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PK/K Round Up March 3, 2015

Do you have a child who will turn 5 before December 1, 2015?  If so, be sure to register for PK/K.  A meeting will be held on March 3. Find out the information here.

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Closing out January

We wrap up January with a four-day week and winter break!  No school for students on Friday (teachers have professional development sessions) and no school on Monday (2/2) for everyone.

A few reminders about important blog posts that you might have missed in the past two weeks:

 

  • Parking:  Thank you for your attention to this at the end of the day.  If you missed the post, please read this and follow the parking rules each day.
  • PK/K Round Up:  It’s time to start thinking about our newest and youngest students for 2015-16!
  • Town Hall Meetings:  Superintendent Ceglarek would like your input regarding next steps for expanding our facilities for our ever-increasing enrollment.
  • Blog Bits…filled with lots of information!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Reagan

 

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January PTC Minutes

Many thanks to our PTC Secretary (and Book Fair Chairperson) for the detailed minutes attached blow.  PTC MINUTES Jan 2015

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Blog Bits 1/23/2015

 

 

January

 

Blog Bits 1/23/2015

News from the office….

We are so glad the kids could get outside this week and enjoy the snow! We have been going over the “school snow rules” so everyone can be safe AND have fun!! The weeks are just flying by! We are already looking our next break in the eye! WOW!! Winter break is January 30-February 2, so there will be no school that Friday and Monday. Hopefully we can get out and do some of those outside activities we couldn’t do over the holiday break! We passed out the yearbooks as well and they were fun to look at! If you by chance forgot to order one, we do have a few extra in the office that you may purchase for $10. Call the office to get one if you still want one!! Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Kindergarten Roundup….

March 3, 2015 at 7:00kindergarten

Do you have a child who will turn 5 before December 1, 2015?  If so, be sure to register for PK/K.  A meeting will be held on March 3. Find out the information here.

Registration is now open for PreK and Kindergarten!  You can stop by the office to pick up a packet if you need to.

News from the PTC….

February 3 and 4….. Jet’s Pizza Nights. Order a pizza one of these nights and help support your school!

February 6….Popcorn Friday

February 2-6….Box Tops Competition. Bring in those clipped boxtops and help to raise money to support Georgetown!

SAVE THE DATE MOTHER/SON EVENT

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Delta Plex 4pm

Ticket price $8/person

Click this link for more information. Georgetown GR Drive Mother-Son 2015r1 (1)

SAVE THE DATE FATHER/DAUGHTER DANCE

Time to shimmer and Shine Under the Stars at Georgetown.father daughter dance

Father/Daughter Dance

Saturday, February 21 at 6:30

More information will be coming home shortly.

5th Grade News….5th grade rocks

5th Grade camp dates are May 20, 21, and 22. More information will be sent out at a later time, but wanted you to get the date down on the calendar.

There will be more 5th Grade dates coming soon as it is an exciting time of transitioning them to get ready for middle school! Ready or not, it is time to start thinking about this : )

Looking Ahead on your calendar….

We have made the following revisions to our 14/15 calendar in response to a late change in the State’s 2015 Spring Assessment Schedule:

•  The PD/Records Day originally scheduled for March 6 will be moving to March 9.

•  High school second trimester exams will be given on March 5 and 6.

•  Friday, March 6, 2015 will now be a regular day of attendance for all Hudsonville students.

•  Students will not report on Monday, March 9, 2015.

Community News….

  • Planning for Enrollment Growth

As some of you may be aware, in November Hudsonville Public Schools (the District) purchased Heritage Christian School’s current building.  To consider future possible uses of this building, the District is conducting a series of focus groups with randomly selected parents and staff as well as meeting with both student and community groups.  Additionally, the District will hold two Town Hall meetings open to the entire community.  These Town Hall meetings will take place on February 4 and February 5 at 7:00 PM in our High School Auditorium.  We are hopeful that many parents and community members will be able to hear the possibilities and participate in providing valued feedback.  If possible, please join us for this important discussion.

  • Hudsonville Community Members,

In 2011, you overwhelmingly approved a school bond to build a new competition pool and renovate our current pool/fitness facilities.  Renovation of our main high school campus will result in the following list of enhancements to the current pool and adjacent fitness areas: new family changing areas, new locker rooms, a new cardio fitness room, and an updated weight room.

Construction and demolition of our current pool/fitness facilities will begin Friday, April 3rd, 2015.  The timeline for completion of our new competitive swimming facility and renovations of our old competitive space will be the fall of 2015.  Demolition and construction will result in the temporary closure of the locker rooms with limited access to the pool.

Community morning and weekend events will be canceled.  Our A.M. lap, Saturday open swim, and morning community basketball will be canceled until the completion of the locker room area.  As a result of the spring and summer construction, we will postpone our swimming lesson programming for the summer of 2015.  Limited summer competitive programming will still remain while the pool area is being renovated.  Hudsonville Community Education will offer two sections of lessons in the winter and early spring to offset a reduction in other program offerings.

