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Ada Connection – Mar 30, 2016

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Hot Lunch - Order Apr 01-10 for May

  • The window for ordering May Hot Lunch is April  01–10.
  • Late orders cannot be accepted.
  • Please take note of your child’s scheduled field trips and appointments. We do our best to notify you regarding field trips on the hot lunch order form and in parent letters as well.

Questions?  Please contact Sue Prins ()

Enrollment Forms

Enrollment forms are being mailed out on Wed, Mar 30, and are due April 15. ALL families who have not already done so must also register through FACTS for tuition management - even if you will be making a one time payment. Please remember any family not registered with FACTS Tuition Management will have an additional $75 administrative fee added to their tuition.

Reminder: Families applying for tuition assistance for the 2016-2017 school year will need to complete an application and submit the necessary supporting documents to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment by May 01, 2016. Funds are limited and we typically allocate our tuition assistance resources by June 15, it is important to be mindful of the May 01, 2016 due date. After June 15, our funds may be depleted.

If you do not anticipate returning to ACS in August 2016, please call the office at 676-1289 or email Sharon Dejong ()

Spring Break

Coming back late? If you are planning to leave early or come back late from spring break with your family please notify the office and their teachers several days in advance. The parent must call or email, not the student. The teachers are not required to prepare assignments or school work in advance for students to take on vacation. Your child’s elementary teacher will hold assignments for him/her and give them to the student when you return.  For middle school, it is the student’s responsibility to ask the teachers what work needs to be made up following the absence.

ACS Service Team Sponsors a Refugee Family – Can you help?

Families from the ACS service team will soon be sponsoring a refugee family.  We will be working with Bethany Christian Services who partners with local organizations to welcome these families and support them as they acclimate to a new country and new life.  As you can imagine, the needs of a refugee family are great.  To meet some of the needs, the Service Team will be collecting new or gently used household items to help get the family started in their new home.  Items needed include but are not limited to: dishes, glassware, small appliances, linens, furniture, etc. Please bring your items to school during the week of April 11-15.  We will have tables set up at the ends of each hallway as well as the main lobby.

Questions? Want to be involved? Contact Lauri Hanenburg ()

"Faith. Strong." Clubs: Service Team

If you are a student in grades 3-5 we welcome you to participate in the ACS Service Team! Join us to serve those in the Grand Rapids community.

  • Dates: Tuesday Apr 12, 19, 26 and May 03
  • Time: 3:00-5:00pm
  • Fee: $25

Space is limited so please sign up by providing your name and fee to Sharon at the front desk as soon as possible. Please make checks out to ACS.

If you have questions, please contact Amy Leonard at

Lost and Found – All will be lost Mar 30 - Check it soon!

The Lost and Found tables will be cleared off today, Wed, Mar 30. Please claim any lost items.

This Week

K-5 Reading Challenge from the Library

Library Cleary Link
As soon as our ACS students return from Spring Break, we will be celebrating! On April 12, Beverly Cleary turns 100. We plan to honor this living legend in a variety of ways. One reading challenge will run for the whole month of April. Starting April 01, students are encouraged to read a Beverly Cleary book. Every time your child reads one of Cleary’s tales, he or she may enter a drawing to win a Beverly Cleary book. Winners will be chosen weekly. On May 01, one grand prize winner will be chosen to receive a complete set of Ramona Quimby books.

Kindergarten and first grade students are encouraged to read Cleary’s picture books. 2nd-5th graders will enjoy her chapter books including stories about Henry, Beezus, Ramona and Ralph S. Mouse. Enjoy your Spring Break and, if possible, bring Beverly Cleary along!

Moms in Prayer/ACS MENistry 

No meetings this week. Have a great Spring Break!

Calendar Reminders

Mar 31-Apr 8 – No School (Spring Break)
Apr 11 – School resumes at 8:00am
Apr 15 – Enrollment forms are due
Apr 28 – Fine Arts Night

2016-2017 Dates

Aug 24 – First day of school (dismissed at 11:30am)
Sep 02-05 – Labor Day Weekend
Sep 26 – No School (Professional Development)
Oct 19-21 – No School (CEA Convention)
Nov 23-25 – No School (Thanksgiving Break)
Dec 21-Jan 02 – No School (Christmas Break)
Jan 03 – School Resumes
Jan 23 – No School (Professional Development)
Feb 17-20 – No School (Winter Break)
Mar 30-Apr 07 – No School (Spring Break)
May 05 – Grandfriends Day (dismissed at 11:30am)
May 08 – No School (Professional Development)
May 29 – No School (Memorial Day)
Jun 07 – Last Day of School (dismissed at 11:30am)

Athletics

PurePlay (PK-4th grade)

Track begins April 13.
Soccer begins April 16.  Boys at 9:00am; Girls at 10:00am   
Check website for details.

Wildcats Athletics (grades 5-8)  

Congrats to our 7th grade girls basketball team on winning the Cager Classic Championship!
Congrats to our 7th grade boys basketball team on being the regular season champions!
Congrats to our 8th grade girls basketball team on their 3rd place finish in the postseason tournament!

Spring sports practices have begun! Practice days/times can be found on the Wildcats Athletics website.

Please turn in winter basketball uniforms to the main office, or to Carly Prins during PE class.

Requested Announcements

Green Wagon Farm founded by ACS grad, Chad Anderson, is offering the opportunity to have fresh vegetables and herbs from June – Oct. For more information visit www.greenwagonfarm.com or stop by school and pick up an information flyer.