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Week 32: April 22-26, 2019

We have a busy week coming up with M-STEP testing (Grade 5 will complete Math and Social Studies), the GEORGETOWN ART SHOW, the 4th grade recorder trip to the Frauenthal Center in Muskegon, and  most importantly, POPCORN FRIDAY!

We also have a weather forecast that seems almost too good to be true.  Fingers crossed that it holds up so I can take more photos like those  above!

I am an avid consumer of news — and books, poetry and music.  This is a trait I picked up from my wonderful father, Patrick Reagan.  Each night while the evening news played in the background, I would sit at one end of the long kitchen table (family of eight) doing my homework — my dad at the opposite end correcting papers or reading the daily papers.  At the same time, music played from the radio above the refrigerator.  Fully immersed in my studies, the only concentration breaker was when my dad would say, “Hey Tee, listen to this…,” proceeding to read aloud from the paper.

My father reading to two of his ten grandchildren

My dad is still a voracious reader, clipping out newspaper or magazine articles that pertain to each of his six children (0r one of his grandchildren), sending them off to each in the mail.  I receive mine at school …. and I cannot begin to tell you how much I adore seeing my dad’s handwritten address to me along with the annotated newspaper clipping inside.

I have carried this tradition on by sending my own children articles that about their interests — only mine are links via texts.  Same tradition, different delivery method.

Today, I want to share with you an article I read in The Washington Post this week which correlates with our Growth Mindset work.  The theme of the article, the importance of allowing your child to live through disappointments, connects to our year long focus that mistakes & failures are an opportunity for learning.  This involves learning to live through the anxiety of not being perfect and to TRY AGAIN and again and again and again.  I hope you find this article as interesting as I did.

Wishing you a wonderful  Easter and Passover weekend with family, friends and sunshine — the most beautiful combination I can imagine.

Mrs. Reagan

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WONDERFUL Father/Daughter Dance!

Tremendous thanks to all of the parents who made the every few years Father/Daughter Dance possible this year!

The event was FANTASTIC … and MEMORABLE….and the best EVER!

Many thanks to Kathleen Shaffer for this video highlight the events.

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Week 31: April 15-19, 2019

The schedule looks light on the outside, but open the doors of the classroom and we HUMMING LEARNING MACHINES!  Every teacher is taking full advantage of the 8 weeks remaining of school to help each child be a better problem solver, school community member, reader, math’er, writer, speller, etc.

Our fifth graders begin M-STEP Testing this week.  The testing takes place all morning long — and we reserve the afternoons for students who need more time.  Our amazing 5th graders are SO READY for this test — and they are also nervous.  They take English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.  It’s a lot of testing and we do our best to build in breaks and instill confidence.

Most importantly, we want them to do their best and understand and believe this:  THEY ARE MORE THAN THE RESULTS of the M-STEP TESTS.  We echo the same message that a teacher in Indiana and teachers all over the country share with their students:

“The scores you get from these tests will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything.  These tests do not define you. There are many ways of being smart. Remember that there is no way to ‘test’ all of the amazing and awesome things that make you, YOU.”  In other words, TRY YOUR HARDEST, DO YOUR BEST.  ALWAYS REMEMBER, YOU ARE MORE THAN A TEST!

We are all hoping for a return to more spring-like weather this week!

Have a wonderful weekend and here’s to a great week next week.

Mrs. Reagan


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Blog Bits 4/12/2019

Blog Bits 4/12/2019

News From the Office…

We hope everyone had a wonderful and restful Spring Break!  We are jumping right in to the M STEP test next week with the 5th graders! Just a reminder to please try to avoid scheduling any appointments on the dates listed below for your child and also have your child to school on time as they get started right away in the morning. Thanks so much for your help with this! Also, our school calendar for next year is now available.  For those of you who like to plan ahead, you can view the calendar here: 19-20-Student Calendar

Grade 5 – April 16 – 25

Grade 4 – May 7 – 16

Grade 3 – April 30 – May 2

  1. Get plenty of sleep.

  2. Arrive to school on time.

  3. Bring:  2 healthy snacks and a water bottle.

  4. Remind your child that all of our learning all year long has prepared us for these tests.  This is our opportunity to show what we know!

~Hope everyone has a great weekend!!!~

 Next Early Release…

Our next early release is on May 10. We will be dismissing at 12:15 on May 10. 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…

April 13 – Emerald City Spring Dance for the Georgetown Ladies. Held at Georgetown starting at 6:30. If you have any questions, contact Audrey Straub at

April 26 – Popcorn Friday

May 6 – Culver’s Night, more information will be coming out soon!

May 9 – Jet’s Pizza Night

5th Grade News…

April 16-25 – M STEP testing dates, please avoid making appointments during this time.

