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From the Superintendent’s desk


 

Laura VanDuyn

Laura VanDuyn

Dear Cedar Springs Public Schools Families:

It is my hope you are enjoying our transition to the early days of fall. I was born and raised in the great state of Michigan and I’ve always LOVED this time of year. We especially love this time of year at my father’s house in the U.P. as the crisp weather means great bonfires, preparing for deer season and generally loving being outside in the peaceful surroundings. This is a wonderful time of year for children, especially after getting into the routine of the school year and enjoying the traditional Cedar Springs Red Flannel Festival…not to mention the thrill of Halloween!

As we head into this refreshing season at the start of our year together, it’s important to share the ways in which we communicate with all of our constituent groups. It is greatly important to me and to our Board of Education that we keep you apprised of happenings in the district.  Following are just some of the many ways we communicate with our staff, students, parents and community:

• Our new website

• Board of Education meetings (recorded and uploaded to YouTube)

• Newsletters

• Phone calls

• Emails

• The Red Hawk Review (electronic and sent via email to every CSPS family and any community members who request it as well as it being posted on our new website)

• The Cedar Springs Post articles and school pages

• Parent-Teacher conferences

• Open Houses

• Weekly folders

• Meetings with the superintendent at our local cafes (10/7 is the next opportunity)

• Facebook

• Teacher Web pages

• Twitter

• Progress Reports and Report cards

• Office announcements

• Face-to-Face meetings with the superintendent

• Annual State-of-the-School-District address

• Michigan Association of School Board workshops (November, 2015 and April, 2016)

• Strategic Planning Process

• School improvement process

I am grateful to all who ask the questions about what is happening in our district. I continue to extend an opportunity to meet with anyone wishing to meet so that any and all questions about our district, our Board of Education, etc. can be answered. Furthermore, it’s an opportunity to share some of the great work that has been shared at Board meetings, as we know not everyone can attend…which is one reason we publish them on YouTube.  It’s been refreshing to have so many staff, students, parents and community members meet with me to ascertain how we are progressing as a district.

csps-conversation-with-the-superintendentAs you know, especially from the many ways we communicate with our staff, families and community, I want every citizen, staff member and parent of Cedar Springs to ask questions and to be well educated about all that is happening in this great district.  We are proud of the forward motion we’ve made and will continue that trajectory.  I would love an opportunity to get to know you, to learn how I might support your wishes or to answer any questions you may have.  I encourage you to schedule a meeting, call or drop by for a visit as I enjoy getting to know our students, families and community members. I can assure you, you’ll be enlightened to hear about the terrific progress we are making to serve our students well!

It is an honor to serve as your CSPS superintendent.  I take great pleasure in knowing that at CSPS, students come first and that this great district is moving along in an excellent way, with a lot of support, to serve students and families.  On behalf of the CSPS Board of Education, administration, teachers and support staff, thank you for partnering with us to provide the very best education for our students.

Warmly,

Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

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Fall Fun and Festivities


Mrs. Bialkowski’s First grade Halloween party

Mrs. Bialkowski’s First grade Halloween party

What a ghoulish and ghostly October for Creative Technologies Academy! CTA celebrated another great Halloween season with our annual Halloween parade and Halloween parties.  The elementary students paraded around the campus in their costumes for the whole school to see. Upon their return, mothers and fathers put on great parties for their youngsters. Thank you to everyone who made the Halloween parties a success!

Mrs. Krombeen’s Second grade Halloween party

Mrs. Krombeen’s Second grade Halloween party

Our school community also wants to give a HUGE shout out to the parents and guardians of CTA Elementary because you helped us make our goal of having 100 percent attendance at Student-Led Conferences this Fall. Thank you all for coming and supporting your child’s education; your support is extremely important and valued! There will be a second set of student led conferences in the spring, but all the teachers are free to hear your questions and or concerns anytime of the year!

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Pumpkins Explode for Science


CTA 8th grade students put rubber bands on pumpkin in “Pumpkin Time Bomb” experiment

CTA 8th grade students put rubber bands on pumpkin in “Pumpkin Time Bomb” experiment

Students (L to R) Collin Bishop and Mason Dood with their split pumpkin and 700+ rubber band ball.

