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Week 36: May 22-26, 2017

Just chillin’ before the next camp activity

As I write this blog post, the 5th graders, their chaperones and the 5th grade teachers are settling in at home after a wonderful time at Camp Henry.  This experience takes months of planning — including fund-raising, activity planning, chaperone recruiting, and the careful critical task of building camp cabin and team groups.  Our PTC also makes this event possible (reminder…all parents who donate to our WALKATHON are the PTC) with financial support.  On Friday, 5th graders will celebrate their 6+ years at Georgetown with a special outing!

I have to tell you, as I watched them work through their team building activities, I pictured them as kindergarteners, first graders, second graders…. and amazed by how much they have grown into their personalities and individual spirits.  I am going to miss them SO MUCH!

Here’s to our last full week of May.  Hoping for sunshine on Monday when our adorable first graders will be exploring John Ball Zoo!

Mrs. Reagan

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Week 35: May 15-19, 2017

Our 35th Week of school will be busy!  Our fourth graders finish up the M-STEP test ––  which means Georgetown will have completed 2017 state testing of our 3rd-5th graders.

Our amazing 5th graders head off to Camp Henry on Thursday for two fun packed days of team building activities.   We are all very excited for them to have this one of a kind final elementary experience.

Wishing you the very best of a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend!  To all the moms….I hope you gets many hugs, smiles, love and TLC!

Mrs. Reagan

*A snapshot of the week is below.  I have also provided a link to the March PTC minutes:  PTC Minutes March

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Blog Bits 5/12/2017

Blog Bits 5/12/2017

News From the Office…

One more week of M-Step testing! 5th grade is done and 3rd grade is done! 4th grade has one week down and one week to go!! The kids are doing great with the testing and we are very proud of them!  The countdown to summer is down to 19 more SCHOOL DAYS! Just a reminder that we will be off on May 29 for Memorial Day.  Our last day of school is on June 9 and we will be dismissing the kids at 12:15!

The school calendar for next year has come out. You should have gotten an email about it, but if you haven’t seen it, it is attached here.  17-18-Student.pdf or click here for link. As you can see, we are starting earlier than normal in the fall.

Hope everyone has a chance to get outside and enjoy the weekend!

Medication Pick Up…

Just an end of the year reminder about medication. If your child has meds at school, they must be picked up by the last day of school. Anything left after the last day will be disposed of.

News From the Library…

1.  It is that time of year again when we are going to celebrate all of our Georgetown Millionaires!!  If you are one of those students that is tracking and counting your words to become a Million Word Reader,  it is time to turn in your sheets of books and word totals!  Remember, if you have taken any Reading Counts quizzes the computer keeps track of those words so no need to write those down.  Turn in your Word Count sheets by Wednesday, May 24 to Mrs. VandenBerg in the Library! There are links on the Blog that can help you in counting your words under Reading Counts.

2.  The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is a great way to encourage Summer reading and at the same time your child can earn a FREE book.  For more information go to BN.COM/summerreading online.  Happy Reading!!

PTC News…

May 18 – Marco’s Pizza Night, It’s our last pizza night for the year! Thank you for all of your support!

5th Grade News…

May 15 – Band and Orchestra Parent Information Meeting: Baldwin Middle School at 7:00

May 16 – Middle School Scheduling Sheets Are Due

May 18 and 19 – Fifth Grade Camp

June 6 – Fourth and Fifth Grade Field Day with June 7 as a make up day if there is rain

Community News…

•Attention, Bridge Card holders: Double Up Food Bucks will be back at your area’s farmers’ markets starting in June. When you use your Bridge Card at a participating farmers’ market, the Double Up Food Bucks program will match you dollar for dollar with bonus funds – up to $20 – that you can use in the market to buy more fresh, Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables. It’s that simple – spend up to $20 on your Bridge Card at the market, and you’ll get up to $20 more, free, to spend on healthy, local foods. Most farmers’ markets and some on-farm produce stands in Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon Counties are participating. Visit www.doubleupfoodbucks.org or call toll-free 1-866-586-2796 for market locations and more information, or just visit your favorite market starting in June!

