Background Check

If you would like to attend a school event (field trip) or volunteer at school, you must complete a background check.

The district has streamlined the process allowing parents to access the form online (laptop, tablet or smartphone).

Visual directions for accessing the form are below.  To access the form online, please visit the website link here.

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Background Check Forms

To ensure safety for all of our students, we are adding a layer of protection that requires all volunteers to submit a background check.  You will receive the paperwork home this week. You can also print the form from this location and send it in with your child at any time.

The form must be completed for parents who plan to support classroom instruction (web reading, center support, general classroom assistance, and field trips).   You can also stop by the office and pick up a form to complete.  All information will be submitted to the Human Resources Department.  FORM:  BkgdChkGtownApril2012

Each teacher will have a list of parents who have completed the background check.  Volunteers for classroom work and field trips will be pulled from these lists.

Thank you for you help in ensuring that we have a safe climate for learning.

Mrs. Reagan

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Background Checks: Volunteer Requirement

To ensure safety for all of our students, we are adding a layer of protection that requires all volunteers to submit a background check.  You will receive the paperwork home with your packet of student information forms that must be completed at the start of the school year.

The form must be completed for parents who plan to support classroom instruction (web reading, center support, general classroom assistance, and field trips).  Forms will arrive home in the start up packets.  You can also stop by the office and pick up a form to complete.  All information will be submitted to the Human Resources Department.  FORM:  Background Check Form

Each teacher will have a list of parents who have completed the background check.  Volunteers for classroom work and field trips will be pulled from these lists.

Thank you for you help in ensuring that we have a safe climate for learning.

Mrs. Reagan

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Week 9: October into November!

We had a great Week 8!  The weather was fantastic (minus one rainy day) with great learning energy throughout the building.

pirateOn Friday, three grades celebrated Halloween.  We have three more celebrating this coming Monday … October 31.  Thank you to everyone who submitted background checks.  I was able to be at the door for most of the parties on Friday which meant I recognize nearly everyone.  Those I didn’t, were patient with me while I looked through the list.

Have a fantastic weekend…and think of us on Tuesday when we have a building full of  very tired trick or “treaters”!

Mrs. Reagan

 

PS: Friday, November 4 is a HALF DAY – Early release at 12:15 pm.  Please mark you calendars so that someone is home to meet your child when the bus arrives.

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Week 8: October 24-28, 2016

For the first time since school started, I could smell and feel autumn in the air.  Next week, highs will be in the 50’s … and hopefully this weather will continue for TRICK or TREATING families next weekend.

Our school Halloween celebrations are spread out over two days.  Three grades will be holding celebrations on Friday and three on Monday, Oct 31.  The spacing of these parties allows for more parking and less congested hallways.   If you plan to attend the parties and need to know details about party start times, check the class blog.  Parents that attend must complete a background check (link to this can be found above under Forms/Procedures) by Monday, October 21.  If you complete after this date, we will not have the paperwork returned to allow you to enter the building.  Staff will be present at the front door checking parents into the building Friday and Monday.  My hope is that you understand that my focus is doing all I can to create a safe climate that allows our students to celebrate Halloween with their classmates.

Wishing you a wonderful autumn-like weekend!

Mrs. Reagan

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Blog Bits 11/6/2015

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Blog Bits 11/6/2015

News from the office….

It has been a busy couple weeks here at school! Halloween parties went well and the kids had fun! Thank you to all the parents that helped organize and run parties!! We appreciate it so much! We are asking that if you have not completed a background check, that you please go on the blog and do so if you are coming to volunteer in any way. The form is under the forms and procedures tab at the top of the blog page.  Book fair was a huge success! Thanks to Jody Hunt for putting so much time into being the chair person for this event and to all of the many volunteers it takes to make this possible!! We had picture retakes on Tuesday so those are all done now. The last thing we had was parent teacher conferences. Thank you for coming out to support your children and meet with their teachers. Part of the success of the students comes from the encouragement they get from you so thank you! Hope everyone has been able to enjoy this BEAUTIFUL November weather and hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

PE News….

The P.E. CARES Canned or Non-Perishable food drive will begin next week. The competition will run until November 20. Have your child bring the items to their classroom when they bring them to school. The items will stay in the classroom so they can be counted. The class that brings in the highest number of non-perishable food items will win a PE CARES t-shirt and a bowling field trip to Hudsonville lanes! Thanks for your help and support in this community service project!!

Hudsonville Education Foundation….

The Hudsonville Education Foundation is making a difference in your student’s classroom through their teacher grants. Please help them continue to make a difference by considering one of the many ways you can help! See this flyer HEF – Fall 2015 for more info on how you can help make a difference or visit their website at  www.hudsonvilleeducationfoundation.org

Community News….

  • Check out these fun activities taking place at Gary Byker Memorial Library!Pizza and Pages:
    This club is for kids 3rd through 5th grade who love reading, sharing, and learning more about books! Each month we’ll have pizza, talk about books we’ve enjoyed, play some word games and win some prizes. Please bring a copy of the book you are reading and be prepared to tell us a little about it.