With the new and renovated spaces, we look forward to offering these fun activities:

  • A.M. open/lap swim

  • Saturday afternoon open swim

  • Noontime lap swim on weekdays

  • Adult water aerobics classes during the day

  • Swimming lessons during the week

  • Age Group Swim Team (HEAT)

  • USA swimming and diving

  • Masters swimming

  • Cardio and weight room access

If you have any questions, please contact Ian Kobes, Pool Director, at 669-1500, ext. #20243.

  • FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION

    Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015

    6:00 – 7:00 PM

    Hudsonville Cong. United Church of Christ and Sunrise

    Ministries are partnering with Feeding America West Michigan to

    provide free food to those in need.  The distribution will take place

    at Hudsonville Congregational United Church of Christ, 4950

    32nd Ave., Hudsonville.  There will be a large assortment of food,

    consisting of fresh seasonal produce and other quality grocer

    items.

  • Mobile Food Truck

    FREE Pancake Breakfast

    Holy Cross Lutheran Church

    Jenison, Michigan 49428

    January 24, 2015

    10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

    1481 Baldwin

    A box or laundry basket would be helpful for taking your food home.

    This food truck is open to anyone in the community who would be blessed by this food.

     

Community Ed….

Registration is now open for Hudsonville Youth Lacrosse boys 3rd-8th grade springlacrosse images

competitive teams.   Information and registration at  hudslax.com.   Register now,

teams will fill up quickly.

Opportunities are available for girls youth lacrosse, email [email protected]

for more information.

Learn to play lacrosse!   3rd -8th grade boys and girls will learn basic lacrosse skills

from Hudsonville coaches and players.    Full equipment not required, just a

lacrosse stick.   Cost $35.  Feb 3-5,  6-7 pm .  Register at hudslax.com

  • HEAT Diving Club

    The HEAT Diving Club is open to all levels of experience.  We encourage those who are just starting as well as those who are already competing to join.  Participants should be able to do a forward dive from the diving board.Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 3.30.51 PM

    What will you learn?  Beginners will learn basic approaches, dives, and dry-land drills to help them learn to appreciate the sport of diving.  Advanced divers will be able to better themselves by learning new dives.

    When: Saturdays, January 17 – February 14, 2015

    Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

    Who: Boys & Girls ages 9 – 18

    Must be able to at least do a simple forward dive to compete.

    Cost: $60

    Location: Hudsonville High School Pool, 5037 – 32nd Avenue

    You may register online by visiting www.hudsonvillepublicschools.org

    Please call Rebecca at Hudsonville Community Education for further information:  669-1740

  • Click here to view the latest offerings with class descriptions, dates, and cost.

Upcoming Dates

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Front Lot and Parent Pick Up Reminder

I know that this is a repetitive post, but just like reminders we are giving our students about lockers, walking in hall, etc., it’s also time to tweak rules for the parking lot.

coneAs you know, NO CARS can park in FRONT LOOP at the end of the day 3pm – 3:50.  We have a bus that uses this loop every day.   After the bus leaves, parents are welcome to use the loop.  However, YOU MUST WAIT until the bus leaves.  Yesterday, we had three parents enter the loop and park in front of the bus.  PLEASE do not do this.  Because all of the staff are busy dismissing kids, it is difficult for one of us to monitor the LOOP which is why I ask parents to remember this rule.  I have given the bus driver permission to approach parents to move their cars but this requires her to leave children unattended to talk to drivers of cars parked in front of her.

To help all parents to remember the parking rules, cones will be in the NO PARKING areas beginning today.  If you see a cone, this means DO NOT PARK here.  There are spots available.  This requires getting out of the car and walking a few extra feet – an act that makes our parking lot and bus loop safer for others who are picking up their children.  Many thanks to my two amazing 5th grader CONE HELPERS (Tom and Logan) for putting these out each day for me.  Super thanks to my two amazing 5th grade CONE HELPERS (Caden and Quinton) who bring the cones in each day!

Also, another reminder:  We cannot send children out to cars.  If you pick up your child after school, park your car and walk to the lobby to get your child.  If you arrive before the first bell rings (3:40) you need to sign your child out.  Pick up by 3:50.  There is no supervision for children after 4 pm.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!

Mrs. Reagan, the Parking Lot and Parent Pick Up Nag.

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Do you have a 3 or 4 year old?

If so, early Childhood is hosting an information/registration night for all families tonight, January 20, 2015 @ the Early Childhood Center from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  We are located at: 5535 School Ave. (main entrance off Madison Ave.)  Programs include: 3 and 4 year old Half and Full Day Preschool (tuition-based and free/reduced programs), 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; come anytime between 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Children are welcome and activities will be provided.  Feel free to pass this on to family and friends.  For more information, please call the Early Childhood Office at 797-0842.

