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Ada Connection – 01.19.22

A Note From the Principal

  • Professional Development Reflection

This Week

  • MENistry
  • Moms In Prayer

Now You Know

  • Winter Olympics Are Coming
  • Preschool Registration
  • GRASP
  • You're Invited: ACS SEED Market
  • Faith Strong LEGO League Programming

Action Needed

  • Parent Teacher Conferences 
  • Employment Opportunities

Looking Ahead

  • 2022-2023 Calendar

ACS Athletics

  • PurePlay

Calendar Reminders

A Note From The Principal

Professional Development Reflection

At our professional development day on Monday, January 17, 2022, this graphic was shared by our presenter, Jenna Zemaitis. I am hoping you are able to zoom in on it and benefit from the purpose of it.

Over the years, studies have been done to show what the highest rate of student retention is based on how they are given information. I noticed that in the top 4 sections of the pyramid,  a teacher is “the magic” if you will.

As soon as the teacher involves the student, the retention rate increases dramatically. This shouldn’t be surprising to any of us, but how to do that effectively in a classroom of 20+ students can present a challenge. How does one engage a student? How is their interest piqued? What type of lesson allows for the bottom of this pyramid to happen more often than not?

We were stretched by this. I am confident that for those that are on staff at ACS, they can approach a faculty member and ask, “How do you do this in your classroom?” Faculty will be able to answer that question by what they are doing in their classrooms.

This Week

MENistry

When: Friday’s at 8:00am
Where: Brody’s BE Café
What: Man in the Mirror book review
Who: ACS dads
Why: To be in community with other fathers of ACS students and grow deeper in Christ.

Questions? Contact Andy Anderson via text/call, 616-325-6116

Moms In Prayer

This week we’re praying for our “specials" teachers. God is our Rock —   Firm foundation, immovable, stable, dependable, refuge, and unbreakable 

Scripture: "LORD, may You keep us in perfect peace because our mind is steadfast and we trust in You. May we trust in You forever; You, are the Rock eternal." Isaiah 26:3-4

We’re a group of Moms passionate about lifting up our kids and ACS faculty and staff in prayer — we pray every Thursday, 8:00-9:00am, in the front office. If you have any questions, give me a call (Kelly, 616.304.2963)

Now You Know

The Winter Olympics are coming to ACS! 

Every four years ACS joins with our nation and countries around the world in celebrating the Winter Olympics. This year the 2022 Winter Olympics will be held in Beijing, China. The ACS Winter Olympics will take place on school grounds from Monday, Feb 7 to Thursday, Feb 10. Closing ceremonies will be held on Friday, Feb 11 in the South Gym. Students in grades 1 through 8 will be on a team which will participate in 2 events each day. Floor Hockey, speed skating, curling, biathlon, bobsled and luge, are just some of the events that will take place. 

Parents, we need your help for the ACS Olympics! 

We will need 32 parent volunteers to help each day of the ACS Winter Olympics Monday, Feb 7 through Thursday, Feb 10. We need 16 parent volunteers to help with 5th through 8th grade events from 11:45 to 1:15 and ANOTHER 16 parent volunteers to help with 1st through 4th grade events from 1:00 - 2:30. Please sign-up and we will be in touch with you with more details.

GRASP

Grand Rapids Academic Summer Programs are available for ACS students. GRASP is an optional summer correspondence education program for grades K-8, which helps students maintain reading and math skills while they are on summer vacation. Please complete the attached form and return to the ACS office. 

You're Invited: ACS S.E.E.D. Market - Fri, Jan 28

What? The Ada Christian S.E.E.D. Market
When? Friday, Jan 28 from 2:00-4:00pm
Where? Ada Christian North Gym 
Who? Parents, students, and anyone in the community
Bring? Money to purchase bracelets, slime, stress balls, home decor, baked goods, jolly pops, and much more!

S.E.E.D. stands for: Service, Entrepreneurship, Education and Design. 

The 5th and 6th graders have spent time learning about the needs of others in our local and global community. The SEED market offers 5th & 6th graders at Ada Christian an opportunity to create, make, and market a product while understanding the importance and power of micro-financing - something that is an essential aspect to non-profits all around the world. All proceeds from the market will benefit Mission India and World Vision.