•Meet Up and Eat Up
Meet Up and Eat Up is a federally funded program that provides FREE meals and activities to children of all ages. This summer’s program will take place at the Presidential Estates Club House (5075 Presidential Lane, Hudsonville), MondayFriday, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, from June 19 – August 18. The food portion of this program is provided by Jenison/Hudsonville School Food Service through the National School Lunch Program. Various activities will be provided by local volunteers. A meeting will be held on May 18 at 5:00 p.m. just before the food truck. This will be a time for parents to meet the volunteers and learn more about the program and how they can get involved. Feel free to contact Shana DeWent at shana@sunrisemin.org if you have any questions. This institution (USDA) is an equal opportunity provider.
•Saturday, June 10 – Kids Day 2017!
Kids! Moms!, Dads! – get your summer off to a great start with an affordable, family-friendly event. Come to the 8th annual Kids Day at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds between 10 am and 2 pm (note time change). Enjoy free stage shows,  $.25 games, door prizes, affordable kid-friendly food, and much more. We’ll be there come rain or shine. Kids Day is organized by Jehovah Jireh Ministries, and is supported by several local businesses, churches, and organizations. 
•Saturday Slip N Slide 5K, June 17, 2017, 8:00am
Get out this spring and start running or walking with your family.  Then, register to participate in the 5th annual Saturday Slip N Slide 5K!  This family-friendly event will be a highlight of your summer.  Register by June 1 to receive a Dri-fit race shirt.  More information at www.saturdayslipnslide.com.

•Summer Arts Camp at Evergreen Ministries

Theme: Under Construction
Elementary Arts Camp: July 31-August 39 am-1 pm
Middle School Arts Camp: July 30-August 26 pm – 9 pm
Registration opens on June 1 and is lottery based if the camps get full.  Registration will be at egm.org (follow the links on the home page).
Arts Camp Share night is August 3 at 6:30 pm
EverGreen Ministries
4512 – 48th Ave
Hudsonville

•AYSO Soccer Registration for Fall Season

We’re happy to announce that registration is now open for this fall. Please visit www.ayso676.org to begin the registration and volunteer process.  The early-bird discount is available until Memorial Day so act fast!

If you have questions about the new website, hit the “support” button in the bottom-left corner of the web page for immediate assistance.  They have videos and instructions that are very helpful.

Every year, we keep building on the success of the last.  Over 1,600 children enjoy this program because our entire community recognizes that this is a labor of love.  I encourage all of you to consider joining this winning team in some capacity.

If you have registration questions, email: registrar@ayso676.com

Arenda Van Klompenberg 

AYSO 676 Registrar

AYSO – The World’s Biggest Soccer Club

•Hudsonville Robotics Open House

Vex Robotics is a fun and innovative program where teams build robots that compete on the field. If your student is interested in STEM then join us at our open house on Thu, May 25 at the Freshman Campus cafeteria from 7 – 8 pm. We will be sharing information about the HS/MS VexEDR program and the newly expanded VexIQ elementary school program (gr: 4-6), introducing the new game and we will have our world tournament robots on display.   Visit HudsonvilleRobotics.com for more information.

Community Ed…

The summer brochure came out last week. There are many activities for your kids to get involved in over the summer!! Click here to view the brochure.

You can also register online!!

Please feel free to call if you have any questions.

Rebecca Fabiano
Hudsonville Community Education 669-1740, ext #3
hudsonvillepublicschools.org

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Early Release 5/12/2017

Early Release this week Friday! May 12,2017

We will be dismissing at 12:15 on May 12. If your child is a car rider, please be at school between 12:10 and 12:15 for pick up.  Food Service will be offering a sack lunch on early release days. Children can order a lunch with their teacher in the morning and will have them to take to their destination.  The cost will be $2.25.  Free and reduced benefits will also apply.

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Final WORD of the WEEK: TRACE

Throughout this school year, we focused building-wide on learning 29 POWERFUL and IMPORTANT VOCABULARY WORDS.   These words are frequently used verbs that are key to understanding reading, math, science and social studies concepts.

Next year, these words are divided up per grade level, allowing for more connections across the content areas.

Our final word for this year is TRACE.

  • DEFINITION: Follow the course of development of; find or discover by investigation
  • SYNONYMS:  Outline, copy, sketch, find, track, follow
  • TRACE JINGLE:  “Trace the steps from the start.  Follow it, outline it, part by part.”
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Dear Briella…

Briella: First Place GVSU Statistics Winner

Dear Briella,

I am writing to congratulate you for your FIRST PLACE AWARD in the GVSU Gr 4-6 Statistic Contest.  Several students from all over the state

“Does your gender or learning environment affect what you enjoy most in school?”

participated in this competition, including other students from Georgetown Elementary.

