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Ada Connection – September 07, 2016

This Week

Faith Strong Friday

It’s that time again. All students, staff and parents are encouraged to wear their ACS gear to school this week Friday, September 09!

Middle School Prayer Schedule

We’d like to invite you to join with our middle school family as we participate in our annual Spiritual Retreat. We have set aside time to deepen our relationship with God and strengthen our relationships with each other. Please follow the prayer schedule (219 KB PDF) and pray with us on Friday, Sept 09.

Ada Christian School: Buy, Sell, Trade

A handful of ACS moms have created a "buy, sell, trade" Facebook page for use by Ada Christian parents. This group can be used for buying and selling goods, sharing services you provide (ex: photographers), asking questions about upcoming events, sharing baby sitters, and those are just a few examples! The group will be what we make it!

Join our private Facebook group to see what's available.

Once you have joined the group please read the group description and guidelines and then feel free to begin posting! If you have any questions please contact any of the following ACS parents:

Alissa Hollander ()
Sheila Hemker (
Kristin Contant ()
Shannon VandenBosch ()

Picnic Donations

Thank you to the following companies that generously donated food for our Back to School Picnic – Forest Hills Foods, Doorganics, and Meijer.

Bus Driver Needed

Ada Christian is looking for someone to drive the bus in the afternoons, Tuesday - Friday and to substitute other times. If you are interested or know someone who might be please contact Mr. Bill (616-676-1289 ext. 304)

Parent Information Evening

Thursday, Sept 08 – 6:30-8:15pm

6:30 - 6:50pm Session 1 in classrooms
6:55 - 7:15pm Session 2 in classrooms
7:20 - 8:15pm Marcia McEvoy in the South Gym

Middle School
6:30 - 7:15pm 6th Grade in the Media Center (session 1)
6:30 - 6:50pm 7th/8th Grade in the Commons
6:55 - 7:15pm 7th/8th Grade in the Commons (repeat session)
7:20 - 8:15pm Marcia McEvoy in the South Gym
8:20 - 9:00pm 6th grade in the Media Center (repeat of session 1)

Action Needed

Hot Lunch Volunteers

Hot Lunch began on Tuesday, Sept 06. We need help on Mondays and Fridays. The times will vary depending on the food being served. However, you can plan on 10:45-12:45pm give or take.

Got time? E-mail Sue Prins ()

Service Team Registration

If you are a student in grades 3-5 we welcome you to participate in the ACS Service Team!
Join us to serve those in the Grand Rapids community. Space is limited so please sign up soon.

  • Dates: Oct 04, 11, 25 and Nov 01, 08
  • Time: 3:00-5:00pm
  • Fee: $40 (checks made out to Ada Christian School)

Questions? Contact Sheila Hemker  ()

Service Team Opportunity

A group of ACS families are co-sponsoring a Congolese refugee family who will arrive mid-September. There will be opportunities for many ACS families to be involved. If you want to learn more or are interested in helping, please contact Jill Anderson, Lauri Hanenburg, Amy Leonard, Tricia Nelson or Melissa VanderLeek.

PTO Happenings

Wow! Last week Wednesday night was so much fun for both students and their parents. Can you believe ALL that fun and no ACS parent volunteers! For those of you who are new to ACS, this was an epic year for carnival. As long as carnival has been running every parent with a 1st grader or older was assigned a “job” at the carnival. This year you were all free to walk around with your child or share in great conversation with fellow parents. Wasn’t that great!!

But wait! This event still needs a committee to own this much streamlined and user-friendly process. It is the faithful dedication of the committee chairs that we can thank for bringing the carnival to Ada Christian School year after year. For the past 3 years Judy Jackson and Alison Lisiak have graciously chaired the carnival event and done a fabulous job – thank you! Alas, they are ready to retire.

This means you and a friend or two can chair this fun event. Judy and Alison will be happy to share the process and there is a very detailed notebook for them to pass along. The new format should require about 5 hours of planning and then the evening of the event.

The carnival cannot continue without chair people. So if you had a blast last week and would like to be a part of seeing the fun continue for next year, please contact Dawn Raymond (616-238-6606, ) as soon as possible. You will have the full support of the ACS PTO to help acquaint you with this event and the tasks involved.

Carnival has been a treasured and much anticipated event for 30+ years; lets keep it going for many more years!

Class Coffees

All coffees will be held in the ACS Outdoor Education classroom from 8:00 - 9:00 am.

Sep 08 - Middle School (6-8th) class coffee

Calendar Reminders

Sept 08 – Elementary and Middle School Parent Orientation 6:30 - 8:15pm

Sept 26 – No School (In-service day)

Oct 07 – "Faith. Strong." Friday

Oct 13 – Parent teacher conferences

Oct 13 – Picture day

Oct 14 – Picture day

Oct 18 – Parent-teacher conference

Oct 19-21 – No School (Teacher's convention)

ACS Athletics


Soccer – 9:00am Boys; 10:15am Girls
Running Club – Wednesdays 3:00-4:15pm

Requested Announcements

Sus Manos Gleaners

Sus Manos Gleaners is sponsoring a benefit sporting clay shoot on Saturday, Oct 01, 2016 at Blendon Pines from 9:00 - 12:00pm. The $75 registration ($30 for age 12 and under) includes a 25-station course, delicious grilled lunch, prizes, and a gun raffle. For information or to register visit or call Sue (616.293.2515).

Sus Manos Gleaners uses donated produce and volunteer labor to produce dehydrated meals for overseas Christian missions to distribute to starving people.