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Week 13: Nov 18-22, 2019


Welcome to Parent Teacher Conference and BOOK FAIR week!  Our parent conferences will be held on Monday and Wednesday from 4:30-8:30.  During conferences, I will call time every 15 minutes.  The purpose of this is to help parents and teachers stay on time.

Students will shop at the book fair throughout the week.  Parents will be able to shop at the BOOK FAIR on Monday /Wednesday evenings from 5-8.  TREMENDOUS thanks to Audrey Straub and ALL THE VOLUNTEERS for set up, sales and take down.  Just a reminder….the Book Fair helps us to put books in children’s hands and makes money for our school.  A portion of the money is used to grow our school library and classroom libraries.

While you are in the building this week, please look through lost and found.  All items will be across the hall from the library —where the book fair will be located.  Behind the lost and found table, you’ll find a beautiful display of black and white photos of 600 students and 75 staff members.  These photos can also be found in the gallery on the right side bar.

Here’s to a great week!

Mrs. Reagan

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Early Release Friday

Tomorrow is early release Friday, Nov, 15. We will be dismissing at 12:15 on Nov 15. If your child is a car rider, please be at school by 12:10 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.

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Girls On The Run Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for Girls On The Run! You can register online at www.GOTROAC.ORG or at an Open House. Check out the website for times and locations for open houses.

This is a 10 week program for girls 3rd grade-5th grade that will be held after school on Mondays and Wednesdays for 90 minutes per day in the Spring. Practices will start the first week in March and the program ends with a 5K celebration for all of the coaches and participants in June. The cost of the GOTR program is $150. It is a great program for all levels of ability and a great way to make new friends, be on a team, and learn about healthy habits emotionally, socially, mentally, and physically!

If you didn’t get a paper home, let us know and we can send one to you. If you have any questions about the program, our coach will be Aubrey VanSlyke. Her email is aubreyvanslyke83@gmail.com

Aubrey is also looking for some moms to help out! If you would be willing to help, please email her to let her know!!

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Week 12: November 11-15, 2019

Week 12 marks the calendar point for 1/3 of the school year!  By the end of this week, I will have taken a black and white photo of each of our 600 students.  These will be posted on the wall outside the library — just in time for Parent/Teacher Conferences.  This is a very personal project for me — one that requires me to pause for 2-3 seconds with each child, spend additional minutes uploading, editing and naming, developing and posting to the board.  This is one of the ways that I learn the characteristics of each child’s beautiful face, their first & last name….and current teacher.  The video above highlights all of our kindergarteners!

The 12 week of school is  the perfect time for us to pull together our data to show growth in academics and social, emotional learning.  As I type out this blog post, I have  been fielding questions from teachers about the conference schedule, curriculum data and student support needs — and it’s SATURDAY EVENING.

The teachers are Georgetown are exceptional in every way.  They plan lessons academics and social skills that are highly organized, detailed, goal focused and measurable.  In addition, they interact with their students (your children) as if they were their own children.  They are child focused and present all day and prepare their lessons, analyze data and write reports and parent communication at home on the week nights and weekends.   These professionals also spend hundreds of dollars of their own money each year on their classrooms.

Many of you aware that media coverage of educators is not kind — educators blamed for nearly every social flaw.   We feel grateful to work in a district where bonds are supported (THANK YOU) with parents that support schools.

As proud as I am of them for going above and beyond with time, resources and care I also worry deeply about burn out.  The only way to prevent this from taking a toll is through appreciation of their work and care for your children.  I have been in this profession for more than 30 years and I have never worked with such a self-less team.  We are NOT PERFECT.  We are human and each of us has used the wrong word choice when sending an email or missed returning a voicemail in a timely manner.  And, when this happens we remind one another to own and we also encourage us to move on — allowing room for grace.  In addition, I encourage teachers to step away and let go and take care of THEMSELVES.

