Alward Action

February 26, 2021

A Note from Mrs. McClure

Hi Alward Families,


This is our final week to sign up for our Spring Parent Teacher Conferences! Conferences will be held on Monday, March 8 and Wednesday, March 10. We are excited to share with you the progress your child has made since report cards that came out in January! To sign up for a conference time with your child's teacher, please click this link. All conferences will be held via Zoom.


Our PTC is so excited to be hosting our 1st ever virtual scavenger hunt on Thursday, March 4th at 6:30. This will be a Facebook event, and you will not have to leave your house! During this event, you will need to be able to take pictures and post them on the FB link. Be ready to have some fun and earn points to win some awesome prizes! Please sign up on the Google form so we can plan on how many families will be competing by Monday, March 1st. We are excited to provide a fun night for our students and families to get together virtually!


March is Reading month is almost here! Our Reading Committee has planned some reading fun activities for our students and staff to participate in this month. We will have fun dress up days, weekly read alouds with special guest readers, and class reading Bingo boards. At the end of the month, classes that earn two bingos or more will get to spray me with silly string! We are so excited to spread the love of reading to our students and have a little fun, too!


I hope you all enjoy the beautiful, spring-like weather that we are currently having and are able to get outside to enjoy it!


Excited for Spring and Reading,

Melanie

March is Reading Month Calendar of Fun

Click on this link to see the March is Reading Month Calendar with spirit days and the featured books for the weekly read alouds by special guest readers!

2021/22 PK/K Enrollment

Online registration for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year is now available. To be eligible, children must be five years of age on or before December 1, 2021.


Please check out the HPS website for complete instructions on enrollment.

PTC Virtual Family Scavenger Hunt

Thursday, March 4th, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

Our PTC is so excited to be hosting our 1st ever virtual scavenger hunt on Thursday, March 4th at 6:30. This will be a Facebook event, and you will not have to leave your house! During this event, you will need to be able to take pictures and post them on the FB link. Be ready to have some fun and earn points to win some awesome prizes! Please sign up on the Google form so we can plan on how many families will be competing by Monday, March 1. We are excited to provide a fun night for our students and families to get together virtually!

Early Release

Friday, March 5th, 12:15pm

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 your student to have a sack lunch, please order with their teacher.

Virtual Follett Book Fair

Friday, March 5th, 8am-11pm

This is an online event.

Alward Elementary is helping to support student reading by offering an online Follett Book Fair from March 5 to March 19. Every purchase made will benefit our school and help us achieve our reading goals.

Everyone is welcome to participate! Simply visit our Online Book Fair Page to purchase books for your child, yourself, school or help build classroom libraries. Once our online fair has ended, all books will be shipped to the school and sent home with students.

Would you like to support a child who may not be able to participate? We encourage you to purchase a gift card which can be emailed to kfellow@hpseagles.net. We will then use your donated gift card to help a child in our school community.

Alward Elementary is excited to offer an online fair option to help further support a love of reading for our students!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday, March 8th, 4-8pm

This is an online event.

Mark your calendars for Parent Teacher Conferences on March 8 and 10, 4pm-8pm. Conferences will be virtual again. Sign up information will be coming soon!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, March 10th, 4-8pm

This is an online event.

Mark your calendars for Parent Teacher Conferences on March 8 and 10, 4pm-8pm. Conferences will be virtual again. Sign up information will be coming soon!

Spring Break - No School

Friday, April 2nd, 8am to Sunday, April 11th, 11:45am

This is an online event.

PTC Corner

January 19, 2021 PTC Meeting - The minutes from the January 19 meeting are posted on the website! Check it out here.


Amazon Smile
- Use this link to do all of your Amazon shopping and our school will earn money!


Family Fare Receipts - Turn in your Family Fare receipts and our school will earn $1,000 for every $150,000 in receipts that we collect. We just earned a $1,000 check for our school and are on our way to the next $1,000! Keep sending those receipts in!


BoxTops - Collecting Box Tops is another way we earn money for our school! We collect Box Tops all year!

Parent Teacher Conference Dinner Donations

Parent/Teacher conferences are just around the corner and we are looking for some donations of pop and snack items to go with the meals we are providing. Please feel free to sign up for a spot or two. Thank you so much!

A BIG Thanks to our Alward Families for a successful walkathon! Our teachers have been stocking their classrooms with fun books and supplies!

Hudsonville Public Schools Annual Education Report

The Annual Education Report (AER) is designed to meet state and federal requirements for reporting to parents and communities. The report provides detailed data on state administered student assessment results, accountability results, teacher qualification information, and the state results for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).


Parents and the community can access AER information for the district and individual schools by clicking on the Annual Education Report tab on our website. If you have any questions regarding the AER information, please contact your child’s building principal.


Vacation Forms

It's that time of year when a lot of families take vacation! If you are planning to be gone for more than three days, we need a vacation request form to be completed. The form can be printed below, or call the office and we will send one home with your student. Please send completed forms back to school with your student or email them to eemmert@hpseagles.net.

Yearbooks!

Yearbooks were sent home recently with students! If you forgot to order, you can place an order online with Geskus. It will be shipped directly to your house!

FREE Breakfast and Lunch

  • On Friday, October 9, the USDA announced that they would be extending the Summer Food Service Program’s free meals for all students at all schools through June 30, 2021. The SFSP is a continuation of the operating rules in place during the spring/summer school closure from March-August 2020.

    All complete meals (breakfast and lunch) will be served at NO COST to children 18 and under (or up through age 26 for individuals with special needs).

    What comes with lunch? Lunches include protein (meat/meat alternatives), whole grains, fruit, vegetable, and milk. Students can select 3, 4, or all 5 items. The meal must contain a fruit or vegetable to qualify as a complete meal. Students will still be charged for any other purchases like: milk only, bottled water/juices, additional entrees, etc.

    Families do NOT have to fill out additional paperwork to receive meals for free. Free/Reduced Meal Applications will still be collected for the purposes of Math/Reading Title I programs, as well as for discounts on athletic fees, testing fees, college application fees, etc. You can apply for meals at www.lunchapp.com.

    For our remote learners, the Remote Meal pickup dates, times, and procedures will remain the same but all meals will be free. Remote Learner families will continue to receive a weekly email for ordering.

    Visit our website at www.jenhudfood.org for menus and more! If you have additional questions, you can email Food Service at foodservice@hpseagles.net or call (616) 457-2400.

    Thank you,

    Mary Darnton, Food Service Director

UPDATED COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

The Ottawa County Health Department continues to make changes and update the COVID-19 Policies and Procedures. Please see below for the most updated information. This is what we as a school are required to follow. We will continue to keep the most update information in this newsletter. The complete guidelines for schools can be found here. As always, feel free to call the office with any questions.
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Communication

  • Visit Our Website: Our school website will be updated on a regular basis as it will be the main source of information for our parents and community members. We will no longer have an Alward Blog as we are looking to consolidate and simply communication to our families.
  • School Messenger: Regular communication from school messenger will be sent out via email, phone calls, or text messages to keep you in the loop on what is taking place at Alward!

  • Social Media: Follow our story by liking us on...

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    • Twitter: Like us on Twitter @AlwardElem

  • Google Classrooms: We will no longer have individual blogs for teachers. Teachers will be updating their Google Classroom Sites on a weekly basis.