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Ada Connection – Oct 21, 2020

A Note From The Principal

  • COVID-19 Update
  • A Family in Need
  • A Prayer Matter

Now You Know

  • ACS Book Fair
  • Ski Punch Passes
  • ACS Gear is Here

PTO Happenings

  • Charleston Wrap

ACS Athletics

  • PurePlay

Calendar Reminders

A Note From The Principal

Fall Fun

Yesterday several of our students enjoyed an afternoon of fall fun, making scarecrows and pressing their own apple cider!

COVID-19 Update

As COVID-19 cases in West Michigan are currently on the rise, we continue to follow our Preparedness Plan. Research has shown the spread of COVID-19 is often linked to social gatherings outside of schools. Please help us keep our kids in school by taking diligent precautions when making plans to spend time with friends and extended family. Thank you for your continued efforts, it’s making a difference.

A Family In Need

Jeff Visser, father to 5th grade student Maylee, was diagnosed with Mantel cell lymphoma this past Memorial Day. At this time Jeff is undergoing challenging treatments and has been unable to work since April. One of the ways we can help at this time is by signing up to bring a meal. Please also join us as we lift up Jeff and his family in prayer.

A Prayer Matter

The Schrotenboer family has made a Caring Bridge page for updates. Thank you for all of your prayers on their behalf.

Now You Know

ACS Book Fair

The ACS Book Fairs are only two weeks away. Please watch this video for more information.

Ski Punch Passes

Cannonsburg will be opening and you all can dust off your skis and boards!! Once again Cannonsburg is offering discounted punch pass cards for the season. New this year will be the option to purchase online and have them shipped to you!  You are welcome to use your punch cards any day that works for you. Grab your family and head there on a Saturday morning to avoid the crowds, meet up with a friend after school any day and stay until it closes! How do you do this?

1. Go to www.cannonsburg.com
2. Click on "Store" tab
3. Choose the "Passes" option
4. Shop the punch cards that work for your family.
5. When checking out be sure to state Ada Christian School and Katie Kuiper as sponsor school and name.
6. When passes are ready you can pick up at Cannonsburg once they open or you may choose to have them mailed to your house!

 You may still pay by cash or check by printing and filling out the form attached and sending it into the office with your child(ren). Label the envelope Ski Punch Card/Katie Kuiper. 

Please call Katie Kuiper at 616.485.1888 or email her at you have any questions. Hit the Hill with us (because honestly, it's not a slope but we can have just as much fun!)

Deadline is Tuesday, Nov 24.

ACS Gear is Here 

From now until Oct 28 you can order ACS spirit wear. Check out the online store and order some gear!

PTO Happenings

Charleston Wrap

One of our most important fundraisers of the year, Charleston Wrap, has begujn.  Many great gifts, including home goods, sweet treats and the popular “reversible” gift wrap are available. It’s shopping made easy that also supports our school. 

Each student brought home a Charleston Wrap packet last Friday. Online shopping is also available for friends and family who are near and far. Check out the online store

It is our goal to raise $25/student for our fall fundraiser. We understand that some families are happy to donate money in lieu of selling products. Please feel free to return the order sheet with your donation if this applies to you.

ACS Athletics

PurePlay

Soccer season is now complete. Thanks to all for a wonderful season!

Basketball signups are underway!

Calendar Reminders

Oct 21-23 - No School (Teacher Convention)

Nov 25-27 – No School – Thanksgiving Break

Dec 21 – Christmas Break begins, Resumes Jan 04

Requested Announcements

Brody's Be Cafe

Do you know about Brody’s Be Cafe? It is a nonprofit full service coffee cafe in downtown Ada that employs individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. “We BElieve everyone BElongs and we can work BEsides one another.”. ACS alumni Alex VanderPloeg is employed as a BErista and there are ACS parents serving on the board. Brody’s Be Cafe encourages ACS families to stop by and support this great local 501(c)3 nonprofit. Also, the cafe is now serving Chick-fil-A for breakfast and lunch on certain days. See hours and events on Facebook or instagram @brodysbe.  Located between Blimpie and The Community Church on Thornapple River Dr.

