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Ada Connection – Jan 23, 2019

This Week

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 Specials Teachers

Praying for specials teachers. God is just: One who is right or fair, impartial, correct, true and upright.

"Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." - Isaiah 40:30-31

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

Whatcha Doin' Out There!? – Jan 2019

Mr. Hoo gives a recap of the year and highlights upcoming OE happenings. Check it out!

GRASP - Grand Rapids Academic Summer Programs

Forms are available for download or may be picked up in the ACS office. 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. Forms are due Feb 15.

Hot Lunch

Special note: the lunch scheduled for Jan 15 will be served on Jan 29. 

We need more lunch volunteers and have reduced the time commitment to better fit parent schedules. What a wonderful way to connect with others and see what your children are eating! Hot lunch volunteers are needed from 11:20am-12:45pm.

Available? Find a day that works for you.

Contact Shelly VanGoor with questions (, 616.325.3461).

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 Intentions

Partner with us! If you intend to send your child to kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year, please call the office at 616.676.1289 or email Sharon DeJong at . We need your child’s first, middle and last name as well as their birthdate for the list we are building.

We would also like to know if you prefer 5-day or Progressive Kindergarten. Parent preferences vary from year to year. To help us plan for staffing needs, we will cap the list for each option at 22 and then begin to build our 3rd class list. There is a chance that those on the 3rd list may be asked to alter their preference.

There will be a parent orientation on Tuesday, Mar 12 at 7:00pm for parents only.  On Thursday, Apr 11, plan on having your child visit for one hour. If your child turns 5 after June 01, 2019, he/she will need to be tested on Thursday Apr 18.  Sign up sheets will be at the orientation or in the office.

For families enrolling their oldest child in kindergarten, another part of the enrollment process is a meeting with Melissa Brower, our principal. This meeting may happen any time before enrollment. If you would like to schedule that meeting, please contact Julie DeKoster at 616.676.1289 or .

PTO Happenings

Daddy Daughter Dance – Feb 01, 2019

Tickets for the dance are available now through Jan 31. You may purchase online or in the office. 

Tickets are $30/couple or $40/family. There will be an opportunity to purchase pictures the night of the dance from Moto Photo, who will have a photographer taking professional pictures. Orders must be placed the night of the dance. An envelope will be sent home with your daughter this week. Please bring the envelope the night of the dance if you are ordering pictures.

Jasmine's Closet

Thank you to all who donated a dress or two to Jasmine’s Closet! We have around 15 gently used dresses to choose from. Please come check them out in the back conference room to see if your daughter could wear one for the Daddy/Daughter Dance. If one of them works, please take it at no charge! Here’s to a special night for our girls and their daddies.

School Party – Jan 28

Cannonsburg Tubing on Jan 28 from 1:00-4:00pm

A day off of school? Let's all go tubing!! Join us on Mon, Jan 28 from 1:00-4:00pm at Cannonsburg for some wintry fun. Tickets can be purchased on-site for $15/person for 3 full hours. Must be over 42" tall, and don't forget your waiver! Be sure to fill the waiver out ahead of time for less time waiting in line. 

6800 Cannonsburg Road, Belmont, MI 49306
Questions: Holly Karasinski 616.901.8882

Mother Son Event

Save the date for Mar 01. More details to follow!

PTO Information

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

ACS Athletics

PurePlay

Basketball is underway with practices and games.

Co-ed child/parent volleyball clinic Sat, Mar 09, 9:00am-12:00pm.

Calendar Reminders

Jan 28 – No School

Feb 14 & 21 - Parent Teacher Conferences

Feb 15 - No Forest Hills PM transportation

Feb 22 & 25 - No School - Winter Break

Requested Announcements

Part-Time Bookkeeper Position Open

Heather Lane Pottery, a custom, handmade pottery shop in downtown Ada, is in need of a new bookkeeper. The position has a flexible schedule requiring about six hours per week.Responsibilities for the job include AP, AR, cash flow/forecasting, payroll management, preparation of financial statements, filing of multi-state sales tax returns, physical inventory reconciliation, and various other accounting duties using QuickBooks software.  And also includes quarterly meetings with our accountant from Hungerford.

We are  looking for a person who can give a two year commitment, and would enjoy being part of a creative, friendly work environment.Contact:  Susan Hathaway, Owner at

616.682.0730. Heather Lane Pottery,  7270 Thornapple River Dr. SE, Ada, MI 49301 

https://heatherlanepottery.com/

After School Program

Ada Christian Reformed Church is offering a free After School Program on Wednesdays beginning Feb 06 and running through Mar 27, 2019.  The 8-week sessions features five programs for students 1st through 4th grades:  
1. Girls club [GEMS]
2. Boys club [Cadets]
3. Spanish Bible Study
4. Life Skills through Magic
5. Dance Class with Maggie Styf.   

Students will be picked up at ACS at 3:00pm via our church van and transported to the church for snack, then go to the class for which they registered. Parent pick-up is 5:15pm. To learn more and to register go to: www.adacrc.org and click on After School Program. Registration deadline is Jan 31. Questions, call the church at 616.676.1698.

CLC Auction

Looking for some mid-winter fun? Bring your family and friends to the CLC Network (previously known as Christian Learning Center) Auction on Sat, Jan 26 at Calvary Christian Reformed Church (3500 Byron Center Ave SW, Wyoming, MI). Dinner and the silent auction start at 4:30pm, and the live auction begins at 6:00pm. Bid on merchandise, gift certificates, experiences, and much more! Your participation helps equip congregations and schools to glorify God through purposeful, innovative inclusion of persons with varied abilities. Learn more at clcnetwork.org.