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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: August 27, 2013

StreetFest, which will take place all over the greater Grand Rapids area on Thursday, August 29, is a service-learning opportunity which is part of QUEST, the orientation program for first-year students. During StreetFest (#CalvinSF), we explore our call of doing God’s work in God’s world by joining over 60 community organizations in their work. This year's theme is Stepping Out: loving the city. learning from neighbors. living the call. In Matthew 14:22-33, Peter steps out of the boat and joins Jesus to walk on water. As Christians, we are called to take a courageous step of faith out of our comfort zones. Read on...

Parent Oasis tent

Don't forget that the Parent Oasis tent will be up on Wednesday, August 28—move-in day for first-year students, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., for  questions and refreshments. Look for the tent on the lawn between Rooks-Van Dellen and Schultze-Eldersveld residence halls.

Here is some helpful information for moving in (which includes maps and car signs) for new and returning students from the housing office. Also, see the Parents and Family information for QUEST, which begins for first-year students after they move in. See you soon!

You are invited!

Parents, families, friends and alumni are always invited to any event hosted by alumni networks around the country. Keep track of the ever-growing list at the bottom of this newsletter and find out more on the Calvin Alumni Association pages.

Student Treats

Student Treats are now ready to be ordered for your student(s) for 2013-2014. These are a fun and easy way to let your student know, throughout the school year, that you are thinking of them. With the chance to write a personal note on each treat, they will feel—and sometimes taste—the love! The Year of Treats offer is available until September 11, 2013, and is only $100 for six treats, a $115 value. Find out more and order now »


If, at any time this school year, you have questions, contact us: If you want to check out questions we commonly get, see this FAQ. And the Parent Resource Guide (.pdf) is always available if you need some quick information. If you would like a copy of that mailed to you, just let us know!

Campus Safety

Calvin offers a text-messaging service for students/community members to send a text-message to Campus Safety in situations where it may be difficult or dangerous to make a call. The address is The system is monitored 24 hours a day and Campus Safety will respond to any requests for assistance. Students are also encouraged to program the contact numbers for Campus Safety dispatch into their phone. The 24 hour non-emergency phone number is 616-526-6452. The 24-hour emergency phone number is 616-526-3333 or 3-3333 for campus phones. Students can anonymously report a crime to Campus Safety through Silent Observer.

Also, remember that all vehicles brought to campus must be registered with Campus Safety. You can receive a $25 early registration discount if you register before September 3rd!

Dining plan

Calvin Dining Services would like to welcome you back for another great year! 

Consider signing up for the Community Dining Plan for the 2013/2014 school year. The Community Dining Plan is intended for off-campus students, residents of Knollcrest East and the Timmer Studio apartments. Check out the affordable plan rates and sign up today!


Textbook reservation for fall 2013 are now open! Students can view their book list and place their reservation through the by logging into Portal under the textbooks tab. Book orders are picked, packed, charged to Student Misc. Accounts and delivered to dorm desks (for on-campus students) or held for pickup at the store (for off-campus students). Students can also stop in the store for personal help finding their books! E-mail the campus store ( with any questions.

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