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Ski and Snowboard Club

Hudsonville is opening our Ski and Snowboard Club to elementary schools again this year!  The cards are for Bittersweet Ski Area in Otsego.  This is a great family opportunity for an inexpensive price.  Stop by the office today to get a packet.



Club Card – $16

Lift Ticket – $16

Ski or snowboard rental – $16

Helmet rental – $10


The card is valid after 3pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.  Weekdays (non-holidays), the cards are valid from 10am – 10pm.

Please contact Karman VanderStel with any questions at

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Holiday Program Homework

For the first time ever, we are going to have audience participation for our final song this year!  The students are very excited to share this experience with you, however, in order to be ready to join in on the fun, we are asking families to download this free jingle bell playing app PRIOR to the holiday program on their phones if you will be attending the 3rd-5th grade performance.  THANKS!!

iJingle Bells (John Slater) is available on iPhone

Christmas Jingle Bells (Bytza Entertainmet) is available for Android

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Holiday Program DVD Order Form

If you would like to order a DVD of the Holiday Performance, you can download this form and turn it into the school office by Friday, December 16 in an envelope labeled DVD Order.


•Please make checks payable the WCET TV, the cost is $15

•If you have any questions or you miss the deadline, you can call WCET directly to order a DVD. Their phone number is 669-3332


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Word of the Week: SUPPORT


Our word of the week, SUPPORT, is a characteristic that we value greatly at Georgetown.  The staff works daily to hold up, help and guide our students (your children) as learners and individuals who will grow into adults who we hope value the characteristic of support.

The Common Definition: to hold up, prove, or help

The link to the song to help remember this common definition:   support

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Week 14: Dec 5-9, 2016

We are busy, busy, busy…learning our math facts, math concepts, literacy skills, upstanderreading, writing, spelling, social studies, and science.  In addition, we are holding many discussions about what it means to be an UPSTANDER at Georgetown.  Do we know how to work together to stand up for those who are being treated poorly — and how important it is to stand up as a team against those who use hurtful words toward others on the playground, bus, lunchroom, classroom, hallway and even away of school.

We are highlighting the characteristics of an UPSTANDER in grades K-5 and looking for ways to honor those who bravely stand together to help others.  If you want to know more about this, please read this blog post and watch the lessons we teach on this topic.

Take a peak at the week ahead to see all the big school events that will be taking place.  Remember, our HOLIDAY MUSIC PROGRAM is DECEMBER 13.  Details on this post.

Holiday Shopping is this week for all students to take advantage of!  If you want to volunteer, visit this post.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Reagan


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Blog Bits 12/2/2016


Blog Bits 12/2/2016

News From the Office…

We hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving with family and friends! It was a very nice break and now the countdown to Christmas begins! 13 more school days until Christmas break begins! Our Holiday break begins on Thursday, Dec. 22 and we come back to school on Tuesday, Jan. 3. I can’t believe we are already there!

We hear the kids singing and practicing for the Holiday Program and they are sounding wonderful! They are excited to sing for you on the 13th!

PTC News…

Holiday Shop – Dec. 5 – Dec. 9  if you have any questions please contact Audrey Straub or Erin Fredricks at

Jet’s Pizza Nights – Dec 6 and 7

Popcorn Friday – Dec. 9

Music News…music

Holiday Program is coming up, Tuesday December 13 at Fair Haven Church, 2900 Baldwin Street Hudsonville

K – 2nd grade is from 6:30 – 7:00

3rd – 5th grade is from 7:45 – 8:15
Art News…
screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-11-01-55-amFrom Mrs. Brouwer….
All the beautiful art that we’ve been creating is safely stowed away in the art room.  We will carefully pack up the art next April and will send it home with your child.  In the meantime, please check out the student art posted in our ARTSONIA on-line art gallery at!  There are over 13,000 pieces of student art from our school on display, with new art being added every day.  Thinking about Christmas gifts?  Your child’s art can be printed on notecards, ornaments, and many other gift items from Artsonia’s web site.  Bonus – a portion of your purchase goes right back to Georgetown’s art department to help us buy supplies for more art projects!  You will need your child’s Artsonia Key Code to access their photo gallery – email me at and I will be happy to look it up for you.

5th Grade News…

The annual 5th grade Candy Cane sale is officially here!

screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-11-03-48-amThe annual candy cane sale has returned. Our 5th-grade classes will sell candy canes to help raise money for their end of year activities.
This year the sale runs from Monday, December 5 through Friday, December 16.    
The cost for each candy cane is $1.00 and they will be delivered the same day they are ordered.
Thank you for your support and Happy Holidays!
Gifts of Appreciation…
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 will continue to give. When a donation is made to the Foundation, the name of the honoree will be posted in each building and notification of your donation will be sent to them.The Hudsonville Education Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that was founded to enrich and enhance education in Hudsonville Public Schools by funding projects and programs that will directly impact Hudsonville students. The HEF is managed by The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area.Your donation will not only honor a staff member but will help fund future grants that will directly impact Hudsonville students. See the attached flyer here for the form to be filled out with your donation. See this flyer to print out the form to give your gift. gifts-of-appr-dec-2016

HPS Early Childhood Programs – Parent Information/Registration Night…

Information/Registration Night for the 2017/2018 School Year and 2017 Summer Programs.early-childhood

Tuesday, January 24  2017 at the Early Childhood Center :5535 School Ave. 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Programs include: 3 and 4 your old Preschool, Young Fives, Before/After school care, and Summer care.

*This is a chance to gather information about the programs, meet staff, and visit the preschool classrooms. There is no formal presentation; feel free to come anytime between 6:00 and 8:00. Children are welcome and activities will be provided.

Registration forms accepted that evening with a $40.00 registration fee per child. Enrollment fills quickly.

