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Ada Connection – Nov 23, 2021

A Note From The Principal

  • Happy Thanksgiving

Now You Know

  • Kindergarten Exploration Night
  • Advent Walk at ACS
  • Dec Lunch Menu
  • Stuff-a-Bus

Action Needed

  • Board Nomination

PTO Happenings

  • Christmas Shop

Calendar Reminders

A Note From The Principal

Happy Thanksgiving

From our family at Ada Christian School to all of you - Happy Thanksgiving!

Now You Know

Kindergarten Exploration Night

Attention Preschool parents of eligible Kindergarten students: We invite you to a night of exploration on Dec 07 from 6:00-7:00pm. If you plan to come or would like more information please fill out this form

Advent Walk at ACS

Join us on Dec 16 for our ACS Advent Walk on the grounds of Ada Christian School. Walk the trails in reverence as you reflect on the first Christmas and hear about the Christmas story from live actors. More details to follow!

Dec Hot Lunch Menu

TheDec Hot Lunch Menu . Take a look and plan with your kids!

Stuff-A-Bus

The bus has been stuffed! We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our families to help our friends at Degage Ministries in their mission. Thank you for you support!

Action Needed

Board Nomination

It is time to begin the nomination process for our 2022-2023 School Board Members. Submit a nominee for the Ada Christian School Board. 

PTO Happenings

Christmas Shop

Mark your calendars! Our annual Christmas Shop is just around the corner and we need all hands on deck to make this fun event a success. Volunteer opportunities include shopping with students, cashiers, clean up, and straight donations of wrapping supplies. Check out the sign up below to fill a spot. Thanks in advance for your willingness to help!

Christmas Shop Volunteer Sign up

Feel free to contact our Christmas Shop Chair, Brittany Cole, with any questions ()

Calendar Reminders

Nov 24-28 –  Thanksgiving Break
Dec 07 – Kindergarten Exploration Night
Dec 09 – Middle School Christmas Concert
Dec 16 – Advent Walk
Dec 18-Jan 02 – Christmas Break

Middle School Matters - Nov 19, 2021

Middle School Matters

General Announcements

Stuff-a-Bus

Nov 17-23 we will be stuffing a bus again, this time in partnership with Degage Ministries. Please watch this video and encourage your students to participate.

Dates to know:

Nov 17-23 - Stuff-a-Bus
Nov 24-28 - Thanksgiving Break
Dec 09 - Christmas Concerts for all 5th-8th grade

6:00pm 5th Grade
6:30pm 6th Grade
7:00pm 7th Grade
7:30pm 8th Grade

56: Theme T-Shirt and khakis, or dark slacks/skirts
78: White on the Top, Black on the bottom (no jeans)

Dec 16 - Advent Walk (5:30-7:30pm)
Dec 18-Jan 02 - Christmas Break

5th Grade

Water Walk (Nov 23): The Water Walk is taking place this Tues, Nov 23. Your child needs a sack lunch and an empty milk jug for the walk. After the walk, students will be encouraged to use their milk jugs as piggy banks to raise money for clean water around the world. We will be donating this money to Salva Dut’s organization “Water for South Sudan.” We are encouraging students to gift their own money or to work for the money that they donate. 

SEED Market: We’ve had a great week of learning this week! Today, your students learned of an exciting project called “SEED - a day of Service, Entrepreneurship, Education and Design.” Please read the information sheet. Your student will be coming home with a paper copy as well. Applications are due Mon, Nov. 29. Thank you for your support in this project. Please direct questions to Ms. Gerig.

Art: Cutting and more cutting has been what is going on in class this past week. Next class students will learn how to apply ink to their cut designs to see how things have printed and to make adjustments before final printing. 

Bible: This week we read from A Long Walk to Water in preparation for our Water Walk next week. We also looked through images from Hungry Planet, which displays a week’s worth of groceries from different countries. Lastly, we talked about SEED Market and the power of microfinancing. Please read the SEED Market information listed above. The next justice verse is due Dec 03 (an optional verse is due Nov 23). 

Language Arts: This week we continued to read A Long Walk to Water and practiced vocabulary words to go along with the story. Students also continued to read the individual global awareness reading books they picked out last week. Next week we will finish A Long Walk to Water!