May 8 – Parent information meeting for fifth grade camp 6:00 in the multi-purpose room

May 16 and 17 – Fifth grade camp

June 4 – Field Day (June 5 is a back up rain date)

Art News…

Hudsonville Public Schools 19th Annual  Student Art Show!!

The Reception for Georgetown Artists is on Monday, April 22 from 5:30 – 7:30

The show is open on weekdays from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM from April 22 – May 1

Stop in to view all of the amazing art Hudsonville students have done! There is a lot of talent to check out!!

PE News…

Spring into next season with Hudsonville Lanes! Cure your Spring fever with some bowling! Check out Hudsonville Lanes website for all of their Spring specials!

Kids Bowl Free 2019 is here and you can register your kids today!

Registered kids receive 2 free games of bowling every day all summer long during the Kids Bowl Free program! You can also add a  family pass to your account when registering which allows up to 4 adults to join in on the fun with a small one-time payment. Click here to get registered!

Vote May 7…

On May 7, Hudsonville School parents and community members will have the chance to vote on our annual Non-Homestead Millage renewal. This is an annual renewal request that voters have approved for the past 24 years and , if approved, would generate approximately $4.8 million dollars of operating revenue for our school district. Please note, this is not a tax on primary residences and is not a new tax.

Official ballot language is as follows:

This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance.

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Hudsonville Public Schools, Ottawa and Allegan Counties, Michigan, be increased by 18 mills ($18.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for the year 2019, to provide funds for operating purposes: the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2019 is approximately $4,850,000 (this is a renewal of millage that expired with the 2018 tax levy)?

Community News…


Saturday, April 20, 2019 @ 10am 

Hughes Park—40th Avenue, Hudsonville 

Kids up to 10 yrs old gather prize-filled eggs! 


Voluntary donations are accepted. All proceeds will go to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

•AYSO Soccer Registration Event
Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Season
When: Tuesday, April 30 from 6-8
Where: Chapel Pointe Church (gymnasium), 3350 Baldwin St, Jenison, MI 49428
Who: ages 3-14
Registration Fees:  $115 per registered player
$15 concussion form discount for each player until May 15
Scholarships are available and are taken into consideration upon a written request.
Online registration will be open May 1 – June 10
Details:  Register early for next season because teams fill up fast
Complete your concussion form on the spot
Find out about volunteer opportunities
Meet your AYSO board members
We will have jersey sizes available to try on
There will be a kids craft table
Please bring the following:  The child/children you are registering unless you bring a pre-signed concussion form (It is state law that the player signs also)
Birth certificate
Credit/Debit card or Visa gift card (no checks or cash accepted)

Community Ed…

 You can click here to go to the community education page on the Hudsonville Public School website. There are many activities for your kids to look into!

Upcoming Events

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Summer Writing Program

Does your child enjoy writing?  If the answer is YES, below is a summer opportunity you might want to explore.

Each summer, the Lake Michigan Writing Project (LMWP), an affiliate of the National Writing Project, hosts writing camps for students in Michigan. Our teachers come from local schools (and possibly your own!) to help nurture young writers at locations around West Michigan including on GVSU campuses.

Camps are available for students entering grades 3 – 12 and the cost is $150 per person which includes all writing supplies, snacks provided daily and a t-shirt.

A reduced tuition option is available.

Our Summer 2019 Camp schedule is here (Laker Writing Camps 2019 ) and you can find more information and our online registration form on our website.

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Hudsonville’s Annual Education Report (AER)

The Annual Education Report (AER) is designed to meet state and federal requirements for reporting to parents and communities.  The report provides detailed data on state administered student assessment results, accountability results, teacher qualification information, and the state results for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Parents and the community can access AER information for the district and individual schools by clicking on the Annual Education Report tab on our website.  If you have any questions regarding the AER information, please the district curriculum office at 616-669-1740 extension 4.

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Welcome BACK to Week 30

Welcome back to from your SPRING BREAK FUN!  I hope that whatever you did with your families, it was the just right balance of fun, family and … maybe sunshine!

We have just NINE WEEKS of school remaining….and we have lots of learning and many events to squeeze into that timeline.

The big Parent Club event on the horizon is the Father/Daughter Dance.  This is held every other year — and if we have volunteers.  This is the year…and we have an amazing group of volunteers who are busy organizing the event.  We are in need of behind the scenes volunteers to run some of the events.  Please sign up here if you can help out on April 13.

Our fifth graders will be taking the M-STEP test next week.  They will be busy this week getting their brains turned back on and brushing on some of those math, reading, writing, science and social studies.  If you are a parent of a 5th grader, please look ahead at the calendar to make sure your child is at school on the mornings all testing days.

A snapshot of our week is below.  Have a wonderful week back in West Michigan!

Mrs. Reagan


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