Along with decorating the doors, we are celebrating “March is Reading Month” by having the students bring in new and/or gently used books to benefit local children in need.  We are doing this in hopes of sharing the gift of reading with others in our community.  The book drive will run from MARCH 3-MARCH 24.   The Character Ed team that donates the most books will get a special celebration….. so bring in those books!!!


EARLY RELEASE…… Our next early release is FRIDAY, APRIL 14.  This time will be used by teachers for professional development and professional conversations in regard to meeting the needs of all students.

M-STEP TESTING FOR GRADES 3-5…..  To the parents of 3rd – 5th grade students.  M-Step testing is fast approaching.  With that being said, we would like to get the testing dates out to you in hopes of having all the students in school on the days of testing.  We ask for your help in not scheduling appointments or pulling your student if at all possible on these testing dates.  Our hopes are that with giving you these dates in advance that will help all of us.  Thank you for your cooperation in regards to these testing dates.

5th Grade M-Step Dates ~ APRIL 11-13 and APRIL 18-20

4th Grade M-Step Dates ~ MAY 2-5

3rd Grade M-Step Dates ~ MAY 16-18

MARCH LUNCH INFO………Mar. 2017 Elem.-1 (1)      deposit-slip

HUDSONVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS ANNUAL EDUCATION REPORT…….. The Annual Education Report (AER) is designed to meet state and federal requirements for reporting to parents and communities.  The report provides detailed data on state administered student assessment results, accountability results, teacher qualification information, and the state results for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Parents and the community can access AER information for the district and individual schools by clicking on the Annual Education Report tab on our website.  If you have any questions regarding the AER information, please contact your child’s building principal or the district curriculum office at 616-669-1740 extension 4.


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.

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….. STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK…….The PTC is looking for volunteers for Staff Appreciation Week, May 1- 5th.  If you would be willing to donate food items, or set-up / clean-up time during that week, please email Sarah Bigelow at  With your help we look forward to making Staff Appreciation Week a success for our hardworking Alward staff!

COMMUNITY NEWS……….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

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT……… MARCH 24, 2017……March 24, 2017.  Location: Jamestown Upper Elementary

How do a couple of hours without kids sound? Good? Well, your friends at Jamestown Harbor Church want to give you some FREE time to spend doing whatever you’d like without your kids! Use the money you would normally spend on babysitting and spend it on a date night! Grocery Shopping! Girls Night! Go See a Movie! Watch Netflix! A Nap!

Drop your kids off for a few hours of fun activities including movies, crafts, games, and more, at Jamestown Upper Elementary on March 24, 2017 from 5:30-8:30pm

All kids ages 4-12 years old welcome.

Pre-register following this link Parents Night Out Registration to claim your spot. The first 200 registered kids are in, so register soon to make sure you are able to enjoy a night out!

BIBLE CLUB MINISTRIES FAMILY FUN DAY……… Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 2 to 4 pm.  Located at Grandville Bible Church 4122 44th St. SW, Granville.  Children will enjoy fun activities, snacks, prizes and a short program. Everyone is invited! Everything is free! Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information contact Bible Club Ministries at (616) 457-3840

9:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  – Workshop
This program is offered as the March installment of The Breakfast Club, a monthly gathering where parents connect with local experts and other parents to learn from and support each other. Information on depression and anxiety in children and adolescents will be presented by Mike Reiffer, LMSW with Pine Rest Southwest Clinic, followed by discussion and an opportunity to ask questions. This workshop is free and open to all. Free on-site childcare is available.
Register at or by calling the GUMchurch office at 616.669.0730
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.

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


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…. Girls Volleyball Clinic…..Home Alone Class…..Babysitting Class……Baseball Clinics……Swim/Fitness 

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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