Students (L to R) Collin Bishop and Mason Dood with their split pumpkin and 700+ rubber band ball.

For many, Halloween is about candy and costumes, but for the 8th grade students at CTA it was about pumpkins and explosions. Students participated in the Pumpkin Time Bomb 2015.

Students worked in groups to test how many rubber bands it would take before the pumpkins were cut in half from the pressure. In the process of performing the tests, students were expected to make a hypothesis, record results, and draw conclusions about how many rubber bands would be needed for explosion.

Aside from learning science, the students had a fun and memorable day.  “It was something that was fun and we were still learning,” commented a student when asked about the event. “I liked how we did not know when the pumpkin would explode, It was kind of scary,” another student was heard saying. All in all, it was a great way to incorporate fun with an educational component.

For a video of the event go to the following link.

Video link: http://bit.ly/pumpkinbomb

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Halloween fun at the library and museum


A group of teens decorated the haunted ibrary.

A group of teens decorated the haunted ibrary.

The Cedar Springs Historical Society hosted their haunted schoolhouse on Halloween.

The Cedar Springs Historical Society hosted their haunted schoolhouse on Halloween.

Both the Cedar Springs Public Library and the Cedar Springs Historical Museum were up for some haunted fun on Halloween night.

Local teens created a haunted library at the Cedar Springs Public Library, and the museum hosted their annual haunted schoolhouse.

According to Library director Donna Clark, about 750 people went through the library, and Museum director Sharon Jett, about 200 visited the haunted school house.

“We appreciate the Chamber and their efforts to promote everything going on that day,” said Jett.

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Trick or treat in Cedar Springs


Are you ready to trick or treat in Cedar Springs?

Are you ready to trick or treat in Cedar Springs?

It’s only two days until Halloween—are you ready for a night full of fun? Does the thought of greeting scores of trick or treaters make you break out in a cold sweat? Forget staying home! Pack up the kids and come out Halloween night for the Annual Cedar Springs Area Halloween Spooktacular in Cedar Springs! Sponsored by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, area businesses and churches, the fun begins at 4:30 p.m. with trick or treating at area businesses up and down Main Street, some side streets, and 17 Mile until 7 p.m. Special events include a haunted library at the Cedar Springs Library at the corner of Cherry and Second from 5-7 p.m.; a haunted school house at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum on Cedar Street in Morley Park from 5-7; Calvary Assembly of God will have lots of games and candy and prizes at the corner of Main and Ash from 5-7 p.m.; the Kent County Sheriff Traffic Squad will hand out hot chocolate and donuts at the Cedar Springs firebarn at W. Maple and Second St. again this year, and The Springs Church will host Trunk-or-Treat from 6-8 p.m., in their parking lot at the corner of Maple and First Street, along with a giant slide, and refreshments.

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Halloween Coloring Contest 2015 winners


Kate Hanes Age 4, of Cedar Springs

1 st Place Winner Age Group 3-4 years Kate Hanes
Age 4, of Cedar Springs

1 st Place Winner  Age Group 5-7 years Taylor McLean Age 6, of Gowen

1 st Place Winner
Age Group 5-7 years
Taylor McLean
Age 6, of Gowen

1 st Place Winner  Age Group 8-10 years Emma Lange Age 10, of Rockford

1 st Place Winner
Age Group 8-10 years
Emma Lange
Age 10, of Rockford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to our winners of the 2015 Halloween Coloring Contest! Winners may pick up their prizes at The POST on Friday, October 30th, between 10am and 2pm. Or call 616-696-3655 to make other arrangements.

 

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2015 Halloween Coloring Contest


HalloweenCC-pageHey kids,

Download and color the picture below and be creative! Add other Halloween symbols if you like. There will be one winner from each age group: 3-4 years, 5-7 years, and 8-10 years. All winners will be announced in the October 29 edition of the Cedar Springs Post. Don’t delay—get your picture in as soon as possible—deadline is Monday, October 26, at 5 p.m.! Office hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Click and print coloring page below, don’t forget to print and fill out the entry form as well.

