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Ada Connection - 05.15.24

A Note From The Principal

  • Color Run Fun!

This Week

  • Moms In Prayer

Now You Know

  • I Believe Video
  • Statements of Belief
  • Field Day Help
  • 2024-2025 ACS Robotics
  • School Lunch Program - May Menu
  • Student Exchange Program

Action Needed

  • Lost & Found
  • Immunization Records
  • A Note From The Library

PTO Happenings

  • Walk-a-thon Thank You


  • PurePlay

Mark Your Calendar

Requested Announcements

A Note From The Principal

Color Run Fun!

ACS is a great place to learn and a great place for fun events! Our Walk-a-Thon and Color Run were huge successes. All those that participated in any way enjoyed being on campus, handing out popsicles and dousing students with colorful chalk.

This picture is the ACS way of getting as much chalk off as possible. Years ago, washing with water was the method, but in recent years we decided blowers did the trick and students love it!

Thank you for your support with these events!

This Week

Moms In Prayer

Join us for Moms in Prayer on Thursday, May 16 from 8:00-9:00am in the back ACS conference room. Our attribute this week is "God is the Finisher". We will be praying for our entire ACS community as we finish the year strong. Contact Kristen Yeh at ;with any questions. Younger siblings are always welcome.

Now You Know 

    I Believe Video

    Our fourth graders have grown to love the song I Believe by Phil Whickam. We worked together to create a music video showing off our new library and how Christ is found in all places here at ACS. We are proud to be Faith. Strong.

    Statements of Belief

    We believe that because of the fall of mankind into sin, we must be reborn by the Holy Spirit unto salvation; and that people are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of Christ and that only by God's grace and through faith alone we are saved (John 3:1-19; John 5:24; Romans 3:23-24, 5: 8-9; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5).

    John 5:24 - "Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life."
    Romans 3:23-24 - "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus."

    These two texts show our sinful nature and God’s grace toward Jesus’ redemptive work in our lives. His second coming will be the final chapter to our full restoration. While some words in these texts seem “big” to our younger students, the message of our loving God is clear to them in our “Good, Broken, Better/Restored” language we use at ACS. The Bible is our foundation and the driving force for our mission where students understand how to serve God and learn more about our values of living in God’s creation for our mind, body and soul in Christian community.

    Field Day Help

    Field day is on the horizon - Friday, May 31 - The  ACS Spring Olympics 2024! Volunteers are needed to help at the stations. Please sign up!

    10:00-12:00  KP, Kdj, 3rd and 4th

    1:00-3:00 KW, KD 1st and 2nd

    2024-2025 ACS Robotics

    The ACS Robotics League is gearing up for an exciting 2024-25 VEX IQ Robotics Competition season! In our second year at ACS, VEX IQ provides students in grades 4-8 with open-ended robotics challenges that enhance their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills through hands-on, student-centered learning.

    Students will work in small teams to develop critical thinking, project management, and communication skills by building and programming robots to solve the VEX IQ Challenge. Teams will put their robots to the test in local competitions starting in January. The time commitment involved in ACS Robotics League is comparable to a sports team. Practices begin in October and will be held two nights per week (Wednesdays and Fridays) with some evening game nights and one or more Saturday tournaments. 

    • Teams will compete in 4 league night competitions in Grandville beginning in January and ending in February.
    • Teams will compete in at least one full-day Saturday tournament in the Grand Rapids area, with the potential for additional tournaments. Tournaments typically take place in January.
    • Through regular season competitions, teams have the potential to earn an invitation to the Michigan State Competition that typically takes place in Monroe, MI in February or March.
    • Applications for ACS Robotics League are now open and will be accepted through Friday, September 13, 2024. Copies of the application are available in the Ada Christian School office.

    ACS VEX IQ Team Application Form

    School Lunch Program - May Menu

    Check out the menu and plan for the month of May!

    Visit for details or to apply for lunch assistance. For questions on your hot lunch account please contact Jill Zondag,

    Student Exchange Program

    This is a friendly reminder about the informational meeting on Thursday, May 16th at 8:00 a.m. regarding hosting a student next fall through the Faces and Our Cultures program

    Sandy Cardona, Guatemala Coordinator, will be traveling to the US to make a presentation to learn more and answer questions families might have. 

    We're currently looking for  host families that are willing to open their hearts and homes to wonderful students. 

