Georgetown Elementary School

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Georgetown Elementary School

Expanded Permanent Art Collection

Artist: Cotey; Inspired by Georgia O'Keefe

Artist: Cotey; Inspired by Georgia O’Keefe

Our floors are shined up and teachers have been busy getting their classrooms ready for a new school year.  We have also added nine NEW pieces of student artwork to our permanent collection!  Our wonderful Mr. Rob has installed the pieces throughout our building – take a few minutes when you are visiting Georgetown and see if you can locate them!

Hint:  One of the largest pieces we’ve ever had framed, by Cotey S., is hanging in the cafeteria – you will be amazed at Cotey’s skill in creating a work of art in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe.  (See more about the Georgia Project here.)

To view the pieces of work that have hung, visit our ART BLOG.

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Smart 911 Network

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The community of Hudsonville is a part of the Smart911 network, a service that allows families to create a free Safety Profile including any information they want 9-1-1 to have in the event of an emergency, such as addresses, photos of children or pets, medical history and emergency contacts. 

It is relatively simple to create a profile.  If a parent dials 9-1-1…

  •  to report their child as missing, the family’s Safety Profile can immediately provide 9-1-1 with a photo & description of the child
  • to report their child has been in an accident, the family’s Safety Profile can include the parents contact information
  • to report their child is having medical emergency, the family’s Safety Profile can provide 9-1-1 with the child’s health information & details on treatment

Ottawa County encourages families to create their own Safety Profiles at www.Smart911.com.

Below are two brochures that explain more about this new program.

911 elementary

911 secondary

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August PTC Minutes

Our first meeting of 2014 was on August 21.  The meeting minutes can be read here: GES PTC Minutes 8.21

We would love to have you join our PTC by supporting an event sometime this school year.  Parent support  for the activities we offer for students and families during the year helps to make our school community stronger.   Complete this survey:  PTC SURVEY 2014

Our first school wide event is the WALK•A•THON on September 25th.  This is our ONLY fundraiser for the year and the money raised supports the amazing work we do throughout the year to offer events for families, support children as learners in school and much more.  Please mark your calendars for this event if you would like to attend to cheer on your walkers and pass out water to the kids as they walk laps on our playground.  The week of September 15, donation forms will arrive home.  We will also use the blog to inform you of due dates.

Looking forward to seeing kindergarteners at the OPEN HOUSE on Tuesday and welcoming grades 1-5 back on Wednesday. popcorn Remember to bring your popcorn money.  We will have a collection jar in the Rotunda!

Mrs. Reagan and PTC Members Nancy Patrick, Krista Lawrence, Shannon Klein, Melissa Heys, Cheryl Havens and Jody Hunt.

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New Year…Many New Faces!

We are very excited to start the new school year!  Please remember to join us for one of our Open Houses this week.  The schedule is as follows:

  • PK Monday, August 25 @ 6:30 pm
  • K  Tuesday, August 26 @ 6:30 pm
  • Grades 1-5  Wednesday, August 27 @ 6:30 pm

popcornAt all three open houses, we will be collecting donations for POPCORN DAYS.  Each month, parent volunteers provide popcorn to all our students as a special treat.  Popcorn Fridays (one per month) are FAVORITE DAYS in our building.  Popcorn parents are ROCKSTARs!   Your OPEN HOUSE donations allow us to offer popcorn free of charge to ALL students.    Please DONATE.  The container will be in the rotunda.

We would love to have more support for the many activities we offer for students and families during the year.  Please show your support by completing this survey:  PTC SURVEY 2014

We have many changes on our staff this year.  Below is a list of those who have moved on to other positions, those who are new to our school and a few within our school that have changed positions.

Leaving Georgetown:

  • Mr. Bialochowski moved to Riley Middle to teach science.
  • Early Childhood Special Education moved to the new Early Childhood Campus (formerly Freshman Campus)
  • Mrs. Nurenberg, one of our office administrative assistants, moved to Alward Elementary.
  • Mrs. Katt, one of our resource teachers, has moved to northern Michigan with her family. Both she and her husband will be teaching in the Benzie County Schools.

