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Week 36: May 23-27, 2018

Our fifth grade class had a WONDERFUL time at Camp Henry this past Thursday and Friday.  The weather was beautiful, with great team building activities, fun fellowship during meals in the mess hall and silly stories to last a lifetime.  Many thanks to our 5th grade teachers who plan, the PTC for supporting the event and to all the parents who purchased food products this fall so the camp experience could be funded

We have just three weeks remaining to our school year, and this is our last full five-day week.   Teachers are working hard to complete units and assessments for report card completion.

Report cards will be mailed to your homes on June 15.  Your child’s teacher for next year will be listed on the report card.

This coming Friday will be all school RED WHITE and BLUE Day…a special way for us to recognize Memorial Day – A day for us to honor those who have died while protecting our country.

Enjoy your weekend and here’s to a wonderful week ahead!

Mrs. Reagan

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PTC Meeting 5/17/18 • 6:30 pm

Our final PTC Meeting for the year will be Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 pm in the library.

All invited to join us as we wrap up the year and plan for events for 2018-19.  We are in need of volunteers to help with parent/child events, Holiday Shopping, Book Fair and much more.

We will also be selecting a Vice President for our PTC Board.  This year we have four parents seeking this position — which is humbling for me to see.  These positions are 100% volunteer and involve many additional hours organizing events — in addition to communicating with board members and supporting the family, staff and students at our school.

Voting for this position is open.  One vote per person — limited to parents and staff.  If you’d like to vote, feel free to do so here.

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Introducing our GVSU Statistics Winner: THALIA JACKSON

Each year, state-wide schools with students in grades 4-6  participate in the GVSU Statistic Contest.  Well over one hundred students participated and one of our students, Thalia Jackson received first place.  This is the second year in a row  a Georgetown student won FIRST PLACE … and on both occasions, the winners were girls.  This is important to note because statistically, boys perform better mathematically than girls in elementary and middle school.  At Georgetown, we focus on raising all learners to do well in all contents.

To enter the contest, each student must identify a data set to student.  This is focused around a question that requires researching data and examining patterns in the data that answer the question.   Thalia’s question:  “What are the Commonly Used Letters in Baby Names?”  Thalia researched and analyzed her data to create a poster visually demonstrating the commonly used letters in baby names.

On behalf of everyone at Georgetown, I extend my congratulations to Thalia who has demonstrated strong writing, reading, problem solving and team work ability throughout elementary.  Thalia is a person who listen to all members of her team, brings the team together to focus on the topic at hand and goes above and beyond to help the project come together at the highest level.   Thalia is going to continue to work hard and learn well throughout school.  I am excited to see how she impacts our world in her future years!

In addition to Thalia, we had two of our students receive honorable mentions for the GVSU competition.  This is the first time that our school has had three students selected.  Congratulation to Korbyn and Carson for their awards!

  • Carson Dykstra, Grade 5,  “Who’s the Best: Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James”
  • Korbyn Greer, Grade 5, “What is the Toughest College Football Conference”


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Week 35: May 14-18, 2018

The past week, our Parent Club and a team of volunteers honored our staff with lunch, breakfast and snacks throughout the week.  It was a wonderful feeling to walk into the lounge at any moment to see staff taking time to enjoy good food and few moments with colleagues.  Sincere thanks to everyone who donated food and made the past week possible. We appreciate you more than you could ever know!

It is the 35th week of school which means there are four weeks (18.5 school days) remaining.  It’s the official wind up to wind down time of the year.  The big event this week is 5th Grade Camp … two incredible days of group activities at Camp Henry in Newaygo.

For more specifics about upcoming events, view Mrs. Hoekstra’s BLOG BITS and your child’s classroom blog.

Wishing every mother a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend.  I hope that every one of you feels appreciated for everything you do to nurture, grow and love your family.

Mrs. Reagan

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Blog Bits 5/11/2018

Blog Bits 5/11/2018

News From the Office… 

We want to send a HUGE THANK YOU to Elizabeth Schollaart for spoiling the staff for teacher appreciation week!! She did an amazing job and it is very much appreciated! Also, thank you to everyone who volunteered to bring in items to contribute to the week! It is so nice to see everything looking so green and be able to get things done outside!! We are done with M-Step!! The kids all did so well and we are very proud of them! Our countdown continues with 18 1/2  SCHOOL days left!! Hard to Believe!! Here are a couple of end of the year reminders.