    Here are the details for the meeting:

    Date: Thursday, May 16th
    Time: 8:00am 

    For those interested in learning more about the Faces program, we invite you to fill the following link to join an individual virtual meeting or join us for an in-person informational meeting with Sandy Cardona, Program Coordinator scheduled for: 

    Action Needed

    Lost & Found

    The lost will be in the front lobby this week. Any items left at the end of the school year will be boxed up and donated. Throughout the year you can always check the lost and found which is located by the kitchen/music rooms.

    Immunization Records

    Each year we are required to report immunizations for every student enrolled in preschool, kindergarten, and seventh grade. The State of Michigan requires that your child(ren) be immunized for enrollment at Ada Christian School.

    Please complete and return the immunization, health appraisal and consent forms by Aug 20. Completed forms can be turned into the office or emailed to

    Please also note that the State of Michigan has revised its law on immunization waivers.

    • If you intend to complete a non-medical waiver to the immunization policy, you must contact the Kent County Health Department at 616.632.7200 to schedule an appointment to speak with a health educator, complete the waiver process and submit the original certified waiver to the school office.The original certified medical waivers must be completed and signed by a physician then submitted to the school office.
    • Written evidence that immunizations are now up to date or a copy of a certified waiver must be received before the start of the school year and is due by or on August 20, 2024. A new waiver is required each year that your child is reported. 

    If you have any questions please call or email Kimmie Brander (, 616-676-1289).

    A Note From The Library

    The end of the year means getting all of the books back to the library. If you still have books checked out, please keep these dates in mind .

    1. Checkout has ended and all books are due on Tuesday, May 14

    2. The cost of any books not returned by the last day of school will be charged to your FACTS account.

    Summer Opportunities

    Art Camp Openings

    There are still a few openings for Little Tikes Art Camp and Middle School Art Camp. Sign up today to join Mr. Wanner in the fun!

    Summer Covenant Care

    In Summer Covenant Care students will experience the summer alongside friends and participate in enriching activities. Care will be available Mon-Thurs, June 10-August 8.


    PTO Happenings


    The Walk-a-thon was a fun-filled day, with jelly bracelets, popsicles, color powder and more! Thank you to the many parent volunteers and staff who helped put on the event.

    We would like to give our sincere thanks to all of the family and friends who contributed to the fundraiser, which exceeded our goal and brought in over $31,000! We're grateful for all of the ways this allows the PTO to continue to support the staff and students.

    Congratulations to the prize winners!:

    1. Top-earning middle school homeroom, 5K, got to cover Mrs. Kooyers in color powder! 
    2. Top-earning grade, 1st grade, earned a popcorn party!
    3. 1G earned a pajama day for 100% participation in collecting donations!
    4. The top fundraiser from each grade earned a $20 Target gift card: PS - Sage Loney, Kdg - Rowan Pater, 1st - Fox Loney, 2nd - Quinlan Scarlett, 3rd - Arie Pater, 4th - Jase Eilers, 5th - Alexa Eilers, 6th - Vivienne Jones, 7th - Amy VanWyk, 8th - Brielle Fettig
    5. Rosie Stuit won the drawing for the top prize of four tickets to Michigan’s Adventure! 


    PurePlay (K-4th)


    Soccer: Last games on Saturday.  Boys at 9:00am, Girls at 10:30.


    Track is finished for the year.

    Mark Your Calendar

    May 27 - No School (Memorial Day)
    June 4 - 8th Grade Graduation
    June 5 - Last Day of School (Dismissal @ 11:30am)

    Looking ahead: 24-25 Calendar

    Requested Announcements

    Got Shoes? Give Shoes!

    Students will soon be cleaning out their lockers. If your child's PE shoes will be too small for use next year, please consider donating them to Family Assistance.  Family Assistance is a non-profit organization that was started in 1969. It serves 60 different agencies in Kent County providing clothing for families. Last year Family Assistance provided clothing for 6,200 people. Large cardboard collection boxes will be placed next week at the end of every hallway and the front lobby where you or your child can place their shoe donations.  