For more information, please call the Early Childhood office at 616-797-0842, ext. 1

Snow Day Procedure for Hot Lunch…

screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-11-15-50-amSNOW 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’s menu will be completely canceled and we will continue with the regular menu on Monday.  Information on what menu will be served on the day you return will be available on Twitter or the foodservice web page at 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. Thank you! ~ Stacey L. Wykoski, Food Service Director

Stacey L. Wykoski  SNS, CFO
Food Service Director
Jenison/Hudsonville School Food Service
(616) 667-3352

Community News…

Presented by Michigan Ballet Academy and Artistic Director, Nikoloz Makhatelinutcracker
Friday, December 2 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 3 at 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 4 at 2:30 pm
Special Character Tea, Sunday at 1:00 pm
At the Jenison Fine Arts Center
Purchase Tickets at
2 & under Free | 2-12 $12 | 13 and up $18
Character Tea $10/$15
Hudsonville School Students purchase Student Tickets for only $10 each ~ Use code HPS10

Community Ed…

•We have many great offerings for your kids this fall and winter!  I have also attached a pdf in case you have trouble viewing the document online.

Girls Middle School Lacrosse Clinic • Boys Basketball • Learn to Ice Skate • Intro to Hockey • Learn to Inline Skate • Jr. Eagles Basketball • Wrestling Club • Lego Engineering • Gymnastics • Indoor Soccer • Tae Kwon Do • Babysitting Class • Home Alone Class  More to come…

Please feel free to call if you have any questions.

Register online!

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

Community Ed. Fall and Winter 2016

Stay Connected…


Sign up to receive texts from HPS
  • 1. Confirm that your cell phone  is on file at your school
  • 2. Text “YES” to 68453 from each phone or device from which they wish to receive texts.

Upcoming Events


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A Couple Reminders


Just a quick reminder that the Hudsonville apparel orders are due by Friday Dec. 2. If you planned to order anything please get it in by tomorrow. If you need a new paper go to this link to print out a new one. If you have any questions, please contact Audrey Straub at or 616-662-5172.  You can make checks out to Georgetown Parent Club. Thank you!


Also, don’t forget that the Holiday Shop is coming up next week!! If your child is going to participate, have them bring in their envelope that was on the flyer that came home. The teachers should have their classes shopping time on their blog. Again if you send a check in please make it out to Georgetown Parent Club, not Penguin Patch. This is a very fun event and the kids love it!! Again, if you have any questions please contact Audrey Straub at or 616-662-5172 or Erin Fredricks at Thanks!

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Holiday Program Details


On Tuesday, December 13, 2016, our students will be showcasing their musical talents for you during a special Holiday Program organized by our music teacher, Mrs. Bretz.  Details of the event can be found on the music blog and below.

Where is the performance?  FAIR HAVEN 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.

6:30 – 7:00   K-2nd   (Students report at 6:15)
7:45 – 8:15   3rd-5th   
(Students report at 7:30)
Students need to report to their assigned classroom 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE PROGRAM.

It is very important not to be late so teachers have enough time to line students up in their riser orders, pass out props and make sure everyone who has a special part is accounted for. Please do not send your child to the classroom unsupervised or prior to their scheduled time.  Take your child’s coat with you to the performance.  All children will be picked up in the performance area – not the rooms that they were dropped off in.

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.
Below are the room assignments by grade:

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. There will be 45 minutes between the two programs for K-2nd grade students to leave and upper elementary students to arrive for the next program.

What order are the grades singing?
The grades are singing in order of age: Kindergarten perform first, then 1st/2nd grade, then 3rd grade and finally 4th/5th grade.

Can we save seats prior to the program?
No. The only reserved seats will be for the directors, videographers, and teachers.
Doors will open at 5:30 and seating is first come first served.
PLEASE be respectful and courteous to other families. Everyone wants a good seat and we will do our best to fit everyone into the auditorium.  Please try to keep young children on your laps and not to take up unnecessary seats in order to leave more space for others.

Is food or drink allowed in the church?
No food or drink is allowed in the church. This is strictly enforced.
We are so gracious to Fair Haven for allowing us to rent their facility and we need to abide by their rules.

Do the students need to wear anything special?
No. Most students love to dress up and will wear special Christmas dresses or “Sunday best”, but there is no requirement. The exception to this is if your child has a special part. Some parts require special costumes. Many costumes are provided, but some may have to be brought from home. If your child has a special part, they should have brought home a “congratulations” letter that would say if they need to wear or bring anything special. Please note that if your child has a special part that requires a costume, they will NOT have time to change in between songs and will need to wear their costume for the entire performance.

How do students get special parts?
For most parts, students audition during the school day. Sometimes if I have simple parts I randomly choose students or choose random class numbers. I also keep track of every student who has ever had a Christmas program part from Kindergarten through 5th grade. Whenever possible, I try to give parts to students who have not ever had parts or who have not had parts in the past couple years. Typically, I will have about 50-100 students audition for one part! I narrow the students down to about 20 and put those names in a bowl and draw a lucky winner. Although I would love everyone to have a part, having almost 600 students and only a handful of parts each year is very difficult. I discuss this with the students and they realize everyone cannot have a solo part, but that EVERY single person is important to the success of the program. Most songs have special props or motions that involve everyone as well.

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Early Release Friday 12/2/2016

early-release-fridayWe will be dismissing at 12:15 on Friday 12/2/16.   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 this school year. 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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Calling all volunteers!


The parents in charge of the Holiday Shop are only about half way filled up for workers. This is another huge event put on by the PARENT CLUB and takes many volunteers. If you have time, please consider signing up for a spot to come and help. There are openings on Dec 5, 6, and 7. Thanks for your consideration! Go to this link  to get to the sign up page.

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