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Ada Connection – May 17, 2017

A Note From Principal Brower

Grand Friends Day

Grand Friends Day KissOur grandparents and students experienced great fun together. The halls were decked out in student work, and the music performed by students was top-notch! A wonderful day for kids, special friends, and our school. 

Preschool Olympics

Preschool OlympicsWell, it is hard to describe the joy of watching our K-8 students cheer on our littles! Our Middle School students giving a right friendly welcome to our little Olympians!

Walk-a-thon Success

Thanks to your help, our students raised $18,973.91! A big thank you to our PTO, parents and students for all of their hard work. 

This Week

Moms In Prayer - Closing Fellowship Celebration

All are welcome to join us as we give praise for His faithfulness this school year – and always! Curious as to what Moms In Prayer is all about – this is a great time to come enjoy refreshments, ask questions and make plans to join us next year!

Please join us Thursday at 8:00-9:00am in the back 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. We will be discovering how to be a Christ-like spiritual leader within our families, places of work, and the world. 

Now You Know

Hot Lunch Ends May 26

Hot Lunch will be ending on Friday, May 26. For the remainder of the school year your child will need a lunch and drink (milk will be ending as well). Since the school year is winding down please check your child's account to make sure you have enough money in it to conclude the year. Please correct any outstanding balances by the end of the school year.

All remaining balances will roll over to next fall. If your oldest is an 8th grader and they have younger siblings the balance can be added to the younger accounts as well. If you would like a refund for a graduating 8th grader (with no younger siblings) you can e-mail stating that they you would like a refund along with a current address.

Summer Art Camp 2017

KD ArtInstructor: Mr. Zac Wanner (our fabulous art teacher)

Where: Ada Christian School Art Room

When: Aug 07 – Aug 11 (just when you are getting tired of summer and want something exciting to do!)

Cost: $120 per student. Please return with payment to the ACS office; checks should be made payable to Zac Wanner.

Session I for students entering grades 3-5:
Aug 07 – Aug 11
9:00-11:30am

Session II for students entering grades 6-8:
Aug 07– Aug 11
12:45-3:00 pm

Limit: 15 students per camp session

Ready for some artistic fun? Sign up for art camp!

Tech Camp 2017

Dates: August 07-11 from 9:00-11:30am

Grades: Students entering grades 3-8

Cost: $120

Do you enjoy using technology?  Mr. Musch, Ms. Frens, and Mr. Kiser would love to explore some technology activities, games and projects with you.  Our ACS Technology Camp is for people of all technological skills.  Possible activities: coding, Cubelets, game design, Makey Makey, Mindstorms, Osmo, Ozobots, stop motion videos, etc. No matter your skill level, you will have a great time hanging out with the tech team, learning new things and meeting new friends.  Snack and games every day!  The first 40 who sign up are in!  

Please complete the sign-up, or fill out the paper (420 KB, PDF) form and turn in funds to the office. Email Mr. Musch (), Mr. Kiser () or Ms. Frens () if you would like the link to the online sign up.

Plant Sale

We invite you to come and purchase some the plants the 4th and 6th grade have planted and cared for this year. There is a table of plants in the front entrance. If you need more, additional plants are in the greenhouse.

We have herbs-chives, parsley and basil. We have perennials-Astilbe, Siberian Iris, Ligularia, Hosta, Anise Hyssop, Daylily, Fern, Goat's Beard, Coral Bells, and Black-Eyed Susan

Covenant Care Coming This Fall

Covenant Care LogoWe are happy to announce that ACS is offering a before and after school childcare program called, Covenant Care, beginning next fall.

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Please print off the registration form and return to the ACS office.

KIDS Program

Beginning June 01, 2017 all orders must be paid through PrestoPay. The summer schedule will be as followed:

Orders Placed                   Orders for Pick up

June 07                                   June 21

June 21                                   July 05

July 05                                    July 12

July 12                                  August 02

August 02                              August 16

August 16                              August 23

August 23 – Regular weekly schedule resumes

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

Paper Bags For Mr. Wanner

Mr. Wanner is in need of some paper grocery bags. If you have any extras around the house please drop them off in the art room. 

