OFFICE NEWS……. It has been a very busy week here at Alward.  Valentine parties went well and here it is Friday already.  We hope all Fathers and Daughters have a great time on Saturday at the Father/Daughter Dance!!!  Just a quick note for next week…. 5th graders will be going to the symphony on Tuesday and 4th graders will be going to the Grand Rapids Public Museum on Thursday.  Then for the best day of the week for me….. FRIDAY….. because it is POPCORN Friday/Spirit day!!

A friendly reminder for parents of 5th graders…. next week will be the LAST week for morning hockey.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES……. are fast approaching!!  These will be held on Monday, March 13 and Wednesday, March 15 from 5:30p-8p, and on Thursday, March 16 from 4:00p-6:30pm.  Conference date/time reminders will come home with your student either Monday, February 27 or Tuesday, February 28.  It should be the same day/time as you were scheduled for Fall Conferences.  PLEASE REMEMBER to RETURN these conference slips to your student’s teacher NO LATER than TUESDAY, MARCH 7.  Thank you  : )

NEA READ ACROSS AMERICA WEEK…… is coming soon.  In order to celebrate reading AND Dr. Seuss’ birthday….. we are having a SPIRIT WEEK!!  Woot ~ Woot!!  So here are the details…. (please note…. this is NOT next week, but the following week)

Monday 2/27Crazy socks for FOX IN SOCKS
Tuesday 2/28Wear Stripes and/or your favorite hat for THE CAT IN THE HAT
Wednesday 3/1Wear clothes backwards/mismatched for WACKY WEDNESDAY
Thursday 3/2Wear green for GREEN EGGS AND HAM
     * Dr. Seuss Birthday March 2
Friday 3/3Wear red and/or blue for ONE FISH, TWO FISH


EARLY RELEASE…… Our next early release is FRIDAY, MARCH 10.  This time will be used by teachers for professional development and professional conversations in regard to meeting the needs of all students.

FEBRUARY LUNCH INFO………February 2017 Hud Elem (2)-1       deposit-slip

KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION……… 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.  Please be sure to turn these in as soon as possible.



5th GRADE NEWS……… Here are some important dates that you will want to have on your calendars for your 5th graders.  Please make sure to get the PARENT INFORMATION MEETING DATE, as this is an informative meeting for the parents.

FEBRUARY 20 ~ Butter Braid Fundraiser Kick Off.

MARCH 7 ~ Orders DUE for Butter Braid Fundraiser

MARCH 22 ~ Fundraiser PICK UP from your student’s CLASSROOM from 3:00p-4:30p.

APRIL 25 ~ 5th Grade visits Baldwin Street Middle (transportation is provided, students/teachers only)

APRIL 28 ~ Instrument Fittings (Band/Orchestra instructors come and fit students to instruments to see what they may be interested in)

MAY 15 ~ Parent Information Meeting @ Baldwin Street Middle School at 7:00pm in the cafeteria.


PTC NEWS….. SPRING BOX TOP CONTEST……. The Spring Box Top contest will run through NEXT FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24!!  PLEASE  put your clipped box tops in an envelope or baggie MARKED with the TEACHER’S NAME and send it to school.  They should turn these in to their teacher as they have an envelope to collect these.  Th



Is fast approaching…… and without you….. family, friends, siblings.. we cannot make this happen.   Please consider volunteering a couple hours of your time to make this fantastic day of fun happen for the students/families of Alward.  This is something the students look forward to every year!!!  Please read the following attachment with all of the details.  Carnival Volunteer  I am also including the online link so you can sign up online!  We cannot make this an easier for you  : )  Please help us out!!  ONLINE VOLUNTEER SIGN UP FOR CARNIVAL

NEEDS FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR CARNIVAL…… (but need to shadow in this year’s Carnival!) 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……….MOM 2 MOM SALE……. Presented by Hudsonville High School’s Eagle Renaissance Program.  9am – 12pm on Saturday, March 11, 2017.  Hudsonville Freshman Campus – 3370 Allen St. Hudsonville, MI 49426.  Admission: $2.  Strollers Welcome All Hours.  Children’s Items + Maternity Items + Big Ticket Children’s Items for sale!  Vendors too!  We appreciate your support for our Eagle Renaissance Program!   All proceeds from this fundraiser will support our Renaissance Program in its efforts to encourage improved academic performance + a stronger Hudsonville Eagle culture!  If you are interested in renting a table to sell, please send an email to:  We will email you the table rental agreement form.

HOLY CROSS LUTHERAN CHURCH KIDS SPRING/SUMMER SALE……..  (1481 Baldwin St, Jenison)  *Clothing and shoes baby-teen, maternity, baby items, outdoor items, books/games/puzzles/movies, room decor, sports equipment, and lots of toys.  *Friday March 17th 9am -3pm  *Saturday March 18th 9am-1pm (Half Off Sale)  *Free admission  *Sale proceeds help fund youth summer mission trips
LOVE AND LOGIC PARENTING WORKSHOP……  FEBRUARY 22 and the 4 following WEDNESDAYS…… Love and Logic Parenting Workshop, 6-8pm.  Tired of power struggles with your kids and exhausted with trying to keep it cool in hot situations?  Let us help!  Join us for the Love & Logic 5 week parenting Workshop on Wednesday nights beginning on February 22 from 6-8pm here at Fair Haven Church.  In these five sessions, parents will learn valuable techniques that will help transform their homes and create a positive environment for everyone to live in!  FHC is covering the cost of the course; the only purchase that needs to be made by parents is the $10 workbook!  Don’t forget, dinner is offered on Wednesday nights and we are offering free childcare through age 11.  What’s stopping you?  CLICK HERE to sign up for the class and choose your desired childcare option today!

