December 4, 2019
Upcoming Events
December
11 Merry Market Place
13 Spelling Bee
16 All School Christmas Concert - 6:30pm
23 Christmas Break begins

January
16 Early Childhood Open House - 6:30-7:30pm

Advance Notice
Father-Daughter Event - February 1
EOCS 7th/8th Grade Concert - February 6
Middle School Play- February 7 & 8
Auction - February 29
3-on-3 Basketball Tournament - March 14

The ACS Chapel Schedule can be found on our website at www.allendalechristian.org !
ACS News
A Place for Your Children

Yesterday morning, Mrs. Van Oordt led staff devotions. She read the line from the Christmas story in Luke 2:7 that says there was no room for them in the Inn. She talked about how Mary and Joseph were likely tired, scared, and anxious from their trip and their situation. But, after the innkeeper told them there was no room, he thought more and decided there was room for them, and the space may be enough for what they needed. Indeed, there was a place for these tired and anxious travelers.

Mrs. Van Oordt then shared information about teacher shortages nationwide and a new statistic that says only 26% of teachers in a recent survey would recommend the teaching profession to a friend or colleague. Those are shocking statistics, but are a reality in education. But, in a field that is struggling to find teachers, we are blessed by the amazing team of teachers that love kids so deeply at ACS. Mrs. Van Oordt challenged us and reminded us about the great opportunity we have at ACS to find a place for your (HIS) children. We know that many students enter our doors with lots of joy and excitement for the day. We also know that many enter like Mary and Joseph might have felt - anxious and tired. In this Christmas season, and all year at ACS, we are eager to show kids that they have a place at ACS, that they are loved, and that they are a child of God.

Thank you for your partnership and for allowing our team to provide a place for your kids! Blessings to your family as you journey through this season and celebrate the birth of the King.


Parents,

I am providing a reminder regarding Birthday parties. Birthday parties are a fun and exciting event for students. It is so much fun to see kids getting excited when they get to celebrate their birthdays with friends. However, these parties can cause a lot of hurt for those not invited, especially if most of the kids in the class are invited and a few are left out. Please see the reminders below regarding parties:

- If having a birthday party, try to invite all the kids of your child's gender from their classroom, or just invite a small group. Please don't exclude just a couple kids.
- If inviting a small group, please consider sending invites by mail or phone. Please avoid bringing the invitations to school (if at all possibly). In ParentsWeb, you have access to the school directory with all family addresses and phone numbers.
- If your child is invited to a party, it is best that they don't ask everyone in class if they were invited or share the details of the party with those that did not attend. This is often how the kids who are not invited find out about the parties, and feel left out.

On Monday, December 16, ACS will be performing their annual Christmas concert for family and friends. This is a great way for us all to kick off the Christmas season and for the students to show you what they have learned so far this year in their music classes. It will take place at Ceglarek Fine Arts Center (Allendale Public Fine Arts Center) at 6:30 pm. Below is a message from Mr. Koetje about this year’s concert! If you have any questions contact Miss Brummel mbrummel@allendalechristian.com .

ACS families - The students and Miss Brummel are so excited to present the Christmas
concert on December 16! It is so awesome to be able to worship with so many people and celebrate
the birth of our Savior. If you have been to the program the past couple of years, you have noticed that we have run out of seating with our rapid enrollment growth. This year, again, we added many new families and students. With limited seating available, we are requesting that families try to keep attendance to parents, siblings, and grandparents (great-grandparents included). We understand there might be a situation where someone else might need to come in place of these immediate family members, but we do not want to make immediate family members stand or not be able to observe the program because we have run out of seats. Thank you for your help!

The Jingle Bell Post Office is Back!   Beginning Thursday, December 5, the 2nd graders at Allendale Christian will be running their Jingle Bell Post Office. Christmas cards, stamps, and envelopes will be sold during snack recess, and delivery will be made at the end of each school day. Each item will cost 5 cents so you can send a Christmas greeting to a friend for only 15 cents! The Post Office will be open through Wednesday, December 18. All proceeds will go to Mel Trotter Ministries. Additional stamps and cards can be purchased through Miss Driesenga or Mrs. Sheppard as well. Spread some holiday cheer with a card!

We continue to have problems with students being picked up at the front curb after school. In order to keep our students safe and to help with traffic flow, please do not park at the curb in front of the school building. Thank you for your co-operation.

ACS is looking for a couple people to be on a list as a substitute bus driver. If you know of someone that currently drives bus, is a retired bus driver, or even someone who has their CDL and would be interested in driving-- please contact Brian Koetje at  bkoetje@allendalechristian.com .

Moms in Prayer Each week a group of Moms from ACS, APS, and GV gather for one hour to grow together in praying for our kids, their teachers, and our schools. We meet right here at Allendale Christian on Thursdays  from 8:30-9:30am  in the girls locker room!  All Moms are welcome, whether you desire to grow in this area or if it is your greatest passion.
Hot Lunch/TRIP
Hot lunch information and monthly menus can be found by clicking here-> Hot Lunch

Please add the hot lunch email address ( hotlunch@allendalechristian.com ) to your safe senders list to ensure you are receiving all notifications. Thank-you!

TRIP Info and Volunteer Schedule Instant Trip is held every Tuesday night from 7:00-7:30pm with a pick-up ONLY sessions every Wednesday Morning from 8:30-9:00am. In order for us to run this program we need at least three volunteers at each session on Tuesday night and one volunteer every Wednesday morning. If you are interested in volunteering. Please contact a trip coordinator or email Christy Breuker at  jcbreuker@yahoo.com . There is also a signup on Sign Up Genius. 

December 10 & 11
Tues: Erin, Lonna Ondersma, Linda Nysse
Wed: ________

December 17 & 18
Tues: Erin/Christy, Linda Nysse, _________
Wed: _________

******* Need for Volunteer Tuesday December 17 and Wednesday December 11 and 18

PTA/Fundraising
Merry Marketplace is Wednesday, December 11 from 8:30-2:00
We are so excited for our Merry Marketplace next week! Thank you to the volunteers who have put in a lot of work for this fun shopping day for our students! Gifts range from $1 - $6. Be sure to read all the details about this fun day on the information sheet that is being sent home with your child today! Parents are welcome to bring younger siblings and students that aren't in school on this day to shop!

Staff Favorites Please click on the link below if you need a gift idea for one of the ACS staff members! Thank you PTA for compiling this list just in time for Christmas!

TRASH FOR CASH UPDATE!
  • Have you heard of a new program that we could add to our current programs? Please let us know! We are open to adding more! Feel free to email Erin Ensing, Trash for Cash committee chair at erinensing@hotmail.com

If you have not, please use Amazon Smile and set Allendale Christian School as your organization. As of today, we have received nearly $2,400 from Amazon for people that have selected ACS!
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Community News
Girls Basketball Camp  -- Unity Christian is pleased to offer a basketball camp for girls in 5 th  – 8 th  grades. This program will be held Saturday mornings on January 11, 18, 25, and February 1.  Each session will teach fundamental basketball skills and provide team competition.  Grades 5 & 6 will meet from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., and grades 7 & 8 will meet from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. The cost to participate is $25 for 5 th /6 th   and $35 for 7 th /8 th , and the deadline to register is January 7. Please go to   https://unitychristianathletics.org/main/campsclinics/  for more information and an online registration link. Information can also be found at  www.unitychristianathletics.org  under the “Camps & Clinics” tab.