    First Thursday of the month from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. This program is free but registration is necessary by calling 616.669.1255. Held at the Hudsonville Library.

    Lego Club:
    On the first Saturday of every month at 10:30 am, we have a building challenge with Legos. If you are in 2nd to 6th grade, bring a gallon size zip lock baggie of your own Legos. A theme will be announced and you will have 30 to 40 minutes to build. Two prizes are given: one for best builder and one by raffle. Come on over and build!! Held at the Hudsonville Library. Free.

     Zentangle Essentials

    November 16 @ 7pmINFO

    This  2 hour Zentangle Essentials class on Monday, November 16 will focus on learning basic Zentangle principles and a bunch of tangles using the coming holidays as a theme.  You will be able to personalize holiday gifts with the Zentangle drawing method! Cost is $15.00, which includes materials. Ages 8 and up. Held at the Hudsonville Library. Register by calling 616.669.1255.

  • We are looking to grow our 3rd grade Brownie Troop.  Girl Scouts do more than sell cookies.  We make new friendships, learn valuable skills, participate in community service projects, andbrownie girl most importantly have fun!
    We meet every other Wednesday from 6:30-7:30pm.  Please contact Kendra Lowing at 669-3530 or kendra.lowing@gmail.com for more information.
  • Snowmobile Safety Classes

    December 8
    Time | 5pm – 8:30pm
    Location | Spring Lake Library | 123 E Exchange Street | Spring Lakesnow mobile
    Register | Call Lisa Donner | 616-846-5770 x 107

    December 12
    Time | 9am – 12pm
    Location | Allendale High School | 10760 68th Avenue | Allendale
    Fee | $10
    Register | Call Kelly Pratt | 616-892-5575

    Class sizes are limited, so inquire today!

     

Community Ed….

HEAT Swim team registration is now open here is the link for the swim team registration and info:swimmer

HEAT swimming lesson registrations are now open, with some weekday opportunities
We also will begin an adult water aerobics class on Monday October 12th at the instructional pool, patrons should park in the visitors section and check in at the main office to get into the High School
First class is free!
Class dates are Monday and Wednesday
11am –  Water Aerobics (55 minutes) in shallow & deep water with members wearing life belts.
12 pm –  Water Exercises (55 minutes) in shallow water only.
Cost for drop-in classes:
Please pay at the pool office on day of class.
Age 60 plus: $2,
59 & under: $4
Questions? – Please call Ian Kobes, Aquatics Director, at 669-1510, ext. #20243
  • We have added more fun activities for your kids to do this winter!Boys 3rd – 6th Grade Basketball • Hudsonville Wrestling Club • Lego Engineering • Learn to Ice Skate • Intro to Hockey • Gymnastics/Dance/Cheer • Indoor Soccer

    Tae Kwon Do • Learn to Swim •  HEAT Swim Team • Adult Lap Swim & Water Aerobics

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

    I have also attached a pdf in case you would like to print a copy.

    Please feel free to call if you have any questions.

    Rebecca Fabiano
    Hudsonville Community Education 669-1740, ext #3
    hudsonvillepublicschools.org

        

    PDF – Hudsonville Community Education Fall 2015 Flyer

 Upcoming Events….

Nov. 9 – 20 PE CARES

Nov. 12 Parent Club Meeting  6:30

Nov. 18 Marco’s Pizza Night

Nov. 25 – 27  Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 1  Holiday Program

Dec. 7 – 11  Holiday Shop

Dec. 8 and 9  Jet’s Pizza Nights

Dec. 21 – Jan. 3 Holiday Break

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Week 8: October 23-29, 2015

This is a four day week of school.   Our teachers will be working on Friday to compile assessment results and mark report cards.  They will also be organizing work samples to share with you at Parent Teacher Conferences on November 2-4.

Our Halloween Parties are staggered across two days — and held at varying times.  This is done to create more parking space for parents and to keep the number of visitors in our hallways and classrooms at a safe level.  If you are attending the party, make sure you have completed your background check (see link above under forms/procedures).  You make arrive 15 minutes prior to the party — and we ask that you leave as soon as the party is completed.  A staff member will be at the front door checking parents into school during the party events.

Don’t miss out on all the events for November and December, highlighted in our Friday BLOG BITS.  Looking forward to the fun days ahead!

Mrs. Reagan

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TWO WEEK Countdown!

keepcalmIt’s hard for me to remain calm when I am so excited to get the 2015-16 school year rolling!

Mr. Rob, our custodian, has been working throughout the summer with his team (Kesley and Chloe) to prepare the classrooms, hallways and grounds for Georgetown’s tenth year of operation.  (Our official 10 year anniversary is September 2016.)  We opened September 2006 and our building still looks NEW thanks to Mr. Rob, his team and the staff that treat this building with love, respect and care.  We are very proud of our district, building and community and we want everyone to feel this when they enter the grounds of Georgetown.

School begins on September 8 at 8:45 am.  Open Houses are as follows:

  • PK August 31 @ 6:30 pm
  • K September 1 @ 6:30 pm
  • Grades 1-5 September 2 @ 6:30 pm

If you would like to get a head-start on forms for school, read on.

