Alward Action

September 24, 2018

Message from Mrs. McClure

Happy Fall Alward Families!

Fall is definitely my favorite time of year! I love the cooler weather, going to football games, enjoying the pumpkin patches and apple orchards, eating and drinking everything pumpkin, and gearing up for the holiday season that will be here before we know it! At school, the beginning of year testing is slowing down and teachers and students are fully immersed in the curriculum. As a school, we have been practicing different safety drills every week. This Wednesday, we will have our first practice evacuation drill starting at 9:30 a.m. This drill can take up to 45 minutes as we have to have all students exit the building and travel down to the Fellowship Reformed Church as this is our evacuation site. Please avoid signing your child out between the times of 9:30-10:30 a.m. on this day. Thank you for your help and support as we practice these important safety drills!

Our Walkathon Fundraiser is well underway! The theme for this year's walkathon is Superheroes! Students are welcome to dress up as Superheroes with capes on Friday, October 5th. Please avoid masks that cover your child's entire face.

I am so excited for our school to partner with our PTC to get our students and staff excited about raising money for this school year. Our goal this year is to raise $15,000 for school committee initiatives and technology. If every child raises $34, we will hit the $15,000 mark! Here are a few goals that we have set:

$10000-Mr. Matt and I will run an obstacle course during the Walkathon

$12500-Mr. Matt and I will trade places for a day

$15000-I will camp out on the roof of our school (Mr. Matt and some of our teachers have agreed to join me) on the night of our Family Literacy Night towards the end of October.

Thank you to our Walkathon Committee for getting donations from local businesses to help support our Walkathon. Their donations have paid for every student to get a Walkathon t-shirt. Students will receive their t-shirts on the day of Walkathon, Friday, October 5th!

Finally, this Friday is Homecoming! Students are invited to wear blue and gold for the start of our spirit week!! I have also volunteered to help support the High School STEM Club by participating in their dunk tank prior to the start of the football game. I will be in the dunk tank from 5:30-5:45. Come help support the High School STEM Club and take a chance at dunking me in the dunk tank!

Have a wonderful week and enjoy the fall weather that is in the air!

Mrs. Melanie McClure

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.

Alward Fall Beautification Project

This fall, our first and fourth grade classes are going to team up to plant tulip and daffodil bulbs around the school to add some color to the Alward property in the spring. We are looking for donations of tulip and daffodil bulbs. If you can donate any of these items, please bring them into the school office over the next couple of weeks. Thank you so much for your generosity as we work to beautify Alward!

School Breakfast and Lunch

  • I want to invite parents to apply for free and reduced lunch at This is something that you need to apply for every year. It's a free and easy application, so check it out today!
  • We serve breakfast every morning. The cost is $1.25. If you qualify for reduced lunch prices, the cost is $0.30. If you qualify for Free Lunch, you also receive breakfast for Free. Breakfast includes: Cereal, juice, milk, fruit and a nutritious snack. Breakfast Choices are: Cinnamon toast, Trix, Cocoa Puffs, Apple Jacks. Snack, Juice and Milk are included. Fresh Fruit or applesauce available daily.
  • Please to to for additional information on school lunches.

Popcorn Friday

Friday, Sep. 28th, 9am

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Our first Popcorn Friday will be September 28. We would love for you to join us in popping popcorn for all of our students and staff! This is a really fun time and the excitement from the kids is contagious! We will meet at 8:45 and will probably be finished between 12 and 1 in the afternoon. Sign up here:

Spirit Week!

Friday, Sep. 28th, 8:45am

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

We will be having spirit week starting with homecoming on Sept. 28 and going through Oct. 5 for the walkathon! Students can wear maize and blue for homecoming on Friday. Next week, we have a different theme each day! More details will be coming out mid week!

Baldwin Street Middle School Musical Auditions

Saturday, Sep. 29th, 10am

3835 Baldwin Street

Hudsonville, MI

3rd, 4th, and 5th students from Alward, Bauer, Georgetown, and Park Elementary Schools have the opportunity to to audition for a role as a chorus member in the Baldwin Street Middle School production of Disney's Little Mermaid Jr.. Auditions are scheduled for September 29, 2018 in the Baldwin Street Middle School Choir Room.
Students interested in auditioning for a place in the chorus should prepare a short song to sing and be ready to learn some simple choreography at the audition. Students are asked to wear clothing that allows them to move freely and tennis shoes.
Visit to sign your child up for an audition slot for Disney's Little Mermaid Jr.. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled audition time. Parents will be asked to wait outside in the cafeteria during the auditions.

Please see the PDF below for all the details!
Contact Sarah Maurice ( if you have additional questions. Please include the following information in your subject line: "Elementary Chorus - Child's First and Last Names".


Friday, Oct. 5th, 9am

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Please see the attached document for all the details!

Skating Party at Tarry Hall

Thursday, Oct. 18th, 6:30-8:30pm

3330 Fairlanes Avenue Southwest

Grandville, MI

Scholastic Book Fair

Monday, Oct. 22nd, 9am to Thursday, Oct. 25th, 4pm

Alward Library

More Information coming soon!

Turkey Trot

Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, 5-6pm

3835 Baldwin Street

Hudsonville, MI

We are now offering online registration for the Turkey Trot through the community education website! This method of registration streamlines the process for you. You will receive immediate confirmation that your payment was received and your child is ready for the race! It also helps us out immensely by cutting down on having to collect checks and cash.

Turkey Trot details:
When: Tuesday, October 23
Where: Baldwin Street Middle School - Eagle Stadium
Time: Races begin at 5:00 PM, Gates open at 4:30 PM
Entry fee: $6.00 (includes a Turkey Trot shirt)
Deadline for entry: October 3, 2018

If online registration is not for you, no worries, you may still send the registration form with payment to your child's school.

If you have ever signed your child up for a community ed. activity, you already have an account. If not, one can easily be created.


A copy of the registration form has also been attached to this email for your convenience.

Turkey Trot Registration Form

Family Literacy Night-Camping Out

Wednesday, Oct. 24th, 6-7:30pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Come check out the Scholastic Book Fair, various family literacy activities, s'more making, and Mrs. McClure (hopefully) camping out on the roof of the school! Please RSVP by Wed. Oct. 17th so we can have an idea on how many s'more and activity packets we need available!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Father Son GVSU Football Game

Saturday, Nov. 10th, 12pm

1 Campus Drive


Our PTC is excited to host a Father Son event at GVSU this school year! We need to get a preliminary count of how many fathers and sons would like to attend this event to ensure that we get enough tickets. Tickets will cost $13/person. This is only a preliminary count. We aren't taking money at this time. To RSVP, click on the google form below.

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