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Ada Connection – Nov 20, 2019

This Week

  • Moms In Prayer
  • MENistry

Now You Know

  • Chess Club
  • ACS TRIP – Now Accepting Credit Card
  • Christmas Market In The Woodshed
  • Thanksgiving Chapel
  • From The Library
  • Reverse Engineering/Take Apart
  • Winter Is Coming – Ski Club

Action Needed

  • Promotions Survey

PTO Happenings

  • Art Sale This Week – 40% Donated To Mural Project
  • Christmas Shop – Dec 05 & 06
  • Daddy Daughter Dance – Save The Date

ACS Athletics

  • PurePlay

Calendar Reminders

This Week

Joel Tanis Art Sale – 40% Donated to Mural Project

Artist, Joel Tanis, Returns to ACS

Check out the Joel Tanis collection of books and prints on sale at ACS before and after school until Thanksgiving. Forty percent of the proceeds will be gifted to our PTO to help underwrite a school-wide art project for the front lobby.

If you choose to purchase something online, 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.

View the collection here.

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).

Moms In Prayer

We’re praying for our 6th graders and their teachers. God is Trustworthy – One who is worthy of confidence; reliable, faithful, dependable.

"May we trust in the LORD with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding." - Proverbs 3:5

We’re a group of Moms (aunts/grandmas) passionate about lifting up our kids and ACS faculty and staff in prayer. 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

Chess Club

Chess is the greatest board game on earth.This club will help members learn some basic openings and other strategies. 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. Sign up today!

Coach: Mr. Hoo

Who: Students in grades 2-8. (Maximum of 25 students per section, 50 total)

What: You will need an active mind ready for game fun.

Where: Mr. Hoo’s Outdoor Education Room (room 407)

When: Tuesdays or Wednesdays (two sections). 3:00-4:15pm

ACS TRIP – Now Accepting Credit Card

New: Conveniently pay with your credit card and earn.

Now, there’s another way to pay online—in addition to linking a bank account (PrestoPay™), you can choose the option to pay for gift cards with a credit card.

Important details about this new payment option:

  • Credit card types: Visa and Mastercard are accepted.
  • Rebates: The rebate amount is the same any way you pay.
  • Purchases: A 2.6% fee is added to your order total each time you pay with a credit card. You will have instant access to eGift cards and reloads.

If your organization allows you to pay online, you’ll automatically have the option to choose “Credit Card” under “Payment Options” in your cart.

Christmas Market In The Woodshed

Come out to the WoodshED on Dec 05 or 10 for some OE Christmas fun.

  • Ornament making for kids
  • Hot chocolate
  • Bonfire
  • Holiday music

Items for sale, support OE at ACS

  • Christmas wreaths made by 8th graders
  • Holiday arrangement made by kids
  • Trees and greens

Thursday Dec 05 & Tuesday Dec 10


Parents, please enjoy this event as a family and accompany your children at all times. 

Thanksgiving Chapel

Please join us on Tuesday Nov 26 at 8:15am. Our 5th and 6th grade teams will be leading us in worship.

From the Library

Once again the library is looking for iPod Nanos. The old iPods are used for audiobooks for such programs as BOB and the Mock Newbery Club. If you have an unused 2nd, 3rd or 4th generation iPod Nano, please consider donating it to the ACS library. Thank you.

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:

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

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

Christmas Shop – Dec 05 & 06

We've waited 11 long months...and now it's finally here - Christmas Shop! The Christmas Shop team  have been busy shopping all year, scouting out good deals on great stuff that you'll look forward to seeing under the tree, albeit wound up in crinkled wrapping paper with excessive amounts of tape and sweet little crooked bows.

Stay tuned to the Ada Connection next week when we roll out the Volunteer Schedule - and sign up early to make sure you get a spot to help these little ones shop, the spots are sure to get snapped up quickly! Also, a paper letter with details on how Christmas Shop works as well as instructions on what to send with your child and when will be sent home after Thanksgiving Break.

Christmas Shop is such a fun Christmas tradition, it's the perfect opportunity for the children to think of others first, to begin their season of giving.



Daddy Daughter Dance – Save the Date

Be our guest! Daddy Daughter Dance Feb 07, 2020 7:00-9:00pm. More info to come!



Basketball sign ups for 1st-4th are closed. If you have questions, contact Stacey Boender ()

Y5/K Co-ed Basketball still has a few spots open. Sign up by this Friday, Nov 22.

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

Dec 23 - Jan 05 - Christmas Break

Jan 06 - School Resumes