When you meet with your child’s teachers at next weeks conferences, be aware that all the information that is shared with you (student work samples, specific details notes about growth, and report card data and comments), this is all compiled after hours.  I ask that you keep all of this in mind during conferences and throughout the year.  Any expression of gratitude, goes a long way with people who are in this profession because they care about raising your children to be successful adults.

As I close, I need you to know how much I appreciate you and your parent involvement at Georgetown.  As I rush from one spot to the next during the day, I am touched by the number of parents who are supporting our learners each day.   We have a very special school family.

According to the weather forecast, next week will be cold and snowy!  If time allows, write your child’s name inside their jackets and snow pants!

Mrs. Reagan

PS This blog post was inspired by a friend and parent… thank you, D.G.!

 

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Blog Bits 11/8/2019

Blog Bits 11/8/2019

News From the Office…

Thank you to all that voted this week and helped make the bond proposal successful!

Parent teacher conferences will be going on Nov. 18 and Nov. 20. You should have received an email about when your time is. The book fair will also be going on Nov. 18 thru Nov. 22. You can shop on Monday and Wednesday from 4:00-8:00 after school during conferences. A huge thank you to Audrey Straub for organizing the book fair and we appreciate all of the volunteers that help in various ways throughout the week!

Thanksgiving break will be here before we know it. We will be off Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday Nov. 27-29 and we will be back at school on Monday, Dec 2.

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Next Early Release…

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

Nov. 14 – Jet’s Pizza Night

Nov. 15 – Popcorn Friday

Nov. 18 thru 22 – Fall Book Fair!

The PTC is looking for volunteers to help with the book fair! It will be going on from Nov. 18 thru 22. Please use the link below to sign up to volunteer. Thank you for signing up and helping out!!

https://signup.com/go/phDJhQd

PE News…

The annual P.E. C.A.R.E.S food drive will be starting on November 6.  We are asking for your help by bringing in non-perishable food items for Love Inc. in Hudsonville.  Food items to consider are canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, rice, baked beans, black beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, tuna fish, etc.
 (please no ramen noodles)
The food drive will continue until Nov. 21.  We will be keeping track of how many items each class brings in for the food drive.  The class with the most items at the end of the day on Nov. 21 will win a bowling trip to Hudsonville Lanes and a P.E. C.A.R.E.S t-shirt.
This is a great opportunity for our students to care for their community, thanks for sharing in this service project with us at Georgetown.
Mrs. Nienhuis and Mrs. VanKoevering

Music News…

Save the date!! The Holiday Program will be held on Dec 12. Mark your calendars!
Art News…
ArtPrize art project help and donations! Another call for help!
We are still looking for people who are willing to donate materials for our students’ upcoming 2020 ArtPrize entry. In 2017, Hudsonville Public Schools’ students won their category and we are going to enter again next year! If you or someone you know would be willing to donate wooden boards to our school, we need 1X4 and 2×4 (untreated) primed or unprimed boards. Each student at our school in grades K-5 will be creating artwork on their own board which will be joined together with our other K-12 Hudsonville Public Schools student artworks!
If you can donate boards (we still need about 400+ pieces for our school alone) could you please email Meagan Chmura (our art teacher) at mchmura@hpseagles.netThanks so much for supporting our art program!
Community News…
•Hudsonville Eagles Aquatics Team to Host Free Swim Night!
The Hudsonville Eagles Aquatic Teams (HEAT) will be hosting a FREE swim night for your child to come and learn more about joining this competitive swim team. 
All elementary and middle school kids are welcome to join us on Friday, November 8, from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Hudsonville Competition Pool, 3370 Allen St.
Students must have a parent/guardian present during the free swim event.
For more information, please visit hudsonvllepublicschools.org or contact
Aquatics Director, Ian Koes at ikobes@hpseagles.net
or HEAT Head Coach Michaela Rookus at mrookus@hpseagles.net
•IT’ THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR IN HUDSONVILLE

