NEWS AND NOTES - April 24, 2019
Calendar of Events
26  Kindness Matters Chapel
3   Class Placement Request due
6-17 MAP Assesments
13  5th - 8th Grade Band and Choir Concert, 6:30pm
14   2nd Annual Kristina Moelker 5K, 6:30pm
15 Enrollment Forms are due
2019-2020 Enrollment
It's time to enroll for our next school year.  You should have received an email  last  week with a link to the enrollment packet.  Please let us know if you did not receive the link.   The Instructions and Enrollment Checklist page of the enrollment packet contains supplemental enrollment forms that also must be submitted.  Further instructions on these forms are provided online.   Please send your registration fee of $300 per family to the school office by May 15.  Note: If you have a tuition credit balance, you may use that credit towards the enrollment fee. 

If you have applied for tuition assistance through FACTS, please make sure that all the necessary documentation is scanned in so that your application is complete. Until the correct documents are provided, applications are considered 'submitted' and not 'verified.' Tuition assistance can only be granted if applications are verified. If you have questions, please contact the principal at

If you have any questions about the process, please contact Sara Kuperus, Administrative Assistant at  Brian Koetje, Principal at  or call us at 616-895-5108.

Since enrollment is beginning , we will be creating class lists in the near future. The process of making class lists includes a lot of prayer and conversation, considering students' needs. We also understand there may be special circumstances that you would like to make us aware of as we consider placements. Please click on this link for the Class Placement Request Form if there is a special circumstance you would like to explain and have us consider. Please have these forms back to Mr. Koetje by May 3. Grades with two classes next year: K, 1, 2, 6.  Grades with a combination class: 3rd, 3/4 combination, 4th.
ACS News
ACS is in need of substitute teachers, particularly that are available on Wednesdays. If you know of someone that would be interested in subbing at ACS, can you please pass this information to them, or send their contact information to Brian Koetje at Thanks!

Staff Appreciation Luncheon   Volunteers are needed to cover classrooms for teachers on Friday, May 3 from 12:45-1:30 for the Staff Appreciation Luncheon!  Please contact Rachel Ratledge via text at 240-4512 or e-mail  if you are able to help out!  Thank you!

2nd Annual Kristina Moelker 5K Race/Walk    Please join the ACS community in our second 5K race/walk event on Tuesday, May 14 at Allendale Public High School at 6:30 pm. Racers may pick up their race packets on Monday, May 13 from 3:30-4:00 or beginning at 5:30 the evening of the race. All ages are welcome to run, jog or walk. It's not to late to register, however, we cannot guarantee t-shirts!  Questions, please contact Deb Lamer @   Sign up here to register!

Spring Band & Choir Concert May 13 at Ceglarek Fine Arts Center (Allendale Public Fine Arts Center), 6:30 pm. All students should arrive at 6:10pm and meet in the band or choir room beyond the wooden double doors.  5th grade students should wear khaki pants and brown or black shoes - no tennis shoes or sandals. Girls are allowed to wear dresses or long skirts if preferred. On top, a nice dress shirt is preferred. Either a polo, a button down shirt, or a nice blouse (I'll trust your best discretion).  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Miss Brummel by phone  or email . Thank you for your support.

Golf Outing-Bigger and Better!   We are excited to announce that Allendale Christian School is partnering with AnchorPoint Christian School for the 2019 Golf Outing! This partnership will help us be able to keep tuition rates affordable for families in both communities. We are looking forward to a bigger outing with more sponsors, more prizes, and lots of fun! Any golfers that sign-up select the school that they want to support. The $75 entry fee covers both 18 holes of golf with a cart, plus a lunch and opportunity to win door prizes.  To register, please click here! For more information on sponsoring the golf outing, please email Aaron Cole-Rouser, Director of Advancement, We hope to see you on Saturday, May 18!

Parent Technology Information  
Also, here are two new posts to  help families with screen time tools and to "Win the the Digital Age."

Do violent video games cause violent behavior in kids? The problem with finding the scientific answer to this question is that it can't be tested (at least not ethically!). But, in 2011, a study at Indiana University compared the brains of students who had played first-person shooter games for 10 hours/day for a week with those who had not. The MRI results were stunning. The brains of the video game group showed less activation in brain regions that control emotion and aggressive behavior! Young males are especially vulnerable. Parents can read more about the impact of screens and games on our kids here .
Mom and dad own every internet-ready device in the house. Did your son receive an iPhone for his 14th  birthday? Did your daughter bring a Chromebook home from school? What about the Kindle that came under the Christmas tree? Parents, it's important to remind your kids early and often that every internet-ready device in the home is co-owned by you. And, you have access to it 24/7. There's no such thing as internet privacy in the digital age! Inspect and verify .
You can learn about tips like this in the Protect Young Eyes Resources, where you can watch videos about the latest digital risks, including Snapchat, and instagram.
From the Community continued.......
Unity Christian High School
Youth Football for students entering grades 3 - 8 this coming school year!  The program begins for 3rd/4th and 5th/6th grade teams on August 12 at a cost of $60, and 7th and 8th grade teams begin on August 19 at a cost of $80 (plus $20 for all levels if you would like to purchase jersey).  Registration online at  For full details on the program, please go to  Questions? Contact youth football director Mark TeSlaa at 616-970-3154 or  

