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Ada Connection – June 10, 2021

A Note From The Principal

  • ABS's & 123's

Now You Know

  • Supply List
  • From the Library
  • Summer Office Hours
  • Chickens Available NOW
  • Host Families Needed
  • Summer Lunches
  • Summer Camps & Tutoring

ACS Athletics

  • PurePlay
  • Recess Helper Thank You

Calendar Reminders

A Note From the Principal

ABC's & 123's

What an incredible way to end the school year together. Gathering for an all school chapel warmed my heart and reminded my once again how much I love this school and all of your kids. It felt fitting to end my career as principal sharing advice in the form of ABCs and 123’s:

Always tell the truth
Become the person you WANT to be
Control yourself

It’s easy as 1, 2, 3... 

1. God
2. Family
3. Friends

Thank you for a tremendous year. There is no other school quite like ACS and I happy to end my career on this happy note. 

Now You Know

Supply List 

Check out the K-8 Supply List and plan for Aug 24!

From the Library

In case you're interested, there are many summer reading clubs available for your kiddos. Here are a few we've pulled together!

Summer Office Hours

Although we are looking forward to summer break we will still have staff in the office from time to time. Please see our summer schedule below:

Tues, Wed & Thur 9:00am-2:00pm or by appointment

Chickens Available NOW

As part of our integrated outdoor education curriculum, we plan to have 6th grade students learn about and enjoy the process of hatching chicks, raising pullets, caring for hens, and managing their "Got Yolk" egg business each year.  

Hatching new chicks each year means we need to find homes for some of our adult chickens each spring! 

If you would like one or more of our adult chickens, please contact our Farm Manager, Miss Leah, as soon as possible. Our feathered friends will be given away on a first come, first serve basis!  (

Host Families Needed

We will be welcoming several new families to ACS come fall. Would you consider being a host family for the upcoming school year? As a host family you will introduce yourself to an assigned family that has a child entering the same grade as yours. We encourage you to welcome them and serve as a resource for them.

Interested? Contact Mark Stuit,

Summer Lunches

The Michigan Department of Education provides free meals for students over the summer break. For a location near you, please follow the link for the "Meet Up and Eat Up" map.

Summer Camps & Tutoring

Discover the exciting camps we are offering at ACS this summer. Whether your child loves art, technology, music or outdoor ed there is something for them!

will be offering tutoring opportunities for K-4th grades on Wednesdays.

ACS Athletics

PurePlay 

Sign up for Fall soccer!

Recess Helper Thank You

Thanks so much to all who volunteered to help at recess this year.  In rain and snow and sleet and sun, you helped keep our kids safe on the playground. 

Your commitment to being here was so important! 

Enjoy your summer and sign up again in the Fall!

Calendar Reminders

Aug 24 – First Day of School (1/2 Day)
Sept 03-06 – No School Labor Day Weekend
Sept 27 – No School - Teacher In-service
Oct 20-22 – No School - Teacher's Convention
Nov 24-28 –  Thanksgiving Break
Dec 18-Jan 02 – Christmas Break
Jan 17 – No School - Teacher's In-Service
Feb 17-21 – Winter Break
Mar 29 – ACS Annual Society Meeting
Apr 01-11 – Spring Break
May 06 – Grand Friend's Day (1/2 day)
May 09 – No School - Teacher Inservice
May 30 – No School - Memorial Day
Jun 07 – 8th Grade Graduation
Jun 08 – Last Day of School (1/2 day)

Middle School Matters – June 04, 2021

MSM

General Announcements

Dates:

June 07 - 56 iPads and all chargers and pieces due to school for tech turn-in
June 08 - Send 56 auction items to school
June 09 - Last Day, half day, done at 11:30am

Chickens Available NOW

As part of our integrated outdoor education curriculum, we plan to have 6th grade students learn about and enjoy the process of hatching chicks, raising pullets, caring for hens, and managing their "Got Yolk" egg business each year.  

Hatching new chicks each year means we need to find homes for some of our adult chickens each spring! 

If you would like one or more of our adult chickens, please contact our Farm Manager, Miss Leah, as soon as possible. Our feathered friends will be given away on a first come, first serve basis!  (

5th Grade

Tech Turn-in: 5th graders will be turning in their iPads and chargers for the summer on Monday, June 7. Please ensure that your child brings his or her iPad and charger (including all pieces) to school on Monday.

Spring Camp Pictures: If you attended Spring Camp, we would love your videos and pictures! Please add them to this folder. You can do so by right clicking in the folder, clicking on “Upload Files,” and selecting the photos that you would like to share. Thanks!

Auction Items: The end of year auction is June 9. We are looking for donations - these can be used items from around the house that you no longer want or need (sports balls, Nerf hoops, purses, stuffed animals, etc). If you wish to donate items to our auction, please send your child with the items to give to his/her homeroom teacher. 

Art: In art this coming week student will continue work on their emoji self-portraits. Next week Tuesday 6/8 student will be coming home with a bag of art from the past school year. Please check to make sure your students' artwork gets home.