Joining Georgetown:

  • Mrs. Ball @ 5th Grade.  She was the Media Director at Riley Middle School and before that an English teacher at Baldwin Middle School.
  • Mrs. Hoekstra joins us in the office as an administrative assistant in Mrs. Nurenberg’s position.
  • Ms. Darish joins us as a resource teacher, replacing Mrs. Katt.

Same Beautiful Faces…new positions:

  • Mrs. Wert is now a Pre-Kindergarten teacher (formerly our Cognitively Impaired Teacher)
  • Mrs. Stutz is back again as Kindergarten Teacher but in a new room. She will be in room 109.
  • Mrs Bast is now a first grade teacher (formerly our Reading Teacher)
  • Mrs. VanKoevering is now a second grade teacher (formerly a first grade teacher)
  • Mrs. Quigley is now a fourth grade teacher (formerly a second grade teacher).

If you do not know who your child has for a teacher, please check the class list link above—tab option above.

If you would like to get a head start on the forms that will be coming home on OPEN HOUSE NIGHT, check this post:  FORMS FORMS FORMS.

Looking forward to welcoming you and your children back to school this week during our open houses!

Mrs. Reagan

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New School Year and FORMS FORMS FORMS

We are preparing the school for your OPEN HOUSES next week!  This is an opportunity for families to come back to school and meet their new teacher, pick up forms for parent to complete and re-connect with friends.

Our OPEN HOUSE schedule is as follows:

  • PK •  Monday, August 25 – 6:30-7:30
  • K • Tuesday, August 26 – 6:30-7:30
  • Grades 1-5 • August 27 – 6:30-7:30

When you visit your child’s classroom during the Open House, A WELCOME ENVELOPE will be available for you to take home. Inside the envelope, there will be paperwork to complete and paperwork to review.

Welcome Packet will include these required forms that MUST be returned to office:

  • Family Compact (green paper)

  • Background check (yellow paper – must be completed if you plan to attend or volunteer at any school event).  You can complete this in advance if you’d like.  Back Background Check GES

  • Student Profile Sheet (white paper)

Forms that are not required but may apply:

Medication Consent Form  If your child needs to take medication at school, state law requires that you complete this form and submit it to the school office with the medication.  This form must be completed if you want us to administer medication to your child at school.

Student Accident Insurance:  The school district does not provide any type of health or accident insurance for injuries incurred by your child at school.  As a service to students and their families, our school is making available a student accident insurance plan for your child at a fairly nominal cost.  The district offers this program because of trends in rising family health and dental insurance costs, increased deductibles, co-payments, or lack of health or dental insurance coverage.  If interested, complete the paperwork and submit it as directed.

Elementary Guidelines:  Please review these so that are familiar with the district policy for a variety of procedures.

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Two important items that we receive many phone calls about during the year:  BUS PASS REQUEST POLICY and DROP OFF/PICK UP.

BUS PASS REQUEST POLICY

Procedures for Grades 1-5 are as follows:  In order for your child to ride a different bus home, it must be approved by Transportation.  The school cannot approve the change.  Do not send a note to school asking that your child ride a different bus home.  You must contact Transportation for children in grades 1-5.  PK and K students can NOT change busses.

Parents must submit a BUS PASS REQUEST to the transportation office by 10:00 am the morning of the transportation change.  Parents notified by 1:00 pm if the change if approved or denied.    If you have questions call Transportation:  616-669-7757

STUDENT DROP OFF AND PICK UP

This is a very busy time in the school drive and hallways.  Follow these procedures for safety/security:

1.  CHILD DROP OFF

If you are dropping your child off at school, please do this in the front circle drive.  Your child will then walk outside the building to his/her playground until the bell rings at 8:45 am.   If your child arrives after school begins, you must walk him/her into the front office and sign your child in for the day.  Our school secretaries will have a sign-in log available at the front desk.  Your child will then walk to his/her classroom.

2.  CHILD PICK UP

For those of you who pick your child up after school, please report to the front lobby.  If your child normally rides the bus, SEND A NOTE ADDRESSED TO THE TEACHER AND DATED indicating that you will be providing pick up.  PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THE CLASSROOMS.   DO NOT GO TO THE BUS LOOP.  Wait in lobby.

