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Reigning Pillow Polo Champs!

You may have thought that the 2010 Superbowl Game was a great game, but the annual Staff vs 5th Grade Students Pillow Polo Match was RIVETING! What in the world is pillow polo: It is a sport similar to field hockey, but played indoors and with giant Q-tips for sticks. It is one intense, high energy game!

The 5th grade students put forward a good challenge, defensively and offensively. They were, however, out scored by the highly skilled staff. There was a penalty in the first half when Mrs. Kok (Mrs. Becky)  was caught high sticking…so, sorry Grace!

Mrs. Burdis held the goalie position and saved her team by preventing multiple scores by the opposing teams. The staff scored four goals, with the students scoring one goal the entire game. Go Mrs. Bouwens, Mrs. Brouwer, Mrs. VanKoevering, Mrs. Burdis, Mrs. Kok, Mrs. Reagan–thanks for great team work.

Many thanks to all the students, the staff (who will be sore for days) and Mrs. VanKoevering/Mrs. Nienhuis for setting up this event!

*Final Note: This was the 3rd consecutive year the staff has beat the socks off the 5th graders. So, if you are a fourth grader this year, watch out!

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Blog Search Tip

Do you ever visit the blog and struggle with how to find a post or link?  We tag each post with multiple subject words to assist you in this search.  If you know the subject of what you are looking for (sock hop or weekly events, for example), simply type these words into the SEARCH found on the sidebar to the far right.

All of the posts containing those key subject words will appear.  This enables you to more easily locate what you are trying to locate. 

As always, thank you for utilizing our blog.  The goal is quick, efficient, up to date communication–along with reducing paper use!  

Mrs. Reagan

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Blog Spotlight

As you know, at the beginning of each week, I spotlight a blog or two or three for you to check out.  In the past few weeks, I have highlight PE, Art, and Music.  The blogs I am recommending for surf worthiness this week are the four very busy and wonderful first grade classrooms.  All four teachers use every moment to focus on instruction and still manage to build in time for those critical life long learning skills of teamwork, socialization and problem solving.  Enjoy your surfing through these classrooms!

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How well do you know a word?


Early this fall, we implemented a common instructional strategy (K-5) for the teaching of vocabulary. When teachers provide direct instruction in the deep understanding of words (vocabulary), students are better prepared to understand the information they hear and read in their studies.  Much of this work was based on the research of Bob Marzano, international curriculum leader in the area of best practice instruction, K-12.

Under the guidance of our speech & language pathologist, Kristina Speidel, we also assessed all students in their understanding of this strategy so that we could make improvements to our instruction.  The data that we collected helped us to identify missing pieces of our instruction, and also helped to move in the direction of small group instruction as a next step.  Beginning this week, small groups of students in each grade will work with teachers to learn additional strategies vocabulary to improve learning in all content areas.  In May, we will re-assess students and create a plan for improving instruction for the 2009-10 school year.

To see a video of the lesson modeled, visit:  VOCABULARY




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Weekly Agenda, 2/2/09

Ahhh….it is finally February!  I enjoy winter, but this one seems like it is lingering just a bit too long for my tastes.  We are headed into the 21st week of school, and already planning for spring events: Young Authors,  Just Write, Talent Show, and  Field Day to name a few.  Please check our posts to stay updated on weekly and future events.  Have a terrific week!  And, by the way, Happy Ground Hog Day, too.

Weekly Events

  • Mon 2/2  Day 3:  Ground Hog Day
  • Tues 2/3  Day 1:  Music Therapy:  ECSE, CI in MPR 1:30-3:00 pm
  • Wed  2/4  Day 2:  Pillow Polo Match:  5th Grade Students vs Olympic Medaled Staff Members
  • Thurs 2/5  Day 3:  Mrs. Kok:  Bowling:  9:15 am; Blog Training for Students @ 4 pm (Computer Lab)
  • Fri  2/6 Day 1:  MW PK/K




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Persuasive Writing = Donated Books!


Shelfari: Book reviews on your book blog

Mrs. Molly Guikema, one of our HHS teachers, designed a writing project with a community purpose for her English II-A students.  At the conclusion of their unit of study related to characteristics of an American hero, Mrs. Guikema asked her English students to write a persuasive letter to children’s book publishers.  The intent of the letter to solicit book donations to help build school library collections for their local elementary schools. Five of the students chose to donate the books they received to our school library.  

Many thanks to: Jon Igo, Britney Bekken, Alex Slager, Christy Bectel, Nicole Huitsing…and Mrs. Guikema! You can view the donate books on our shelf above…and in our school library!



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Good Friday Afternoon Georgetown Parents!

Just our little weekly update here from the office.  Not too many things to report this week.


Just a reminder that the registration form and the money is due in the office by MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2! The event will take place on Thursday, February 12, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.


Kindergarten Registration packets are available in the office for pick up.  Please be sure to bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate and up to date immunization records when you turn in the registration.  If your child has their 5 year old check up coming up, please bring in the updated immunization record after the appointment.  Round-up will be held on March 17th at 10:00am and 7:00pm.  You may choose which ever time works best for you.


Parent/Teacher conferences will be held March 2-4.  At this time they will having the Classroom Basket Raffles again this year.  These will be displayed in the hall by the library.

Please plan on attending the next PTC meeting that will be held on Thursday, February 19 at 7:00pm.

Mark your calendars…….The Mother/Son Night will be Friday, March 13 at Lost City! We will be sending home more infomation soon!


This seven-week long workshop is designed to introduce participants to the basic philosophies and techniques of “Love and Logic”.  It will be held on Thursday nights from 6:30-8:00 in the Park Elementary Community room (Feb. 26-April 23). Childcare will be provided free of charge.  There is a one-time $10 fee to cover the cost of the workbook.  To register, please call Kristi Sherrington at 616-560-7041.  Space is limited.


Please read the attached flyer in regards to an art class being offered through Community Ed.  If interested please fill out the enrollment form and return to the Community Ed office.  If you have any questions, please contact Community Ed at 669-7747, ext 3.



FEBRUARY 2  Jet’s Pizza Night
3 Ciao Bella’s Night
5  Wendy’s Night
10 Marco’s Night
11 M/W K Valentine Parties
12 Father/Daughter 50’s Sock Hop
12 Valentine Parties
16 Play to Learn
16 Marimbamania Assembly
17 Ciao Bella’s Night
17 Tarry Hall Skating Party
19 PTC Meeting 7p
20 Popcorn Day and ALL School PJ Day!
24 Ciao Bella’s Night
25 Marco’s Night

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Nurenberg

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Watch out world…

there are 16 courageous and brilliant bloggers coming your way!  We had our first student blogging class after school today, and they students did an amazing job getting their blog themes selected, creating their first post, and adding a link.  You can check out their blogs by visiting BLOGPALS, where you will find all the student blogs listed.  If you can, leave a comment for them…it will make them BLOG CRAZY!  Mrs. Reagan

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Get your poodle skirts and saddle shoes dusted off!!  Georgetown Elementary is having a 50’s Sock Hop for all the girls and their fathers.  Get ready to rock-n-roll, twist and shout, and limbo the night away!  Mark your calendars for THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12! This attachment has all the details and the registration form that must be returned to school by FEBRUARY 2!!

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