I believe it is important for our school community to recognize the work you have done to earn this statistics award.  This is a challenge you took on that required thinking, writing, problem solving outside of the school day.  Your  question, “Does your gender or learning environment affect what you enjoy most in school?”,  required you to reach out to two elementary schools to seek permission for a survey to be administered to students.  Once you received permission, you developed and executed a survey, compiled the results and published the statistical data in the form of a  poster (pictured above).

We, your Georgetown family, are honored to have you represent us in the greater community and we are proud of your accomplishment.  I hope that your work serves as an inspiration to future Georgetown learners to explore the world of statistics…asking questions, collecting and analyzing data and using this to make informed decisions/recommendations.

Congratulations, Briella!

Mrs. Reagan and Georgetown Staff & Students

 

 

 

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Week 34: May 8-12, 2017

WOW…I have no idea where in the world this year has gone.  I cannot believe we have just five weeks remaining!

It’s going to be a busy 24.5 days.  We have much to do to wrap up the year academically.  This is called the WIND UP to WIND DOWN time of the year.

Please stay up to date on events by following this blog and your child’s class blog.    A snapshot of some important events are below.  Our fourth grade is the final grade to take the M-STEP which is this week (3 days) and next week (2 days).  I am extremely proud of the work our students put forth for this test.  Our 3rd and 5th graders were focused and determined to do their very best.  I am so proud of them!

Enjoy the sunshine this weekend!

Mrs. Reagan

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Week 33: May 1-5, 2017

If you have driven by Georgetown recently, I am sure you’ve noticed our dandelion garden growing EVERYWHERE.  These are the most prized flower by those 8 and younger.  Shown above, Mrs. Fabbro holding a bouquet that she received during K/1 Lunch Recess and Dayne (with the dandelion stained yellow nose) who picked several for her and others.

We are happy to welcome the first week of May!  This week, our Parent Club appreciates the teachers and all staff for all they for their students.  Georgetown Elementary is a special and unique place — made up of professionals who are always searching for ways to meet every child’s needs (educational, social, emotional).  And this commitment to support every child is part of every staff members approach.  Daily, I appreciate the commitment to children at Georgetown.  I am amazed and humbled by work being done to support your children.

Grade 5

  • On Tuesday, 5th grade parents are encouraged to attend the CAMP HENRY informational meeting at 6:30 pm in the Georgetown MPR.
  • Music Program Informational night for parents is MAY 15 @ 7pm at BMS.

Grade 3

  • Our third graders will take the ELA/Math M-STEP State Test on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week.
  • They will do WONDERFULLY because they are a VERY SMART group of students!

All other events highlighted below.  Here’s to a great first week of May!

Mrs. Reagan

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Blog Bits 4/28/2017

Blog Bits 4/28/2017

News from the Office…

It is so nice to see the flowers popping up and smell spring in the air!! We have been busy taking M STEP and the kids are doing great! The fifth graders are done and third and fourth have it coming up. You can see the schedule below. Keep up the hard work! We love it when the weather cooperates and they can take a much needed break outside!

  • Grade 3: May 2, 3, 4, 5 (9am-12 pm)
  • Grade 4: May 9,10, 11, 16, 17  (9am-12pm)

The school calendar for next year has come out. You should have gotten an email about it, but if you haven’t seen it, it is attached here.  17-18-Student.pdf or click here for link.

We are starting the countdown until the end of this year! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone! 29 More SCHOOL Days until we are done on June 9. June 9 we will be released at 12:15 PM.

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Next Early Release…

We have our next early release Friday on May 12.

We will be dismissing at 12:15 on Friday, May 12! If your child is a car rider, please be at school between 12:10 and 12:15 for pick up.  Food Service will be offering a sack lunch on early release days. Children can order a lunch with their teacher in the morning and will have them to take to their destination.  The cost will be $2.25.  Free and reduced benefits will also apply.

PTC News…

May 2 and 3 – Jet’s Pizza Nights!

May 5 – Popcorn Friday

May 11 – Last PTC Meeting at 6:30 in the Library, they are looking to get some volunteers for next year so if you are interested, please come to the meeting!

