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Ada Connection – Jan 10, 2018

A Note From Principal Brower

Happy New Year

Happy New Year and welcome back. We are looking forward to an amazing 2018. Thank you for your thoughtful gifts that my family and I enjoyed over break. 

Geography Bee Winner

Geography Bee 2018Thank you to all of our participants. A special mention to Nathan Yeh (2nd place) and Annika DeKraker (3rd place). Congratulations to Hans Pruis for being the champion. This is the second time in three years that Hans has earned this title. His next step is to pass the qualifying test for the regional round. Best wishes Hans! 

Chicken Eggs

Chicken Egg
What comes first the chicken or the egg? At ACS it was the chicken and now we have eggs too! Our ladies are now happily producing. 

Welcome Our New Families

Two new families started this week at ACS. Craig and Betsy Rybarczyk and their son Graham (2B). Also Sami and Laura Brake and their daughter Sophia (KP). We are excited to have them join ACS as our family continues to grow.

This Week

"Faith. Strong." Friday

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It's that time again. All students, staff and parents are encouraged to wear their ACS gear to school this week Friday, Jan 12. 

Moms In Prayer

Join us for a sweet time of New Year’s Fellowship this coming Thursday, Jan 11. Some groups have a Christmas fellowship time, we mix it up by having a New Year’s Fellowship time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the brand new year, and also to welcome you!

Every week, we concentrate on our constant and desperate need for more of his presence in our lives and those for whom we pray rather than for a “fix” for our circumstances. We’ll plead for more of his presence through the circumstances into which he’s placed us, and we’ll "forget not all his benefits.” (Psalm 103:1-2). Oh, and one more thing, you do not have to pray out loud, join in silent prayer if you’re more comfortable. God hears us all (Psalm 34:15).

If you can join us for prayer, we meet every Thursday morning 8:00-9:00am, in the ACS office back conference room. Younger siblings are always welcome! Need more information? Contact Kelly Stafford (616.304.2963, ).

MENistry

Come join other dads in room 504 on Fridays as we explore our call to be faithful men of Christ. We will be dwelling with the Word in the Book of Luke this semester. Coffee and donuts provided. All ACS dads welcome!

Now You Know

2018-2019 Preschool Registration Open

We are happy to announce that ACS Preschool Registration is now open for the 2018-2019 school year. We are asking you to do two things:

  • If you have a preschool school aged child, register now.
  • Forward the registration information to any friends or family members who may be interested in our preschool program.

Meals For The Rauch Family

If you would like to help the Rauch family, Sara Uekert is organizing a meal schedule for Fridays. Find a time that works for you and sign up.

Questions? Email Sara Uekert ()

Red Wings For Reading

If you are a Red Wings fan and want to encourage reading in your home, check out the reading program Red Wings for Reading. When your child reads three books recommended for their grade level, they can submit an online entry form. Every student who participates will receive a Red Wings for Reading Fan Pack and will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of Detroit Red Wings tickets to the Mar 31 game. The program ends Jan 31 and is open to Kindergarten-5th grade students.

Lost And Found

The lost and found table is located by the music room/kitchen. This Friday, Jan 12 the tables will be brought to the front of the school and items laid out. At the end of that day, the items that were not picked up will be boxed up. Please continue to check the lost and found by the music room throughout the month. Hopefully this will help with having an overload of lost items.

Helpful Information From CSI

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On Dec 22, the US Congress passed the Tax Cut and Jobs Act. Beginning in 2018, changes to the law will now allow tax-advantaged college savings plans, known as 529s, to also cover up to $10,000 a year in K–12 public, private, and religious school expenses. These savings plans allow families to invest their after-tax money and, through compound interest, accrue earnings rapidly over time. Families pay no taxes on those interest earnings.

Additional features included in the Tax Cut and Job Act:

  • Section 117(d): Tax-free tuition reductions for the children of teachers and other employees in our schools remain intact.
  • Section 127(a): Tax-free benefits of up to $5,250 annually for educational assistance to employees are retained.
  • Teacher tax deduction: Educators can still take the $250 deduction for expenses for classroom materials or professional development.

Action Needed

PK-1st Open House

Invite your friends to come explore the exciting opportunities available at Ada Christian School for their Preschool-1st grade students. Families will travel on a self-guided tour with fun stops along the way for them and their children.

Kindergarten Intentions

If you intend to send your child to kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year, please call the office or email Sharon DeJong (616.676.1289, ) 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 parent orientation on Tuesday, Mar 13 at 7:00pm for parents only. On Thursday, Apr 12, plan on having your child visit for one hour. If your child turns 5 after June 1, 2018, he/she will need to be tested on Thursday, Apr 19. Sign up sheets will be at the orientation or in the office.

PTO Happenings

Bus Driver Appreciation

On Feb 16, ACS has the honor of showing appreciation to our bus drivers. It truly takes a village to care for our children and our bus drivers are a necessary part of this village. To make this event special for the bus drivers, we need your help!

Interested in serving? See how you can help.

Daddy Daughter Dance

Daddy Daughter 2018 Flyer Are you ready to “Dance like Animals”? Our 4th annual dance is being held on Friday, Feb 02 from 7:00-9:00 pm. Tickets are on sale online or in the office. Couples tickets for $30 and family tickets for $40. Looking forward to a fabulous night of jungle fun!

Mother Son Event

Save the date for Friday, Mar 02 and be ready for an Amazing Adventure designed to test your wits with team challenges, "Survivor" type puzzles, and creative games!

School Tubing Party – Jan 29

It's looking like a promising winter to head to Cannonsburg for our school party! Please join us for tubing at Cannonsburg on Monday, Jan 29 from 1:00-4:00pm (6800 Cannonsburg Road Belmont, MI 49306)

Tickets: $10 per person in advance, $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available until Jan 26.

Ready to join the fun?  A sign up sheet is available in the office, drop off a check payable to ACS PTO and complete the waiver form (one per person).

ACS Athletics

PurePlay

Y5/K basketball on Saturday 9:00-10:00am.

1st-4th basketball continues with weeknight practice and a Saturday clinic.

Advanced notice: Co-ed Child/Parent Volleyball Clinic March 10, 9:00-12:00pm. Signups available soon.

Parents of softball players: Please contact Coach DK about a possible softball club forming ()

Calendar Reminders

Jan 12 – "Faith. Strong." Friday

Jan 15 – No Forest Hills transportation for AM and PM

Jan 25 – No Forest Hills transportation for PM

Jan 26 – No Forest Hills transportation for PM

Jan 29 – No School In-Service Day

Feb 02 – Daddy Daughter Dance

Feb 15 – Parent Teacher Conferences

Feb 16 – No Forest Hills transportation for PM

Feb 22 – Parent Teacher Conferences

Feb 23 & 26 – No School - Winter Break

Mar 02 – Mother Son Event

Requested Announcements

CLC Network Annua Auction

Looking for some mid-winter fun for an excellent cause? Bring your family and friends to the CLC Network (also known as Christian Learning Center) Auction on Saturday, Feb 03, at Calvary Christian Reformed Church (3500 Byron Center Ave SW, Wyoming, MI). The dinner and silent auction start at 4:30pm, the live auction begins at 6:00pm. Bid on merchandise, gift certificates, activities, and much more!  Your participation helps equip schools and congregations to glorify God through purposeful, innovative inclusion of persons with varied abilities. Learn more at clcnetwork.org.