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HOLIDAY PROGRAM December 2, 2014

holidayprogramThe big program is coming…the first week of December!    Details of our K-5 holiday program are below.  Read and re-read before the program on December 2!
Where is the church?
Address: 2900 Baldwin Street  Hudsonville, MI 49426;  Fair Haven Ministries is located down the road from Georgetown Elementary at the corner of Baldwin Street and 28th Ave.  This program is led by Georgetown’s two music teachers: Mrs. VanRiijs Gr K and Mrs. Bretz Gr 1-5.
What time do students need to be at the church? 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE PROGRAM
  • K, Gr. 1, Gr 2:  Arrive at 6:15 pm;  Performance at 6:30
  • Grades 3,4 and 5:  Arrive at 7:30 pm; Performance at 7:45
Where does my child need to go when they get to the church?
There will be signs at the church directing you to your child’s classroom assignment and also this information will be sent home prior to the program.  Below are the room assignments by grade.  To view a map of the room locations, click here:  fairhavenmap
  • PK/K – Family Life Center
  • 1st – 100 Wing
  • 2nd – 400 Middle
  • 3rd – 100 Wing
  • 4th – 400 Middle
  • 5th – Family Life Center
How long will the program be? Each group will perform for about 30 minutes.
What order are the grades singing?
K, followed by 1st/2nd grades; Grade 3 followed by 4th/5th Grades.
Can we save seats prior to the program?
No. The only reserved seats will be for the directors, videographer, and teachers.
  • The doors to the sanctuary (where the children perform) will open at 6:15.  There is AMPLE seating so we want you to know that you will have a WONDERFUL SEAT no matter where you are seated.
  • Please be respectful and courteous to other families as you make your way into the sanctuary and during the performance.
  • WCET TV will be taping and televising the program so that families who are unable to attend can still see it.  If you do not want your child to be shown on WCET TV, do not attend the program.   Notify your child’s teacher and Mrs. Bretz/Mrs. VanRiijs that your child will be staying home rather than participating.
Is food or drink allowed in the church?  
No food or drink is allowed in the church.
Do the students need to wear anything special?
No. Most students love to dress up and will wear special Christmas dresses or “church clothes”, but there is no requirement. Exception:  Children who have a part and require special costumes.  Mrs. Bretz would have sent a note home to you if this were the case–so you will be aware in advance.
How do students get special parts?
  • Auditions during or after class time.
  • History of prior solo or part performance in past years.
  • There are 600+ students and we do our best to make this process fair and equitable over time.
Additional Information:
  • MAP of the CHURCH will arrive home on Tuesday. It is also available here: fairhavenmap
  • DVD order form will be attached to this information.  You can also download the order form here: Holiday DVD Order Form
  • NOTE:  Georgetown does NOT set the price for the DVD.  This is done by WCET.  The cost of the DVD goes toward programming fees, staff compensation, materials, etc.
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Blog Bits 11/21/2014

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Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving Everyone!!!

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News From the Office….

Well the snow has definitely arrived!! With that said, please remember to send your child’s winter gear and label with their name. That makes it much easier to find the owner when they get lost!! Thank you! When we get back from break, the kids will be going to the Holiday Gift Shop. Thanksgiving break is Nov. 26 – 30. We hope you enjoy your extra few days to spend with family and friends! I know I am looking forward to it!

 News From Lunch Service….

SNOW DAY PROCEDURE FOR HOT LUNCH ~ With snow just around the corner, the food service program would like to remind parents and students about what will happen if school is closed due to weather. If the district is closed, the menu that was supposed to be served on the snow day will be moved to the next school day.  An example: if school is canceled on Tuesday due to weather, Tuesday’s menu will be served on Wednesday and the menu that was scheduled for Wednesday will be completely canceled.  Because of our computer lunch account system, there will be no need to issue credits and your student will still be able to order a lunch if they need one. The only exception to this policy is if school is canceled on Friday. In this case, Friday’smenu will be completely canceled and we will continue with the regular menuon Monday.  Information on what menu will be served on the day you return will be available on Twitter or the foodservice web page at www.jenhudfood.org. Please feel free to contact the food service department at 457-2400 if you have any questions or are unsure of what the menu will be.

Stacey L. Wykoski, Food Service Director

News From PTC….