Music - Band: All band assignments are on Google Classroom - the next one is due Nov 23.

Concert - Dec 09 6:00pm- wear theme T on top and khakis or black on the bottom. We cannot wait to play for you - we have learned so much!

Music - Choir: Wonderful It is Well projects! Now we are singing more worship songs and also learning about the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald which happened in MI in Nov of 1975.

Music - Orchestra: Your practice record is due at the end of the month so keep filling out your practice records! The Christmas Concert is December 9. For attire, please wear your theme T-shirt on top and black or khakis on the bottom. The 5th graders will play at 6:00pm.

PE: 5th graders have been playing eclipse ball to close out the trimester, working on their racquet skills. 

Science: This week, 5th graders dug into learning about water, and the science of water to accompany their study of poverty and water related sickness around the world in Bible. 

Social Studies: Students finished learning about how the Great Plains and Eastern Woodlands affected peoples’ sources of food, shelter, clothing and traditions. Next week, students will spend time learning about Thanksgiving!

6th Grade

SEED Market: We’ve had a great week of learning this week! Today, your students learned of an exciting project called “SEED - a day of Service, Entrepreneurship, Education and Design.” Please read the information sheet. Your student will be coming home with a paper copy as well. Applications are due Mon., Nov 29. Please note that 6th graders will not be able to work with a partner due to the marketing component that will be asked of them in math class. Students may sell food-related items this year. Thank you for your support in this project. Please direct questions to Ms. Gerig.

Art: 6th graders will hopefully be starting a project working with emotions that they struggle with and making a visual representation of one of these emotions from recycled wallpaper samples. Please check the homework calendar for sketchbook and project due dates.

Bible: This week in Bible we wrapped up our unit on the characteristics of Christ. We talked about being committed and forgiving others. We also talked about how Jesus was powerful. We can use our voice, actions, time, and resources to impact the people around us - this is powerful. Lastly, we talked about SEED Market. Please see the information listed above. Exodus 34:6b-7a is due Fri, Dec 03. 

Language Arts: This week students continued to work on their Tuck Everlasting Character Projects. They drafted diary entries in the perspectives of their chosen characters, and they learned some writing revising skills. Next week we will wrap up these projects!

Music - Band: All band assignments are on Google Classroom - the next one is due Nov 23.

Concert - Dec 09 6:30pm- wear theme T on top and khakis or black on the bottom. We cannot wait to play for you - we have learned so much!

Music - Choir: We have been singing all sorts of music (worship, gospel, military, ballads)….doing a bit of theory again and also doing some fun Thanksgiving things.

Music - Orchestra: Keep working on your Christmas music! The Christmas Concert is Dec 09. For attire, please wear your theme T-shirt on top and black or khakis on the bottom. The 6th Graders will play at 6:30pm. 

PE: 6th graders have been playing eclipse ball to close out the trimester, working on their racquet skills. 

Science: This week, students spent time studying layers of the atmosphere, and air pressure through an exciting demonstration!

Social Studies: We wrapped up our unit on ancient Mesopotamia. Next week, we will spend time learning about Thanksgiving! 

7th Grade

Art: 7th graders need to have their sculptures formed and a coat of gesso applied by Wed, Dec 01. Students can complete this before school, before or after school. Next up students will apply a chosen paint scheme to these sculptures. Please check the homework calendar for sketchbook and project due dates.

History: We finished up our brief unit on the Age of Jackson with an essay evaluating the time through a Reformed Christian perspective. Now we begin a longer unit on Westward Expansion from 1800-1860.

Language Arts: We are about ¾ through The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Upon returning from Thanksgiving Break, we will be assessing our reading group work so far and learn how we will take our skills and discussions to the next level of depth. In the meantime we will also be working exploring the use of dialogue in our writing and how to properly format quotations.

Math - 7th Math: We are well on our way to completing a chapter on rational numbers. Students have been doing really well with this topic and should anticipate a test in the week after Thanksgiving break.

Math - Algebra: We will continue to learn on how to write linear equations during our short week next week! 

Math - Pre-Algebra: Pre-Algebra students are finishing up Chapter 5 on Ratios and Proportions. We are expecting to have a test the Tuesday we get back from Thanksgiving break.

