OFFICE NEWS……. Well I know it has been windy these last few days…… but it just feels like a whirlwind here at school.  The time is flying by and everyone is really busy trying to wrap things up!  M-Step is FINALLY complete!  Hip Hip Hooray!  I simply cannot help myself….. so here it comes……. here is the countdown to summer break…….. only 14 school days left!!!

I have already sent an email in regards to important reminders for the end of the school year, but thought it never hurts to mention them more than once.  : )  So here they are…..

**Meds MUST be PICKED UP from the Office by the last day of school… Friday, June 9.

**Report cards will be mailed on June 16.  Class lists will be posted on the Alward Blog on this date as well.

**NO Memorial Day Program this year due to construction.

**Alward Olympics will take place this year on the last day of school.  We are requesting NO visitors this year due to space constraints.

**LAST day of school is FRIDAY, JUNE 9.  This will be an EARLY RELEASE at 12:15pm.  Please make sure to make arrangements for your students.  : )

Last thing…… due to construction and the demolition of the front of the building,  Alward will be OFF LIMITS to the public starting Monday, June 12.  This INCLUDES the PLAYGROUND! Sorry for the inconvenience.

Please make sure to check all the Upcoming Dates at the end of the Alward Action.  There are field trips, camp, field days, etc on the calendar that you should make note of.  Please remember to send sack lunches if necessary.  : )

One very important bit of information that I would like to get out to parents……. Our FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL will be PRIOR to the Labor Day weekend!  The first day of school for students in the 17/18 school year will be TUESDAY, AUGUST 29.  Please make note as well, that our Open House dates have changed…… PK/K Open House will be on Wednesday, August 23 and Grades 1-5 Open House will be Thursday, August 24.  The Open Houses will begin at 6:30pm.

MAY/JUNE LUNCH INFO……… May_June_2017_Hud_Elem_Menu-2evn0pf      deposit-slip

imgres-35th GRADE NEWS……… Here are some important dates that you will want to have on your calendars for your 5th graders.

MAY 26 ~ 5TH Grade Celebration

JUNE 1-2 ~ 5TH Grade Camp

AUGUST 17 ~ 6th Grade Orientation @ Baldwin Street Middle School from 7-8:30. This includes packet pickup and building walk through.

Hudsonville Robotics Open House……Vex Robotics is a fun and innovative program where teams build robots that compete on the field. If your student is interested in STEM then join us at our open house on Thursday, May 25 at the Freshman Campus cafeteria from 7 – 8 pm. We will be sharing information about the HS/MS VexEDR program and the newly expanded VexIQ elementary school program (Grades 4-6), introducing the new game and we will have our world tournament robots on display.   Visit for more information


COMMUNITY NEWS……….  FARMGIRL FLEA MARKET……. May 19 & 20.  Shop 150+ vendors with vintage, antiques, handmade, repurposed, farm fresh picked, PLUS food trucks and live music.  Friday 4pm-8pm ($15 entry fee) Early buyer plus admission for Saturday too.   Saturday 8am-4pm ($5 entry fee).  This will be located at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds .️

AYSO SOCCER REGISTRATION FOR FALL SEASON……. We’re happy to announce that registration is now open for this fall. Please visit to begin the registration and volunteer process.  The early-bird discount is available until Memorial Day so act fast!  If you have questions about the new website, hit the “support” button in the bottom-left corner of the web page for immediate assistance.  They have videos and instructions that are very helpful.   Every year, we keep building on the success of the last.  Over 1,600 children enjoy this program because our entire community recognizes that this is a labor of love.  I encourage all of you to consider joining this winning team in some capacity.  If you have registration questions, email: registrar@ayso676.comArenda Van Klompenberg,  AYSO 676 Registrar.  AYSO – The World’s Biggest Soccer Club

KID’S DAY 2017……. Saturday, June 10.  Kids! Moms!, Dads! – get your summer off to a great start with an affordable, family-friendly event. Come to the 8th annual Kids Day at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds between 10 am and 2 pm (note time change). Enjoy free stage shows,  $.25 games, door prizes, affordable kid-friendly food, and much more. We’ll be there come rain or shine. Kids Day is organized by Jehovah Jireh Ministries, and is supported by several local businesses, churches, and organizations. 