Middle School Matters – Oct 16, 2020

Middle School Matters

General Announcements

ACS looks forward to the day when parents can once again join us in the school building, but for now we have to follow our "ACS Response and Preparedness Plan" in which parents are not able to enter our building while we are in Phase 4. To help us honor our back to school plan, please understand that we cannot have parents enter school before, during, or after school -- so sorry! If you or one of your littles need to use the restroom, please use the porta-johns located behind ACS.

5th Grade

Art: 5th graders have started cutting their prints. 5th grade will continue to work on cutting next week and even make some test prints.  

Bible: This week in Bible we wrapped up the book of Exodus and Leviticus. Students also took their 10 Commandments Bible memory quiz. Next week we will look at the books of Numbers & Deuteronomy.

History: This week, students learned about primary and secondary sources and the development of early Native American cultures. 

Language Arts: This week we identified similes, metaphors, and examples of personification in Hatchet. We also planned, drafted, and revised our descriptive paragraphs about our experiences from Survival Camp. Next week we will edit our paragraphs and finish Hatchet! 

Music - Band: Practice at least 3x per week - this is really important to build muscle/skill/fundamentals. Lots of videos are coming in - p. 9 video is due Friday Oct 16. GREAT work!

Music - Choir: We are working on a project relating to the song “It is Well With My Soul”

Music - Orchestra: Keep practicing and filling out your practice record. You should be working through page 13.

PE: Students are finishing up their fitness tests, additionally will be learning about some of the fundamentals of throwing and catching a football.

Science: Students are wrapping up their Solar System Research Project - they’ve done excellent work so far and are learning a lot!

6th Grade 

Art: 6th graders are all working on their picasso portraits. Awesome patterns were thought out and drawn for preparation to go onto these portraits. Please check the homework calendar for sketchbook and project due dates.   

Bible: This week students presented their Outside Inside Bags and practiced Bible memory.

History: For our next unit, students will participate in a series of simulations. They will face the problems ancient people confronted in establishing civilization and experience the solution to those problems. This week, they learned how hunter-gatherer tribes progressed to the development of farming. 

Language Arts: This week we continued to practice making inferences about the characters in Tuck Everlasting. We also took a vocabulary quiz on challenging words from the first half of the novel. Next week, we will finish Tuck Everlasting and start gearing up for a project on the Tuck characters.

Music - Band: Wow - so many excellent worship videos came in this week. Practice “It is Well With My Soul” and “In Christ Alone” - ask for a concert!

Music - Choir: We are working on a project relating to the song “It is Well With My Soul”

Music - Orchestra: Keep practicing, especially Fiddles on Fire, which will be on your next FlipGrid.

PE: Students are finishing up their fitness tests, additionally will be learning about some of the fundamentals of throwing and catching a football and applying to a game setting.

Science: We have begun a unit on Forces, focusing first on Newton’s 3 laws of motion.

7th Grade

Late & Missing Work: All late and missing work must be turned in by Oct 20. If work is not turned in by the 20th, it will be marked as a 0. 


Art: 7th graders completed a self and peer critique on the sculptures they are creating and it went great. 7th graders will be painting on their sculpture for a bit yet. The 7th graders will be working to collect a variety of lines drawings as the final part of the sculpture. Please check the homework calendar for sketchbook and project due dates.   

Bible: We will begin to wrap up our prayer unit in Bible. For this short week we will look at some ways that we can model prayers in our own lives. When we come back from Fall Break we will start working on our end of unit prayer project. This project will have multiple steps for students to complete so it will be important that they take time to fully complete it both in and out of class. 

History: This week was a busy one for 7th grade social studies students!

We gained historical perspective by looking at a timeline of major world events and discussing potential ages for the earth and humanity. Thank you for your help with this discussion via the parent-involvement assignment. We will continue our discussion over the next few days by consulting the creation accounts in Genesis and reviewing parent feedback. 

Students also had a test this week (Friday) on basic world geography, and they began researching a country of their choice to trace its changes through time. We’ll continue this work into the short week ahead. 