  1. Please keep in mind we do not have a lot of extra room in the lounge freezer. Please do not drop off popsicles or other frozen treats without clearing it through your child’s teacher. Thanks for your help with this!!
  2. The calendars for next year came out a while ago. Here is the link to it in case you have misplaced it.
  3. Friday May 25 is Red White and Blue day at school.

Medication Pick Up…

Just an end of the year reminder about medication. If your child has any meds at school (prescription or over the counter) , they must be picked up by the last day of school. Anything left after the last day will be disposed of by the health department. Thank you!!

Library News…

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 23 to Mrs. VandenBerg in the Library! There are links on the Blog that can help you in counting your words under Reading Counts.

PTC News…

May 17 – Last PTC meeting of the year from 6:30 – 7:30 in the library at school

5th Grade News…

May 17 and 18 – Fifth Grade Camp

June 5 – Field Day for 4th and 5th grade

Community News…

•Farmgirl Flea Market is May 18th from 4-8pm and May 19th from 8-4pm at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds.  Tickets available at the gate and kids 12 and under are FREE.  Pickers and Makers from MI and across the US will be here with their vintage, antiques, barn fresh, furniture, and fine handmade goods.  Food trucks and live music too!  Check out Farmgirl Flea on FB for all the details.

•Riley Middle School’s drama club is presenting the show “Channel Surfing”. 

The show “Channel Surfing” is on Saturday, May 12 at 7 PM with Free Admission. Check out this flyer for more details! channel surfing poster-1wupwst

•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 or call toll-free 1-866- 586-2796
for market locations and more information, or just visit your favorite market starting in June!
•VEX Robotics Open House 
Vex Robotics is a fun and innovative program for grades 4th – 12th where teams build robots and compete on the field. Families interested can join us at our informational open house on Thur, May 17 at the Freshman Campus cafeteria from 7 – 8 pm. We will be presenting details for the competition season next fall. Visit for more information


 Community Ed…

 You can click here to go to the community education page on the Hudsonville Public School website or click link below to see the new offerings.


Upcoming Events


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It’s Early Release Friday!!

Just a reminder, it’s early release Friday! We will be dismissing at 12:15 on May 11. 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 $2.50.  Free and reduced benefits will also apply.

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Week 34: May 7-11, 2018

We have a pleasant, beautiful spring like week ahead.  It would be wonderful to have great weather for our kindergarten field trips and fourth grade M-STEP brain breaks.  Some good news about M-STEP:  All testing will be completed by Friday, May 7.  YIPPEE!

Next week is National Teacher Appreciation Week.  A wonderful group of parents will celebrate and honor the staff with special events throughout the week.  During my time in education, I have worked in several districts throughout the state, working closely with teachers, parents and office staff members.  The staff at Georgetown is exponentially SUPERIOR to every other staff I have EVER worked with.  This staff stands out because of their commitment to put children first, drive to stay up to date on best practices for instruction and devotion to their profession — working hours above and beyond as well as spending personal money on their classrooms/students every year.  There is no other profession like teaching — and the Georgetown staff is the best you can find.  I feel honored to work with them.

The latest APPLESEED district newsletter is out.   Highlights include articles about Georgetown’s first grade team and our fourth grade symphony conductors!

Check out the highlights of our week below.

Mrs. Reagan

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Week 33: April 30-May 4, 2018

The best news about this coming week are as follows:  WARM SPRING-LIKE WEATHER and POPCORN FRIDAY!

In addition, our third graders will take the M-STEP (just two mornings of testing) and our fifth graders and their parents will learn more details about their upcoming trip to Camp Henry.

With just 29.5 school days left in the year, we are busy getting in the final lessons of the final units for the year in all classrooms.  Please watch your child’s blogs for updates about special events — these come fast and furiously as the year wraps up.

Enjoy the sunshine this weekend!

Mrs. Reagan

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Blog Bits 4/27/2018

Blog Bits 4/27/2018

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 1 , 3 (9am-12 pm)

  • Grade 4: May 8, 10 (9am-12pm)

We are starting the countdown until the end of this year! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone! 6 more weeks! 29 More SCHOOL Days until we are done on June 8. June 8 we will be released at 12:15 PM.

