Alward Action

March 3, 2019

One School, One Book

March is Reading Month is upon us, and we are super excited to kick it off with our One School, One Book school-wide initiative! Youngest and only students that ordered the books will receive them on Monday. Inside the books, you will find a reading calendar for the month of March. This is a great way to spend about 20 minutes together as a family and a book that we can all talk about at school the very next day! Please join me on Monday night for a Facebook Live event as I read the first chapter from our mystery book. I hope to see many families participating. Don't worry if you can't join us at 6:00 because the link will remain live for you and your family to preview it any time Monday evening after 6:00!

Reading Spirit Days

Friday, March 8th-Get in the "spirit" of reading: Wear your favorite Hudsonville or sport's team's attire

Friday, March 15th-Be a Reading "Jean-ous:" Wear a pair of your favorite jeans and bring your favorite book that you could retell in your sleep to share!

Friday, March 22nd: Readers as Leaders: Dress up for a career you'd like to have one day or bring in a book about that career to share!

Thursday, March 28th-Soak Up a Good Book: Bring in a beach towel to read on during Reader's Workshop!

March Reading Challenge

All of our readers that would love an extra challenge, please stop on by the library to get a March Reading Challenge paper from Mrs. Fellows. As you complete five challenges in a row, turn in your form to Mrs. Fellows to get a prize. Let's see how many people join in and read a little extra this month!

Reading Counts Goals...the Clock is Ticking!

We are down to the final stretch to reach our Reading Counts Goals in grades 1-5. There are lots of fun incentives at the end of the year including a limo ride to lunch for our top readers at each grade level, the "Million Words Club," Teacher and Staff Dunk Tank at our Year End Celebration and so much more! By reading 20 minutes a night, our students can easily achieve their reading goals! Let's stretch our brains and become life long readers!! #read

Parent Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, March 12th, 4pm to Wednesday, March 13th, 8pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

It's time to sign up for Spring Parent Teacher Conferences for March 12 and 13. Please open the pdf document below and follow the instructions to sign up! We are looking forward to meeting with parents!

Parent Teacher Conference Dinners

The PTC is looking for volunteers to help with dinners for the teachers during parent teacher conferences. If you are interested in donating something, please sign up here:

5th Grade Music Opportunities for Middle School

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PTC Meeting

Thursday, March 7th, 7pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Nominations for the 2019-2020 PTC Board will be open at the March 7 meeting at 7pm in the Alward Library. We have openings for a Co-Treasurer and Vice President. We also have various committee positions open for the upcoming school year. Please contact Jenn Johnson ( to make a nomination or get more information.

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!

Questions? Please contact Andi Butler at

Heritage Christian School Spring Sale

Saturday, March 9th, 9am-12pm

6340 Autumn Drive

Hudsonville, MI

The Heritage Christian School Spring Children's Clothing and Toy Sale will be held on Saturday, March 9 from 9am - 12:00. Items for sale include infant to teen clothing, outdoor/indoor toys, sports gear, books, games, shoes, sandals, baby equipment, maternity and more. Delicious baked goods are also for sale! We are now accepting cash, check and credit cards. Located in the large gym at Heritage Christian at 6340 Autumn Dr., Hudsonville. Hope to see you there!

Somewhere Over the Rainbow – A St. Patty’s Day Celebration for Dads & Daughters

It’s that special time of year again where daughters grab their dads (uncles, grandpa, brother,

etc.) and bring them out for an evening of memories! Join friends and spend the evening

snacking, crafting, laughing … but mostly dancing! This year we will have a photo booth for the

girls to capture special moments and of course a DJ spinning all the best tunes. We look

forward to seeing you there!

Cost: $20 per couple, $5 per additional daughter

Follow this link to register now!

***Registration will close at 10am on Wednesday, March 13. **

Any questions, please email or

Would you like to be a part of helping at the dance? We are looking for several volunteers to help with various stations during the dance. Please check out the sign up and see what spot works best for you!

School Carnival - Save the Date

Friday, April 12th, 5:30-8:30pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Carnival is moving to a Friday night! Mark your calendars to join us for fun, food and prizes! We invite everyone to join us April 12 from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Students, older siblings, younger siblings and friends! All are welcome to attend!

Look for more information and letters to come home soon, We will again be looking for many volunteers to make this event a success! Please consider working one shift and enjoying the other half of carnival with your family. Volunteers will be needed to work games, prize room, selling tickets, and in the kitchen area - we have a spot for you!

If you have questions contact Keena Zuehl @ 616-901-2609 or

School Carnival Raffle

Friday, April 12th, 5:30-8:30pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Alward Families, It’s that time a year again where we are starting to plan the carnival and the raffle at carnival. If you our someone in your family owns a business and would like to make a donation, please contact Andi Butler at We will again this year be giving extra advertising and signage at the carnival for our Alward family businesses. Thank you in advance for your support!

