Alward Action

October 21, 2022

Congratulations to our October Alward Champions! Students were chosen for showing Positive Attitudes!

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News from the Art Room!

Over the past several weeks students have been busy creating square 1 art masterpieces. Many of you are familiar with the square one art program. This is a program where your student’s artwork can be purchased on a variety of products creating a unique keepsake. This personalized product preserves a special memory of your child’s creative growth in a fun, inspiring way making for a perfect gift. Square one is a fundraiser and a small portion of each purchase goes directly to our Alward art classes.

Some Square one dates/details to take note of:

  • Order packets and free customized stickers sent home on November 8.

  • All orders will be placed online. Order as soon as possible to receive your products before the holiday. These orders will be shipped directly to you.

  • The ORDER DEADLINE is November 22.

After creating our square one projects we jumped right into the next lessons.

Pre-kindergarteners have been practicing creating patterns and enjoyed drawing and coloring Corduroy Bear.

Kindergarteners loved creating texture using sponge painting, mixing to make orange, and drawing the dump truck from Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker.

First graders were inspired by Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang. They created their own emotional monkeys while learning about facial expressions, crayon resist, value, and 2-dimensional shapes vs. 3-dimensional objects.

Second graders are enjoying making jungle sloths. They are learning how to mix to create secondary colors, exploring texture, and how to add 3-dimensional components.

Third graders are inspired by Armadillo Ray by John Beifuss. They are mid-lesson drawing an armadillo in a desert landscape. They will learn the layers of landscapes, create texture and enjoy painting.

Fourth graders are just beginning to learn about David Hale. David Hale is an artist that works in a variety of mediums. They will be illustrating stylized animals with strong line designs, and creating balanced geometric backgrounds.

Fifth graders are just beginning to learn about Tim Burton and will be creating spooky portraits or self-portraits in his Burtonesque style. They will explore creating character and using value.

I love working with our budding artists. We are enjoying the process of creating together.

Krystal Kingsley

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Check out the updated PE Apparel sale! **Just added** 3.5" Stickers for your favorite water bottle!


Monday, Oct. 24th, 8am


No School! Enjoy the long weekend!
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Halloween Parties and Parade

Friday, Oct. 28th, 9am

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Halloween Parties and the Costume Parade will be on October 28.


  • Your child's teacher will communicate to you their specific times for their parties.
  • Only parents signed up to volunteer for the party may attend.
  • Younger siblings will not be allowed to attend classroom parties so that the focus of the party is on your kiddos and for safety and liability!
  • All volunteers attending parties will need to have a background check on file. Background checks must be completed by Oct. 21 so that we have time to run them before the parties. Background checks can completed online here.

  • Volunteers will be checked in and background checks verified before entering the building


  • School appropriate costumes only.

  • Please no weapons, blood, gore, or scary costumes.

  • Teachers will communicate on if students will wear their costumes all day or change.


  • Parents and families are invited to watch the parade along the sidewalk along the front of the building. Students will parade from door T to Door C.

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Scholastic Book Fair

Monday, Nov. 7th, 9am to Friday, Nov. 11th, 12pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Each class will have a look day where they will make their wish list of books and then a buy day where they will be able to purchase their books. We are looking for volunteers to help on all of those days! Please sign up here if you are able to help!


Friday, Nov. 11th, 12:15pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Students will be dismissed at 12:15pm. Sack Lunches are available for students to take home for $2.50. Please order with your child's teacher.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday, Nov. 14th, 4-8pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Sign Ups will be coming soon!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, Nov. 16th, 4-8pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Signs Ups will be coming soon!

Thanksgiving Break - No School

Wednesday, Nov. 23rd, 8am to Friday, Nov. 25th, 4pm

This is an online event.

Not Sponsored or Endorsed by HPS

Hudsonville Youth Lacrosse Information

Hudsonville Youth Lacrosse parent meeting will be on November 8th from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Baldwin St. Middle School.

Hudsonville Youth Lacrosse registration will open on December 1st; late fees start in January.

