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Ada Connection – May 23, 2018

Now You Know

Summer Camps

Discover the exciting camps we are offering at ACS this summer. Whether your child loves art, technology, music or outdoor ed there is something for them!

Hot Lunch – Normal Lunch Ends Friday

The end of the school year is quickly approaching. We will be finishing up with regular hot lunch on Friday, May 25.

Beginning May 29 we will be serving a sack lunch which will include an Uncrustable (grape jelly and peanut butter), scoops with salsa, string cheese and sliced apples along with milk. This will continue until Thursday June 07.

Sack lunches must be ordered by 12:00 on the previous school day. You must complete the form once for each day and child.

Questions? Email Sue Prins ()

Education Foundation Dinner – Nov 08, 2018

DInner Save the DateSave the date to join us on Nov 08 as we welcome Christian Illusionist, John Michael Hinton. 

Action Needed

Employment Opportunities

We are pleased to share that there are several employment opportunies at Ada Christian for the coming school year. 

The following positions are available:

  • Covenant Care Aide
  • Full-time Covenant Care Lead
  • Part-time Covenant Care Lead
  • Bus Driver

Host Families

We have a host of new families to welcome 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 for them and attend the Ice Cream Social in late August. The date for the Ice cream social will be Wednesday, Aug 22 from 6:00-7:00pm. This event is hosted by the ACS Promotions Committee to welcome all kindergarten families and new families at ACS.

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

This Week

All Library Books Due

All library items are due today, May 23. Thanks so much for getting all of the books back to school.

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 and ask questions! Join us on Thursday from 8:00-9:00am. Siblings are 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

Serving As Unto The Lord

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10

Thank you to everyone who gave their time and resources for the many PTO events and fundraisers throughout the year! Also, a gigantic thank you to the talented and dedicated individuals who chaired these events. If you see any of these parents, please give them a big thank you!

  • Back to School Carnival – Jenny Brower & Dawn Raymond
  • Fall Fundraiser – Kristen Goodyke, Katie Kileen, & Kim Jerke
  • ACS Bazaar - Sari Jones, Renee Overbeck, & Alissa Hollander
  • Room Parents Coordinator – Kim Laufer
  • School Parties – Holly Karasinski
  • Moms In Prayer – Kelly Stafford
  • Christmas Gift Shop – Brecken Grieve & Brittany Cole
  • Daddy-Daughter Dance – Sharon Dykhouse, Liz Keilen, & Laura Kaminski
  • Mother-Son Event – Sarah Uekert, Denise Burgess, Jennifer Kreuzer, & Jill VerSteeg
  • Bus Driver Appreciation – Dawn Carbines
  • Staff Appreciation – Kim Laufer & Sarah Barron
  • Grand Friends Day – Michelle Nitengale & Shelly Harmon
  • Fine Arts Night – Sarah Cooper
  • Walk-A-Thon – Sarah Setlock & Sarah Plantinga
  • Box Tops - Shelly Harmon
  • Curriculum Enhancement - Jamie Christenson

Again, many thanks for a great year!

The 2017/18 PTO Executive Team:

President – Dawn Raymond

Vice President – Holly Karasinski
Treasurer – Jamie Mulder
Assistant Treasurer - Heidi Jaeckie
Secretary - Sarah Plantinga

Board Liaison – Allison Ferwerda
School Liaison - Julie DeKoster

We're Hiring

The PTO has the following open positions* for the 2018-2019 school year. We would love to have you join us. Please reply to year-end to secure your spot for next year.

  • Room Parent Chair
  • Fall Fundraiser Chair and Committee Member
  • Daddy Daughter Dance Committee Member
  • Grand Friends Day Chair and Committee Member
  • School Parties Chair

Questions? Please call Holly Karasinski (616.901.8882)

*The pay is strikingly similar to parenting pay: it technically costs you time and energy but the intrinsic reward of joy and service and blessing others is unmatched.

Direct Your Dollars Update

Direct Your Dollars
We are steadily working our way to our next $1,000 from Direct Your Dollars. We've collected receipts totaling $137,000 out of the needed $150,000. If you have envelopes of receipts that you've been collecting, please consider delivering them to the office before the end of the year. Invite your friends, neighbors and family members to save their Forest Hills Foods, D&W and Family Fare receipts. Every dollar counts! Please contact Kristen Yeh with any questions.

ACS Athletics


Track Meet PurePlaySoccer is done for the season. Thanks to all who helped make our season a success!

Registration for the fall will begin June 01.

Tennis and track are finished. 75 students took part in these programs. Thanks again to all who helped make these a success!

Calendar Reminders

May 28 – Memorial Day - No School

June 04 – Elementary Field Day

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

Aug 23 – First day of school - dismissal 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)

May 06 – No School (In-Service Day)

Jun 06 – 8th Grade Graduation

Jun 07 – Last Day (Half Day)

Requested Announcements

Operation Christmas Child

Spring or summer cleaning out? Please hold on to your gently used or new t-shirts, golf shirts and cute but unneeded pillowcases! There will be a box in the front lobby to collect these items.

This summer, a group of ladies will be meeting weekly to assemble and make gifts for Operation Christmas Child (both sewing and non-sewing tasks). Any eager crafter/sewer parent, child or Grandparent can come and help create adorable shorts for boys (out of used shirts) and pillowcase dresses for girls to receive this Christmas through our school-wide service project (Operation Christmas Child).

Katie McNinch is our school representative. If you would like more information about sharing in the joyful work of this group you can email her at