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Ada Connection – Apr 20, 2016

Principal's Note

Warm Weather Returns! Dress Code Reminder!

Warm weather has visited Ada...what a blessing. Along with warm weather comes a change in our wardrobes. Please, help us by making sure students' shorts and skirts are long enough to reach the bottom of their fingertips when arms are relaxed at their sides. If they are not, we will ask students to change. Thanks for your support.

Outdoor Education Information Night – May 17, 7:00-8:00pm

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Join us and invite friends to our public information night to learn what we mean by "Integrated Outdoor Education" and what it will mean for students.

This meeting is for any current or prospective family who's curious to know more about what's going on.

"Faith. Strong." Friday

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Fourth and First Graders were overflowing with school spirit last Friday. Congratulations to Mrs. Pastoor's Class for 100% participation and to Mrs. Slauer's class who had 100% participation for the 6th month in a row. Mrs. Graham and Mrs. Wilbur's first graders also had 100%. Way to go!

Like us and see what's going on.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. We have thousands and thousands of words waiting for you.

Building progress, Tree plantings, Zero the Hero, investigating the properties of water, D.E.A.R. experiences and more are captured on our Ada Christian Facebook page. Like our page to peek into learning opportunities for our students.

We would love to have you write a review of our school on our Facebook page. It only takes a few minutes.

Calvin Students from Indonesia Visit ACS

Indonesia students 1Indonesia Students 2It was a pleasure to welcome five Calvin students from Indonesia and Korea to ACS last week. The students are working towards advanced degrees and very motivated to learn as much as they can about Christian schools while they are in the states. What a joy it is to share ACS with others.

Action Needed

Enrollment Forms were due Friday, Apr 15

Enrollment forms were mailed out on Wed, Mar 30, and were due Apr 15. If you did not receive an enrollment form, please call the office (676.1289) right away.

ALL families who have not already done so must register through FACTS for tuition management - even if you will be making a one time payment. Please remember any family not registered with FACTS Tuition Management will have an additional $75 administrative fee added to their tuition.

Reminder: Families applying for tuition assistance for the 2016-2017 school year will need to complete an application and submit the necessary supporting documents to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment by May 01, 2016. Funds are limited and we typically allocate our tuition assistance resources by June 15, it is important to be mindful of the May 01, 2016 due date. After June 15, our funds may be depleted.

If you do not anticipate returning to ACS in August 2016, please call the office (676.1289) or email Sharon Dejong ()

Fine Arts Night – Apr 28

The halls will be alive with MANY things on this night. In the Calendar Reminders section you will note 3 highlighted items please make note of those dates/events!

6:30-8:30pm – the ACS hallways will be filled with AMAZING art work!
6:30-8:00pm – the North Gym will host our 6th grade World Fair!
6:30-7:30pm – the Library will be a place to experience our Elementary TECH EXPO!
6:30-7:00pm – the South Gym will ring with the sounds of our 7th grade band
7:00-7:30pm – the commons will resound with the work of our 7th/8th grade Orchestra
7:15-7:45pm – the South Gym will be blessed with the sounds of our 8th grade band
7:45-8:15pm – the South Gym will be filled with the sounds of our combined 8th grade band/orchestra followed by an honoring of our 8th grade musicians.

Staff Appreciation Week  

We will be showing our appreciation to our staff with a luncheon on Fri, Apr 22.  Please sign up to bring food or help with the event at http://vols.pt/jk3sNc

Thank You Notes: 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 at any time during this week set aside to say thank you to a very special group of people. We also encourage your child to write a thank you note to at least one of their “specials” teachers or an office/support staff member.

Placement for next year for your ACS student

If you would like to share information that may be helpful for your child's teacher to know with regard to next year's class placement, please download the request form (56 KB PDF) and return it to the office.

Forms are due NO LATER than Friday, May 06.

Grand Friends Day

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.

  • Thursday, May 05 – we need setup help after school for about an hour. 
  • Friday, May 06 – we need kitchen help and smiling greeters to welcome our Grand Friends and point the way to their precious children.

It's a wonderful day and we promise that if you sign up for the earliest kitchen help that we will let you have a DELICIOUS donut! Sign Up Today!

Questions? Contact Dee Lenters ()

*Be sure that your “Grand Friends” have May 06 on their calendar. Students will come home with schedules and additional information for our special guests one week before the BIG DAY!

ACS LogoWear – Order now for free shipping; offer ends tonight!

SPRING FLING - IT'S YOUR LAST CHANCE FOR FREE SHIPPING ON ACS LOGOWEAR!
Free shipping on all logo wear orders for a limited time starting Apr 13-20.
Click and order now!  

Mother-Son Western Cookout!

