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Ada Connection – Sept 28, 2022

A Note From The Principal

  • Psalm 145:3

This Week

  • Moms In Prayer

Action Needed

  • Please Review Safety Procedures
  • Parent Teacher Conference Form - Due Today
  • Hot Lunch - Oct Menu

Now You Know

  • AmazonSmile
  • Picture Orders
  • Support for Siblings of Students with Disabilities - Sibshops
  • Elementary Christmas Concert (K-4th)
  • SCRIP Cards
  • Foundation Dinner - Nov 10
  • Tech Time Talk
  • Unicycle Club - Last Call
  • Protect Young Eyes - Oct 3

PTO Happenings

  • Let the Fundraising Begin
  • Support the PTO

ACS Athletics

  • PurePlay
  • Wildcat Athletics

Calendar Reminders

A Note From The Principal

Psalm 145:3

"Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise. His greatness no one can fathom."

This week let's focus on this text for a moment. 

A few ways we are able to do this at Ada Christian School is with a daily routine of beginning our day in prayer and with devotions. We also worship in Gathering Time for our younger students and chapel for our older students. Various adults get to lead as well as requesting students to help out.

This morning many students around the world reflected on a text in Romans and met around the pole to pray. This is a great tradition for those that maybe don't have the opportunity to pray in school or be able to share their faith openly as they might like to do. 

ACS has the benefit of worshiping in all areas of its day and teach from a reformed perspective about how we do see the good in others and in our Great King, the brokenness of our world and how we need to be instruments of change and restoration because of the fall of humankind due to sin.

Be assured that our students see Jesus through our faculty and staff and we long to be Jesus' hands and feet for them. We ask for prayers for us as we know in our imperfection, Christ can and does make it new every morning.

His greatness no one can fathom!

This Week

Moms In Prayer

Meets Thursday mornings from 8:00-9:00am in the back conference room in the office. Contact Kristen Yeh (616-307-2488) if you have any questions.

Action Needed

Please Review Safety Procedures

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

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

  • From 2:30-2:50pm the bus loop is for preschool pick-up only, please do not park in the bus loop at that time. If you need to pick up your child early from school within that time frame, please park in the lot.
  • The driver must remain within the vehicle at all times while using the car loops. Car loops are not for parking.
  • Load and unload from the curbside only.
  • It is important cars do not block the Fox Hollow entrance.
  • When parking, please back your car into a spot. It is too easy to miss seeing a child when backing out of a spot.

Please review this video for more helpful reminders:

Parent Teacher Conferences - Oct 17 & 18

Please complete the Parent Teacher Conference Form with your preference of nights by today, Sept 28. 

Hot Lunch - Oct Menu

The lunch menu for Oct (1 MB PDF) is now available, please take time to review this as a family.

Now You Know

AmazonSmile

ACS participates in Amazon's program that automatically contributes funds to a charity of your choice.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same prices and selections as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.

Select the Ada Christian School Society as your charity and we'll benefit every time you purchase – easily and automatically.

Picture Orders

If you ordered the digital files of your school photos you should have received an email. If you have not received your requested digital prints or have questions please contact Karen Huttenga ( text 616-293-6877).

Physical prints are set to be delivered sometime next week.

Support for Siblings with Disabilities - Sibshops

Brothers and sisters of children with special needs have a group that’s just for them, Sibshops. Two monthly peer support groups are offered in Grand Rapids. If you think your child(ren) would benefit from participating in Sibshops, please contact Andréa for more info or to sign up for the groups.

Check out the flyer for more information.

Elementary Christmas Concert K-4th

We invite you to "The Wonder of Christmas" happening Thursday, Dec 01 at 6:30 pm. Please have your child dressed in nice Christmas attire. Looking forward to starting off the Christmas season with you!

