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Ada Connection – Sept 12, 2018

A Note From Principal Brower

In Memory

Devos MotorcadeDear Parents,

As some of our students stood at the beginning of Mr. Rich DeVos' motorcade to honor him and to show respect for his family, my mind went back to one of my first interactions with Mr. DeVos. He came to ACS to read a story to one of his granddaughter's classes. He introduced himself as her grandpa, read the story with enthusiasm, and encouraged students to live for Christ -- the most important work they can do on this earth.

Devos Motorcade 1Mr. DeVos was a grandparent at ACS for 30 years -- years in which he and Mrs. DeVos encouraged, challenged, and partnered with us to equip students for service in God's world. His sense of humor, kind words, and compassion for others were an inspiration that will live on.

OE Excitement

Flint OE
Flint OE 2
Things really heated up in some of our integrated outdoor education lessons today! Can you see what these students are doing? I wish you could hear their excitement!

Farm Sale

Farm Punch Cards
Farm sale today and tomorrow. Our 4th graders are harvesting fresh vegetables and our 6th graders are collecting and cleaning eggs for you to enjoy! Save money by purchasing punch card to make buying convenient. $10 punch cards provide $12 of produce and $20 punch cards provide $25 of goods!

Action Needed

Friday Pizza Orders

Hot Lunch this Friday is Flo's Pizza. We need to know on Thursday if your student(s) will be ordering pizza on Friday. During homeroom on Thursday teachers will take orders for Friday's Pizza Hot Lunch.

Questions? Contact Shelly VanGoor ().

Parent/Teacher Conferences – Oct 18 & Oct 23

The parent teacher conference form is going home this week with kindergarten through 4th grade. There will be extras in the office also. Please fill in your preference of nights. It must be returned by next Tue, Sept 18.

Parents of students in middle school will have the opportunity to visit with each of their student’s teachers. No sign up is necessary for middle school.

School Pictures

Smile! Your family’s photos are ready to view. If you want retakes you must email Karen Huttenga () by tomorrow, Thur Sept 13. Orders are due Fri, Sept 21.

  • Visit Huttenga Photography
  • Select Ada Christian School Session using password "ACS2018"
  • Locate your family’s last name and enter your family password (sent in an email last week).
  • Select the poses you would like to purchase (the photos you see are without edits and will be edited after selection).
  • Fill out the order form sent home with your child and send back to school. Orders are due Fri, Sept 21. There will be a late fee if the form comes in after Sept 21.
  • If you want retakes, you need to email Karen Huttenga ( with your child's name and homeroom no later than Thu, Sept 13. Retakes are Tue, Sept 18.

Hot Lunch Volunteers

We need and appreciate our lunch volunteers. What a wonderful way to connect with others and see what your children are eating! Hot lunch volunteers are needed from 10:45am-1:15pm.

Available? Sign up for a day that works for you.
Contact Shelly VanGoor if you have questions (, 616.325.3461)

This Week

Moms In Prayer

Come join us for the journey when you can. We meet every Thursday morning 8:00-9:00am, in the ACS office back conference room. Praise - Prasing God for who He is, His attributes, His name or His character. God is immutable.

Need more information? Contact Kelly Stafford (616.304.2963, ).

Now You Know

Class Coffees

All coffees will be held in the ACS Outdoor Ed Woodshed from 8:00-9:00am. Childcare provided for K-4th grade class coffees.

Sept 13 – 2nd grade

Sept 14 – 3rd grade

Sept 18 – 4th grade

Sept 19 – 5-8th grade

Digi Know?

Two easy steps for every family that uses Apple products. Apple’s products, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, all use the same operating system. They also all come with the same awesome parental controls. All families using Apple should know about Restrictions, Family Sharing, and Guided Access. They’re easy to use.

Protect Young Eyes explains how to use each of these features in this helpful blog post.

Education Foundation Dinner - Thur, Nov 08

John Michael Hinton
A Magical Night of Wonder and Inspiration! The annual fall dinner held at the Amway Grand Plaza is the signature fundraising event for the Ada Christian School Education Foundation, which provides essential support to our school. This promises to be a magical night of wonder and inspiration as we welcome Christian Illusionist, John Michael Hinton and honor Ray and Jeannine Lanning with the 2018 Distinguished Service Award.

Watch your newsletters and mailboxes for sponsor and ticket information, invite your friends, and be a part of this great evening.

PTO Happenings

PTO Information

Looking for our calendar, information about upcoming events or opportunities to serve?  Check out our updated website.

Fall Fundraiser Begins Sept 17

What better way to celebrate Fall than curling up with a good cup of coffee and a Charleston Wrap catalog? Take a sneak peek at some of the great items available this year. Get ready to get an early jump on holiday shopping and share with friends and family.

Our PTO Fall Fundraiser provides the resources to power our programs events all year long, as well as providing teacher and classroom support. We will kick off the fun on Sept 17 and close up shop on Oct 12.

Interested in getting involved? Good news, there's still an open Co-chair position! You'll have the opportunity to work alongside a team of volunteers to track the orders to determine awards and the joy of putting on a pizza and ice cream party for the winning classrooms.

Contact Holly Karasinski (, 616.901.8882) for more information.

School Party – Sept 24

Meet your Ada Christian School friends at Robinette's Apple Haus, 3142 4 Mile Rd NE Grand Rapids at 10:00am on Mon, Sept 24 for a fun fall day.

Activities include corn maze, pillow jumping, and apple picking. Tickets for the following activities are available for purchase on site: $5 pillow jumping, $7 corn maze or $11 combo ticket for both.The playground in front of the Apple Haus is always free!

ACS Athletics


Fall soccer – Sept 15 – Girls @ 9:00am, Boys @ 10:15am

Running club starts today from 3:00- 4:15pm – Sept 12, 19, 26, Oct 03, 10. Email Coach DK to sign up ().

Want more details? Visit the PurePlay website.

Calendar Reminders

Sept 18 & 19 – Picture Retake Day

Sept 24 – No School (Inservice day)

Sept 28 – No Forest Hills Transportation (AM)

Oct 18 & 23 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

Oct 24-26 – No School (Teacher’s Convention)