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  • When: Fri, Apr 29 from 5:30 - 8:00pm
  • Where: Roanoke Ranch 11221 Grand River Dr, Lowell
  • What: Games, wagon rides, pony rides, petting zoo, hot dog roast, s’mores and MORE!
  • Who: all ACS moms and sons (all grades)
  • Cost: $10/person or $25/family

Please Order/RSVP by Wednesday, Apr 27

Questions? Contact Amanda Wildman (616.293.0627, )

Attention Parents of 5th Graders

We are excited to have your children join the Middle School next school year! The Middle School Support Council (MSSC) is looking for two parents (one each of a current 5th grade boy and girl) to serve on the MSSC for a 3-year term, starting this June and ending when your child graduates.

  • This group is comprised of 2 parents from each grade in middle school for a total of 6 parents. 
  • We primarily assist the staff with the fall spiritual retreat, exploratory week, and graduation. 
  • This is a great opportunity to get involved in middle school life! 
  • Availability during the school day is critical for this committee.  
  • We will be collecting names of interested parents until May 1.

Questions? Interested? Contact Barb Weaver (540.9824, )

A Day on the Green: Monday, May 16

A Day on the Green
Ada Christian School and Grand Rapids Christian Schools invite you to A Day on the Green, our annual golf outing to raise much-needed funds for financial aid to ensure that our schools remain accessible to all families who desire a Christian education for their children. 

Join us for 18 holes of golf (four person scramble) on the beautiful courses of Egypt Valley Country Club on Monday, May 16.

Prizes will be awarded to 1st and 2nd place men, 1st place senior men (65+), 1st place women, and 1st place co-ed. Not a golfer? Volunteers are needed too! There will also be a reception and silent auction. See more information at: www.grcs.org/golf

K-5 Reading Challenge from the Library

Library Cleary Link
We are celebrating! On April 12, Beverly Cleary turned 100. We plan to honor this living legend in a variety of ways. One reading challenge will run for the whole month of April. Starting April 01, students are encouraged to read a Beverly Cleary book. Every time your child reads one of Cleary’s tales, he or she may enter a drawing to win a Beverly Cleary book. Winners will be chosen weekly. On May 01, one grand prize winner will be chosen to receive a complete set of Ramona Quimby books.

Kindergarten and first grade students are encouraged to read Cleary’s picture books. 2nd-5th graders will enjoy her chapter books including stories about Henry, Beezus, Ramona and Ralph S. Mouse. Enjoy our ACS Cleary Reading Challenge!

Summer Tutoring at ACS

Mrs. Overbeek will be tutoring interested students this summer. She is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays for half hour sessions here at school. Please see the flyer (783 KB PDF) for details and email her if you are interested.

PTO News

School Party May 09

The last school party of the year will be at GR Gymnastics on Monday, May 09 from 12:30-2:00pm.

  • Cost is $5 per child
  • You do not need to sign up ahead of time
  • GR Gymnastics, 1601 Galbraith Ave, Grand Rapids

Questions? Contact Amberly Hoyer ()

Moms in Prayer

Please join us Thursday 8:00-9:00am in the office conference room as we pray for our children, their teachers and the ACS community. This week we will be praying specifically for our building and transportation staff and we remember that God is merciful.  

“With what shall I come before the LORD,  and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,  the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? –Micah 6:6-8

Questions? Contact Laura Cawley (616.425.9728, )

ACS MENistry

Come join other dads on Friday mornings at 8:00am in the rear conference room of the office as we explore our call to be faithful men of Christ. We are dwelling with the Word in the Book of James, with noted author Francis Chan leading our discussion with his short video series. All ACS dads welcome!

Questions? Contact Andy Anderson (616.325.6116)

Calendar Reminders

Apr 28 – Fine Arts Night (6:30-8:30pm)
May 06 – Grand Friends Day (school dismissed at 11:30; No Forest Hills transportation)
May 09 – No School (Professional Development), ACS School Party
May 12 – NO MS Spring Concert - has been rescheduled: 7th/8th on Fine Arts Night
May 23 – 5th/6th Grade Band/Orchestra and 5th Celebration Night
May 30 – No School (Memorial Day)

2016-2017 Dates

Aug 24 – First day of school (dismissed at 11:30am)
Sep 02-05 – Labor Day Weekend
Sep 26 – No School (Professional Development)
Oct 19-21 – No School (CEA Convention)
Nov 23-25 – No School (Thanksgiving Break)
Dec 21-Jan 02 – No School (Christmas Break)
Jan 03 – School Resumes
Jan 23 – No School (Professional Development)
Feb 17-20 – No School (Winter Break)
Mar 30-Apr 07 – No School (Spring Break)
May 05 – Grand Friends Day (dismissed at 11:30am)
May 08 – No School (Professional Development)
May 29 – No School (Memorial Day)
Jun 07 – Last Day of School (dismissed at 11:30am)

ACS Athletics

PurePlay (PK-4th grade)

Soccer Saturday:  Girls at 9:00am, boys at 10:00am

Middle School Intramurals

Beach Bums Intramural Champs
The Beach Bums kicked home run after home run to finish with a perfect mat ball season. Congratulations Beach Bums, you are the Intramural Mat Ball Champs!