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Constitution Day

the-constitutionConstitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave people on September 17, 1787.

Today, on Constitution Day, each classroom will discuss the significance of this document for our great nation.

Feel free to visit the links below to learn more about the Constitution — the foundation of our free, united country.

 

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Week 4: September 17-21, 2018

Can you believe we are starting our fourth week of school?  This will also be our first FULL week with 5 school days.   We’re ready!

We had a gorgeous week of weather last week.  We took advantage with outdoor movement breaks and recess. It was also the perfect week for us to complete our first set of practice drills:  Tornado (9/12), Fire (9/13) and Lockdown (9/14).

We know that these practices can raise anxiety for our students — so we practice with intention and with care.  Each teacher explained the drill type before each practice.  Over the school loud speaker, I explain the expectations for behavior and then we run each drill.    During the school year, we will practice for fire 8 times, tornado 2 times and lockdown three times.

Below is a snapshot of our week ahead.  Monday is Constitution Day — and each teacher will honor this day with a lesson.  We have our first PTC meeting on Thursday, September 20 at 6:30 pm in our school library.  Main topic for our PTC Meeting: Preparations for our big school fundraiser which is the Oct. 5 80’s Themed Walkathon!  More details coming soon.

Enjoy the remainder of your weekend!

Mrs. Reagan

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Blog Bits 9/14/2018

Blog Bits 9/14/2018

News from the Office…

We are right back into the swing of things and the kids are doing great! We practiced a few of our emergency drills this week and they did amazing with them as well!

Parents just a reminder that if you have to change how your child is getting home, please send a dated note to the teacher. Remember, we cannot change busses or ride a different bus home with a friend. That is a CRAZY part of the day for teachers and it is super helpful to have that note as a reminder!! Also keeping it as consistent as possible is helpful to not only the teachers , but the kids as well.

If you know your child is not going to be attending school for a day, please let the office know for attendance. You can also leave a voicemail if you call while we are not here. Thanks for your help with this!! We greatly appreciate it!

We have been going through paperwork that we may still need for your child.  If any forms come home with your student, please sign them and return them to school as soon as you can.  Thanks and have a great weekend!!!

Next Early Release…

Just a reminder of the next early release Friday. We will be dismissing at 12:15 on Oct. 12. 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 $2.50.  Free and reduced benefits will also apply.

School Pictures…

MARK THE DATE ON YOUR CALENDARS!!! SCHOOL PICTURES WILL BE ON SEPTEMBER 27!! More information will be coming home with the order form soon!

PTC News…

•9/20 – First PTC meeting! Mark this on your calendars and come hear what is happening at Georgetown!! It will be held in the library starting at 6:30!! We would love to see all of you there!! Come and hear about everything being planned and how you can volunteer to help out in any way!

•9/28 – First Popcorn Friday

•10/5 – Walk-A-Thon. This is the one major fundraiser each year where the PTC raises about 90% of the budget. Donation forms will come home soon. Some of the major expenditures the PTC uses this money for include teacher stipends for classroom supplies, reading programs, field trips, specials supplies, and helping staff and students in times of need.

The PTC is also looking for some people to help with the Girl’s Winter Dance and the Conference Dinner Committee. If you are interested in helping with this, please contact Audrey Straub at audreystraub@gmail.com

PE News…

2018 Turkey Trot coming on October 23!
More information will be coming home next week.
We are currently looking for Turkey Trot sponsors.
Sponsors are asked to pay $150.00 and then your business
name will be put on the back of 1000 race shirts.  If you are
interested or want more information about being a sponsor
please call Taraynn Nienhuis or Shelly VanKoevering at
Georgetown Elementary at  797-9797 ext. 22422
(deadline for sponsorship is Sept. 28)

