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Ada Connection – April 19, 2017

A Note From Principal Brower

Hooping It Up

Basketball Court Excavation
We are getting ready to hoop it up! Thanks to a generous donation, our students will soon enjoy new basketball courts.

ACS Artwork Advances

After state adjudication three ACS art pieces were accepted in the state show.

Congratulations to Faith Keilen, "Lovely Lion Staring At You" and Ben Systma, "Midnight Snack" - Top 90 group in the state. Alex VerMeulen, "Michigan Robinette" - Top 15 group in the state. 

Art Work Benjamin SytsmaArt work Faith KeilenArt Work Alex VerMeulen

Great Practice Drills

We are pleased to share that we have recently completed a round of practice drills: fire, tornado and indoor safety. Our students and staff responded efficiently and well within the required guidelines for safety and compliance.

This Week

Spring Diaper Drive

Diapers (any size) and wipes for Bethany Christian Services Refugee Families. Collection will take place Apr 10-21. Look for boxes at the end of each hallway.

Moms In Prayer - God Is A Miracle Worker

This week we will be praying specifically for 7th grade. God is a miracle worker.  

"Will the Lord reject forever? Will he never show his favor again? Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his promise failed for all time? Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has he in anger withheld his compassion?" "Selah"  Then I thought, "To this I will appeal: the years of the right hand of the Most High."  I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.  I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds." - Psalm 77:7-12

Please join us Thursday at 8:00-9:00am in the back office conference room as we pray for our children, their teachers and the ACS community. 

Questions? Contact Laura Cawley (616.425.9728, ).


A group of ACS dads who meet and dwell with the Word of God every Friday 8:00-9:00am in the back office conference room.  We will be discovering how to be a Christ-like spiritual leader within our families, places of work, and the world. 

Now You Know

Fine Arts Night - Apr 27 from 6:30-8:00

A perfect night to share with friends and neighbors that may be interested in ACS. The hallways will be filled with amazing works of art. Mr. Wanner has a gift for encouraging young artists and they are eager to share the fruits of their labors! Please come enjoy Ada Christian's very own "Art Prize"! Our 6th graders are creating our very own "Epcot Center"! During your visit to the North Gym, you will be able to travel the world enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of more than 50 countries. See you there!

ACS Spirit Shop

Spirit Shop Spring Flyer 2On Wednesday, Apr 26 the ACS Spirit Shop will be open. Come to the Commons from 2:00-4:00pm to shop for ACS gear!

Order your game day must haves now through May 05.

Celebrating Mr. Bill

Thank you to all who purchased tickets to attend Mr. Bill's celebration at Fifth Third Ballpark on Friday, May 05. Look for an email next week with more details regarding your tickets.

A Day On The Green

A Day on the Green
Our annual golf outing to raise much-needed funds for financial aid, will be held on May 15, 2017 at Egypt Valley Country Club. Join us for an afternoon of golf, followed by a 19th hole reception and silent auction. This year's event feature fun new ways to increase your opportunity to win! Sponsorships are available. 

Not a golfer? Volunteers are needed too! 

Looking Ahead

2017-2018 calendar. Feel free to start your plans for the coming year…we certainly are!

Aug 24 – First Day

Sept 01-04 – Labor Day Weekend

Sept 25 – No School - Staff Professional Development Day

Oct 18-20 – No School - Fall Teacher’s Convention

Nov 22-24 – Thanksgiving Break

Dec 22 – Christmas Break Begins

Jan 08 – School Resumes

Jan 29 – No School - Staff Professional Development Day

Feb 23-26 – Winter Break

Mar 29 – Spring Break Begins

Apr 09 – School Resumes

May 04 – GrandFriends Day

May 07 – No School - Staff Professional Development Day

May 28 – Memorial Day

June 08 – Last Day

Action Needed

Online Re-Enrollment Open

Please make sure that you have completed your online enrollment by this Friday, Apr 21. If you did not pay by credit card you also need to bring the $200 enrollment fee to the office.  

If you have any questions, please email Nate Kiser () and he will be happy to help.

Lost And Found

Please help us get those Lost and Found tables cleared off. The tables are located by the music rooms and kitchen. The tables will be cleared off Friday, Apr 28.

Kids Gardening Club

Spring has arrived and the Ada Christian Kids Gardening Club invites your child in grades 3-6 to come and grow with us.  Not only will your child learn about gardening but s/he will also be involved in many hands-on activities that will increase their understanding of God's beautiful creation.  The class will be taught by John Boerkoel who is our Outdoor Education Instructor.  

Ready to garden and grow? Sign-up and join the fun.

PTO Happenings

A Note From PTO President Dawn Raymond

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to bring food. Our list of food needs were filled up fast! Thank you amazing parents! Also thank you to all the parents who have covered morning or lunch recess duty or both. We still have a few recess duty openings, please check out the openings and sign-up to cover recess duty.

We are halfway through staff appreciation week. Let's finish strong!!! Keep showing your love through notes and homemade pictures. Don't forget all the people behind the scenes that make our school inviting and awesome.

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. Amen

School Party - May 08

The last school party of the year will be at Grand Rapids Gymnastics (GRG) on Mon, May 08 from 12:30-2:00pm. Cost is $5 per child. You do not need to sign up ahead of time. GRG, 1601 Galbraith Ave, Grand Rapids.

Grand Friends Day - May 05

Calling all volunteers. This event is right around the corner and we still need 16 volunteers! This is such a wonderful day for everyone. I personally like to volunteer for this event because I am able to interact with my parents and I love seeing my kids overjoyed with excitement. Okay, perhaps, the excitement may be derived by the sugar from the extra doughnuts my kids are able to swindle from grandma but truly a blessing to be a part of.

Available to help? Sign-up today.

ACS Athletics


Soccer this Saturday: Girls @ 9:00am,  Boys @ 10:15am.

Track and Field starts today!

Calendar Reminders

Apr 27 - Fine Arts Night

May 05 - Grand Friends Day

May 05 - ½ day, dismissal at 11:30

May 05 - No Forest Hills 11:30 transportation

May 08 - No School - Inservice day

May 12 - No PM Forest Hills transportation

May 29 - No school - Memorial Day

June 06 - 8th grade graduation

June 07 - Last ½ day of school, dismissal at 11:30

June 07- No Forest Hills 11:30 transportation

Aug 24 - First day of school, dismissal at 11:30

Requested Announcements

Calvin Spring Classic 5K

Calling all runners, walkers and movers! Ada Christian School will be participating in the Calvin Spring Classic 5K School Challenge on Apr 29. This is a great way to be active, promote our school, and be entered to win some awesome prizes. The school with the most participants wins $250. One student from each of the five schools with the most registrants will win a $350 gift card to Village Bike Shop.

Register now and make sure you select Ada Christian School under the school challenge. Encourage friends and family to sign up as well. Younger kids who sign up for the fun run are still counted toward our team total and are entered to win prizes as well.

Need more information? See the attached flyer or check out the posters around school. If you have any questions, please contact Anna Ter Beek ().

Camp Roger Hiring

Camp Roger is hiring three positions to join the year-round staff. We are looking for a full-time
Advancement Director, an Executive Assistant  for 16-20 hours/week, and a Marketing Manager
for 15-25 hours per week. You can help kids encounter and celebrate God’s love through experiences in Creation. Read the full descriptions and application process.  

Questions? Contact Doug Vanderwell, 616.874.7286