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Week 36: May 20-24, 2019

Welcome to the WIND UP to WIND DOWN!  We have 13.5 days of school to go and like all teachers, we are going to make use of every single minute!

If you gaze at the calendar below, you’ll see that the most common activity is FIELD TRIPS.  In addition, every classroom will be wrapping up units of study and completing assessments for report cards.

Stay connected with your child’s classroom via their class blog regarding end of year due dates, etc.

The end of the year brings transitions…and the biggest and most sentimental is our 5th grade transition from elementary school to middle school.  Most of our 5ht graders have been at Georgetown for six years…some of them seven years.  One particular 5th graders is the veteran of Georgetown — attending  for nine years: 3 years of ECSE + K-5 for six years.  His name is Kellan Gainey and if you haven’t met him, you are MISSING OUT!

This past Thursday, our 5th graders headed to Camp Henry for the culminating team building experience of elementary school.  Our veteran student, Kellan, did something absolutely exceptional and brave.  As a visually impaired person, he climbed to the top of a zip line tower and zipped bravely down while his classmates cheered him on.  His father, Jim, zipped down next to Kellan.  Enjoy this clip — it represents the beauty and magic  of growing and learning together for 6+ years!

 

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Week 35: May 13-17, 2019

Why doing school work this afternoon, it dawned on me that we have just four weeks remaining  — 19 school days!  This year has FLOWN by…and as usual we feel like we need more time to do everything that we hoped to accomplish this year.

As exciting as it is to look back on all that the children have learned in the past year, it is difficult to wrap up and say our farewells to our class families.  We know that the end of the year can increase anxiety for some kids, so we are doing our best to maintain schedules while at the same time preparing kids for their transition from a school schedule to a summer schedule.

As we get closer to the end, there will be posts from me and your classroom teachers (visit class blogs) about suggestions for summer learning and activities.  We encourage all parents to devote some time everyday to helping your child’s brain stay engaged in learning.

This week we have a special event for all 5th graders:  FIFTH GRADE CAMP at Camp Henry.  They leave Thursday morning and return Friday early evening.  It is an amazing experience at a beautiful facility.  Thank you to all parents who are chaperoning and the PTC who supports our camp funding.

A BIG BIG APPRECIATION shout out to all parents and the PTC for making our week last week extra special with snacks, lunches and kind notes throughout the week.  As you know, those who go into education give much more than 8 hours per day.  Those hours are student contact hours that are 100% focused on meeting learning, emotional and social needs.  The prep work for this takes place after hours — and often involves use of personal funds for material purchases or course work.  Your works of appreciation give us the fuel we need to know that what we’re doing makes a difference.

Wrapping with warm wishes for all mothers of all kinds on this mother’s day weekend.  I hope you have time to relax and be appreciated!

Warmly,

Mrs. Reagan

 

 

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Blog Bits 5/10/2019

Blog Bits 5/10/2019

News From the Office…

We want to send a HUGE THANK YOU to Elizabeth Schollaart for spoiling the staff for teacher appreciation week!! She did an amazing job and it is very much appreciated! Also, thank you to everyone who volunteered to bring in items to contribute throughout the week!  We are almost done with M-Step!! The kids are doing so well and we are very proud of them! Our countdown continues with 18 1/2  SCHOOL days left!! Hard to Believe!! Here are a couple of end of the year reminders.

  1. Please keep in mind we do not have a lot of extra room in the lounge freezer. Please do not drop off popsicles or other frozen treats without clearing it through your child’s teacher. Thanks for your help with this!!
  2. The calendars for next year were revised with a change for the early release in September. Here is a copy of the new calendar. 2019-2020 Revised Student Calendar

MEDICATION PICK UP…

Just an end of the year reminder about medication. If your child has any meds at school (prescription or over the counter) , they must be picked up by the last day of school. Anything left after the last day will be disposed of by the health department. Thank you!!

Next Early Release…

Our next early release is on our last day June 7. We will be dismissing at 12:15 on June 7. 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…

May 24 – Popcorn Friday

EL News…

International Celebration 

Please join the EL (English Learners) department in a celebration of countries around the world.

Friday, May 17 at 5:30 pm in the Hudsonville Freshman Campus Lobby.