Hudsonville is celebrating its 26th annual Holiday Parade on November 23rd at 10 am. The parade, sponsored by Sunset Retirement Communities, takes off from Pinnacle Center Drive and will travel north on 32nd Ave, ending on school street off of Central Blvd. Immediately following the parade, there will be a Christmas celebration held at Terra Square filled with Santa and Mrs. Claus, kid’s activities, cookies, and hot chocolate. This is an excellent opportunity to welcome in the holidays with your family and neighbors! Look for floats, horses, snow dogs, trucks, bands, and more in the Hudsonville Holiday Parade on Saturday, November 23.

•Hudsonville Youth Girls Lacrosse Stick Skills Clinic ~ Join Us!

Monday Nights Nov. 4 – Dec 16
6-7 PM for 3-6 grades
7-8 PM for 7-8 grades
Location: Jamestown Upper Elementary School, 3291 Lincoln St.
$25.00 for all sessions
Please E-mail us at HudsonGirlsYouthLax@gmail.com to sign up or if you have questions.
Please follow our Facebook page to get information about upcoming events. Search for Hudsonville Girls Lacrosse 
An informational meeting for the spring season will be held at Jamestown Upper Elementary on December 16, from 8 – 8:30 p.m. ~ Please mark your calendars!

Community Ed…

 You can click here to go to the community education page on the Hudsonville Public School website.

Upcoming Events

 

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Box Tops Total!

Thank you to everyone for sending your box tops in!! You earned $535.80 for the school. A huge thank you to Lori Simpson and our very own Emmie Simpson for spending many hours counting and bundling them! We sincerely appreciate it!! Way to go Georgetown!

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Caring for our Families and our Community: PE CARES FOOD DRIVE

The annual PE CARES FOOD DRIVE will be starting on November 6.  This is a project that is organized by the district’s physical education teachers who partner with Hudsonville’s Love INC.
What do we NEED asking for your help by bringing in non-perishable food items for Love Inc. in Hudsonville.  Food items to consider are canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, rice, baked beans, black beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, tuna fish, etc.
NO RAMEN NOODLES.
The food drive will continue until Nov. 21.  We will be keeping track of how many items each class brings in for the food drive.  The class with the most items at the end of the day on Nov. 21 will win a bowling trip to Hudsonville Lanes and a PE CARES T-SHIRT.
This is a great opportunity for our students to care for their community, thanks for sharing in this service project with us at Georgetown.
Mrs. Nienhuis and Mrs. VanKoevering
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Help With Teacher Conference Dinners

The PTC is looking for help with making a dinner for the teachers.  Fall conferences are a great time to show our teachers some love and appreciation for all they do by providing them a delicious comforting hot meal. This fall we have chosen a “comfort food” theme. We will be offering our fabulous teachers Fried Chicken, Macaroni and Cheese, Chili with Salad and Desserts.  Use this link to sign up to help donate items for this dinner. Please have items to school no later than noon on Monday so we can have everything set up for teachers to begin eating by 3:30 in order for them to be ready for conferences at 4. Thank you so very much for your willingness to help and please feel free to email me with any questions. Erin Fredricks krebille@hotmail.com

 

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Michigan Children’s Protection Agency

Are your children safe while online? Michigan families, especially minors, are becoming inundated with advertisements from alcohol, tobacco, pornography, illegal drug and gambling marketers through different internet and cell phone inboxes. Texting their advertisements is the newest marketing effort that many of these companies are using. Thankfully, the Michigan Secretary of State’s office offers a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching your email address and cell number via text. The Michigan Child Protection Registry is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan’s families.

As a strong supporter of this Registry, I would like to encourage you to sign your entire family up for this program and inform your friends and colleagues about how they can protect their children and families from unwanted adult advertising. To sign up only takes seconds. Just go to www.ProtectMIChild.com and keep your family safe.