Ada Connection – Apr 22, 2020
A Note From The Principal
This Is The Day The Lord Has Made
I don’t know about you, but some mornings when I wake up I really have to stop and think, “What day is it?” Today when I woke up and looked out the window, I had to stop and wonder, “What month is?” Then I thought, “This is the day the Lord has made. I am going to rejoice and be glad in it!”
As the birds are scrambling for their spots at the bird feeders and I’m rambling around looking for a new spot in my house to settle in for a work day, I find joy in the One who never has to scramble or ramble. Our Creator God is unshakeable, steadfast, dependable, loving, merciful, gracious, all-knowing, and perfect.
May you rejoice in this day the Lord has made. To him be the glory!
2020-2021 Enrollment is Open
It is time to re-enroll your student(s) at ACS. We ask that you complete the online enrollment form by Wednesday, May 06. To complete the enrollment form, log into PowerSchool and click on Ecollect Forms in the navigation menu.
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 the ACS Education Foundation and our annual fundraising efforts, you will be notified of the maximum grant amount you may accept towards your tuition. The grants are available for all families. Families that are able to pay the “Requested” or “Full Cost” of tuition will receive a charitable receipt for the difference.
- For families needing additional tuition assistance, you may complete an online application through FACTS, by May 14. Qualifying families will be notified of the assistance amounts in June and adjustments to your tuition total will be made at that time.
Covenant Care registration is also open at this time. If your family wishes to have Covenant Care for your K-5 student(s) please fill out the Covenant Care form.
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. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
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Now You Know
ACS Book Exchange
A Note From Mrs. Rauch
My kids cleaned their rooms and found out they have outgrown their books. So instead of donating the books to Goodwill, I thought we could do a book exchange. A book cart will be set up in the lobby. Let’s keep it simple.
If you donate 1 book, take 1 book. If you donate 2 books, you can take 1 or 2 books, etc.
If you want to join, please do. Any leftover books at the end of May will be donated to the school.
Also, please don't not confuse this with the ACS library books. You can still check out books from there as well.
p.s. The following information was shared on the Little Free Library website.
While recent data from The New England Journal of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health shows that the coronavirus is detectable on cardboard for up to 24 hours, the CDC isn’t worried about books transmitting the disease.
“For paper-based products, we’re really not concerned, and you don’t have to worry about finding ways to disinfect those materials.” said Dr. Berendes of the CDC in their March 30 presentation. “The virus, if it’s present, would be present in very low quantities and would die off quickly…If you were really concerned, you could wait for a 24-hour period before lending the book if you were in an area of high-transmission.”
- If you have completed hardcopies of student work, please bring them to ACS on these days.
- If you put library books on hold by noon on the Wednesday before pick-up days, Mrs. Boerman will have your books on the tables, labeled and with your students’ packets.
Saturday, May 02 from 10:00am-2:00pm
Monday, May 04 from 10:00am-12:00pm
ACS Library Books Now Available
Your family will be able to check out books from the ACS library. All books must be placed on hold by noon on the Wednesday prior to homework pick up days. The books will be pulled from the shelves and checked out to your children by gloved and masked personnel. They will be placed with any other materials that need to be picked up. That means you have two days to place your books on hold.
A tutorial on how to place books on hold can be found here.
Any time the school is open, books may be returned to the lobby M-Th, 10:00am-12:00pm. Place the returned books in the library wagon.
Returning books as soon as you are finished will make them available for our other readers.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email or text Lois Boerman (email@example.com or 616.259.3302)
Moms In Prayer
This week we’re praying for our 4th graders and their teachers. God is our Encourager — One who uplifts, supports, inspires.
"LORD, when we pray, answer us and encourage us by giving us the strength we need." - Psalm 138:3
We’re a group of Moms (aunts/grandmas) passionate about lifting up our kids and ACS community in prayer. We are meeting virtually Thursday mornings 8:00-9:00am. If you’d like to be included in this virtual prayer meeting, please contact Kelly Stafford (616.304.2963, ten.tsacmoc@droffats-kj).
We are pleased to share that there are a couple of employment opportunities at Ada Christian for the coming school year.
The following positions are available:
- Middle School Math Teacher
- Middle School Bible & Social Studies Teacher
- Middle School Instructional Aide
Updated COVID-19 information from the State of Michigan.
Here is a preview of our school calendar for the 2020-2021 school year:
Aug 25 – First Day (Half Day)
Sept 04-Sept 07 – No School (Labor Day)
Sept 28 – No School (In-Service Day)
Oct 13 – 2020 Annual Ada Christian Education Foundation Dinner
Oct 21-23 – No School (Teacher’s Convention)
Nov 25-29 – No School (Thanksgiving Break)
Dec 19-Jan 03 – No School (Christmas Break)
Jan 18 – No School (In-Service Day)
Feb 18-Feb 22 – No School (Winter Break)
Apr 02-12* – No School (Spring Break) - *Please note, we will start Spring Break on Friday, Apr 02 and return on Tuesday, Apr 13.
