32nd Annual Charity Golf Classic

Welcome to the Grandville Calvin Christian School Foundation Golf Classic!

When: Saturday, May 18, 2019

Where: Thornapple Pointe Golf Course

What: A Four Person Scramble



7-7:45 am –  Registration, donuts & coffee, range open for warm-up

7:45 am –  Instructions

8:00 am – Shot-gun start

12:30-1:30pm –  Lunch & Awards



Today’s event is a SELECT SHOT SCRAMBLE.  In a scramble, each player tees off on each hole. The best of the tee shots is selected and all players play their second shots from that spot. The best of the second shots is determined, then all play their third shots from that spot, and so on until the ball is holed.



Refreshment carts will distribute soft drinks, water & snacks on the course.  Additional snacks & hot dogs are available at the turn.  We would like to thank Steenstras Royal Dutch Bakery for providing the hot dog buns and donuts for our event, Kent Quality Foods for donating the hotdogs, and VanderVeen’s Dutch Store for the mints.




West Michigan Maxillofacial Surgery Inc., Dr Jeffrey Lindhout DDS


Riverbend Body Shop


BDO USA, Crowe LLP, G.R. Wilbert Burial Vault, Gerrit’s Appliance Inc.,  Kiekover, Scholma, Shumaker, PC, Lakeshore Financial, MTM Recognition, Olivier-VanDyk Insurance, The Architectural Group, Tooling Systems Group


VanderLugt, Mulder, DeVries & Elders, CPA’S; VanderVeen’s Dutch Store


Calder Investment Advisors, Flex Administrators, K & T Sales, Mark Huizenga Systems Consulting LLC, Raymond James Financial Services, Steenstras Royal Dutch Bakery, West Side Christian School


Lumbermen’s Inc., Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home,  Procare Landscaping, Vredevoogd Heating & Cooling


Buist Sheet Metal, Bruce & Barb Engbers, Team Restoration Inc.,  River Ridge Dentistry


Cook Funeral & Cremation Services, Elders Electric, Lumbermen’s Inc., Dr Michaele Oostendorp DO,


Bouma Brothers Sales & Service, ‘Give me a nickel’ guys (Chris Cnossen, Kevin Heeringa, Kyle Hyma, Jon Kortman, Jim Smits), D.V.T. Electric, Fox Motors, Grant Zondervan, Groot Builders & Realty,  Havit Supplies & Rentals, Kessel & Bouwens Orthodontic Specialists, Mark-Maker Company,  State Farm Insurance – Doug Jurgens, Trillium Financial Advisors,  Weller Auto Parts



Ironwood, Glen Eagle, Pilgrim’s Run, Thornapple Pointe



MULLIGANS– $10.00 per mulligan

A mulligan, most simply put, is a “do-over.”  Hit a bad shot? Take a mulligan and replay that stroke.  No more than one mulligan may be used per person per hole. No limit to how many you can purchase.


RAFFLE PRIZES– $10.00 per ticket

#1 – Basket with area Brewery  Gift Cards,  Gifts

#2 – Basket with area restaurant Gift Cards, Gifts


NEW THIS YEAR!  Golf Ball Bomber –HOLE #11  –  See how close to the hole you can get using the Air Cannon that shoots your golf ball 400+ yards!  $20.00 per person.


(Check out the par 3 holes for other great prizes you can win.)




If your drive is farther than the position of the Longest Drive marker, place the marker at the position of your ball and sign your name on the card. Your ball must be in the fairway to qualify.

RSVP on Facebook here

GCCS Summer Childcare Ages Three to Twelve

three boys smiling

three boys smiling

With summer right around the corner, registration is now open for Grandville Calvin Christian School’s summer child care program. At GCCS, we pride ourselves on our childcare program, filled with summer fun activities for your child! Whether your child likes singing, sports, or something else, GCCS childcare has the perfect activity! Over the course of the summer, our childcare group will take weekly field trips to various places in the Grandville area and beyond.


  • Dates – June 10th through August 9th (closed the week of July 4th)
  • Time – 7:00am – 5:30pm Monday through Friday
  • Price – $25 half day/ $40 full day

Stop in the GCS office for a schedule and registration form or download it here. Register your child today for a childcare committed to spiritual development, and friendship formation!


Register for Grandville Calvin Christian’s Summer Camps!

girl smiling through a wooden heart


girl smiling through a wooden heart

Summer is right around the corner, and chances are you’re in need of something to fill up those balmy, vacation days! Grandville Calvin Christian School’s weeklong summer camps offer a variety of fun-filled, interest-specific activities for grades 1st through 12th at affordable rates. Each camp helps students foster teamwork and skill development right alongside Calvin Christian friends and classmates!