Faith Strong LEGO® League Programming Club 2022

Let's design, build and program LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robots! In this club, members will complete "missions" on a table-top playing field. This club provides an opportunity to learn and practice skills needed for FIRST Lego® League competitions. Applications for the 2022 ACS Lego League team will be available next fall. The Programming Club will offer the chance to experience what Lego League is all about before the competitive season begins! 

Coaches: Ms. Frens and Mr. Jorgensen (veteran FLL coach and former ACS parent) and Mrs. Lineberry (current ACS parent)

Applicants: Students in grades 4-6
When: One Friday each month Feb 11, March 18, April 15, May 13
Cost: $40 (Scholarships available upon request) 

Payment can be made via cash app or via check delivered to the office made out to Jackie Frens. Depending on interest, the number of participants may be limited. Please submit applications by Friday, Jan 21, 2022. Apply today! 

Action Needed

Parent Teacher Conferences - Jan 15 & 24

Parent Teacher Conference forms came home last week. Please complete and return the form by Wednesday, Jan 26. 

Please note that 5-8th grade will be round robin style contrary to what the original form said. If your student is in middle school you do not need to specify a time. 

Employment Opportunities

We have the following employment opportunities available:

  • Long-term Social Studies Substitute
  • Early Intervention Specialist

Looking Ahead

2022-2023 Calendar

Below is the calendar for NEXT school year. 

Aug 23 - First Day of School (Half Day, dismissal at 11:30am)
Sept 2-5 - No School (Labor Day)
Sept 26 - No School (Teacher In-Service)
Oct 19-23 - No School (CEA Convention)
Nov 23-27 - No School (Thanksgiving Break)
Dec 21 - Half Day, Dismissal at 11:30am
Dec 22-Jan 2 - No School (Christmas Break)
Jan 3 - School Resumes
Jan 16 - No School (Teacher In-Service)
Feb 16-20 - No School (Winter Break)
Mar 30-Apr 9 - No School (Spring Break)
Apr 10 - School Resumes
May 5 - Grand Friends Day (Half day, dismissal at 11:30am)
May 29 - No School (Memorial Day)
June 2 - Last Day (Half day, dismissal at 11:30am)

ACS Athletics

PurePlay

Spring Soccer sign ups are open. The season will run from April 16-May 21.

Co-Ed Child-Parent Volleyball Clinic

Boys and girls, Grades 1-4
Limited to first 20 students
March 05  9:00 -11:45 am
ACS North Gym
Cost: $30.00 per adult/child pair. Two T-shirts included. 

This Clinic is for both boys and girls, accompanied by an adult, and is designed to help students learn skills and parents understand how to help their child practice the skills of volleyball. 

To Register, email Coach DK ()
Deadline: February 15

Calendar Reminders

Feb 15&24 – Parent Teacher Conferences
Feb 17-21 – No School - Winter Break

Middle School Matters – 01.21.22

Middle School Matters

General Announcements

SEED Market - Join us at SEED Market Jan 28 from 2:00-4:00pm! Please invite people from the community to support our 5th and 6th grade students’ businesses. All proceeds will go to Mission India and World Vision. For more information on Mission India, please read this letter.

iPads - A few reminders for all ACS 5-8 families

Charging: All ACS iPads need to be charged at night so that when they arrive at school they are ready to work. Some students are out of the habit of charging their iPads. Please help with this at home - imagine arriving to work either without your device or with a dead one….. Please help remind your student (maybe have a set place where you expect to see that iPad charging at bedtime just like you would with your phone or device).

Earbuds that work in our school iPads: All students in grades 5-8 need a set of inexpensive wired earbuds that fit their ipad. Please check with your student and help with this!

5th Grade

PowerSchool Grades

We have worked hard this year to establish healthy routines as students have adjusted to Middle School. Fri, Jan 21, Mr. Kiser will be talking with all 5th grade students about how they can view grades in real time on PowerSchool. Please read this important parent letter about viewing grades on PowerSchool.