    Thank you,
    Kim Wieringa, Family Assistance Program  
    Whatcha Doin' Out There!? - Nov 2023

    OE News

    November was a month in which the weather transitioned quickly. There were many very warm days in November, but we also found ourselves in some cold, rain, and snow. As the weather turns we are able to consider what happens as creatures get ready for winter. We also wrapped up some of our fall activities like cider and began the transition into Christmas preparation. K-2nd grade made ornaments that will be on display at the Festival of Trees at Legacy Park in Ada for the Christmas season. Check out the ACS tree and the others if you're in town.  

    Kindergarten - In kindergarten we began November with a review of recent letters of the week A,D,S,L. Activities included Act like animals, Dig in the sand, Strolling, Skipping and Sprinting, and Launching Leaves. Later in the month we took a look at wind and made pinwheels as instruments to measure wind, just like an anemometer.  We then shifted to making ornaments that will be displayed at the Festival of Trees in Ada.  First we made a triangle shape out of sticks and then the sticks were wrapped with yarn and decorated with mini ornaments of their own.  

    1st - First grade took a turn with cider making one week and a couple weeks later had a special visitor. Johnny Appleseed met them in the woods to read about his life and enjoy some of the great cider that they made. First grade also learned about animal shelters and made some small places for animals to hide in the woods. To end the month they began Christmas preparations by making ornaments. Students made ornaments by decorating pine cones with ribbon and bells. The ornaments will be on display in the “Festival of Trees” in Ada.  

    2nd - A big theme in second grade was Pioneers. They began with a turn at the cider press. Then they enjoyed some pioneer games to see what kids did for fun long ago.  They also pushed their wheelbarrow wagon through the woods during the Oregon Trail simulation facing many challenges along the way. Lastly they used their pioneer skills to make candles which will serve as ornaments in the Festival of Trees in downtown Ada. Go check it out!

    3rd - Third grade took some time to review the great lakes in an activity where we put the numbers into perspective. Volume of water, perimeter and depth were all compared with the lakes and we reflected on the importance of 20% of the world’s surface fresh water that is in the 5 great lakes. We began to learn about the Native Americans by learning about the three sisters' planting method and clearing out that section of our garden so it is ready to plant in the spring. Lastly, we played games that the native americans played to practice balance and strength.   

    4th - Fourth graders had multiple science connections in OE. To begin we did a simulation that looked at food availability affect population size by searching for food in the form of colored straws. The next week we considered how animals used their senses in an activity in which students had to find animals of their own species by listening for the same sound while blindfolded. It was a challenge to listen to the specific sounds while others were also making sounds and predators were on the prowl. We introduced the topic of Community Supported Agriculture. We took inventory and decided to attempt our first Farm Fresh Box for thanksgiving. They were able to produce enough products for 12 families! Lastly, we talked about soil temperature tolerance and its practical application on the farm. The students learned how to take soil temperature samples and determine by reading the back of a seed packet if the seed would germinate in that environment.

    5th - This month we took a deep dive into the internal anatomy of a chicken. We studied the path of digestion and egg production. We learned how chickens break down their food and absorb nutrients. We learned what the “grade” of an egg means on the outside of an egg carton. Then we cracked some ACS eggs and studied the color/ shape/ and consistency of the yolk to decide what grade eggs our chickens lay. We rounded out the month with some Fun Farm Games. Kids learned how strong you need to be to do daily farm tasks in a fun and silly competition.

    6th - Our 6th graders have spent the month learning external anatomy of a goat. To encourage them to really understand the shape and muscle structure of a goat we learned how to draw one realistically. Now we have a great base understanding as we get more specific with anatomy in December. We rounded out the month with Farm Games and learned how to set product prices for SEED Market.

    7th - November in 7th grade OE involved students mapping out the memorial trees on our campus which will later be available as an interactive map with links to more information on the trees. We then turned our attention to composting. Students began learning about composting. We talked about the importance of composting as well as the basics of what materials are best including a balance of browns and greens. We are now collecting lunch scraps from 7th and 2nd grades for a compost bin here at school to put what we learned into practice.  

    8th - November was a month to transition to the Legacy Project for 8th grade. We began with a tour to see projects from previous grades and considered how well they met the needs of the school and what they offered to students. We then presented students with some potential legacy projects for this year. Now students are researching these topics to see what logistics will be necessary to make this happen.  

    Back to School Information


    Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! 

    A Note From Principal Sall

    Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year.  We are honored to be partnering with you in Christian education as we work together to equip students for service in God’s world. 

    Last school year our theme was  “Clothed in Christ.” 