Scrip Cards

Due to rising shipping costs (for plastic gift cards), and the higher demand for Reload cards, e-cards or ScripNow cards, we will only be releasing orders for Plastic cards on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. This schedule will begin Oct 5, 2022.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to ;

Foundation Dinner - Nov 10, 2022

Mark your calendars for a Night at the Museum on November 10, 2022. Come enjoy a magnificent evening at the Grand Rapids Public Museum as we gather together to celebrate Ada Christian School. Our annual fall gathering is the signature fundraising event for the Ada Christian School Education Foundation, which provides essential support to our school. 

Registration is open and sponsorships available

Tech Time Talk

Digital Citizenship also involves finding a healthy balance with technology. Common Sense Media offers resources for Family Engagement, with some conversation starters. 

This week, the focus of the conversation is on responsible decision making. The goal is to have meaningful conversations with your children about their digital life.

 Week 5: 

Unicycle Club - Last Call

The ACS Unicycle Club is for 1st-8th grade students who would like to learn how to ride a unicycle or progress in their unicycle skills. We are offering the first club of the school year during the month of October.

We will meet the four Tuesdays in October after school from 3:05pm-4:00pm starting on Tuesday, Oct 04.

We provide the unicycles, and you provide the rider. The club will be capped at around 20 members. Unicycles are provided for anyone who does not own one.

The cost is $30 for new riders and $10 for returning club members who can ride on their own and will be bringing their own unicycle. Sign-up online. If you are registering multiple children, please fill out an individual form for each child.

Members will be admitted on a first come, first served basis. If the club reaches capacity, a waiting list will be started. Questions? Contact:

Mrs. Boerman () or Coach DK ().

Protect Young Eyes - Oct 03

You are invited on Oct 03 at 6:30pm for a special parent presentation from Protect Young Eyes, titled the Digital Culture of Kids. Protect Young Eyes will be meeting separately with our 56ers and 78ers during the day for an age appropriate presentation about healthy use of technology.

After 7+ years, over 1,500 presentations, testifying in front of Congress, and countless conversations with parents, students, educators, and officers, Protect Young Eyes has discovered that parental controls alone don’t work and instead, there are 5 traits that often determine digital success in many families. They are called the 5 traits the Digital Trust Framework. What is Digital Trust? Do you have it? How does it apply to conversations about social media? Pornography? YouTube? TikTok? This fast-paced talk will use stories, simple examples, and quick tips that will give your family immediate actions.

Our desired outcomes include:

  • A deep understanding of how to build Digital Trust in your family.
  • Awareness of the hardware and software tools that support your digital goals.
  • How to use practical solutions so that your family is prepared, balanced, and protected online.

To help us prepare, we ask that you register for this free seminar. 

PTO Happenings

Let The Fund Raising Begin

Charleston Wrap fundraising packets came home yesterday. If your packets have already found their way to the island of lost papers, there are extras available in the PTO drawer in the office. Better yet, feel free to use this link Charleston Wrap Online Registration to order online. This is also a great way to involve out of state friends and relatives. Be sure to use our organization ID 20734 and follow the prompts. 

In addition to the prizes offered through the Charleston Wrap organization the PTO will provide the following incentives...

  • Preschool class with highest sales- Ice cream sundae party.
  • Highest $$ individual sales- earns a special parking space for the year and 4 passes to Launch trampoline park.
  • Top 2 classes with the highest sales- Will get to throw pies at their favorite principals
  • For each $100 sold- Name entered to win one of our top prizes: Principal for the 1/2 day, weekly lunch delivery for a month, picnic lunch in the library with friends, or a $100 gift card to a store of their choice.

If every student sells $50 in prizes or secures a $25 tax deductible donation, we'll meet our fundraising goal. Thanks in advance for your faithful support of the PTO.

Support the PTO

In addition to our fall and spring fundraisers below are two easy ways to support the PTO throughout the year.

Box Tops

Buy participating products and use the Box Tops app to scan your store receipt. The app identifies eligible products and earnings are credited to your designated school online. Even if you’re shopping online or doing grocery pickup, you can still submit your digital or email receipt with the Box Tops app and earn. Twice a year, our school gets a check!

