December Newsletter

Hello Jefferson Families
Oh, the weather outside is frightful! Please make sure that you are sending hats, boots, gloves/mittens, snow pants, and coat with your children, as students still go outside for recess in the cold temperature and snow. We would also love for you to write your student's name in or on their gear, as our Lost and Found fills up very quickly this time of year with lost items. It is also helpful to send your student to school with an extra change of clothes to keep in their locker in case they get wet outside or an accident happens. Thank you for your help with this. 

Our Kids Hope program kicked off in October and has been a wonderful success so far. Our students and their mentors are having a great time together.

Students are continuing to work hard on showing their POWER behavior. They've even been learning motions to go along with each letter and expectation. Ask them to show you! 
POWER stands for: P- Pride 0 - Own our actions W - Wise choices E - Engaged R - Respect 

Please welcome our new Site Supervisor. Mr. Matt Augustin has joined our Jefferson family as our new Site Supervisor. We are enjoying having him here. 

Dates to Remember 
December 4: PPC Mtg @ 6:30 
December 7: Miles of Smiles @ Jefferson 
December 24—January 6 NO SCHOOL Winter Break 
December 17: The Goodies Factory fundraiser pick up 

We have already had a lot of sickness going around school. Remember that if your student has a fever of 100 degrees or higher, they are NOT allowed to come to school. Students MUST be fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT any medicines before they can return to school.  Also, remember to call in and leave a message on our attendance line if your student will be absent. When leaving a message please remember to leave: 

  • Student's name
  • Student's grade
  • Parent/Guardian name
  • Phone number 

It is important that we get all of this information when your student will be absent due to illness. 

PPC-Parent Participation Committee
Our next PPC meeting will be Tuesday, December 4th, at 6:30pm in the front office. We would love for you to join us and hope to see you there! 

Thank you to all who participated in The Goodies Factory Fundraiser! PICK UP DATE IS MON 12/17/2018 

Holiday Break is on its way! The Holidays are right around the corner; don't forget that we will break from school for Winter Break December 24 January 6, 2019! Enjoy your time off and stay warm! 

Holiday Spirit Wear We would love for you to show us your Holiday Spirit by participating in the following days! 
Mon: 12/17: MERRY MORNING - Wake up and come to school in your JAMMIES 
Tues: 12/18: WINTER WONDERLAND WHITEOUT - Hoping for snow? Dress in WHITE 
Wed: 12/19: SANTA & HIS HELPERS - Dress the part of Santa, his elves or reindeer by wearing RED & GREEN and your HOLIDAY ACCESSORIES ex: festive necklaces, ties, socks, headbands, hats, bows, scarves... 
Thurs: 12/20: CANDY CANE DAY - Dress in RED and WHITE like a favorite Holiday Treat 
Fri: 12/21: FESTIVE SWEATER - Wear your favorite FESTIVE or "UGLY" sweater 

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Athletics Info for 5th Grade Parents and Guardians

Dear Parent/Guardian of 5th Grade Student:

Believe it or not, your child’s 6th grade school year is just around the corner and with that comes the opportunity to participate on a number of school-sponsored athletic teams. The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information regarding those opportunities and also provide some details related to the athletic physical that is required of all participants.

The first requirement for participation in school-sponsored athletics is that each child must have a completed physical on file in the athletic office prior to the first day of practice or tryouts. We know that many insurance companies will only cover one physical per calendar year, so please keep in mind that in order to be valid for school-sponsored athletics for the 2019-20 school year, the physical must have occurred on or after April 15, 2019. We often hear from parents who are not aware of this cutoff date, so please plan accordingly.

In order to assist with the athletic physical requirement, we will offer an Athletic Physical Night for HPS students at South Washington Family Medicine on Wednesday, April 24th. The cost for the physical is $15.00. More information will be distributed as we get closer to the date.

Below is a list of sports offered to 6th-grade students and the seasons in which they are held. Please note that we do offer a number of additional sports for 7th and 8th-grade students, but due to conference guidelines are only able to offer the sports listed below to our 6th-grade students. Sign-up information for each sport will be distributed to students and parent/guardians as we approach each season.

Fall Season
(Late Aug-Mid Oct)

Early Winter Season
(Mid Oct-Mid Dec)

Late Winter Season
(Mid Jan-Mid March)

Spring Season
(Mid March-Mid May)

Boys/Girls Cross Country

Girls Swimming & Diving

Boys Swimming & Diving

Boys/Girls Track & Field

Girls Tennis


Boys Tennis


If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at or 616-494-2251. I look forward to working with you and your child during their careers as Dutch student athletes!


Ben Farkas, CAA
Athletic Director

Holland Public Schools

Office Staff


282 West 30th Street
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: 616-494-2500
LeeAnn Stephan
Matthew Augustin
Site Supervisor
Julirae Curtis

School Times
8:40 - 3:42

Half Day
8:40 - 11:40