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Reading ROCKS!

It is hard to believe the first Reading Counts party is already over!  The students had fun at the various stations which included playing games, making their very own pet rock, watching a cool science experiment with paper mache volcanoes made by Staci Niebor, and having a healthy snack of trail mix. The parties in the afternoon truly enjoyed our special guest, Jonny Nelson, talk about interesting facts on mountain climbing.  At the end of the party, each student received rock candy as a special treat for all their hard work. Good job students of Georgetown Elementary for achieving your 100% Reading Counts goal! Video below…


The Reading Counts celebration certainly would not have been possible without help from all the wonderful parents, staff, and many others who took time out of their busy schedules to be volunteers.  Thank you to the volunteers for all your help to make this celebration a true success!

Mark your calendars! The next celebration will be Friday, March 13, 2009.  Kelly Keur and Kelly Barz has changed the bulletin board to the solar system!  Be sure to watch as the “stars” go across the board marking the 100% of each student’s goal.   Mrs. Roon, Reading Counts Chairperson

Many thanks to Mrs. Roon and all the volunteers…and Mrs. VandenBerg, From Mrs. Reagan

Invaluable Volunteers:  Kari King, Randy Hinken, Michelle Hinken, Julia Lyon, Erica Segard, Amy Gosset, Julie Peterson, Liz Fetkenhour, Cindy Tiesman, Mrs. Boersma, Michele DeWinter, Margaret Applebee, Janet Stark, Staci Niebor (who made 17 volcanoes), Mrs. Bouwens, Michelle Wierenga, Shellie Martinie, Angel Truman, Regina Smith, Lori Wilson, Kelly Keur (who made the mountain bulletin board), Mrs. Flory, Mrs. McDonald, Lisa Mulder, Jamie Ham, Christine OConnell, Kelly Ford, Jacki Boeve, Pam Eggers, Kelly Barz, Jennifer Conkel, Tonya Byers, Julie Randolph, Jonny Nelson (our mountain climber)!

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Holiday Program…Final Thoughts!

Many thanks once again to all the people who made our 2009 Holiday Program so very successful.  The thank you list includes the music staff at Georgetown (Mrs. Bretz, Ms. Whitenight, Ms. McCulloch).  In addition, the teachers who supported the students through the long rehearsals, and the staff that worked the evening of the program to ensure that all students were supervised and calm.  Resurrection Life Church was a perfect venue for our school this year–providing ample parking, seating, and stage setting.  This enables us to hold one program with all students which is much more family friendly, as well.  

Our school has reached a student enrollment size (574 students) that dictates the venue we must utilize for our holiday program.  Some have asked why we did not rent Fellowship Reformed this year, and this was addressed in our May 2008, September 2008 and October 2008 newsletters.  In addition, Mrs. Bretz addressed this on her blog and in the Q&A posting in her news update.   Fellowship Reformed is a beautiful location and worked so well with our school this past two years with regards to running two programs and accommodating hundreds of parents and special guests.  However, the size of our crowd created hazards in the parking lot and in the basement classrooms–sheer volume of pick up and drop off.  The move to Resurrection Life was made to ensure a safe and successful holiday program that students, family and friends could enjoy.  If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact me.  Mrs. Reagan

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Mrs. DeWeerd: State Superintendent of the Year

Our superintendent, Roxanne DeWeerd has been selected as the Superintendent of the Year for the State of Michigan!  This is an incredible honor for her and our district.  This was announced at the Board of Education Meeting this evening.  To learn more about the award, and it’s significance, visit the link to the Grand Rapids Press.  Congratulations, Mrs. DeWeerd…and thank you for your admirable leadership!

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PK/K Round Up, 2009

It is hard to believe that we are thinking ahead to our our 2009 pre-kindergarten (PK) and kindergarten (K)  children!  In the world of scheduling, we must begin to plan and prepare for our newest and brightest group.   If you have an incoming PK and K child, please mark your calendars for these dates:

March 17, 2009:  PK/K Round Up – Information about the PK/K enrollment, screening and school procedures.  This will be held in the Georgetown Multi-Purpose Room at 10 am and 7 pm.  Select one time to attend; the information is simply repeated both times.

Screening for PK/K will be held on March 18, 19, 20 and 24.  The screening takes approximately 30 minutes.  When you turn in your registration for PK/K, you will schedule the screening time.  It is your option to have your child screened.  If you feel that your child is ready for K, you do not need to have the screening done.  If you would like more information to help you decide, schedule the screening.  Results are shared at the time of the screening.

Registrations for PK/K are available in the school office beginning in January.

More details to come….



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Staff Holiday Breakfast

Christy Hultink and Kristi Fellows, Parent Club members, hosted a beautiful holiday breakfast for all the staff members of Georgetown.  The tables were lined with evergreens and candles and smells of pastries, quiche and coffee filled the air.  Staff members received notes of appreciation, along with stipends to put toward the purchase of classroom materials.  (I do believe that Krista Lawrence pulled an “all-nighter” writing these notes and making out checks!)  Tremendous thanks to all the parents who donated the food–and made this event possible.  We, the staff of Georgetown, feel honored to work with you and your children each day!

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Top Secret Shopping….Shhh!

If you happen to walk by our media center this week, you might do a double take.  Through the windows, you will see tables covered with many different types of gifts — ranging from Eagle’s gear to jewelry to toys, etc.  The room has been transformed into a department store!  Students have been shopping all week, searching for the just right gifts for special people in their lives.  This event is made possible by our Parent Club, and it is an absolutely invaluable service.  Sincere thanks to Jamie Ham for organizational talents, and the many warm hearted parents who assist these very important shoppers.  **Note:  The gifts in the photos below have been blurred out to prevent parents from snooping!


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A Thank You from the Thatchers

We, the parents and staff of Georgetown, received a touching thank you note from John and Deb Thatcher. They wanted to express their gratitude for the $2,000 we raised toward Grace Thatcher’s Scholarship Fund. The card is posted below.  Thank you to all of you who participated in the Time & Talent Auction, and the many other fundraising we have had in memory of Grace.

  “Dear Georgetown Staff, Parents and Students,   Thank you so much for the $2,000 donation to Grace’s Scholarship Fund.  It meant so much to us.  At this point we have raised a total of $17,600 from this one event.  This is a wonderful tribute in Grace’s memory.  Much Affection, John and Deb Thatcher.”


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Weekly Events: December 8-12, 2008

We are entering our 15th week of school!  There are just two weeks remaining before we begin our holiday vacation.  We have many activities taking place these next two weeks, so please mark your calendars.

Mon 12/8  Day 3

Holiday Gift Shop:  Media Center

Tues 12/9  Day 1

Music Therapy  (ECSE/CI) @ 1:35 pm

Holiday Gift Shop:  Media Center

Wed 12/10  Day 2

STAFF Holiday Breakfast: Sponsored by PTC @ 8:15 am in MPR

SAVE:  5th Grade pm

Holiday Gift Shop:  Media Center

Thurs  12/11 Day 3

Holiday Gift Shop:  Media Center

Fri  12/12 Day 1


Popcorn Day…and HAT DAY!  Wear any type of hat.