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Middle School Matters - Jan 25, 2018

General Announcements:

URGENT - 5th & 6th Grade Chicken/Goat Care - We are short on 5th and 6th grade families to care for the chickens and goats on the next several weekends. Please click here to sign up. Updated instructions are linked here and also on the sign up. Thank you for your help so far.

Mothers & Sons: Come join us for an Amazing Adventure on Fri Mar 02 from 6:30-8:00 PM. It will be a night designed to test your wits with team challenges, "Survivor" type puzzles, and creative games! Tickets are on sale online or in the office. Couples tickets for $20 and family tickets for $30. Registration deadline February 22.

ACS Olympics: Every four years ACS joins with our nation and countries around the world in celebrating the Winter Olympics. This year the 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea. The ACS Winter Olympics will take place on school grounds (only one event will be outside) from Monday, Feb 05 to Thursday, Feb 09. Closing ceremonies will be held on Friday, Feb 09 in the South Gym. Students in grades 1 through 8 will be on a team which will participate in 2 events each day. Floor Hockey, speed skating, curling, biathlon, bobsled and luge, are just some of the events that will take place. We cannot do this without you!

Parent Volunteers – The True Olympians: We still need many parent volunteers to help with the ACS Winter Olympics Feb 05-Feb 09. 5th through 8th grade events run from 11:45am-1:15pm and 1st through 4th grade events run from 1:00-2:30pm.

Dates for your calendar:

  • Jan 29 - No School, Inservice Day
  • Jan 30-Feb 02 - 6-8 Exploratory
  • Feb 02 - Dad/Daughter Event
  • Mar 02 - 56 SEED Market - The ACS community is invited from 2:30-4:00 to shop and learn!
  • Mar 02 Mom/Son Adventure
  • Mar 22--23 Dessert Theatre performances

Fifth Grade:

Auction Items: We would love new/gently used items for the 5th grade auction on Fri Jan 26. Thanks for considering!

5th Exploratories: We will be rotating through some exciting activities during the afternoons this week. We will create marketing materials and ACS-themed products for our SEED market, explore with Mr. Hoo, and do some special science investigations with Mrs. Westrate.

PJ Day: Wednesday is Pajama day! If your student would like to wear his or her pajamas to school, they are welcome to. Please encourage them to choose pajamas that are appropriate for wear at school and remind them that footwear with hard soles is required.

SEED Update - here is a form that students received today regarding SEED. Microloans of $10 went out today to businesses who requested them. Our SEED Market is going to have diverse offerings. Plan to come shop on Fri Mar 02! More details to come.

URGENT - Chicken/Goat Care - We are short on families to care for the chickens and goats in the next few weeks. Please click here to sign up. Updated instructions are linked here and also on the sign up.


Art: 5th graders are either working on completing their coil pots or learning about Modigliani and creating a Modigliani inspired self-portrait.

Band: Full Band Jan 30 and Feb 01! Bring all instruments both Tue and Thu!

Bible: 5S is finishing up their Pilgrim’s Progress reflections, which are due Tues Jan 30. The students received a packet for Bible memory. Each student must earn at least 20 points to receive an A. Bible memory will be the week before Spring Break.

Language Arts: This week and next week we are going to be taking our MAPS test. Along with this we will be reading our BOB books and organizing information for our nonprofit opinion writings. At this point we are 2 1/2 weeks into BOB and 5th graders should have around 20 reading tickets. Please sign those tickets and encourage your 5th grader to read at home!

Math: We began our chapter on Order of Operations and Expressions! Students are practicing using PEMDAS and writing numerical expressions. Make sure that your child is multiplying and dividing whatever operation comes first left to right, same goes for addition and subtraction. This is the most common mistake. For example, for 15 ÷ 3 x 5 ÷ 5 you would solve 15 ÷ 3 = 5. Then you solve 5 x 5 = 25. Lastly, 25 ÷ 5 = 5.

Orchestra: Full orchestra Tues and Thur Jan 30 and Feb 01.Everyone bring your instrument and music for both days!

PE: We will be playing Handball after Exploratory week!

Science: Solutions, concentration, saturation - all of these are a focus for our investigations this week. We are also welcoming a new face to our classroom this week! Ms. Kaitlin DeWindt is joining us as a teacher intern from Calvin College. Ms. DeWindt and Mrs. Westrate will be teaching together until mid-May.

Social Studies: Thomas Jeffereson, expansion west, Lewis and Clark….QUIZ tomorrow (Friday). They have their review sheet. Lewis and Clark simulation is going well - the race to the ocean is on!

Spanish: We are learning new vocabulary this week. We are using story telling, and individualized questions that repeat our vocabulary.

Sixth Grade:

EXPLORATORY INFO:

Exploratory week is a GREAT time to make up any and all missing work so that when we return to a normal schedule your student is all caught up and ready to go!

Scrapbooking: Please bring an acid-free photo album, lots of pictures, double-sided tape, and some acid-free paper/stickers to class on Tuesday.

Strategy Games: If you have sets and board games that you would be willing to loan for exploratory week, please email Mr. Huttenga.

Strat-O-Matic Baseball: Students should bring their laptops to school this week so we can research statistics of different baseball players and participate in a fantasy baseball draft.

