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Ada Connection – Oct 11, 2017

This Week

Parent Teacher Conferences – Oct 12 & 17

Elementary – Check the schedule  to see the time of your conference.

Middle School – Parents of students in middle school will have the opportunity to visit with each of their student’s teachers in the commons. No sign up is necessary. Teachers will be available Oct 12 from 5:30-8:30pm and Oct 17 from 4:30-7:30pm.

Conferences with our “Specials” Teachers: Mrs. VanNoord, Mrs. Bosma, Mrs. O’Brien and Mr. Wanner will be in the Commons both nights. Mrs. Kladder, Mrs. Vruwink and Mrs. Boerman will be here on Oct 12.

Moms In Prayer

God is our Comforter. He is one who consoles, reassures, helps and assists. This week we are praying specifically for 2nd grade.

"I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow." - Jeremiah 31:13

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 every Friday 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

Outdoor Education Volunteers Needed

Next week Thursday through Saturday Mr. Boerkoel and Mr. Hoo will be working on a bunch of OE projects. They are looking for parent and student helpers.

When: Oct 18, 19 & 20 from 9:00am-12:00pm.


  • Construction of compost area, garden fence & raised bed boxes
  • Moving logs to log cabin area
  • Finishing fieldstone foundation for log cabin
  • Goat and chicken care
  • Construction of a fire pit in the Native American area
  • Burning of waste wood, bonfire, cider & donuts

Contact: Mr. Hoo (616.250.0089, )

Director Of Advancement

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

Outdoor Education Store

Throughout the year an OE store will be open from 2:45-3:30pm in the main lobby. You can purchase birdhouses, pine kindling and leaf vegetables from the hoophouse. Later in the year we will even have eggs! The store will be run by 5th and 6th graders. Proceeds to support OE at ACS and outdoor opportunities for inner-city families.

The OE store will be open this Thursday from 2:45-3:30pm in the main lobby.

Wild West Book Fair – Oct 07-13

There are a few days left for our Wild West Book Fair this week.

  • Oct 11-13 from 7:30am-3:45pm
  • Oct 12 from 5:30-8:30pm during conferences

PTO Happenings

School Parties

Join ACS Families for two parties:

Wednesday Oct 18 from 1:00-3:00pm at Heidi's Farm Stand - 11999 Cascade Rd Lowell

The corn maze is $5 for adults and $3.50 for kids. Bring extra money if you want to enjoy a donut and cider or buy a pumpkin. Tell them you are from Ada Christian to get the group rate. Or simply come to enjoy the beautiful fall weather with friends and let you kiddos play on the giant slide and run around for free!

Friday Oct 20 from 1:00-2:30pm at GR Gymnastics, cost is $5.

1601 Galbraith Ave SE, STE 301, Grand Rapids, MI 49546,

No need to sign up for either party!

Questions? Contact Holly Karasinski (616.901.8882, )

Box Tops For Education

For the next two weeks through Oct 13 please have your kids empty your drawers and search your cupboards for any and all Box Tops at home.  We will not be sending home collection sheets this year. Please place your Box Tops in a Ziplock bag; you may include your Bonus Box Tops with single Box Tops. Here are a few reminders:

  • Please do not submit Box Tops with an expiration date before Nov 01.  
  • If the expiration date is cut off of the Box Top it cannot be submitted.  
  • Box Tops are to be turned in at the office.  
  • Students turning in 25 or more Box Tops will receive a candy reward.

Volunteer Opportunities

Don't be shy, we need you.

Carnival: We are still looking for one volunteer to co-chair the Carnival. While the planning will begin near the end of this year, the event will take place next school year.

Bus Driver Appreciation Event: We are still looking for one volunteer to co-chair the Bus Driver Appreciation Event scheduled for Feb 16.

PTO Assistant Treasurer: We are looking to fill a PTO executive member position.

Is God calling you to one of these volunteer opportunities? If you want to volunteer or have questions, please email (). Thank you!

Cookbooks For Sale

Get your cookbook now! The ACS PTO is selling cookbooks with yummy recipes that were submitted by ACS families! Each cookbook is $12.00 and would make a great gift for yourself or someone else.

These will be available for purchase at the counter in the office through Oct 18. If you would like to purchase one or more, please write a check or use cash and put it in the envelope marked "Cookbook Sales". Let's get cooking!

ACS Athletics


This is the last week of soccer. Boys at 9:00am, Girls at 10:15am.

Basketball signups and information are available online. 

Calendar Reminders

Oct 12  Parent teacher conferences (5:30-8:30pm)

Oct 17 – Parent teacher conferences (4:30-7:30pm)

Oct 18-20  No School

Oct 27  No Forest Hills Bus Transportation (PM)

Nov 07 – Foundation Dinner

Nov 21 – 1st trimester ends

Nov 22-24 – Thanksgiving Break

Requested Announcements

Dyslexia Correction Seminar

Dyslexia Correction Foundation an affiliate of New Chapter Learning will provide a free informational seminar on the thinking style, learning differences, and gifts of the visual thinker. What are the characteristics of dyslexia, the root cause of dyslexia, and how the problem can be Corrected. Most students are inappropriately diagnosed as ADD. Students generally gain 2-3 grade levels in reading during the one-week program.

The seminar will be held on Thursday, Oct 19 at 6:30pm at 4120 Chicago DR. Suite #4; Grandville. All participants who wish to attend are encouraged to pre-register, please call 616.534.1385. For more information please visit or to take the online assessment.