Direct Your Dollars

Do you shop at D&W, Forest Hills Foods, or Family Fare? If so, please save your receipts! SpartanNash gives Ada Christian School a $1,000 check for each $150,000 in receipts collected.

The money earned through this program goes directly back to our students through the PTO. Ask your family and friends to save receipts too! Every little bit helps. Receipts can be turned in at the ACS office. 

Questions? Please contact Kristen Yeh (, 616.307.2488).

ACS Athletics

PurePlay (Y5’s - 4th grade) 

Girls @ 9:00am Boys @ 10:30am

We are hosting Lego league, Volleyball and Soccer. Please park in designated areas.

Basketball signups are open for boys and girls. 

1st-4th grade combines with GRCES and involves clinics with high school players and team play.  

Y5/K is only ACS students hosted by Coach DK.

Calendar Reminders

2022-2023 Calendar

Oct 12-18 – Book Fair
Oct 17-18 – Parent Teacher Conferences
Oct 19-21 – No School
Nov 10 – ACSEF Annual Fundraiser

Middle School Matters – Sept 9, 2022

MSM

Mark Your Calendar

Sep 22-23: 5th Survival and 6th Serve and Sleepover (details at Parent Night)
Sep 29-30: 7/8 Service project (more details coming in Sept)

    5th grade (Daily Homework Calendar)

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    Band/Orch - RED
    Math - MAP Testing

    Band/ Orch- BLUE


    Social Studies - MAP Testing

    Social Studies - MAP Testing






    Band/Orch - RED

    Math - Chapter 1 Test

    Science - Exploration Log





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    Band/ Orch- BLUE

    Band/ Orch- RED

    Survival Camp

    Survival Camp

    Art: In art class students have started the year with reviewing how to create/make a pinch pot. To these pinch pot students have added sgraffito ( this comes from the Italian word meaning "scratched through" and is done by incising or cutting a design through a colored slip coating to reveal the clay body.) to their pots and have also glazed these pots. The pinch pot the students have created will be buried in the archeological dig for 6th grade students to uncover. 

    Bible: Throughout the month of September we will be studying the Pentateuch. So far we have looked at the stories of creation and the fall. Students will be Bible Journaling through the stories of the Pentateuch (see example).

    Language Arts: We have started our Survival Unit to get ready for Survival Camp! As a class, we have been reading Hatchet and learning about imagery, figurative language, and other literary elements. Next week, students will pick their own books about survival to read individually as well. After camp, students will practice descriptive writing by creating narratives about their experiences at camp. 

    Math: We have been learning about Place Value in math since the start of the school year. Students have been able to “travel the world” on their iPad and organize distances from least to greatest. We will begin next week with MAP testing followed by review and a test on Friday. Students have a review sheet in the back of their packet and one can also be found on google classroom. A few pieces to 5th grade math: 1) Students may choose to retake quizzes on their own time to improve their grade - the retake is not the same as the original, but very similar.  2) If a student has been working hard on math for 30 minutes they may get an adult signature on the assignment and be done for the evening without being marked down. 

    Music - Band: We can assemble and take apart all our instruments and we can play 4 or some even 5 or 6 different notes. See Google Band Classroom for specific things to practice for band! Students should be practicing about 3 times per week, for about 15 minutes each time as we begin.

    Music - Choir: We are working on learning our notes for our instruments, also singing lots of songs from many genres, reading rhythms and doing some motions, and learning chapel songs as well!

    Music - Orchestra: We are having lots of fun in orchestra learning how to hold our instruments, pizzicato (pluck) on the strings, and gain knowledge of the notes with our left hand.

    OE: In OE we began our lessons on survival.  We started with a simulation that had teams competing for the most useful items for a survival situation.  During T-time today we went over the basics of survival.  You can ask about The rules of 3 or the STOP acronym.  Soon we will learn and practice fire starting so they are prepared to start a fire for cooking at survival camp.  

    Aside from survival, 5th grade received their first overview of the barn and goats in preparation for their upcoming goat care.   

