Alward Action

March 17, 2019

PE - American Heart Fundraiser

We are winding down our American Heart Association Fundraiser! Thanks to all the students and families that participated! We exceeded our goal of $6500.00, by raising a total of $8,3623.22 so far! We are asking for your help with just one more goal! We need 200 more parents to register for accounts at this website! If we get enough families registered, we will get $500 for PE! ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS REGISTER! No need to raise any money! Please take a few minutes to register and help raise money for our PE program at Alward!
Yearbook Orders

If you missed ordering a yearbook or would like another one, you can place your orders here. Just click to go to the online ordering! Yearbooks are $8 each.

Reading Spirit Days

Friday, March 8th-Get in the "spirit" of reading: Wear your favorite Hudsonville or sport's team's attire

Friday, March 15th-Be a Reading "Jean-ous:" Wear a pair of your favorite jeans and bring your favorite book that you could retell in your sleep to share!

Friday, March 22nd: Readers as Leaders: Dress up for a career you'd like to have one day or bring in a book about that career to share!

Thursday, March 28th-Soak Up a Good Book: Bring in a beach towel to read on during Reader's Workshop!

March Reading Challenge

All of our readers that would love an extra challenge, please stop on by the library to get a March Reading Challenge paper from Mrs. Fellows. As you complete five challenges in a row, turn in your form to Mrs. Fellows to get a prize. Let's see how many people join in and read a little extra this month!

Protect Young Eyes - The Digital Culture of Kids

Monday, March 18th, 6:30-8:30pm

2900 Baldwin Street

Hudsonville, MI

Do you know what apps are on your child’s phone? What are the latest social media trends? Do you wonder about how to talk to kids about online pornography, limit screen time, and protect them from digital strangers?

In the digital age, parents must be observant, engaged, and informed. We'll discuss digital realities, strategies, and practical solutions that will enlighten, equip and encourage parents who want to teach their children how to use technology responsibly. The talk will include specific recommendations for filters and detailed explanations of
popular apps and parental controls.

The Protect Young Eyes team, led by founder, Chris McKenna, presents around the United States to students and adults about how to use technology responsibly. Parents can visit our website, built with families in mind, at https://protectyoungeyes.com/blog

Spring Break

Friday, March 29th, 8am to Sunday, April 7th, 11pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

M-Step Testing

Tuesday, April 9th, 9am

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

M-Step Testing begins April 9.


5th Grade testing dates:

  • April 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 (9am – 12pm)
  • Make-up dates: April 12, 19, 22-26 (9am – 12pm)


4th Grade testing dates:

  • April 30, May 1, 7, 8 (9am-12pm)

  • Make-up dates: May 2, 3, 9, and 10 (9am-12pm)


3rd Grade testing dates:

  • May 14, 15, 21, 22 (9am-12 pm)

  • Make-up dates: May 16, 17, 23, and 24 (9am-12 pm)


Please read the attached document below for all the M-Step information and tips!

Early Release

Friday, April 12th, 9pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Early Release Friday: Students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. on Friday. Please make sure to contact your child’s teacher if they need a sack lunch. If your child will have a change in transportation home, please email the office and the classroom teacher to ensure your child gets to the right place at the end of the day!

School Carnival

Friday, April 12th, 5:30-8:30pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Carnival is moving to a Friday night! Mark your calendars to join us for fun, food and prizes! We invite everyone to join us April 12 from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Students, older siblings, younger siblings and friends! All are welcome to attend!


We will again be looking for many volunteers to make this event a success! Please consider working one shift and enjoying the other half of carnival with your family. Volunteers will be needed to work games, prize room, selling tickets, and in the kitchen area - we have a spot for you! Sign up by clicking the link below! If you have questions contact Keena Zuehl @ 616-901-2609 or russ233@hotmail.com


Ticket Card Order forms will be coming with your students on Monday! You can also download the order form below.

Spring Carnival Volunteer Sign Up!

It takes many hands to make the carnival happen! We would love to have you sign up to work a shift and then take your family to the other shift! Just click the link above to sign up!

School Carnival Raffle

Friday, April 12th, 5:30-8:30pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Alward Families, It’s that time a year again where we are starting to plan the carnival and the raffle at carnival. If you our someone in your family owns a business and would like to make a donation, please contact Andi Butler at andi6543@att.net. We will again this year be giving extra advertising and signage at the carnival for our Alward family businesses. Thank you in advance for your support!

Free Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 20th, 10am

Hughes Park, Hudsonville, MI, USA

Hudsonville, MI

Kids up to 10 yrs old gather prize-filled eggs!

SEARCH FOR ONE OF THREE GRAND PRIZE EGGS!


Voluntary donations are accepted. All proceeds will go to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

Please Vote Tuesday, May 7

PLEASE VOTE TUESDAY, MAY 7

ANNUAL OPERATING MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL

On May 7, Hudsonville School parents and community members will have the chance to vote on our annual Non-Homestead Millage renewal. This is an annual renewal request that voters have approved for the past 24 years and, if approved, would generate approximately $4.8 million dollars of operating revenue for our school district. Please note, this is not a tax on primary residences and is not a new tax.


Official ballot language is as follows:


Hudsonville Public Schools

Operating Millage Renewal Proposal


This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance.


Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Hudsonville Public Schools, Ottawa and Allegan Counties, Michigan, be increased by 18 mills ($18.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for the year 2019, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2019 is approximately $4,850,000 (this is a renewal of millage that expired with the 2018 tax levy)?


Count on Me-Alward Students and Staff Making a Difference

This year, our students and staff are working on taking initiative to make a difference in the lives of others. If you hear about how an Alward student, teacher, or staff member made a difference in someone else's life, please fill out the Google Form below. We will be posting these "Count on Me" sightings on our new bulletin boards right outside the main office. Students, parents and staff members can recognize others for things as simple as someone always saying hello to them or holding the door for them. We can also recognize others for going as far as helping out in the community. We want to know how our students and staff are making a difference at Alward and out in the community and celebrate these acts of kindness this year! Thank you for taking the time to support this "Count on Me" initiative this school year!

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