivals:
By phone: 616-574-6590. The attendance line is accessible 24/7.
(You may select prompt 1 to bypass the outgoing message.)

Or by email:  IRAttendance@grcs.org

Please report all student absences and late arrivals by 8am. 
Inform us of the student's name and reason for absence or late arrival.

School start time
The bell for K-4th graders to come inside rings at 8:07am.
Kids should be in their classrooms at 8:10am. 
At 8:10am, kids are tardy and must stop in the office for a tardy slip.
From the Principal

Parents, as the end of the year approaches we are pleased to report that we have completed our teaching staff plans for next year.  Here is a quick summary of the changes for next year:

We say hello....
  • Susan VerWys has been hired to teach preschool. Susan is currently serving as an associate professor of Education at Calvin where she is the Early Childhood Program Advisor.
  • Abigail Hendriksen has been hired to teach 2nd grade Spanish Immersion.  Abigail graduated from Calvin in December and has filled in for two maternity leaves here this year.
  • Eena Wright has been hired to teach 3rd Grade. Eena has taught at Holland Christian for the last 4 years.  
  • Anna Minnema (soon to be Mrs. Boice) has been hired to teach 3rd grade.  Anna has worked in our day care program for the last 4 years.  She graduated from Calvin this May.
  • Taylor Asfour will be teaching 4th grade.  Taylor has been the technology aide here for the last 2 years.
  • John Barkel will be principal.  John has been at Fremont Christian for the last 13 years, 7 as principal.
We are making some moves....
  • Sheryl Rozendal is moving to from 1st grade to Kindergarten.
  • Rachel Bardolph is moving to from preschool to Kindergarten.
  • Sue Pluymert will move from 3rd to 4th grade.
  • Jenna Jansen is adding a section of preschool.
We also say goodbye...
  • Jim Koop, Judy Rooy and Mark Krommendyk are retiring.
  • Meghan Eames is leaving to be the middle school inclusion coordinator.
  • Allison Weingarden is leaving to teach Spanish Immersion at Redlands Christian School in California.
  • Kristen VandenBosch has been granted a leave of absence for next year.  She will be living in Germany will her husband during much of the school year.

BOGO Scholastic Book Fair
The library will be hosting a Buy One, Get One FREE book sale from May 28 to May 31. The fair will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here's the time to stock up for summer reading as everything is buy one, get one FREE!!  New this fair is the book fair eWallet digital payment option which allows parents to send money to school and set spending limits via an online account.  Click here to check out our fair's webpage.

Lost and Found 
Please look over the lost and found tables in the stairwell off the lobby. Any items left after school dismisses on June 7 will be donated to New 2 You.

Sign up to receive important messages from school via text message
Text @grces1819 to 81010 to receive important text messages (such as school closings or bus delays) via Remind from Dr. Krommendyk. Closings will also be posted on grcs.org and on tv stations, WoodTV8 and WZZM13. 

Hot Lunch
Our food service is a prepay program.  Drop payment off in the school office or pay online via  sendmoneytoschool.com .

Volunteers are needed  on a daily basis to serve lunch to students from 11:50pm-12:50pm .  Please sign in at the front office and then proceed to the kitchen.   Click here to access the Hot Lunch Duty SignUpGenius

K/1st & 4th
Tuesday 5/28
Megan Cooke
Volunteer Needed
Wednesday 5/29
Neva Hundley
Volunteer Needed
Thursday 5/30
Volunteer Needed
Volunteer Needed
Friday 5/31
Kim Bolt
Volunteer Needed
Monday 6/3
Nankal Darshak
Volunteer Needed
Tuesday 6/4
Volunteer Needed
Nankal Darshak
Wednesday 6/5
Volunteer Needed
Jessie Renz
Thursday 6/6
Kate Avila
Volunteer Needed
Friday 6/7
Half Day
Half Day
PTO Update

Are you interested in having a bigger voice in supporting students and staff next year?  Join PTO!  If you are interested or have questions, contact Kelli Van Drunen ( kjwiggs@msn.com) or Rene Sherman ( rsherman04@gmail.com)

Box Tops
Thank you for a wonderful year!  Keep collecting and watch for news about BIG CHANGES in the Box Tops program.  Congratulations to Miss VanTimmeren's 2nd grade class for claiming the trophy this month!

