Alward Action

November 2, 2018

Note from Mrs. McClure

Good Afternoon Alward Families! I cannot believe that we are already into November!! The month of October flew by and what a great month it was! From a successful Walk-a-thon to the Turkey Trot, Camp-Read-A-Lot Family Literacy Night to the Scholastic Book Fair, and finally, some Halloween fun to cap it off! It was definitely a busy month, but we enjoyed every moment!

Today, our school had a special assembly to recognize our October Student Champions and kick-off our November Student Champion theme with Maranda from Wood TV8! There will be special segment coming out in the next week or so about today's assembly and our mission to be champions everyday. We will keep you posted with more information as it gets relayed to us.

We are so proud of all of our students for their efforts in taking ownership of their actions to be positive at school and out in the community. This month, we will continue to be Positive Champions, but also strive to be "Helpful" citizens. Students met in their Alward Teams today to talk about how they can be helpful at school, home, and/or out in the community. They then made a personal goal to meet by the end of the November. We are excited to hear about how our students are helping out this month!

Finally, we are looking forward to meeting with all of you next week at Parent-Teacher Conferences on Wednesday and Thursday! If you have not signed up for a conference yet, please see the link below. We are excited to team with you to help your child be successful this year at Alward!

Happy November!

Melanie McClure

How we can HELPFUL Champions in November!


PE CARES FOOD DRIVE - We will be collecting canned and boxed or bagged foods to give to the Holton Community Center. The top 2 teams bringing in the most food will be able to have a pizza party and bowling at Hudsonville Lanes. We will collect food items from November 5-19. Let's help our community!


Winter is coming! We will be collecting new or gently used (clean) winter coats boots, gloves and snowpants. As a school, we would like to collect at least 300 items to give to kids in need in Holton, MI. We will collect cold weather clothing items from November 5-19. Let's help our neighbors!


On November 6, voters in each of the public school districts in Ottawa County will be asked to consider an enhancement millage proposal of 0.9 mill for 10 years. Please see the attached flier below for all the details on how important this is for our district!

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!

PTC News

  • The Alward Parent-Teacher Club is looking for parents interested in helping with activities this year. We have lots of opportunities to help, and many are outside the school day. Please complete our quick, online Parent Profile and let us know what skills you can share and when you are availalble:
  • Please join us for us next PTC meeting on Nov. 13 @ 7pm.
  • Once again this year, the PTC will be providing dinners for teachers during Parent Teacher Conferences. We are looking for volunteers to help provide items for the dinners. Please sign up here if you are able to help!
  • Did you know that we collect Family Fare Receipts? For every $150,000 in receipts that we turn in, our school earns $1000! We are about $20,000 away from getting our first check! All you have to do is send your receipts to school with your student and we will take care of the rest! It's that easy! Thank you for supporting our school!
  • Leadership Opportunities

    • Book Fair - we need two people to work with Kristin Stoub and Tami Carter this year and learn the job, taking over responsibilities for 2019-2020.
    • Santa's Secret Shop - we need two people to work with Katie Van Kempen and Tricia DeGroot this year and learn the job, taking over responsibilities for 2019-2020.
    • Carnival Raffle - We need someone to contact local businesses and coordinate donations for the Raffle we hold at Carnival. You also get to run the drawings and announce the winners at Carnival :D

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is an after school program which inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Our ten-week program is designed for girls in grades 3-5. Lessons are led by trained volunteer coaches who guide and mentor the girls through an uplifting curriculum that focuses on life-long skills to improve emotional and physical health. The program culminates in a non-competitive 5k which gives the girls a chance to shine and an overwhelming sense of accomplishment.

The Program starts mid March and runs for 10 weeks. Girls meet after school at Alward. Please see the attached flier for all the details!

Registration Opens Nov. 1 -

We are still looking for a co-chair and coaches! If you are interested in being a co-chair or coach, please contact Carrie Dougherty @

Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, Nov. 7th, 5pm to Thursday, Nov. 8th, 8pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Mark your calendars for parent teacher conferences! Online sign ups are open! Please see the attached document for the sign up link and instructions!

Mother Daughter Craft Time

Saturday, Nov. 10th, 10am-12pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Join friends for a ladies only event in the Alward Cafeteria. Moms and daughters will spend time creating together with the assistance of "Blondie's Designs" with jewelry making. Then enjoy a cupcake decorating demonstration with "Jenn Can Make It" to design and eat your own sweet treat. Blondie's Designs will also be showcasing new jewelry designs available for purchase on site.

$13 per couple ($6.50 for the first two tickets), $6 per additional child. Tickets can be purchased here.

*Please note that any female role model for the girls are invited! Not limited to just mothers, we welcome Aunts, Grandmothers, friends, neighbors, etc.!

Jet's Pizza Night

Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 5pm

3735 Baldwin Street

Hudsonville, MI

Our next Jet's Pizza Night is Nov. 13! Take a night off from making dinner and support the PTC! Alward PTC will receive a portion of sales from all orders that mention Alward when ordering! Please tell them your are from Alward and your students teacher's name when ordering! The class with the most orders will win a pizza party!

Popcorn Friday

Friday, Nov. 16th, 9am

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, Nov. 21st, 8am to Friday, Nov. 23rd, 11pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Avon Fundraiser

Friday, Nov. 30th, 8am to Friday, Dec. 7th, 5pm

5227 Cherry Avenue

Hudsonville, MI

The Avon Store in Hudsonville is doing a give back to our school fundraiser. All we have to do is shop in store or through a catalog starting Friday, November 30th- Friday, December 7th. Catalogs and more information will come home November 30th. This is a great way to do some Christmas shopping and allow Alward to earn some money for our fun events planned this year!

Holiday Program

Tuesday, Dec. 4th, 6:30pm

6610 36th Avenue Southwest

Hudsonville, MI

The Annual Alward Holiday Program will be held on Dec. 4 at Fellowship Reformed Church. Doors will open at 5:45pm. The program for Kindergarten - 2nd grade will be at 6:30pm and the program for 3rd grade - 5th grade will be at 7:30pm. More details will be sent home soon!

Early Release

Friday, Dec. 14th, 12:15pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Wear Alward T-Shirts: Next Friday is an early release. Students are encouraged to wear their new navy blue Alward Champion t-shirts to show our unity as a school as we introduce the new theme for November and recognize our October Alward Champions!

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!

Class Holiday Parties

Thursday, Dec. 20th, 9am

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Holiday Class Parties will be on Dec. 20. Times will very throughout the day by grade. Please watch your teachers blog's for all the details!

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