SEED Market: Join us at SEED Market Jan 28 from 2:00-4:00pm! Please invite people from the community to support our students’ businesses. A final SEED Market update was sent home last Friday. Please review this update with your child. We are also in need of plastic grocery bags. If you have extras at home, please have your child give them to Ms. Gerig. This year all SEED money is going to Mission India and World Vision. See the note below for more information about our partnership with Mission India:

Ada Christian Schools is partnering with Mission India to help boys and girls in India hear the Good News of the gospel and learn of Jesus’ love for them! Through Ada’s SEED Market, students will be raising funds to send students to Mission India’s Year-Long Bible Club program. It costs $24 to send a child in India to one of these programs where they will be discipled for an entire year! The students’ goal will be to raise $960 to sponsor a Club of 40 students by January 28. When their goal is met, there will be a 6-Month Progress Report and 12-Month Final Report to let them know how their gift is making an impact in the lives of the Indian children. Parents, we would love for you to engage this effort through your prayers and support as well. For more information or to give an online donation, visit the following link: missionindia.org/ada For more information on Mission India, please read this letter.

Art: 5th grade will spend their next class period printing their relief prints in multi-color.  

Bible: This week in Bible we learned about the temptation of Jesus and the disciples. Students identified someone that they are following and someone that they are leading. Matthew 5:14-16 is due Jan 27.

Language Arts: We have completed Week 3 of BOB! Students should be halfway to reaching their goals, so make sure to check your child’s Week #3 Progress Report to see how they are doing. While students have been working independently on their BOB goals, we have also been reading the book Glitch in class. As stated in the initial BOB parent letter, our goal was to read most (if not all) of this book. Due to the length of the story and our deep class discussions, we will not be able to finish reading Glitch aloud in class before the last day of BOB, so if your student would like to add this book to their goal, they may wish to start reading ahead on their own. In addition, because of our wacky first week of snow days after Christmas break, our new final date of BOB will be pushed back to Wed, Feb 16. 

Math: The 5th graders finished up their unit on multiplying and dividing decimals with a test this past Thursday.. Next week Tuesday and Wednesday the 5th graders have their math MAP test. 

Music - Band: We are working on full band songs - it’s sounding great. All students should be practicing pages 20 and 21 this week! Ask for a mini concert!

Music - Choir: We are singing, drumming and working on theory.

Music - Orchestra: We are continuing to work on our fiddle tunes. Keep practicing and memorizing the music!

PE: We are wrapping up floor hockey and will be moving into a jump rope unit!

Social Studies: Next week we will continue learning about the 1st colonies! 

6th Grade

Join us at SEED Market Jan 28 from 2:00-4:00pm! Please invite people from the community to support our students’ businesses. A final SEED Market update was sent home last Friday. Please review this update with your child. We are also in need of plastic grocery bags. If you have extras at home, please have your child give them to Ms. Gerig. This year all SEED money is going to Mission India and World Vision. See the note below for more information about our partnership with Mission India:

Ada Christian Schools is partnering with Mission India to help boys and girls in India hear the Good News of the gospel and learn of Jesus’ love for them! Through Ada’s SEED Market, students will be raising funds to send students to Mission India’s Year-Long Bible Club program. It costs $24 to send a child in India to one of these programs where they will be discipled for an entire year! The students’ goal will be to raise $960 to sponsor a Club of 40 students by January 28. When their goal is met, there will be a 6-Month Progress Report and 12-Month Final Report to let them know how their gift is making an impact in the lives of the Indian children. Parents, we would love for you to engage this effort through your prayers and support as well. For more information or to give an online donation, visit the following link: missionindia.org/ada For more information on Mission India, please read this letter.

Art: 6th graders have their monster project and artist statements due next Fri, Jan 28. All the instructions for writing the at least 1 paragraph artist statement are found on the sketchbook assignment page and the art google classroom. Next up is watercolor. 

Bible: This week in Bible we learned about the early church. While believers were persecuted, the church was rapidly growing! Next week we will look at Paul’s first missionary journey. This week students also recited their “parent choice” verses for one another.

Language Arts: This week we have been working our way through the writing process to complete our Case for Christ letters for Bible class. Students brainstormed, planned outlines, and drafted their letters. Next week, we will revise and edit the letters. The final drafts are due on Thurs, Jan 27. After we finish up our letters, we will learn more about culture alongside Social Studies!