  • Holiday Gift Shop

    Hard to believe but the Holiday Gift Shop is right around the corner.  Classes will be shopping December 3-5.  Keep an eye out for your student’s classroom schedule and money envelope to be coming home soon!

    We will also be doing a Georgetown Tee and Sweatshirt order at this time.  They make great Christmas gifts.  The order form is due by December 5th and the items will be delivered the week of December 15th, just in time for the holidays.  ORDER FORM:  holiday shirt order form

    We will need MANY volunteers for this event!  Jobs include shopping with the students and wrapping their gifts, which is ALWAYS so much fun, along with set up and tear down.  If you’re interested but don’t want to use volunteerspot (information below) please contact Nicole McIntosh at [email protected]

    We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

    Please sign up for 2014 Holiday Gift Shop – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

      1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:

      2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)

      3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

    Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

  • The winner of the last Jets Pizza night was……… Mrs. Stutz’s Kindergarten class!! Great Job! They were able to enjoy a pizza party last week!
  • The winner of the last Marco’s Pizza night was………….Mrs. Kuieck’s 2nd grade class!! Way to go!! Mrs Kuieck will schedule a day for them to enjoy a pizza party together!!
  • PTC MINUTES for November:  PTCNov2014Minutes
  • Remember to earn money for us at Target and Meijer!
  • Girls On The Run

girls on the run  All of the girls in grades 3-5 are invited to participate in the national program, GIRLS ON THE RUN. Girls on the Run uses running as a tool to  teach girls about physical, emotional, mental and social health. Information regarding registration and fees arrived home last week. To find out  more about Girls on the Run and registration please visit the GOTR site at www.GOTROAC.ORG New this year- ONLINE    REGISTRATION! Registration opens: November 1st, 2014 at 9am Registration closes: November 30th, 2014 at midnight.

November 19 Jamestown Elementary will be hosting an Open House for all of Hudsonville schools from 3:40pm-6:00pm.

Music News….

kids singing Mark the date on your calendar! Tuesday, December 2 is when you get to hear the kids sing their hearts out at the Christmas Program. It is at Fairhaven starting at 6:30 with K – 2nd grade and 7:45 for 3rd – 5th grade.  If you are interested in ordering a DVD of the program, you can fill out an order form and turn it into the office NO LATER THAN Friday, December 5.  DVD ORDER FORM:  Holiday DVD Form

Community News….

  • GIFTS OF APPRECIATION

Christmas giftsAre you wondering what gift to get your child’s teacher or bus driver for Christmas this year?  As we all know, Christmas is a great time to recognize those special people – teachers, coaches, counselors, bus drivers, and other staff members – who are a positive influence in your child’s life and school experience.  One way to show your appreciation is by making a donation in their name to the Hudsonville Education Foundation.  It’s a gift that keeps on giving!  Donation forms are available at your child’s school or at the following link.

 

  • turkeytrotDo you want that extra piece of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving day?  Come to Evergreen Ministries Thanksgiving day Gobble Hobble 5k and you will have no guilt over eating extra anything.  Evergreen Ministries is hosting a Thanksgiving day Gobble Hobble 5k race to raise funds to the high school summer mission trip.  Pre race fee is $25 and race day fee is $35.  Registration is happening now and packets can be picked up from 7-7:45 am on November 27th at EGM.  Race starts at8:00am.  All are welcome as is to the 10:00 Thanksgiving day service.  Contact  Rebecca Steigenga [email protected] for more info or go to egm.org to register.

  • Kids love the Grand Rapids Symphony!

    musicEach year the GR Symphony presents a variety of concerts geared just for kids and families.  With low prices and programming that is a feast for eyes and ears, there is something to excite everyone about great music played by our Grammy-Nominated orchestra!

     HOT OF THE PRESSES!  We are thrilled to announce that we have just added the amazing performers from Cirque de la Symphonie to our fall Family Series Concert on November 22.  These gifted acrobatic artists will be paired with student artwork to tell the story of Stravinsky’sFirebird!

     For more information on this and all of the kid-friendly programs that the GR Symphony offers, be sure to check out our 14-15 Symphony Kidsbrochure! Link to our On-line Symphony Kids brochure

     

  • santa paradeIt is that time of year again! Its the 21st Annual Hudsonville Holiday Parade on November 22 at 10am, presented by the City of Hudsonville & the Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce. Come celebrate this festive time close to home.  The parade route runs along 32nd Ave from Highland Drive to Central Blvd.  The parade route ends at the Hudsonville Fire station on Central Blvd., but the fun doesn’t end there.  Join us and your neighbors at the Fire Station for hot beverages, snacks, Santa and the Reindeer, and fun activities immediately following the parade. Any questions?  Contact Michelle Fare [email protected] or call 669-0200.

