Alward Action

October 19, 2018

Principal and Custodian Switcheroo Day!

One of the rewards for our walkathon goals was for Mrs. McClure and Mr. Matt to switch roles for the day! The big day was this past Thursday! We had a great time watching them reverse roles for the day! Check out the pics below!

Storybook Pumpkin Patch

The Alward Library is growing a storybook pumpkin patch, and we need your help! Students can decorate a pumpkin to look like a favorite storybook character and bring it to the library to “plant” in our Storybook Pumpkin Patch! See the attached document for all the details!

Enchanted Forest Book Fair

Our fall book fair is coming up! We are going to have a CHANGE WAR between classes to raise money for ALL FOR BOOKS. The money raised will help to buy books for children who otherwise couldn't afford them. As an added incentive, the class that raises the most money (class average) will get to keep 100% of their money raised to buy books for their classroom! The CHANGE WAR will begin on Monday, October 8th and end of Wednesday, October 17th. Please send in your loose change or bills to help others and Alward. Thank you!

You can also pre-order copies of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The Meltdown. Pre-orders need to be turned in no later than Thursday Oct. 25. The book is $8.99 plus tax so the total is $9.53.

Please see the attached order form below.

Pre-K Math with Pumpkins!

Today, our Pre-k students learned math while carving pumpkins! They had a great time getting messy while scraping out the pumpkin, counting pumpkins seeds and carving shapes!


On November 6, voters in each of the public school districts in Ottawa County will be asked to consider an enhancement millage proposal of 0.9 mill for 10 years. Please see the attached flier below for all the details on how important this is for our district!

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!

PTC News

  • The Alward Parent-Teacher Club is looking for parents interested in helping with activities this year. We have lots of opportunities to help, and many are outside the school day. Please complete our quick, online Parent Profile and let us know what skills you can share and when you are availalble:
  • Please join us for us next PTC meeting on Nov. 13 @ 7pm.
  • Once again this year, the PTC will be providing dinners for teachers during Parent Teacher Conferences. We are looking for volunteers to help provide items for the dinners. Please sign up here if you are able to help!
  • Did you know that we collect Family Fare Receipts? For every $150,000 in receipts that we turn in, our school earns $1000! We are about $20,000 away from getting our first check! All you have to do is send your receipts to school with your student and we will take care of the rest! It's that easy! Thank you for supporting our school!

Walkathon Pizza Party!

Today, we celebrated the students with the most donations from each class with a pizza party! Thanks again to ALL who donated and made our walkathon a success!

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is an after school program which inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Our ten-week program is designed for girls in grades 3-5. Lessons are led by trained volunteer coaches who guide and mentor the girls through an uplifting curriculum that focuses on life-long skills to improve emotional and physical health. The program culminates in a non-competitive 5k which gives the girls a chance to shine and an overwhelming sense of accomplishment.

The Program starts mid March and runs for 10 weeks. Girls meet after school at Alward. Please see the attached flier for all the details!

Registration Opens Nov. 1 -

We are still looking for a co-chair and coaches! If you are interested in being a co-chair or coach, please contact Carrie Dougherty @

Scholastic Book Fair

Monday, Oct. 22nd 2018 at 9am to Thursday, Oct. 25th 2018 at 4pm

Alward Library

Please sign up here to work a shift!

Turkey Trot

Tuesday, Oct. 23rd 2018 at 5-6pm

3835 Baldwin Street

Hudsonville, MI

Turkey Trot details:

When: Tuesday, October 23
Where: Baldwin Street Middle School - Eagle Stadium
Time: Races begin at 5:00 PM, Gates open at 4:30 PM
Entry fee: $6.00 (includes a Turkey Trot shirt)

Family Literacy Night-Camping Out

Wednesday, Oct. 24th 2018 at 6-7:30pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

We will have multiple events that fit to our campout theme! Some of these events include: Scholastic Book Fair, a camp themed photo booth, book tasting, time to read with your family, s'more roasting, and a chance to hear from local firefighters about fire safety! It is a fun family event that you won't want to miss! Please RSVP by Oct. 19 so we can plan accordingly!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Popcorn Friday

Friday, Oct. 26th 2018 at 9pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Scrap Metal Drive for Senior All Nighter

Friday, Oct. 26th 2018 at 4pm to Saturday, Oct. 27th 2018 at 2pm

5037 32nd Avenue

Hudsonville, MI

Scrap Metal Drive for The Hudsonville High School Senior All Night Party! Scrap Metal, Cans and Bottles Wanted! Oct. 26 4pm-7pm and Oct. 27 9am-2pm. Items can be dropped off in the High School Parking Lot by the Tennis Courts. Please see the attached flier for all the details!

Halloween Parties and Costume Parade

Wednesday, Oct. 31st 2018 at 2pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Halloween Parties are scheduled at various times throughout the day. Please check your child's teachers blog for the time of their party! All volunteers coming into the buidling for class parties, must have a background check on file. You can complete the background check form here. PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RUN LAST MINUTE BACKGROUND CHECKS THE DAY OF THE PARTY. VOLUNTEERS WITHOUT A BACKGROUND CHECK ON FILE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE BUILDING. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN KEEPING OUR STUDENTS SAFE! The Costume Parade will be at 2pm. Parents are invited to watch the parade outside. Students will walk on the sidewalk from door T to Door O. Parents may line the sidewalk to watch the parade.

Early Release

Friday, Nov. 2nd 2018 at 12:15pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Students will be dismissed at 12:15pm on Early Release Days. We do not have lunch at school on early release days but we do offer a sack lunch option from Food Service. If your student would like a sack lunch, please let their teacher know before Friday morning.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, Nov. 7th 2018 at 5pm to Thursday, Nov. 8th 2018 at 8pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Mark your calendars for parent teacher conferences! Online sign ups will be open starting Monday, Oct. 22. An email with the link to sign up will be coming out on Monday!

Father Son GVSU Football Game

Saturday, Nov. 10th 2018 at 1pm

1 Campus Drive


Tickets are now available to purchase for the GVSU Father/Son football game! Tickets can be purchased online here and are $13 each. We have 80 tickets available and are sold on a first come, first serve basis.

Mother Daughter Craft Time

Saturday, Nov. 10th 2018 at 10am-12pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Join friends for a ladies only event in the Alward Cafeteria. Moms and daughters will spend time creating together with the assistance of "Blondie's Designs" with jewelry making. Then enjoy a cupcake decorating demonstration with "Jenn Can Make It" to design and eat your own sweet treat. Blondie's Designs will also be showcasing new jewelry designs available for purchase on site.

$13 per couple ($6.50 for the first two tickets), $6 per additional child. Tickets can be purchased here.

*Please note that any female role model for the girls are invited! Not limited to just mothers, we welcome Aunts, Grandmothers, friends, neighbors, etc.!

Jet's Pizza Night

Tuesday, Nov. 13th 2018 at 5pm

3735 Baldwin Street

Hudsonville, MI

Our next Jet's Pizza Night is Nov. 13! Take a night off from making dinner and support the PTC! Alward PTC will receive a portion of sales from all orders that mention Alward when ordering! Please tell them your are from Alward and your students teacher's name when ordering! The class with the most orders will win a pizza party!

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