Language Arts: 7th graders have a FlipGrid analysis of the story Super Human due Tue, Oct 20. When we return from the break, we’ll continue wrapping up the student narratives, and begin preparations for our first novel study of The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

Math - 7th Math: We finished up our unit on unit rates and proportions with a test on Thursday, and began our next unit on percents by reviewing how to do fraction, decimal, and percent conversions.    

Math - Algebra: We will be wrapping up our chapter on inequalities and there will be a test on Tuesday. 

Math - Pre-Algebra: We have started Chapter 4 on Roots and Exponents in Pre-Algebra and are getting to a point where students are learning new material. Now that we are getting into more challenging topics, our pace will start to slow down. Students should expect to have a test on Chapter 4 shortly after getting back from Fall Break. 

Music - Band: Signed Solo Letter was due today (Friday). Solo packets are in the hands of the students so they can try them out and begin to choose.

Music - Choir: We have a quiz on The Moldau the final week of October. We are also singing some African and Barbadian songs, and drumming as well.

Music - Orchestra: Solo and Ensemble Parent form is due on Tues, Oct 20. Start picking out and practicing your solo now, so you don’t have to cram in the end!

PE: Students are finishing up their fitness tests, additionally will be reviewing some of the fundamentals of throwing and catching a football and applying to a game setting.

Science: We have been studying the different kinds of rocks. We will be working on metamorphic rocks next week. 

8th Grade

Late & Missing Work: All late and missing work must be turned in by Oct 20. If work is not turned in by the 20th, it will be marked as a 0.

Yearbook Pictures and Baby Pictures: Please read the details below (due Dec 01, 2020).

Yearbook Pictures

  • 8th graders may submit a different image for the yearbook than the traditional school photograph
  • It should be a portrait image (vertical, not horizontal).
  • The image should mostly be a "head and shoulders" or "waist up" shot
  • Please no pets
  • If a digital file...300 dpi or more image size should be equivalent to a 8 x 10 
    the image file size should be between 2 MB and 10 MB
  • Please send the images to Dani Buchanan ()
  • If you would like to use your child's school photo as their yearbook photo please email this choice to Dani Buchanan

"Baby Pictures" for Yearbook and Graduation

  • Each student needs to submit one "Baby Picture" that we can use for both the yearbook and at graduation.
  • You may submit either a digital image or an actual photo.  (The picture will be returned quickly and safely.)
  • The "baby picture" can be from the time your student was a baby or up to a young child. 
  • These pictures can be fun, sweet, cute, and all of that! 
  • Please send the images to Dani Buchanan (dbuchanan@adachristian.org) or have your student drop off the photo to Miss Buchanan in the office. 

Art: 8th graders are working on getting ready to create and build their ceramic slab (flat piece of clay) pots. Ask your 8th grader about what they are planning on creating and if they are making a handle ask your student how it is integrated as of the pot. Please check the homework calendar for sketchbook and project due dates.   

Bible Huttenga: In our short week, students will complete the poster section of their Reformation & Narnia project. After we return from the break, we will begin a short essay to conclude the project, and then move on to our next unit - The Case for Faith.

Bible Sloterbeek: With ideas of fear and love in mind, this week students reflected on several passages where Jesus responds to people’s doubts. We were glad to find that Jesus is gentle with people who are doubting and asking questions. At the end of this week and into our short next week, we’ll take our thoughts on fear, love, doubt, and hope into discussions on salvation, and we’ll begin wrestling with the roles of faith and works in the Christian life and the gospel Jesus brought.

History: We had a lot going on in 8th grade social studies this week!

We gained historical perspective by looking at a timeline of major world events and discussing potential ages for the earth and humanity. Thank you for your help with this discussion via the parent-involvement assignment. We will continue our discussion over the next few days by consulting the creation accounts in Genesis and reviewing parent feedback. 

Students have also been studying U.S. geography for a test this coming Tuesday; they’ve been continuing work on their National History Day papers; and they began a project researching the history of a U.S. state. This project will continue into the next few weeks. 