  •  Christmas Tree LightingPlease join RE/MAX Grand Valley in kicking off the Christmas Season at their Hudsonville Christmas Tree Lighting Event on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 4:30 – 7:30pm in Downtown Hudsonville – 3499 Kelly Street, between Keegstra’s Dollar Store, Gemmens Hardware and Family Fare Supermarket.The entire community is invited to come and enjoy all of the FREE activities and entertainment that will be available. This event will feature Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Hot Air Balloon Glow (weather permitting), Refreshments, Pictures with Santa (bring your own camera), a chance to personalize an ornament for the tree, and Mayor VanDoeselaar of Hudsonville to light the tree at 6:30pm. All while listening to a DJ play all of your favorite Christmas music.

    Please visit HudsonvilleTreeLighting.com for more information. Thank you to the Hudsonville DDA for their financial support and DeVries Landscaping for providing and installing the Christmas tree lighting.

  • Please mark your calendar for the following important date:

    On Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, from 6:00 – 7:00 PM, a Feeding America West Michigan Mobile Food Truck, will be at Hudsonville Congregational United Church of Christ to distribute free food to those in need.

    Location: 4950 32nd Ave. Hudsonville, 616 669-1295

    Co-sponsored by: Sunrise Ministry and Hudsonville Congregational United Church of Christ.

     

Community Ed News….

Babysitting, Boys Basketball, Gymnastics, Dance & More Camps, Home Alone, Home Alone/Babysitting Combo, Lego – Bricks4Kidz,Tae Kwon Do, Tennis Lessons, Wrestling, Young Rembrandts – Fall

2014 Fall/Winter Offerings Brochure

Upcoming Events….

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Remember School Shopping Rewards

Many local businesses offer school rewards (% of purchase goes back to Georgetown) to support our school programs.   We’d like to encourage you to remember to do this during your busy holiday shopping season.  Every penny we earn back supports our the many school and family initiatives we have in place here at Georgetown.

meijerMEIJER:  Create an rewards account.    You can connect this account to your Meijer credit card.  If you do not have a credit card, you will want to register for a Meijer 1 Card.  This will allow you to donate 1% of your purchase to our school.  The card will be associated with Georgetown based on the pre-assigned code.  Our code is:   402529  The card takes three weeks to process and is delivered to your home address.
TARGET:   To participate in the TARGET REWARDS program, you must have a TARGET DEBIT or CREDIT card.  If targetyou do have this card, please add our school to your account.  Each time you make a purchase, 1% will come back to our school.
Thank you for doing all you can to support our school!
Mrs. Reagan and the Parent Club
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PE CARES: FINAL DAY FRIDAY, NOV 21

pecaresDue to the snow day, PE CARES has been extended one day.  The final day to turn in PE CARES food donations is TOMORROW, Friday November 21.

The food will go to LOVE, INC. to support families in need this holiday season.

Thank you for your support of this all school community service project.

Mrs. Reagan, Mrs. Neinhuis and Mrs. VanKoevering

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Snow Day #2

snow dayRoses are red.

Violets are blue.

Yes, it’s true.

We have snow day #2.

Mrs. Reagan

 

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Earliest Snow Day EVER

snow dayWhat is this cruel joke that Mother Nature is playing on us?  A snow day a week before Thanksgiving?!

It’s true.  Due to  hazardous snow covered roads, schools are closed today.

And…it’s also true that temperatures of 46 degrees and rain is forecasted for the weekend.

Stay safe and warm today!  Mrs. Reagan

 

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Week 12: November 17-21, 2014

snowflakeThe 10+ inches on our playground have transformed our playground into a winter wonderland — and brings to front and center the holiday events that are quickly approaching.  And, the forecast for this week indicates there is more snow head our way!

