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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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    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