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Ada Connection – Feb 27, 2019

This Week

"Faith. Strong." Friday – Mar 01

2019 Theme LogoIt’s that time again. All students, staff and parents are encouraged to wear their ACS gear to school this week Friday Mar 01.

Lost & Found – Mar 01

The lost will be in the front lobby on Friday Mar 01. What is left at the end of the day will be boxed away. You can always check the lost and found which is located by the kitchen/music rooms.

MENistry 

MENistry is a coffee group for dads who want to get to know more about themselves and the Bible. Join us on Fridays from 8:00-9:00am.

Moms In Prayer – Praying For 8th Grade

Praying for 8th graders and their teachers. God is my portion: Share, part, one's possession, award (from God) As believers, we have the right to be part of God's family. We get to join the community of worshipers of the Living God. 

"The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." - Lam 3:24

Come join us for the journey when you can. We meet every Thursday morning 8:00-9:00am, in the ACS office back conference room. 

Need more information? Contact Kelly Stafford (616.304.2963, ).

Now You Know

Drop Off Safety Reminder 

Just a quick reminder to have your kiddos ready to get out of the car passenger side only. If you need to help them bring something into school please park in the lot. Please pull as far ahead as you can. Also this is a one lane drive, please have patience to wait for the car ahead of you to move before going around them...there have been to many close calls lately with all the snow.

Calvin Spring Classic

This winter has been challenging, but Spring is coming! Start training now to walk, jog or run the Calvin 5K Spring Classic at Calvin College on April 27 at 8:30am. There is also a kids' fun run on the indoor track after the 5K so the whole family can participate. Ada Christian will be participating in the D&W School Challenge. Each of the schools with the top five highest number of participants will have one of their students win at $350 gift card to Village Bike. The school with the highest number of participants will also win a $250 check for their school. Last year our team had over 50 students, parents, grandparents, staff and alumni for our biggest team ever, and we would love to see the team even bigger this year.

Register for the Calvin 5k Spring Classic here at D&W Fresh Market School Challenge. You will be asked if you are participating in the D&W School Challenge towards the end of the registration process. Simply answer “yes” and select Ada Christian School from the drop-down menu.

Questions? Contact Anna Ter Beek, ()

Aladdin Jr. – Tickets Available

ACS 8th grade presents: Aladdin Jr. Dessert Theatre has been an important part of our school for many years. It is a wonderful community event and we hope that you can join us. Come for one or both nights, Mar 21 and Mar 21 at 7:00pm.

Purchase tickets and join us for the fun!

Hot Lunch – Mar Menu

The March Menu is here, take some time to look it over with your student(s).

Available to help during hot lunch? Find a time that works for you.

Questions? Contact Shelly VanGoor, ().

2019-2020 Calendar

Aug 26 – First Day (Half Day)

Aug 30-Sept 02 – No School (Labor Day)

Sept 30 – No School (In-Service Day)

Oct 23-25 – No School (Teacher’s Convention)

Nov 27-29 – No School (Thanksgiving Break)

Dec 23-Jan 03 – No School (Christmas Break)

Jan 27 – No School (In-Service Day)

Feb 28-Mar 02 – No School (Winter Break)

Apr 02-10 – No School (Spring Break)

May 01 – GrandFriends (Half Day)

May 04 – No School (In-Service Day)

Jun 04 – 8th Grade Graduation

Jun 05 – Last Day (Half Day)

Action Needed

2019-2020 Preschool Registration

We are happy to announce that ACS Preschool Registration is now open for the 2019-2020 school year. We are asking you to do two things:

Kindergarten Orientation – Mar 12

2019 -2020 Kindergarten Parents: Come to kindergarten orientation on Tuesday Mar 12 at 7:00-8:00pm  in the commons. This is for parents only. During this time you will need to sign up your future kindergartener for visiting on Thursday, Apr 11 at 8:30–9:30am, 10:00-11:00am, or 12:00–1:00pm. Testing must be done if your child turns 5 after June 01, 2019. The time for that is Thursday, Apr 19 from 8:30–9:30am, 9:45-10:45am or 11:00am- 12:00pm.