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Halloween Happenings


Check out some of the fun, fall activities going on in our area for Halloween!

Heritage Village hosts trick-or-treaters 

Oct. 24: Montcalm Heritage Village will host trick-or-treaters Oct. 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to dress for the holiday and enjoy a hayride, cider, donuts and trick-or-treating throughout the village. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Karen Maxfield at karen.maxfield@montcalm.edu or (989) 328-2111, Ext. 334.

Trunk or Treat at East Nelson UMC

Oct. 24: Bring your kids and come “Trunk or Treat” at East Nelson UM Church, 9024 18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs, on Saturday, October 24 from 5-7 p.m. You can also set up a trunk if you like. Come inside and warm up with hot chocolate and a sloppy joe, or a hot dog and snacks. There will be games, prizes, activities and fun for all!

Spark in the Dark Party

Oct. 28: Rockford Reformed Church is holding a Spark in the Dark Party on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 6-8pm. Everyone is invited for an evening of games, food, prizes, candy, and more! Costumes welcome! Takes place in the Rockford Reformed Church gym: 4890 11 Mile Road NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Phone: 866-2308. Email: connections.rrc@gmail.com.

Fall Festival at Solon Center Wesleyan Church

Oct. 28: The Solon Center Wesleyan church presents its annual Fall Festival on Wednesday, October 28th from 6:30-8:00 pm. Families with children 5th grade and under come and enjoy games & prizes, a petting zoo from Double K Farm (weather permitting), an obstacle course, and candy, candy, candy! Kids wear your costumes! The church is located @ 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Rd. All welcome!

KDL Lab: Mad Scientist

Oct. 28: Pull on a lab coat and get ready to think like a mad scientist. Create a plush Franken-Beanie creature to take home, create slimy bugs in the Creepy Crawlers Oven and plan your next mad scientist creation with a Franken-creature collage! For ages 6 and older. Wednesday, October 28th at 6:30 pm. Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St.

Pumpkin/Carving Trail Walk

Oct. 30: Howard Christian Nature Center is hosting a Pumpkin /Carving Lit Trail Walk on October 30. $8 per person Pumpkin/Carving & Pumpkin lit trail hike from 5 to 8:30 pm. Carve pumpkins from 5 to 6:30 pm and 7 & 7:45 pm pumpkin lit walks with a guide. Hike departures are promptly at the above times only. Includes pumpkins. Open to all ages. A great date night for you and your loved ones! Donuts, cider and coffee provided. Howard Christian Nature Center, 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. 616-675-3158.

Bootacular at Solon Market

Oct. 31: The third annual Bootacular at Solon Market will take place Saturday, October 31. Fun, games and refreshments from 10:00am to 11:00am, costume contest beginning at 11:00am and Trunk or Treat during Market hours—9am until 1pm. Prizes will be awarded for scariest, cutest and most original costumes. Solon Market can be found at 15185 Algoma Avenue, west of Cedar Springs. (This was rescheduled from October 17.)

Awesome Autumn Adventure

Oct. 31: Celebrate the season with autumn crafts, pumpkin decorating, games and bountiful farmyard fun! Please bring your own pumpkin. For all ages. Saturday, October 31st at 10:30 am. Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St.

Trick or Treat Trail Walk

Oct. 31: Bring the kiddos on out to HCNC to wander the trails in search of scavenger hunt items and goodies. Return to the Interpretive Center with your filled sheet and get a goodie bag to start the candy collection. October 31st from 2 to 4 pm. $1.00 donation. Conveniently scheduled to allow time to return to your neighborhoods for traditional Halloween activities. Howard Christian Nature Center, 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. 616-675-3158.

Trunk or Treat at Courtland-Oakfield UMC

Oct. 31: The early bird gets the (Gummy) worm on Saturday, October 31, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake NE, Rockford. Safe, friendly and fun. We’ll also be serving a free hot dog supper.