    PE: 5th grade students have been learning about what middle school PE is all about. One of the changes for 5th grade students is PE uniforms. We will be kicking off our first official unit soon and will be working on soccer skills. 

    Science: We have started the year learning about science safety, collaboration, and measurements and tools to prepare us for the rest of the year. The students received a surprise this week when a bearded dragon arrived in the tank in our classroom!

    Social Studies: In social studies we have been having a blast learning about all things geography!  Students participated in the Playdough Geography Map Challenge and had to test their knowledge by recreating the key features from the whole world (ie:continents, oceans, rivers, mountains, equator, prime meridian etc.) using only play dough. Once they reacquainted themselves with the world, they participated in The Great Race Challenge. Students were introduced to the amazing wonders of Google Earth while they raced “around” the world visiting 25 landmarks spanning 6 continents.  After discovering these amazing places, students have created their “Bucket List” of places they would like to visit.  Be sure to ask your child what five places they chose and why.

    Spanish: We began the year talking about how God has created our brains to learn language.  We learn a second language the same way we learned our first so we are creating subconscious acquisition through fun activities, stories, and interesting input of language. Our first story and activities are about a “bad baby” who runs all over Meijers. Next students will be creating i-movies using the same vocabulary to create their own funny story. 

    6th grade (Daily Homework Calendar)

       Monday

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        Friday

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    Brainstorm Due

    Social Studies - MAP Testing

    Social Studies - MAP Testing
    Math - Ch. 3 Test
    Art - Sketchbook # 3



    LA - Got Yolk Application

    Science - Exploration Log






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    Bible - Psalm 139:13-14 

    Serve and Sleepover

    Please fill out the permission slip

    Art: 6th grade students have started the year with exploring and drawing self-portraits. This 1st project is a 2 part portrait project where students will create a traditional pencil portrait and then explore creating a portrait that combines adjective words that describe the artist and drawing.

    Bible: This month we’ve talked about our identity. We discussed some common lies that we believe and truths from scripture that can set us free. Our identity should be rooted in who God says we are and what God has called us to do. So we need to know His voice(John 10)  and stay connected to Him (John 15). To wrap up our identity unit, students will be presenting their Outside Inside Bags Sept. 28. 

    Language Arts: We have started reading the novel Tuck Everlasting to begin the year. We have been learning about figurative language, characterization, and other literary elements. During September, we will also begin our Got Yolk unit. Students will learn about how to apply and interview for jobs, and they will be “hired” for a specialized job taking care of the chickens. Later, students will learn more about the responsibilities of running our business, Got Yolk.

    Math: We wrapped up last week with MAP testing and are finishing our chapter on Computing with Multi-digit Numbers. There will be a test next week Wednesday. Students have a review sheet in the back of their packet and one can also be found on google classroom. 

    Music - Band: We have new folders and some new music and a practice assignment - Back on Track for Band. It’s due Sep 28 - students need to work on specific things at least 5 times prior to Sep 28. Ask your student for a concert!

    Music - Choir: We are learning all sorts of songs from many genres and also studying Peer Gynt Suite No. 1

    Music - Orchestra: 6th grade orchestra is getting back into the swing of things by reviewing scales, and recalling how to have a great posture and bow hold. We are also working on our sightreading skills.

    OE: Students just received an introduction to the project coming up that will begin chicken duties.  They soon will be learning about the various jobs for the chicken care and egg collection process.  Afterwards, they will apply for the jobs they prefer.  In the coming weeks be sure to ask about the upcoming application process.  

    PE: 6th Graders have been reviewing middle school PE rules and expectations. We have played a few collaborative games with emphasis on teamwork. Our first official unit is soccer where we will be focusing on skills and learning the fundamental rules of soccer and applying them to a game setting. 

    Science: We have started the year learning about science safety, collaboration, and measurements and tools to prepare us for the rest of the year. The students received a surprise this week when a bearded dragon arrived in the tank in our classroom!

