OFFICE NEWS……. Well here we are, back from Holiday Break.  Man that sure did go by fast!!  With that being said, we have all managed to get right back in to the swing of things here at Alward.  It has been quite a low key week….. just the way we like them!  : )  Things are looking pretty quiet on the Alward calendar for the next couple of months, so sit back, relax and enjoy the down time.  Before we know it the craziness will start up again!

EARLY RELEASE…… Our next early release is FRIDAY, JANUARY 13!!

JANUARY LUNCH INFO……… jan2017hudelem     deposit-slip

KINDERGARTEN ROUND UP……… The date has been set for Kindergarten Registration for the upcoming 17/18 school year.  The Registration meeting will be held on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2 @ 7pm at Alward.  There will be 10am session as well at South Elementary for those who are not able to make it to the evening session.  REMEMBER….. your child MUST turn 5 by DECEMBER 1, 2017 to register them for PK OR Kindergarten.  PLEASE NOTE….. If your child turns FIVE between SEPTEMBER 2 and DECEMBER 1 you MUST fill out the Kindergarten Waiver Request that is in the Registration packet.

PK/Kindergarten Registration packets are available in the office.  In order for the registration packets to be turned back in you must have all of the information needed.  The items that are required are listed on the front cover letter of the Registration packet.

SCHOOL MESSENGER EMAILS…… Parents if you feel like you have been missing some important emails from Alward….. please check your SPAM!!!  It seems as though the past few emails I have sent from the office through School Messenger some people have not been receiving.  Once I spoke with a few parents and staff we discovered they were going to their SPAM!  I have checked with our Technology Dept and there is not anything they can do on their end to resolve this.  Technology has received complaints from other schools as well that this has been happening.  The only thing they can think of is that individual email’s have changed their securities have become more strict.  So….. if you check your SPAM and this is where you find these emails you will need to mark them as “NOT SPAM” in order for them to be delivered to your “inbox”.  Technology also mentioned that you may need to do this a couple of times for it to take affect.  So keep checking  : )


SNOW DAY PROCEDURE FOR HOT LUNCH ~ With snow days a possibility now, the food service program would like to remind parents and students about what will happen if school is closed due to weather. If the district is closed, the menu that was supposed to be served on the snow day will be moved to the next school day.  An example: if school is canceled on Tuesday due to weather, Tuesday’s menu will be served on Wednesdayand the menu that was scheduled for Wednesday will be completely canceled.  Because of our computer lunch account system, there will be no need to issue credits and your student will still be able to order a lunch if they need one. The only exception to this policy is if school is canceled on Friday. In this case, Friday’s menu will be completely canceled and we will continue with the regular menu on Monday.  Information on what menu will be served on the day you return will be available on Twitter or the foodservice web page at Please feel free to contact the food service department at 457-2400 if you have any questions or are unsure of what the menu will be. Thank you! ~ Stacey L. Wykoski, Food Service Director


HUDSONVILLE EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS – PARENT INFORMATION/REGISTRATION NIGHT FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR…… TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2017 at the Early Childhood Center from 6:00-8:00pm.  The Early Childhood Center is located at 5535 School Ave (main entrance off Madison Ave.).  Programs include 3 and 4 year old Preschool, Young Fives, Before/After School Care AND Summer Care.


**This is a chance to gather information about the programs, meet staff and visit the preschool classrooms.  There is no formal presentation; feel free to come anytime between 6:00-8:00pm.  Children are welcome and activities will be provided.  Registration forms accepted that evening with at $40.00 registration fee per child.  For more information, please call the Early Childhood office at 616-797-0842, ext 1.


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.  (Nothing coming up right now)

PTC NEWS….. BOX TOP NEWS……  PLEASE read the following attachment to help earn Alward a chance to win 50,000 Bonus Box Tops!!  Box Tops for Education is partnering with Walmart for this incentive program. This program will run through MARCH 1, 2017. BoxTopINFO

imgres-1ALWARD SCHOOL CARNIVAL……… A very important note to all……. if you plan this far ahead…… the date for the Spring Carnival has been changed!!  It will be on SATURDAY, MARCH 18!!  So since we are discussing the Spring Carnival….. the Carnival Committee are still in need of help for this year’s Carnival.  We CANNOT make this happen with out a HUGE amount of volunteer help.  This is what is still needed for THIS year… Chairperson for Ticket Sales, Co-Chairs (2 people)for Games and ONE person to Co-Chair the Class Baskets.  Please email or call  Laurie Elgersma or Jessica Dugauy and VOLUNTEER TODAY!!!  Laurie: or 662-3820 or Jess at or 318-2775.