Cedar Springs Halloween Spooktacular

Oct. 31:  The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, businesses and churches in Cedar Springs are sponsoring the annual Cedar Springs Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday, October 31. Some of the free events include: trick or treating from 4:30-7 p.m. (maps can be picked up at the CS Library); The Cedar Springs Historical Museum will be having their Haunted School House from 5- 7 p.m.; the Cedar Springs Library will be open as a Haunted Library 5-7 p.m.; Calvary Assembly of God will have lots of games and candy and prizes at the corner of Main and Ash from 5-7 p.m.; hot chocolate (lactose free available) at 90 N. Main Street; Apple Cider from the Kent County Traffic Squad and Candy by the Cedar Springs Fire Department at the Fire barn (Maple Street); The Springs Church Trunk or Treating from 6-8 p.m.

Halloween Hospitality Center

Oct. 31: Warm up station at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, on Saturday, October 31st, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Serving hot chocolate and popcorn. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Trunk or Treat at The Springs

Oct. 31: Creative costumes—check. Oodles of goodies—check. Lots of giggles and loads of fun—doublecheck! You’ll experience it all at The Springs Church at Trunk or Treat on Halloween night from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be lots of candy for the taking, carnival games, a giant slide, and refreshments. It will be fun for the whole family, and a safe, well-lit environment for kids. The church is located at 135 N. Grant St., in Cedar Springs.

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A “Spooktacular” success


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Goblins of all sizes roamed downtown Ceadr Springs Halloween night.

Hordes of miniature witches, monsters, princesses, superheroes and more braved the chilly, wet weather on Friday, October 31, and hit downtown Main Street in Cedar Springs and the surrounding area to make the annual Halloween Spook-tacular another rousing success.

“It went well,” said Kelly Roach, with Alpha Omega Coffee and Games. “A lot of people showed up in spite of the cold and wind. We had 3 crossing guards this year, and several people mentioned appreciating that.” Roach was in charge of organizing the event for the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce.

She said she had one customer, Felicia Smith, say how nice it was to have an opportunity to check out several businesses that she hadn’t gotten a chance to stop by yet.

Businesses, non-profit groups and churches all handed out candy and organized activities for the young (and some not so young) trick-or-treaters.

 

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A Spooky snack and drink for Halloween


Monster Mash Float

Monster Mash Float

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If your family’s Halloween consists of pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating and transforming your home into a haunted house, you’ll be happy to know that the “double, double, toil and trouble” doesn’t have to stop there. You can add a little extra hocus pocus to your season by brewing up these chillingly creative treats with the whole family.

The Monster Mash Float and Paranormal Pudding are two ghoulishly good treats that kids and adults alike will love, and they’re easy to make. The fun is all in the Limited Edition TruMoo Orange Scream milk. Inspired by an orange frozen pop with vanilla ice cream, this new creamy orange milk is so frightfully delicious, it’s sure to make you scream. Because it’s made with wholesome low-fat white milk, no artificial growth hormones or high fructose corn syrup, and is brought to you by your local trusted TruMoo dairy, you can feel great about serving it to your family.

TruMoo Orange Scream is delicious as an ingredient in your favorite Halloween treats or served by itself. Just make sure to drink it fast—it might disappear into the night like the headless horseman.

For more frightening fun visit www.TruMoo.com, www.facebook.com/TruMooMilk, www.twitter.com/TruMooMilk and www.pinterest.com/TruMooMilk.

 

Monster Mash Float

Servings: 1

1 cup TruMoo Orange Scream milk

1 large scoop low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt or ice cream

1 cup chilled seltzer

In tall glass, pour in milk. Add scoop of frozen yogurt. Slowly add seltzer to create foamy, web-like effect on top of float.

Serve immediately.

Paranormal Pudding

Paranormal Pudding

Paranormal Pudding

Servings: 2

2 cups TruMoo Orange Scream milk

1 (3.4-ounce) box instant vanilla pudding and pie filling

1/2 cup low-fat granola

2 tablespoons low-fat plain Greek yogurt

Multicolored sprinkles

In large bowl, with wire whisk beat milk and instant pudding until well blended and thickened.

Spoon 1/3 of pudding mixture into two dessert or parfait glasses; sprinkle with some granola. Repeat layering two more times. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

To serve, top each with dollop of yogurt and Halloween-themed sprinkles.

 

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