    Various faculty/staff members, as well as parents and students, shared personal stories where they saw  compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience in their lives.

    This year, we will be focusing on the theme - “Lord, Make Us One” based on 

    Ephesians 4:1-6, with an emphasis on verse three. Throughout the school year, we will focus on aspects of this theme centering around the word “one” each trimester:


    • Trimester 1 - One God (3 in One)
    • Trimester 2 - One Body
    • Trimester 3 - One Call

    Thank you for the joy of partnering with you in educating the whole child - mind, body, and soul in Christian community! 

    In Christ’s service,

    Principal Sall

    Lord, Make Us One

    Theme Verse

    Ephesians 4:1-6

    "As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."

    Mark your Calendar

    Mon, Aug 21: Open House
    Tues, Aug 22: First Day of School, dismissal at 11:30am
    Wed, Aug 23: 3rd, 5th-8th Grade School Pictures
    Thurs, Aug 24: Kindergarten - 2nd, 4th Grade School Pictures
    Tues, Aug 29, 6:30pm-8:00pm: All School Parent Orientation
    Thurs, Sept 07, 5:30-7:30pm: Back to School Party

    K-8 Open House

    Monday, Aug 21

    Teachers are looking forward to seeing your family on Monday, Aug 21 at your scheduled time. Students are invited to bring their school supplies and to put them in their lockers.

    Time Last Name
    1:00-1:40pm A-G
    1:45-2:25pm H-P
    2:30-3:10pm Q-Z

    First Day of School Details

    Tuesday, Aug 23

    Tuesday morning, Aug 22, will be a great time for teachers and their students to begin building community and establishing classroom routines that will set a strong foundation for a wonderful year of growing and learning together. Doors will open at 7:40 a.m. for students and parents. 

    We plan to begin classes promptly at 8:00 am. Students will be dismissed at 11:30 am. 

    2023-2024 School Year Dedication

    On August 22 at 10:45 am, parents are invited to join us in the South Gym  for celebration and thankfulness to God for a new year of school together. At the end of our chapel, students will return to their classes to pack up for the day. We ask that parents pick up students around the front of the building in the parking lot or car loops at 11:30am 

    Daily Drop-Off & Pick-Up Procedures

    The safety of our students and their families is a top priority.  Please review these important daily procedures. 

    Morning Drop-Off (7:40am-7:55am)

    • School doors will be opened at 7:40am
    • The bus loop and car loop will be open for parents to quickly drop off students. If more time is needed to gather items and say good-bye, please use the parking lot.
    • When using the drop-off loops, students must exit on the right side of the car.
    • No parking is allowed in the drop-off loops.
    • See the image below for which entrance your child should use. 

    Afternoon Pick-Up (3:00pm-3:10pm)

    • The car loop is for the pick up of preschool and kindergarten students only.
    • The driver must remain with the vehicle at all times and may not park in the loop.
    • The bus loop may be used for quick student pick up. The driver must remain with the vehicle at all times and may not park in the loop.  It is important cars not block the Fox Hollow entrance.
    • From 2:30pm - 2:50pm, the bus loop is for preschool pick-up only, please do not park in the bus loop at that time.
    • When parking, please back your car into a spot. It is too easy to miss seeing a child when backing out of a spot.
    • It is important that your child(ren) are picked up by 3:10pm
    • All students not picked up by 3:10pm will be asked to wait at the front entrance under the covered awning.
    • Please enforce our rule that students may not play on the playground without parent/adult supervision.
    • Remind students to keep their feet on the ground -- no climbing on trees, flagpoles, light poles, snow piles, etc…
    • We ask that students do not walk through our landscaping where plants are trying to grow.
    • School employees helping to monitor the parking lot after school will be wearing orange vests. If you have questions, please ask one of them and remind students that the orange vested adults are friends who can help them if they need it.

    Mid-day Student Check In and Check Out 

    Please enter through our new Main Office Entrance or call from a cell phone to get assistance with checking students in or out during the day.

    Out of consideration for our office staff and the hustle and bustle during the last 15 minutes of the day we ask that you call before 2:45pm to request an early dismissal. Any requests after 2:45pm will result in a 3:00pm dismissal. 

    Mid-day Item Drop-Offs

    There is a counter in the front office where parents can drop needed items off for students (i.e. - instruments, athletic equipment, computer, lunches). If you are dropping something off, please be sure your child’s name is on the item.

