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)
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.
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
ALWARD SCHOOL CARNIVAL……… 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: email@example.com We will email you the table rental agreement form.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 www.iE-USA.org
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 www.classicrace.com or visit our website www.hudsonville5k.com 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.
S.O.A.R.. II (STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES TO ACHIEVE RESULTS)……. 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 hudsonvillepublicschools.org and visit the Hudsonville Community Ed. page.
NATIONAL FLAG FOOTBALL – KIDS TEAMS FORMING NOW!! In Partnership With Hudsonville Community Education.
BOYS AND GIRLS – AGES 4 – 14
• 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.