ACS Host Families

We have host families to welcome new families to ACS. Would you consider being a host family for the upcoming school year? As a host family you introduce yourself to an assigned family that has a child entering the same grade as yours. We encourage you to welcome them, serve as a resource and attend the Ice Cream Social in late August. This event is hosted by the ACS Service Committee to welcome all kindergarten families and new families at ACS.

Excited about welcoming new families? Sign up as a host family.

PTO Happenings

Serving As Unto The Lord

The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 4:10 “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” This verse helps remind me that volunteering at my child’s school is being obedient and serving my Heavenly Father. Although this is the most important reason I volunteer, I must admit that I selfishly enjoy the rewards that come along with volunteering: getting to know my children’s friends when I volunteer for recess duty, and getting to know my children’s teacher when I volunteer for room mom. And meeting other moms when I volunteer for various committees.

I know that not everyone can volunteer. Maybe you volunteer at church or in the community and your volunteer card is full. Maybe you work full time, have small children at home, or maybe this just is not the season for you as you are going through a busy or difficult time. That leaves the rest of you who I am asking to pray about volunteering for one of our open PTO committees.

Here are the openings for the 2017/18 School Year:

  • PTO Officer - Assistant Treasurer
  • Moms In Prayer - Follow the national Moms In Prayer Curriculum. Need 1 committee chair.
  • School Parties - Calling all party planners! Need 1 volunteer to be in charge of planning school parties when the kids have a day off. There are plenty of ideas and connections in place, or maybe you have a great new idea!
  • Fine Arts - Coordination with the Art teacher and simple set up. Need 1 committee chair.

Questions? Call/text Dawn Raymond (616.238.6606, )

Seeking Parents With A Servants Heart

Are you interested in helping to plan service projects for our school community? If so, please contact Amy Leonard (317.439.3677, ) or Sheila Hemker (708.212.2558, ).

Mother/Son Event - Volunteers Needed

Calling all volunteers especially Dads and Parents with only girls. We have a great opportunity for you to volunteer for a short period which will allow our Ada Christian Mothers and Sons to enjoy an evening together. We still have 5 of the 6 volunteer spots still opened. Your willingness to volunteer is necessary to pull off this event. Please prayerfully consider. Available to help? Sign-up today.

When: Friday, May 19 from 5:30 - 8:00pm
Where: Roanoke Ranch 11221 Grand River Dr SE, Lowell
What: Games, wagon rides, hot dog roast, s’mores and MORE!
Who: All ACS moms and sons (all grades)
Cost: $20/couple or $25/family (3+ people)

Time is running out! Purchase tickets onlineor bring a check payable to ACS, put it in the marked envelope in the office, and complete the sign up sheet.

Questions? Contact Amanda Wildman (616.293.0627, )

ACS Cookbook

Deadline for recipe submission will be May 31! Please submit your recipes electronically or via photo copy and give to Sharon in the office.

ACS Athletics

PurePlay

Soccer this Saturday: Girls @ 9:00am, Boys @ 10:15am. Note: 3/4 boys will play 3/4 girls at 9:00.

Track and Field Wildcat track meet today! 3:20-4:45pm.

Tennis  Next Tuesday is our last week.  Pick up the kids at Ada Park at 4:30.

Calendar Reminders

May 29 - No school - Memorial Day

June 06 - 8th grade graduation

June 07 - Last ½ day of school, dismissal at 11:30

June 07- No Forest Hills 11:30 transportation

Aug 24 - First day of school, dismissal at 11:30

Requested Announcements

Cross Country Open House

The annual Grand Rapids Christian High cross country open house will be Friday, June 09 from 5:30–7:00pm at Coach Jager’s house located at 1910 Pokogon SE. Meet teammates and coaches. Get race schedules and summer plans, register for camp, and more.

GR Christian School Running Camps

See the online Grand Rapids Christian camp brochures.

Dates for camp are: July 17-20 for middle school (grades 5-8) and July 23-28 for high school