Music - Band: Excellent work by the 7th graders. The judges were pleased and really enjoyed meeting our students! They worked hard, and it was a great day. Next up: Christmas Concert - Dec 09 at 7:00pm - we have pent-up Christmas spirit for a great band Christmas concert!

Music - Choir: We have been singing a LOT of songs, the Erie Canal projects are done, and we are trying additional musical genres as we go. 

Music - Orchestra: Great job in Solo and Ensemble this week! You did very well and the judge was impressed with you all. Thank you for your hard work.

The Christmas Concert is coming up on Thursday, December 9 @ 7:00pm. Please wear white on top (no writing, preferred white button-down for boys) and black on bottoms.

PE: 7th graders have been playing eclipse ball to close out the trimester, working on their racquet skills. Additionally, they are setting fitness goals that they will be working on for the remainder of the school year.

Science: Our babies arrived this week! Salmon that is. We will be raising them up so that in the spring they are able to be released into the Grand River. We will be studying these fish much more in depth as the year progresses. We are in the process of finishing up our Chemical Interactions unit- finishing bonds and moving into open and closed systems. 

8th Grade

Yearbook Pictures and Baby Pictures: Reminder Yearbook and Baby Pictures are due Dec 01, 2021. Picture dimensions and details. 

"It feels like yesterday…”

This phrase may be used regularly throughout your 8th grader’s school year, as you look back on special memories made in elementary or middle school.  While you enjoy looking back, we encourage you to look forward to next year as well. Whether you started to explore options for high school a year ago, a month ago or are just starting now, we would like to personally invite you to Explore South Christian High School. 

Save the Date! Explore South Christian Night – Dec 06 or 08 @ 7:00 pm

Art: Ceramic terms quiz is happening Wed Dec 01 the terms to study can be found on the 8th grade art moodle page if your student has lost their paper copy. 8th graders are working on completing their ceramic pots and the results of their work are quite amazing. These pots need to be built and drying by Friday 12/3. Students may work on these projects at lunch, before or after school if more time is needed to complete these pots on time. Please check the homework calendar for sketchbook and project due dates.

Bible: We completed reading A Case for Christ and also watched at least part of the movie as well. It’s been a great first trimester! 

History: We finished up a study of the South from 1800-1860, focusing on their dependency on cotton and the slavery that came with it. After Thanksgiving we will look at the compromises that were made on slavery during the first half of the 19th century in an effort to keep the country together. (Hint: they fail)

Language Arts: The 8th graders will be finishing their NHD outline and bibliography - this first huge milestone is due by Tuesday. In the brief interim, we will be working on sentence variety, formatting direct quotations, and parenthetical citations. 

Math - Algebra: We are currently wrapping up a chapter on graphing linear functions and will take the test on Monday. After Thanksgiving break, students can be looking forward to beginning our chapter on writing linear functions. 

Math - Geometry: We will continue to learn about congruent triangles and completing triangles proofs. 

Math - Pre-Algebra: Pre-Algebra students are finishing up Chapter 5 on Ratios and Proportions. We are expecting to have a test the Wednesday we get back from Thanksgiving break.

Music - Band: Wow…it was a great Festival Day for the band. They really brought a great work ethic to the day. Next up is Christmas - we play Dec 09 at 7:30pm - wear black and white like you did on the Festival Day. :) Solid white shirts - solid black pants. Bow ties allowed. :)

Music - Choir: We will be working on the musical when we meet - choir meets 1x per week this year. 

Music - Orchestra: Great job in Solo and Ensemble this week! You did very well and the judge was impressed with you all. Thank you for your hard work.

The Christmas Concert is coming up on Thursday, December 9 @ 7:30pm. Please wear white on top (no writing, preferred white button-down for boys) and black on bottoms.

PE: 8th graders have been playing eclipse ball to close out the trimester, working on their racquet skills. Additionally, they are setting fitness goals that they will be working on for the remainder of the school year.

Science: We have been working on posters about each planet. We are finishing up learning about planetary science by studying the life cycle of a star and discussing which planet is most like Earth. 

Athletics

Winter II Sport Registration is now open, below are following opportunities for ACS students:

5-8 ACS Girls Basketball: Click here to sign-up and more information.

