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Ada Connection – May 30, 2018

A Note From Principal Brower

A Reason To Celebrate

Julie 1989In 1989 Mrs. DeKoster accepted her first full time teaching position at Ada Christian School. Now 29 years later she will be transitioning into semi-retirement beginning this fall. The Assistant Principal role will be shared by Mrs. DeKoster and Mr. Kiser. Mr. Kiser will continue to teach part-time in the middle school and Mrs. DeKoster is looking forward to spending some extra time with her grandchildren. 

A Warm Welcome

Lisa RitsemaLisa Ritsema will be joining our second grade team. Mrs. Ritsema graduated from Calvin College where she earned her degree in Elementary Education. She then attended Western Michigan University where she earned her Masters degree in Education. She is currently working at Grand Rapids Christian School in the Education Support system. She is a Michigan native but has also lived in Colorado, Indiana, Virginia and Ohio. She has three children ranging in ages from college to middle school. Mrs. Ritsema and her family attend Brookside Christian Reformed Church. She loves “diy-ing”, being outdoors, exploring new places and spending time with her family. She cannot wait to start her new adventure at Ada Christian!

Now You Know

End Of The Year Chapel – June 08

Please join us on Friday, June 08  at 8:15am. Our 5th and 6th graders will be leading us in worship.

Middle School Matters

Due to class trips and other Middle School events, there will not be a MSM this week. The final MSM of this year will be sent Wednesday, June 06.

Tutoring With Mr. Hapner

Tutoring Mr. HapnerAre you looking to strengthen your child's foundational skills or get a step ahead for the upcoming year? Jim Hapner is offering tutoring this summer for reading, writing, and math. Please see the flyer for more information.

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 – Sack Lunch Orders

Regular hot lunch has ended for the year. 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 12:00pm 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

2018-2019 Supply List

Check out the list and plan for Aug 23.

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 and the front lobby to collect the gym shoes which will then be donated to Baxter Community Center. Thank you!

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

"Faith. Strong." Friday – June 01

Theme 17-18
It's that time again. All students, staff and parents are encouraged to wear their ACS gear to school this week Friday, June 01.

Lost & Found

The lost & found will be in the front lobby on Friday, June 01. What is left at the end of the day will be boxed away. You can always check the lost and found which is located by the kitchen/music rooms.

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


Fall soccer sign ups are now open!

Parents are invited to come and enjoy our "Circle of Laughs" field day on June 04. The 8th graders will be leading the activities.

3-4 8:30-10:00am
K-2 10:15-11:45am

Calendar Reminders

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

Attention 8th Grade Runners

Grand Rapids Christian High School Cross Country coaches invite all runners interested in running XC to join them at the Annual XC Kickoff Meeting at Coach Jager’s house on Friday, June 08 from 5:30-7:00pm.  

Meet the coaches and team members, obtain information, pick up summer running schedules and camp applications, eat some food, and of course play some lightening in the court. Bring your family and join in on the fun. Coach Jager lives at 1910 Pokogon SE, Grand Rapids (near GRCHS).

Girls Cheer 5th-8th Grades

There will be a new summer program offered for girls interested in gymnastics and stunting training. Excel Stunting and Tumbling staff will teach technique and form in both skill areas on Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30am in the Quest Center at GRCHS.  

The two-hour session costs only $12 and will be offered the following eight dates: June 13, 20, 27 / July 11, 18, 25 / Aug 08, 15. If you are interested, please preregister by contacting Jacquie DeJonge by texting, emailing, or calling/ leaving your name, phone number, and email address at 616.949.7516. Excel would like a roster of interested girls. You will be sent a waiver that must be signed by a parent and turned in the first session.

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