Alward Action

October 5, 2018


The rain did not stop us from having a great time with our walkathon today! We had to adjust our plans a little, but the kids still had a great time! Our second and third graders were able to go outside for a little bit, but their time as cut short from the rain. We reschedule the rest of the grades for the afternoon inside. They were able to walk in the cafeteria and ended with a dance party! A huge shout out to our walkathon committee for all of their hard work! We were able to raise a total of $14,200 for our school! This money will be used for new computers for grades 3-5 and for our school initiative committee's. Thank you to all of our families for their support! Check out the pics below for some of the fun we had!

STEAM with Pre-K!

Our pre-k students have been working hard in STEAM class learning about their five senses! They have done many hands on experiments such as taste testing, trying loud vs soft sounds, and exploring sight with magnifying glasses and binoculars. They finished their unit by making their own books to take home. Next up they will study apples, leaves, and pumpkins in STEAM class!

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.


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.

Alward Fall Beautification Project

This fall, our first and fourth grade classes are going to team up to plant tulip and daffodil bulbs around the school to add some color to the Alward property in the spring. We are looking for donations of tulip and daffodil bulbs. If you can donate any of these items, please bring them into the school office over the next couple of weeks. Thank you so much for your generosity as we work to beautify Alward!

Early Release

Friday, Oct. 12th, 12:15pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

School will be dismissed at 12:15pm on early release days. We do not serve lunch at school on early release days, but if your student would like to order a sack from food service, please email their teacher. A sack lunch consists of Sack lunches contain a sandwich, fresh fruit, baby carrots, milk, and a treat!

Picture Retakes

Wednesday, Oct. 17th, 9am

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

If your child already had pictures taken and would like retakes, please send the original pictures back with them on retake day. If you child was absent on picture day, we will send home a retake picture form next week.

Skating Party at Tarry Hall

Thursday, Oct. 18th, 6:30-8:30pm

3330 Fairlanes Avenue Southwest

Grandville, MI

Students must be chaperoned by a parent. Please do not drop your students off. Thank you!

Scholastic Book Fair

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

Alward Library

Please sign up here to work a shift!

Turkey Trot

Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, 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, 6-7:30pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Come check out the Scholastic Book Fair, various family literacy activities, s'more making, and more! Please RSVP by Wed. Oct. 17th so we can have an idea on how many s'more and activity packets we need available!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Parent Teacher Conferences

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

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Mark your calendars for parent teacher conferences! Online sign-ups will be coming out soon!

Father Son GVSU Football Game

Saturday, Nov. 10th, 12pm

1 Campus Drive


Our PTC is excited to host a Father Son event at GVSU this school year! We need to get a preliminary count of how many fathers and sons would like to attend this event to ensure that we get enough tickets. Tickets will cost $13/person. This is only a preliminary count. We aren't taking money at this time. To RSVP, click on the google form below.

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