Alward Action

April 23, 2021

Note from Mrs. McClure

Good Afternoon Alward Families,

I hope everyone has had a smooth transition back to school from spring break and is staying healthy and safe! With summer in the air, our students and staff are working hard to finish out the year strong! It is hard to believe that we are six weeks away from summer vacation!

We are so proud of our fifth grade students that started taking the M-STEP assessments this week. They have dug in and put forth their best effort! Once again, our students have shown resilience and determination, and have exceeded our expectations! Our fifth grade students have two more M-STEP assessments that they will finish next week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday! Our third and fourth grade students will start taking the reading and math M-STEP assessments the week of May 3 and end testing on May 14th. Please help reassure your child that they are going to do a great job on these assessments as they have been preparing all school year. It is also important to reiterate that these tests do no define who they are as a person! We have so many students with so many different talents and those talents need to be celebrated as well. We are proud of our students for who they are and who they want to become in the future!

Living in Michigan, we are pretty used to having a potential snowstorm one day and 80 degree weather a couple of days later. With all the crazy changes in temperatures, please make sure to note the weather and send your child with appropriate weather gear. We want to make sure that our students are dressed appropriately for outdoor recess and can enjoy that time playing with their classmates and friends! We appreciate your help with this one.

Thank you again to all of our parents for your support, encouragement, and understanding this school year. We appreciate all of the little and big things that you do to support our school, students, and staff. You truly make our Alward community a special place!

Enjoy the beautiful spring weather this weekend!

Melanie McClure

News from PE

In PE class, we not only work on physical skills, but we work on SOARing too! All year long, students have been practicing being Safe, Owning it, being Responsible and being Respectful in the gym with their classmates too! Once a class earns enough SOAR stars, they are given a "reward day" where they get to vote on a game to play as a class. Some classes chose free-stations, some chose Pirates and Vikings, Battleship or even Shark Attack. They all had a blast having a choice in the activity of the day.

We also just finished up our Pickleball, Badminton and 9 Square In the Air unit. Students were working on "striking with a short implement" and did a great job!

If you would like to see more pictures and updates, be sure to like and follow the Alward Elementary PE facebook page!

Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 3rd, 8:45am to Friday, May 7th, 4pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Hi Parents, Teacher Appreciation Week is right around the corner starting the week of May 3rd. The PTC has organized a sign up for the items we need for the lounge that week. If you would prefer to venmo money instead of buying items, you can reach out to Andi Butler at Thanks again for all your help in spoiling our teachers this year!

Annual Operating Millage Renewal Proposal

Tuesday, May 4th, 8am

This is an online event.

On May 4, 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 26 years and would generate approximately $5.5 million dollars of operating revenue for our school district. As a reminder, this is not a tax on primary residences and is not a new tax. Please take the time to vote.

Link to Ballot Language

Ottawa County Clerk’s Office Absentee Voting Information

PTC Meeting

Tuesday, May 11th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Mark your calendars for the last PTC meeting of the year! More details to come!

Early Release

Friday, May 21st, 12:15pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Students will be dismissed at 12:15pm. Sack lunches will be available for students to take home. If you would like your student to receive a sack lunch, please order with your students teacher.

Last Day of School - Early Release!

Friday, June 4th, 12:15pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Students will be dismissed at 12:15pm. Sack lunches will be available for students to take home. If you would like your student to receive a sack lunch, please order with your students teacher.

PTC Corner

PTC BOARD for 2021/22 - The PTC is looking for a Vice President for next year. Please contact Andi Butler at if you are interested in some more information.

March 16, 2021 PTC Meeting - The minutes from the March 16 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!

5th Grade Information!

5TH GRADE CAMP: We are excited that we will be taking students to camp this year! We will be going to Cran Hill on Thursday, May 20. Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, parents will not be allowed to attend. The cost for camp is $59.

FRANDALE SUB FUNDRAISER: Sub Pick up will be April 27, 3pm-4:30pm.

MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSIC: On April 27, the Baldwin Street Music team will be coming to Alward to introduce and fit students for instruments for next year. There will be parent meetings for band and orchestra on May 3 at RMS and May 4 at BMS. To space people out, there will be 3 start times each evening. You can pick the time to can come: 6:30, 7:00, or 7:30. Parents can attend either evening as they will be exactly the same. The information will also be on our website, but the advantage to coming to the parent meeting is you can rent an instrument that night. Choir parents do not need to come to the parent meeting. Please check out the Music Program website for all the details!

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCHEDULING: May 5-12 5th grade teachers will send scheduling paperwork home to parents to complete with their student. 5th grade scheduling window open in PowerSchool. Students will independently put their 6th grade class selections into PowerSchool. On May 7, BMS counselors and current 6th grade students will Zoom into 5th grade classes separately to answer any questions about scheduling and what it’s like being a 6th grader. Schedules need to be returned to teachers by May 12.

Hudsonville Athletic Boosters Fundraisers

30 SECOND TIMEOUT BOOK SALE - Each year the Hudsonville Athletic Boosters awards ten $1,000 scholarships to our very own senior student-athletes that have demonstrated their ability to perform in their respective sport but also in the classroom and in the community. Over the past several years, we have awarded over $100,000 in scholarships that go to support our student-athletes in college. This year we are happy to announce that once again we will be providing $10,000 to assist, those student-athletes fulfill their dream of attending college. Hudsonville Athletic Director Kevin Wolma would like to assist the Athletic Boosters in raising some of the scholarship money by donating 100 copies of his book - 30 SECOND TIMEOUT. Kevin has written a helpful guide for parents as they navigate through the challenges of youth sports. This book is full of practical down to earth and accessible guidance. It is something you will certainly revisit throughout the years. Coaches of youth sports would be well served to recommend this book to the families they work with, kids would be well served if the adults in their lives truly lived out the principles of the book.

Cost of book is $10 - 100% goes directly to the the Athletic Boosters Scholarships

You can either purchase a book by sending us an email at or you can purchase a book at any of the school offices in Hudsonville.

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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.

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


Yearbooks were sent home with students this week! 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

    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 for menus and more! If you have additional questions, you can email Food Service at 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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