5th Grade News…

May 1 – Instrument Fittings in the Afternoon

May 2 – Camp Parent Meeting @ 6:30

May 15 – Band and Orchestra Parent Information Meeting: Baldwin Middle School at 7:00

May 16 – Middle School Scheduling Sheets Are Due

May 18 and 19 – Fifth Grade Camp

June 6 – Fourth and Fifth Grade Field Day with June 7 as a make up day if there is rain

Please Vote…

PLEASE VOTE TUESDAY, MAY 2

ANNUAL OPERATING MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL

On May 2, voters will be asked whether to renew Hudsonville Public School’s non-homestead millage.  This is an annual renewal voters have approved for the past 22 years and would generate approximately $4.2 million dollars of operating revenue for our school district.

It is important to note this is NOT a tax on primary residences and is NOT a new tax.  It is a proposal to continue the existing 18 mill assessment on only non-homestead properties such as industrial and commercial property and second homes.  State law requires school districts levy this tax or lose a significant portion of their state per-pupil foundation allowance funding, which would potentially require cuts to student programs.

For more information, including ballot language, please click here.

Community News…

•Attention, Bridge Card holders: Double Up Food Bucks will be back at your area’s farmers’ markets starting in June. When you use your Bridge Card at a participating farmers’ market, the Double Up Food Bucks program will match you dollar for dollar with bonus funds – up to $20 – that you can use in the market to buy more fresh, Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables. It’s that simple – spend up to $20 on your Bridge Card at the market, and you’ll get up to $20 more, free, to spend on healthy, local foods. Most farmers’ markets and some on-farm produce stands in Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon Counties are participating. Visit www.doubleupfoodbucks.org or call toll-free 1-866-586-2796 for market locations and more information, or just visit your favorite market starting in June!

•Michigan Ballet Academy is presenting a world premiere production of Coppelia, a full-length ballet with original choreography by internationally renowned Artistic Director Nikoloz Makhateli.  Coppelia is a romantic comedy ballet about love and mistaken identity. It is a charming light-hearted romp, perfect for all ages, with a sparkling musical score by Delibes.  

Coppelia is one of the most well-loved comic ballets, with something for everyone:  mischief, romance, dancing mechanical dolls, and a large wedding celebration at the end which ends happily ever after.  

Coppelia is being performed on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM, and Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 2:30 PM at the beautiful new 1200 seat Jenison Center For The Arts, 8375 20th Avenue, Jenison, MI 49428.  Hudsonville Public School students receive a special discounted ticket price of $10.00.  Adults are $18.00.  Tickets can be purchased at:  www.michiganballet.org.

On Sunday, May 7 at 1:00 P.M, there will be a Coppelia Tea Party before the 2:30 PM performance.  Children are encouraged to bring their favorite doll to the party.  The cost of the Tea Party is $18.00. The Tea Party includes a delicious lunch, special ballet-themed desserts, lemonade/tea, a beautiful craft activity, story-telling which reveals the humorous plot of Coppelia, photographs with the dancers in costume, a unique party favor for the children, and wonderful door prizes.

•MOBILE FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Saturday, April 29, 2017
10:00 am to Noon
Hager Park Church is partnering with Feeding America West Michigan to provide a Mobile Food 
Distribution. The food distribution will take place at Hager Park Church’s parking lot, located at 
2635 Bauer Road in Jenison. Sign-in is required, although the food is FREE to anyone that 
needs it. There will be a large assortment of food, consisting of fresh seasonal produce and other 
high-quality grocery items.
•Meet Up and Eat Up
Meet Up and Eat Up is a federally funded program that provides FREE meals and activities to children of all ages. This summer’s program will take place at the Presidential Estates Club House (5075 Presidential Lane, Hudsonville), MondayFriday, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, from June 19 – August 18. The food portion of this program is provided by Jenison/Hudsonville School Food Service through the National School Lunch Program. Various activities will be provided by local volunteers. A meeting will be held on May 18 at 5:00 p.m. just before the food truck. This will be a time for parents to meet the volunteers and learn more about the program and how they can get involved. Feel free to contact Shana DeWent at shana@sunrisemin.org if you have any questions. This institution (USDA) is an equal opportunity provider.

Community Ed…

The summer brochure came out last week. There are many activities for your kids to get involved in over the summer!! Click here to view the brochure.

You can also register online!!

Please feel free to call if you have any questions.

Rebecca Fabiano
Hudsonville Community Education 669-1740, ext #3
hudsonvillepublicschools.org

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