Your entire family is welcome to attend. This event is open to all Hudsonville students and families.

There will be a showcase of food, music, clothing, dances, poems, etc. from many different cultures.

If you and your family would like to come to the International Celebration, please respond on this form: International Celebration response form. On this form, you can indicate if you would like to represent a country in someway.  It can be by marching with a country flag, bringing food from another country and/or representing your country in a different way.   You do not have to bring food or represent a country in order to attend the celebration.

Please complete the form linked above by Monday, May 13 if you plan to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Victoria Cooley at vcooley@hpsegles.net or Rachel Manzer at rmanzer@hpseages.net

Library News…

It is that time of year again when we are going to celebrate all of our Georgetown Millionaires!!  If you are one of those students that is tracking and counting your words to become a Million Word Reader,  it is time to turn in your sheets of books and word totals!  Remember, if you have taken any Reading Counts quizzes the computer keeps track of those words so no need to write those down.  Turn in your Word Count sheets by Friday, May 24 to Mrs. VandenBerg in the Library! There are links on the Blog that can help you in counting your words under Reading Counts.

Music News…

Please read the wonderful article that the Muskegon Times did on the Link Up concert and the year long program all of our fourth graders participated in!  It was indeed one of the best days ever!

https://muskegontimes.com/2019/05/01/the-best-day-of-their-lives-how-the-west-michigan-symphony-link-up-program-is-changing-the-way-students-see-music/

5th Grade News…

May 16 and 17 – Fifth grade camp

June 4 – Field Day (June 5 is a back up rain date)

Community News…

•Feeding America West Michigan Food Truck
Hager Park Church
Saturday, June 8, 2019
10:00 am to Noon
Hager Park Church is partnering with Feeding America West Michigan to provide a Mobile Food
Distribution. The food distribution will take place at Hager Park Church’s parking lot, located at 2635 Bauer Road in Jenison. Sign-in is required, although the food is FREE to anyone that needs it. There will be a large assortment of food, consisting of fresh seasonal produce and other high-quality grocery items.

Community Ed…

 You can click here to go to the community education page on the Hudsonville Public School website. There are many activities for your kids to look into!

Upcoming Events

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Early Release Friday 5/10/2019

 

Tomorrow is early release Friday, May 10. We will be dismissing at 12:15 on May 10. 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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Week 34: May 6-10, 2019

Week 34 brings a little bit of sun, some rain….and most importantly STAFF APPRECIATION!   We have many important and amazing people to get your kids to school, supervise their play, feed them and teach team.  We also have staff members who make sure the phones are answered, medication dispensed and SO MUCH MORE!  And…where would we even be without MR. ROB, the most incredible custodian on the planet.  Because of him, our 14 year old building is sparkling clean and looks like NEW.

A special committee of parent volunteers will be celebrating the staff all week.  If you get a moment, send a note of appreciation to one of the staff members who supports your kids each day.

The video collection above includes photos of nearly all our staff.  Missing photos of each bus drivers.  They don’t like their photos taken…and they are also very busy people!

TONIGHT is CULVER’s NIGHT….so stop on by to have a staff member bring you your dinner.  A portion of the earnings between 5-8 goes back to Georgetown!

Some addition highlights of the week are below!

 

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Week 33: April into May

If you see white stuff falling from the sky, the only advice I have to offer is this:  CLOSE YOUR CURTAINS or BLINDS until late Sunday.   The calendar turns too May on Wednesday — and I have the highest of hopes that we have better weather ahead.

Our LOST and FOUND reflects the weather changes with a mix of winter and spring coats.  If you think you’re missing a jacket, encourage your child to check their locker or visit Lost & Found.

Congratulations to our 5th Graders who completed their final series of M-STEP tests this week.  They took six tests (ELA, MATH, Science – 2 tests, Social Studies 2-tests) and stayed focused and worked hard throughout each test.  This testing involved six half days over the past two weeks and we are happy to have it behind us.   This week our third graders will take the ELA and MATH M-STEP tests on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

In addition to M-STEP testing, our students in grades 1-3 have been taking new district assessments called the STAR 360. These are online assessments in reading and math.  These test results serve as a comparison of our student performance with similar students in each grade across the nation. Like the M-STEP test, these are a snapshot of our student academic progress.