SLIP N SLIDE AND 5K…….SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017 AT 8:00am.  Get out this spring and start running or walking with your family.  Then register to participate in the 5th annual SATURDAY SLIP N SLIDE 5K!  This family-friendly event will be a highlight of your summer.  Register by June 1 to receive a Dri-fit race shirt.  More information at
AYSO UNITED WEST MICHIGAN TRYOUTS FOR BOYS/GIRLS AGES 9-18……..AYSO United is AYSO’s new competitive travel club formed here in West Michigan for all players seeking a unique club soccer experience focused on player development. Tryouts will be held in Caledonia, Cedar Springs and, Georgetown (including their surrounding areas). Please visit our website to get all the latest information (including times) you will need to pre-register and come join us!
Georgetown: Port Sheldon Sports Complex
Monday, June 19th: Boys Select Birth Years 2008-2003
Tuesday, June 20th: Girls Select Birth Years 2008-1999
Cedar Springs: Boomer Park
Monday, June 19th: Boys Select Birth Years 2008-2003
Tuesday, June 20th: Girls Select Birth Years 2008-1999
Caledonia: Caledonia High School
Wednesday, June 21st: Boys Select Birth Years 2008-2003
Thursday, June 22nd: Girls Select Birth Years 2008-1999
All AYSO United players will play at least half of every game, have certified coaches that follow AYSO’s coaching philosophies, will practice exemplary good sportsmanship and will have advanced player development opportunities to grow in a challenging environment.  REGISTER NOW! at    Contact us at

HUDSONVILLE ROCKET CHEERLEADING REGISTRATION……. Is your daughter going into 1st-8th grade next fall and interested in cheering? Hudsonville Rocket Cheerleading will be having their registration dates on Monday, June 19th, and Tuesday, August 1st.  Both will be from 5-8pm and take place at the Hudsonville High School cafeteria.  The registration deadline is Tuesday, August 1st (no late registrations will be accepted).  The cost of registration is $75 and includes an end of year banquet and trophy.  1st – 6th-grade girls are required to purchase a shell ($25 new and $15 used) and skirt ($25 new and $15 used).  **See website for info about used uniforms.**  7th and 8th-grade girls are required to pay a $10 uniform rental fee.  The 1st-6th-grade girls will be cheering at the Hudsonville Youth Football games and the 7th & 8th-grade girls will be cheering at the Hudsonville Club Football games. Check out the Hudsonville Rocket Cheer Website for more info (  If you have questions about the program, please contact Coach Britni via e-mail at  We look forward to seeing you at registration!

July 24th-27th
Courthouse Athletic Center- $90
8 a.m. – Noon
Monday – Thursday
Boys and Girls Ages 8 – 14
Basic Skill Development & Fundamentals Learn From Detroit Pistons D-League Staff
Camp includes:  Drive Academy T-Shirt, Snacks, Sports Drinks., and 4 Drive Tickets for 2017-18 Season

SUMMER ARTS CAMP AT EVERGREEN MINISTRIES……..Theme is….Under Construction.  Elementary Arts Camp: July 31-August 39 am-1 pmMiddle School Arts Camp: July 30-August 26 pm – 9 pm.  Registration opens on June 1 and is lottery based if the camps get full.  Registration will be at (follow the links on the home page).  Arts Camp Share night is August 3 at 6:30 pm.    EverGreen Ministries,  4512 – 48th Ave, Hudsonville.  616-669-7700


MEET UP AND EAT UP……… Meet Up and Eat Up is a federally funded program that provides FREE meals and activities to children of all ages. This summer’s program will take place at the Presidential Estates Club House (5075 Presidential Lane, Hudsonville), MondayFriday, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, from June 19 – August 18. The food portion of this program is provided by Jenison/Hudsonville School Food Service through the National School Lunch Program. Various activities will be provided by local volunteers. A meeting will be held on May 18 at 5:00 p.m. just before the food truck. This will be a time for parents to meet the volunteers and learn more about the program and how they can get involved. Feel free to contact Shana DeWent at if you have any questions. This institution (USDA) is an equal opportunity provider.  Please read the attached flyer with more details……..  Meet Up Parent Mtg Flyer-1j77xr8

ATTENTION…. BRIDGE CARD HOLDERS…….Double Up Food Bucks will be back at your area’s farmers’ markets starting in June. When you use your Bridge Card at a participating farmers’ market, the Double Up Food Bucks program will match you dollar for dollar with bonus funds – up to $20 – that you can use in the market to buy more fresh, Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables. It’s that simple – spend up to $20 on your Bridge Card at the market, and you’ll get up to $20 more, free, to spend on healthy, local foods. Most farmers’ markets and some on-farm produce stands in Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon Counties are participating. Visit or call toll-free 1-866-586-2796 for market locations and more information, or just visit your favorite market starting in June!

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.  The “Summer Activities” book went home with students a week or so ago with all of the summer programs that will be offered.  If you are in need of another they have extras at the Administration Building.
MAY 22 ~ 3RD Grade Field Trip @ Boulder Ridge Animal Park
MAY 24 ~ Mrs. DeHoop’s Class Field Trip to John Ball Zoo
MAY 31 ~ 1ST Grade Field Trip @ John Ball Zoo
MAY 26 ~ 5TH Grade Celebration
JUNE 1 ~ 2ND Grade Field Trip @ Hughes Park/Hudsonville Lanes
JUNE 1-2 ~ 5TH Grade Camp
JUNE 6 ~ 4/5TH Grade field day @ BMS
JUNE 7 ~ 4/5TH Grade field day rain make up
JUNE 8 ~ School Board Meeting @ 7PM
June 9 ~ Alward Olympics  : )


Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Nurenberg : )

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