Bible: This week in Bible we finished preparing for Gospel Theatre! Thanks for coming to watch us perform.

History: We will end our year by completing a series of tasks, reviewing each unit we studied in fifth-grade social studies. 

Language Arts: We will wrap up the year by continuing discussions about The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Please remind your student to look for and return Miss Zeller’s classroom books!

Math: It was so wonderful to get to know these 5th graders this year! They are a joy to have in class! If you would like your 5th grader to work on math over the summer please have them grab a math review packet from me. 

Music - Band: What a tremendous year with your musical, excellent students! Summer is a great time to increase their skills - - Knollcrest Music Camp at Calvin would be a great choice for a 5 day (not overnight) camp. Dr. T will be giving private lessons this summer too. Reach out to him via email,

Music - Choir: What a great year of singing, listening, drumming, and musical learning. 

Music - Orchestra: Great job this year! Make sure that you take your instruments home. If you need some things to practice I am an email away!

PE: Thank you for a great school year, please have students remember to bring PE uniforms home and check the lost/found for any missing items.

Science: It’s been a great year in 5th grade Science. We are ending a short overview of some human body systems and will do some additional review and wrap up next week. If you’re interested, Calvin University is offering Chemistry Camp again this summer for students entering grades 6-8!

Spanish: Gracias for an awesome end of the year!  We accomplished so much in a short time!  We are ending the year by talking about the Nazca Lines of Peru:  the fascinating people that made them, the technology used to observe and preserve them, and the theories about why they made these geoglyphs.  Students will be making their own replicas of a Nazca geoglyph.

6th Grade

Field Trip to see a Pipe Organ: On the last day of school we are traveling to Ada CRC for a pipe organ demonstration and our last chapel of the year as well. Please could you fill out this digital permission slip so that your child can participate?

End-of-Year Auction: 6th Graders have earned and saved MANY auction points this year. Our End-of-Year auction will take place on June 9 and we are looking for donations. These donations can be gently-used items from around the house that you no longer want/need (stickers, sports balls, Nerf hoops, purses, stuffed animals, etc), individually-wrapped candy or snacks or new items that you think 6th graders would be excited about. If you wish to donate items, please send them in with your student and let your child’s homeroom teacher know to expect them. Thank you in advance!

Tech Turn-in: 6th graders will be turning in their iPads and chargers for the summer on Monday, June 7. Please ensure that your child brings his or her iPad and charger (including all pieces) to school on Monday.

Art: This week in art the 6th graders try out Suminagashi ink paper marbling. Students will be coming home with a bag of art this week from the past year. Please check to make sure your students' artwork gets home.

Bible: Last week students wrote a reflection on the book Pilgrim’s Progress comparing Christian’s journey to their own christian journey. This week we watched the Pilgrim’s Progress movie to compare the novel to the movie.

History: We will end our year by completing a series of tasks, reviewing each unit we studied in sixth-grade social studies. 

Language Arts: We will wrap up the year by continuing to read and discuss The Wednesday Wars. Please remind your student to look for and return Miss Zeller’s classroom books!

Math: I am going to miss these 6th graders! It has been a joy to have them in class over the last two years. If you would like your 6th grader to work on math over the summer please have them grab a math review packet from me. 

Music - Band: What a tremendous year with your musical, excellent students! Summer is a great time to increase their skills - - Knollcrest Music Camp at Calvin would be a great choice for a 5 day (not overnight) camp. Dr. T will be giving private lessons this summer too - reach out to him via email - mtaylor@adachristian.org

Music - Choir: What a great year of singing, listening, drumming, and musical learning.  

Music - Orchestra: Great job this year! Make sure that you take your instruments home. If you need some things to practice I am an email away! kvruwink@adachristian.org

PE: Thank you for a great school year, please have students remember to bring PE uniforms home and check the lost/found for any missing items.

Science: We have had a great year in 6th grade Science. Students have wrapped up their bacteria investigation with a slideshow documenting their observations, conclusions and further questions for future investigation. We will spend some time reviewing and wrapping things up over the next couple days. Also, if you’re interested, Calvin University is offering Chemistry Camp again this summer for students entering grades 6-8!

Spanish: Gracias for an awesome end of the year!  We accomplished so much in a short time!  We have a TEST on Monday to finish our unit.  Study materials can be found on Google Classroom.  

7th Grade

June 02: Device Turn In
June 02: Packing at ACS for trip - Bring all items to school 
June 03: Class Trip - arrive at ACS @ 8:00am 
June 04: Class Trip - return to ACS @ 2:45pm
June 09: Last day of School - 11:30 dismissal

Class Trip: On Wednesday, we are packing for our trip to Nordhouse Dunes  at school. Students should bring all items on the packing list with them to school that day. Altus Adventures provides backpacks for students to pack in. June 03-04 we will be away on our class trip. 

Art: 7th grade students will be working on some drawing next Monday 6/7 and also bring home their artwork from this year. Please check to make sure your students' artwork gets home.

Bible: We are finishing up our final project in Bible where we reflect on our paradise walk. Students will need to have this done before leaving for camp on June 2 and we will spend time sharing our reflections when we return.

