NEWS AND NOTES - February 20, 2019
Calendar of Events
21 Parent Teacher Conferences; 11:55 dismissal no APS busing at 11:55.
22 & 25  Winter Break, No School

1 & 2  Middle School Play - Wizard of Oz
          **ACS Theater alumni admitted Free when wearing their 
             theater T-shirt from a previous performance!
1  End of 2nd trimester
7  Middle School Showcase; 7-8pm
8  Report Cards
12 Protect Young Eyes, 6:30-8:30pm
12-15  Scholastic Book Fair; 8-4pm, 8-noon on the 15th
21  All School Skating Party;  6-8pm at Tarry Hall
23  3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

ACS News
Parent Teacher Conferences will be held  February 21 (11:55 dimissal; no APS busing at this time).
Please click the link below for the conference schedule. 

There is still time to register for Preschool for the Fall!
A list of class schedules and tuition is below:
*   Nature-based 4yr/3-day T, Th, F (8:35-11:20am)  $1,470
*   Nature-based 4yr/2-day T, Th (12:35-3:05pm)  $960  
*   Preschool 4yr/3-day  M,W,F (8:35-11:05)  $1,295
*   Preschool 4yr/2-day  M,W (8:35-11:05)    $945    
*   Preschool 3yr/2day   T,Th (8:35-11:05)     $875
*   Preschool 3yr/2-day  M,W (12:35-3:05)    $875
*   Preschool 3yr - Add a 3rd day option! (Friday 12:35-3:05pm)  $395  

FACTS Tuition Assistance for 2019-2020  ACS participates in FACTS, a grant application program for our school. Completion of the FACTS application is a requirement for next year's enrollment if you are expecting a remaining balance at the end of the school year or you will be requesting tuition assistance. Families who wish to apply for tuition assistance will need to use the FACTS application format online at The application information will be easily accessible data from your 2018 tax return, along with financial accounts, and will require that copies of confirming tax documents be sent to the FACTS center.  The FACTS organization will analyze the information of each applicant. They will provide our school with recommended grant amounts based on need and financial status. Parents who have children in more than one of the participating schools need only to fill out the application one time-the information will be available to other Christian schools where their children attend. Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2019. The application fee will be paid by the participating schools.

In order to cover the cost of 2018-2019 classroom field trips, parents are required to pay a one-time fee instead of paying each time there is a field trip. Cost covers the field trip and busing.  The fee is  K-4th grade: $20 per student,  5th - 8th grade: $30 per student.   
To thank parents for their support this year, the PTA is giving a field trip credit to those who worked on a committee this year! If your household served on 2 committees this year your family qualifies for a full credit, if your household has served on 1 committee your family qualifies for 50% of the credit. (Single parent households are only required to work on 1 committee)
Any family that still needs to pay a portion of their field trip cost will receive a form next week with the amount due.   

The ACS Board is Directors is seeking candidates for a position on the Board starting with the 2019-2020 school year. All Board candidates must be supportive of the mission and vision of ACS, and a dedicated Christ-follower.  Board members serve for a three-year term and, if willing, may serve a second three-year term. Selections are made by lot at the Society Meeting in April. If you are interested, or would like to nominate someone for the Board, please email Brian Koetje ( or Board President, Don Lipinski ( ).

On Thursday, March 7, from 7-8pm, ACS will host a Middle School Showcase for current 5th grade families , as well as anyone from the community who has interest in the ACS Middle School. This event will highlight the academic, extracurricular, and faith nurture opportunities experienced by ACS middle school students. If you know of someone who is considering ACS, please let them know about this day and time. I would also love for you to pass any prospective names to me so that I can invite them.

We are looking for parents that might be interested in leading short term clubs after school for elementary or middle school students . If you have a passion or would like to hang out with kids for a few weeks (1-2 days a week), we would love to get you involved. Maybe it is a game club, chess club, robotics club, coding club, or something else that you enjoy. If you have an idea or an interest, please email me at We would love to keep building opportunities for ACS students! There may be staff members that are willing to help you organize and run the club as well.

Note New Date! Important Technology Use Awareness event : Do you know what apps are on your child's phone? What are the latest social media trends? Do you wonder about how to talk to kids about online pornography, limit screen time, and protect them from digital strangers? In the digital age, parents must be observant, engaged, and informed. Join the Protect Young Eyes team at ACS on Tuesday, March 12 from 6:30-8:30pm. We'll discuss digital realities, strategies, and practical solutions that will enlighten, equip and encourage parents who want to teach their children how to use technology responsibly. The talk will include specific recommendations for filters and detailed explanations of popular apps and parental controls. This group presents all over the US, and they will be at ACS, in cooperation with Allendale, Borculo, Jenison, and Lamont Christian Schools. This is a don't miss event! To let us know you are coming, visit the event Facebook page:

Allendale Christian School will be hosting its 12th annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Saturday, March 23,  at Allendale Public High School! There will be divisions for boys and girls for each grade level in 3rd through 8th grade. NEW THIS YEAR: ONLINE REGISTRATION! Register your team at  and visit  for more tournament details. We hope to see you there!  
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.
The Theater Team of Allendale Christian 
is excited to present our production of

The Wizard of Oz 
A one-hour, one-act twist on the traditional story!

        March 1 & 2 at 6:30pm
APS Ceglarek Auditorium  

Tickets will be available for purchase February 26-28 from 3-3:30 pm  in the ACS rotunda or  at the door!  Tickets are $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for students, and $10.00 for a family.
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! 

February 26 & 27
Tues: Erin/Christy, Deb Dyke, Lonna Ondersma
Wed: ____________

March 5 & 6
Tues: Erin/Christy, Linda Nysse, Lonna Ondersma
Wed: ______________
From the Community
Unity Christian High School is presenting the play Robin Hood and the Adventures of Sherwood Forest - Performances are February 21 and 22 at 7:00 p.m. and February 23 at 5:00 p.m. in Allendale High School's Ceglarek Fine Arts Center. Tickets are being sold online. Please go to Unity's website ( and click on Theatre Tickets under the "News and Events" tab. You will be able to pick your own seats and pay online. Tickets are $8 each. For handicap seating, please call the Unity office at 669-1820.

A schedule of Unity Christian Summer Sports Camps can be found at   under the "Camps and clinics" tab.

Middle School Bowling for 7th/8th Grade Students  -- Unity Christian is sponsoring a Middle School Bowling program for boys and girls in 7th and 8th grade.  The program will run two days a week from March 5 - 27 from 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. at Hudsonville Lanes.  The cost to participate is $55 (includes rental of shoes, ball, lanes, and T-shirt).  The deadline to register is Friday, March 1.  A flier with more information can be found at  Online registration is available at

Allendale Community Education is offering many classes! Click here for the enrollment form -> Community Ed

A group of churches is putting together a Saturday Morning seminar aimed at helping parents disciple their kids more intentionally.     Join us March 9th at Remembrance Church for a half day seminar with Dr. Rob Rienow, Visionary Parenting: Capture a God-sized vision for your family. Discipling your children to know and love the Lord is not an easy task, but it is an important one. This seminar is for parents, grandparents or anyone who is looking for knowledge on how to parent and raise children to be a follower of Christ.

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