Alward Action

February 5, 2021

This week in ART!

It’s clay week in the art room here at Alward! Students have been having a blast creating with clay! Clay is a wonderful form of art that challenges students' creative thinking and art skills. We are quickly filling up every shelf in the art room with gnomes, dragons, mugs, teacups, penguins, turtles and vases! I have been so impressed with the student's determination and imagination when working with clay this week.

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Yearbooks were sent home with students this week! If you forgot to order, you can place an order online with Geskus. It will be shipped directly to your house!

Vacation Forms

It's that time of year when a lot of families take vacation! If you are planning to be gone for more than three days, we need a vacation request form to be completed. The form can be printed below, or call the office and we will send one home with your student. Please send completed forms back to school with your student or email them to

2021/22 PK/K Enrollment

Online registration for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year is now available. To be eligible, children must be five years of age on or before December 1, 2021.

Please check out the HPS website for complete instructions on enrollment.

Winter Break - No School

Monday, Feb. 8th, 8am

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Valentine's Parties

Friday, Feb. 12th, 8am-4pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

We will be having Valentine's Day celebrations on February 12. Please see below for some party reminders!

1. Volunteers will not be allowed in the building. We will be sure to post lots of pictures on our facebook page!

2. All snacks and candy MUST be pre-packaged. NO homemade goodies!

3. Check with your classroom teacher on food allergies!

4. All Valentine's Day Cards need to be turned in February 10.

PTC Virtual Family Scavenger Hunt

Thursday, March 4th, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

Save the date for a virtual Family Scavenger Hunt on a Facebook Live, Thursday, March 4th at 6:30. Be watching for more information to come out soon! We are super excited that we figured out a way to have a family fun event!

PTC Corner

January 19, 2021 PTC Meeting - The minutes from the January 19 meeting are posted on the website! Check it out here.

Amazon Smile
- Use this link to do all of your Amazon shopping and our school will earn money!

Family Fare Receipts - Turn in your Family Fare receipts and our school will earn $1,000 for every $150,000 in receipts that we collect. We just earned a $1,000 check for our school and are on our way to the next $1,000! Keep sending those receipts in!

BoxTops - Collecting Box Tops is another way we earn money for our school! We collect Box Tops all year!


The PTC is providing treats for the lounge and for dinners during Parent Teacher Conferences. Please feel free to sign up if you are able! Thank you so much for your willingness to show appreciation for our teachers!

Hudsonville Little League

Hudsonville Little League Registrations are open for Spring of 2021.

Deadline is February 1

Please visit

Georgetown Little League

Registration is now open for Georgetown Little League. Visit for registration and boundary information. Note: You can sign up in Georgetown Little League if your child either lives OR goes to a school within the GLL boundary.

FREE Breakfast and Lunch

  • On Friday, October 9, the USDA announced that they would be extending the Summer Food Service Program’s free meals for all students at all schools through June 30, 2021. The SFSP is a continuation of the operating rules in place during the spring/summer school closure from March-August 2020.

    All complete meals (breakfast and lunch) will be served at NO COST to children 18 and under (or up through age 26 for individuals with special needs).

    What comes with lunch? Lunches include protein (meat/meat alternatives), whole grains, fruit, vegetable, and milk. Students can select 3, 4, or all 5 items. The meal must contain a fruit or vegetable to qualify as a complete meal. Students will still be charged for any other purchases like: milk only, bottled water/juices, additional entrees, etc.

    Families do NOT have to fill out additional paperwork to receive meals for free. Free/Reduced Meal Applications will still be collected for the purposes of Math/Reading Title I programs, as well as for discounts on athletic fees, testing fees, college application fees, etc. You can apply for meals at

    For our remote learners, the Remote Meal pickup dates, times, and procedures will remain the same but all meals will be free. Remote Learner families will continue to receive a weekly email for ordering.

    Visit our website at for menus and more! If you have additional questions, you can email Food Service at or call (616) 457-2400.

    Thank you,

    Mary Darnton, Food Service Director

UPDATED COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

The Ottawa County Health Department continues to make changes and update the COVID-19 Policies and Procedures. Please see below for the most updated information. This is what we as a school are required to follow. We will continue to keep the most update information in this newsletter. The complete guidelines for schools can be found here. As always, feel free to call the office with any questions.
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  • 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. We will no longer have an Alward Blog as we are looking to consolidate and simply communication to our families.
  • 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!

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    • Twitter: Like us on Twitter @AlwardElem

  • Google Classrooms: We will no longer have individual blogs for teachers. Teachers will be updating their Google Classroom Sites on a weekly basis.