Alward Action

October 26, 2018

Note from the Principal

Thank you to everyone for a fabulous and successful Family Literacy Night and Book Fair. It was a great evening spent with families enjoying new books, reading, learning about fire safety, and mingling around the campfires! Our school family truly showed their support and commitment to reading that night. Thank you to our Reading Committee comprised of Mrs. Fellows, Ms. Reisdorff, Mrs. Heethuis, Mrs. Louis and Mrs. Wert for their hard work and planning to ensure that the event was successful. We would also like to thank the Georgetown Township Fire Department for coming to the event and going above and beyond to make this a special night for our students and families! Finally, thank you to all of the extra volunteers (staff and parents) that helped with set up, tear down, and running stations during the event. We could not have pulled this event off without you!


Halloween Parties and Parade

  • Halloween Parade: The parade will start at 2:00. Parents and siblings can line up outside on the grass by the sidewalk. Students will parade through the school first, then exit out the Walker Door traveling North on the sidewalk in front of the school, and finally enter back into the school through the car line door by the gym.

Party Reminders:

  • Thank you to all of our volunteers that are helping out with our holiday parties this year.

  • All volunteers must have a recent background check to come into the building. Remember that background checks must be completed every school year. These must be done prior to the day of the event. We are not able to run background checks when you arrive at school. Please complete your background check here.

  • Please arrive a few minutes early because we will have a check-in table for all volunteers to ensure that background checks are on file.

  • During holiday parties, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. are welcome to be volunteers. Unfortunately, younger siblings are not allowed. We want the focus of our classroom parties to be on the students in the classroom. Thank you for your understanding!

Storybook Pumpkin Patch

The Alward Library is growing a storybook pumpkin patch, and we need your help! Students can decorate a pumpkin to look like a favorite storybook character and bring it to the library to “plant” in our Storybook Pumpkin Patch! See the attached document for all the details!


Square One Art Orders!

Square #1 orders due Tuesday, Oct. 30th. You can order online or send the order into school. Your child's art makes great gifts for the holidays and supports what we do in the art room. Thanks to all those who have ordered so far.

Early Release Friday

Wear Alward T-Shirts: Next Friday is an early release. Students are encouraged to wear their new navy blue Alward Champion t-shirts to show our unity as a school as we introduce the new theme for November and recognize our October Alward Champions!


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!



Turkey Trot

We have a great time at Turkey Trot this past week! Thanks to everyone who came out and showed their support. We had several winners from Alward! Check out the pics below!

PLEASE VOTE!

On November 6, voters in each of the public school districts in Ottawa County will be asked to consider an enhancement millage proposal of 0.9 mill for 10 years. Please see the attached flier below for all the details on how important this is for our district!

STEAM with Kindergarten

The kindergarten students have been learning all about structure and function in STEAM class. They’ve been reading stories, like Jack and the Beanstalk and The Three Little Pigs, and then analyzing the structure and function of items in the story. They engineered their own beanstalks and houses and tested them with various methods. The students especially loved when the wolf tried to blow their houses down! To conclude our unit, they will be designing, building, and evaluating their own paintbrush model. Ask your kindergartner all about what they’ve learned in STEAM!


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!

PTC News


  • The Alward Parent-Teacher Club is looking for parents interested in helping with activities this year. We have lots of opportunities to help, and many are outside the school day. Please complete our quick, online Parent Profile and let us know what skills you can share and when you are availalble: https://tinyurl.com/AES1819ParentProfile
  • Please join us for us next PTC meeting on Nov. 13 @ 7pm.
  • Once again this year, the PTC will be providing dinners for teachers during Parent Teacher Conferences. We are looking for volunteers to help provide items for the dinners. Please sign up here if you are able to help!
  • Did you know that we collect Family Fare Receipts? For every $150,000 in receipts that we turn in, our school earns $1000! We are about $20,000 away from getting our first check! All you have to do is send your receipts to school with your student and we will take care of the rest! It's that easy! Thank you for supporting our school!
  • Leadership Opportunities

    • Book Fair - we need two people to work with Kristin Stoub and Tami Carter this year and learn the job, taking over responsibilities for 2019-2020.
    • Santa's Secret Shop - we need two people to work with Katie Van Kempen and Tricia DeGroot this year and learn the job, taking over responsibilities for 2019-2020.
    • Carnival Raffle - We need someone to contact local businesses and coordinate donations for the Raffle we hold at Carnival. You also get to run the drawings and announce the winners at Carnival :D

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is an after school program which inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Our ten-week program is designed for girls in grades 3-5. Lessons are led by trained volunteer coaches who guide and mentor the girls through an uplifting curriculum that focuses on life-long skills to improve emotional and physical health. The program culminates in a non-competitive 5k which gives the girls a chance to shine and an overwhelming sense of accomplishment.


The Program starts mid March and runs for 10 weeks. Girls meet after school at Alward. Please see the attached flier for all the details!


Registration Opens Nov. 1 - www.gotroac.org


We are still looking for a co-chair and coaches! If you are interested in being a co-chair or coach, please contact Carrie Dougherty @ cdcreate@comcast.net.

Scrap Metal Drive for Senior All Nighter

Friday, Oct. 26th, 4pm to Saturday, Oct. 27th, 2pm

5037 32nd Avenue

Hudsonville, MI

Scrap Metal Drive for The Hudsonville High School Senior All Night Party! Scrap Metal, Cans and Bottles Wanted! Oct. 26 4pm-7pm and Oct. 27 9am-2pm. Items can be dropped off in the High School Parking Lot by the Tennis Courts. Please see the attached flier for all the details!

Halloween Parties and Costume Parade

Wednesday, Oct. 31st, 2pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Early Release

Friday, Nov. 2nd, 12:15pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Wear Alward T-Shirts: Next Friday is an early release. Students are encouraged to wear their new navy blue Alward Champion t-shirts to show our unity as a school as we introduce the new theme for November and recognize our October Alward Champions!


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!



Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, Nov. 7th, 5pm to Thursday, Nov. 8th, 8pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI

Mark your calendars for parent teacher conferences! Online sign ups are open! Please see the attached document for the sign up link and instructions!

Father Son GVSU Football Game

Saturday, Nov. 10th, 1pm

1 Campus Drive

MI

Tickets are now available to purchase for the GVSU Father/Son football game! Tickets can be purchased online here and are $13 each. We have 80 tickets available and are sold on a first come, first serve basis.

Mother Daughter Craft Time

Saturday, Nov. 10th, 10am-12pm

3811 Port Sheldon Street

Hudsonville, MI


Join friends for a ladies only event in the Alward Cafeteria. Moms and daughters will spend time creating together with the assistance of "Blondie's Designs" with jewelry making. Then enjoy a cupcake decorating demonstration with "Jenn Can Make It" to design and eat your own sweet treat. Blondie's Designs will also be showcasing new jewelry designs available for purchase on site.


$13 per couple ($6.50 for the first two tickets), $6 per additional child. Tickets can be purchased here.


*Please note that any female role model for the girls are invited! Not limited to just mothers, we welcome Aunts, Grandmothers, friends, neighbors, etc.!

Jet's Pizza Night

Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 5pm

3735 Baldwin Street

Hudsonville, MI

Our next Jet's Pizza Night is Nov. 13! Take a night off from making dinner and support the PTC! Alward PTC will receive a portion of sales from all orders that mention Alward when ordering! Please tell them your are from Alward and your students teacher's name when ordering! The class with the most orders will win a pizza party!

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