Thank you to the following business who have already contributed to the Raffle!

Hawthorne Boutique - gift card and styling package

Inn at Harbor Shores -St. Joe - 1 night stay

Action waterpark - $300 water ski package

Safari Joe’s Waterpark - 1 night stay w/ 6 passes

Holiday World - Christmas IN - 2 passes

Johnny Carino’s - Holland - $100 wine dinner package

Kings Island - OH - 2 passes

Shedd’s Aqaurium - Chicago - 4 passes

Farmstead Inn - Shipshiwanna - 1 night stay

Mackinaw Island boat tour - passes for 2 for boat tour

Splash Universe - Dundee MI - 4 waterpark passes

African Safari Animal Park - 2 passes for 8 people

BAM - Holland - Laser Tag for 10 people

GoldFish Swim School - 6 family swim passes

Slow’s BBQ - $25 gift card

Potter Zoo - Lansing - 2 adult / 2 kids passes

Celebration Cinemas - 2-$10 gift cards

Escape room - 2 passes

Kids Unlimited - 2 backpacks with gift cards

Picaboo - 5-$50 gift certificates

Western University - 4 football game tickets

SkyZone - Grand Rapids - 4 - 1 hour jump passes

Grand Rapids Griffins - 4 lower bowl seats

Autobody experts - 12 car washes and car detail

Binder Zoo - 2 adult and and 2 kid passes

Skin Solutions - microdermabrasion and paraffin hand dip

Happy Mohawk Canoe - Montague - 4 kayak or canoe rentals

Chicago Bears - autograph photo

Douglas JJ Aveda - 3 spa services

Dairy Discovery - Alto - 1 week camp

Ann Arbor Hands on Museum- 4 passes

OTG Logo’s- Hudsonville Baseball Cap

Hudsonville Lanes- Birthday Party for 8

Gemmens- $25 and shirt

Logan’s Roadhouse - 2 - $25 gift certificates

Edible Arrangements - 1 dip basket

Holland Aquatic - 4 person Splash pass

Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary - Athens MI - 4 passes

Tractor Supply - CAT 600pc Machine Maker

Tractor Supply - Spirit Horse Set

Culver’s - 35 1 scoop ice creams

Superior Sports - 5 - $10 gift cards

Device Pit Stop - Waterproof Bluetooth speaker

Papa Murphy’s - 8 large Pizzas

HollyWood Nails - $25 gift card

Pot Belly’s - Complete lunch for 4

Henry Ford Museum - 4 passes

Beaver Island - 2 adult tickets

Locked 460 - 2 passes

Allegan Event - 2 passes for 2 activities

Monelli’s - $15 gift card

Design One - $25 gift card

American Girl - Tenney Doll

American Girl - Melody Doll

White Flame - gift package with $20 gift card

Outback - 2 VIP Dinners for 2

Tractor Supply - Holland - Flashlights

Tractor Supply - Holland - rechargeable light

Biggby Jenison - 2 adult drinks/ 2 kids drinks and cup

Hutchison Jewelry - engravable bracelet

Bob’s Butcher Block - 4 sizzlers with bag

Crazy Horse Saloon - Holland - $20 gift card

Dorado’s Mexican - $25 gift card

Marco’s Pizza - 4 large Pizza’s

Tarry Hall Roller Rink - 10 family skating passes

Great Lakes Chinese - 2 adult dinner buffets

Sprinkles Donuts - 5 - $5 gift certificates

Wild Chef Japanese - Holland - $20 gift certificate

Lost City - Holland - 2 rounds of laser tag and Golf for 7 people

White Caps Baseball - 4 lawn seats

Ben Braver and the Incredible Exploding Kid

A couple of weeks ago, we had the pleasure of hosting Marcus Emerson, author of the book Ben Braver. Our third through fifth graders were able to hear him talk about his books and being an author. Many of you ordered his book and had it signed by him. His next book is set to release on March 5. Check out the trailer for his new book, Ben Braver and the Incredible Exploding Kid.

Please Vote Tuesday, May 7



On May 7, Hudsonville School parents and community members will have the chance to vote on our annual Non-Homestead Millage renewal. This is an annual renewal request that voters have approved for the past 24 years and, if approved, would generate approximately $4.8 million dollars of operating revenue for our school district. Please note, this is not a tax on primary residences and is not a new tax.

Official ballot language is as follows:

Hudsonville Public Schools

Operating Millage Renewal Proposal

This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance.

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Hudsonville Public Schools, Ottawa and Allegan Counties, Michigan, be increased by 18 mills ($18.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for the year 2019, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2019 is approximately $4,850,000 (this is a renewal of millage that expired with the 2018 tax levy)?

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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Transportation Department is Hiring!

Do you love working with children, have an excellent driving record, a good sense of direction with the ability to follow maps? Our transportation department needs you. Starting pay is $16.96 per hour and we will train you. Please call 669-7757 or apply on our website

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