Community News…

•MOBILE FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Hager Park Church
Saturday, September 22, 2018
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.
•Septemberfest Arts and Crafts Show will be held again this year on Saturday, September 15 from 9am – 3pm at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds.  Admission is $2 for adults and kids 12 and under are free.  Come shop over 150 vendors and plan to stay for lunch.  All proceeds benefit Hudsonville Christian School. Please visit Facebook for more information on vendors or to RSVP to the event.  Hope to see you there!
•The Heritage Christian School Fall Children’s Clothing and Toy Sale will be held on Saturday, October 6 from 9 am – 12:00 pm. Items for sale include infant to teen clothing, winter gear, snow boots outdoor/indoor toys, books, games, shoes, baby equipment, maternity, and more. Delicious baked goods are also for sale! Located in the large gym at Heritage Christian at 6340 Autumn Dr., Hudsonville. Hope to see you there!
•HOLY CROSS KIDS FALL CONSIGNMENT SALE
*Fri, Sept 28 9am-3pm
*Sat, Sept 29 9am-1pm (half price sale!)
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
616.457.2420

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 Tomorrow

Just a reminder, it’s early release Friday! We will be dismissing at 12:15 on Sept. 14. 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 $2.50.  Free and reduced benefits will also apply.

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Week 3: Sept 10-14, 2018

We are gradually working our way up to a five day week.  We started with three days, then four days.  This week we get to try out four and a half days!  It’s a beautiful way to ease our bodies and minds into the work of school.  I have appreciated it because every year I am amazed at how fun and exhausting it can be to start the school year.

We continue to work on our school routines and as the teachers build relationships, they are also beginning to assess each child in reading, writing and math skills.  We use this information to build instruction that meets each child’s needs.  We want to start with what each child knows and build on that knowledge.

You may have also heard from your child that we are building in frequent breaks (outside when weather permits) and throughout the day in the classroom.  Many of our teachers use movement and stretches that incorporate balance and breathing.  As teachers and as learners, we know that our brains need movement, hydration and air to improve learning.

On Friday of this week, I welcomed our new students in grades 1-5:  Twenty Five Students in Total.  I gave each a donut and time to meet/greet one another.  I also took their photos for the ONLY ONE YOU BOARD — found across from the library.  During the year, every student will appear on this board!  Photos of our 25 new students are at the top of this post!

Remember Friday is our first early release day!  School will dismiss between 12:05-12:10. If you drive your child to school, please pick up between 12:05-12:15.    Busses will depart school at 12:15.

Snap shot of the school events below.

Enjoy your weekend!

Mrs. Reagan

 

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Week 2: September 4-7, 2018

I hope that you and your family are enjoying a wonderful Labor Day weekend.

Staff book study for the 2018-19 school year is GROWTH MINDSET COACH. It is a month by month guide that helps us shift our teacher  and student thinking to a GROWTH mindset approach to learning.  Teachers know that the actions they take (body language, word choice) show our students what we expect of their learning.  Sometimes the words we use give children the impression that their ability to learn is fixed or pre-determined.  This happens when we make statements like:  “You’re so smart! or “You’re a math genius”  or “Spelling comes easily to you.”  These statements imply that some kids are born smart, genius like and/or that learning comes easily.  This reinforces a FIXED MINDSET.

Many of us were raised in these messages, so we must intentionally shift toward a GROWTH MINDSET approach to teaching and learning.  By doing this, our word choice reflects the philosophy that our brains are always growing and as a result, with lots of practice and support, every child and adult is a learner.  To help you understand this approach, I encourage you to visit MINDSET WORKS parent tips page.   It is FILLED with helpful information about this approach.

Each month, we’ll introduce a new GROWTH MINDSET PHRASE to our students and expand their beliefs about their own ability to learn through practice, mistakes, failures and more practice.  This months phrase is above — Everyone Can Learn. 

This week, we will continue to focus on welcoming all the children by building routines and relationships.  We know that Tuesday could be a little tricky for some of our kindergarteners (and maybe a few Gr 1-5 kids) after four days at home.  We’re resting up to provide extra TLC to help them out!

Enjoy the remainder of your weekend!

Mrs. Reagan

 

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Blog Bits 9/30/2018

Blog Bits 8/30/2018

News From the Office…

Welcome back to school! It has been a great first week! The kids are doing amazing and it has been a smooth start! We just want to remind you that there is no school Friday or Monday. We will be back on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Enjoy your long holiday weekend with family and friends!

Early Release Friday…

Just a reminder, it’s early release Friday! We will be dismissing at 12:15 on Sept. 14. 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 $2.50.  Free and reduced benefits will also apply.

