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Ada Connection – Nov 20, 2018

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KIDS Program – Christmas Gift Cards

Do you know that you can purchase gift cards and have a percentage of that purchase go directly to reduce your tuition bill? During the holidays, there are special low-denomination gift cards offered which are perfect for gifts. This is also a great time to stock up for birthdays and personal use. You can plan ahead and order for Black Friday also. In addition to physical gift cards, some retailers offer ScripNow eCards which can be printed from your computer almost immediately. Here is a list of some cards offered now:

Starbucks ($5 and $10 plastic cards and eCards) – 7%

Panera ($5 and $10 plastic cards and eCards) – 8%

Subway ($10 plastic cards) – 6%

Bath & Body Works ($10 plastic cards and eCards) – 12%

Chipotle ($10 plastic cards and eCards) – 10%

Buffalo Wild Wings ($10 plastic cards and eCards) – 8%

Taco Bell ($5 and $10 plastic cards) – 5%

Wendy’s ($10 plastic cards) – 6.5%

Barnes and Noble ($5 and $10 plastic and eCards) – 12.75% (bonus – regularly 8%)

Pizza Hut (plastic cards and eCards) – 8%

Arby’s ($10 plastic cards) – 8%

Celebration Cinema ($10 plastic cards) – 4%

Krispy Kreme ($10 plastic cards and eCards) – 8%

Steak ‘n Shake ($10 plastic cards and eCards) – 8%

If you are ordering physical gift cards, make sure to order by 8:00am on Dec 12 to get these in time for Christmas. To enroll in the program, please go to:  The enrollment code for ACS is: 125B8695194.  

Have questions or need help? Please email ;

Chess Club 

Chess is the greatest board game on earth. Who knows – someone from ACS may someday be a Grandmaster (the most elite players on the planet). This club will help members learn some basic openings and other strategies. Everyone will play at least a couple games each session. We will all learn how to play tournament chess (with a clock) and have some tournaments. We will try as a club, for those who are able, to go to a tournament in February that is held at Hope College. Beating Mr. Hoo will earn you a special prize.

Whether you are a beginner or intermediate player, you will have a good time and be sipping hot chocolate as the cold winter winds howl outside. Two sections will be offered - one on Tuesdays and one on Wednesdays starting in Jan. Sign up by Dec 20.

Advent Project

We are in need of several gallon jugs for an advent luminary project. If you have empty gallon size jugs from milk, juice etc please drop them off in the bin by the office. We will be collecting jugs until the first week of Dec. Thank you in advance!

Ski Club

Our ski club will be held on Tuesdays 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.

  • 6 years old and under get their lift tickets free.
  • Deadline is Wed, Nov 28. 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 2018-2019 ski season, including weekends.

Questions? Ask Katie Kuiper (616.485.1888, ).

Now You Know

School Service Project – Thank You

Ada Christina’s Service Team would like to thank all the volunteers, Mr. Jeff, parents, teachers, administrative staff (Sharon, Melissa, Julie, Dani) and the Vander Heides of Vandermill Cider for making OCC 2018 an amazing experience for our kids and kids around the world. The donut & cider sale raised $800 towards shipping boxes, discipleship materials, and volunteers and together, our entire student body assembled approximately 300 boxes!

Please continue to pray that children who come to know Christ and attend the discipleship course will grow in their faith, join with other believers and share the good news of God’s love with others.

ROBO Battle Of The Minds

Ada Christian School's first FIRST Lego League will be participating in the ROBO Battle of the Minds. The event will take place on Sat, Dec 01 at Innovation Central High School in Grand Rapids. The team of 8 consists of fourth and fifth graders who have been preparing mission challenges and outlining a project on the theme "Into Orbit" for the past few months. The League would like to invite friends and family to cheer on the team at the event beginning at 8:30am. The events should conclude by 5:30pm. You can find more information about ROBO Battle of the Minds on this website.

Share The Light: ACS Advent Walk

Advent Walk
Get into the Christmas spirit by reflecting on the First Christmas, told from different perspectives. This family event allows all ages to listen, interact, and enjoy the true meaning of Christmas. Join us on Thur Dec 06, from 5:30-7:30pm, at Ada Christian's outdoor campus.

Please travel as an entire family whenever you choose, however in order to attempt to space out the visits of families:

  • PK-1st grade families are encouraged to visit at 5:30 pm
  • 2nd-4th grade families are encouraged to visit at 6:00 pm
  • 5th-6th grade families are encouraged to visit at 6:30 pm
  • 7th-8th grade families are encouraged to visit at 7:00 pm

Visits will be around 30 minutes, but you are welcome to stay longer.

The last tour will begin around 7:00 pm.

Daddy Daughter Dance – Feb 01, 2018

DDD 2019
Save the date for the Daddy Daughter Dance, Feb 01, 2018.

No Moms In Prayer This Week

We will be praying for 7th graders and their teachers on Nov 29. God is Love: One who is strong and has intense affection, benevolence, kindness and tenderness. Theme verse for this week:  

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength." - Mark 12:30

Come join us on this journey when you can. We meet weekly on Thursdays, 8:00-9:00, in the ACS office back conference room. Need more information? Contact Kelly Stafford.

PTO Happenings

Christmas Shop – Volunteers Needed

On Thur and Fri, Dec 06 & 07 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 Fri, Dec 07 at 2:30pm, 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 3:30pm.

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 Thur, Dec 06:

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

It takes many volunteers to make this fun event a success.  Sign up below!

Click to Vi ew Volunteer Opportunities on

PTO Information

Looking for our calendar, information about upcoming events or opportunities to serve?  Check out our updated website.

Calendar Reminders

Nov 21-23 - Thanksgiving Break

Nov 30 - Report cards go home

Dec 07 - No Forest Hills pm transportation

Dec 21 - All School Chapel

Dec 24 - Jan 04 - Christmas Break

Requested Announcements

Art Sale for Christian School in Sierra Leone

$400 = tuition for a year for Christian School in Sierra Leone. 100% of the art sales in the front lobby of Ada Christian help fund this project. Art makes a unique gift or a fun way to start redesigning a room of your own. The sale runs now through Nov 30. Jan Carpenter (artist) can also take credit cards.

Brookside Nativity

A telling of the Christmas Story with live actors and animals. Fri, Sat, and Sun, Dec 07, 08, & 09 with performances at 7:00, 7:30 and 8:00pm each evening. Signing for deaf and hard of hearing available Fri and Sat, 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 go to or call 616-452-3191.