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Appleseed and Town Meetings

Please click here to view the latest issue of Hudsonville Public Schools newsletter, The Appleseed.  Look for Mrs. Brouwer and our 4th/5th grade artists in this issue.

As some of you may be aware, in November Hudsonville Public Schools (the District) purchased Heritage Christian School’s current building.  To consider future possible uses of this building, the District is conducting a series of focus groups with randomly selected parents and staff as well as meeting with both student and community groups.

Additionally, the District will hold two Town Hall meetings open to the entire community.  These Town Hall meetings will take place on February 4 and February 5 at 7:00 PM in our High School Auditorium.  We are hopeful that parents and community members will be able to hear the possibilities and participate in providing valued feedback.  If possible, please join us for this important discussion.

Thank you,

Rebecca Fabiano

Hudsonville Community Education

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Registration Open for PK and K • Fall 2015

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The district’s Kindergarten Enrollment Meeting will be on 3/3/14 at 7 pm in all buildings.  Georgetown’s session will be in the Multi-Purpose Room/Cafeteria.

This meeting is for PARENTS ONLY and will run from 7-7:30pm.

If you cannot attend, visit the tab above and print off the registration, look over the information and drop off your materials in the school office M-F from 9-3 pm.    The registration materials can also be viewed by clicking the links below.  A detailed breakdown explaining the registration materials and process published in district APPLESEED:  PreK/K Packet-Info

The Round Up meeting on 3/3/15 will address the following topics:

  • PreK:  All Day Every Day; Curriculum; Program Purpose
  • K:  All Day Every Day; Curriculum; Program Purpose
  • Young 5′s:  A Tuition Based half day PreK program held at the Early Childhood Center.

NOTE:  If you child is currently attending a PK program with the Hudsonville Public Schools, you DO NOT need to complete registration paperwork for kindergarten.  Your child will automatically be enrolled in kindergarten.

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Do You Shop at Gordon Foods?

gordonfoodsIf you’re a Gordon Foods shopper, please consider signing up for a FUN FUNDS membership program that benefits our school.   Fun Funds works as follows:  We earn money for every product that is purchased.  Every product in the store has a “fun-funds %” — this can range from 1% to 10%.

Sign up online and then stop by Gordon Foods Customer Service to pick up your card.  You will receive a $5 off card (off purchase of $50 or more) when you sign up.  Scan it every time you shop.

Click below to sign up:
http://funfunds.gfs.com/funfunds
Georgetown organization number: 2283617

If you’d like to see other ways to support our school while you shop, review this post.

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Week 19: Winners of the Annual Hockey Tournament

Field hockey

Every year (for the past 8), teachers compete against the top fifth grade pillow polo teams (aka indoor field hockey). The game has remained unchanged largely for the past eight years (location, rules, time periods, energetic 5th graders). The game changer each year:  The staff are getting older.  We play the entire 40 minutes with a new set of 5th graders coming at us every three minutes.  And…trust me, these 5th graders become more athletic and competitive each year.

BUT….we did it!  We beat them with the odds stacked against us.  The final score was 5 (Teachers) vs 2 (5th grade students.)   Don’t tell them that we spent most of Friday night moaning as we walked up steps and reaching for basic household items!

AND….It’s official….we’re getting back into our post holiday school routine!  Post holiday school routines involve tasks like:

  1. How to get everything to fit in your locker.  Goal:  No winter clothes on the floor and door closed).
  2. How to stay healthy.  Goal:  Wash hands after bathroom, before eating and use wipes to clean off desk and classroom common areas (handles, keyboards, etc.) once per week.
  3. School Snow Rules are different from Home Snow Rules:  Snowballs and sliding on ice are for home play (with parent permission) not school play.  Why?  One hundred children on the playground throwing snowballs and sliding on ice is not safe.   They are fewer kids at home and it is less likely to get out of control.
  4. Working together as a team is one of the most important skills we learn at school.

Some other important details to keep in mind for the weeks ahead:

Current leaders of the GAGA PIT Contest:  First Place- Mrs. Walenta Gr 5; Second Place- Mrs. Bohl Gr K; Third Place- Ms. Yankee K; Fourth Place -Mrs. Flory; Fifth Place – Mr. Kooiker 4.  We have one more week to GO…and we are half way to the goal.  The class that brings in the most money is first into the GAGA PIT!  One week to go…

BOX TOPS are DUE:  FEBRUARY 6.  Many many thanks to Michelle Burns for all the work she does to collect, count and submit these box tops!

Check your calendar to make sure you changed the NO SCHOOL DAY to MARCH 9 on your personal calendar.  It was originally March 6 (Friday) changed to March 9 (Monday).

Have a great week!

Mrs. Reagan

 

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