INTERNATION EXPERIENCE…..EXCHANGE STUDENTS…..Bring the world to your doorstep!  International Experience (iE-USA) is a non-profit high school student exchange organization, and we are seeking host families for the 2017-2018 school year.  Students provide their own spending money to cover personal, school, sports, and recreation expenses, their own health insurance, and a desire to become part of your family.  Host families provide a safe and caring home, three meals per day, local transportation, and a quiet place to study.  Would you consider learning about the opportunity to open your heart and home to an exchange student?  Please contact local coordinator Sarah Boucher at 507-403-3544or  Sarah lives in Jenison and is close by to be of support throughout the entire exchange experience.  You can view available students to host at

EAGLE 5K…….. The Hudsonville Athletic Boosters are presenting the GMB/ Eagle ” Brian Carlson Memorial Run” on March 25, 2017 at 9am. The event will take place at Hudsonville High School with the route running through the city of Hudsonville. Special guest speaker this year will be Rebecca

Cruttenden speaking at 8:30am in the gym. Rebecca is the founder and director of theTeam Orphans and the owner of Clara Cookies. She is also a mother of three adopted children and a 6 time Ironman finisher. Be sure to check her out on our website. Come and hear Rebecca's story and see why she is so passionate about helping others.  Be sure to sign up on line at or visit our website for more information and registration. Online registration only. Packet pickup and late registration will be at Harvest Health March 24 from 4-7pm and Race day morning from 7am to 8:50am. Be sure to check out and LIKE our Facebook page (GMB Eagle 5k race) also for all updates. All runners will receive lots of post-race refreshments.

HUDSONVILLE YOUTH LACROSSE……. Registration for Hudsonville Youth Lacrosse opens Jan 25.  Register online at  Boys lacrosse will be offered for boys in Grades 3-8.  Girls lacrosse will be offered to girls in Grades 5-8.  If a 3rd or 4th Grade girl is interested in playing they may register and they will be playing on a boys team.
BASIC LACROSSE SKILLS TRAINING…… New to LaCrosse??? Join us to learn basic lacrosse skills from our youth coaches before the season begins.
Who:   New players 3rd – 5th grade.  NEW PLAYERS only please!
Where:  Park Elementary gym
When:Monday evenings –  Feb 13-March 13 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Cost:  Free,  you bring your own men’s or women’s lacrosse stick
SPRING GIRLS LACROSSE……Registration is now open for the Hudsonville Youth Lacrosse Spring Season!  Girls -Grades 5-8th will play for Hudsonville against teams from other communities in a Spring outdoor season.
-Practices begin Late-March, Games begin after Spring Break (no practices over Spring Break).
-New players are welcome.  This is a great time to start playing the fast-growing sport of lacrosse.
Registration is open! For more team information or to contact one of our coaches, visit our team website

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………KIDS ROCK THE GYM – Grades PK – 6…….. Drop your Pre-K – 6th grade child off with us and we’ll keep them busy with all kinds of fun activities while you go out for dinner, a movie, or just hang out at home.

Movie Room ~ Music & Dancing ~ Crafts & Painting ~ Activities in the Gymnasium (basketball, dodgeball, relay races, kickball) ~ Lip Sync Competition ~ Hot Shot Competition ~Obstacle Race ~ Gaga Pit ~ Volleyball

This program is sponsored and supervised by the Varsity Girls Basketball Coaches, Team, and Parents.

When:  Saturday, February 18, 2017

Time:  6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where:  Hudsonville High School Gyms, 5037 – 32nd Ave.

Cost:  $20 per child, $30 for 2 kids – same family, $40 for 3 or more – same family

Register online at and visit the Hudsonville Community Ed. page.

NATIONAL FLAG FOOTBALL – KIDS TEAMS FORMING NOW!!  In Partnership With Hudsonville Community Education.



• Flag Football Is All We Do!
• Registration includes NFL Jersey, & Flag Belts For All Players To Keep
• Teams Formed By Buddy Request, School & Grade
• Practices & Games On Weekends Only
• Practices An Hour Before Games
• Coaches Screened & Trained
• Eight Week Season
*3.99% processing fee added to all transactions


Registration Deadline:  Friday, February 24th
Season Begins:  April 23rd
Season Ends:  June 18th
In the event of a rain date, season may be extended up to June 25th.

Games played on Sundays at Grandville High School
Questions?  248-454-9700
Register online at

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…. Kids Rock the Gym…. Girls Volleyball (Gr 3-6)….. Home Alone Class….. Babysitting Class….. Baseball Clinics….. Indoor Soccer Classes……Learn to  Ice Skate…..Intro to Hockey… Gymnastics/Dance/Cheer….. Lego Engineering…..Swim/Fitness 
2/18 ~ Father/Daughter Dance
2/21 ~ 5th GR Symphony Field Trip
2/23 ~ 4th GR Grand Rapids Public Museum Field Trip
2/24 ~ Popcorn Friday/SPIRIT Day!
3/10 ~ EARLY RELEASE @ 12:15pm
3/13 ~ P/T Conferences 5:30p-8p
3/15 ~ P/T Conferences 5:30p-8p
3/16 ~ P/T Conferences 4p-6:30p
3/18 ~ Spring Carnival  11a-2p
3/21 ~ PTC Meeting @ 7pm
3/21 ~ Jet’s Pizza Night
3/23 ~ Tarry Hall Skating Party 6:30p-8:30p
3/24 ~ Popcorn Friday/SPIRIT Day!
Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Nurenberg : )


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