Alward Action

March 5, 2021


We have been working hard in PE! We wrapped up our basketball unit by recording our fanciest dribbling skills for our "Alward Globetrotters" video. We hope you enjoy it! Alward Globetrotters

The skill we're working on for March has been "Striking with control". Students are working on Pickleball, Badminton, 9 Square in the Air, and Volleyball. We have had tons of fun practicing the hits on our own as well as over high and low nets to partners.

Update from the American Heart Association: Kids Heart Challenge prizes are on their way and should be going home with students next week!

FUN things happening in STEAM!

In pre-k, students are engaged in engineering challenges based on well known fairy tales. We've designed and built a tower for Rapunzel, a sturdy bed for Goldilocks, and a bridge for the billy goats.

In kindergarten, students finished their unit on forces of motion (pushes and pulls) and have started learning how to code animations using Scratch Junior. Students love this engaging unit that uses iPads.

In 1st grade, students finished their coding unit and are now learning all about light and sound. In addition to investigating light and sound waves, they're learning about how light and sound work in outer space.

In 2nd grade, students finished their coding unit and are now learning about properties of matter. They experiment with phase changes and will eventually design a device that keeps a popsicle frozen for a set amount of time.

Virtual Follett Book Fair

Friday, March 5th, 8am-11pm

This is an online event.

Alward Elementary is helping to support student reading by offering an online Follett Book Fair from March 5 to March 19. Every purchase made will benefit our school and help us achieve our reading goals.

Everyone is welcome to participate! Simply visit our Online Book Fair Page to purchase books for your child, yourself, school or help build classroom libraries. Once our online fair has ended, all books will be shipped to the school and sent home with students.

Would you like to support a child who may not be able to participate? We encourage you to purchase a gift card which can be emailed to We will then use your donated gift card to help a child in our school community.

Alward Elementary is excited to offer an online fair option to help further support a love of reading for our students!

PTC Public Mtg

Tuesday, March 16th, 7pm

This is an online event.

The next Public PTC meeting will be Tuesday March 16th at 7pm. Please note the date change due to parent teacher conferences. We will send an email out before the meeting to sign up for the zoom mtg.

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Rock our Socks!

Friday, March 19th, 8:45am

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Let's "Rock Our Socks" on 3/19 as we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. World Down Syndrome Day is officially recognized on 3/21 because the date represents 3 copies of the 21st chromosome. Since 3/21 is a Sunday, we are going to participate in the fun campaign on 3/19 by wearing bright socks, silly socks, mismatched socks, etc. to celebrate the uniqueness that all individuals possess.

Spring Break - No School

Friday, April 2nd, 8am to Sunday, April 11th, 11:45am

This is an online 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 would like to give a BIG thank you to all the parents who donated items for conference dinners! We could not have pulled off getting dinners for both nights without your help! It is really appreciated!

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.

Hudsonville Public Schools Annual Education Report

The Annual Education Report (AER) is designed to meet state and federal requirements for reporting to parents and communities. The report provides detailed data on state administered student assessment results, accountability results, teacher qualification information, and the state results for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Parents and the community can access AER information for the district and individual schools by clicking on the Annual Education Report tab on our website. If you have any questions regarding the AER information, please contact your child’s building principal.

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


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!

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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