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FHPS Kindergarten Schedule Changes for 2010-2011 School Year

From: http://www.fhps.us/

After a review of enrollment trends for kindergarten schedule options, as well as gathering staff input, it has been decided that beginning with the 2010-11 school year, all kindergarten classes will be offered on an all-day, alternate-day (AD/AD) schedule. On this schedule, children attend all day Monday and Wednesday and a half-day on Friday, or all day on Tuesday and Thursday and a half-day on Friday. We are pleased that this change will allow the following benefits for our incoming kindergarteners:
•  Two full days and a half-day weekly will provide more uninterrupted instructional time to teach the kindergarten curriculum.

•  Scheduling will allow collaboration among early childhood teachers and may allow for flexible grouping of students.

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Public Comment Session on Ada Township Parks & Recreation Plan

From: Ada Township Online

Public Comment Session on Parks & Recreation Plan

Your Input Is Required. Ada Township Parks & Recreation Deptartment is in the process of updating the Township's Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan. This document is used as a guide for park master plans, land acpuisition goals, recreation programs and our strategic planning process. It is updated every 5 years.

A copy of the current "2007 Recreation Plan" is available on the Ada Township web site "Parks & Recreation" page.

We would like your input, ideas and suggestions. There will be two other meetings: on Saturday, Oct. 2nd, at 11:00 am and at 1:00 pm., at Roselle Park during the River Festival, 1010 Grand River Dr., Ada MI 49301

Ada Township "River Clean Up Day"

From: Ada Township Online

"River Clean Up Day"
The "Annual Clean Up Day" for the Thornapple and Grand Rivers. Care for our local waterways by helping pick up trash along the shores and in the rivers and nearby streams. Meet at Leonard Field Park by the Covered Bridge for check-in. You can join either a "land team" (on the shores) or a "water team" (canoes, kayaks) to collect trash along the Thornapple and Grand Rivers that run through Ada Township. Supplies, gloves, snack and lunch provided. Pre-registration required by contacting the Park office: 676-0520

When Sat Sep 18 9am – 1pm Eastern Time
Where Meet at Leonard Field

Volunteers fixing home of Kent County couple whose daughter was murdered

ADA, Mich. (WZZM)-Some community members in Kent County are pitching in to help a couple whose daughter was murdered.

Julia Dawson was killed by her husband, Tim, in 2004. For years, her parents fought to gain custody of the couple's children. It was an expensive battle, so the Keenans haven't had money to fix up their home in Ada. That's why friends and volunteers are now trying to recruit others to help rebuild the house.

"The foundation has crumbled and they're working on replacing that now, and the roof caved in a few weeks ago in their kitchen," says volunteer organizer Dwin Dykema. "So my idea is well, if the big home makeover TV show won't come and do their makeover, then why don't we just all band together as a community and we'll do a community makeover. We can do that here."

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