Language Arts: NHD continues. We are making good progress. Students will continue to meet milestones regarding notes and sources, and also work through a checklist of guiding questions to help them find the remaining relevant information and theme connections for their topics. We are planning on transition into outlining and drafting at the end of the month.

Math - Algebra: We are diving into inequality equations this week. 

Math - Geometry: We have begun a new chapter on parallel and perpendicular lines. 

Math - Pre-Algebra: Our week began with a new unit on roots and powers. Students have been learning what exponents actually are in addition to the differences between positive and negative exponents. During our short week next week, we’ll begin to look at the different exponent rules, with a focus on multiplication and division rules. 

Music - Band: We have Book 3 - the first group to use this new version, I am excited to see what we can do with these new books! The next practice assignment includes the new book and also our songs for Festival.

Music - Choir: We have a quiz on The Moldau the final week of October. We are also singing some African and Barbadian songs, and drumming as well

Music - Orchestra: Keep practicing your music at home! 

PE: Students are finishing up their fitness tests, additionally will be reviewing the fundamentals of throwing/catching a football and applying to a game setting.

Science: We are finishing up our moon studies with a test on Tue, Oct 20. 

Athletics

For those finishing up a fall sports season please fill out the 2020 Fall Season Coaching Evaluation and turn in your uniform to Mr. Meyaard. 

The 5th-8th grade boys basketball sign-ups will be closing Mon, Oct 19. Practice is scheduled to start the week of Oct 26. 

If you have any questions regarding your child's sport season please contact Casey Meyaard,

Whatcha Doin' Out There!? – Oct 2020

OE News

Morning sun shining through the dew on our Bald Cypress tree.

We’ve been gifted some gorgeous fall weather and have spent it testing Ada Lake for signs of health, collecting natural objects in sixteen shades, and harvesting pumpkins, loofahs, and leeks! Fall is a beautiful time on the ACS campus. Many of the grades have explored the grounds searching and observing with different scavenger hunts. Wander with your students after school or on the weekend and let them tell you what they’ve been learning outdoors.

Kindergarten  Has spent some time exploring the OE grounds in search of details in God’s creation.  We toured the area, did a color scavenger hunt and compared bark by feel while creating some bark rubbings.  

1st grade herbs are hanging in the log cabin, put up to dry like the pilgrims once would. We then took some time to garble the dried herbs and make our own herbal tea blends. 

2nd grade has been busy studying germs and learned about the good germs that help break things down.  They've also been going back in time at the Native American village,  collecting leaves for an art project based on the book Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert.

3rd graders have tackled floral arranging with reckless abandon, creating beautiful bouquets. They’ve also collected, sprouted, and planted seeds as well as learned the parts of a seed and how seeds are dispersed. They also harvested the winter squash and gourds from our pumpkin patch.

4th graders are busy harvesting the last of summer veggies, planting a winter rye cover crop, and selling their goods at the Wednesday afternoon farmstand, 2:45-3:20pm.  4th graders helped carry some of the workload by potting some perennials that were split from the “V” and clearing the archeological site to prepare it for the 6th grade dig.  

5th graders have seen the milking process, begun their daily goat chores, and are creating a goat book filled with diagrams, illustrations, and reflections.  5th grade also did a lot of work practicing and honing their survival skills in preparation for survival camp.  

6th graders have been working on marketing projects to help sell their Got Yolk eggs, as well as learning about flock health and care.  They have also spent some time tying into their science studies and working with solutions, making herbal teas.

7th graders have been wading into Ada Lake (our resident pond) to assess the chemistry and macroinvertebrates removing invasive species from the prairie (did you know Queen Annes Lace is a nuisance plant??), and constructing our next Native American structure, the wigwam, a dwelling of the native Michigan tribes.

8th graders have been learning to sit still and observe! A great challenge. We have gotten to know our sit spots, read and written outdoor poetry, as well as drawn a field sketch of a natural object in our line of sight, and taken time to pray and listen to God. We are in the midst of brainstorming our legacy project.