12+ Camps To Choose From

Every week from June 9th through August 4th, Grandville Calvin Christian will be offering summer camps for all types of ages and interests. Choose from sports like track, basketball, and soccer, to skill-based summer camps such as Spectrum Health’s Injury Prevention Camp, construction camp, and spontaneous art camp. Camps are available for students of all grades.

Affordable Rates

At Grandville Calvin Christian, we believe in providing affordable summer camps for students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Visit our summer camp website for specific pricing per camp.

Ready to register?

Visit https://www.gccssportscamps.com/register.cfm to learn more about the various camps and register!


2019 Spring Fundraising Reception

spring fundraiser graphic

spring fundraiser graphic

Spring is just around the corner and, along with it, GCCS’ Annual Spring Fundraising Reception!

About the Guest Speakers

We’re excited to announce our guest speakers for the Spring Fundraising Reception: Newell and Colleen Cerak, co-authors of Mistaken Identity, a book that chronicles the emotional journey of the Ceraks after their daughter, Whitney, was mistakenly identified as deceased at the scene of a tragic van accident in the spring of 2006. This bestselling book recounts the joy and pain of two families who overcame so much and never stopped looking to God for their strength throughout the process.

Event Details

When: April 16th, 2019 at 6:30pm

Where: Goei  Center, 818 Butterworth SW, Grand Rapids,  MI

We are now taking reservations! Spots are limited so contact us now to reserve a seat. To reserve your spot or learn more click here.

2019 Summer Camp Schedule

graphic for summer camp 2019

Looking for summer plans? Choose from 25+ different summer camp classes, from volleyball to rocket making, and sign up today! [pdf-embedder url=”https://www.gosquires.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/SUMMER-CAMP-SCHEDULE-FOR-2019.pdf” title=”SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULE FOR 2019″]

Early Childhood Education Night January 31st!

Early Childhood Education

Do you or does someone you know have a child in preschool, junior kindergarten, or kindergarten?

Early Childhood Education

On January 31st at 6:30pm, Grandville Christian Schools will be hosting an Early Childhood Education Open House for families to explore Polka Dot Garden preschool and Grandville Calvin Christian Elementary School’s kindergarten and junior kindergarten programs, and all they have to offer. We believe our programs offer an unparalleled preschool experience that will help your child learn to think critically and develop a strong relationship with God.

Why Should You Enroll Your Child?

At Grandville Calvin Christian, we believe in infusing experiential learning into our classrooms each and everyday. Students enrolled at Polka Dot Garden preschool are constantly exploring both indoors and outdoors, and learning about God’s creation. Polka Dot Garden Preschool offers both English and Spanish Immersion classes to equip your child for success. We offer these two distinct and equally important paths, because we believe in providing different tracts to best suit your and your child’s needs.

Our junior kindergarten and kindergarten programs both offer creative playtime and curriculum that grows your child’s mind. In addition to personalized curriculum, our staff offers a loving, nurturing, and creative world for your child to learn and grow!

Visit the Facebook event page for more reminders and updates! We hope to see you there! 


What’s Happening At Homecoming?

reunion graphic

It’s almost time for Grandville Calvin Christian’s homecoming week, honoring the classes of 1969 and 1994. Join us for a weekend of fun-filled events and the chance to reunite with old friends and colleagues.

reunion graphic

Honoring the Classes of 1969 and 1994

We’re hosting a celebration to commemorate the classes of 1994 and 1969 for their 25th and 50th Homecoming! Honored guests are invited to participate in an optional tour of the high school, followed by food and drinks at the Sunnybrook Country Club, and finished with the boys’ varsity basketball game, where the two classes will be honored during halftime.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, January 30th


  • Alumni Chapel

Friday, February 1st

4:30 PM

  • Optional Tour of the High School

5:30 PM

  • Reception at Sunnybrook Country Club

7:15 PM

  • Boys Varsity Basketball Game

More Info & Registration

For more information about the event, and to let us know if you’re coming, please visit our Facebook event.

If you’re a part of the classes of 1994 and 1969, we also ask that you fill out a short, two-minute survey, to let us know if you plan to attend:

We’re excited to see everyone there! GO SQUIRES!


