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Ada Connection – November 09, 2016

A Note From Principal Brower

"Faith. Strong" Friday

DW Faith Strong"Faith. Strong." Friday brought out the school spirit in 5DW. They are looking GREAT with 100% participation!

This Week

School Pictures Sent Home

Your child’s picture came home this week. If you did not receive them, check your child’s backpack or the bottom of their locker.  Retake day is Nov 15 if needed. Return your pictures to the office as soon as possible to get on the schedule for retakes.

Moms In Prayer

We will be praying this week specifically for 3rd grade. God guards.

"Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked." - Psalm 97:10

Please join us Thursdays at 8:00-9:00am in the office conference room as we pray for our children, their teachers and the ACS community.

Questions? Contact Laura Cawley (616.425.9728, ).


A group of ACS dads who meet and dwell with the Word of God every Friday 8:00-9:00am in the back office conference room. This fall we will be going through the book of Ephesians.

Action Needed

Serve Through Bus Driving 

Do you have a few hours a day and a desire to support our ACS programming by driving a bus? We are in need of a driver! The hours are 6:30-8:00am and 2:45-4:15pm M - F. Training is required and will be provided.

Available? Please contact Bill Venneman or Julie DeKoster. Kids LOVE their bus drivers and we would love to welcome a new driver to our family!

ACS Foundation Dinner—Nov 21

Love Does
We’re looking forward to hearing from best-selling author Bob Goff speaking about his book, Love Does. Bob is an entertaining, engaging speaker who passionately tells stories of the impact of love in our world. He’s an attorney, founder of an international organization “Restore International” and professor at Pepperdine Law School.

Another highlight of this year’s dinner is the presentation of the Distinguished Service Award to Duke and Sue Suwyn, long-time ACS and ACS Education Foundation supporters.

We offer table sponsorships (tables of eight) and individual tickets. Parents, grandparents and friends of ACS are encouraged to join us for this very enjoyable event at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel on Nov 21.

Questions? Contact Dan Day (616.676.1289 ext. 104, ).

Keycard Sales

The Keycard will be available for $25. Find out just how many places it can be used. Stop by the office to buy yours any time between now and Christmas break. 

Only $25 for $100’s of dollars in savings and an opportunity to help our music department.

Meals For The Rauch Family 

The Rauch family has several students at ACS and Teresa, the mom, has been diagnosed with ALS. Outside of coveting your prayers, the family could really use meals. The meal would need to feed 5-6 people. No allergies. Meals may be delivered to the office and will be pick up after school. Sign upfor more details and see what others are marking.

Questions? Contact Jill Anderson ()

PTO Happenings

Volunteer Opportunities

1 Peter 4:10 “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”

We could use your help.

Hot Lunch

If you have never had hot lunch duty, now is the time! Hot lunch is a great opportunity to build relationships with other ACS parents and Sue Prins!

A bonus is seeing your child and/or your child’s classmates when they come through the lunch line. No need to pick a shift and stick with it all year. Simply click individually on the days you can volunteer.

Christmas Shop

Our 4th annual ACS Christmas Shop will be Dec 08-09. Sign up to volunteer and hurry, as these volunteer slots fill up fast. More details about the ACS Christmas Shop will be coming soon.

Direct Your Dollars

Direct Your Dollars
Want an easy way to earn money for our school? Simply save your Forest Hills Foods and D&W receipts! Through a new program called Direct Your Dollars, Ada Christian School will receive a $1,000 check for every $150,000 we collect in receipts. This money will go directly toward providing a yearbook for each student in May 2017. Please start saving your receipts from Forest Hills Foods and D&W and encourage friends and family to do the same. Place your original receipts in the marked box in the ACS office.

Thank you to all who have been participating. We are off to a great start with over $3,000 in receipts!

Questions? Please contact Kristen Yeh ().

Tentative School Party

Wednesday, Nov 23 from 3:00-4:30pm.

AMF Eastbrook Lanes - 3500 Lake Eastbrook Lanes Grand Rapids

$5.99 per person includes 1-1/2 hrs bowling and shoe rental

Bring extra money if you want snacks and drinks.

VERY IMPORTANT: This event is tentative based on at least 10 students attending. Able to attend? Email Dawn Raymond ()

As soon as I have 10 confirmed I will make the reservations. If I don’t get 10 for sure responses by Sunday Nov 13, I will look at another event.

PTO Email Address

We have a new email address! You can now email your questions, concerns, and comments. Can’t remember who you are suppose to email about a PTO event? Simply send your email to we will get to the right person!

ACS Athletics

Ski Club Sign Up

Our ski club will be held on Tuesdays in January and February 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 Friday, Nov 18. 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 2016-2017 ski season, including weekends.
  •     If you have any questions please feel free to contact Sally Schrock (616.550.6299, .)


Basketball - Registration is now open for both Y5-K and 1-4
Sign up deadlines: Y5/K co-ed: Dec 21
1-4 Boys: Nov 11
1-4 Girls: Dec 9

Teamwork Pays Off

8th Grade Volleyball ChampsOur undefeated ACS Wildcats claimed the GRACEA League Championship on Saturday. Congratulations! 

Wild Cat Athletics

Winter Basketball – Winter basketball sign ups for students in grades 5-8 are now available. Please visit the athletic website to sign up your son or daughter for the season.

Calendar Reminders

Nov 15 – Picture retake day

Nov 21 – Foundation Dinner

Nov 23 - 25 – Thanksgiving break

Dec 02 – "Faith. Strong." Friday

Dec 08 - 9 – Christmas Gift Shop

Dec 15 – Middle School concerts

Dec 20 – All School Chapel (8:15am)

Dec 21 - Jan 02 – Christmas Break

Jan 03 – Back to school

Requested Announcements

Part-Time Choir Director Needed

Brookside Christian Reformed Church is currently accepting applications for a part-time Choir Director. Responsibilities include selecting music, recruiting members, and leading weekly choir practices from mid-September through May. Overseeing the choir which participates in worship services approximately two times per month as well as in additional special services during the Advent and Lenten seasons. Go to and select the Position Available tab for full job description and application details.

Application deadline is Nov 23, 2016. Please send cover letter and resume to Phyllis Moes (), including the words Choir Director in the subject line. Alternately, materials may be mailed to Phyllis Moes at Brookside Christian Reformed Church, 3600 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.