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Ada Connection – Nov 15, 2017

A Note From Principal Brower

A Warm Welcome

Our newest ACS family is Jack and Kristin DuMez. Zak is in 5HW and Eva is in 4Q. Join me in welcoming them to our school!

This Week

Moms In Prayer

God is the Creator. The one who brought into existence the universe and all matter and life within it. This week we are praying specifically for 6th grade.

"Acknowledge that Yahweh is God. He made us, and we are His — His people, the sheep of His pasture." -Psalm 100:3

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 Pickup

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

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Select the Ada Christian School Society as your charity and we'll benefit every time you purchase – easily and automatically.

Lost and Found

The lost and found table is located by the music room/kitchen. Beginning in December, on the first Friday of every month and until the end of the school year, the tables will be brought to the front of the school and items laid out. At the end of that day, the items that were not picked up will be boxed up. Please continue to check the lost and found by the music room throughout the month. Hopefully this will help with having an overload of lost items. The next date will be Friday, Dec 07.

Thanksgiving Chapel

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

PTO Happenings

ACS Bazaar

Thank you to all of our ACS PTO Bazaar vendors and shoppers. It was a fun evening filled with great fellowship and prizes! We were delighted to have over 100 people from ACS and from the community attend this great community building event. As you know, this was our first year which makes it a great learning opportunity for all of us. What the event looked like this year may or may not be how it looks next year.

The committee will review what worked well and what didn't work to use when planning for next year. You can help us by providing your feedback to .

School Party – Nov 22

Open skate at Patterson Ice Center on Wednesday, Nov 22 from 11:00am-1:00pm.
Adults $5, Children $4 (12 and under), Ice skate rental $3

Put on a warm hat and lace up a pair skates and have fun with friends!

Little Things Make A Big Difference

Thank you to all the students who participated in our Box Top drive. ACS was able to collect 6,070 box tops, giving our school $607.00. Another drive is coming in February so start collecting and save now.

Christmas Gift Shop

On Thursday and Friday, Dec 07 & 08, the ACS Commons will again be transformed into a Christmas Gift Shop for your children to select Christmas gifts for their parents and siblings only. Students will shop with their classes during a designated shopping time. Parent volunteers will be helping your children select and wrap gifts. A note will be sent home with your children with all the details after Thanksgiving break.

On Friday, Dec 08 at 2:00pm, we will open the Christmas Gift Shop to parents – feel free to come in and shop alone (or with your children after school) for other relatives. We will stay open until 3:30 pm.

If you have more than one child at ACS, please send each child with their own spending money, rather than writing one large check. This helps us tremendously during checkout, as your children will probably not be shopping together at the same time.

Please have your child bring these items to school on Thursday, Dec 07:

  • A large brown grocery bag with their name on it
  • A completed order form
  • Spending money (check made out to ACS or cash)

It will take 94 volunteers to pull off this event. Help volunteer for this fun event!

Daddy Daughter Dance

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

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 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

School For Sierra Leone

Now through Nov 21 you can purchase a painting to support Schools for Sierra Leone from the front lobby of ACS. 100% of the sales support our school in Kabala, Sierra Leone. These paintings by Jan Carpenter make great Christmas gifts!

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 their website or call 616.452.3191