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Ada Connection – Sept 02, 2015

This Week

Picnic & Carnival – TONIGHT at 6:00pm

  • First shift workers are asked to be at their assigned spot by 5:45pm; dinner will be available for these workers at 5:30pm.
  • Advanced wristband/ticket sales end today at noon. You may still purchase them in the office after school, but the cost will then be $15 for the wristbands.
  • "Show Your ID" T-shirts with our 2015 school theme logo will be available at the Carnival for $5. Get one while they last!

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Action Needed

Emergency Forms

Please turn yours in today. There are more forms in the office if needed.

Hot Lunch: Sign up for October

Order now (before Sept 10).

A note from Sue Prins, Hot Lunch Coordinator:
Each month the ordering will be open from the 1st to the 10th. Mark your calendars to fill out an order form during that 10-day “window” each month. Late orders cannot be accepted, so make sure you get your order in on time. During the day I am busy with students, so please contact me via email () with your questions.

Please be mindful of any class outing/field trips schedules that have been communicated by the classroom teachers before ordering each month. Outings may result in students being off grounds during the lunch hour. We do our very best to let you know on the form, but if you order on a day that your child is not in school we are not able hold your child's food.

Young Custodial Help Wanted

ACS is in need of a high school/college aged custodial assistant from 3:30-5:30pm, Monday-Friday. If you have a family member, friend or acquaintance that is interested please have them contact Mr. Bill or Mrs. DeKoster as soon as possible.

Middle School Spiritual Retreat – Need Volunteers

Parent volunteers are needed to help clean, serve food, and pray for our middle school students at their spiritual retreat at Camp O'Malley on Sept 18. We will have two shifts: 8:00-2:00pm and 2:00-9:00pm. The first three parents to call or text Barb Weaver (616.540.9824) for each shift will get the job! Thanks for your help.

Elementary Parent Information Evening

Thursday, Sept 10 from 7:00-8:30pm.

Be Connected

Be sure to like the ACS Facebook page – – to stay connected to the exciting day-to-day activities at our school.

Show that you are “Faith. Strong.” with an ACS window cling

We know that our faith must come first and that our strength comes through Christ. Do you have your “Faith. Strong.” vinyl cling, yet? If not, please get one to put on your car or in another visible space. They are available in the office at no charge. Get one today!

Thank you for sharing ACS with others!

Recent Events

We are welcoming 34 new families to ACS this year!

Many of our incoming families tell us that it was one of you who invited them to learn more about our school. Thank you for letting others know about this special place.

Service Team

Thank you to parents who expressed interested in Service Team. We are are looking for new outreach projects and new places to serve. If you have a passion for or a connection to an organization that would be a good fit for our students to serve, please contact Amy Leonard ()

PTO Happenings

PTO Volunteers

You can always find current volunteer needs at our Volunteer Spot group page through this link –

Thank you to everyone who has already signed up for various activities throughout the year! Below are some needs we still have:

  • Room Parents – We are still looking for a few Room Parents for grades K-5. Go to to sign up.
    Room Parent Orientation will be held, Friday, Sept 11 at 8:15am in the office Conference Room. Contact Dawn Norman with any questions.
  • Fall Rummage Sale – We need 3 volunteers to chair the Fall Rummage Sale on October 17th. If you are interested, contact Rachel Boville () or Dawn Raymond or go directly to

Fall Fundraiser

Yesterday was the start of our PTO Fall Fundraiser, selling Charleston Wrap products. Your child should have brought home a packet explaining the process. We have some great sales prizes this year, including a front row parking spot for the entire school year, and student principal for the morning! The program runs through Sept 15.

Our fundraising goal is achieved if every ACS student sells at least $50 worth of merchandise. Charleston gives us a 50% profit on sales. If you would rather make a straight donation to the PTO, simply make a check to "ACS PTO" and enclose it in the Charleston envelope with a note indicating that this is a donation.

We appreciate your participation and support! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Katie Kileen () or Rachel Boville ( .

2015-2016 PTO Executive Committee:
President – Rachel Boville
Vice President – Dawn Raymond
Treasurer – Kristen Yeh
Assistant Treasurer – Jennifer Gray
Secretary – Sarah Plantinga
Board Liaison – Elizabeth Westhouse
Staff Liaison – Julie DeKoster

Moms in Prayer – Thursday mornings from 8:00-9:00am

Mom, will you pray for me? I don't know about you, but when I hear one of my kids ask me that question, it just about brings me to tears every time because it reminds me of the incredible privilege I have been given as a mom to participate in God's kingdom building. I've learned that when I pray, not only am I interceding on my child's behalf, but God is changing me, making me more aware of His power, grace and faithfulness. Prayer is such an amazing gift!

I invite you to come join our Moms in Prayer Group every Thursday morning – 8:00-9:00am – as we participate in this gift, reflect upon God's promises revealed in Scripture and pray His Word over our children, their teachers and the ACS community! Not sure? Have questions? Just want to meet the other moms before making a decision? I can honestly say that I had more than a little fear/doubt/inhibition about joining a Moms in Prayer group nine years ago - you are not alone! It is for this reason that we start every season with an informal coffee as an opportunity for you to meet the other moms, learn about Moms in Prayer and ask questions.

Please join us, Thursday Sept 10, 8:00-9:00am in the office conference room – even if it is just for this one day. Younger siblings welcome! Need more information? Contact Laura Cawley, (425.9728, ).

Calendar Reminders

Sept 02-03 – No Forest Hills Bus Transportation (AM & PM)
Sept 02 – Back to School Picnic & Carnival (6:00-8:00pm)
Sept 04 – No School (Labor Day weekend)
Sept 07 – No School (Labor Day)
Sept 08 – Preschool Parent Orientation (7:00pm)
Sept 10-11 – Preschool Open House
Sept 10 – Elementary Parent Orientation (7:00pm)
Sept 14-15 – First Day for Preschool
Sept 28 – No School (Professional Development day)
Oct 12 - No Forest Hills Bus Transportation (AM)

Class Coffees

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for upcoming class coffees! All of our parents, moms and dads, are invited to join us for class coffees held in parent homes from 9:00-10:30am on the following dates.

(NOTE: the Kindergarten and 1st Grade dates have switched!)

  • Sept 16 – 1st Grade
  • Sept 18 – Kindergarten
  • Sept 23 – 2nd Grade
  • Sept 25 – 3rd Grade
  • Sept 30 – 4th Grade
  • Oct 02 – 5th Grade

ACS Athletics

For all up to date announcements, schedules, sport sign-ups please visit our ACS 5-8 Athletic Website at:

PurePlay Sports (Grades Y5-4)

Registration is now closed.

  • Meet/greet/practice begins on Saturday Sept 12 – Boys at 9:00am, Girls at 10:00am
  • New T-shirts will be handed out
  • Athletes need to have shin guards and a soccer ball (Y5/K: size 3; Grades 1-4: size 4)

Running Club
Meets each Wednesday from 3:00-4:00pm beginning Sept 09 and "running" through Oct 14. Sign up by emailing Coach DK ().