May 07 – GrandFriends (Half Day)
May 10 – No School (In-Service Day)
Jun 08 – 8th Grade Graduation
Jun 09 – Last Day (Half Day)
Grand Friends Day - Friday, May 01
This year, even though we can’t be together to nibble doughnuts, show off classrooms and artwork and play games with our Grand Friends, we can still celebrate them!
Here are a few ideas to celebrate those special Grand Friends in your child’s life in a creative way:
- Mail them a letter – include a drawing, a colorful bookmark, or a few jokes.
- Get creative using video chat Show them around – lego masterpieces, art projects, blanket tents, riding bikes – let them see the fun and messy day to day activities in real life
- Show off a pet’s silly antics or cool tricks
- Get active – lace up and go for a walk “together”
- Put on a concert – play an instrument or sing a song
- Interview – let each write a list of 10 questions and take turns interviewing the other. Some examples: What was it like for them as children? Did they ever have any times that were similar to this? What toys did they like to play with? How did they spend their free time? What are their favorite childhood memories? For the older kids: What are the most important lessons they’ve learned? What advice do they wish they received when they were young?
- Read stories – Grand Friends can take a turn reading the bedtime stories and saying goodnight prayers to close out this special day
Feeling a bit overwhelmed and the thought of setting up a child, a craft, and the technology a bit too much right now? That’s totally ok. Just call and say I love you. That’s all that really matters on this day anyway.
Walk-a-thon Still On – May 08, 2020
Our focus this year is making the Walk-a-Thon a fun experience for the children. It won’t be the same, but we hope to pull together a few tangible aspects of this special day and fill the rest in with a virtual connection. This is our way of ending the school year with a strong group connection to one another within a fun, interactive event!
Join us for a Facebook Live Event posted on the ACS Facebook page on Friday, May 08 from 1:00-3:00pm.
Check in as attending, post pictures of your runners and see friends, teachers and staff! It’s easy – you can run around your house, run up and down your street, run through your woods – whatever makes you happy.
Bracelets – We have 10,000 bracelets left over from last year! We’ll pack them up in little baggies to be tucked in homework envelopes at the next pick up. As a volunteer, I know first-hand how important color is to the runners, and while we can’t choose colors this year, it’s a fun way to open your envelope and be surprised with what you get!
Faith Strong – This is a great time to throw on some ACS gear for the run, it is Faith Strong Friday after all!
Cheer - Class cheers are a big part of the fun! This year in a fun new twist, make up a sibling cheer at home if you’d like and post it during the event.
Optional – Popsicles – We usually dole out popsicles to pink-cheeked runners after the event. If it happens to fall in line with a grocery run and you’re up for it, this could be a fun way to celebrate at home.
Contest – What would a Walk-A-Thon be without a little competition and a prize to shoot for? The entire grade who has the highest participation will receive a fun movie treat pack – a Red Box code and popcorn for the family. Participation is either posting a picture on the FB Event, or giving online - simply being involved one way or another!
The Walk-A-Thon is the PTO’s only fundraiser for the year. The PTO is fully powered by giving, and through our careful stewardship of financial gifts we are able to create events and programs that support students, teachers and parental involvement. We work hard to make the school year both enjoyable and exciting for everyone.
Your fully tax-deductible gifts support the following important experiences:
PTO Sponsored Events: Back to School Carnival, Christmas Gift Shop, Daddy Daughter Dance, Mother Son Event, Grand Friends Day, Fine Arts Night, Staff and Bus Driver Appreciation.
PTO Sponsored Programs: 3rd Grade Bibles, 4th Grade Water Safety, 5th Grade Camp, National History Day, Spelling/Geography Bees, Middle School Class Funds, Elementary Class Funds (Room Parents), Preschool Class Funds, Covenant Care Class Funds, Media Center Support, Music Boosters, Yearbook and Curriculum Enhancement
PTO Sponsored Committees: Room Parent Program, Moms in Prayer, Parent Teacher Conferences and School Parties (along with all the committees built to run the events/programs above)
We fully understand that these times may come with financial uncertainty, and we wholeheartedly want you to enjoy the Walk-A-Thon this year with your children regardless of giving. That’s important to us, because that’s important to the kiddos.
However, if you are in a position to give, we are certainly grateful for your gift and will put it to our very best use to benefit your children along with others. This year, we have set up a streamlined online giving platform (open May 01- May 15). Please feel free to share this link with grand friends, aunts and uncles, neighbors, or anyone else who would normally pledge on the paper envelope in the past.
Giving will be open from one week before to one week after the event: May 01 - May 15.
We sincerely thank you for your help, and most of all for jumping in and supporting this fun twist on a childhood-favorite event to end the year strong.
Questions? Contact Sarah Plantinga, Leslie Hulst or Holly Karasinski