If you have questions, please reach out to Matt Armock at or visit

Gary Byker Memorial Library Events

Gary Byker Library of Hudsonville Upcoming Events for Kids
Register at (Events > Event Calendar)

D&D at the Lib.: Sat. Oct. 29, 10:00am: Ages 10 & up
Family Story Time: Mondays & Tuesdays in Oct., 10:15 am: Ages 5 & under

Stay and Play: Thurs. Oct 27, 10:15am: Ages 5 & under
Yoga Storytime: Thurs. Nov. 3 & 17, 10:15am: Ages 6 & under
Move to the Music: Mondays & Tuesdays in Nov., 10:30 am: Ages 5 & under
Used Book Sale: Nov. 10-12, Hundreds of kids & adult books, CDs, DVDs, and more (Sale in the Library’s Lower Level)

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Due to the number of food allergies in the school, we ask that you please bring in non food items for birthday treats.


  • Breakfast will be served starting at 8:35.

  • Breakfast consists of cereal, milk, juice, fresh fruit, and a cookie/cracker bar.

  • Breakfast is $1.25 per meal unless you qualify for free and reduced.

  • Students that eat breakfast at school will eat breakfast in the cafeteria. Once students are done eating, they will be sent back to class.

  • If your child will be eating breakfast at school, please contact your classroom teacher so that we know to send them down to the cafeteria the first week of school.


Hot Lunch

Sadly, school meals are NO LONGER FREE for all students. We will return to traditional school lunch and breakfast pricing. There are NO changes to STUDENT meal prices.

New! Family Portal:

  • Apply for Free and Reduced Price Meal benefits! If you are wondering if you would qualify, here are the Income Guidelines. Free and Reduced Meal Benefits are based on household size, income amount (gross), and income frequency. GOOD NEWS: any family that qualifies for Reduced Price Meal benefits will receive breakfast and lunch at NO COST.
  • You will need to register a new account to monitor accounts or deposit online; Send Money to School accounts no longer exist. You will need your students ID to create an account. You will receive your students ID on their student profile sheet at the open house. Please make a note of it!
  • Regardless of benefits status, Milk-only purchases remain at $0.50 per carton. Milk is included as part of the whole MEAL benefit. If your child(ren) qualify for free or reduced price meals and all they want is a carton of milk, their account will be charged 50 cents.

Our website is loaded with information. Please click on any of these links for more information:

Contact us:


Phone: (616) 457-2400


Please check out our website for important information on Health Services.

In order for your child to take any medication (prescription and non-prescription) at school, a MEDICATION FORM is required. If your child requires a prescription medication (asthma inhaler, EPI pen, insulin), your physician must complete a portion of the form. The medication forms are available in the school office and will be posted to our website.

Please do not send medications to school with your child. Please come into the office to drop off medications. Thank you!

Michigan Backpack Home Test Progam

An At-Home COVID-19 Testing Program for K-12 Settings

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is offering a program which supplies a limited number of free, at-home COVID antigen tests to students in Michigan's schools in the 2022/23 school year. MI Backpack Home Test is a voluntary program offered by MDHHS for Michigan K-12 students, educators, staff, and their families who want an extra layer of protection against COVID-19. Every individual that is interested will receive one at-home COVID-19 test "kit," which includes 2 at-home tests. MDHHS will provide the kits and educational materials, and schools will distribute the kits to students and staff who are interested. There is no obligation to participate. If you are interested please contact your building secretary and make arrangements to pick up your kit in the office.

Texting Opt-In

Click here and follow the instructions to opt in for texting messages from HPS!


All volunteers and visitors are required to have a background check on file. Background Checks must be completed every school year. Please complete the background check now so you are all set for the school year!


  • Visit Our Website: Our school website will be updated on a regular basis as it will be the main source of information for our parents and community members. Past newsletters will be linked under NEWS.
  • School Messenger: Regular communication from school messenger will be sent out via email, phone calls, or text messages to keep you in the loop on what is taking place at Alward!

  • Social Media: Follow our story by liking us Facebook


  • Google Classrooms: Teacher google sites are linked under staff members. Teachers will be updating their Google Classroom Sites on a weekly basis.