If you are not able to come to the orientation night, please stop in the office before Mar 12 and sign up your child to visit and pick up a folder with papers that need to be filled out and return on Apr 11.

Haven't signed up for kindergarten in the fall yet? Please call Sharon DeJong at 616.676.1289 or as soon as possible.

PTO Happenings

Mother Son Event – Mar 01

Friday is the big night!  When you arrive you will be given a map along with your laser and archery tag reservations.  You must be at the event 30 minutes prior to your time slot. Doors open at 5:30pm and there will be other games, snacks and a photo booth.  

Great news - we have a few more openings for laser tag, but not enough for both moms and sons.  If your son is fine playing without you, you may sign him (them) up for one more spot. We'll be closing this additional sign up opportunity on Wednesday night. Sign up here!

If you haven't already, please be sure to sign the Battle GR waiver in advance at https://www.battlegr.com/faq/  

Questions? Contact Denice Burgess at

Parent Teacher Conference Thank You

We finished up our final Parent Teacher Conferences for the school year! Thank you to each of you who jumped in to cover recess duty to give the teachers extra time to prepare for conferences, or even just for a nice little break on a long day. Your investment of time matters, it makes a difference, thank you.

The first conference night this year landed on Valentine's Day, and just as we imagined it would, it sparked even more creativity in Kim Laufer as she prepared a warm, homemade meal for the teachers and staff. Perfect for a cold, blustery day, she made the best lasagna ever, along with big fresh salads and soft garlic bread. She decorated the room with love, or, to be exact, with boatloads of fun heart-shaped balloons and pretty pink table cloths. For dessert, the classics - chocolate covered strawberries and brownie cupcakes piled high with peanut butter frosting. Of course, she made enough for an army and there was plenty to freeze for the staff to enjoy during their in-service day, an extra blessing. She worked right up to the finish line, on Thursday night when most of us were getting ready to enjoy our Winter Break, she was bringing in tortilla soup surrounded by all the sides. We are so grateful for Kim, and for her heart to bless the teachers and staff that we all love so much.

Warmly,
The PTO

Open PTO Position

Well, our dearly beloved Secretary, Karen Naude (who was amazing) has moved back to her Florida home. (Do any of us blame her? Decidedly not.) We miss her laugh and bright sunny spirit terribly and wish her the absolute best as she resumes her beautiful life down there. However, that leaves us with a little opportunity on our hands. If you've considered getting involved in the Parent Teacher Organization, this is the perfect way to begin. Little responsibility and lots of fun.

Your job: 
1. Attend monthly PTO meetings and take notes.
2. Type them up into minutes.
3. Write and mail thank you cards to our hard-working volunteer event chairs (a handful a month).
4. Jump in to help as needed throughout the year on various events as your schedule permits.
Your pay: $0 (unless you're including benefits, vacation time, sick days etc, in which case....well...it's actually still $0)
We pride ourselves in transparency.

Want to check it out? Come to our next meeting! We promise we won't make you take notes on your first visit.
Please contact Holly Karasinski, PTO President at or 616.901.8882.

PTO Information

Looking for our calendar, information about upcoming events or opportunities to serve?  Check out our updated website.

ACS Athletics

Softball Open Gym – 1st-8th Grade

Coach DK will be hosting an open gym for girls in grades 1st-8th on Mar 07 & 12. Check out the flyer for more details!

PurePlay – Spring Opportunities

Soccer: Y5-4th grade. Saturdays, Apr 13, 20, 27, May 04, 11 and 18. Register online. $45-65. Parent volunteers are needed to coach teams. Deadline: Mar 22.
 
Track and Field Club: K-4th. Wednesdays, 3-4:15. Apr 10, 17, 24, May 01 and meet on May 08. No cost. Email me to sign up. Parent volunteers are needed to assist me.
 
Tennis: 1st -4th. Tuesdays, 3:00-4:15pm. April 30, May 07, 14, and 21. $10.00 per student. Parents who help will have the fee waived. Email me to sign up, ().

Calendar Reminders

Mar 21 & 22 - Dessert Theatre

Mar 26 - Annual Society Meeting

Mar 28 - Apr 05 – No School - Spring Break