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Ada Connection – Feb 08, 2017

A Note From Principal Brower

A Memorable Daddy Daughter Dance

DDD 2017
Daddy Daughter 2017
Ada Christian School was thrilled to welcome more than 350 dads and daughters to our annual Daddy Daughter Dance last Friday. A warm and special thank you goes out to our PTO members and volunteers for sponsoring this memorable night.

"Faith. Strong." Clubs

Lego WeDoOur Lego Club is going strong! These students have been gathering after school to learn about building and programming with Mr. Kiser.

This Week

Night Of Babysitting

8th grade students will be hosting a night of babysitting at ACS from 6:00-9:00 pm on Friday, Feb 10. Children ages 4 though 5th grade are invited to play games in the gym, do crafts, and even watch a movie with many of their 8th grade friends. This event is a fundraiser for the 8th grade class trip in May.

Planning to attend? Register to tell us you're coming

Moms In Prayer - God Is Wise

This week we will be praying specifically for Specials Teachers. God is wise.

"Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor." Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many. I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths." Proverbs 4:6-11a

Please join us Thursdays at 8:00-9:00am in the 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. Coffee and donuts provided.

Now You Know

Parent Teacher Conferences

Elementary families have a scheduled conference with their homeroom teacher. Parents of students in middle school will have the opportunity to visit with each of their student’s teachers in the commons. No sign up is necessary for Middle School.

Feb 16 5:30-8:30pm  

Feb 23 4:30-7:30pm

Conferences With Our Specials Teachers

Mrs. Weaver (3-8 Spanish), and Mrs. VanNoord (5-8 band/choir/8th Homeroom) and Mr. Wanner (K-8 Art) will be at tables in the Commons available for a 5 minute conference with elementary and middle school parents on both Feb 16 and 23.

Feb 16- Mrs. DeKleine (K-4 P.E.), Mrs. Boerman (K-8 Library/Media), Mrs. VandenBosch (K-4 Music) will be in their classrooms or the front lobby

Feb 23 - Mrs. Kladder (5-8 Orchestra), Ms. Prins (5-8 P.E.) will be at tables in the Commons available for a 5 minute conference with  elementary and middle school parents.

Lost And Found

Check out the items at the lost and found table by the kitchen/music rooms. The items will be packed up on Feb 24 after the parent teacher conferences.  

GRASP Summer Program

Grand Rapids Academic Summer Programs forms are now available. GRASP is an optional summer correspondence education program for grades K through 8, which helps students maintain reading and math skills while they are on summer vacation .

Interested? Complete and return this form by Mar 10.

Lego Robotics Club

Enjoy playing with LEGOs, computer coding, and problem-solving? In this after school club students will use Lego Mindstorms kits and software to learn some intermediate programing and complete numerous missions. Students will be challenged as they tweak their code through, trial and error, math computation, and problem-solving skills. Discussion topics may include motor control, gear ratios, torque, friction, sensors, timing, program loops, logic gates, decision-making, and timing sequences.

Coaches: Ms. Frens, Mr. Kiser and Mr. Musch

Who: Students in grades 5-8 (maximum, 20 students)

What you will need: Your creative mind, desire to program and problem solve.

Where: Ada Christian School MS Student Center

When: Feb 27, Mar 02, Mar 06, and Mar 09 from 3:00-4:30pm

Fee: $60
Please complete and return this form to the office with $60. Checks payable to Jackie Frens.
Note: ACS athletics should take precedence over club activities if practice/game conflicts occur.

Action Needed

Kindergarten Intentions 

If you intend to send your child to kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year, please call the office at 616.676.1289 or email Sharon DeJong (). We need your child’s first, middle and last name and birthdate for the list we are building. We would also like to know if you prefer 5-day or progressive kindergarten.

There will be a Kindergarten Information Night on Tuesday, Mar 14 at 7:00pm for parents only, childcare is available. On Apr 13, plan on having your child visit for one hour. If your child’s turns 5 after June 01, 2017, he/she will need to be tested on Apr 20. Sign up sheets will be at the orientation or in the office.

Preschool Registration Now Open

Preschool registration has officially opened for 2017-2018. We look forward to "Faith. Strong. Beginnings" with your preschool student.

Register for Preschool 2017-2018.

Please feel free to contact the preschool with any questions ().

Serve Through Bus Driving 

We are in need of a driver. The hours are 6:30-8:00am and 2:45-4:15pm M - F. Training is required and will be provided.

Available? Please contact Bill Venneman or Julie DeKoster (616.676.1289). Kids Love their bus drivers and we would love to welcome a new driver to our family!

PTO Happenings

Share Your Daddy Daughter Dance Memories

Share the pictures and videos you took and see what others are posting in the group. Everyone can order, save, or download the pictures they want from here!

Help Serve Our Teachers

Parent teacher conferences are coming up on Feb 16 and 23. To support our teachers during this long work day, we would like to provide them with dinner. We could use your help.

Sign up to bring food if you are able.

February School Parties

Come and join your Ada Christian Friends at one or both of these fun school parties.

Fri, Feb 17 at Airtime Trampoline,3681 28th St SE. Students and parents may jump for any 2 hours during the hours of 3:00 - 9:00PM for $10 per person. No sign up is needed. However, you must let Airtime know that you are from Ada Christian School to get this great rate! As a bonus Airtime will donate $1 for every jumper back to the ACS PTO.

Mon, Feb 20 tubing at Cannonsburg, 6800 Cannonsburg Rd NE Belmont at 1:00pm. Sign up and pay in the school office to get the group rate of $12 per person by Feb 15 at 9:00am. You must purchase tickets from Cannonsburg after the deadline. A waiver must be signed for each person tubing and is available in the school office. Please fill out one waiver per person who will be tubing. Also please fill out the waiver completely and initial where necessary. Checks should be made out to Ada Christian School PTO.

Direct Your Dollars

Direct Your Dollars
Want an easy way to earn money for our school? Simply save your Forest Hills Foods and D&W receipts! Through a new program called Direct Your Dollars, Ada Christian School will receive a $1,000 check for every $150,000 we collect in receipts. This money will go directly toward providing a yearbook for each student in May 2017. Please start saving your receipts from Forest Hills Foods and D&W and encourage friends and family to do the same. Place your original receipts in the marked box in the ACS office.

Thank you to all who have been participating. We have reached $37,000 of the needed $150,000! We are 25% of the way there! Ask your neighbors, grandparents and friends to save their receipts, too!

Questions? Please contact Kristen Yeh ().

ACS Athletics

PurePlay Spring Sports

Five different PurePlay opportunities are available for the spring. Please see the ACS website for details.

Calendar Reminders

Feb 16 & 23 - Parent Teacher Conferences

Feb 17 & 20 - Winter Break

Mar 17 - No PM Forest Hills transportation

Mar 28 - Annual ACS society meeting

Mar 30 - Apr 07  - Spring break