Math: The 6th graders will be having their math MAP test on Thursday and Friday. We have just begun learning about expressions and will continue to do so next week as well. 

Music - Band: We have an in-person quiz on This Train (is Bound for Glory) - ask for a concert!  (We either did it yesterday or else on next Monday)

Music - Choir: We are starting our Sound of Music Unit, singing and drumming!

Music - Orchestra: We are continuing to work on our fiddle tunes. We also had a google video that was due on Thursday. Keep practicing and memorizing the music!

PE: We are wrapping up floor hockey and will be moving into a jump rope unit!

Social Studies: Next week we will continue learning about culture!

7th Grade

Art: In art students will be moving on to non-traditional portraits next class. Next Thurs, Jan 27 the sculpture project is due. Students may work on completing their unfinished all next week at lunch recess, before or after school. Please check the homework calendar for sketchbook and project due dates. 

Bible: We are in our sermons unit. We will spend this week watching sermons from different pastors and learning how to take good notes during a sermon. Bible Memory is Colossians 2: 2-3 due on Thurs, Jan 27.

History: We finished MAP testing and returned to our study of the Industrial Revolution. We’ll continue that next week paying special attention to urbanization and the first reform movements.

Language Arts: We are making great progress through Trouble, and discussing how the themes from “The Danger of a Single Story” fits in with the narrative. We are also examining relationships between characters and how they deal with conflict. Students will be taking the LA MAP test on Monday and Tuesday (Jan 24 & 25)

Math - 7th Math: We are working through chapter 6 on equations and inequalities. This week we learned about one-step and two-step equations. Students will take a quiz today on one-step equations and can anticipate a quiz on Wednesday on two-step equations.

Math - Algebra: We have wrapped up Chapter 5 on Systems of Equations and students did really well grasping the concept. We will begin Chapter 6 about radicals and exponents. Students will also complete their MAP testing on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Math - Pre-Algebra: We will have our test on Chapter 7 on Monday Jan 24. After we will begin Chapter 8 on solving equations. During this chapter we will see more time taking notes in the classroom and less time on homework; this will mean that students may see a rise in the homework they are taking with them every night.

Music - Band: We have an in person quiz on “Blow Away the Morning Dew” (either did it yesterday or else will play it on Monday)

Music - Choir: We continue with singing, drumming and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

Music - Orchestra: We are continuing to work on our fiddle tunes. We also had a google video that was due on Thursday. Keep practicing and memorizing the music!

PE: We are wrapping up floor hockey and will be moving into a jump rope unit!

Science: We are looking at ecosystems and how the organisms in an ecosystem interact.

8th Grade

Art: 8th grade next week in class will spend time working on creating their Stella family shape project shapes out of cardboard and assembling them together. Please check the homework calendar for sketchbook and project due dates. 

Bible: We continue to read The Last Battle, while also exploring Bible verses and thinking about how we see God’s faithfulness in our lives - past, present and into the future as well. 

History: We’re finishing up our study of the Civil War. We’ll conclude with a test on Thursday. After the test we’ll take 3 days on the MAP reading test.

Language Arts: Now that NHD is finished, we are focusing more on reading skills and conventions. Soon, students will be able to apply some of the themes to The Giver to some creative writing. Students will be taking the LA MAP test on Monday and Tuesday (Jan 24 & 25)

Math - Algebra: This week students took a quiz on solving systems of linear equations. We MAP tested yesterday and today and will continue with systems of linear inequalities next week. Students should anticipate a quiz next week Tuesday or Wednesday.

Math - Geometry: We wrapped up our chapter about the relationship within triangles and MAP testing.  We will begin a new chapter about the properties of quadrilaterals. 

Math - Pre-Algebra: We will have our test on Chapter 7 on Wednesday Jan. 26. After we will begin Chapter 8 on solving equations. During this chapter we will see more time taking notes in the classroom and less time on homework; this will mean that students may see a rise in the homework they are taking with them every night.

Music - Band: We have/had a playing quiz (LIVE) either yesterday or next Monday.

Music - Choir: We were on stage today - YAY!