    Social Studies: In social studies we have been having a blast learning about all things geography!  Students participated in the Playdough Geography Map Challenge and had to test their knowledge by recreating the key features from the whole world (ie:continents, oceans, rivers, mountains, equator, prime meridian etc.) using only play dough. Once they reacquainted themselves with the world, they participated in The Great Race Challenge. Students were introduced to the amazing wonders of Google Earth while they raced “around” the world visiting 25 landmarks spanning 6 continents. After discovering these amazing places, students have created their “Bucket List” of places they would like to visit.  Be sure to ask your child what five places they chose and why.

    Spanish: We began the year talking about how God has created our brains to learn language. We learn a second language the same way we learned our first so we are creating subconscious acquisition through fun activities, stories and interesting input of language. Our first story is about a wildebeest and a crocodile…We start right away with reading paragraphs and short stories. Students are encouraged by the amount of language they can understand so quickly.  First TEST on Sept. 30. 

    7th grade (Daily Homework Calendar)

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    Band - Quiz today!

    Art - Sketchbook #1






    History Test

    LA - “Where I’m From” Micro-Memoirs

    Spanish - Quiz (unit 6)






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     PE - Soccer Quiz

    Orch - Google video

    Art: 7th grade students have started the school year with exploring texture through creating 2 4”x4” textural paintings using found texture items from home and paste of caulk and various glues along extra textural items from the art room. Through these paintings students are learning about texture, abstract art and working in the style of South African artist Partrict Rapi. 

    Bible: We started this year in Bible class talking about THEME: what is a theme, what is our school theme (looking into Colossians 3:12-14) and then each student wrote a personal theme for the school year. Last week, we began our unit on Prayer. The 7th graders have each been given the name of a preschooler to be intentionally praying for as we continue to learn about prayer. Please remind your student to include his or her preschooler in prayers!

    History: We jumped right into studying government by looking at how the first government of the US (the Articles of Confederation) failed and how and why the second government (the Constitution) was set up. We have focused on the strengths and flexibility of the Constitution and why it has served our country so well for 235 years. Understanding the country’s government is essential to good citizenship (and now the kids know a lot more than many adult citizens!), but it is a challenging unit to start with. We are spending several days reviewing and practicing our knowledge before taking the first test next week. Our next unit is on launching the new nation and how the first presidents (George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson) face the challenges of being the first to figure out how to lead the first democratic republic in the modern world. 

    Language Arts: 7th graders began the year studying the poem “Where I’m From”, by George Ella Lyon. We developed strategies for brainstorming nonfiction writing ideas by drawing maps of where we’re from as well as recreating the poem utilizing snapshots, moments, experiences and relationships from our own lives. Students then turned to writing prose after learning about the memoir genre, and are currently working on a brief anthology of micro-memoirs based on their own lives, focusing on sensory details and evocative thoughts and feelings. In the meantime students have also begun studying parts of a sentence and will continue on into parts of speech. We will begin our first unit on literature and students will learn the requirements for independent reading and literary analysis for the year.

    Math - 7th Math: We are coming to the end of our first topic: integers. This chapter has focused on practicing the skills of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing positive and negative numbers. These skills are foundational to everything else that we will be doing in math this year!

    Math - Algebra: We have had our first test of reviewing important concepts before diving into our Big Ideas Algebra content. It is obvious that these 7th graders learned a lot after putting so much hard work and learning in Pre-Algbra this summer. We are laying a good foundation for a solid year of math! 

    Math - Pre-Algebra: In Pre-Algebra we started the year off with a review chapter to ease our brains back into school. Come of the concepts included coordinate grids, word problems, algebraic expressions, and reading tables and graphs.  We recently took our first test and everyone did really well on it! Next week we will take a break for MAP testing before beginning a unit on Integers.

    Music - Band: We have a bunch of songs we are working on - and we have a quiz coming up Mon Sep 12 on #103. Our first practice assignment is due Sep 28.

