September 25, 2019
Upcoming Events
September
26/27 MAP Assessments
27 No pm Allendale Public School busing
30 School Pictures

October
1 School Pictures
10 Foundation Dinner, 6pm
11 Grandparents Day - 11:15am dismissal, No APS or ACS busing at this time
11 Family Fun Night, 6-8pm
21/22 Parent Teacher Conferences
22 No pm Allendale Public School busing
23-25 CEA Teacher Convention - No School

November
9 Mother-Son Event
11 Middle School to Unity for Veterans Day Ceremony, 9:15-10:15
15 First Trimester Ends
18 School Board Meeting - 7pm
21, 22 No pm Allendale Public School busing
26 Report Cards
27-29 Thanksgiving Break

The ACS Chapel Schedule can be found on our website at www.allendalechristian.org !
ACS News
You are invited to the 2019 ACS Foundation Dinner on October 10 at 6pm at the Grand Valley Alumni House. It will be an evening celebrating God's Big Story at ACS , featuring the ACS Teachers "Teaching for Transformation". If you are interested in sponsoring a table, please contact Rebecca at 616-402-3669. If you would like to attend, please email rsvp@allendalechristian.com .

Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferences  will be held October 21 & 22 from 5:00-8:15 pm. An information sheet is being sent home with your child today! You only need to return this sheet  IF  you have a time that conferences will not work for you. Please be sure to return this sheet no later than Friday, October 11. A copy of the form can also be found here ->   Conference Form

Middle School Parent-Teacher Conferences  Information will be coming soon on how to sign up for conferences!

Student Picture Day will be September 30 and October 1 for Preschool - 7th grade. Order envelopes were sent home with all students. If you plan to order pictures, PLEASE be sure your child gives the order form/payment to the photographer when being photographed. If you child doesn't bring the form he/she will still have their picture taken for the yearbook.

If your child's end of the day plans change  (bus, child care, etc.), it is important that you send a note or email their teacher before noon . If there is no communication with the teacher we will follow the normal routine. We can not go by what the child says. Also if the Child Care plans are part of this change, please notify Kelsey Post, kpost@allendalechristian.com or call 616-895-5107.

The 2019-2020 school directory can be found in your Parents Web Account under directory . If you haven't set up your ParentsWeb account yet, please go to renweb.com and follow the prompts. Our district code is ad-mi .

Internet safety tips Last year ACS joined other schools in welcoming Protect Young Eyes (PYE) to provide a
presentation regarding internet and tech safety. The presentation was extremely valuable. PYE continues to provide very important updates and tips to parents. We would encourage you to visit their blog and sign up for their parent alerts and updates. The sign-up can be found at  https://protectyoungeyes.com/blog/  . 

Middle School Parents: Keeping students safer on their school-provided devices is of paramount importance to Allendale Christian School. In that regard, we would like to make you aware of a recent step our team has taken to monitor school-issued accounts. Bark for Schools is a powerful new monitoring service we are utilizing to help us better protect students both at school and at home. You will receive an invitation to create an account for the Bark for Schools Family Alerts Dashboard.

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, starting tomorrow!  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

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. 

October 1 & 2
Tues : Erin/Christy, Lonna Ondersma, Denise Miedema
Wed: ______________

October 8 & 9
Tues : Erin/Christy, Deb Dyke, Leah Johnson
Wed:  Erin Ensing

*** NEED 1 volunteer October 2
PTA/Fundraising
Thank you to everyone who helped with the Walk-a-Thon, from the committee members, to the volunteers the day of, and all those who donated to the kids! The goal was $20,000, and the kids earned $22,400! Please be sure to turn in your donations no later than October 4!

Congratulations to the winners of the following competitions (each received an Amazon gift card):

Most laps:
Grades K-3: Graham Dyke
Grades 4-8: Sam Meyers
Most money raised:
Grades K-3: Porter DeVries
Grades 4-8: Bailey Scholma

Also, the top 15 fund raisers will get to turn Mr. Koetje in to a human pie, which will happen on October 4 . They are...
Sam Meyers (4th)
Owen VanderWaal (6th)
Lilly Terpstra (1st)
Franklin Breen (2nd)
Penelope Breen (K)
Finley Jasman (2nd)
Natalie Terpstra (2nd)
Austin Hendricks (K)
Coral Hanenburg (1st)
Kamryn VandenBerg (K)
Cecelia Vandyke (K)
Titus DeVries (K)
Bailey Scholma (6th)
Graham Dyke (2nd)
Porter DeVries (1st)

TRASH FOR CASH UPDATE! Did you know that with your trash last year, we raised nearly $6000 for ACS!? $6000 for something you were just going to throw away! A large portion of that money was raised through the  Direct Your Dollars (DYD)  program with Spartan Nash stores (Family Fare, D&W, etc. supermarkets).
When you scan your Yes card at checkout you receive their store savings and receive  Direct your Dollars  on the bottom portion of your receipt. Turn those  PRINTED  receipts into ACS (bin in the entrance) and we tally those for submission back to Spartan for CASH$$!! This money is used to buy school supplies, teacher needs/wants, and so much more! Two last fun facts: You receive DYD with your Starbucks purchase within Family Fare!!? Per the Allendale store director, ACS is the smallest group in the Allendale area and we have received the most submissions, quite possibly system wide!! Every bit counts!  Please contact me if you have any questions,  erinensing@hotmail.com

Box Tops for Education - CHANGES TO THEIR CURRENT PROGRAM! In the past there have been labels on the product packaging, they are phasing out the labels to clip and instead going to an app where you scan your receipt. We will continue to accept any clipped labels you have, but ask that you download their new app, make an account and scan your receipts within 14 days of your purchase. ACS will get instant deposits when you scan your receipt and you'll see how much you earned as well! Here is a short video tutorial on how it works:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh94b2BvFK4
Community News
Coaching Opportunities -- Unity Christian High School is currently looking to fill coaching positions in the following sports: Girls Diving, 9th Girls Basketball, Assistant Wrestling, Varsity Baseball, JV Baseball, JV Softball, and JV Tennis. We are searching for individuals who have a passion for the Lord, who enjoy working with high school students, and who can successfully lead our athletes in these programs. More information and a link to an application can be found at https://unitychristianathletics.org/main/otherad/contentID/42206297 . If you have any interest or know of someone who might, please contact Unity Christian Athletic Director Jeff Engbers at 616-669-1820 or jengbers@unitychristian.org .

Ottawa County Needs You! Ottawa County needs families like yours to start their journey into foster care. We are looking for families that are willing to take sibling groups as well as teens. Call 1-855-MICHIKIDS to speak with a Foster Care Navigator that will answer your questions and get you connected.

Allendale Public School Community Ed is holding many classes in the coming weeks! Please click here for details

Administrative Assistant job opening  – Christian Schools International has an opening for an Administrative Assistant. The ideal candidate will have a strong belief and dedication to Christian education. The successful candidate will support the efficient operation of the Benefits Department by performing a variety of clerical and administrative tasks. Excellent computer skills, and verbal and written communication skills are required. Apply by sending a resume to Howard VanMersbergen at  hvanmersbergen@csionline.org

Heritage Christian School  Children's Clothing and Toy Sale is Saturday, September 28 from 9:00AM- Noon! 6340 Autumn Dr. Hudsonville. Hope to see you there! We will be accepting cash, check and credit card.
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