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Ada Connection – November 30, 2016

This Week

"Faith. Strong." Friday

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All students, staff and parents are encouraged to wear their ACS gear to school this week Friday, Dec 02.

"Faith. Strong." Clubs

Chess With Mr. Hoo

Whether you are a beginner or intermediate player, you will have a good time. This club will help members learn some basic openings and other strategies. Everyone will play at least a couple of 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 Feb that will be held at Hope College.

Two sections will be offered, both from 3:00-4:15pm:

Tuesdays (Jan 03, 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 07)

Wednesdays (Jan 04, 11, 18, 25, Feb 01, 08)

Cost is $50. Fill out a form and make checks payable to Bill Hoogstrate. Sign-up deadline is Tuesday, Dec 20. Extra forms are available in the office.

Spirit Shop Open

Spirit Shop FlyerOur ACS Spirit Shop will be open Dec 01-07. Shop now at our online store and see what we have to offer. 

Want more info? Contact Laura Kaminski (616.460.6109).

Moms In Prayer

We will be praying this week specifically for 5th grade. God reveals.

"However, as it is written: 'No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him'-- but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God."- 1 Corinthians 2:9-10

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!

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

Christmas Gift Shop

On Thursday and Friday, Dec 08 and 09, the ACS Commons will again be transformed into a Christmas Gift Shop for your children to select Christmas gifts for their parents and siblings. Students will shop with their classes during a designated shopping time. Parent volunteers will be helping your children select and wrap gifts.

On Friday 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 Thurs, Dec 08:

* A large brown grocery bag with their name on it

* A completed order form

* Spending money (check made out to ACS or cash)

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.

Daddy Daughter Dance

Mark your calendars for the 3rd annual Daddy Daughter Dance. This year's dance will be on Friday, Feb 03.

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 have reached our first goal of over $10,000! Every little bit helps. Ask your neighbors, grandparents and friends to save their receipts, too!

Questions? Please contact Kristen Yeh ().

ACS Athletics


Basketball - Registration is now open for both Y5-K and 1-4
Sign up deadlines: Y5/K co-ed: Dec 21
1-4 Girls: Dec 09

Calendar Reminders

Dec 02 – "Faith. Strong." Friday

Dec 02 – No PM Forest Hills Transportation

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

Art In The Lobby

Christmas is near and we will be searching for special gifts. When you purchase an original painting by Jan Carpenter, 100% of that purchase will go to support Kabala Christian School, a Christian school in West Africa. The school will have its first graduating class this year! These students will be the future of Sierra Leone. The paintings will be displayed in the front lobby of Ada Christian School the week after Thanksgiving. Checks can be made directly to Schools for Sierra Leone.

Kathy Troccoli Concert

You’re invited to join the Calvin College community to celebrate Christ’s birth at an evening concert with Kathy Troccoli. Through Christmas hymns and modern favorites, personal reflection, heartfelt sharing and deep insights, Kathy Troccoli promises to uplift and enlighten.

The concert is Tuesday, Dec 13 at 7:00pm at the Calvin College Covenant Fine Arts Center. Concert tickets are $25. A pre-concert dinner is also available at 5:30 p.m. at the Prince Conference Center for $28.

For more information visit or call 616-526-6282