    Music - Choir: We are learning all sorts of songs from many genres and also studying Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 

    Music - Orchestra: 7th grade orchestra is getting back into the swing of things by reviewing scales, and recalling how to have a great posture and bow hold. We are also working on our shifting skills.

    OE: Outdoor education in seventh grade began with some team building activities.  We had an emphasis on how being a class is a team effort with the goal for growth and learning of all students rather than just the individual.  For the rest of the month we will be moving into tree identification. 

    PE: 7th Graders have been reviewing middle school PE rules and expectations. We have played a few collaborative games with emphasis on teamwork. Our first official unit is soccer where we will be focusing rules of soccer and applying them to a game setting. 7th grade students will have a quiz on soccer later this month. 

    Spanish: We began the year talking about how God has created our brains to learn language.  We learn a second language the same way we learned our first so we are creating subconscious acquisition through fun activities, stories and interesting input of language. Our first story and activities are about a Star Wars character who sits in some odd places and is told to get up and go.  We will act out the stories and circle the language with questions and activities. First QUIZ Sept 16.

    8th grade (Daily Homework Calendar)

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    Band - Prac. assignment due Sept 28



    LA - NHD Module 3






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    Span - Quiz (unit 10)

     

    Orch - Google Video

    Art - Sketchbook # 3 

    Art: 8th grade students have started a printmaking project where students are working to create an image that shows and tells about the artist interest or future plans but also includes their initials as part of the images. Through this artwork students are working on push to show and further develop their creative identity. 

    Bible: We started this year with a project that guided students through the process of choosing a Bible verse which will encourage them to grow in their attributes which reflect Jesus. We then moved on to our first unit on the gospels. The students learned about the purpose and message of the gospels as a whole and of each gospel writer individually. We then began to investigate the life of Christ, beginning with his birth.

    History: We started the year with a short study of how the West was completely and quickly transformed in the last 30 years of the 19th century by the advance of mining, ranching, farming, and railroads. We acknowledged the benefits of this for the country and recognized the price–especially to minority groups like Mexican Americans and Native Americans. The students completed the unit with a written assessment identifying three adjectives to describe the West at this time and supporting those adjectives with evidence from what we learned during class (thinking like a historian!). Our next unit looks at the Industrial Age, Immigration, and Urban Growth at the end of the 19th century.

    Language Arts: We put the pedal to the floor right away, kicking off the National History Day research-writing project. Students have studied the theme “Conflict and Compromise in History”, reviewed exemplar essays from past ACS students, and put in the work to establish connections to the theme in a list of five possible topics. Since receiving their research topic, students have compiled a list of guiding questions for research, gathered at least four sources, and have written at least one full page of notes. In the meantime, 8th graders have also begun a review of sentence types and clauses. As we progress, students will continue researching and learn to organize their notes to be prepared for an outline as we go. We will also have our first MAPs Language test and keep working on sentence structures that will aid us in the essay-writing process. 

    Math - Algebra: We have had our first test of reviewing Pre-Algebra concepts before diving into our Big Ideas Algebra content. We are laying a good foundation for a solid year of math! 

    Math - Geometry: We started this year with a review of the major Algebra concepts in order to have a strong foundation as we build new geometry material. After that, we learned about points, lines, rays, segments, and planes, before pausing to MAP test this week.

    Math - Pre-Algebra: In Pre-Algebra we started the year off with a review chapter to ease our brains back into school. Come of the concepts included coordinate grids, word problems, algebraic expressions, and reading tables and graphs.  We recently took our first test and everyone did really well on it! Next week we will take a break for MAP testing before beginning a unit on Integers.

    Music - Band: We are working on a lot of music - - many genres. Enjoy this picture of the low brass section! Our playing skills are improving - it’s SO amazing to hear them.

    Music - Choir: We are learning all sorts of songs from many genres and also studying Peer Gynt Suite No. 1

    Music - Orchestra: 8th grade orchestra is getting back into the swing of things by reviewing scales, and recalling how to have a great posture and bow hold. We are also working on developing our vibrato.

