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Ada Connection – May 25, 2016

Thank You

Action Needed

  • Consider being an ACS host family
  • Books wanted for GRPS
  • All-school chapel is June 03
  • Return ACS Library books soon
  • Donated unwanted gym shoes

Now You Know

  • KIDS TRIP news
  • No hot lunch May 31-June 02
  • Ways to help the Rauch famiily
  • "Faith. Strong." Summer Camps: Drama, Art, Tech
  • Supply List 2016-2017

PTO Opportunities – consider serving on PTO, Moms in Prayer, ACS MENistry


Requested Announcement – GRCHS Cheerleading Oppurtunity

Thank You

A Note of Gratitude

Dear Families of ACS,

Words cannot express the gratitude that we have for the overwhelming support you have given us. We have concentrated a great deal on short term planning. Through your commitment with prayer, Blessings,gift cards, meals, monetary gifts, willingness to help with the kids, or even a hug; you have made it easier on us to adjust as the ALS progresses. We pray that God’s grace and beauty will be with you throughout the summer and we will see you in the fall.

Brian & Teresa Rauch and Family

Action Needed

Become an ACS Host Family!

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. Please sign up to be an ACS Host Family today!

Contact Karen Clark (), Mayra Huyser () or Sarah Setlock ()

Wanted: Books for GRPS

ACS has an opportunity to bless students in the Grand Rapids Public Schools with books to encourage and inspire them over the summer. As you are spring cleaning and you find any children’s books that you would like to donate please send them to school with your child. We will be collecting books for GRPS until Jun 03. Jan Wilkins, a former teacher at ACS, is excited to help those books find a new home. A box is in the library to collect the books.

Give the Gift of Gym Shoes

There will be boxes in the three hallways and front lobby to collect gym shoes that students have out grown for Baxter Community Center and New2You. The shoes will be distributed to needy children.

Graduation Reception Volunteers

The Middle School Support Committee is looking for a few parents of 7th graders who would be willing to prepare for, serve at, and clean up from the reception next Thursday, Jun 02 from 6:45-9:15pm. This is a great way to get a sneak preview for next year! Please contact Barb Weaver (540.9824, ) if interested. Thank you!

Join Us for Chapel

Our end of the year all school chapel is on Jun 03 at 8:15am. We would love to see you there.

Return Your ACS Library Books

Parents, keep your eyes peeled for any ACS library books. Please return them as soon as possible. We will be sending e-mail notices home in the next few days.

Now You Know

Hot Lunch

There is no scheduled hot lunch for May 31 - Jun 02. If you are not packing a lunch but bringing food for your children at lunch time please tell your child to come to the office to pick it up. The office will not be calling your child as a reminder. Any food left in the office will be thrown away at 3:00pm each day.


ONLY paid orders through Presto Pay will be accepted during the summer months.

The summer schedule is as follows: Jun 01, 15, 29, Jul 13, 27, Aug 10, 24 (normal schedule resumes)

Rauch Family: Ongoing Care & Support

Brian and Teresa Rauch have four children at ACS: Lucy (K), Asher (1st), Clara (6th), Desi (7th). They also have three older children. Teresa was recently diagnosed with ALS and the disease has progressed quite quickly. Some of you learned of her diagnosis and asked if there are ways to help now and for the summer.


  • Gift cards: Meijer, McDonald's, Subway, Wendy's or gas cards
  • Summer "gift" bag lunches: Mac and cheese, bologna, bread, pb&j (strawberry) spaghettios, string cheese, chips, fruit (bananas, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, black and red raspberries, seedless grapes (red & green), "cuties", mandarin oranges, applesauce, kool-aid, juice
  • Meals: If you want to provide a meal for the nine family members, there is no need to ask the family. Simply contact Teresa to let her know when you would like to drop it off or have it picked up.
  • Go Fund Me - Teresa Rauch ALS Fund

Contact information: Teresa Rauch (616.550.6786, )
10520 Heether Rd.
Belding, MI 48809

"Faith. Strong." Summer Camps

Drama Camp Pic
Drama Camp – Jul 11-15 ($120):

Drama Camp offers:

  • Acting!
  • Stage basics
  • Proper vocalization
  • Characterization
  • Movement
  • Script work
  • Theatre games
  • Friday Performance Showcase
  • 6-8 Students per session

Session I - Middle School students entering grades 6-8 – 9:00-11:30am
Session II - Elementary students entering grades 3-5 – 12:45-3:00pm

Whether a beginner or veteran on stage, you will learn and improve your acting skills and gain confidence and poise through theatre games, exercises and working a scene with your fellow actors. Family and friends are invited to a half-hour Performance Showcase on Friday, giving our thespians a chance to perform for an audience!

