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Ada Connection – Apr 11, 2018

A Note From Principal Brower

Spring Is In The Air

Beau is Pregnant Spring is time to enjoy new life! Our three goats are nearly ready to bless us with new kids at ACS. It won't be long now. Just look at Beau as she tries to muster the energy to stand in her condition.

Art Congratulations Continue

Mr. Wanner’s students, Alaina Clark, Adelyn Hoekzema, Aaden Landis, and Kate Bruining, had their artwork selected to be in the MAEA State level show being held at the Grand Rapids Art Museum Apr 21 - 28.  

Additionally, Kate Bruining’s piece was selected as one of the top 15 pieces in the elementary level show.  

All of the students in the show have the opportunity to attend a workshop hosted at Kendall College of Art and Design on Apr 21 from 12:30-2:00 pm.

This Week

"Faith. Strong." Friday

Theme 17-18
It's that time again. All students, staff and parents are encouraged to wear their ACS gear to school this week Friday, Apr 13.

Lost & Found

The lost will be in the front lobby on Friday, Apr 13. What is left at the end of the day will be boxed away. You can always check the lost and found which is located by the kitchen/music rooms.

Moms In Prayer

There we will be praying for 6th grade. God is good. One who is virtuous, excellent and upright.

"You are good, and You do what is good; teach me Your statutes." – Psalm 119:68

If you can join us for prayer, we meet every Thursday morning 8:00-9:00am, in the ACS office back conference room. Younger siblings are always welcome! Need more information? Contact Kelly Stafford (616.304.2963, ).


Come join other dads in room 504 on Fridays at 8:00am as we explore our call to be faithful men of Christ. We will be dwelling with the Word in the Book of Luke this semester. Coffee and donuts provided. All ACS dads welcome!

Now You Know

Dr. Witte!

Congratulations to Mrs. Becky Witte for her recent acceptance to a full-time Michigan State PhD program. Although we are very happy for her it was sad to learn she will not have time to continue as our 5th grade teacher. May God bless her new learning adventure!

Calvin 5K Spring Classic

Would you like a chance to promote Ada Christian School at a local race, get some exercise, and have the chance to win some great prizes? Sign up for the Calvin 5K Spring Classic School Challenge on Apr 28.

One student from each of the top five schools with the most participants will win a $350 gift certificate to Village Bike. The school with the most participants will win a $250. Participation in the 5K run, 5K walk or kids' fun run all count toward Ada Christian's participation. Tell your friends, family and neighbors. Anyone who registers under Ada Christian will be added to our team. Once you sign up, send an email to Anna Ter Beek at let her know you signed up. There will be a weekly drawing every Wednesday between now and race day to win a $5 gift card to Gazelle Sports. The earlier you sign up, the more chances you have to win!

Sign up today.

Action Needed

2018-2019 Enrollment

Dear Parents,

It is time to re-enroll your student(s) at ACS. Please check your email for more specific enrollment information.

We ask that you complete the online re-enrollment form by Friday, Apr 20. To complete the enrollment form, log into PowerSchool and click on Ecollect Forms in the navigation menu. For specific username information please check your email. 

There is a Tuition & Grants section on the form.

  • The first TUITION amount you see is the calculation for the “Requested” or “Full Cost”  amount of tuition.
  • In the GRANT section, thanks to the generous, ongoing support of our ACS Education Foundation, you will be notified of the maximum grant amount you may accept towards your tuition.
    • The grants are available for all families needing tuition assistance. There is no application process needed to qualify for this grant.
    • Tax deductible receipts will be sent for any amount of the grant not claimed towards your tuition total. (Thank you!)
    • For families needing additional tuition assistance, you may complete an online application through FACTS, by May 7. Qualifying families will be notified of the assistance amounts in June and adjustments to your tuition total will be made at that time.
    • If you have any questions about this section, please do not hesitate to contact Principal Brower ().

We have worked hard to ensure our online enrollment process will go well for our families; however, we realize you may have questions during this process. If you have questions or difficulties completing the online enrollment form, please contact our administrative assistant, Dani Buchanan () and she will be happy to help.

Thank you for choosing Ada Christian School as your partner in education.

Open Positions At ACS – Fall 2018

Visit CSI online for listed openings and further details. 

Help Prepare For Grand Friends Day

Please Help Mr. HooMr. Hoo needs your help! Spring is in the air and there is much work to be done in our outdoor spaces. Mr. Hoo needs help with both planting and clean up. Whatever your niche there is a place for you!

Have time to spare? Volunteer to help Mr. Hoo ready our outdoor education spaces. 

PTO Happenings

Staff Appreciation Week – Apr 16-20

It is that wonderful time of the year in which all of the ACS parents have the privilege of showing our appreciation to the outstanding ACS staff. Not only are they an important part of our children's lives, but they also have a huge impact on our future! Staff includes all the teachers, support staff, specials teachers, administration, janitorial, and bus drivers!

On behalf of all the ACS parents, the PTO has made arrangements to bless the staff with a little treats throughout the week in their staff lounge including a luncheon. You can help us shower our staff and teachers with special notes/cards made by you and your children. Our teachers and staff will treasure your and your children’s words of appreciation. You can also focus your prayers on specific ACS staff. A list of staff members can be found in the ACS directory. Thank you in advance for your support.

During this week covering our teachers recess duty has always been a much welcomed act of appreciation. Elementary and Middle school spots are available. To do this we need 33 volunteers. Available? Sign up to help.

Dear Loving Father,
We thank you for the women and men You have called to work in education. Please continue to bless their hearts with Your love, joy, and peace. Fill their minds with Your faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Please use the parents of ACS to sprinkle extra love and appreciation in their life during staff appreciation week. 

Grand Friends Day Volunteers

Calling all willing volunteers! Grand Friends Day is right around the corner and we need about 30 smiling volunteers to help it run smoothly. There is a type of job for everyone. It's a wonderful day and the delight of seeing the students with their grandparents is a blessing! Available to help? Sign-up today.

Questions? Contact Michelle Nitengale () or Shelly Harmon ()

Be sure that your “Grand Friends” have May 04 on their calendar. Students will come home with schedules and additional information for our special guests one week before the big day!

ACS Athletics


Soccer begins: Girls at 9:00am, Boys at 10:15am

First track practice is next week Wednesday, Apr 18. For Track and Tennis sign ups email Coach DK ().
For more details visit the PurePlay webpage.

Calendar Reminders

Apr 26 – Fine Arts Night

May 04 – K - 8 Grand Friends Day

May 04 – Dismissal at 11:30am

May 04 – No Forest Hills transportation at 11:30am

May 07 – No School

May 11 – Walkathon

May 11 – Elementary Field Day

May 28 – Memorial Day - No School

June 07 – 8th grade graduation

June 08 – Last day of school - dismissal at 11:30am

June 08 – No Forest Hills transportation at 11:30am

2018-2019 Calendar

Aug 23 – First Day (Half Day)

Aug 31-Sept 03 – No School (Labor Day)

Sept 24 – No School (In-Service Day)

Oct 24-26 – No School (Teacher’s Convention)

Nov 08 – ACS Education Foundation Dinner

Nov 21-23 – No School (Thanksgiving Break)

Dec 24-Jan 04 – No School (Christmas Break)

Jan 28 – No School (In-Service Day)

Feb 22-25 – No School (Winter Break)

Mar 28-Apr 05 – No School (Spring Break)

May 03 – GrandFriends (Half Day)