GRCMS Middle School Wrestling: Click here for sign-ups and more information.

GRCMS Middle School Downhill Ski Team: Click here for sign-ups and more information.

Boys basketball season is officially underway. Please check your TeamSnap to see your team’s full schedule.

We are still in need of some more workers for upcoming boys basketball games. If you or your son/daughter (⅞ grade or older) is interested in please fill out this form.

Whatcha Doin' Out There!? – Oct 2021

OE News

October was a great month for OE.  For much of the month we had some unseasonably warm weather to enjoy.  One of our themes for the month was apples.  Our third graders picked apples from Blok Orchard and all the grades were able to spend some time slicing, smashing, pressing and drinking our hand-made apple cider.  Another highlight was our new baby chicks! So cute! Aside from turning the OE room into a temporary cider mill and chicken hatchery, we enjoyed a number of adventures outside in each of the grades.

Kindergarten learned about texture as a different way to explore creation. We went on a hike to find different textures and created bark and tree rubbings to see the textures visually. We also had a fun day using pumpkins to learn about measurements and counting by 10s to 100. One rainy day we stayed inside and learned about how a baby chick hatches and grows. Then students got to meet and pet our newly hatched chicks! 

In addition to cider, first graders took the herbs they collected and made tea. They took the dried herbs and rubbed them over a screen to break them into small pieces and remove the stems (a process called garbling). The herbs were then put in tea bags with each student’s own special herb blend. We also visited animals around school and looked at their characteristics in order to categorize them (including the baby chicks!)

Second graders spent some time one class period giving back and helping out at school by woodchipping some of our trails. They did a great job adding to the trails bucket by bucket. We also read the book Leafman and collected leaves. Soon we’ll make some pictures in art using the collected leaves. We spent some time learning about tracking like the pioneers and became track detectives trying to decipher how classmates moved through the sand.  

One highlight from 3rd grade was the field trip to Blok orchard to collect apples. They did a great job learning the correct way to pick apples and carefully fill crates. Students have been observing their seeds planted in the greenhouse sprouting, climbing a trellis, and even starting to make fruit! We also went on a seed hunt to find all kinds of seeds with different dispersal methods and read a great book about how seeds move.

In 4th grade students spent time exploring creation and connecting to science. We spent some time looking at leaf critters and talked about the role of decomposers; practiced a simulation about food availability and population size, and played predator/prey game showing how animals use sound to communicate. We also spent some time in the greenhouse and hoophouse preparing the beds for our winter crops. We have enjoyed harvest time with Ms Leah at lunch recess, and selling our wares at the market Wednesdays after school.

The fifth grade has met with Ms Leah this month to learn about barn rules, goat chores, and the life cycle of a goat. The fifth graders also learned about mating season, in preparation for the arrival of the male goats (bucks), who are now settling in with the herd. This year, they are young bucks, so quite small and less stinky! Say hello to Nicholas and Nelson next time you come by the farm.

The 6th graders have all received their job assignments as part of the Got Yolk company and are earning big auction points with their hard work. It’s wonderful to watch the barn and OE room abuzz with collaboration during recess time. We have begun delivering our eggs to customers and will have extra dozens for sale at Wednesday after school market, as long as the weather allows. The students enjoyed rooting for their chicks as they hatched, and watching their quick growth. We just discovered the breeds of these new chicks and are excited for the colorful feathers and eggs they will add to the flock (Mystic Marans & Pearl Star Leghorn).

7th grade OE spent some time learning to identify different species of trees. One of the tools we used was a dichotomous key. We are learning a variety of trees from our property that they will be able to identify by leaf type. They also learned to identify the invasive species Oriental bittersweet and helped to remove the nasty vine from some of our woods. They did great work and the effort is quite noticeable. 

Invasive species has been the topic for the last number of weeks. We have talked about what invasive species are, why they are harmful and how they get here. We then learned how to identify them as well as how to get rid of them. We put this knowledge into practice as students came out multiple times to remove the Oriental Bittersweet vine from woods on our campus. 8th graders also spent time enjoying their sit spots again and have overall shown an increased ability to sit and reflect while in God’s creation.