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Ada Connection – May 01, 2019

A Note From Principal Brower

Fine Arts Night

Fine Arts Piece
ACS Fine Arts Night was amazing! Thank you to everyone who filled our hallways with art conversations, fun, and excitement. A big thanks to Mr. Wanner for cultivating hearts for art!

World Fair

World Fair 6th Grade
They learned so much and were able to share about their countries with confidence. So much to share, taste, see, and enjoy. Great Job 6th Graders!

This Week

Grand Friend's Day – May 03, 8:00-11:30

We are excited to welcome our Grand Friends to our school this Friday. Please share this schedule with your Grand Friends.

  • 8:00am                   K-8 Chapel                   
  • 9:10-9:40am           4th grade concert          
  • 10:15-10:45am       3rd grade concert         
  • 11:00am                 5th/6th grade concert    

With so many extra visitors, pickup time can become difficult. We encourage families to make a plan Thursday evening with your child(ren) about where to meet at the end of the day Friday.

Moms In Prayer – Praying for 5th Grade

Praying for our fifth graders and their teachers. God is a Revealer: One who makes known or brings to view; discloses.

"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." - Romans 6:6 and Ephesians 2:5

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, ).


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.

Now You Know

Hot Lunch – May Menu

The May menu is here. Review the menu with your child and and plan for lunch. 

Author Visit

Author Nancy Cavanaugh will be visiting Ada Christian School! Her presentation, A Trip to the Okefenokee Swamp: An Author's Journey into Historical Fiction will occur on Monday, May 13 for 1st-6th grade students. Information about Mrs. Cavanaugh and her presentation will be sent home with students on Friday. Please watch for it along with an order form for her autographed books.

Book orders with payment are due on Thursday, May 02. See what's available!

Employment Opportunity

ACS is seeking an Early Intervention Specialist. If you or someone you know is interested please review the full job posting to apply.

PTO Happenings

Grand Friends Day

Additional Volunteer Opportunities - Would you love to be involved in Grand Friend's Day but realized all the great volunteer spots were snapped up in a flash?! No problem, we have a few spaces left. Please email Holly Karasinski at you'd like to jump in.

Grand Friends Day Allergy Note - The children will be given a doughnut for snack on Grand Friends day. If your child is on the school's allergy list, we will make sure they get an individually packaged rice krispie treat. In the event that this isn't a safe choice, please send something fun for snack that day. We love these kiddos and want them all to have a fun, safe treat on GF day. Thanks!

School Party - May 06

Jump, bounce, flip, tumble, rock the ninja course - all with your best buddies!  

The last school party of the year will be at Grand Rapids Gymnastics (GRG) on Monday, May 06 from 1:00-2:30pm. Cost is $5 per child. No need to sign up ahead of time.

GRG, 1601 Galbraith Ave, Grand Rapids

ACS Walk-a-thon

Get ready to walk! Our children will be participating in the annual ACS Walk-A-Thon on the morning of Friday, May 10. This is one of only two fundraisers for our school, and proceeds go to such items/events as:

  • Teacher and room parent funds
  • Offsetting school field trip costs
  • The ACS Yearbook
  • Fifth grade camps
  • Music scholarships for band and orchestra students
  • Books for our library
  • Bibles for our 3rd graders to use through 8th grade
  • Teacher wish lists
  • Grandfriends’ Day and Staff Appreciation
  • Back to School Picnic/Carnival

Interested in volunteering? Sign ups for ways to help support our kids and school on this year's walk-a-thon are here:

Thanks for your help! Any questions? Contact Sarah Plantinga ()

Fine Arts Night Thank You

On Thursday night I ate through one piece of strawberry cake, one empanada, one lollipop, one spicy plaintain chip, one sausage, one cupcake and one slice of mango. That night, I was very full! The next day I ate through one nice green leaf and after that I felt much better. Excellent job, 6th graders, your Fine Arts displays were an informative and delicious success.

A very special thank you to Mr. Wanner and Leslie, his wife, for hanging all of the amazing artwork throughout the school hallways. Just think of all the hours spent patiently walking these kiddos through drawings, paintings and art projects - then catching them all up here and there to make up for sick days or vacation days or the unfortunate dropped masterpiece. That is a lot to put into place for one big night!

Thank you, Sarah Cooper, for coordinating a team of volunteers to assist with preparing and hanging the artwork, the job couldn't have been done with out you!

Many hands make light work, and we found that we could use a few more volunteers for this event next year. If you're interested, please reach out to Sarah () or tuck it away in your mind and look for the sign up sheet on the first day of school next year. We'd love to have you!

ACS Athletics

Elementary Field Day

Elementary Field Day will be held on June 03.


Soccer: First event: Saturday, Apr 27: Boys @ 9:00am, Girls @ 10:15am.
Track and Field Club: Today after school, inside. Pick up in the gym at 4:15pm.
Tennis is underway. What fun!

Calendar Reminders

May 03 - Grand Friends Day

May 03 - School dismissed at 11:30am

May 03 - No Forest Hills transportation ay 11:30

May 06 - No School - Staff In-service

May 10 - ACS Walk-a-thon

May 10 - No Forest Hills PM transportation

May 27 - No School – Memorial Day

June 06 - 8th Grade Graduation

June 06 - No Forest Hills PM transportation

June 07 - Last day of school - dismissed at 1:30am

June 07 - No Forest Hills transportation at 11:30am

Aug 26 - First day of school - dismissed at 11:30am 

Requested Announcements

Art Sale

Carpenter Frog
Art by Jan Carpenter. 100% of the sales support Schools for Sierra Leone. Front Lobby next week May 07-10 . Great Mothers Day gifts and cards available too.