Alward Action

June 2, 2023


It’s time for our last update from the STEAM room.


Students in Pre-K have been exploring solids and liquids. They’ve even turned heavy whipping cream into butter while exploring how liquids can become solids. Students have loved playing in water and exploring how liquids take the shape of their containers. They will soon be building a contraption that can float across water and keep a message dry.


Kindergarten students have been learning all about weather. They’ve explored the 4 distinct seasons that we have in Michigan, as well as the severe weather that we can experience. They’ve also learned about meteorologists and how they study weather clues in order to make their forecasts.

1st Grade:

Students in 1st grade spent time researching the plants and animals that are adapted to different environments (rainforest, desert, arctic, or savanna). Then, they used that information in order to plan what humans would need to survive in that same environment. They presented their findings using the ChatterKid app on the iPads.

2nd Grade:

Students in 2nd grade have been learning about biomimicry. They have explored plants and animals that have inspired new inventions. For example, they were able to examine how the hooks on the ends of seeds and burrs cause them to stick to our clothing, and that idea inspired the invention of velcro. They will soon be exploring the role pollinators play in the life cycle of plants as well as how seeds can be dispersed.

3rd Grade:

Students in 3rd grade are working on their Weather Factors and Hazards unit. They’ve been learning all about the tools that meteorologists use in order to collect weather data such as thermometers, wind socks, anemometers, and rain gauges. They’ve even had the opportunity to use some of these tools themselves. They’re now learning about different climate zones.

4th Grade:

Students in 4th grade are wrapping up their Waves & Properties of Light unit by exploring how those beams of light can be absorbed or pass through different materials. They’ve also explored how their light beams can be bent using reflective surfaces like mirrors.

5th Grade:

Students in 5th grade are running their Interactive Space Science Museum exhibits with 1st graders. Last week they received feedback from their classmates about their exhibit so that they could make changes and adjustments before teaching this week. I’ve seen digital games, board games, arts and crafts projects all coming to life. They’ve worked hard on these exhibits, and I’m excited for them to showcase their learning with others.

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Medication Pick up

All medication at school will need to be picked up in the office by June 14. Anything left at school after June 14 will be disposed of at the health department. We are not able to send meds home with students, they must be picked up by a parent.

NEW PTC Board for 2023/24 School Year!

On Monday, May 16 at the PTC Public Meeting, we voted in a new board for the 2023/24 school year. We are so thankful for the our current board and everything they have done the past few years to support Alward students and staff! THANK YOU Andi Butler, Christie Troup, Kelly Clough, Michelle Nienhuis and Heather LaLonde for serving the past few years!!

Meet the new PTC Board:

Co-President: Audra Kotman

Co-President: Stacey VanderBent

Co-Vice President: Allie Gonzalez

Co-Vice President: Ali Westhuis

Treasurer: Marissa Zylstra

Assistant Treasurer: Tom Holmes

Secretary: Heather Kleinjans

Teacher Representative: Rachel VanKoevering, 1st Grade

4th/5th Field Day

Monday, June 5th, 9am

3835 Baldwin Street

Hudsonville, MI

On Monday, June 5 all 4th and 5th graders from the district will be going to Eagle Stadium to participate in a fun-filled Field Day!

If you ordered a shirt for your student they will be sent home the week before Field Day. Students will be eating lunch at the stadium so they should plan on bringing a sack lunch from home or ordering a sack lunch from food service. Students can also bring water bottles, but since there will be over 1000 students there, please make sure everything is labeled with their name and "Alward" on it. I'm excited for this amazing event and watching the students have a blast!

If you did not order a field day t-shirt, please have students wear a shirt in the following colors:

5th Grade Girls: Lime Green 4th Grade Girls: Orange

5th Grade Boys: Safety Yellow 4th Grade Boys: Red

Last Day of School - Early Release

Thursday, June 8th, 12:15pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Last Day of School! Students will be dismissed at 12:15pm. Sack Lunches will be available for students to take home. Please let your child's teacher know if they need a sack lunch.

4th/5th grade Clapout

Thursday, June 8th, 11:30am

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

We will clapout our 4th and 5th grade students in a parade style, starting at 11:30am. Students will exit the building at Door C, by the gym. Parents/guardians, please park your car in the front parking lot, NOT carline loop.

Please add your 4th/5th grade students's name to the following form if you plan to take them with you after the clapout. Please also list any siblings that you plan to take home as well.

Report Cards will be mailed home

Friday, June 16th, 9am

This is an online event.

Report Cards will be mailed home on June 16, 2023.


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Community Events not sponsored by HPS

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Hudsonville Rocket Cheer

Is your daughter going into 1st-8th grade next fall and interested in cheering? Hudsonville Rocket Cheerleading will be accepting online registration for the Fall 2023 season (mid-August through mid-October). The registration deadline is Tuesday, August 1st, at 9 pm (no late registrations will be accepted). The cost of registration is $85 and includes an end-of-year banquet and trophy. 1st – 6th-grade girls are required to purchase a shell ($30 new and $15 used) and skirt ($30 new and $15 used). **See website for info about used uniforms. 7th and 8th-grade girls are required to pay a $10 uniform rental fee. The 1st-6th grade girls will be cheering at the Hudsonville Youth Football games, and the 7th & 8th-grade girls will be cheering at the Hudsonville Club Football games. Check out the Hudsonville Rocket Cheer Website for more info and to begin registration. ( If you have questions about the program, please contact Coach Britni via e-mail at We look forward to seeing you this fall!


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