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Ada Connection – May 24, 2017

A Note From Principal Brower

How Quickly Time Goes

As we entered our last full week of the school year this week, I was reminded again of how quickly time goes. With each week that passes by, our students are getting closer and closer to the people they are going to be. They have grown so much and in so many ways! Thank you for this year and the countless ways you partner with us to equip students for service in God's world.

Lovely Letter People

What letter were you? If you ask ACS students this question, they will know you are talking about which letter they were in our annual Letter People Parade. And! They can tell you their letter. We enjoyed great Letter People Parades this year by our kindergarten students and made many more happy memories that will last forever!
 Letter People KD 17Letter Parade KW 17

Congratulations to Mara Carbines, 5th Grader

In 5th grade, Mrs. DeYoung and Mrs. Witte had students write a persuasive essay about one of the nonprofit organizations they have learned about this year. Students had to research and write about why people should support an organization and then write a letter telling about the project. Student essays were sent to the nonprofit organizations last month. Mara Carbines chose Goodwill and we were contacted a few weeks ago that they wanted to use her letter/essay in their promotions!

They posted her letter on their facebook page last week!

This Week


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

End Of Year Chapel

Please join us for chapel on Wednesday, June 07 at 8:15am, lead by 3rd and 4th grade.

Hot Lunch Ends This Week – May 26

Hot Lunch will be ending this 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 that they you would like a refund along with a current address.

Education Foundation Dinner - Nov 07

ACSEF DInner Save the DateSave the date for the ACS Education Foundation Dinner, Tuesday, Nov 07. We are excited to welcome Jason Hanson, former Detroit Lions placekicker, as our speaker.

Summer Art Camp 2017

KD Art
Instructor: 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

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: Aug 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.

Before And After Care Program

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

Interested in details? Here you go!

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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                                    Aug 02

Aug 02                                    Aug 16

Aug 16                                    Aug 23

Aug 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

Got Shoes? Give Shoes!

Students will soon be cleaning out their lockers. If your child has outgrown their gym shoes this year, please instruct them to place them in a collection box in their hallway when they clean out their locker. Boxes will be placed in each hallway to collect the gym shoes which will then be donated to Baxter Community Center. Thank you.

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, ).

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.
  • PT Conferences/Staff Appreciation - Planning meals and treats for teachers. Need 1 committee co-chair

Questions? Call/text Dawn Raymond (616.238.6606, )

Direct Your Dollars

Direct Your Dollars
We have surpassed the $100,000 mark for receipts from Forest Hills Foods, D&W and Family Fare! When we reach $150,000, Spartan Stores will give PTO a $1,000 check. Thank you for saving your receipts. Every little bit helps!  

ACS Cookbook

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

ACS Athletics


PurePlay has wrapped up for this spring.  Thanks to all the parents who helped make our year successfull!  (and to the kids who participated!

Fall soccer signups will begin June 01.

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

CLC Golf Outing

Your sponsorship and/or participation at CLC Network's annual Golf Outing on Thursday, June 15 provide essential funds to help create inclusive communities for all individuals. Your support of CLC Network (also known as the Christian Learning Center) enriches the lives not only of persons with disabilities, but also those in the communities where they live. Visit CLC Network's website to learn more about sponsorship opportunities or sign up to attend the event, held at Pilgrim's Run Golf Club (Pierson, MI).

LaGrave CRC Job Opening

Seeking to fill some custodial positions (Full time 2nd shift custodian, or part time day custodian along with evening greeters and an alternating Sunday custodian). Interested? Read the full job description.

Inquiries and resumes should be sent to Ruth Ringnalda ().