Alward Action

March 8, 2019

Congratulations to our February Champions of the Month!

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PE - American Heart Fundraiser

We are winding down our American Heart Association Fundraiser! Thanks to all the students and families that participated! We exceeded our goal of $6500.00, by raising a total of $8,3623.22 so far! We are asking for your help with just one more goal! We need 200 more parents to register for accounts at this website! If we get enough families registered, we will get $500 for PE! ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS REGISTER! No need to raise any money! Please take a few minutes to register and help raise money for our PE program at Alward!

Family Skating Party

Thursday, March 14th, 6:30-8:30pm

3330 Fairlanes Avenue Southwest

Grandville, MI

Join us for a fun night of skating with friends at Tarry Hall in Grandville from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Admission is $5 and skate rental is $1. Students must be accompanied by an adult. Please do not just drop your students off! We hope to see you there!
Yearbook Orders

If you missed ordering a yearbook or would like another one, you can place your orders here. Just click to go to the online ordering! Yearbooks are $8 each.

Reading Spirit Days

Friday, March 8th-Get in the "spirit" of reading: Wear your favorite Hudsonville or sport's team's attire

Friday, March 15th-Be a Reading "Jean-ous:" Wear a pair of your favorite jeans and bring your favorite book that you could retell in your sleep to share!

Friday, March 22nd: Readers as Leaders: Dress up for a career you'd like to have one day or bring in a book about that career to share!

Thursday, March 28th-Soak Up a Good Book: Bring in a beach towel to read on during Reader's Workshop!

March Reading Challenge

All of our readers that would love an extra challenge, please stop on by the library to get a March Reading Challenge paper from Mrs. Fellows. As you complete five challenges in a row, turn in your form to Mrs. Fellows to get a prize. Let's see how many people join in and read a little extra this month!

Parent Teacher Conference Dinners

The PTC is looking for volunteers to help with dinners for the teachers during parent teacher conferences on March 12 and 13. If you are interested in donating something, please sign up here:

Somewhere Over the Rainbow – A St. Patty’s Day Celebration for Dads & Daughters

Saturday, March 16th, 6-8:30pm

3835 Baldwin Street

Hudsonville, MI

It’s that special time of year again where daughters grab their dads (uncles, grandpa, brother,

etc.) and bring them out for an evening of memories! Join friends and spend the evening

snacking, crafting, laughing … but mostly dancing! This year we will have a photo booth for the

girls to capture special moments and of course a DJ spinning all the best tunes. We look

forward to seeing you there!

Cost: $20 per couple, $5 per additional daughter

Follow this link to register now!

***Registration will close at 10am on Wednesday, March 13. **

Any questions, please email or

Would you like to be a part of helping at the dance? We are looking for several volunteers to help with various stations during the dance. Please check out the sign up and see what spot works best for you!

Protect Young Eyes - The Digital Culture of Kids

Monday, March 18th, 6:30-8:30pm

2900 Baldwin Street

Hudsonville, MI

Do you know what apps are on your child’s phone? What are the latest social media trends? Do you wonder about how to talk to kids about online pornography, limit screen time, and protect them from digital strangers?

In the digital age, parents must be observant, engaged, and informed. We'll discuss digital realities, strategies, and practical solutions that will enlighten, equip and encourage parents who want to teach their children how to use technology responsibly. The talk will include specific recommendations for filters and detailed explanations of
popular apps and parental controls.

The Protect Young Eyes team, led by founder, Chris McKenna, presents around the United States to students and adults about how to use technology responsibly. Parents can visit our website, built with families in mind, at

School Carnival

Friday, April 12th, 5:30-8:30pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Carnival is moving to a Friday night! Mark your calendars to join us for fun, food and prizes! We invite everyone to join us April 12 from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Students, older siblings, younger siblings and friends! All are welcome to attend!

Look for more information and letters to come home soon, We will again be looking for many volunteers to make this event a success! Please consider working one shift and enjoying the other half of carnival with your family. Volunteers will be needed to work games, prize room, selling tickets, and in the kitchen area - we have a spot for you!

If you have questions contact Keena Zuehl @ 616-901-2609 or

School Carnival Raffle

Friday, April 12th, 5:30-8:30pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Alward Families, It’s that time a year again where we are starting to plan the carnival and the raffle at carnival. If you our someone in your family owns a business and would like to make a donation, please contact Andi Butler at We will again this year be giving extra advertising and signage at the carnival for our Alward family businesses. Thank you in advance for your support!

Thank you to the following business who have already contributed to the Raffle!