    Note for New Students

    Birth Certificate: 

    Any student new to Ada Christian School, Kindergarten – 8th  (2023-2024 school year) must bring to the office a copy of his/her birth certificate. This is required by law in the state of Michigan. You may email a copy to Kimmie Brander (). If you need a copy made please stop into the office and we will be happy to help. 

    Immunization Forms:

    Immunization forms are due by Aug 22. If your student is entering Kindergarten or 7th grade or is new to ACS these forms are required. By state law the school must have this form on file for your child by the start of school. If you have any questions please call Kimmie Brander in the office at 616-676-1289.

    Supply List and Calendar

    K-8 Supply List     2023-2024 Calendar

    Theme T-shirts & ACS Apparel

    Our web store is open for the next 2 weeks. In addition to this year's theme t-shirt you can also order sweatshirts, beanies, long sleeves and more! Any items ordered at this time will be delivered to school in September.

    ACS Web Store

    Who’s New?

    Jessica Blackmon
    4th Grade Teacher

    I graduated from Wheaton College, where I pursued a degree in Elementary Education with a Special Education endorsement. I will strive to always advocate and teach my students how to advocate for themselves in and outside of the classroom. I aspire to guide my students in experiencing a personal relationship with Christ through discipleship and exploring the wonders of God's creation. I want each student to leave at the end of the day, knowing that they are trying their best and that they are valued. 

    I've had the privilege of living in two very different parts of the world: California and The Netherlands. During my time in The Netherlands, my three brothers and I attended The International School of The Hague. I grew up surrounded by Christian friends and family. In my free time, I love grabbing coffee with friends, reading, and traveling. I'm really looking forward to seeing how the Lord works at ACS this year!

    Jon DeVries
    5th-8th Athletic Director

    As a former graduate of Ada Christian, I am excited for the opportunity to come back and work as the Athletic Director. I graduated from Calvin College with an Elementary Degree with minors in Social Sciences and Physical Education. I worked 3 years at Sylvan Christian School and then 21 years at Zeeland Christian in 8th grade teaching an array of subjects from PE to math and science. I took some time away from education looking at life from a different perspective and doing some different careers. I then took a position at Moline Christian this past year teaching Bible and Social Studies. After much prayer,  God has led me back to Ada and I am looking forward to using my experiences to continue to make Ada a great place to experience school.  

    I am married to my wonderful wife, Deb and we have two amazing children. One of which is working in the credit industry and the other that is in school becoming a nurse. I enjoy the outdoors, traveling to places like Glen Lake and the Smoky Mountains, watching sports, and restoring our 99 year old dairy barn on our property.  

    I have learned that trusting God's plan will take you down some amazing roads and experiences. You never know what is right around the corner that he has planned for you.  You just need to trust His plan and listen to His voice.  How great and powerful He is and how much He loves us. 

    Jordan Dyk
    4th-8th PE Teacher

    My name is Jordan Dyk and I will be the new 4th-8th grade physical education teacher. I have spent the last two years at Pella Christian in Pella, Iowa.  Coming to the Ada community will be a return to West Michigan for my family and I, after spending 11 years in Jenison, MI before our move to Iowa. Along with teaching, I spent the last two years coaching football, and this past season as the varsity girls basketball coach at Pella Christian. Body movement and sport are passions of mine!

    Joining me will be my wife Kristin, son Gavin, and daughter Sienna.  Kristin has taught math for the last 14 years.  Gavin will be in third grade and is a sports lover! Sienna will be in first grade and has a flair for life!  In Iowa, we are attendees of Oskaloosa 1st CRC. My wife enjoys playing piano, and my children love going to catechism with friends from their school.

    In my free time, I enjoy lifting weights, playing golf, as well as anything that has to do with exercise. I was born in Minnesota, so I am a Minnesota sports fan for all sports. You will often find my family and me outdoors playing catch, hitting baseballs, or playing soccer.  One of our favorite parts of Michigan is all the hiking trails we can go to and enjoy God's beautiful creation. I look forward to seeing what God has in store for me at Ada Christian.

    Conner Kok
    3rd Grade Long-Term Sub

    I have grown up in the traditional Christian household. I attended Moline Christian and then went on to South Christian. Faith has always been a part of my life and has been instilled in me from a very young age. It was not until recently that I realized how important this education was for me. A couple of years ago I realized how important this relationship was for me and this Christian education was such a vital part in that. 