    OE: Outdoor education in seventh grade began with some team building activities.  We had an emphasis on how being a class is a team effort with the goal for growth and learning of all students rather than just the individual.  For the rest of the month we will transition into a review of Invasive species and preparing for some work to remove invasives species at school.  

    PE: 8th Graders have been reviewed middle school PE rules and expectations. We have played a few collaborative games with emphasis on teamwork. Our first official unit is soccer where we will be reviewing rules and skills of soccer and applying them to a game setting. 

    Science: To lay the foundations for our studies of the Sun, Moon, and Earth systems we dive into what evidence there is for the shape of our Earth. We started by discussing how a flat Earth could be a viable statement, but quickly found evidence that disputes that claim and points to an earth that is more curved. One of those pieces of evidence was looking at the way shadows would appear on a globe versus a map and comparing it to what we see on our Earth.

    Spanish: We begin the year with our school theme verse and song.  Students are reminded that this is their last trimester of Spanish 1. They have probably noticed that I speak much more Spanish with them from the start. They are encouraged to piece together meaning and speak in Spanish as able. As always, there is an emphasis on listening skills and natural language acquisition methods. Our first class story is about a hungry good wolf and a bad girl who steals his food. Students will be acting this story after they finish creating the story details. The first QUIZ is Sept 20 and the first TEST is Sept 28.

    Whatcha Doin' Out There!? - Summer 2022

    Outdoor Education News

    Summer at ACS

    It was a wonderful summer at ACS, but it went by too quickly as always. We’ll miss the summer fun, but it is great to have everyone back at ACS enjoying these wonderful spaces. Keep visiting by clicking on the Whatcha Doin’ link when it shows up in the Ada Connection to see what is happening in all the various grades in OE.  

    - Mr. Sportel

    Summer Camps

    This summer I was able to enjoy time with our farm club members each week as we worked in the gardens and with the animals. Each week we harvested the goods to be sold at the market. We enjoyed much of the produce ourselves as well. It is great to see kids get excited about the fruits and vegetables. I also enjoyed the adventurous groups I hosted for our Forest Adventure camp. We had a blast playing games, cooking around the fire and enjoying adventures in the woods. I also saw many people enjoying ACS during covenant care and other camps that were hosted at school.  Many people took time to hike the trail and enjoy the grounds on their own time. Summer is a great time at ACS.

    Market Cart

    The farm market is getting ready to switch out of summer mode and get into the school season. 4th grade will be working to load the cart with lots of great vegetables. Look for the cart in front of school on Thursdays to enjoy some of the fresh goodness.  

    Farm Manager Transition

    Leah Sienkowski has been our Farm manager for the last 5 years at ACS and has done a great job growing the program as well as the garden and farm animals. This fall she is transitioning out of her role as farm manager as she and the Dreamgoats move on to join Idlewild Farm. We will miss her and are very appreciative of all she has done at ACS for the school and particularly our OE program.  

    While we will miss her, we are excited to welcome Hannah Merrill.  Hannah is an experienced outdoor educator and is passionate about our garden space. She comes to us with a lot of experience and enthusiasm. If you see her around school be sure to welcome her to ACS. 

    Guests Gardeners

    Last spring we began a program that invited parents and grandparents to come to school to help with the ever growing outdoor spaces and the maintenance that is required. If you have a green thumb or are just interested in helping out at school, we’d love to have you join us. If you are interested please email

    Back to School Information

    2022-2023

    Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! 

    A Note From Principal Sall

    Welcome to the 2022-2023 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  “Standing on the Promises of God.” Various faculty/staff members, as well as parents and students, shared personal stories where they saw God’s promises remain true and steadfast in their lives.

    This year, we will be focusing on the theme - “Clothed in Christ” based on Colossians 3:12-14. Throughout the school year, we will focus on multiple questions and aspects of this theme:

    What are you wearing?