Hawthorne Boutique - gift card and styling package

Inn at Harbor Shores -St. Joe - 1 night stay

Action waterpark - $300 water ski package

Safari Joe’s Waterpark - 1 night stay w/ 6 passes

Holiday World - Christmas IN - 2 passes

Johnny Carino’s - Holland - $100 wine dinner package

Kings Island - OH - 2 passes

Shedd’s Aqaurium - Chicago - 4 passes

Farmstead Inn - Shipshiwanna - 1 night stay

Mackinaw Island boat tour - passes for 2 for boat tour

Splash Universe - Dundee MI - 4 waterpark passes

African Safari Animal Park - 2 passes for 8 people

BAM - Holland - Laser Tag for 10 people

GoldFish Swim School - 6 family swim passes

Slow’s BBQ - $25 gift card

Potter Zoo - Lansing - 2 adult / 2 kids passes

Celebration Cinemas - 2-$10 gift cards

Escape room - 2 passes

Kids Unlimited - 2 backpacks with gift cards

Picaboo - 5-$50 gift certificates

Western University - 4 football game tickets

SkyZone - Grand Rapids - 4 - 1 hour jump passes

Grand Rapids Griffins - 4 lower bowl seats

Autobody experts - 12 car washes and car detail

Binder Zoo - 2 adult and and 2 kid passes

Skin Solutions - microdermabrasion and paraffin hand dip

Happy Mohawk Canoe - Montague - 4 kayak or canoe rentals

Chicago Bears - autograph photo

Douglas JJ Aveda - 3 spa services

Dairy Discovery - Alto - 1 week camp

Ann Arbor Hands on Museum- 4 passes

OTG Logo’s- Hudsonville Baseball Cap

Hudsonville Lanes- Birthday Party for 8

Gemmens- $25 and shirt

Logan’s Roadhouse - 2 - $25 gift certificates

Edible Arrangements - 1 dip basket

Holland Aquatic - 4 person Splash pass

Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary - Athens MI - 4 passes

Tractor Supply - CAT 600pc Machine Maker

Tractor Supply - Spirit Horse Set

Culver’s - 35 1 scoop ice creams

Superior Sports - 5 - $10 gift cards

Device Pit Stop - Waterproof Bluetooth speaker

Papa Murphy’s - 8 large Pizzas

HollyWood Nails - $25 gift card

Pot Belly’s - Complete lunch for 4

Henry Ford Museum - 4 passes

Beaver Island - 2 adult tickets

Locked 460 - 2 passes

Allegan Event - 2 passes for 2 activities

Monelli’s - $15 gift card

Design One - $25 gift card

American Girl - Tenney Doll

American Girl - Melody Doll

White Flame - gift package with $20 gift card

Outback - 2 VIP Dinners for 2

Tractor Supply - Holland - Flashlights

Tractor Supply - Holland - rechargeable light

Biggby Jenison - 2 adult drinks/ 2 kids drinks and cup

Hutchison Jewelry - engravable bracelet

Bob’s Butcher Block - 4 sizzlers with bag

Crazy Horse Saloon - Holland - $20 gift card

Dorado’s Mexican - $25 gift card

Marco’s Pizza - 4 large Pizza’s

Tarry Hall Roller Rink - 10 family skating passes

Great Lakes Chinese - 2 adult dinner buffets

Sprinkles Donuts - 5 - $5 gift certificates

Wild Chef Japanese - Holland - $20 gift certificate

Lost City - Holland - 2 rounds of laser tag and Golf for 7 people

White Caps Baseball - 4 lawn seats

Dumont Lake Campground- 2 night stay

Palermo’s Pizza- 2 - $10 gift cards

Osgood’s Brewing- 2 - $25 gift card

MVP Sports - 3 month family membership

Berlin Raceway - Greenstart Package

AutoZone - 2 car wash Kits

Catch Air - 5 passes

Stem Floral - $25 gift card

Fairlanes Bowling - 60 free games

BattleGr- 3 - 1 hour laser tag for 2

BattleGr - one hour laser tag for 8

Brann’s- gift certificates for steak dinners

Playworld - 2 passes

Chowhound - dog bed full of dog goodies

Carrabba’s - 3 - $10 gift cards

Baldwin Oaks - 3 night stay

Powell Ortho - $100 torwards services

Arthur Murray Dance - Certificate for dance lessons

GR Symphony - 2 tickets

Crooked Lake Lodge- 1 night stay

Gentleman Quarter’s - 2 - $15 gift cards

Journeyman Distillery - tour and taste for 4 and $25 gift card

Blandford Nature - Passes for 4

Bittersweet - 4 lift tickets

Pizza Ranch - 15 kids meals

Rebounderz - 4 all play passes

Please Vote Tuesday, May 7



On May 7, Hudsonville School parents and community members will have the chance to vote on our annual Non-Homestead Millage renewal. This is an annual renewal request that voters have approved for the past 24 years and, if approved, would generate approximately $4.8 million dollars of operating revenue for our school district. Please note, this is not a tax on primary residences and is not a new tax.

Official ballot language is as follows:

Hudsonville Public Schools

Operating Millage Renewal Proposal

This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance.

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Hudsonville Public Schools, Ottawa and Allegan Counties, Michigan, be increased by 18 mills ($18.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for the year 2019, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2019 is approximately $4,850,000 (this is a renewal of millage that expired with the 2018 tax levy)?

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!

Transportation Department is Hiring!

Do you love working with children, have an excellent driving record, a good sense of direction with the ability to follow maps? Our transportation department needs you. Starting pay is $16.96 per hour and we will train you. Please call 669-7757 or apply on our website

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