    I finally started to see God in everything and all that I had learned was finally evident to me. Because of this I am able to understand, as a teacher, the importance of what we teach and how we act around students. I believe that students watch teachers with an extremely close eye.

    I am excited to begin the year with Mrs. Schenck 3rd grade students and the team of teachers at ACS. 

    Elizabeth Huisman
    Braille Specialist

    I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, then I came to Michigan to attend Calvin College, where I graduated with my B.A. in Elementary Education. For the past 22 years I’ve worked in various roles in education; teacher, instructional aide and for the past 13 years as a Braille Specialist.

    My husband and I attend Vineyard North church where we are both youth leaders and volunteer in the Children's Ministry. In our spare time we love to hang out with our 4 wonderful grandchildren, travel when possible, and play all sorts of games with family and friends.

    Abi Tubbergen
    5th & 6th Science Teacher

    I am very excited to be teaching at Ada Christian surrounded with Christ-like examples. I hope that my students are able to see Jesus in me and through me as I teach both academic content, but also help them grow spiritually. As a teacher, I strive to help my students be followers and examples of Christ to others. I hope that I make a difference in their lives so that they can be the best Christ-like examples to the world. I also love exploring God's creation through learning and teaching my students more about it and the world we live in. 

    I graduated from Calvin University in the spring of 2022 with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. I then taught 2nd grade at a Christian school in Illinois, since then I have moved back to West Michigan where I am very excited to be teaching at Ada Christian. I was born and raised in Holland, Mi with my parents and my sister. Growing up in Christian home and school environment helped me learn and know that I wanted to be a Christian example in my students’ lives. When I am not teaching, I love to be with my friends and family. I also love spending time outdoors especially in the summer, going hiking, boating and enjoying the weather!

    Skylar Wood
    Young 5's - 1st Music Teacher

    As a lover of all things music, I am excited to share that with young minds through teaching and learning! I will strive to provide my students with the most effective learning experience, while also providing a space where they can be challenged and stretched beyond what they think they can accomplish. I will extend hospitality and grace to each individual so they feel safe, accepted, encouraged, and confident in who they are; both as a learner and as a child of God. My mission as a Christian Educator is to shine the light of Christ by showing positivity, love, and kindness to all students, staff, and families. I have adopted 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 as my life verse and the foundation of my Christian Teaching Journey.

    Parent Orientation

    Please join us August 29 for our K-8 Parent Orientation. During this evening, teachers will share important information with parents about the upcoming school year. Please do your best to be in attendance. 

    Please arrive a few minutes early so you can fill out a name tag and get to your destinations on time for a prompt start since our time is limited.

    Time Who Where
    6:30-6:45pm Session I: Grades K-4 Student Homerooms
    6:45-6:50pm Passing Time
    6:50-7:05pm Session II: Grades K-4 (repeat of Session I) Student Homerooms
    6:50-7:05pm 5-8 Athletics (AD, Jon DeVries will share) Band Room
    7:05-7:10pm Passing Time
    7:10-7:45pm Grade 5 Media Center
    7:10-7:45pm Grade 6 Band Room
    7:10-7:45pm Grades 7 & 8 Commons

    Back to School Party

    Thursday, September 7, 5:30pm - 7:30pm at the ACS Track & Field. Sponsored by our ACS Promotions Committee, this event is sure to please with a dunk tank, bounce houses, obstacle courses and other fun activities. Food will be available for purchase from one of the many food trucks on site. No tickets to the event are needed.  


    PurePlay (Y5’s - 4th grade) 

    This fall we plan to offer our soccer program for Y5-4th graders.  The games take place Saturday mornings beginning Sept 9, at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.  For 1st-4th graders, there will be one practice during the week. Y5/K is only one hour on Saturdays. Registration ends Aug 23.

    Wildcats (56’ers & 78’ers)

    ACS offers boys soccer, girls volleyball, and boys/girls cross-country for all 5-8 students during the fall. Fall sport seasons are scheduled to start the week of Aug 22 for students in grades 5-8.

    All 5-8 athletes must complete an MHSAA physical/concussion form prior to the first day of practice. These forms and other important information can be found at the ACS Athletic Webpage.

