Beyond Belief Bulletin | September 2020

Letter from the Head of School

We are finally reunited! And we are enjoying each day with the students and being together as a staff. Although school may be a little different, the important things stay the same: we continue to deeply care for one another in the relationships we nurture, to invest in the staff and students’ spiritual formation through chapels, devotions, prayer time, and Bible class, and to stretch our learning in multiple disciplines. 

Thank you to everyone who made this reopening happen: our school board, staff, students, families, and countless others. Through your prayers, support, and partnership, we were able to start this school year with in-person learning. What a mighty God we serve! 

His presence was felt throughout our campus this week. Click here for a peek at our first few days back!

  Be blessed and be a blessing,
  Head of School

WSCS Job Openings

We're looking for people to join our positive and caring school community in the following positions: Facilities Manager and Bus Driver. If you know of someone who would be a good fit for one of these positions, please spread the word! Learn more and apply on our website.

WZZM 13 Feature

West Side Christian was featured on WZZM 13 a few weeks ago! Click here to check out WZZM’s coverage on our outdoor education program and how we'll be keeping kids safe this year by engaging more with creation, including the installation of temporary outdoor classrooms.


New WSCS Staff Members & Roles

We've had several new additions and changes of roles at WSCS, and we're excited to introduce them to you! Visit our Facebook page to find more in-depth introductions of our new staff members. We praise God for blessing our school with these talented individuals!

  • Heath Brower, Middle School Science Teacher
  • Kim Curtis, Paraprofessional
  • Rachel Hendricks, Paraprofessional
  • Liz Janik, 4th Grade Teacher (former ESS parapro)
  • Taylor Klomp, Paraprofessional (former Little Sprouts Lead Teacher)
  • Samantha Koeman, Paraprofessional
  • Ashley Kooistra, Orchestra Teacher
  • Teresa Kooyer, Tuesday/Thursday Nature Preschool Teacher (will also continue serving as an Aide in Monday/Wednesday Nature Preschool)
  • Anna Ray, 3rd Grade Teacher
  • Delia Roberts, 2nd Grade Teacher (former Kindergarten Teacher)
  • Melissa Scholten, Kitchen Coordinator
  • Erin VanDriel, Nature Preschool Aide
  • Lauren VanVugt, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Abbey Versluis, 4s Preschool Aide (former Little Sprouts Lead Teacher)
  • Brianna White, 3rd Grade Teacher

Little Sprouts is Open!

We partner with families to provide a safe and fun environment before, during, and after school. We offer child care on snow days, during school scheduled breaks, and throughout the summer. Your child will spend their day playing with friends, participating in fun activities, enjoying themed activities, taking advantage of our acres of outdoor space, and more. Our team of caring individuals seeks to enhance your child’s learning and growth spiritually, socially, and academically. Learn more on our website.

Follow WSCS on Facebook & Instagram!

Throughout each week we post photos and videos of our students and staff in action! Give us a follow on Instagram (@wscsgr) and like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date with all our latest news and updates. When you engage with WSCS on social media, you're helping spread the word about our school! Thanks for supporting us in this way.

32nd Annual WSCS Foundation Golf Outing

Though it was postponed from our June date due to the pandemic, the 32nd Annual WSCS Educational Foundation Golf Outing will be held on Friday, September 25 at The Mines Golf Course! Once again the event is a “sell out” with 36 foursomes registered to play! Special thanks to all of our sponsors and golfers for making this a significant fundraiser for the Foundation. The Foundation grows with the help of gifts, memorial contributions, estate gifts, and this golf outing. Each year the Foundation makes a gift to WSCS that helps reduce the cost of tuition for all of our K-8 students. This year’s gift is planned to be $150,000, which works out to be about a $500 discount for each student.

If you're interested in supporting the Golf Outing by being a sponsor/contributor or volunteer, contact Dale Burghgraef at or 616-453-3925, ext.109. Also, anyone can participate in the raffle for a wonderful stay at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island (can be used in 2021) valued at over $2,100! Contact Dale for details.

Gym Renovations Update

Last December our #GivingTuesday fundraiser focused on repairs and improvements for our gym which is one of the most used spaces at WSCS.  Thanks to the money that was raised including matching donations for a total of $75,000, the gym floor recently received a much needed facelift. This included repairing areas of the floor and completely refinishing the surface with new lines and graphics. The stage area will also receive some upgrades including new curtains, paint, and electrical updates.

Enrollment Update

Despite the difficulties and challenges many of our families have faced these last six months, we are grateful that our enrollment has only experienced a 9% decline in grades K-8 and 10% decline in Early Childhood classes. Many of these students will be homeschooling this year due to the pandemic. We are also pleased to welcome 11 new students in grades K-8 this year. 

We still have openings in Pre-K - 8th grade! If you know of a family looking for a safe and loving Christian school community, we invite them to visit our school. Visit our website to schedule a tour.

In Case You Missed It

  • WSCS middle school students were featured on WGVU! They spoke about the importance of reducing fertilizer use to minimize algae in our lakes. You can catch the segment here.

  • Check out our Staff Summer Photo Album for a glimpse at what all of our staff members were up to this summer!
  • Grand Rapids Kids featured our Little Sprouts Child Care at the top of their annual Child Care Guide! Check it out here.
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