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 email@example.com.
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
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
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
We are busy, busy, busy…learning our math facts, math concepts, literacy skills, reading, 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!
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!
Holiday Shop – Dec. 5 – Dec. 9 if you have any questions please contact Audrey Straub ataudreystraub
Jet’s Pizza Nights – Dec 6 and 7
Popcorn Friday – Dec. 9
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
5th Grade News…
The annual 5th grade Candy Cane sale is officially here!
HPS Early Childhood Programs – Parent Information/Registration Night…
Information/Registration Night for the 2017/2018 School Year and 2017 Summer Programs.
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…
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’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 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. Thank you! ~ Stacey L. Wykoski, Food Service Director
•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.
Please feel free to call if you have any questions.
Hudsonville Community Education 669-1740, ext #3
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or 616-662-5172 or Erin Fredricks at krebille
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.
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.
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.