    School Lunch Program

    School lunch will be available daily beginning Wed, Aug 23. 

    There will be two options each day and a fresh fruit and salad bar. Students place their orders each morning for that day and deductions are made from their lunch account. Before your student can order lunch, an account must be created on Meal Magic.  Visit for details or to apply for lunch assistance. 

    Times to Remember

    Student Arrival:  7:40am-7:55am
    Instructional Hours: 8:00am-3:00pm
    Student Pick-Up: 3:00pm-3:10pm
    Office Hours: 7:30am-3:30pm

    Tardy Talk: Please help our days get off to a smooth start by having your child arrive no later than 7:55am Tardies cause disruptions to important morning routines for individual students and classrooms as a whole. A student entering class after 8:00am is tardy. Parents will be notified by letter when their child reaches 5 tardies in one trimester and for every 5 tardies following.  

    Absences: We understand that students may have to miss school due to illness, appointments, and family emergencies. Some absences may be unavoidable; however, please help limit the number of days our students miss school. When possible, please provide a doctor’s note for absences.

    If your child is going to be absent please email their homeroom teacher and our secretary Kimmie Brander; ;

    Dress Code

    The basics are listed below and more detailed information is available in our policies and procedures.

    • Shorts/Skirts that reach to the bottom of the student’s middle finger when arms are relaxed at the side are permitted. Middle school students not meeting this will be asked to change into their PE shorts or be given a pair to wear from the office.
    • Leggings, jeggings, and yoga pants are not to be worn as pants. If worn, they are to be covered with skirts/tops and must cover “bottoms”.
    • Tank tops must have minimum 2” straps.
    • Clothing must cover underclothes and the mid-section of the body.
    • Flip-Flops, for safety reasons, are not allowed for students kindergarten through 4th grade.
    • Hats are not to be worn in class.

    Students will be asked to change their clothes if their attire does not meet our dress code. Thank you in advance for your support.

    Parent Class Coffees

    Moms and dads - join us and meet fellow parents of your child’s classmates! It only takes an hour, and it is a great way to connect with other parents. Led by our Promotions Committee, we will meet from 8:00am-9:00am in the outdoor “WoodshED” for coffee, refreshments, devotions, and time to chat. 

    Parent Class Coffee dates to pencil in:

    Sept 18  Middle School 
    Sept 19  Kindergarten
    Sept 20 First and Second Grades
    Sept 21  Third and Fourth Grades

    Ada Christian School Education Foundation Fundraiser

    Save the Date for the annual Ada Christian Education Foundation Fundraising Dinner which will be held on campus Thursday, November 2, 2023. We will celebrate the Faith Forward Campaign and our new library, tech studio, support services and flexible spaces.

    Student Information Forms

    Several student information forms (K-8) are ready for you to complete online (emergency contacts, student health, school policy agreement, etc). These forms must be completed by Friday, Aug 18. 

    To complete the forms:

    • Log into your PowerSchool parent portal (
    • Select Forms
    • Complete all forms under the category Student Information Forms.
    • Please note that some forms need to be filled out for each child while others may be submitted for the whole family.

    Fun with Elementary (K-4) Recess

    Beginning on Aug 23, volunteers for recess will be needed. At lunch recess (12:05pm-12:30pm & 12:30pm-1:00pm) four people are needed daily. On Fridays we also need four people for morning recess (9:55am-10:15am). 

    Younger siblings may join parents for this volunteer opportunity. Sign up for K, 3rd & 4th grade recess or 1st & 2nd grade recess. Digital signups will be released in the Ada Connection later this month.

    If you have any questions about volunteering for elementary recess, please email Sharon DeKleine.


    We are grateful to our PTO and all the work they do to support the teachers and students at ACS. Take a moment to learn more about our PTO and how they support our teachers.

    Transportation News

    We rely on Forest Hills buses for those living in the district. For families who registered for transportation with Forest Hills, information will be sent to your homes. If you have not contacted them, please call Forest Hills transportation department at 616-493-8785 as soon as possible.

    If your family indicated during enrollment that you planned to ride the bus, please view this information with details about stop locations and times. Please call the school office if you were planning on using our buses and you did not receive the email.

    ACS Transportation Questions?

    Please direct ACS Transportation questions to our Transportation Supervisor, ,

    ACS Hub Stops