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Ada Connection – Nov 08, 2017

This Week

Foundation Dinner Update

Kick In -2017 Foundation dinner header

"Kick in for our Kids" was the theme of last night's annual fall dinner for the Ada Christian School Education Foundation. Jason Hanson, former Detroit Lion placekicker, was our speaker. What a great night it was! Jason did a fine job of sharing his football and faith stories and reminding us of the importance of Christian education.

The dinner is the main fund-raiser of the foundation. We thank our table sponsors and donors for their generous support. Our Paddle Raise, held for the first time and led by Maranda of WOOD-TV, resulted in pledges and gifts of around $108,000! Final numbers for the event will take a while to calculate, but we are very blessed and appreciative of everyone's support.

Special thanks to our Dinner Planning Team: Dawn Semple (chair), Carol Van Andel, Danya Yaffey, Sally Schrock, Sara Uekert, Melissa Brower and Julie DeKoster.

Moms In Prayer

God is our counselor. One who gives advice, guidance, direction. This week we are praying specifically for 5th grade.

"I will praise the Lord who counsels me— even at night my conscience instructs me. I keep the Lord in mind always. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken." - Psalm

Come join us on this journey when you can. We meet weekly on Thursdays, 8:00-9:00am, in the ACS office back conference room. 

Need more information? Contact Kelly Stafford (616.304.2963, ).


Come join other dads in room 504 from 8:00-9:00am on Friday's as we explore our call to be faithful men of Christ. We will be dwelling with the Word in the book of Luke this semester. Coffee and donuts provided. All ACS dads are welcome!

Action Needed

Car Loop Reminders

Before the snow begins to fly, yes it is coming, we would like to remind you of some car loop rules. Please remember:

  • to have your kids ready to exit the car and pull as far ahead as you can.
  • this is a loop and part of the school, watch your speed into and out of the loop.
  • if you need to help your kids out of the car please park in the lot and either walk them in or send them on their way.
  • to have your kids exit the car on the curb side, this is to make sure that they do not slip on the snow or ice.

Ski Club 

Our ski club will be held on Mondays in Jan and Feb after school until 8:00pm. We will make arrangements to carpool to Cannonsburg if needed, but you will need to pick up your child at the end of the evening. If you have younger children who are not old enough to be by themselves you will need to be there throughout the evening either skiing or in the lodge.

Sign up by Nov 27. After that time you will need to go through Cannonsburg.

All the prices are on the registration form. Checks should be payable to "Cannonsburg Ski Area" and sent to the ACS office with the form.

Sign up now for your ski passes and save money – 50% off the regular price. Card holders may use their passes anytime, any day during the 2017-2018 ski season, including weekends. 6 years old and under get their lift tickets free.

Questions? Contact Sally Schrock (616.550.6299, .)

Fall Fundraiser Winners

Thank you to all who participated in this year’s Clubs Choice Fall Fundraiser! Our students have done a spectacular job at raising important funds for our school.

Product pickup will be on Wednesday, Nov 15 from 3:00-5:00pm in the Commons. We want to make the pick-up process as smooth and efficient as possible. Students will be given their order form/packing slip with a number written on the front. After school, take the forms to the numbered area in the Commons area that corresponds with the number on your form to pick up your products. Because some of the products are food products, please make arrangements to pick up the products on the day and time-frame listed.

Congratulations to our fundraiser winners and a big thank you to all!

Facilities Assistant

ACS is seeking a part time Facilities Assistant to work with Mr. Jeff. This will be approximately 16 hours a week and will include Fridays and some Saturdays. If you or anyone you know might be interested, please contact Julie DeKoster () for a more detailed job description and an application.

ACS Board Nominations

Our current school year is well underway. Thank you for your partnership in this adventure of growing and learning together in Christ. It is time for the ACS School to turn their eyes to the 2018-19 school year and preparations are already underway for the annual meeting scheduled for Mar 27, 2018. Reports will be given, the budget will be presented and we will have an opportunity to elect new board members.

