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Ada Connection – May 02, 2018

A Note From Principal Brower

Happy May!

Signs of spring are all around us now from the greening of the landscape to the birth of our new little goats. We have an exciting month of learning planned for our students as we finish another phenomenal school year.

Vandalism At ACS

Broken Sign
Spring brings many activities, events, and visitors to our campus -- which we love! Sadly, we had some vandalism over the weekend. Our students' forts were attacked by baseballs, forts were taken apart, and our Wildcat Way sign in honor of Sue Suwyn was broken and thrown aside.

Will you help us protect our grounds when you are attending events and visiting? If you see anyone treating our property disrespectfully, will you kindly let them know that our outdoor spaces are learning spaces for our children, and we are trying very hard to take good care of everything? Please...

Dress Code Reminder

Spring is in bloom and we are blessed to finally begin to encounter warmer weather.  This warmer weather brings a gentle reminder that Ada Christian School has a dress code policy in place.

The ACS Education Committee - which is comprised of administration and faculty, elected board board members, and additional parents - researched, discussed, and recommended an updated dress code policy to the ACS School Board. The School Board deliberated and voted to adopt this updated dress code policy.

What is printed in our handbook and what is communicated to families is a result of that vote. You may see the full dress code here.

In summary, our dress code asks boys and girls to wear shorts and/or skirts at a specific length (below the fingertips when arms are relaxed at their side) and to have shoulders covered with no undergarments exposed. We ask that our students, with the support of their parents, adhere towards these standards. 

It is the task of the administration and faculty at Ada Christian School to, uniformly and to the best of their ability, enforce the dress code as written. If students do not meet the dress code requirements, they will be asked to change.

Thank you for your attention and understanding to this matter.


Kara VerMeulen, Board President
Melissa S. Brower, Principal

Now You Know

Pesticide Advisory

Required by Michigan Department of Agriculture: As part of Ada Christian School’s pest management program, pesticides are occasionally applied. You have the right to be informed of any pesticide application made to the school grounds or building. If you would like prior notification, please email school custodian, Mr. Jeff (). In certain emergencies, pesticides may be applied without prior notice, but you will be provided notice following any such application.

Day On The Green

A Day on the Green
Ada Christian School and Grand Rapids Christian Schools invite you to A Day on the Green, our annual golf outing to raise much-needed funds for financial aid to ensure that our schools remain accessible to all families who desire a Christian education for their children.

Join us for 18 holes of golf (four person scramble) on the beautiful courses of Egypt Valley Country Club on Monday, May 21.

Register to play or volunteer.

Covenant Care Registration

Covenant Care registration is now open for the 2018-2019 school year. Covenant Care is our quality before and after school care program for Ada Christian students Preschool through 5th grade. Covenant Care is offered at a variety of times and is $5/hour. Visit our Covenant Care page for more details or email our Covenant Care Director, Haley Herbruck ()

Class Placement

If you would like to share information  that may be helpful for your child's teacher to know with regard to next year's class placement, please download the request form and return it to the office.

Forms are due no later than Thursday, May 03.

Action Needed

Enrollment Forms

Haven’t turned in your enrollment form yet? Please do! We are in the midst of planning for fall and want to be sure we have the right size staff to best meet student needs.

This Week

Moms In Prayer

There we will be praying for classroom/education support staff. God guides. One who shows the way by leading, directing or advising.

"He leads the humble in what is right and teaches them His way." – Psalm 25:9

If you can join us for prayer, we meet every Thursday morning 8:00-9:00am, in the ACS office back conference room. Younger siblings are always welcome! Need more information? Contact Kelly Stafford (616.304.2963, ).


Come join other dads in room 504 on Fridays at 8:00am as we explore our call to be faithful men of Christ. We will be dwelling with the Word in the Book of Luke this semester. Coffee and donuts provided. All ACS dads welcome!

PTO Happenings

Grand Friends Day Volunteers – Please Help

Calling all willing volunteers! Grand Friends Day is right around the corner and we need about 30 smiling volunteers to help it run smoothly. There is a type of job for everyone. It's a wonderful day and the delight of seeing the students with their grandparents is a blessing! Available to help? Sign-up today.

Questions? Contact Michelle Nitengale () or Shelly Harmon ()

Be sure that your “Grand Friends” have May 04 on their calendar. Students came home with schedules and additional information for our special guest last week.

School Party – Meet At The Park

Meet your friends at Ada Park at 10:00am on May 07 to play and have fun. Bring your mitt and a baseball for catch, grab a soccer ball, or just plan on hanging around on the monkey bars - whatever you do is sure to be a blast. See you there!

Questions? Contact Holly Karasinski (616.901.8882, )

Walk-A-Thon – May 11

Get ready to walk! Our children will be participating in the ACS Walk-A-Thon on the morning of Friday, May 11. Donation envelopes are due on Wednesday, May 09. This is the only other fundraiser (the other is the Fall Fundraiser – Charleston Wrap) of the year and proceeds go to such items/events as:

  • Teacher and room parent funds
  • Offsetting school field trip costs
  • The School Yearbook
  • Fifth grade camp
  • 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

We are set for volunteers - thank you to those of you who have already volunteered to help make this a success!

Questions? Sara Setlock () and Sarah Plantinga ()

ACS Athletics


Soccer Saturday: Boys at 9:00am, Girls at 10:15am.

Track practice today, pick up by the track at 4:15pm.

Calendar Reminders

May 04 – K - 8 Grand Friends Day

May 04 – Dismissal at 11:30am

May 04 – No Forest Hills transportation at 11:30am

May 07 – No School

May 11 – Walkathon

May 11 - No Forest Hills PM transportation

May 28 – Memorial Day - No School

June 07 – 8th grade graduation

June 07 – No Forest Hills PM transportation

June 08 – Last day of school - dismissal at 11:30am

June 08 – No Forest Hills transportation at 11:30am

2018-2019 Calendar

Aug 23 – First Day (Half Day)

Aug 31-Sept 03 – No School (Labor Day)

Sept 24 – No School (In-Service Day)

Oct 24-26 – No School (Teacher’s Convention)

Nov 08 – ACS Education Foundation Dinner

Nov 21-23 – No School (Thanksgiving Break)

Dec 24-Jan 04 – No School (Christmas Break)

Jan 28 – No School (In-Service Day)

Feb 22-25 – No School (Winter Break)

Mar 28-Apr 05 – No School (Spring Break)

May 03 – GrandFriends (Half Day)

Requested Announcements

Spring Art

Mrs. Carpenter sends 100% of the money collect to support Schools for Sierra Leone. She has lots of paintings of flowers, abstracts, spring walks, Lake Michigan, and even baby goats. The art will be in the front lobby Tuesday, May 08 through Friday, May 11. Cash, Check or Mastercard/Visa are all accepted.