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Ada Connection – Mar 08, 2017

A Note From Principal Brower

Chess Winners

Last week, Mr. Hoo traveled with 10 of our Chess Club members to a competition in Ludington. Many of our students placed in 5th or 6th and two even took home 1st. Evan Yeh placed 1st in the K-3 division and Nathan Yeh placed 1st in the 6-8 division. Congratulations to all of our Chess Club members for their dedication and hard work!

A Night In The Library

BOB SleepoverOn Friday night, 16 fifth graders spent the night sleeping in the library at ACS. The fun started right after school when the students found out that the whole experience would be based on The Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman. Book Scavenger was one of 30 books each student had read as a part of the six week BOB (Bring on the Books) challenge. 

The group got to Skype with the author and then go on their own book scavenger hunt all over the ACS grounds. After supper, the kids formed teams to figure out how to get inside tightly locked boxes using codes, ciphers, apps and common sense. The rest of the night was spent making their own boxes and creating their own clues. 
After a bedtime snack, everyone snuggled into their sleeping bags and the library was silent until Saturday morning. In the morning, the students had a warm breakfast and left with pleasant memories.

This Week

Moms In Prayer - God Sustains

This week we will be praying specifically for 3rd Grade. God sustains.

"They rejoice in your name all day long; they exult in your righteousness. For you are their glory and strength, and by your favor you exalt our horn. Indeed, our shield belongs to the LORD, our king to the Holy One of Israel. Once you spoke in a vision, to your faithful people you said: "I have bestowed strength on a warrior; I have exalted a young man from among the people. I have found David my servant; with my sacred oil I have anointed him. My hand will sustain him; surely my arm will strengthen him.Psalm 89:16-21

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, ).


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.  We will be discovering how to be a Christ-like spiritual leader within our families, places of work, and the world. Coffee and donuts provided.

Now You Know

The Little Mermaid – Dessert Theatre

ACS 8th grade presents: The Little Mermaid. 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 23 and Mar 24 at 7:00pm.

Please make your online reservations. The reservation deadline is Monday, Mar 13.

A Day On The Green

A Day on the Green
Our annual golf outing to raise much-needed funds for financial aid, will be held on May 15, 2017 at Egypt Valley Country Club. Join us for an afternoon of golf, followed by a 19th hole reception and silent auction. This year's event feature fun new ways to increase your opportunity to win! Sponsorships are available. 

Not a golfer? Volunteers are needed too! 

March Is Reading Month

March is reading month and we are busy with it.

Mar 24 – Books and Blankets

On the last day of school before Spring Break, everyone is encouraged to bring a blanket (or towel). We will find time during the day to spread out and read.

Month of March – Mystery Readers

Many of the teachers and staff have narrated book videos. However, their voices have been altered. During the month, students will watch the read aloud movies and try to guess who the mystery reader could be.

Celebrating Mr. Bill – Save The Date

On Friday, May 05 we will be celebrating Mr. Bill at Fifth Third Ballpark. Please watch your mailbox for more information coming soon!

GRASP Summer Program

Grand Rapids Academic Summer Programs forms are now available. 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.

Interested? Complete and return this form by Mar 10.

Looking Ahead

2017-2018 calendar. Feel free to start your plans for the coming year…we certainly are!

Aug 24 – First Day

Sept 01-04 – Labor Day Weekend

Sept 25 – No School - Staff Professional Development Day

Oct 18-20 – No School - Fall Teacher’s Convention

Nov 22-24 – Thanksgiving Break

Dec 22 – Christmas Break Begins

Jan 08 – School Resumes

Jan 29 – No School - Staff Professional Development Day

Feb 23-26 – Winter Break

Mar 29 – Spring Break Begins

Apr 09 – School Resumes

May 04 – GrandFriends Day

May 07 – No School - Staff Professional Development Day

May 28 – Memorial Day

June 08 – Last Day

Action Needed

Help Keep Our Kids Safe

Please, please, please have your children ready to go when you approach the loop. We have been having too many close calls lately. Remember, if you have to help your children out of the car or help them with school items you MUST park in the parking lot. Your child(ren) need to exit the car curb side, it is too dangerous to come out roadside. Thanks for helping keep our kids safe!

Kindergarten Information Night

2017 -2018 Kindergarten Parents:  Come to Kindergarten Information Night on Tuesday, Mar 14 at 7:00pm in the commons. This is for parents only.

During this time you will need to sign up your future kindergartener for visiting on Thursday, April 13 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, 2017. Testing is Thursday, Apr 20 from 8:30-9:30am or 9:45-10:45am.  If you are not able to come to Kindergarten Information Night, please stop in the office before Mar 14 and sign up your child to visit and pick up a folder with papers that need to be filled out and return on Apr 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 Cookbook

Thank you to all who have provided recipes so far! This is going to be one, great cookbook! It will be filled with favorite recipes submitted by our wonderful ACS teachers and families. So, we need your favorite recipes! The cookbooks will be available at many school functions throughout the 2017-18 school year and beyond. We are collecting recipes now through the end of the school year. Please submit your recipes electronically or via photo copy and drop off in the office.

If you are affiliated or know someone affiliated with a printing company, please contact Laura Kaminski ().

ACS Bazaar

Coming to ACS in the 2017-2018 school year! The PTO is considering hosting an ACS Bazaar led by one of our parents. Booths at this Bazaar would include any parent, grandparent, or staff who has a direct sales/home business or craft business. The event will be held at the school and will be opened to parents, staff, and possibly the community to shop. The details are currently being discussed and worked through. We have one awesome parent that has agreed to lead this fun event.

In an effort to ascertain the level of interest, we will be sending out a survey. Please look for a survey coming soon to your email. We absolutely need your feedback to be able to move forward with this event.

Direct Your Dollars

Save your Forest Hills Foods and D&W receipts. 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 June 2017. Please start saving your receipts from Forest Hills Foods and D&W. Place your original receipts in the marked box in the ACS office.

Questions? Please contact Kristen Yeh ().

ACS Athletics

PurePlay Spring Sports

Five different PurePlay opportunities are available for the spring. Please see the ACS website for details.

Calendar Reminders

Mar 09 - K-4 Spring Program

Mar 14 - Kindergarten Information Night 

Mar 17 - No PM Forest Hills transportation

Mar 23-24 - Dessert Theatre

Mar 28 - Annual ACS society meeting

Mar 30 - Apr 07  - Spring break

Apr 10 - School Resumes

Apr 27 - Fine Arts Night

Requested Announcements

Calvin Spring Classic 5K

Calling all runners, walkers and movers! Ada Christian School will be participating in the Calvin Spring Classic 5K School Challenge on Apr 29. This is a great way to be active, promote our school, and be entered to win some awesome prizes. The school with the most participants wins $250. One student from each of the five schools with the most registrants will win a $350 gift card to Village Bike Shop.

Register now and make sure you select Ada Christian School under the school challenge. Encourage friends and family to sign up as well. Younger kids who sign up for the fun run are still counted toward our team total and are entered to win prizes as well.

Need more information? See the attached flyer or check out the posters around school. If you have any questions, please contact Anna Ter Beek ().

Self-Defense Seminar

Master Sensei Rick Mirandette, a 7th degree black belt, is offering a self-defense seminar at Ada Christian on Mar 17 from 3:15-5:15pm. Rick is passionate about empowerment and has graciously offered to do a class at the reduced cost of $35/person.

This class is geared for adults and middle-schoolers 5th-8th grade. He plans to cover risk reduction strategies and defense techniques in a highly interactive and fun format. Sign-up on the clipboard in the office. Payment can be made by cash or check at the time of the class.