Alward Action

November 28, 2022

A message from Mrs. Mucha

Hello Alward Families,

It seems like we just started November and here we are getting ready for December next week! This fall it has been so fun getting to know our students and amazing staff here at Alward. I am thankful everyday that I am able to come in and work alongside this wonderful community! Speaking of thankfulness, our P.E. cares drive ended last week and Alward families donated 4,782 items! We are overwhelmed with the generosity of our community.

Top 3 classes include:

1- Mrs. Bouwens

2- Mrs. Scheffler

3. Ms. Lynema

This year we had donations from every single classroom in our building, thank you all!

Thank you to all our families that participated in our parent teacher conferences last week, these are such meaningful conversations as we work to partner with our Alward families to support our students. Also, we are so appreciative and thankful to the Alward PTC for providing and delivering two wonderful meals for our staff on Monday/Wednesday! Just another way our school is blessed by the surrounding community!

As we move into the very cold months here in Michigan, please remember to send kids with hats, gloves/mittens, coats, snow pants, boots, indoor shoes. If this is an area of need for your family, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office, myself or Addison Huss, our community school coordinator, directly.

Heidi Mucha:

Addison Huss:

Heidi Mucha

Congratulations to our November Champions of the Month!

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PE Apparel Sale - REOPENED!

Due to high demand, the PE Apparel ordering link is open again until November 29. Orders will be delivered mid-December, just in time for the holidays!


This past week you received your childs square one art order forms and free customized stickers. This year all orders will be placed online and shipped directly to you. Order as soon as possible to receive your products before the holiday. The ORDER DEADLINE is November 22.


Pre-Kindergarten students enjoyed learning about Africa and listening to The Spider Weaver: A Legend of Kente Cloth by Margaret Musgrove. Then students created their own spider web drawings complete with spiders. Our artistic focus was on lines, patterns, and shapes while developing the fine motor skills of drawing, cutting , and gluing.


Our Kindergarteners are mid-lesson discovering how artists can transform one thing into something else. Lines become shapes, colors change, and shapes become objects. It’s an exciting time.


First Graders were inspired by how leaves change color in the fall. Students used contour lines to draw and glue fences to separate spaces. Then they explored soft pastels and color blending utilizing warm and cold color families.


Our lesson started with learning some fun facts about sloths and exploring colors. We reviewed primary colors and practiced mixing to make secondary colors. During this lesson students: painted textures, sponge painted, drew lines, transformed shapes, cut, assembled and glued. Our key vocabulary words included: primary, secondary, texture, collage, 2-Dimensional, and 3-Dimensional.


This lesson started off listening to Armadillo Ray by John Beifuss. In the story, Ray goes on a journey trying to understand the phases of the moon and he visits many different desert animals who each have a different explanation. Students loved the story line and the beautiful illustrations. This inspired our students to draw their own armadillo in a desert landscape. During this step students learned about the layers of a landscape including: foreground, middle ground and background. They practiced creating correct size relationships observing that things far away are much smaller than those that are close to the viewer. But their favorite part was all the layers of painting. First background painting “fast and furious sloppy copy.” Then what we called the “tidy topcoat” which required a new layer of paint and scratching a texture or pattern into it. Some hidden gems in the lesson were: time management, team work (clean up), and perseverance.


The PTC blessed our students with a snowball target and it was our 4th and 5th graders' privilege to paint it. During this project students learned about abstract art and a popular technique called pour painting. They each were able to try it out doing their own mini-pour. It was fun to use an experimental process and explore color contrast. When the paint dries we will remove the tape and put the finishing touches on. The snowball target will be installed on the playground in the next few weeks. I love hearing all the excited chatter surrounding this target and the art created on it.

I am looking for a few more ART ROOM VOLUNTEERS. 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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Square 1 Art Orders - Due Nov. 29

Your child's square 1 Art was sent home this week. Get a head start, and start ordering keepsakes and gifts featuring your child's art online NOW, if you like!

Simply search for your child's art using Art Search, and enter state, school name, and your student's name. Your student's art and code will appear, and you may order!

Order by: 11/29/2022

Upload additional art if you like, using Art Upload!

If you have questions, or need anything at all, contact customer care online .

Thank you for supporting our school!

Krystal Kingsley

Square 1 Art fundraiser coordinator

Alward Elementary

Santa's Shop

Monday, Dec. 5th, 9am to Thursday, Dec. 8th, 3pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

It is the kids' favorite time of year! The Alward Santa Shop is here! Each class will be assigned a time to shop. Their teachers will communicate to you when their shopping time will be. We are going to need a lot of volunteers to make this successful. There are shifts for helping students shop and wrapping. Please sign up for as many shifts as you are able. Please make sure you have a completed background check for this school year. Please also remember that no younger siblings are allowed.

Holiday Program

Tuesday, Dec. 13th, 6-9pm

2900 Baldwin Street

Hudsonville, MI

The Holiday Program will take place at Fair Haven Church in Hudsonville. Lower Elementary (Kindergarten - 2nd) will start at 6:30pm and Upper Elementary (3rd-5th) will start around 7:45pm. Please note that PK classes do not participate in the program.

Find all the program details here!

Holiday Break

Monday, Dec. 19th, 8am to Monday, Jan. 2nd 2023 at 4pm

This is an online event.

Enjoy your Holiday Break! School Resumes on January 3, 2023.

Not Sponsored or Endorsed by HPS

Gary Byker Memorial Library Events

Gary Byker Library of Hudsonville Upcoming Events for Kids

Register at (Events > Event Calendar)

NOT Your Normal Book Club (Book: Hazardous Tales: Major Impossible by Nathen Hale): Tues. Dec. 6, 4:30 pm: Ages 9-13
(Once you have registered for the book club, you can swing by the library to pick up your free copy!)
Maker Monday: Holiday Edition: Mon. Dec. 12, 4:30 pm: Ages 9-18
Move to the Music: Mondays & Tuesdays in Nov., 10:30 am: Ages 5 & under
Yoga Storytime: Thursdays in Dec., 10:15 am: Ages 6 & 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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