I am looking forward to starting the year….and counting down every day!   See you soon!

Mrs. Reagan

 

BACKGROUND CHECK:  Must be completed if you attend any events at school (including parties and field trips) and if you volunteer (help in classrooms).  We encourage all parents to complete this at the beginning of the year.  The background check form is now online.

MEDICAL FORMS:  Please complete if you child needs medication at school.  Forms must be submitted with medication.  We cannot take medication without forms.  Also, parents must drop off medications and forms.  DO NOT SEND MEDICATIONS WITH CHILD.

FOOD and OTHER ALLERGIES  If your child has a food related allergy, please inform the teacher and school ASAP.  For allergies that require an EPI PEN, you must send one to school.  We keep two EPI PENS at school for reactions that are not anticipated —  a reaction that occurs with no prior history of the medical condition. We want to keep all children safe.  If your child has a serious food allergy, please inform us, provide the EPI PEN and protocol to follow if there is an emergency.

PARENT CLUB:  We need your help to support learning and family events.  Please complete this survey to show your interest.  Also, we are in need of a CHAIR for BOX TOPS.  This is an activity that can be done at home.  We have a summer incentive for BOX TOPS  meaning the collection this fall should be very efficient! If interested, contact Nancy Patrick:  nkpatrick58@gmail.com

BLOG SUBSCRIPTIONS Use this time before school begins to get to know the blogs.  While visiting, sign up for email subscriptions to the school blog, your child’s class blog and the district website.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES:  All students need gym shoes at school.  Send these with your child on the first day — or  drop them off at the open house when you visit.  For more on school supplies, visit your child’s class blog.

VACCINATIONS  If you have not submitted your child’s vaccination record, please do so before school begins.  State law now requires all students to have a vaccination record in order to begin school.  We cannot allow a child to attend school without the vaccination record on file.  If you have not turned in your child’s immunization record or waiver, you will be contacted by the end of this week by our school secretary.  If you are unsure, call your pediatrician to check and see if their child is up to date.  More about vaccinations /immunizations: Information about the vaccination rules.

TURN ON YOUR CHILD’s LEARNING BRAIN  If you child is looking for school preparation activities, consider two important options:

  • Reading 15 minutes per day.  Get that reading brain turned on.  All the learning we do at school is connected to the ability to read.  If your child is a PK or K age student, READ ALOUD.  This is a great way to build vocabulary and interest/curiosity about reading.
  • MOBYMAX  We have a school online account that permits your child to practice reading skills, math skills and more.  To find out more, visit: MOBYMAX SUMMER CHALLENGE   If you do not know your child’s login, email me  treagan@hpseagles.net

WHO is my CHILD’s TEACHER:  Teacher’s for the 2014-15 year were named on all June report cards for children who attended school at Georgetown last year.  If your child is new to Georgetown (PK, K or transfer/move-in) you should have received an email from me when you enrolled.  If you do not know who your child’s teacher is, please contact me:  treagan@hpseagles.net

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First Week of February

Winter Break is behind us (along with 5 months of the school year).  February brings more snow, candy hearts and a ground hog searching for signs of spring!  No matter what the ground hog predicts, we simply hope for the kind of weather that permits outside recess breaks so the children can move and play — well deserved brain breaks from the classroom.

Our final school holiday related party of the year in VALENTINE’s DAY.  Teachers are working to developed a schedule that allows for ample parking, appropriate number of visitor’s in the hallway and an opportunity for parents to volunteer and help with the party activities.

We will continue with a check-in at the front of the building (in the lobby), supervised by para-professionals.    Parents will sign in and wear a nametag before going to the classrooms.  We ask that parents who attend be available to volunteer at the parties.  Please do not bring young children with you.  Parents attending must have a completed BACKGROUND CHECK on file with the school.  If you have not had this done, please follow this link,  complete the form and send this to the school office.

If you have questions about the type of support teachers need for their parties, contact the teacher via email.   Finally, to help with parking and traffic in the hallway, do not arrive more than 15 minutes prior to the party and leave within 15 minutes of the end of the party.

Remember to turn in your BOX TOPS by Friday.  Friday is also POPCORN DAY – A very big deal in our school.  MANY THANKS to the parents who volunteer once a month to pop, bag and deliver the popcorn.  This event (like all the events in our school) is possible because of the time that parents donate.  WE APPRECIATE YOU!

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HOLIDAY WISHES

holidaysI want to thank you for your support of our new procedures for the classroom holiday parties.  By staggering the parties over a two day period and with priority given to parents volunteering for the parties, our building and our parking lot were safer and more secure.  We also had teams of parapros signing parents into the parties on both days which helped us to know who was in the building throughout the day.  For the Valentine’s Day Parties we plan to add one more level of security by ensuring that those attending have been cleared with background checks.   Of course, our goal is to have fun and balance this with a safe, secure school setting.

The entire staff and I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas with your family and friends.

Thank you for ALL you do to support our school!

See you in 2015,

Mrs. Reagan and the Georgetown Staff