Yearbook: Students in the yearbook exploratory should please bring their laptop to school each day next week. Much of the work we will do in creating the yearbook will be done online.

Lego Mindstorms: Students will need to bring their computers each day in order to program the robots.

3D Printing: Students will need to bring their computers each day in order to design and print their creations.

Construction Trades: Wear clothes to work in.

ACS Ninja: Students should wear some PE clothes and bring a water bottle for each day that they will be heading to Grand Rapids Gymnastics to “ninja”!

MVP Fitness: Please wear PE clothes and bring a water bottle each day next week.

Creative Games/Wacky Sports: Bring PE clothes and shoes each day.

Outdoor Adventures: Students will need to wear warm clothes to be outside on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Students will need athletic clothes on Thursday.

  • Tuesday - Tubing at Cannonsburg
  • Wednesday - Skiing/Snowboarding at Cannonsburg
  • Thursday - Climbing at Inside Moves
  • Friday - Ice Skating at Rosa Parks Circle

Digital Photography: Please remember to bring your camera and warm clothes. We will be outside at times taking pictures.

The Art of Painting: Please remember to wear old clothes as we will be painting and many of the paints we will use will not wash out.

Seventh Grade:

EXPLORATORY INFO:

Exploratory week is a GREAT time to make up any and all missing work so that when we return to a normal schedule your student is all caught up and ready to go!

Scrapbooking: Please bring an acid-free photo album, lots of pictures, double-sided tape, and some acid-free paper/stickers to class on Tuesday.

Strategy Games: If you have sets and board games that you would be willing to loan for exploratory week, please email Mr. Huttenga.

Strat-O-Matic Baseball: Students should bring their laptops to school this week so we can research statistics of different baseball players and participate in a fantasy baseball draft.

Yearbook: Students in the yearbook exploratory should please bring their laptop to school each day next week. Much of the work we will do in creating the yearbook will be done online.

Lego Mindstorms: Students will need to bring their computers each day in order to program the robots.

3D Printing: Students will need to bring their computers each day in order to design and print their creations.

Construction Trades: Wear clothes to work in.

ACS Ninja: Students should wear some PE clothes and bring a water bottle for each day that they will be heading to Grand Rapids Gymnastics to “ninja”!

MVP Fitness: Please wear PE clothes and bring a water bottle each day next week.

Creative Games/Wacky Sports: Bring PE clothes and shoes each day.

Outdoor Adventures: Students will need to wear warm clothes to be outside on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Students will need athletic clothes on Thursday.

  • Tuesday - Tubing at Cannonsburg
  • Wednesday - Skiing/Snowboarding at Cannonsburg
  • Thursday - Climbing at Inside Moves
  • Friday - Ice Skating at Rosa Parks Circle

Digital Photography: Please remember to bring your camera and warm clothes. We will be outside at times taking pictures.

The Art of Painting: Please remember to wear old clothes as we will be painting and many of the paints we will use will not wash out.

Eighth Grade:

NorthPointe Christian High School Info Night ("Blueprints 2018") - January 30, 6:45pm NorthPointe Christian High School invites you to this year's Info Night. Meet the teachers and administrators, tour the school, and choose from the breakouts that most interest you, including our new real-world learning program (NPLC) or our accelerated learning breakout.

Details and RSVP available at: http://www.npchristian.org/admissions/ or by contacting Brittany Noll at: 616,942.0350 x276


EXPLORATORY INFO:

Exploratory week is a GREAT time to make up any and all missing work so that when we return to a normal schedule your student is all caught up and ready to go!

The Lion King: Scripts are needed every day. We should be able to get through the entire musical on stage at least twice - Go Us!

Scrapbooking: Please bring an acid-free photo album, lots of pictures, double-sided tape, and some acid-free paper/stickers to class on Tuesday.

Strategy Games: If you have sets and board games that you would be willing to loan for exploratory week, please email Mr. Huttenga.

Strat-O-Matic Baseball: Students should bring their laptops to school this week so we can research statistics of different baseball players and participate in a fantasy baseball draft.

Yearbook: Students in the yearbook exploratory should please bring their laptop to school each day next week. Much of the work we will do in creating the yearbook will be done online.

Lego Mindstorms: Students will need to bring their computers each day in order to program the robots.

3D Printing: Students will need to bring their computers each day in order to design and print their creations.

Construction Trades: Wear clothes to work in.

ACS Ninja: Students should wear some PE clothes and bring a water bottle for each day that they will be heading to Grand Rapids Gymnastics to “ninja”!

MVP Fitness: Please wear PE clothes and bring a water bottle each day next week.

Creative Games/Wacky Sports: Bring PE clothes and shoes each day.

Outdoor Adventures: Students will need to wear warm clothes to be outside on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Students will need athletic clothes on Thursday.

  • Tuesday - Tubing at Cannonsburg
  • Wednesday - Skiing/Snowboarding at Cannonsburg
  • Thursday - Climbing at Inside Moves
  • Friday - Ice Skating at Rosa Parks Circle

Digital Photography: Please remember to bring your camera and warm clothes. We will be outside at times taking pictures.

The Art of Painting: Please remember to wear old clothes as we will be painting and many of the paints we will use will not wash out.