Alward Action

November 14, 2022

A Message from our OCSN Coordinator

I wanted to take the time to re-introduce myself. My name is Addison Huss and I am the OCSN (Ottawa Community School Network) coordinator for Alward Elementary! I am here to be an additional friendly face and supportive adult in the school for your kiddos. I have my Bachelors degree in Social Work and am finishing my Masters degree in School Counseling. I have the opportunity to support students and families in any way they need.

I would love feedback and input from YOU, the ones who know your children the best, in order to offer the most comprehensive and effective services to our school. I have created a completely optional survey for you to complete if you choose. This survey is anonymous, with the opportunity to add your name and request follow up if desired. I would greatly appreciate your help and guidance in identifying ways to better the environment of our school for all students.

Thank you for your time, and Go Eagles!"

Alward Family Survery

Click here to complete the survey.

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We are digging deep into our Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math concepts while in STEAM.

Pre-K is working hard on their Living and Nonliving Things unit. They have been learning about the needs of living things and even created birdhouses.

Kindergarten students wrapped up their unit on Structure and Function by creating a paintbrush that could paint thin lines, thick lines, and dots. They loved seeing that everyone’s paintbrushes looked different (structure), but they were all able to paint (function).

First graders have been using Scratch Jr. to create their own animated stories. They are finishing up this unit by retelling the important details of the picture book Peanut Butter and Jellyfish. We are focusing on characters, setting, and sequence of events.

Second graders are wrapping up their Properties of Matter unit. They worked in groups to design a device that could keep popsicles frozen while sitting in the hot sun (under our heat lamps). All groups were incredibly successful as they utilized what they had learned about conductors and insulators to design their prototypes.

Third grade students are working hard to combine the simple machines they have built using our VEX materials into a complex machine that can lift and move a tiger to safety. They are also challenged to use what they have learned about magnetism and incorporate a magnet somewhere in their design.

Fourth graders are finishing up their vehicle restraint systems. They are working to add a seat belt, air bag, steel box, and a crumple zone to their VEX vehicles in order to reduce the impact of the collision on their very fragile passenger (a raw egg).

Finally, our fifth graders have finished building their robots and are working on making some modifications in order to move as much “radioactive” material as possible to safety zones within the time limit. They are excited to show off their creations and driving skills.

We have had a great time working through these first units of the school year and are excited to see all the learning that will continue to happen as we begin new units of study.

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Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday, Nov. 14th, 4-8pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

If you missed the sign ups, please email your child's teacher directly.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, Nov. 16th, 4-8pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

If you missed the sign ups, please email your child's teacher directly.
Parent Teacher Conference Dinners - Donation Sign up!

The PTC is providing dinner for teachers during conferences. If you would like to contribute items you can sign up here! If you would like to donate money to sponsor a teacher, you can venmo our PTC Treasurer, Kelly Clough (@Kelly-Clough-2).

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Square 1 Art

Your child's square 1 Art was sent home this week. Get a head start, and start ordering keepsakes and gifts featuring your child's art online NOW, if you like!

Simply search for your child's art using Art Search, and enter state, school name, and your student's name. Your student's art and code will appear, and you may order!

Order by: 11/29/2022

Upload additional art if you like, using Art Upload!

If you have questions, or need anything at all, contact customer care online .

Thank you for supporting our school!

Krystal Kingsley

Square 1 Art fundraiser coordinator

Alward Elementary

Thanksgiving Break - No School

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

This is an online event.

Santa's Shop

Monday, Dec. 5th, 9am to Thursday, Dec. 8th, 3pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

It is the kids' favorite time of year! The Alward Santa Shop is here! Each class will be assigned a time to shop. Their teachers will communicate to you when their shopping time will be. We are going to need a lot of volunteers to make this successful. There are shifts for helping students shop and wrapping. Please sign up for as many shifts as you are able. Please make sure you have a completed background check for this school year. Please also remember that no younger siblings are allowed.

Holiday Program

Tuesday, Dec. 13th, 6-9pm

2900 Baldwin Street

Hudsonville, MI

The Holiday Program will take place at Fair Haven Church in Hudsonville. Lower Elementary (Kindergarten - 2nd) will start at 6:30pm and Upper Elementary (3rd-5th) will start around 7:45pm. Please note that PK classes do not participate in the program. More details will be coming soon!

Holiday Break

Monday, Dec. 19th, 8am to Monday, Jan. 2nd 2023 at 4pm

This is an online event.

Enjoy your Holiday Break! School Resumes on January 3, 2023.

Not Sponsored or Endorsed by HPS

Gary Byker Memorial Library Events

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

NOT Your Normal Book Club (Book: Wink by Rob Harrell): Tues. Nov 8, 4:30 pm: Ages 9-13
Maker Monday- Gnomes!: Mon., Nov 14, 4:30 pm; Ages 9-18
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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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!

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!


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