NEEDS FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR CARNIVAL…… (but need to shadow in this year’s Carnival!) In ADDITION WE NEED two people to shadow Julie Snider this year with the plan on Co-Chairing the Spring Carnival in 2018….these people would be responsible for scheduling volunteers and coordinating the carnival sub committees.  REMEMBER, carnival has A LOT of Chairs!  Thus, these two people need to OVERSEE the operations.  Many hands make light work……are YOU willing to CO-Chair Carnival?  We don’t want this to be the last carnival so PLEASE VOLUNTEER!!! NOW IS THE TIME!!!!  In order to understand what Julie Snider does we need the volunteers NOW!!!   PLEASE!!!!

COMMUNITY NEWS………. HUDSONVILLE LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION…… Deadline is January 13 – Don’t miss out!  Visit for details and registration.  Questions: email



KIDS AND FAMILY EXPO…….Saturday, January 21 from 10am-5pm at DeVos Place.  Please read the following 2 attachments with all of the details.  Sounds like a good time! : )  KidsFamilyExpoKidsFamilyExpo-2

4TH GRADE GIRL SCOUTS………Join Girl Scouts!  Girl Scout Troop 4259 is accepting registrations for 4th grade girls looking to make new friends, go on fun trips, learn new exciting things and make a difference in our community.  Our troop meets two Thursday evenings per month.  If you think Girl Scouts is right for your daughter, please email or for more information.

Upcoming Survey……. For the past three years, we have been working on accomplishing our district’s long-range planning goals outlined in S.O.A.R. II (Strategic Objectives to Achieve Results).  Teams of teachers, administrators and support staff have been focused on specific goals in the areas of Human Services, Operations, and Teaching and Learning.  S.O.A.R. II points of pride include, but are not limited to, the development and phased implementation of an elementary STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) special, saving millions of taxpayer dollars by renovating a former elementary school, renovating all buildings’ front office areas to provide an extra level of security, and expanding community education offerings.  A complete report of the many accomplishments can be found on our district’s website.

To continue our great tradition of excellence at Hudsonville Public Schools and to elevate our successes, we are asking for your help in the development of our next strategic plan: S.O.A.R. III.  We have completed the first phase of development (Focus Groups) and are very thankful for the wealth of information we received.  Our website contains a summary of findings based on this phase.

We are now entering the second phase in the research; a Randomized Needs Assessment Survey.  If you receive an invitation to participate, PLEASE consider taking part in helping us set the direction for the next three years.

Later in February, we will open the survey to parents and community members who were not part of the random selection process.  We will email the link to the survey when it becomes available.

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…. Jr Eagles Basketball (Grades K-2)….. Indoor Soccer Classes….. Learn to Ice Skate….. Intro to Hockey….. Learn to Skate/Rollerblade….. Minecraft Modification Bootcamp…..Video Game Development Bootcamp…. Bowling… Swim/Fitness Info…..  COMING SOON……. Kitchen Creations… Jr. Dance Clinic…. Guitar Clinic…. Girls Volleyball (Grades 3-6)…. Baseball Clinics…. Rock the Gym…. Home Alone/Babysitting Classes
1/13 ~ EARLY RELEASE @ 12:15pm
1/17 ~ PTC Mtg @ 7pm
1/17 ~ Jet’s Pizza Night
1/27 ~ Popcorn Friday/SPIRIT Day!
2/2 ~ Kindergarten Registration Mtg – 7pm @ Alward
2/3 ~ EARLY RELEASE @ 12:15pm
2/6 ~ Tarry Hall Skating Party 6:30p-8:30p
2/7 ~ Jet’s Pizza Night
2/14 ~ Valentine Parties
2/18 ~ Father/Daughter Event
2/21 ~ 5th GR Symphony Field Trip
2/23 ~ 4th GR Grand Rapids Public Museum Field Trip
2/24 ~ Popcorn Friday/SPIRIT Day!
Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Nurenberg : )

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