History: We have finished our last unit (a project on Life in the Colonies) by becoming a colonist. Students wrapped up Wednesday with a creative epitaph--a metaphor for their life. Next week we look at some of the fun and fascinating work of Benjamin Franklin.

Language Arts: Please return any classroom materials/books you have.

Math - 7th Math: We spent time this past week talking about statistics. We will end the year doing some review activities together.

Math - Algebra: What a great year! We will be reviewing and learning a few different math skills over the last couple days of school. 

Math - Pre-Algebra: Students are working on their volume and surface area project. They are working in partner groups to build castles out of nets that they have measured and put together. 

Music - Band: What a tremendous year with your musical, excellent students! Summer is a great time to increase their skills - Knollcrest Music Camp at Calvin would be a great choice for a 5 day (not overnight) camp. Dr. T will be giving private lessons this summer too - reach out to him via email - mtaylor@adachristian.org

Music - Choir: What a great year of singing, listening, drumming, and musical learning. 

Music - Orchestra: Great job this year! Make sure that you take your instruments home. If you need some things to practice I am an email away kvruwink@adachristian.org

PE: Thank you for a great school year, please have students remember to bring PE uniforms home and check the lost/found for any missing items.

Science: We took our last test this week. Next week we will finish the year doing some chemical reactions!

Spanish: Gracias for an awesome end of the year!  We accomplished so much in a short time!  We ended our unit with a quiz, writing, and the hispanic legend of the “Cucuy.”  Next week we will end with some of our favorite music videos from Sr. Wooly and more.

8th Grade

Dates:

June 03: Class trip- drop off @ ACS; 6:30am
June 04: Class trip- pick up @ ACS; 11:45pm
June 07: No School for 8th Graders only
June 08: No School for 8th Graders only
June 08: Graduation at 6:30pm
June 09: K-7 11:30 Dismissal; No School for 8th Graders
June 09: Graduation Rain Date: 6:30pm

Our students helped us officially say goodbye to our 8th graders today with a clap out. Watch the video here!

Graduation Ceremony: Please watch for a detailed email coming tomorrow.

Graduation Party: Bring a change of clothes, swimsuit & towel.

8th Grade Girls volleyball players interested in playing volleyball at Christian High, please contact Betsy DeVries at learn about upcoming summer opportunities.  

Bible: Please return any classroom materials/books you have.

Language Arts: Please return any classroom materials/books you have.

Athletics

All athletic jerseys should be turned in prior to the end of the school year. Failure to do so will result in a $25 fee.

The 2021 ACS Fall Sport Sign-ups are now open, visit this link to register. 

All 5-8 graders must have a Physical Examination Form completed before they can participate in sports for the 2021-2022 school year. This physical examination should be completed on or after Apr 15, 2021 to valid for next school year.

Whatcha Doin' Out There!? – April 2021

OE News

Baby Goats!  

We had a lot of excitement in OE this April as the baby goats arrived over spring break.  13 new baby goats are hanging out in the barn now and are a blast to watch.  With their playful nature it is easy to see why they are called kids!  Every class was able to visit the baby goats at some point this month and enjoy the fun and cuddly animals. 

Kindergarten

Kindergarteners revisited the salad garden they had planted early this spring in the hoop house to harvest.  Students each harvested some of the greens to make their own salad mix from what the classes had planted.  It was great to see the kids trying and enjoying a variety of fresh greens.  We also spent some time continuing our search for changes in spring by making observations and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation this time of year.

1st Grade

First Graders had a chance to visit the goats and think about how different animals care for their young, like the goats and how that is different than how a frog cares for their young.  We also spent a couple sessions exploring sound outside, using sticks for drumming and scraping sounds and using cups to make shakers out of a variety of materials. 

2nd Grade

Second graders learned an old skill to tie their Alaska unit into the new rocks and minerals unit.  They learned and practiced how to pan for gold. No luck in our Michigan gravel though. We also spent some time making observations of rocks and getting a super close look at rocks, sediments and soil with pocket microscopes. It was fun to see a whole new part of God’s world revealed as kids were exclaiming how cool sand is. 

3rd Grade

Third graders were able to wrap up their birdhouse project by helping to hang the houses in a variety of locations around school.  It might be late for this spring, but we’ll see if we get any visitors.

5th Grade

Fifth graders met with Mr. Sportel a couple times in science to learn about trees and vascular systems.  After an overview of how trees pull up water, we tried to pull water up a tube ourselves and it proves to be a difficult task, and almost impossible to pull water to the heights that trees are able to.  Even a vacuum pump can’t pull it high enough.  Scientists are just beginning to understand the ways God created the trees to be able to pull water to the heights that they do. 

6th Grade

Sixth grade students also met with Mr. Sportel during their science class to start a project on decomposition. Students buried cotton underwear in different locations around school to see which areas and types of soil will have the best microorganisms to break down the underwear.

8th Grade

8th graders harvested the seeds from their fast plants and replanted them.  They will soon be looking at the new sprouts to see how their pollination affected the offspring through their genetics unit in science.