Music - Orchestra: We are continuing to work on our fiddle tunes. We also had a google video that was due on Thursday. Keep practicing and memorizing the music!

PE: We are wrapping up floor hockey and will be moving into a jump rope unit!

Science: We have moved from sound waves to light waves. We are starting by looking at the basic properties of light waves.

Athletics 

Girls basketball games have officially begun. Please check your TeamSnap for your team’s full schedule. 

The 2022 ACS Spring Sport Registration is now open. Please click here for more information on each sport opportunity for your son/daughter. More specifics dates and details will be sent out once sign-ups close. Follow this link to sign up.

Athletic Opportunities with GRCMS 

Whatcha Doin' Out There!? - Nov 2021

OE News

November was another great month in outdoor education as we were able to hold on to the fall weather until the very end of the month when we finally welcomed winter to the ACS kingdom.  Great fall weather allowed for a number of outdoor activities like investigating weather with pinwheels, running an Oregon trail simulation with wheelbarrows, and freeing trees of invasive vines. 

Kindergarten

In Kindergarten we started the month exploring weather. We talked about weather instruments and made our own pinwheels to measure wind. We also spent time thinking about how animals use camouflage and prepare for winter with some games and stories in the woods. Ask your kids how to play the camouflage game!

1st

We spent some time thinking about what life was like for people in America’s early days in first grade OE.  Students had a visit from a special guest from the past, Johnny Appleseed (who had a striking resemblance to a barefooted Mr. Sportel).  Mr. John Chapman shared a bit about his life story around the campfire.  First grade also discussed and practiced some of the chores that kids would have to do if they grew up in the times of pilgrims and pioneers.  

2nd

In second grade the focus was on pioneers and the Oregon Trail. They spent some time learning about the skill of tracking and making their own tracks. They wrapped up their Art/OE project making pictures of animals that would be seen along the trail with fall leaves. Then after planning one week, second grade took on the big adventure of the Oregon Trail at ACS. Students had to move loaded wheel barrows through the trails, roll dice to find out what complications might have occurred, cross rivers and even hunt for food. It was a great adventure for the first annual outing!

3rd

The third graders completed their final scientific illustrations of their greenhouse plants (beans, cucumbers, or peas) and used their drawings to create a lifecycle showing the different stages of their plant’s life. Our bean plants have nearly reached the ceiling in the greenhouse! Third graders also dissected different fruits like tomatoes, squash, beans, peas, and apples (we learned that botanical fruits are anything with seeds inside!). We also sent on a seed hunt throughout the school property to find seeds that move in all different ways to travel and make new plants. 

4th

We took some time in fourth grade to plant our winter garden in the hoop house and take care of some garden chores. Another week students took a tour of school considering what plants grow in which areas and why. This related to the topic of “range of tolerance” they were learning about in science. We followed that up with a discussion on invasive species followed by cutting some of the many oriental bittersweet vines climbing and damaging the trees.  

5th

We discussed the life cycle of our goat herd at Ada Christian and learned that with fall comes stinky bucks and tail-wagging does! That’s right, mating season is upon us. We welcomed two bucks this season, Nicholas and Nelson. We have learned (and smelled) by observation how goats find and attract their mates. On a different (cleaner) note, the fifth graders made their own water filters to consider how creating wells provides clean water naturally filtered by the ground as part of their Water Walk project.

6th

Our chicks are nearly grown! Stop by to see our pullets and cockerels in new chicken stall nearest the track (open the shutters to say hi!). They have their adult feathers now and are able to regulate their body temps out in the winter barn. We are partway through job performance meetings for Got Yolk, and we are continually improving and honing our chicken care skills (we’ve gotten our egg washing down to a science!). We have also begun discussion of chicken-keeping finances with Mr. Stepanek in math class and are excited to watch our profits grow over the next 8 weeks.

7th

Our time in seventh grade was spent primarily on learning the tree species we had been studying. Students worked in groups to create presentations that included pictures and information about the trees. They then used these presentations to learn to identify the trees. 

8th 

We transitioned into the planning phase of the legacy project in eighth grade. The students first spent time reflecting on how they have been shaped by the outdoors by writing a quick poem during sit spot time. They then toured the previous legacy projects and brainstormed what they might like to do for their own project.