Alward Action

January 29, 2019

Notes from Mrs. McClure

Hello Alward Families,

Wow! I cannot believe what a turn of events we have had with the weather lately. Our school halls have never been this quiet or lonely during the month of January. As you are staying, hopefully, safe and warm with your children at home today and tomorrow, here are a few ideas to help keep your kiddos busy and still have some fun while the weather is so nasty outside. Visit our Facebook (@AESEaglePride) and Twitter (@AlwardElem) pages for more Snow Day fun ideas!

Stay safe and warm! Missing all of our students and staff and looking forward to welcoming them back on Thursday!

Warm regards,

Mrs. Melanie McClure

Trauma Informed Schools

This year, our staff has been trained in some trauma informed practices to implement with their students. This strategies and tools help all students including those students that have experienced some form of trauma in their lives. At our last PTC meeting, Mrs. Lisa Dykstra and Mrs. Carrie Ysseldyke, two of our very own school social workers presented on trauma informed schools and some things that parents can also do at home to help support their children's needs. Feel free to take a look at their presentation. As a school team, we will continue to dive deeper into making our school and classrooms trauma informed so that all of our students can learn and achieve to their highest abilities while supporting their unique and individual needs. Thank you for your continued support and grace while we explore and implement these strategies with your children!

PK/KDG Round-Up and Registration Follow-Up

Thank you to all of the families that braved the weather to come to our PK/KDG Round-Up registration last week on Thursday evening. We are so excited to welcome your youngsters to Alward this fall and make them a part of the Alward family. If you were unable to make it to last week's presentation or have any questions regarding registration, screenings and paperwork, please feel free to take a look at the presentation that was discussed on Thursday and/or call our main office at 669-6700. We are more than happy to answer any further questions! Once you have completed all of the required paperwork (mentioned in the presentation), please turn the paperwork into the main office at Alward. Thank you!

PE Aparrel Sale

It is time for our annual PE Apparel sale. This year, the PE Apparel is available to order online! Please go to the link on the attached flyer or go directly to: Online orders will be available until the end of the day on February 1, 2019.

If you have any questions about your online order, please contact Rebecca Fabiano at 616-669-1740 Ext. 3.

If you would like to place an order using cash or check, please print the order form and send that in to your PE Teacher on or before February 1, 2019.

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Early Release

Friday, Feb. 1st, 12:15pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Early Release Friday: Students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. on Friday. Please make sure to contact your child’s teacher if they need a sack lunch. If your child will have a change in transportation home, please email the office and the classroom teacher to ensure your child gets to the right place at the end of the day!

Winter Break

Monday, Feb. 4th, 8:45am to Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 3:45pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

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Won't you be my Genius? Family Genius Night

Monday, Feb. 11th, 5-8pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Join Us for Our 2nd Annual Family Genius Night!

What: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math fun for the whole family!

When: Monday, February 11th from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Where: Alward Elementary

Main Attraction: K-9 Unit from Ottawa County

Other Side Shows: We will have various hands-on, exploratory activities related to coding, makerspace activities, and careers (STEM). Some of these events include: presentations from the Hudsonville Robotics Team, Blandford Nature Center, a local veterinarian, and Wood TV 8. You’ll also have the chance to program robots, dig for treasure in the “snow”, build rockets, and more! Don’t miss out on the fun!


To help us prepare enough materials for our families in attendance, please let us know if you and your family will be able to attend by completing the Google Form by Friday, February 8.

Author Visit Coming to AES for Grades 3-5

Thursday, Feb. 14th, 9:15am

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

We are excited to announce that Marcus Emerson, the author of The Super Life of Ben Braver and Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja, is coming to Alward on Thursday, February 14th to speak to our third through fifth grade students! There will be an assembly starting at 9:15 with a book signing following the assembly. More information will be coming home soon! You can learn more about Marcus Emerson at and follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Valentine's Class Parties

Thursday, Feb. 14th, 9am

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Please check your child's teacher's blog for their specific class party time! All volunteers and visitors coming into the building must have a background check completed each school year. You can fill out the background check form here.

Our school is very busy on party days! We ask that you please leave siblings with a sitter so the focus of the party can be on the students here (This is actually school policy all year long)! Thank you for your cooperation and helping make party days a success!

Early Release

Friday, March 8th, 12:15pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Early Release Friday: Students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. on Friday. Please make sure to contact your child’s teacher if they need a sack lunch. If your child will have a change in transportation home, please email the office and the classroom teacher to ensure your child gets to the right place at the end of the day!

Chuck E Cheese Fundraiser

Friday, March 8th, 11am-9pm

3108 Alpine Avenue Northwest

Walker, MI

Looking for something fun to do on early release Friday, March 8? Take the kids to Chuck E Cheese between 11am and 9pm and 20% of your order will be donated to the Alward PTC! Don't forget to mention Alward when you order! Students will all be given 10 free tokens to use as well!

Daddy Daughter Dance

Save the Date for March 16 for our Daddy Daughter Dance! More details to come!

Student Exchange Host Families Needed!

Bring the world to your doorstep! International Experience (iE-USA) is a non-profit high school student exchange organization, and we are seeking host families for the 2019-2020 school year. Students provide their own spending money to cover personal, school, sports, and recreation expenses, their own health insurance, and a desire to become part of your family. Host families provide a safe and caring home, three meals per day, local transportation, and a quiet place to study. Would you consider learning about the opportunity to open your heart and home to an exchange student? Please contact local coordinator Sarah Boucher at 517-331-3460 or Sarah lives in Jenison and is close by to be of support throughout the entire exchange experience. You can view available students to host at

Sarah Boucher

International Experience

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!

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