OFFICE NEWS…….. Although it does not feel like fall 100% of the time, it is here and we are moving to cooler weather.  Along with the cooler weather, comes the fall activities.  These activities include Fall Parties and the Halloween Parade on October 31, schedule for parent teacher conferences (look for a scheduling note to come home on Monday, October 10), and this weekend’s upcoming Hudsonville Education Foundation Fun Fest! The HEF provides grants to teachers within the district, allowing them to think outside the box and do great things with our students.  The Fun Fest is a fundraiser to support this foundation.

As one of the main attractions and fundraisers for the HEF Fun Fest , there is a DUNK tank from 5:00-6:30 pm outside the football stadium, prior to the homecoming game.  Our own Mr. Matt, along with other celebreties, will be in the dunk tanks.  Please view the following two promotional YOUTUBE videos, and then come out and support the HEF by either throwing a ball yourself, or contributing money to a “relief pitcher” who may be standing by to do the job for you.  Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Moore


EARLY RELEASE……NEXT FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14…  Please make sure to put this on your calendars.  Students will be released from school at 12:15.   PLEASE remember, we do NOT serve hot lunch on Early Release days.  If your student needs a lunch on this day, he/she will be able to order a SACK lunch.  Thank you.

eagleCOMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE & DEDICATION CEREMONY FOR SOUTH ELEMENTARY……. The community is invited to attend an open house to tour South Elementary (4900 40th Avenue) on October 10 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Guided tours will be available, or guests are welcome to walk through the spectacular spaces at their leisure. There will be a dedication ceremony at 6:00 p.m

OCTOBER LUNCH MENU………  october-2016-hud-elem-menudeposit-slip



5th GRADE NEWS……… There will be a lot of special activities, events,  and fundraisers this upcoming year.   This year will fly by with all of the “extras” that the 5th graders do, so cherish these moments -even when you are selling butter braids for 5th grade camp.  Miss Doni and I will do our best to keep a list of dates/activities/etc.  listed here and on the blog calendar that you may refer to and keep track of.  Here are the first few important dates for you…..

  • OCTOBER 13…… Greenfield Village Field Trip…. notes will be coming home on Monday.  Here is a little of the information…. leaving school @ 7am (be at school by 6:45) and returning @7pm.  Payment is DUE by TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, next Tuesday.

LIBRARY NEWS……… PIZZA HUT BOOK IT! PROGRAM…… We have kicked off our Pizza Hut Book It! Program once again!  The Book It! Program is all about turning kids who read because they have to, into kids who read because they WANT to.  Through Book It!, your child has the opportunity to earn a certificate for a free Personal Pan Pizza from Pizza Hut by filling out the calendar that was sent home, and by meeting the monthly reading goals that were set.  Return this calendar to the library at the end of the month to receive this certificate.  There is no purchase necessary.  HAPPY READING!

P.E. NEWS…….imgres-1HUDSONVILLE TURKEY TROT 2016!!!….TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25.  Registrations were due today, but there will be LATE registrations at the event.  Race starts at 5pm, gates open at 4:30pm.  Turkey Trot takes place at Eagle Stadium at the Baldwin Street Middle School campus.


PTC NEWS….. WALK~A~THON…… Fundraising envelopes should have come home with your student/s by now.  This is our ONLY fundraiser for Alward and what makes it so great is that ALL of the money comes straight back to Alward!!  Please help to show your support by trying to raise $25 per student. We know this may not be possible for everyone and we do understand this.  All students will be able to participate in the Walk~A~Thon whether they raised money or not.  Here are walk times by grade…. 9:15 to 10 for 2nd and 3rd grade; 10:15 to 11 for Kindergarten and 1st; 1 to 1:45 for 4th and 5th.  We do encourage parents to come and watch/participate with their student.  : )

UKULELES……. THANK YOU… THANK YOU… THANK YOU!!! Due to your support Alward Parents, we are able to purchase the Ukuleles that were requested from Miss Baker, our music teacher.  With out supportive families we would not be able to do this, so we cannot thank you enough.  You are amazing!!

bookDIARY OF A WIMPY KID BOOK PRE-ORDER……. Our fall book fair is coming soon!  We have ONE book that will be available as a Pre-Order.  It is Diary of a Wimpy Kid Double Down.  I am attaching the Pre-Order slip.  ALL PRE-ORDERS MUST BE TURNED IN BY WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24!  Pre-Orders MUST be PAID for when the slips are turned in.  The book will be released on November 1st and we should expect to take delivery 5-7 days after the release date.  The cost of the book is $8.99 and with tax it totals $9.53.  If you are writing a check, please make it payable to “Alward Elementary”.   wimpy-kid-pre-order

BOX TOP COMPETITION…… Box TopNotes should have come home today with students sharing information about our BOX TOPS Contest.  The fall contest will run through OCTOBER 21.  Please send your box tops in a bag or envelope, counted and labeled with a teacher name.  The winning classroom will get donuts!!

COMMUNITY NEWS………. GBC FALL CRAFT SHOW…….. Saturday, October 15, 2016 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Our Third Annual Craft Show! Don’t miss this unique craft show with no entry charge, free refreshments, and a free “silent auction” – get a ticket just for attending and check out our website to find out how to get more tickets. Georgetown Bible Church, 4114 Baldwin St. Hudsonville, MI 49426. event website:


imgresURBAN HAY DAY…….
Saturday, October 15 from 11am to 4pm. Urban Hay Day will be located at Gemmen’s Home and Hardware AND Farmers Co-op.  This is a great day of fun-filled activities for the entire family.  There will be hayrides, games, pumpkin carving contests… all sorts of fall fun!!   Please visit the website for more details…..

COMMUNITY HARVEST FESTIVAL IN JENISON……. On Sunday, October 23, 2016, Georgetown United Methodist Church invites all community families to a Harvest Festival.  There will be seasonal activities, games, prizes, and snacks!  Costumes are welcome (but no gore or scary costumes, please!).  This event is free and open to the entire community. Harvest Festival is sponsored by the GUM Church Nex-Gen Ministries.  GUM Church is located at 2766 Baldwin Street in Jenison, at the southeast corner of Baldwin and 28th Street.  For more info, visit or call 616-669-0730

PUMPKIN PALOOZA……… ppYou’re invited to join us for a free family event on October 29 from 1-3pm at Jamestown Lower Elementary.  Bring your family, friends and neighbors for carnival games, costume contest, donuts, cider and of course, lots of candy!
COMMUNITY ED NEWS……… Hudsonville Community Education has many offerings for your kids.  For more information or to register, please visit or call Rebecca at 669-7747, ext. #3.  Here are some of the activities that are currently being offered….INDOOR SOCCER CLASSES….. LEGO CLASSES….. LEARN TO SKATE/ROLLERBLADE…… SWIM/FITNESS INFO….GYMNASTICS/DANCE/CHEER.


10/13 ~ 5th Grade Field Trip to Greenfield Village
10/14 ~ EARLY RELEASE @ 12:15
10/18 ~ Jet’s Pizza Night
10/21 ~ Alward WALK-A-THON
10/25 ~ Hudsonville Turkey Trot
10/28 ~ Popcorn/Spirit Friday
10/31 ~ Halloween Parties
Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Nurenberg

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