Skip to main content.
Ada Connection – Nov 06, 2019

A Note From The Principal

  • Praises To Our Perfect Potter

This Week

  • Moms In Prayer
  • MENistry

Now You Know

  • Reverse Engineering/Take Apart
  • Stage Props For Christmas Program
  • Ski Club

Action Needed

  • School Board Nominees
  • Promotions Survey

PTO Happenings

  • Unveiling An Amazing New Project

ACS Athletics

  • PurePlay

Calendar Reminders

Requested Announcements

A Note From The Principal

Praises To Our Perfect Potter

We are so excited to announce that Mr. and Mrs. Westrate welcomed Micah James into their family on Oct 31. He was 8lb 4oz and 21 inches long. The family is doing well.

This Week

Moms In Prayer

Praying for our administrators, office staff and ACS Board this week. God sustains — One who strengthens or supports, assists, carries.

"O Lord, may Your hand sustain me; may Your arm strengthen me." - Psalm 89:21 

Come join us for the journey when you can. We meet every Thursday morning 8:00-9:00am, in the orchestra room (through the Commons and past straight past the kitchen). Younger siblings are always welcome!

Need more information? Contact Kelly Stafford (616.304.2963, )


Come join other ACS dads on Wednesdays at 8:00am as we go through C.S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters. We meet in the orchestra room.

Now You Know

Reverse Engineering/Take Apart

1st, 2nd and 3rd graders will be participating in Reverse Engineering activities the weeks of Dec 09 and 16. If you have items to contribute, please bring them to the library by Thursday, Dec 05, 2019.

We are looking for small items that the students will be taking apart and recreating into a new piece. This may include: 

  • Small non-working appliance that can fit in the lap of a 1st grader
  • Old radio
  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • Old phone (not a cell phone)
  • Game controller
  • Old toy (wind-up toys are great)
  • Keyboard

Please do not bring: 

  • Items with glass
  • Computers
  • Cell Phones
  • Anything too large (best if it can fit in the child's lap)

Please be sure that you can see a starting point, like a screw or open space where you could easily begin to disassemble the piece. We are not looking to “break apart” but take apart.

If you have tools that you would feel comfortable lending or donating for use by small children, please clearly label them in a container. See below:

Stage Props

We are beginning to plan for the elementary Christmas program and we could use your help with some stage props. We need a large wreath - approximately 5 ft diameter, a large yard size candy cane, and a large yard size Rudolf the red nosed reindeer. If you have any of these items and you are willing to loan them to us for the program please contact Danielle Wiechertjes (616.648.5560, ). Thank you in advance for your help.

Winter is Coming – Ski Club

The fun part of winter at least! Cannonsburg will be opening and you all can dust off your skis and boards! Once again Cannonsburg is offering discounted punch pass cards for the season. This year Ski Club will be a little different in which there will not be a set day for Ada Christian to hit the hill. This year you are welcome to use your punch cards any day that works for you! Grab your family and head there on a Saturday morning to avoid the crowds, meet up with a friend after school any day and stay until it closes! Please completely fill out this order form and send it into the office by Nov 22. Please call Katie Kuiper at 616.485.1888 or email her at you have any questions. Hit the Hill with us (because honestly, it's not a slope but we can have just as much fun!!)

Here are a couple details to remember

  • 6 years old and under get their lift tickets for free (yay!)
  • Deadline is Fri, Nov 22. After that time you will need to go thru Cannonsburg.
  • All the prices are on the registration form. Checks should be payable to "Cannonsburg Ski Area".
  • There are no black out times or dates! Use anytime during the 2019-2020 ski season! 
  • Sign up starting next week for your ski passes and save 50% off the regular price!

Action Needed

School Board Request For Nominees

It is hard to believe that November is almost here and the holidays are right around the corner! Among other things, this means that it is time to begin the nomination process for our 2020-2021 School Board Members. Retiring board members this year are: Sarah Wolters, Allison Ferwerda, Scott Schrotenboer, and Colin Kraay. Please take a minute to submit your nominations. Thank you!

Promotions Survey

Did you know? The Promotions Committee at ACS exists to not only increase the school’s visibility in the community but also promote community among new and existing families at ACS. This past fall we have been busy hosting various events designed to create a warm, welcoming and smooth transition into the new school year. It is our goal to continue to improve and better foster community at ACS. Please take a few minutes to fill out this brief survey. Your feedback, comments, and suggestions are valued. Thank you!

PTO Happenings

Unveiling An Amazing New Project

Get ready to be a part of something much bigger than yourself...literally! Through almost a year of thoughtful planning, Mr. Wanner and Principal Brower have developed a partnership with local artist Joel Schoon-Tanis and together they have created a vision for a larger-than-life mural for the indoor front entrance to the school.  

The concept will visually convey our commitment to the whole child, mind, body and soul, in community. It's brightness will greet us each day as our children enter the building, and it will be the launching point for tours for prospective families.

The project will be guided by Mr. Tanis, but the beautiful thing is that each child will have an opportunity to have a part in this. Our children, in this time, will have an opportunity to be a part of a lasting visual legacy in the school. Can you already imagine their excitement and pride in the ownership of this project?!

The PTO is honored to partner with the team putting this together. It aligns with our mission perfectly.
As an introduction, we will have a table set out offering Joel's books, prints and artwork before and after school on Nov 19, 20 and 21 (T, W, Th). Consider these as fun, meaningful Christmas gifts for your children or even for Grandparents who may love to add them to their picture book collections. We have placed the books on display in the art showcases in the main hall.
40% of each sale returns to the PTO to assist in financially underwriting the mural!

Your PTO

Don't normally pop in for drop off or pick up?  No problem! View the collection here.

If you choose to purchase something, when you "check out" there will be a box that says, "Add special instructions". In that box write, "Ada Christian". Also, make sure NOT to add shipping costs as books and artwork will be delivered right to school.  

Additional opportunity: Joel is having a holiday studio sale on Friday, Nov 22 from 6:00-9:00pm and on Saturday, Nov 23 from 2:00-5:00pm where an even greater selection of art will be available. You can designate 40% of those sales to the project as well. The studio is located at 17 West 10th Street, Suite 130 in Holland (the building next to the Holland Museum, directly across form Centennial Park).

ACS Athletics


Basketball signups are open. Deadline: Nov 15.

Visit our website for details.

Calendar Reminders

Nov 27-29 - Thanksgiving Break

Dec 06 - No Forest Hills PM transportation

Dec 19 - No Forest Hills PM transportation

Dec 20 - No Forest Hills PM transportation

Requested Announcements

Snack and Shop at Cascade Fellowship

Ladies!!  Come to the 5th annual “Snack and Shop” at Cascade Fellowship CRC on Thursday November 14 7-9pm.  This is a fun event that has many Ada Christian moms and teachers selling a great variety of homemade and vendor items. Whether you want to just snack, just shop, or do both, we would love to see you!! Lots of door prizes and you get extra entries for bringing friends!  10% of the sales go to a great organization called SowHope (helping women around the world). Hope to see you there!

Questions? Contact Renee Overbeck at

Art for Sierra Leone

Art with a heart is back. 100% of sales support a Christian School in Sierra Leone. Jan Carpenter has been busy painting, her work will be displayed Nov 07 through Nov 15. These paintings make unique Christmas gifts. It's a win - win - win.