Ada Connection – May 27, 2020
A Note From Principal Brower
School will be open tomorrow, May 28, to drop-off work and pick up any student belongings.
Locker Clean Out
Teachers will communicate a plan with you on how to remove student belongings and return any school books you may find. Parents will not be asked to clean lockers.
Library Book Turn In
The library will be closing up shop next week and we would like to have all of the books returned on the turn in dates. You will be getting an email in the next few days listing the books that are still checked out to your child(ren). There will be an obvious spot for books to be returned out front.
Tech Turn In
Mr. Musch will be setting out Tables/Racks for each grade level that needs to return devices. He will provide checklists (available on OCL page) for parents to print out, complete and place in device cases when turning devices in.
Drive over to ACS on Friday, May 29, from 11:00-11:45 for a drive "bye" before we officially begin summer break. See you soon!
Now You Know
May Musical Moment
Enjoy a bit of Beauty & the Beast dialogue from our 8th graders.
Pop Can Collection
Do you have bags of empty pop cans sitting in your garage? We've got a solution for you! The 5th grade team is collecting pop cans to raise money for the 5th grade camp fund.
Who? Ada Christian Families
What? Bring your garbage bags full of cans to school (preferably double-bagged and tightly sealed)
Where? Bring your bags to the front of school and drop them off in the bed of the school truck - the 5th grade teachers will be around to help
When? Come to school on your assigned drop-off date.
Why? To raise money for 5th grade camp.
Looking for tutoring opportunities this summer? Several of our teachers are offering tutoring.
We are pleased to share that there are a couple of employment opportunities at Ada Christian for the coming school year.
The following positions are available:
FIRST LEGO League
You’ll love FIRST® LEGO® League! The League is made of up to 10 kids that research a real-world problem (like food safety, recycling, energy, etc.). The team will be challenged to develop a solution using new knowledge and creative imagination. The team will also design, build, and program a working robot using a LEGO MINDSTORMS® kit, then complete “missions” on a table-top playing field. Teams compete against each other at exciting events where members will make new friends, show off what they have learned and invented, express team spirit, and celebrate! Sound like fun? What are you waiting for? Apply to join the ACS FIRST® LEGO® League today!
Coaches: Ms. Frens and Mr. Jorgensen (veteran FLL coach and former ACS parent)
Applicants: Students in grades 4-8 (Minimum 8 and maximum 10 students)
When: Mondays & Thursdays from September-December
(may also include weekend regional competition dates TBA)
Time: 3:15-5:00 pm
Where: Ada Christian School Media Center / Computer Lab
Fee: $300 The fee includes FIRST® LEGO® League competition application fee, t-shirts, snacks, supplies and coach stipend. All travel expenses related to competition (regional, state or world) are separate. Payment will be returned if team limit has been reached. Contact Ms. Frens (jfrens@adachristian) if fee is a barrier to participation.
ACS FIRST® LEGO® League: Please complete this application by Thursday, May 28. Cash App, PayPal and Venmo accepted for the $300 fee. Club limited to 10 participants. If more than 10 applications received, applicants will be selected based on various considerations as participation requires commitment and persistence.
*We anticipate meeting in person, but will keep you posted on the schedule as the future unfolds.
As the weather warms up there is much work to be done on the ACS campus. Have some time and want to get outside? Sign up to help Mr. Hoo.
Mr. Hoo has also hidden several owls around our trails and outdoor campus, come wander and find them!
Moms In Prayer
This week we’re praying for our entire ACS community: students, teachers & aides, administration & building staff & board, parents, the Church - God is our Father. One who is our parent and protector.
"May I not despise Your discipline and not resent Your rebuke, because You discipline those You love, as a father the son he delights in." - Proverbs 3:11-12
We’re a group of Moms (aunts/grandmas) passionate about lifting up our kids and ACS community in prayer. We are meeting virtually Thursday mornings 8:00-9:00am. If you’d like to be included in this virtual prayer meeting, please contact Kelly Stafford (616.304.2963, ten.tsacmoc@droffats-kj).
FACTS Action Steps
As a reminder, upon enrollment you will receive notifications from FACTS in three separate actions.
1. Confirmation of the total commitment you have made (this will include tuition and any donations).
2. Confirmation of the enrollment fee you have paid.
3. Confirmation of any financial assistance you will receive (please note that this may not happen immediately. Our team along with several churches are still calculating assistance.)
