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Ada Connection – Feb 24, 2016

Principal’s Note

Conferences – A Note of Thanks

As parents entered our school during conference nights, I was reminded in such a strong way that our school has something very special. The partnership between our faculty, staff and parents is so strong! Thank you for the amazing care you give your kids, the way you invest your time and energy to help them do their best, and for the kindness you share with our faculty and staff in so many ways. It is a true joy and honor to partner in Christian education with each of you.

A School Within A School – an “out of the box” opportunity

This past fall our Development Director, Dan Day, learned of a new school and their need for space. Dan connected me to Matt and Dana Roefer, founders of the new Journey Academy. We began meeting in September to consider the “what if’s” of them possibly renting space from us. Our first discussion centered on each of our school’s missions -- recognizing our missions had to be complementary to one another if we were to work together. Having similar missions and with our board’s approval to continue the conversations, we dug deeper into what a school within a school concept could look like.

In January, Matt and Dana came to our board meeting to introduce themselves, share their vision, and answer questions. Mrs. DeKoster and I also met with our Faculty Council to share the ideas and to get feedback. After meeting with Matt and Dana and listening to the rental proposal, our board members had another month to consider their request  and have questions answered. After thoughtful, prayerful consideration, they approved the one year rental arrangement at our February meeting.

Additional information, along with specific questions and answers, is available.

Although our approach to education is very different from each other, our goal to raise Christian agents of change in this world for God’s kingdom is the same. Please pray that our rental agreement with Journey Academy will be a blessing to each of our schools, our families, our community, and to our King.

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Ed Mr. Hoo and Owl
The State of Michigan recently approved our building plans. We are on track! In this picture Mr. Hoo leans on the wisdom of an owl friend to help students better understand some of the ways God cares for his creatures...

Action Needed

ACS Open House – Invite your friends to join us!

On Mar 08 from 10:00-12:00pm, ACS will be hosting an Open House for prospective families. Please invite your friends to join us! We would love to give them a tour and share about the ways we partner with parents in Christian education.

Moms in Prayer

Please join us Thursday, from 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 2nd grade and we remember that God is our defender.  

It will be a sign and witness to the LORD Almighty in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the LORD because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them.

-Isaiah 19:20

Questions? Contact Laura Cawley (616.425.9728, )

ACS MENistry

Come join other dads on Friday mornings at 8:00am in the office conference room as we explore our call to be faithful men of Christ. All ACS dads welcome! Questions? Contact Andy Anderson (616.325.6116).

Calendar Reminders

Mar 08 – Open House at ACS (10:00-12:00pm)
Mar 17 & 18 – Dessert Theatre
Mar 29 – Annual ACS Society Meeting
Mar 31-Apr 8 – No School (Spring Break)

2016-2017 Calendar Highlights

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 – Grandfriends 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)

Registrations are open for Spring Sports – Sign up now or view details

Wildcats Athletics (grades 5-8)  

Spring sport registration is now closed. You will receive information regarding spring sports as we near the beginning of the spring season. Information will also be posted on the ACS Athletics website. If you have any questions regarding spring sports please contact Carly Prins ().

GRCS is offering Tennis for ACS students. Sign up soon if you are interested.

Requested Announcements

Green Wagon Farm: founded by ACS grad, Chad Anderson, is offering the opportunity to have fresh vegetables and herbs from June – Oct. For more information visit or stop by school and pick up an information flyer.

Kids' Food Basket: is an organization that we have supported for many years. It is a good work that they do! Our Middle School students, our ACS service team and our Kindergarten students have spent time volunteering at their building. They are hosting an event that will be open to the whole community. We hope you will consider joining them on March 20 at the Quest Center at GRCHS!