It is important that we keep our hallways open at the end of the day so that we can exit the building efficiently and calmly.  The PK/K teachers will have assistants to walk students to the office for pick up.   ALL STUDENTS MUST BE PICKED UP PROMPTLY AT 3:45    Thank you for your help in this matter!

 

 

 

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PTC Minutes: August 2014 Meeting

The minutes for the August 2014 meeting are as follows:  GES PTC 8.2014

The first meeting of the school year will be held on August 21 at 5:30 pm in the school library.  There are five additional meetings during the school year and these begin and end promptly & efficiently.  Please check out our PTC board here.  Feel free to contact members if you have questions about the activities and events — and most importantly if you would like to support our wonderful school community.

We hope that you can join us and offer ideas for ways to help our school continue to support children and their families.  Our meetings are informal yet professional and most importantly, welcoming to all.

The meetings are as follows:

First meeting:  August 21 at 5:30 pm.  All other meetings -

 

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School Calendar for 2014-15

Our school calendar for the new year is now available.  You can view this calendar below.   We update special school events throughout the year.  This calendar is on the right of our blog page.

14-15-Student Calendar

Due to state law requiring 1,098 hours of instruction, an additional five minutes was added to the end of the school day (elementary level) and one minute to the end of the day at the middle and high school levels.

 

  • 7:50 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.     High School/Freshman Campus
  • 7:50 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.     Middle Schools
  • 8:50 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.     Elementary Schools

 

 

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Hot Lunch Program

LUNCH PROGRAM INFORMATION TO BE SENT VIA SCHOOL MESSENGER THE FIRST PART OF AUGUST

lunchThe Jenison/Hudsonville School Food Service Department will be sending an email via School Messenger with all the lunch information for the 2014/2015 school year.

In addition, our webpage has links to the free/reduced lunch application, the September menu, and additional information about the lunch program. This email will go to all families who have a current email address on file with the district.

New families to the districts can go directly to the webpage or pick up an information packet in their local school office or the administration building after August 18. If you have not received an email, please feel free to go to our webpage at www.jenhudfood.org to get the information.

We encourage parents to file online, mail, or bring their free/reduced lunch application to be processed before school begins so that they know their status early. A new application needs to be filled out every school year. After the school year begins, applications will have a 5 day processing period. You can mail the application to: Food Service, 2140 Bauer Rd., Jenison, MI 49428 or stop in our office.

The food service office will be open starting Monday, August 18, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Our regular school year hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Lunch prices for elementary students will be $2.25 per day and $2.50/$2.75/$3.00 for secondary students. Milk only prices are $.50 per day. Adult lunches are $2.75 at the elementary level. Breakfast will be offered in all of the Hudsonville buildings starting on September 2. Breakfast prices are $1.25 for elementary and $1.50 for secondary students.

A menu and letter that describes the menu options and price structure at the secondary buildings are available on our website. A reminder that you can check student lunch account balances by setting up a free online account at www.sendmoneytoschool.com. Please call the food service office at 457-2400 after August 18 if you need your student’s ID number. You can make deposits online using the www.sendmoneytoschool.com website. There is a $2.00 flat fee for using this service but the fee will be waived for deposits made from August 4 through September 7.

 

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School Begins on September 2, 2014

Our first day of school is 9/2/2014.  The start times for each school in our district are below.

We have supervision on our playground beginning at 8:30 am.  If your child walks or bikes to school, please make sure that they arrive after 8:30 am.

Elementary open houses (dates and times) are below the start times.

To find out about about school supplies, visit your child’s class blog to the left.   Classlists (student/teacher match) linked  here.

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ELEMENTARY OPEN HOUSES:  Three Different Nights

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Summer Library: BOOK TURN IN 7/29/15

Please turn your summer library books in on Tuesday, 7/29/15 between 10-12 pm.  New books will NOT be checked out.  This is a day to turn in your books.

Thank you!

Mrs. Reagan and the summer library team

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