Hot Lunch
There's still a few hot lunch duty openings! Please help us fill all the slots through the end of the year! Click on the link above in the Hot Lunch section.

GRCS Athletics

Email Stacey Boender with questions sboender@grcs.org .
and to register online.

Registration is Open for the Following Spring and Fall Sports:

Fall Flag Football  -  Volunteer coaches needed
  • August 27- September 28
  • 4-5 years and 6-8 years
  • 3 games at Eagle's Stadium - Sept. 14, 21, 18 at 2pm
  • Tuesday practices at Gainey Field after 5:30pm
  • 3 Saturday Games at Eagles Stadium
  • Cost: $45 (Tshirt included)
  • August 3
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.

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 through 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

New2You News

Thank you for your support!
New 2 You is grateful for the many parents that have honored the commitment they made to volunteer a shift at New 2 You in exchange for the New 2 You grant.
For those that were not able to do so, look for an email soon offering another opportunity to volunteer. 

Donations of gently used items are always welcome!
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.   


Tuesdays: Gift card sales @ RCS from 8:00-10:00am through June 4
Wednesdays:Gift card sales @ GRCES Iroquois Campus from 7:30am-5:00pm through June 5

Summer Schedule
Rockford Christian School:
OPEN Tuesdays 9-10:00 am on 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/9, 7/23, 8/6
CLOSED 7/2, 7/16, 7/30, 8/13

GRCES-Iroquois Campus:
OPEN Wednesdays 8:00am-3:00pm on 6/12, 6/19, 7/10, 7/24, 8/7
CLOSED 6/26, 7/3, 7/17, 7/31, 8/14

Regular hours resume the week of August 19.

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

Vendor News
  • We still have some limited-time small denomination cards in stock. Great for teacher gifts, graduates and other special occasions! Additional brands may be special-ordered a week ahead through June 16. 
  • 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
Online Shopping
Try our secure, convenient mobile shopping options!
  • Set up a convenient online shopping account at www.ShopWithScrip.com. Contact the TRIP Office for a user name or enrollment code. MyScripWallet is the mobile-optimized version of ShopWithScrip. Log into MyScripWallet.com with your ShopWithScrip log in information to purchase, redeem and manage your reloadable and electronic cards. (PrestoPay payment account set-up required).
  • The Benefit Mobile app has been adding new vendors and offering frequent bonuses. Click here to get your Benefit Mobile app started. (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.

Attention all girls who are entering grades 5-12 and who are interested in learning and improving cheerleading skills:
There will be four weeks of summer cheer clinics offered at Grand Rapids Christian High School this summer.  Clinics 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; June 25 and June 27
July 23, 25; July 30 and August 1
Time : 10:45 - 12:45 p.m.
Place :  Quest Center
Cost :  $40 (Four one-hour gymnastic sessions, one session per week, will be offered @   $10/ each with Randy Owens, gymnastic instructor from For the Kidz Gymnastics.)

Development of cheer skills, jumps, and stunting, gymnastics, and strength and conditioning with Daimond Dixon will be the focus of the clinics.

Technology Equipment Sale
Our annual  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.

Requested Announcements

Administrative Assistant Needed
LaGrave Ave. Christian Reformed Church, a large church in the downtown Heartside area, has an opening for a part-time  (20-25 hours a week) administrative assistant to join our 12+ staff that supports each other and shares camaraderie. Duties include answering phones, greeting members & visitors, maintaining the church calendar/schedule, database and clerical functions.  Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, and computer proficiency necessary. Send inquiries of interest or resumes to:  LaGrave Ave. CRC, Attn:  Ruth Ringnalda, 107 LaGrave, SE; Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 or email to  rringnalda@lagrave.org .  

Youth Leader   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

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Other GRCS School Home Bulletins

Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School
1050 Iroquois SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Phone: 616.574.6500   Fax: 616.574.6510
Principal - Mark Krommendyk - mkrommendyk@grcs.org
Secretaries - Arrin-Michelle Brisbane, Laura Szotko