    • Check your closet
    • Clothe yourself - check your heart - does it fit?
    • Wear it well - Ambassadors for Christ
      • Compassion
      • Kindness
      • Humility
      • Gentleness
      • Patience

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

    Clothed in Christ,

    Principal Sall


    Clothed in Christ

    Theme Verse

    Colossians 3:12-14

    Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 

    And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.


    Mark your Calendar

    Mon, Aug 22: Open House
    Wed, Aug 24: 4th-8th grade School Pictures
    Thurs, Aug 25: Kindergarten - 3rd grade School Pictures
    Tues, Aug 30, 6:30pm-8:00pm: All School Parent Orientation
    Thurs, Sept 08, 5:30-7:30pm: Back to School Party


    K-8 Open House

    Monday, Aug 22

    Teachers are looking forward to seeing your family on Monday, Aug 22 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 23, 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 7:40am for students and parents. 

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

    NOTE: There will be AM or PM bus transportation for our first day.


    2022-2023 School Year Dedication

    On August 23 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 do not block the Fox Hollow entrance.
    • From 2:30-2:50pm 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 3:10 p.m. 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 use the call button to the left of our main entrance doors to call the office or call from a cell phone to get assistance with checking students in or out during the day. 

    Mid-day Item Drop-Offs

    There will be a table near the front doors 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. Simply call the office using your phone or the call button to let us know that you are making a delivery.


    Note for New Students

    Birth Certificate: 

    Any student new to Ada Christian School, Kindergarten – 8th  (2021-2022 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 23. 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       [FILE '737']2022-2023 Calendar[/FILE]


    Who’s New?

    Kimmy Bloemers
    Inclusion Aide

    Tammy Butch
    3rd Grade Teacher
    Emma de Jong
    3rd Grade Teacher

    April Hoeksema
    Student Support Services

    Hannah Merrill
    Outdoor Education
    Katelyn Persenaire
    Covenant Care Director

    Betsy Rybarcyzk
    56er Social Studies

    Alexis Schenck 
    3rd Grade Teacher


    Parent Orientation

    Please join us Tuesday, August 30 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, Casey Meyaard 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 8, 5:30pm-7:30pm at the ACS Track & Field. Sponsored by our ACS Promotions Committee, this event is sure to please with 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.  


    Athletics

    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 10, 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 26.

    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 (some starting Aug 15) 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 24. 

    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 Send Money To School.  Visit adachristian.org/hotlunch 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 7:55 a.m. 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 learn in community so when a student misses class, it impacts the learning of the individual student and also the learning of others. Sharing in class discussions, collaborating in group settings, and participating in activities cannot be duplicated outside of class or replaced by individual study.

    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.


    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.
    • 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.


    What Does it Mean to be an Inclusive School?

    Being an inclusive school means that our students with special needs are welcomed in our school, participating in regular classes with support to learn, contribute, and participate in all aspects of life at our school.

    All children benefit from inclusive education. It allows all students to:

    • Develop individual strengths and gifts, with high and appropriate expectations for each child.
    • Foster a school culture of respect and belonging.
    • Enjoy opportunities to learn about and accept individual differences, lessening the impact of harassment and bullying.
    • Develop friendships with a wide variety of other children, each with their own individual needs and abilities.
    • Better understand and appreciate diversity and inclusion on a broader level.


    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 19  Kindergarten (all sections)
    Sept 20  First and Second Grades
    Sept 21  Third and Fourth Grades


    Ada Christian School Education Foundation proudly presents:

    Night at the Museum
    November 10, 2022
    Grand Rapids Public Museum

    Mark your calendars for a Night at the Museum on November 10, 2022. Come enjoy a magnificent evening at the Grand Rapids Public Museum as we gather together to celebrate Ada Christian School. Our annual fall gathering is the signature fundraising event for the Ada Christian School Education Foundation, which provides essential support to our school. 

               -FORMAL INVITATION TO FOLLOW-


    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 19. 

    To complete the forms:

    • Log into your PowerSchool parent portal (powerschool.adachristian.org).
    • 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 24, 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.


    PTO

    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, this email was sent to you.  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