Alumni Football Game with Kirk Cousins  -  Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has challenged the Unity Christian Alumni All-Stars to a touch football game against his Maroon Alumni All-Stars in a fundraising event called Game On at Holland Christian May 17. BBQ dinner and lawn games to take place at 5:30 p.m. and the football game at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets for  will be $8.00 per person or $30 per family for the dinner/football game combined.  Tickets will be available on April 24 starting at 6 p.m. at, and at the HCHS and UCHS office starting April 25.  For more information go to  

Summer Sports Camps can be found at under the "Camps and clinics" tab.  Summer Sports Camps for students 3 years of age to 12th grade. 

Girls' Golf Clinic for g rades 6 - 11. Friday, May 10 at Diamond Springs Golf Club in Hamilton.  You will find an information sheet with more details HERE.  Deadline to register is April 27.

Sports Physical Night Tuesday, May 7 from 6 - 8 p.m. Cost is $15 payable to Unity Christian High School. Those participating in Youth Football (7th and 8th Grade is required to have a physical prior to the start of the season), and any of the middle school sports are encouraged to attend. The MHSAA physical form needs to be completely filled out with signatures prior to the physical; you can find a copy of the blank form in the high school office.

Community Scrap Metal Drive- May 3 and 4 @ Unity Christian to raise funds for the Education Foundations of Hudsonville Christian and UCHS. The drive will be held at 5790 Balsam Dr., Hudsonville (across from Hudsonville Lanes) from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. 
2018-2019 THEME
God's Big Story 
 Psalm 119:89-90
Your word,  Lord, is eternal;
it stands firm in the heavens.  Your faithfulness continues through all generations;  you established the earth, and it endures.
PTA Events
Our annual Greenhouse Gift Card Sale  officially kicked off on Monday! Student order forms should have gone home with your child already. The five participating greenhouse this year include:
  • Motman's Greenhouses and Orchards, Kraker Greenhouses, JW Greenhouses - 30%
  • WW Greenhouses - 20%
  • Countryside Greenhouse - 15%  ** Countryside Gift cards are only available in $50**  (limited cash lanes will be available this year!)
Gift cards are available for immediate purchase at Ralph Meyers Trucking and Allendale Township Library, as well as in the school lobby on Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3:00-3:45pm. Questions? Contact Sherri Schrotenboer at 616-498-0032 or Mindy DeMott at 231-206-5590.

The PTA Committee Sign-Up will be coming out on May 13.  This is a great opportunity to get to know and serve next to other ACS families.  In order to fill all of our volunteer positions we ask that each household/family serves on 2 committees (1 if you are a single parent) for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please prayerfully consider where God is leading you to serve for the upcoming school year.

Trash for Cash Competition Each class will have a collection bag in their classroom from May 1- May 10.  Items that count in this competition are Coke rewards, Box Tops for Education and Family Fare Direct your Dollars receipts.  Each item counts as 1 point no matter what the true value is (example: a 20oz Coke top and a coke reward from a 12 pack box both count as 1 point).  The winning class will be announced on Monday, May 13.  The money that is raised through the Trash for Cash Committee is used by the PTA to buy classroom supplies throughout the year.  
Hot Lunch
Please click the links below for more information!
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

W e need volunteers for 2019
Please follow the link below to sign up! 

April 30 & May 1
Tues:  Christy, Linda Nysse, Deb Dyke
Wed: ____________
May 7 & 8
Tues : Erin/Christy, Lonna Ondersma, _________
Wed: ______________

From the Community
Spring Mom to Mom Sale at Lamont Christian School, Saturday April 27, 2019, 8:30am - 1pm.

Allendale Friends and Family 5K , Saturday, May 4, Free Kids Fun Run @ 8:30 for ages 8 & under, 5K @ 9am. Timed race, prizes for top finishers,free t-shirt.  This event will take place at Allendale Middle School.  
To register go to
This event is presented by Mom Break. We now have a coupon code available. Get $5 off your registration when using coupon code "5off" by May 30.

Career Camp 2019 - Careerline Tech Center  This a one-week camp of career exploration for current 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Career Camp will run this summer in two sessions. Registration begins May 1 and can be done online, by mail, or in person. Cost: $50 for the week, with busing an additional $20. * Session 1: June 10 -14, 9:00 - 12:00 * Session 2: June 17 - 21, 9:00 - 12:00 Bus transportation will be provided between the local middle schools and Careerline Tech Center, and is optional. Due to an increase in transportation costs, there will be a $20 bus fee (per week, pre-paid.) A bus schedule (for those using the bus transportation) will be included with your camp confirmation. This year we are offering a third week of Career Camp with extended programming running all day. GoneBoarding and TrailBlazers (girls only) will be offered again this year as well as a PathFinders class, similar to TrailBlazers but for boys only. The cost for GoneBoarding, TrailBlazers, and PathFinders is $149.00. In addition, two other week-long classes will be offered and more information will be coming shortly. Call Michele (616) 738-8950 x4312 for class information and assistance. 
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