GCCS Language Arts Class Connects With Readers Across The World

students holding postcards from across the world

Three years ago, Language Arts teacher Mrs. Riddering stumbled across a program so fascinating she felt compelled to integrate it into her classroom. Known as “The Global Read Aloud,” this program connects students and classrooms globally by selecting one book that will be read across the world. The students are then encouraged to dialogue with other students across the world as they unpack the essence of the book and its meaning.

students holding postcards from across the world

Exploring the Experiences of Refugees

This year, The Global Read Aloud selected Refugee by Alan Gratz, a story that follows three refugees across the decades: Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany, Isabel, a Cuban girl in 1994, and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015. The book broaches difficult topics in both history and the present, which her middle school students are expected to unpack. Questions such as what it means to be a refugee, what life looks like inside a refugee camp, and how becoming a refugee can transform a person’s life are just a few of the many topics discussed weekly in Mrs. Riddering’s classroom.

Mrs. Riddering’s classes are using the modern mediums of blogging and vlogging to create their reflections,
teaching them important public speaking, writing, and digital skills which will serve them for the rest of their lives.


book "Refugee" surrounded by postcardsConnecting with Readers Around the Globe

As they’re developing these skills, they’re also interacting with students across the globe in a more personalized manner. So far, Mrs. Riddering’s class has sent out over two hundred postcards around the world, and received postcards from almost every state, in addition to New Zealand, Canada, and France. “They’re making connections and understanding that the world is larger than the four walls in their classroom,” said Mrs. Riddering as she reflected on the program’s impact. “It really accomplishes so many things. We write with it; we learn how to send postcards; we blog and vlog as we reflect on these topics.”

Integrating Faith

However, Mrs. Riddering understands that the Global Read Aloud does much more than just create an  educational opportunity to learn to read, write, and speak. “As Christians,” Mrs. Riddering stated, “we have an obligation to the world to be aware of what’s going on and to help when and where we can. You can’t help if you don’t know where to help.” For this reason, Mrs. Riddering has paired Refugee with relevant videos and lessons that tie the whole learning process together and teach her students about the current global political climate.

Although the Global Read Aloud challenge began as a way to get middle school students excited and engaged with the reading process, it has since transformed into a way of making connections both in and out of the classroom. These connections have exposed students to ideas across the world, and helped them see past their personal bubble. Though these students are only in 6th and 7th grade, the lessons they’re learning are lessons they will carry with them throughout the rest of their lives.

Calvin Christian Cross Country Teams Sweep at States

cross country team at states

This past weekend, the Calvin Christian boys and girls cross country team traveled down to the Michigan International Speedway to participate in the largest high school cross country meet of the season — the MHSAA State Finals.

cross country team at states

This race represented the culmination of a season’s worth of hard work, and the results proved themselves to be a testament to the countless hours of practice and preparation. By the end of the race, these steadfast Squires returned home with four All-State runner titles and two top ten placements in Division Three. The four students awarded all state honors were Sheila Witvliet (19:48.8), Alicia Estrella (19:54.0), Olivia Quillan (20:00.7), and Chris Jenkins (16.50.9). Overall, the boys cross country team placed fifth, and the girls cross country team placed second. The girls cross country team’s second place victory marks the ninth year in a row that they’ve placed in the top ten, proof of the strength of Grandville Calvin Christian’s cross country program.

Though the fall cross country season has come and gone, we at Grandville Calvin Christian are excited to see what these Squires will do next. No matter what challenge they face, we’re confident that they will continue to run the race set before them, and do so in a way that is honoring and pleasing to God.


How A Student-Led Cardboard Arcade Raised Hundreds of Dollars for World Renew

Engineering and second grade students at Cardboard Arcade Night at GCCS.

When second grade teacher, Mrs. Systema, shared a story with her class about a boy who created a cardboard arcade, they immediately saw an opportunity to make a difference in their community and serve those in need.

engineering students and second grade students

Creating the Cardboard Arcade

three girls playing cardboard arcade gamePartnering with the engineering students at Calvin Christian High School, the two groups worked together to create an entire arcade out of cardboard to raise money for a charity of their choice. After spending countless hours designing the games, these Squire students invited friends, classmates, and family members to come out for a night of fun and entertainment.

Selecting A Charity of Choice

boy playing arcade game

After the event, Mrs. Systema encouraged her students to choose their charity of choice carefully and wisely. After collaborating as a class, the students decided to donate to World Renew, giving a portion of the funds to disaster relief in Indonesia and the rest to help families in need purchase animals.

In total, the Calvin Christian cardboard arcade raised $342.90 for World Renew. This Squire success is just another example of how our students constantly love, learn, and serve.