NEWS AND NOTES - January 16, 2019
 After Hours Emergency Number: 
616-389-4387
Calendar of Events
January
17  Early Childhood Information Open house begins at 6:30pm
14-25 MAP Assessment Window
18  God Pods for Chapel, 8:30am
21  School Board Meeting, 7pm
25  Kindness Matters Chapel, 8:30am
28-February 1 - Spirit Week; more info to come!

February
7   EOCS Band Concert, 7pm
9   Annual Auction
12 Protect Young Eyes, 6:30-8:30pm
18  School Board Meeting, 7pm
19 Parent Teacher Conferences
21 Parent Teacher Conferences, 11:55 dismissalno APS busing at 11:55.
22 & 25  Winter Break, No School

March
1 & 2  Middle School Play - Wizard of Oz
1  End of 2nd trimester
8  Report Cards
12-15  Scholastic Book Fair, 8-4pm, 8-noon on the15th
18  Annual Society Meeting, 7pm
21  All School Skating Party 6-8pm at Tarry Hall
23  3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

Middle School Ski Club Dates
January 11, 18 (cancelled), 25 and February 1

Our Middle School Sports schedule can be found at:
ACS News

Our Early Childhood Open House will be held on Thursday, January 17, starting at 6:30pm. This will be the first time the general public will be able to enroll in Preschool and Child Care for 2019-20. We will be adding more options for Nature-based and Traditional Preschool, as well as adding Summer Care to the Childcare program! The best promotion for ACS is word of mouth from our current families. We would greatly appreciate if you would tell your friends and family about the Open House and our Early Childhood programs! Current families, please enroll for preschool for the 19-20 school year.
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 4yr/2-day T,Th (12:35-3:05)       $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 https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3Z45H. 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.

If you know families that have interest in K-8 education at ACS , please pass along my email (bkoetje@allendalechristian.com), or the school phone number (616-895-5108). I am already scheduling meetings with prospective families for next year. Additionally, we will have 1-2 nights in March where we have a Middle School Showcase. This will be an opportunity for current and future families to learn about the excellent academics, faith nurture, and extracurricular opportunities available in our growing middle school.
 
Next Monday, January 21 will be a full day of Teaching for Transformation training for ACS teachers . There will be guest teachers in the building, and the teachers will be available if there is a need.
 
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  bkoetje@allendalechristian.com. 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.

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, February 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:  https://www.facebook.com/events/202356307323319/.

Allendale Christian School will be hosting its 12th annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Saturday, March 23, at Allendale High School! There will be divisions for boys and girls for each grade level in 3rd through 8th grade. Please visit  www.facebook.com/ACS3on3/ for more details and the registration form. 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.
AUCTION
  FEBRUARY 9
SAVE THE DATE!
It's time for the ACS Annual Auction on February 9!
4:30-Dinner Begins
6:00-Silent Auction Begins
7:00-LIVE AUCTION!
 
Looking for a something fun to do in February? Be sure to attend our Annual Auction! You are guaranteed to have a wonderful dinner and have a great time supporting ACS!

Did you know that this is our biggest fundraiser of the year, it makes up almost 2/3 of fundraising efforts

Donations are coming in, but we still need MORE!  It's never too late to offer a  donation for our Auction !

All donations are tax deductible!

We need your support!
THANK YOU to the parents who have already sent in donations. 
There's still plenty of room for
MANY MORE donation!
 
And We Need Bidders!
 
Invite grandparents, friends, family and neighbors!
   
For more information or to make a donation, please contact Heather Balcom at balcomhm@gmail.com
 
Hot Lunch
Please click the links below for more information!
TRIP
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.  Click below to sign up ->

January 22 & 33
Tues: Erin/Christy, Lonna Ondersma, ________
Wed: ___________
 
 
***** We need volunteers for 2019. Please follow the link above to sign up on the schedule

From the Community
Unity Christian High School is hosting New Student Nights on January 21 and 23 beginning at 7:00 p.m. These nights are for both the student and parents and are designed to have you explore the classes and programs at Unity, experience what a day is like, and engage with other future students and families. Call or email Unity (669-1820 or  unity@unitychristian.org) to reserve an evening.

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

Assistant Varsity Softball Coach Opening  -- Unity Christian has an Assistant Coach vacancy in Varsity Softball.  We are searching for someone that has a passion for the Lord, enjoys working with high school students, and can successfully assist a head coach in running a softball program. If you have any interest or know of someone who might have interest, please contact Unity Christian Athletic Director Jeff Engbers at 669-1820 or jengbers@unitychristian.org . Click  HERE for an application. 

Looking for some mid-winter fun?  Bring your family and friends to the CLC Network (previously known as Christian Learning Center) Auction on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Calvary Christian Reformed Church (3500 Byron Center Ave SW, Wyoming, MI). Dinner and the silent auction start at 4:30pm, and the live auction begins at 6:00pm. Bid on merchandise, gift certificates, experiences, and much more! Your participation helps equip congregations and schools to glorify God through purposeful, innovative inclusion of persons with varied abilities. Learn more at  clcnetwork.org.
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