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Next Early Release…

We will be dismissing at 12:15 on May 11. 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 4 – Popcorn Friday

May 10 – Jet’s Pizza Night

5th Grade News…

May 2 – Parent information meeting for fifth grade camp (At Georgetown elementary in Multi-purpose room at 6:00)

May 17 and 18 – Fifth Grade Camp

June 5 – Field Day for 4th and 5th grade

Vote on May 8…

On May 8, two ballot proposals will come before Hudsonville School parents and community members.  The first is our annual Non-Homestead Millage renewal.  This is an annual renewal voters have approved for the past 23 years and would generate approximately $4.4 million dollars of operating revenue for our school district.  Of note, this is not a tax on primary residences and is not a new tax.  Additionally, the State of Michigan assumes all districts levy the full 18 mills. If voters reject the proposal, our district’s state aid is reduced accordingly.

The second proposal is our Building and Site Sinking Fund.  Effective March of 2017, Public Act 319 expanded a district’s ability to utilize Building and Site Funds for security and technology.  The House passed the bill in June, 2016 with a vote of 107-1, and the Senate passed it 36-0 in October, 2016.  Even though Hudsonville has had this millage for the past 25 years, because the legislature expanded the use, the ballot language identifies it as a new millage.  Of note, both millages will MAINTAIN our citizens’ current millage rate and will not raise taxes. Previous improvements made as a result of this one mill levy have included additional classrooms to accommodate all day every day kindergarten, roof repairs, boiler replacements, and land acquisitions.

Click here for official ballot language.

Community News…

•The HUD Travel Basketball Teams

-3rd – 6th grade travel team: try outs on Aug 12th, the goal is to have 2 teams per grade level

-$10 tryout fee

  • 3rd grade 3:00 – 4:30, 4th grade 4:30 – 6:00, 5th grade 6:00 – 7:30, 6th grade 7:30 – 9:00 on Aug 12

– Cost could range from $300 – $500 based on schedule

-Practice 1 to 2 times per week

-Up to 3 sessions of courthouse league

-Local travel games on weekend

-2 tentative per month Nov. – Mar.

••••7th and 8th grade teams are coming this winter, after middle school season•••

To sign up, email the players name, parent name, phone number, and grade they are entering in the Fall to :

•Castle Defenders Chess Camp 2018
Join us this summer for our Castle Defenders Chess Camp! If you have a child from K-12 that enjoys
chess, then come out for two days of exciting chess classes, activities, and games. Students will have the opportunity to learn from engaging chess teachers while also participating in a camp tournament and even what we call our “chess Olympics!” This camp will get your student moving, running, thinking, laughing and learning. Registration is limited so please sign up as soon as you can!
When & Where Is It?
Our camp takes place on a Friday & Saturday. It is on July 13-14 from 10:00 – 4:00 PM each day. The camp will take place at Libertas Christian School.
Camp Costs
Standard Single-Student Cost: $49
Premium Single-Student Cost: $59 (Cost Includes Camp T-Shirt)
Standard Family 3-Student Cost: $132
Premium Family 3-Student Cost: $162 (Includes 3 Camp T-Shirts)
Referral Discount: $5 ($5 off for every friend you bring to the camp)
Libertas Enrollment Discount: $10 ($10 off each student enrolled at Libertas Christan)
Questions? Contact camp director Michael Brooks at
Hager Park Church
Saturday, April 28, 2018
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 i
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.
 •The HY5 center is a new teen drop-in center. HY5 is being started by three local youth workers each of whom run after-school social gaming groups for teens, at Baldwin St, Unity, and HHS. These programs are open to all Hudsonville area youth and have seen a lot of success in bringing in teens and giving them a place to belong. Teens who attend these programs feel valued and are given the chance to build meaningful relationships with caring adults as well as other teens. The new HY5 center will continue this work.

  Activities, Board Gaming, Video Games,Computer LAN Gaming, Snack Bar, Hang out area, Free Wi-Fi, Space for doing Homework


There is no cost to come to HY-5. We are open to all area High School Students.

Hy-5 Open Hours

Tuesday          2:30-5:30

Wednesday     2:30-5:30

Thursday        2:30-5:30


HY-5 is located on the campus of LOVE Inc. (3300 Van Buren St, Hudsonville, MI 49426) ½ mile down from the HHS. Once at love go to the back parking lot and look for a door with the HY-5 Logo. We are above the Loves Treasures resale shop.

Questions about HY5 please contact:

Andrew Moorehead

(616) 916-2197

Community Ed…

 You can click here to go to the community education page on the Hudsonville Public School website or click link below to see the new offerings.

Upcoming Events



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