If you would like to submit your name or the name of another ACS parent in nomination for the board please , Board Secretary.

ACS Career Opportunity

Ada Christian School is seeking a Director of Advancement. The Director of Advancement furthers our school mission as a motivated self-starter who implements initiatives on behalf of both Ada Christian School and the Ada Christian School Education Foundation.

Are you interested? Do you know somebody who may be a great fit for this position?

Check out the details and apply today. Be sure to share them with others who may be interested.

Now You Know

Directories Are Here

Your student (youngest in K - 8th) is bringing the directory home this week. Extras are in the office for $3.00 each. If your student did not bring home a directory, check the bottom of their backpack and/or locker.

Thanksgiving Chapel

Please join us on Tuesday, Nov 21 at 8:15am. Our 7th and 8th grade teams will be leading us in worship.

School Wide Service Project

We are assembling shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, a world-wide service project that provides children with a gift of essential and fun items that often is the only present they ever receive. These children also hear the Gospel and learn about God’s love for them. Wolverine Worldwide is providing all the shoe boxes that students will be assembling and we need your help in collecting the items that will go inside. 

Not sure what to bring in? Check the list to see what each grade is bringing in. 

We are excited to have each of our students assemble a shoe box with their buddies, write a letter, and pray for the child who receives their box this Christmas.

PTO Happenings

ACS Bazaar

Join us this Friday, Nov 10 from 5:00-8:00pm for the 1st annual Ada Christian PTO Bazaar! It will be a fun evening mingling with friends & shopping all the great products from over 20 vendors. It's the perfect time to start your Christmas shopping!

Spread the word & invite your friends, family & neighbors. There will be a raffle for giveaways & extra raffle tickets are given for every guest you bring! Leave the kids at home & enjoy an evening out. 10% of the sales from the evening will be donated to the ACS PTO.

Would you like to help with this fun event? We're still looking for a few more people. Interested? Contact Sari Jones (616.990.2055)

Daddy Daughter Dance

Mark your calendar for the 4th annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Friday, Feb 02. There will be more details to follow.

Volunteer Opportunities

Don't be shy, we need you.

Carnival: We are still looking for one volunteer to co-chair the Carnival. While the planning will begin near the end of this year, the event will take place next school year.

Bus Driver Appreciation Event: We are still looking for one volunteer to co-chair the Bus Driver Appreciation Event scheduled for Feb 16.

Is God calling you to one of these volunteer opportunities? If you want to volunteer or have questions, please email (). Thank you!

ACS Athletics

PurePlay Signups

Basketball signups are underway.
1st-4th (Dec 01)
Y5-K (Dec 15)
Signups and information are available online. 

Calendar Reminders

Nov 10 – PTO Bazaar

Nov 21 – All school chapel at 8:15

Nov 21 – All school chapel at 8:15am

Nov 21 – 1st trimester ends

Nov 22-24 – Thanksgiving Break

Dec 01 – No PM Forest Hills transportation

Dec 07 – Elementary (K-4) Christmas Program

Dec 07 & 08 – PTO Christmas Gift Shop

Dec 19 – Middle School (5-8) Christmas Program

Dec 22 – ½ day of school, dismissed at 11:30am

Dec 22 – No Forest Hills 11:30am transportation

Dec 25 - Jan 05 – Christmas Break

Requested Announcements

Brookside's Living Nativity

Brookside’s 22nd anniversary of the Living Nativity: A telling of the Christmas Story with live actors and animals. Come the weekend of Dec 8-10 with performances at 7:00, 7:30 & 8:00pm each evening. Signing for deaf and hard of hearing available Friday, all performances. Bring your loved ones to experience the wonder and joy of the birth of our Savior. This is an outdoor experience—dress warmly. Crafts, hands on experience with Neighbors of Nazareth and hot chocolate and cookies served inside.

This event is free—no tickets required. Brookside Christian Reformed Church, 3600 Kalamazoo Ave., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508. For more information visit our website or call 616.452.3191