Alward Action

September 10, 2018

Letter from Mrs. McClure

Happy September,

We have had a wonderful start to the school year! Even though hot weather was upon us, our students got back into the swing of things without missing a beat. They are adjusting to their new schedules, classes, and teachers while making new friends. As we embark on this year, students will be listening to a children's book entitled, Sticks and Stones, and writing a goal for how others can "Count on Me" this school year. We will be discussing ways that we can help out others at school and out in the community. This theme will be revisited throughout the year as we work to create a school environment where kindness is spread to others and students feel supported by their peers and staff. We welcome all of our parents to join us too in this mission of spreading kindness this school year. #countonme

This past week, students and staff participated in their first tornado drill. Our students did a phenomenal job with this first drill! We were so proud of them. We will also be practicing fire, lockdown, and evacuation drills in the upcoming weeks of school. Staff will go over the procedures for these drills with students in advance so that they are prepared for the drill or in the event that these procedures need to be executed. Keeping your children safe is our top priority everyday! Thank you for entrusting our staff with your children day in and day out.

Please read below for more information to learn about upcoming events and Alward news! I hope you all have a wonderful week!

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!

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 $1.30. If you qualify for reduced lunch prices, the cost is $0.30.
  • Please to to for additional information on school lunches.

PTC News

  • First PTC Meeting: Monday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Alward library. We will have a brief update on PTC information, an update from Mrs. McClure and updates from classroom teachers on what is taking place in the classrooms. We will then follow with a special featured presentation from Mrs. McClure on Technology Use at School! All are invited to attend!
  • Walk-a-thon Updates:
  1. Save the Date-Friday Oct 5 is the Alward Superhero Walkathon. Be on the lookout for more information coming home next week.
  2. Parents if you own a business or work for a business that is interested in an opportunity to help sponsor walkathon and get a great opportunity to advertise your business, please contact Andi Butler at
  3. One of our goals with Walkathon this year is to give every student at Alward a t-shirt. Therefore, we will need all students' t-shirt sizes. Please fill out the google form below. You will need to fill out a new google form for each child. Thank you so much!

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.

Library News

Community News & Events

School Pictures

Wednesday, Sep. 12th, 9am-12pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Please return your child's school picture form with him/her to school on Wednesday!

Board of Education Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 13th, 7pm

3886 Van Buren Street

Hudsonville, MI

We are excited to announce that the Alward Green Team will be presenting on their accomplishments from last school year, and this year's initiatives as we continue our mission to make the world a cleaner place for future generations to come!

Early Release Friday

Friday, Sep. 14th, 12:15pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. Lunch is not served on early release Fridays. However, if you would like your child to have a sack lunch sent home, please contact your child's classroom teacher. They will put your child's name on the list to receive a sack lunch.

Third Grade Field Trip to Art Prize

Wednesday, Sep. 19th, 9am-2pm

Art Prize Grand Rapids, MI

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