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Ada Connection – Jan 11, 2017

This Week

Open House & Information Night – Rescheduled For Jan 17

Due to the snow day we have rescheduled the Open House & Information Night, to Tuesday, Jan 17 at 7:00pm. Please invite your friends to take a closer look at Ada Christian School.

Geography Bee

Congratulations to Hans Pruis who won the Geography Bee.

Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Gigi Jones who won the Spelling Bee.

Moms In Prayer

This week we will be praying specifically for 8th grade. God is a revealer.

"For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe" Ephesians 1:15-19

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, ).

MENistry

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. This fall we will be going through the book of Ephesians.

Now You Know

Car Loop

Important parking lot reminder: Please help us at the end of the school day by ONLY using the car loop if you have preschool or kindergarten students. This helps us keep our little ones safe and traffic flowing as best as possible. Thanks for your understanding and help.

Parent/Teacher Conferences – Feb 16 & 23

Feb 16 (5:30 - 8:30pm)

Feb 23 (4:30 - 7:30pm)

Elementary Conferences: The elementary parent/teacher conference form is going home this week with kindergarten through 5th grade students, due back to school by Jan 18. Use this form to indicate your date/time preference for your conference.  

Middle School Conferences: Teachers will all be available in the commons both nights for conferences. No sign up is necessary for middle school.

Kindergarten Intentions

If you intend to send your child to kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year, please call the office at 676-1289 or email Sharon DeJong at 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 14 at 7:00pm for parents only.  On Apr 14, 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 21.  Sign up sheets will be at the orientation or in the office.

AmazonSmile

ACS is now registered with AmazonSmile!  The same shopping experience as Amazon with the added benefit of giving to ACS when you select Ada Christian School Society as your designated charity.  For every qualified purchase, AmazonSmile Foundation donates .5% to ACS.  Shop AmazonSmile and begin donating now!

Curious? Some additional information may help.

"Faith. Strong." Clubs

Lego WeDo Club

Does your child love to play with LEGO's? Do they like to build things with their imagination? In this club, students will learn how to build and program characters and models using the Lego WeDo program. This could be a great Christmas gift idea for your child.

Who: Students in grades 2-6
Where: ACS Computer Lab
When: 3:00-6:00 p.m., Pizza dinner included.

Level 1: Mondays, Jan 30 and Feb 06
Level 2: Thursdays, Feb 02 and 09

Sign-ups are now open and we can take up to 20 in each of the two sessions.

Maker Space

Maker Space
Do you like to make things? Do you like to be with your friends? In this club, you and your friends will be challenged to build things with stuff and with code. You will have the opportunity to make things and then make things happen.

Coaches: Mrs. Boerman, Mrs. Prins and Ms. Frens

Who: Students in grades 2-7

Where: Ada Christian School Library

When:  Wednesdays, Jan 18 and Feb 01, 3:00-6:00  (Pizza Included)

Fee: $60

Register online or fill out a paper form in the office. Checks payable to Lois Boerman. Club limited to first 20 participants. Registration ends Friday, Jan 13.

Need more information? Contact Mrs. Boerman or Ms. Frens ( ).

NOTE: ACS athletics should take precedence over club activities if practice/game conflicts occur.

Action Needed

Preschool Registration

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 ().

ACS Job Opportunity: Head Custodian

We are very excited for Mr. Bill and the adventures that await him in retirement. We are equally thankful for his many years of service to Ada Christian School. It is with mixed feelings that we post our need for a Head Custodian. It is our desire to have this person in place in early spring to give them the opportunity to shadow Mr. Bill for a period of time.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in applying for this position, please submit a cover letter, a resume' and the attached application to (). We have also linked a copy of the job description . Applications are due by Friday, Jan 13.

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

School Tubing Party

School tubing party at Cannonsburg, 6800 Cannonsburg Rd NE Belmont on Monday, Jan 23 at 1:00pm.

Sign up and pay in the school office to get the group rate of $12 per person by Jan 16 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.
Checks should be made out to Ada Christian School.

Questions? Contact Dawn Raymond at .

Bus Driver Appreciation

The Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast will be Thursday, Feb 9.  We could use one more egg dish to complete the menu. Sign up to volunteer if you are able to help. Thank you!

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 $25,000 of the needed $150,000! We're well on our way. Ask your neighbors, grandparents and friends to save their receipts, too!

Questions? Please contact Kristen Yeh ().

Daddy Daughter Dance

Daddy Daughter Dance 2017 We will be handing out corsages at the door! The PTO cordially invites you to our 3rd Annual Daddy-Daughter Dance 2017. Our theme is “Let’s Dance under the Sea”. Join us on Friday, Feb 03 from 7:00-9:00pm for a memorable evening of music, dessert and activities. This event is for preK – 8th grade and we welcome grandpas, uncles and special friends!! The cost is $30 per couple with a $40 family maximum. Purchase tickets online or pay by check in the main office at school. 

Donate Your Used Newspapers

Have extra or used newspapers? Donate them to PTO to make decorations at the Daddy Daughter Dance. There will be a box in the lobby for your used newspaper donations.

Calendar Reminders

Jan 16 – No AM & PM Forest Hills transportation

Jan 19, 20 – No PM Forest Hills transportation

Jan 23  – No School - In-service day

Feb 16 & 23 - Parent Teacher Conferences

Feb 17 & 20 - Winter Break

Requested Announcements

CLC Dinner And Silent Auction

Come out to support the Christian Learning Center with a dinner and silent auction beginning at 4:30pm on Jan 28 at Calvary CRC. Your bids will help ensure that churches and schools can receive and support the gifts of persons with disabilities. View the flyer (3 MB PDF) for more details.