Alward Action

January 13, 2023


Now that the seasons have changed and we are experiencing colder temperatures it is important that our students are prepared for the weather. If you need financial assistance getting the appropriate winter gear for your child(ren), please reach out to me at or at (616)669-6700 x5807 and I am happy to connect you with resources.

SNACKS - Please remember to send snacks to school with your child. If you need assistance with food, please reach out to Addision Huss (Community School Coordinator) @

HEELYS - are not allowed at school! Please do not send your children to school with Heelys.

Alward Holiday Program Video

Click here to watch the Alward Holiday Program on You Tube!

News from the Art Room

Happy New Year!

Square 1 Art fundraiser was a big hit this year. Thank you to all families who participated. I hope that you are enjoying your customized art merchandise. The funds from this program will be used to purchase non-consumable resources for the art room.

PK: Hibernating bears

Pre-Kindergarten students are enjoying drawing hibernating bears. Our learning targets for this lesson are: drawing lines and shapes, creating fur textures, and using light and dark paint. We are mid-lesson and our next step is probably the best part.


Our Kindergartens completed many mini-lesson exploring how artists can transform one thing into something else. All these mini lessons combined to create winter collage scenes featuring: white birch trees, bird houses, and birds. We drew, painted, printed, and collaged. It was so fun.

1ST GRADE: African Zebras

Each year our students have an opportunity to learn about a different culture around the world. This school year each grade will explore Africa. First Graders loved this lesson about Zebras in the Savannah. We painted tapered lines to create zebra stripes. Used collage to cut, rearrange and glue to form a zebra. We explored OP art and tricked the viewer into seeing a zebra made by our cut paper shapes. We painted a landscape of the savannah learning about the horizon line, and how to create different textures. Finally we added a border using printmaking and African tribal patterns.

2ND GRADE: Van Gogh Sunflowers

One of the key artist’s second graders learn about is Vincent Van Gogh. In this lesson students created their own Sunflower vases inspired by Van Gogh’s artwork. Our learning targets included: Students will be able to list 3 facts about VanGogh. Students will explore post impressionism by creating line-like textures. Students will build color theory by exploring warm, cool, and complementary colors. Ask your student what they know about Van Gogh. I think you will be surprised by their responses.

3RD GRADE: Folk Art Snowglobes

Third graders are mid-lesson drawing folk art snow globes. So far they have observed folk artists Karla Gerad and Heather Galler art work. We are using this as inspiration to draw 2-D and 3-D houses, whimsical trees, and use patterns to fill spaces. Some of our key vocabulary words include: folk art, contemporary art, and abstract.

4TH: David Hale

Fourth Graders explored the artwork and style of contemporary artist David Hale. David is often inspired by animals, nature and line design. Each student used observational drawing to sketch an animal of their choice. Then created a window inside the animal depicting its habitat. Next created line designs using variety and repetition to fill the image. Finally the animals were cut out and displayed on their own abstract balanced background.

5TH GRADE: Tim Burton inspired Portraits

Fifth Grade students explored the artwork and style of Tim Burton and then created their own Burtonesque portrait or self portrait. Ask your fifth grader what Burtonesque characteristics are. I think their answers will surprise you. This project turned out amazing.

I am looking for a few more ART ROOM VOLUNTEERS. If you are willing to help 1-2 hours a month that would be a huge blessing to me. Please shoot me an email and let's get connected.

These kiddos are amazing! I love being a part of their creative journey.

Mrs. Kingsley

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Alward Elementary has kicked off Kids Heart Challenge!!

Join us in learning about heart health and raising funds to protect all hearts – especially other kids! Through fun activities we’ll discover ways to take care of our hearts and brains while practicing kindness, gratitude and learning ways to de-stress. Plus, we have the chance to earn PE equipment for our school!

Thank you so much for supporting our school and the American Heart Association!


The PTC is looking for new board members to join the PTC board for 2023-2024 school year. It’s a great way to be involved at the school and to help plan the fun events. Please reach out to to get more information.

Girls on the Run

Girls On The Run aims to inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Over the course of the 10-week program, girls in grades 3-5 at Alward Elementary will develop essential skills to help them recognize their power, to be intentional in decision-making, embrace differences, and realize their personal potential. The program culminates with girls participating in a celebratory 5K with other West Michigan GOTR Programs.

  • Register online @ The early registration period ends on February 1st.

  • Girl placement day will be February 2nd, followed by late registration for teams that still have space.

  • Program fee is $125. Financial Assistance is available to all who apply.

  • Our Spring season will begin in March 15.

  • Teams will meet twice weekly on Monday and Wednesday after school at Alward until 5pm.

  • The Ottawa County 5K will take place at 10:00 a.m. on June 3rd at Coopersville HS.

Contact Stacy Louis (, Site Liaison for Alward Elementary or the website for more information:

PTC Skating Party

Tuesday, Jan. 17th, 6pm

3330 Fairlanes Avenue Southwest

Grandville, MI

Join us for a night of fun at the Skating Party from 6pm-8pm at Tarry Hall. Student and Adult Skating admission is $6. Adults who are not skating, do not have to pay to enter. Skate rental is $2 and Roller blade Rental is $3. All students must be accompanied by an adult. Please do not just drop your children off!

Report Cards will be sent home

Friday, Jan. 27th, 4pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Reports Cards will be sent home with your students on January 27. Please check their folders!

PK/Kindergarten Registration

Tuesday, Jan. 31st, 6:30pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

If you have an incoming PK or Kindergarten student for the 2023/24 school year, mark your calendars for our enrollment information night! To be eligible for pre-kindergarten or kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year, children must be five years of age on or before December 1, 2023. Registration is not open yet, but more information will be coming soon!

Early Release

Friday, Feb. 3rd, 12pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Students will be dismissed at 12:15pm. Sack Lunches are available for students to take home. If you would like to order a lunch, please let your child's teacher know.

Hudsonville Little League

Hudsonville Little League Registrations for this Spring Now Open

Late Fees and Limited Space after January 23

Go To for more information.

Questions…. Contact

Gary Byker Library of Hudsonville Upcoming Events for Kids

Register at (Events > Event Calendar)

Kids Winter Reading Club: Ages 8 & up; Sign up at the library to pick up your flamingo!
Maker Monday: Paper Airplanes and Origami: Mon. Jan. 16, 4:30 pm: Ages 9-18
Family Story Time: Mondays & Tuesdays, 10:15 am: Ages 5 & under

Stay & Play: Jan. 12 & 26, 10:15am: Ages 5 & under


Please check out our website for important information on Health Services.

In order for your child to take any medication (prescription and non-prescription) at school, a MEDICATION FORM is required. If your child requires a prescription medication (asthma inhaler, EPI pen, insulin), your physician must complete a portion of the form. The medication forms are available in the school office and will be posted to our website.

Please do not send medications to school with your child. Please come into the office to drop off medications. Thank you!

Texting Opt-In

Click here and follow the instructions to opt in for texting messages from HPS!


All volunteers and visitors are required to have a background check on file. Background Checks must be completed every school year. Please complete the background check now so you are all set for the school year!
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