School Pictures!!…

MARK THE DATE ON YOUR CALENDARS!!! SCHOOL PICTURES WILL BE ON SEPTEMBER 27!! More information will be coming home with the order form soon!

PTC News…

•9/13 – First Jet’s Pizza Night! Order a delicious easy dinner and help out Georgetown! Tell Jet’s who your child’s teacher is when you order and the teacher that gets the most orders wins a pizza party for their class! Also Jet’s donates a portion of the proceeds back to Georgetown to help many things at Georgetown!

•9/20 – First PTC meeting! Mark this on your calendars and come hear what is happening at Georgetown!! It will be held in the library starting at 6:30!! We would love to see all of you there!!

•9/28 – First Popcorn Friday

Community News…

•Hudsonville Robotics is transitioning to an online application for students interested in the robotics program.  We still have a form available if a family prefers not to use the online service.
All of the information is available at this link:   http://www.hudsonvillerobotics.com/Application/
Applications are due September 5, we will establish the teams that weekend (Sept 7th), host an orientation on September 13, and teams can start practicing the week of Sept 17.
•Septemberfest Arts and Crafts Show will be held again this year on Saturday, September 15 from 9am – 3pm at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds.  Admission is $2 for adults and kids 12 and under are free.  Come shop over 150 vendors and plan to stay for lunch.  All proceeds benefit Hudsonville Christian School. Please visit Facebook for more information on vendors or to RSVP to the event.  Hope to see you there!

•Double Up Food Bucks at Ottawa County Farmers Markets   As you might know, Double Up Food Bucks is a wonderful program that allows Bridge Card (SNAP/EBT) holders to double their spending power! When participants shop with their Bridge Card at participating farmers markets, they get FREE Double Up Food Bucks tokens for Michigan grown fruits & veggies, up to $20 a day. No registration- no hassle!  Check out the short video athttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtpiL9-tizWVSJl3kOR70dQ to learn more!

Community Ed…

Community Ed Papers came home this week! There are many things new activities for your child to check out!

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

 

Upcoming Events

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Celebrating our Summer Learners!

Throughout the summer months, we encouraged our students to participate in some sort of learning — either through our online MOBYMAX system or reading and logging minutes read.

This summer, we had our best participation ever.  A total of 154 students participated (Grades K-5) spending a total of 54,633 minutes learning!  

Every student who participated earned an OUTSTANDING award for their classroom — awards that are given out during the year for exhibiting the best characteristics of a Georgetown school family member.  All 154 students will also bring home an OUTSTANDING certificate to share with their families.

Some information on our OUTSTANDING AWARDS:  We look for classes (collectively) or individuals representing their class who are demonstrating these attributes:  BE NICE, WORK HARD, LEARN WELL — and respectful hallway, playground, lunchroom behavior…in addition to the most honorary OUTSTANDING:   Helping others at school feel safe and cared for — The Outstanding UPSTANDER Award.

Finally, our PTC (representing you, our parents) supports the summer learning incentive with a $10 AMAZON gift card for one student from each grade.  A student from each grade was randomly selected and the winners are shown in the photo above.  Congratulations to RJ (Kindergarten), Ian T (First Grade), Ellery V (Second Grade), Bryce K (Third Grade), Anna Sayers (Fourth Grade) and Carter B (Fifth Grade).

 

 

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Day One of School!

Lucas, Tristan and Charlotte (cute first graders) ….loving their lunch time on the second grade playground!

Even though we started our day with rain, our day hummed along PERFECTLY!   We had all of our students in the right classrooms, on the grade level playground, seated at the correct lunch table and MOST IMPORTANTLY…home to you at the end of the day.

Many thanks to all of the extra TLC from staff who were out in the halls, on the playground and everywhere checking for kids who needed an extra hand or some directional advice.

Remember…if your child is extra tired tonight, it’s because they were busy learning routines, following directions, meeting new friends and learning.  Starting school is exhausting for the brain and the body.  Get them to bed early so we can tire them out tomorrow too!

If it looks like your child isn’t eating enough lunch by the end of this week, let the child’s teacher know.  We will get the word out to the lunch staff to help with encouraging and monitoring.

Here’s to DAY 2 of school!

Mrs. Reagan

 

 

 

 

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