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Talking pop culture with youth leaders

Talking pop culture with youth leaders

News Release:

The Festival of Faith and Music (FFM) is adding a pre-conference in 2011 for youth leaders. The one-day event, which takes place on Thursday, April 7, 2011, is designed to provide youth leaders with a better understanding of how they can help young people reconcile pop culture with their Christian faith.

"Youth pastors play an interesting role in the life of kids when it comes to popular culture," said Eric Kuiper, the young life coordinator for Calvin College who is working with the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship (CICW). "We want to help youth pastors have that conversation as well as they possibly can."

Organizers hope this pre-conference will help get that conversation started.

Canadian pastor John Van Sloten, who will also lead a seminar at FFM, will be keynoting the pre-conference.

4th Annual “State of Our Schools” Address is March 26

4th Annual “State of Our Schools” Address is March 26

From Grand Rapids Public Schools: The 4th Annual State of Our Schools address is Saturday, March 26 from 9:00am to 10:00am at Ottawa Hills High School. Seats may be limited and RSVPs are required. Please call 819-1005 or email at rsvp@grps.k12.mi.us

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RapidBlog: Schools of Hope, by Lindsay McHolme

RapidBlog: Schools of Hope, by Lindsay McHolme

Lindsay McHolme is the Community Literacy Liaison at the Literacy Center of West Michigan.  Over the past few years, she has been involved in improving literacy in the community as a Volunteer Tutor and Literacy Coordinator for the Literacy Center's Adult Tutoring Program.
 
As Community Literacy Liaison at the Literacy Center of West Michigan, Lindsay McHolme is involved in affecting improved literacy in Grand Rapids.  She writes about organizations that provide literacy in the community.

Immaculate Heart of Mary School celebrates Catholic Schools Week

Immaculate Heart of Mary School celebrates Catholic Schools Week

The theme for Immaculate Heart of Mary School's Catholic Schools Week is "A+ for America", promoting Catholic schools as an added value (A+) for their local communities and the nation.

On Monday, students celebrated A+ students by wearing comfy clothes - sweats, jeans, pajama pants and robes.

Other Catholic Schools Week events at Immaculate Heart of Mary School include:

Tuesday - Wacky, tacky Tuesday –jeans, crazy clothes, crazy hair; Diocesan Mass (those students attending will wear their  uniforms and change when they get back to school); 2:00 PM Senior Steppers presentation
CSW Mass at the Cathedral. Select students will accompany Mrs. Fraga.

GRPS Winter Parties and School Choice Open Houses

GRPS Winter Parties and School Choice Open Houses

News Release:

GRPS Winter Parties and School Choice Open Houses
 
 
WHAT:                    GRPS Winter Parties and School Choice Open Houses
                                
GRPS students, parents, friends, families and staff are encouraged to attend the GRPS Winter Parties and School Choice Open Houses to learn more about school choices in the district and enjoy free food and entertainment.

GRPS to hold school choice open houses

The Grand Rapids Public School District is sponsoring two parties and open houses to help families learn more about their school options.

The first open house will be at City High Middle School on Saturday, January 22 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. The school is located at 1400 Fuller Ave. NE.

The second open house will be Wednesday, February 16 from 5:30-8:30 pm at Gerald R. Ford Middle School at 851 Madison SE.

The Winter Parties and School Choice Open Houses will include free food, raffles and prizes. Twenty-eight school representatives will attend. Parents can also learn more about after school programs,  Title 1 parent involvement, and volunteer involvement. An overview of the five year strategic plan will also be available.                                

One Book One City for Kids Announces 2011 Selection

One Book One City for Kids Announces 2011 Selection

NEWS RELEASE:

GRAND RAPIDS (January 10, 2011) One Book, One City for Kids, a citywide reading initiative for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, announces this year’s selection is "Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School" by Ruth McNally Barshaw.

One Book, One City for Kids is an annual reading program encouraging 4,5 & 6th grade readers to read and discuss the same book each winter. The program also strives to encourage a life-long love of reading among middle school-age readers, inspire readers to bring story ideas and themes to life through discussion, and build collaborative ties between public libraries, school libraries, and area schools.

This year the entire city will be reading "Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School" by Ruth McNally Barshaw.