As we prepare for the holiday season, here are some important dates to note:

  • Holiday Program:  December 2 @  FairHaven Church K-2 perform at 6:30 and Grades 3-5 perform at 7:45.  A separate blog post will be coming soon with details about the program.
  • Holiday Gift Shop:  December 3-5.  This will be held in the MEDIA CENTER.  If you would like to volunteer, please register through VOLUNTEER SPOT.   There are many spots available…so please volunteer time to help children select gifts for their family members.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Reagan

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Feeding America Food Truck

Feeding America Food Truck & Community Dinner Nov. 14
On Friday Nov 14, 2014 GUMchurch (Georgetown United Methodist 2766 Baldwin Street Jenison MI 49428) will host a Feeding America West Michigan Mobile Food Pantry and a free community dinner from 6pm to 8pm.
The food is fresh, free, and available to anyone who comes to get it!
For more info, visit www.GUMonline.org or call 616-669-0730
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A Chilly Week Ahead: Nov 10-17, 2014

We are coming off from a very busy week —- book fair (thank you JODY HUNT and amazing group of volunteers) and Parent/Teacher snow?Conferences.   The teachers put a tremendous amount of time into preparing for conferences — with the goal of sharing details about your child’s progress in all content areas and social/emotional growth.  Thank you for attending and supporting your child.

If you haven’t looked ahead to the forecast,  be prepared.  It’s going to be COLD — ushered in by those two horrible words, POLAR VORTEX.

Please label the inside of your child’s winter clothes with your last name to help us keep our lost and found more FOUND than lost.  It’s also not a bad idea to take a photo of your kids winter clothing so you can help them relocate the items if they land in lost and found—or at least job their memory about what they lost!

Have a great week…stay warm!

Mrs. Reagan

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Blog Bits 11/7/2014

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News from the office….

 Happy November!! Halloween is done and Christmas music is on the radio! Talk about scary!! The Halloween parties went well and the kids had a great time! Thank you again to all the parents that were here to help out! The first book fair also was a huge success! Thanks to Jody Hunt for all the time she put in to organizing it and also to the parents that stepped up to the plate to make the event possible. Parent teacher conferences also went well and the meal the parents provided for this was GREATLY appreciated!! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

News from Food Service….

SNOW DAY PROCEDURE FOR HOT LUNCH ~ With snow just around the corner, the food service program would like to remind parents and students about what will happen if school is closed due to weather. If the district is closed, the menu that was supposed to be served on the snow day will be moved to the next school day.  An example: if school is canceled on Tuesdaydue to weather, Tuesday’s menu will be served on Wednesday and the menu that was scheduled for Wednesday will be completely canceled.  Because of our computer lunch account system, there will be no need to issue credits and your student will still be able to order a lunch if they need one. The only exception to this policy is if school is canceled on Friday. In this case, Friday’smenu will be completely canceled and we will continue with the regular menuon Monday.  Information on what menu will be served on the day you return will be available on Twitter or the foodservice web page at www.jenhudfood.org. Please feel free to contact the food service department at 457-2400 if you have any questions or are unsure of what the menu will be.  Stacey L. Wykoski, Food Service Director

 News from PTC….

  • Come to the next PTC meeting on November 13 in the library and hear about the great things going on and how you can get involved!!
  • The winner of the Box Tops competition is……… Mr. Bowen’s class! The whole school collected a total of 13,593 box tops so we made $1,359.30 for the school!! Way to go!!
  •  The next Marco’s Pizza night is November 19. Mark it down on the calendar and help support Georgetown!
  • If you still want to do any book fair shopping, you can shop online at scholastic.com/fair until Nov. 15. All of the proceeds from the online sales will still benefit Georgetown elementary!
  • Girls on the Run….

    All of the girls in grades 3-5 are invited to participate in the national program, GIRLS ON THE RUN. Girls on the Run uses running as a tool to teach girls about physical, emotional, mental and social health. Information regarding registration and fees arrived home last week. To find out more about Girls on the Run and registration please visit the GOTR site at www.GOTROAC.ORG

    New this year- ONLINE REGISTRATION!  Registration opens: November 1st, 2014 at 9am , Registration closes: November 30th, 2014 at midnight

     November 19 Jamestown Elementary will be hosting an Open House for all of Hudsonville schools from 3:40pm-6:00pm.

     

News from Music….

Mark the date on your calendar! Tuesday, December 2 is when you get to hear the kids sing their hearts out at the Christmas Program. It is at Fairhaven starting at 6:30 with K – 2nd grade and 7:45 for 3rd – 5th grade.

News from PE….

