March 5, 2021
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 email@example.com. 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.
Rock our Socks!
Friday, March 19th, 8:45am
3811 Port Sheldon Street
Spring Break - No School
Friday, April 2nd, 8am to Sunday, April 11th, 11:45am
This is an online event.
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.
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 www.lunchapp.com.
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.
Mary Darnton, Food Service Director
UPDATED COVID-19 Policies and Procedures
- 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.