A NOTE FROM MRS. MOORE……… It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the school year, yet the last school lunch menu has arrived, confirming for us that there are only 6 weeks left of school. Yes, our 5th graders will soon go to middle school, our Kindergarteners can read, and students and staff are planning events such Alward Olympics, Memorial Day Program, and 4th and 5th grade Field Day. Despite the feeling of busyness, the end of the year is always bitter sweet.
As we prepare for the end of the year, please be sure that you check calendars for field trips and special events, ask your child's teacher(s) for summer reading lists, and enjoy the last few weeks of elementary!
REMEMBER TO VOTE ON MAY 3....... On Tuesday, May 3, Hudsonville voters will be asked to consider our non-homestead annual millage renewal request. This is not a millage increase. The renewal request is seeking to maintain current millage status. In 1994, with the passage of Proposal A, the statewide 6 mill education tax is delegated to Lansing for funding distribution to support K-12 education. The State “assumes” that each local district levies the maximum 18 mills on non-homestead properties. Based on this assumption, the State provides a district’s foundation allowance on a per student basis. If a district does not levy the 18 mills on non-homestead property, a district foundation grant is reduced proportionately. Consequently, the non-homestead renewal request is something that is before our voters every year. It provides approximately $4.1 million dollars of operational funding. A copy of the official ballot language can be found on the front page of our website. Please remember to vote on May 3!
M-STEP TESTING…… WOW..... is all we can say. Give you students kuddos if they have already started or are finished with taking the M-Step. The testing windows have been longer than we had anticipated, so give your kids a high five for being so patient and getting this finished. The students have done a great job and we wanted the parents to know this as well. We ask, if at all possible, that you try to avoid scheduling appointments or having your student gone on these dates. It is hard to find a time to schedule the make-up testing that has to been done. So as of right now I will be listing the dates that the testing will take place for 3rd-5th grades, however, not the specific times as these may be adjusted some. So here you go…
3rd Grade Testing Dates: MAY 3 and MAY 5
4th Grade Testing Dates: MAY 9-10, MAY 12-13 and MAY 16-18
5th GRADE NEWS……… Parents of 5th graders…… are you ready for this??? The rest of this school year is going to fly by for you and your 5th grader. They have so much going on and many things coming up to prepare them for middle school. Please pay close attention to this section of the Alward Action as this is where important dates, etc will be listed for the 5th graders. Please remember as well, if you have any questions feel free to email your student’s teacher. Here are some dates to get on your calendars:
MAY 16……. 6th Grade Orientation for parents and students at Baldwin Street Middle School at 7pm.
JUNE 2-3……. 5th grade camp!!
JUNE 7…… 4th/5th Grade Field Day at Baldwin Middle School (Rain date of June 8)
PTC NEWS………SPRING BOOK FAIR IS COMING SOON…….
Mark your calendars for May 6 through May 12! Alward's Spring BOGO Book Fair is coming.... "look" days for the students will be Friday/Monday, May 6/9 and "buy" days will be Tuesday through Thursday, May 10-12. Your student/s will be coming home with information as to which day their class will be shopping. Also note that the book fair will be open TWO times in the evening. On Tuesday, May 10 it will be open from 6:30-7:00pm just prior to the PTC Meeting and on Wednesday, May 11 it will be open from 3:30-6:00pm.
In addition to the Book Fair we are once again participating in the ALL FOR BOOKS Program. This is truly a great way for our Alward families and students to give back to those in need AND it helps Alward as well! What could be better?? For every $1 donated Scholastic will match that amount and purchase books for children in need. What a great thing to teach our students! Lets help those in need to get brand new books just like we are privileged to. The money that is raised for Alward will be used to purchase new books for our classrooms. What a great time to do this..... it is BUY ONE GET ONE FREE at the Book Fair!!
Our goal would be to have every family donate $1. This would get us to approximately $325 and how cool would it be to even get more?!?!?! This could buy a LOT of NEW books for children in need AND buy a LOT of CLASSROOM BOOKS for Alward. If we could raise even $350 dollars, Scholastic would get $350 AND ALWARD would as well!! Lets do this Alward!!! We are an amazing school and we can make this happen! Thank you for your help : )
COMMUNITY NEWS………. 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.
JAMESTOWN MEMORIAL DAY PARADE….. Parade starts promptly @10:00 a.m. – Monday, May 30, 2016. Lineup @ 8:30 a.m. @ Jamestown Baptist Church, 2472 Quincy. The parade ends at Riley Street Middle School parking lot. You’re Invited to Participate! – Prizes, Prizes, Prizes! Prizes awarded in the following categories: Walkers / Bikes, Skateboards, Roller Blades /Walking Floats / Motorized Floats / Animals / Tractors / Antique Cars. Judging 9:00 -9:20 a.m. The following four awards will be given for each of the above categories: Most Creative / Most Patriotic / Vintage / Judge’s Choice. All Children participating in the parade will get a treat at our special “General Store” located in the Riley Street Middle School parking lot after they finish the parade.
HUDSONVILLE ROCKET CHEERLEADING......... Is your daughter going into 1st-8th grade next fall and interested in cheering? Hudsonville Rocket Cheerleading will be having their registration dates on Tuesday, June 7th and Monday, August 1st. Both will be from 5-8pm and take place at the Hudsonville High School cafeteria. The registration deadline is Monday, 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 new uniform for $50, as we are getting new uniforms this year. 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 (www.hudsonvillerocketcheer.
UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVE........ Eastern Ottawa Young Life will be holding a blood drive on June 4, from 10am-2pm, at Spring Valley Church. Which is located at 5947 Lake Michigan Drive, Allendale MI. This blood drive supports MI Blood save lives and works as a fundraiser to supply scholarships that send kids to summer camp. Michigan Blood donates $10 for each person that attempts to donate. Will you consider donating to this worthy cause? All we ask is a small piece of your time! Pre register at eoyl.org/blooddrive for a time slot, to avoid waiting in line. Walk-ins are always welcome! Look forward to a time celebration with fun, food, and prizes surrounding your donation time!