PE Food DriveThe Annual PE CARES food drive will begin November. 5 We are asking for donations of canned or non-perishable food items between Nov. 5 and Nov. 20. We will collect these items and give them to a local ministry for distribution in the Hudsonville area. The class that brings in the most items will receive a PE CARES t-shirt and a special bowling field trip with their physical education teacher. Please bring your donations to your physical education class beginning November 5 through November 20. Thank you for your help and support in this community service project, and for taking this opportunity to teach our kids compassion and love for others!!

DARE TO CARE!

Community News….

  • We have a wonderful organization in our area that is able and willing to help families in need during the Holiday season. The organization is Love In the Name of Christ.  I am attaching all of the information you will need to sign up to participate in the assistance.  PLEASE make note that there are DEADLINES to sign up.  .  For CHRISTMAS assistance it is FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14.  If you are aware of a family that could use assistance, please feel free to pass on the attached forms. The applications are also available at the Love INC office (Monday through Friday 9 am – 4 pm), 3300 Van Buren, Hudsonville, or on our website: loveinthenameofchrist.org.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.  Karla Veldink, Project Coordinator, [email protected]  or at 616-662-3300 X130.     2014 Christmas Application

 

  • Do you want that extra piece of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving day?  Come to Evergreen Ministries Thanksgiving day Gobble Hobble 5k and you will have no guilt over eating extra anything.  Evergreen Ministries is hosting a Thanksgiving day Gobble Hobble 5k race to raise funds to the high school summer mission trip.  Pre race fee is $25 and race day fee is $35.  Registration is happening now and packets can be picked up from 7-7:45 am on November 27th at EGM.  Race starts at 8:00am.  All are welcome as is to the 10:00 Thanksgiving day service.  Contact  Rebecca Steigenga [email protected] for more info or go to egm.org to register.

 

  • Kids love the Grand Rapids Symphony!

    Each year the GR Symphony presents a variety of concerts geared just for kids and families.  With low prices and programming that is a feast for eyes and ears, there is something to excite everyone about great music played by our Grammy-Nominated orchestra!

     HOT OF THE PRESSES!  We are thrilled to announce that we have just added the amazing performers from Cirque de la Symphonie to our fall Family Series Concert on November 22.  These gifted acrobatic artists will be paired with student artwork to tell the story of Stravinsky’sFirebird!

     For more information on this and all of the kid-friendly programs that the GR Symphony offers, be sure to check out our 14-15 Symphony Kids brochure!

    Link to our On-line Symphony Kids brochure

  • It is that time of year again! Its the 21st Annual Hudsonville Holiday Parade on November 22 at 10am, presented by the City of Hudsonville & the Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce.

    Come celebrate this festive time close to home.  The parade route runs along 32nd Ave from Highland Drive to Central Blvd.  The parade route ends at the Hudsonville Fire station on Central Blvd., but the fun doesn’t end there.  Join us and your neighbors at the Fire Station for hot beverages, snacks, Santa and the Reindeer, and fun activities immediately following the parade.

     Any questions?  Contact Michelle Fare [email protected] or call 669-0200 

Community Ed Offerings….

We still have openings in the latest Lego class at your child’s school.  Kids across the district are loving these classes!

Construction Craze

Join us for fun as we build with LEGO bricks, motors, and more.  Everything construction related like power drills, dump trucks, and more.  Kids will use their imaginations as they learn about the importance tools play in the area of construction while building working models.

Georgetown Elementary – 11/11 – 12/2 – Tuesdays

South Elementary 11/10 – 12/1 – Mondays

Grades: 1- 5

Cost: $52 for 4 week class

Time: 3:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

These are some other classes being offered……Babysitting, Boys Basketball, Gymnastics, Dance & More Camps, Home Alone, Home Alone/Babysitting Combo, Lego – Bricks4Kidz,Tae Kwon Do, Tennis Lessons, Wrestling, Young Rembrandts – Fall

2014 Fall/Winter Offerings Brochure

Upcoming Events

PE Cares  Nov. 10 – 20

PTC Meeting Thur Nov. 13 6:30-7:30

Marcos Pizza Night Wed Nov. 19

Jump with Jill Assembly Tues Nov. 25

Thanksgiving Break Nov. 26 – 30

Holiday Program Tues Dec. 2

Holiday Gift Shop Dec. 3 – 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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