Contact Amy if you have any questions or concerns (gro.naitsirhcada@gnitnuocca)
Here is a preview of our school calendar for the 2020-2021 school year:
Aug 25 – First Day (Half Day)
Sept 04-Sept 07 – No School (Labor Day)
Sept 28 – No School (In-Service Day)
Oct 13 – 2020 Annual Ada Christian Education Foundation Dinner
Oct 21-23 – No School (Teacher’s Convention)
Nov 25-29 – No School (Thanksgiving Break)
Dec 19-Jan 03 – No School (Christmas Break)
Jan 18 – No School (In-Service Day)
Feb 18-Feb 22 – No School (Winter Break)
Apr 02-12* – No School (Spring Break) - *Please note, we will start Spring Break on Friday, Apr 02 and return on Tuesday, Apr 13.
May 07 – GrandFriends (Half Day)
May 10 – No School (In-Service Day)
Jun 08 – 8th Grade Graduation
Jun 09 – Last Day (Half Day)
Thank you for two great years.
I plan to keep this simple, which is a bit ambitious because anyone who’s known me more than 5 minutes realizes that my personal motto is "Why use 1 word when 5 will do?"
As my time draws to a close, I can’t believe I was able to serve as the PTO President for my sons’ school. I still have to pinch myself sometimes when I think of it! What a joy, and what an honor.
I have seen God move on behalf of this school and its people in ways that will always amaze me. Early on, I was frantically working and hoping that each event would come together, that I would be able to pull it off. But very quickly, God showed me His sovereignty. While I continued to work hard and honestly give my very best, I could relax, knowing from experience that time after time He worked things out for the good of all of us collectively who love Him.
I have developed the most spectacular array of acquaintances and friendships over these two years. There is simply nothing like rolling up your sleeves for each event, side by side with a team of parents – collaborating, creatively problem solving and sharing laughs along the way. That is the one thing I wouldn’t trade a minute of for all the world. Our school is full of the most interesting, intelligent, warm hearted people. It is with such gratitude that I got to know so many beyond the circle of parents for each of my boys’ grade levels.
Finally, I am humbled by the amount of personal growth this has required of me. Leading a team of hundreds of volunteers is no small task, and I’m still not convinced I was up for it. I only wish I could start all over knowing what I know now! And even then, I still have so much to learn.
Of course, it’s not as though I’m leaving (which is the way this is beginning to sound!) – but somehow just letting the end slip by without saying a sincere thank you for all your hard work and support of the PTO along the way just seems a little unfinished. It has been my true joy to work alongside you. Thank you.
Finally signing off,
Gift Card Thank You
A special thank you to Angela and Jon Gill, owners of Renewal Skin Spa - they amazingly blessed the PTO with generous spa gifts cards for those in Committee Chair positions this year. It was quite a change over the usual 5 dollar Starbucks gift cards we thank our leaders with, and so much appreciated by all!
School Supply Kits
Order now and eliminate the back-to-school shopping hassle.
Kits are shipped to your home and filled with brand names (Crayola, Elmer's, etc.) and quality products that are competitively priced with local and large retailers. The earlier you order, the lower the price! Bright SchoolKitz® offers a discount of $5 off each kit purchased by June 04!
Fall Soccer sign-ups are open!
At ACS we will be proceeding as normal with the fall registration process. This will help us plan teams and acquire coaches accordingly. However, you will notice that instead of collecting fees during registration, we will collect team fees the first week of practice with your son/daughters MHSAA Physical and Consent form.
Below I have listed general information about our fall season. Please visit our ACS Athletic Webpage and click register now on the right hand side of the page. Please note, Registration will close on Sat, Aug 01.
5th-8th Grade Athletic Opportunities:
5th/6th and 7th/8th Boys soccer - Team Fee $50
5th-8th Girls Volleyball - Team Fee $50
5th-8th Boys/Girls Cross Country - Team Fee $35
*All Team fees to be collected first week of practice
Important Dates to Remember:
Registration Deadline - Sat, Aug 01
First Week of Practice - Mon, Aug 10
First Date of Games - Sat, Sept 12
Last Possible Date of Tournament - Oct 24
If you have any questions please contact me at email@example.com