Highlights of the week are below.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend…and here’s to next week!

Mrs. Reagan

 

 

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Blog Bits 4/26/2019

Blog Bits 4/26/2019

News From the Office…

It is so nice to see the flowers popping up and smell spring in the air!! We have been busy taking M STEP and the kids are doing great! The fifth graders are done and third and fourth have it coming up. You can see the schedule below. Keep up the hard work! We love it when the weather cooperates and they can take a much needed break outside!

  • Grade 4 – May 7 – 16
  • Grade 3 – April 30 – May 2
    IMPORTANT TESTING DAY TIPS:
    1. Get plenty of sleep.

    2. Arrive to school on time.

    3. Bring:  2 healthy snacks and a water bottle.

    4. Remind your child that all of our learning all year long has prepared us for these tests.  This is our opportunity to show what we know!

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Next Early Release…

Our next early release is on May 10. We will be dismissing at 12:15 on May 10. 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…

May 6 – Culver’s Night, more information will be coming out soon!

May 9 – Jet’s Pizza Night

May 9 – PTC Meeting 6:30 in the school library

5th Grade News…

May 8 – Parent information meeting for fifth grade camp 6:00 in the multi-purpose room

May 16 and 17 – Fifth grade camp

June 4 – Field Day (June 5 is a back up rain date)

Vote May 7…

On May 7, Hudsonville School parents and community members will have the chance to vote on our annual Non-Homestead Millage renewal. This is an annual renewal request that voters have approved for the past 24 years and , if approved, would generate approximately $4.8 million dollars of operating revenue for our school district. Please note, this is not a tax on primary residences and is not a new tax.

Official ballot language is as follows:

This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance.

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Hudsonville Public Schools, Ottawa and Allegan Counties, Michigan, be increased by 18 mills ($18.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for the year 2019, to provide funds for operating purposes: the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2019 is approximately $4,850,000 (this is a renewal of millage that expired with the 2018 tax levy)?

Community News…

•AYSO Soccer Registration Event
Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Season
 
When: Tuesday, April 30 from 6-8
Where: Chapel Pointe Church (gymnasium), 3350 Baldwin St, Jenison, MI 49428
Who: ages 3-14
Registration Fees:  $115 per registered player
$15 concussion form discount for each player until May 15
Scholarships are available and are taken into consideration upon a written request.
Online registration will be open May 1 – June 10
Details:  Register early for next season because teams fill up fast
Complete your concussion form on the spot
Find out about volunteer opportunities
Meet your AYSO board members
We will have jersey sizes available to try on
There will be a kids craft table
Please bring the following:  The child/children you are registering unless you bring a pre-signed concussion form (It is state law that the player signs also)
Birth certificate
Credit/Debit card or Visa gift card (no checks or cash accepted)
•Did you know that arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States? Doctor diagnosed arthritis affects about 1 in 4 adults in the United States. This is why Team Black is participating in the Walk to Cure Arthritis. Our team has raised $2020 so far! Our goal this year is $3000 and I know we can get there with your help. The walk is only a little over a week away! To contribute to our goal, please follow this link to Sean or Katherine’s fundraising pages…
Katherine’s fundraising page: https://events.arthritis.org/participant/102975
Team Black (John, Melissa, Sean – 2nd grade, and Katherine – 1st grade) will be once again participating in the Walk to Cure Arthritis on Saturday, May 5.  This walk is the Arthritis Foundation’s big fundraiser to raise money to find a cure for arthritis and to fund activities for children and adults with arthritis throughout the state.  Sean is our arthritis warrior and we are walking with him to show him our love and support.
•Feeding America West Michigan Food Truck
Hager Park Church
Saturday, June 8, 2019
10:00 am to Noon
 
Hager Park Church is partnering with Feeding America West Michigan to provide a Mobile Food
Distribution. The food distribution will take place at Hager Park Church’s parking lot, located at 2635 Bauer Road in Jenison. Sign-in is required, although the food is FREE to anyone that needs it. There will be a large assortment of food, consisting of fresh seasonal produce and other high-quality grocery items.

Community Ed…

 You can click here to go to the community education page on the Hudsonville Public School website. There are many activities for your kids to look into!

Upcoming Events

 

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