More info/sign up for Drama Camp

Art Camp
Art Camp – Aug 08-12 ($120):

In the elementary session:

  • Weaving
  • Tie-dye
  • Paper maché
  • Art with clay
  • Other awesome ideas from Mr. Wanner

In the middle school session:

  • Finger puppets
  • Circle inspired sculptures
  • Poured paintings
  • Maybe plein air if conditions allow
  • Other awesome ideas from Mr. Wanner

For both sessions we provide the materials (and the snacks); you provide your energy, creativity and great mind. You will gain experience in art and enjoy it!

More info/sign up for Art Camp!

Technology Camp
Technology Camp, Grades 3-8 – Aug 08-12 ($120):

Amazing Tech Opportunities including:

  • Stopmotion videos
  • Game Design
  • Coding
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Ozobots and Mindstorms
  • Other awesome tech activities

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!

More info/sign up for Tech Camp!

Supply List 2016-2017

ACS Supply List -2016-2017
Ready for next year? We are (almost).

Here's a list of supplies (117 KB PDF) to bring when you come back to school.

PTO Opportunities

Serving as unto the Lord

Please prayerfully consider volunteering for one of the following open PTO needs. Thank you to those who have already volunteered. And please welcome Katie McNinch as your new PTO Vice President.

Here are the openings for the 2016-2017 School Year:

  • PTO Officer – Assistant Treasurer
  • School Carnival – Need 2 volunteers to shadow our 2 committee leaders in 2016/17 with the expectation that they roll into the committee leader spots in 2017/18.
  • 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!
  • Charleston Fall Fundraiser – 1 or more volunteers to lead this committee.
  • Rummage Sale – 3 or more committee members. This is a fundraiser that has raised between $6000-12,000 in past years for our PTO but was put on hold due to lack of volunteers. It would be nice to bring this back.
  • Room Parent Coordinator – Need 1 volunteer to coordinate all aspects of the room moms.
  • Grand Friend's Day – Need 2 volunteers to join Dee Lenters to fill this this committee.

Questions? Contact Dawn Raymond (616.238.6606, )

ACS MENistry

Come join other dads on Friday mornings at 8:00am in the rear conference room of the office as we explore our call to be faithful men of Christ. We are dwelling with the Word in the Book of James, with noted author Francis Chan leading our discussion with his short video series. All ACS dads welcome!

Questions? Contact Andy Anderson (616.325.6116)

Moms in Prayer

Please join us our closing fellowship celebration on Thursday, May 26 from 8:00–9:00am in the office conference room. 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.

Questions? Contact Laura Cawley (616.425.9728, )

Calendar Reminders

May 23 – 5th/6th Grade Band/Orchestra and 5th Celebration Night
May 30 – No School (Memorial Day)
Jun 02 – 8th Grade Graduation
Jun 03 - Last Day (dismissed at 11:30am)
Jun 03 - No Forest Hills 11:30am transportation

2016-2017 Dates

Aug 24 – First day of school (dismissed at 11:30am)
Sep 02-05 – Labor Day Weekend
Sep 26 – No School (Professional Development)
Oct 19-21 – No School (CEA Convention)
Nov 23-25 – No School (Thanksgiving Break)
Dec 21-Jan 02 – No School (Christmas Break)
Jan 03 – School Resumes
Jan 23 – No School (Professional Development)
Feb 17-20 – No School (Winter Break)
Mar 30-Apr 07 – No School (Spring Break)
May 05 – Grand Friends Day (dismissed at 11:30am)
May 08 – No School (Professional Development)
May 29 – No School (Memorial Day)
Jun 07 – Last Day of School (dismissed at 11:30am)

Requested Announcements

GRCHS Cheerleading Opportunity

8th grade girls heading to Grand Rapids Christian High School next fall should consider cheering for the high school football games! Tryouts will be held on Wednesday, Jun 01, from 3:00-­4:30pm. If you are new to cheer, come and experience what it is all about! Sideline cheer is the perfect way to meet a team full of girls before your first classes and the best way to learn about Competitive Cheer, the fastest growing MHSAA sport! Questions? Please call Jacquie DeJonge (616.949.7516)

In addition, there will be seven 90­ minute gymnastics lessons held throughout the summer at the high school. All incoming 5th­-9th graders are invited to participate! Please call Jacquie DeJong (949­.7516) to sign up! The sessions are tentatively scheduled for Wednesday mornings, beginning on Jun 08. More information will be available soon.