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GIRL Engineers

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020

Who: 4th-8th graders

What: Attendees will get the opportunity to rotate through 5 different hands-on Engineering activities led by students, graduate students, and faculty.

Cost: FREE

Register Here

PER MRS. TOTTEN: 
We have heard GREAT reviews on this MSU GIRLS ENGINEERING DAY.  If you have a daughter who is interested, we recommend this experience!
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The SOARce Newsletter

The beginning of a new year is always an ideal time for reflection and goal setting. January 2020 is also the start of a new venture for encouraging community engagement at HPS. Our goal for this monthly communication is to offer helpful strategies and information that you can put into practice with your child(ren) at home. The SOARce Educating, challenging, and inspiring all learners to become contributing, responsible members of a global society. Please use this link to read this month’s newsletter!

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Week 20: January 20-24, 2020

Welcome WINTER!  I expected this weather last weekend…not this weekend.  And…it’s Michigan which means weather systems have a mind of their own.

We had a great second week back to school.  Every grade is well into new units of study in addition to checking mid-year growth for reading, writing, math and the content areas.  These winter months are our longest stretch of uninterrupted instructional time and we seize the moment.  If your child is tired and slightly cranky after school, we plead guilty.  We are asking them to be responsible, respectful and engaged learners all day long!

This weekend, I caught up on some of my favorite ‘learning, parenting, communication’ news articles and blogs.  I want to share an article that highlights the dangers of raising children with screens — either in their hands and/or in the parent’s hands.  Overuse of screen time is showing an impact on language learning — and the ability of children to read emotions — which has a negative impact on their ability to engage appropriately with others.  As a school team, we have wondered about the impact of handheld device use on children’s social/emotional development and this new research is warning all of us to put down the devices and interact more with our children.  I encourage everyone to read this article.  I also encourage you to build your parent knowledge by attending the district sponsored SCREENAGERS event.

I provide a two week view of upcoming events as a reminder about PK/K Registration, Early Release and Winter Break.  These dates are below.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Reagan

 

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PE APPAREL SALE Now until January 29, 2020

The annual P.E Apparel sale is officially open and will be open until January 29, 2020.   If you are interested in buying any apparel, you must order online.  

The link is: https://bit.ly/30fOoh0

Here is the design and colors available:

Please contact Mrs.  Nienhuis or Mrs. VanKoevering if you have any questions.

797-9797 ext. 7460

tnienhui@hpseagles.net or mvankoev@hpseagles.net

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Blog Bits 1/17/2020

Blog Bits 1/17/2020

News From the Office…

Hope everyone’s New Year is off to a good start! It is always good to get back into a routine. We are slowly getting back into the swing of things at school. We are getting ready to welcome our incoming Kindergartener’s and PK kids for the fall.  Our meeting for K and PK is on Jan 28 so if you know of anyone with that age child, let them know! Details are below.

Just a reminder that with the cold temps coming, please send your kids ready to go outside. We watch the temps throughout the day and get them out to play when we can. Please send them with their labeled boots, coats, hats, gloves, etc. It is greatly appreciated!

We have Winter Break coming up soon as well. We are off on Feb 3 and 4. Otherwise, not much else is planned right now. Have a wonderful weekend!

Next Early Release and Winter Break…

The next early release in on Jan 31. The students will be dismissed at 12:15. We also have Winter Break the following Monday and Tuesday on Feb. 3 and 4.

PTC News…

Jan 23 – PTC Meeting in the library at 6:30

Jan 31 – Popcorn Friday

Feb 13 – Jet’s Pizza Night

PE Apparel Sale…

The annual P.E Apparel sale is officially open and will be open until January 29, 2020.   If you are interested in buying any apparel, you must order online.  

The link is: https://bit.ly/30fOoh0

Here is the design and colors available:

2020 PE APPAREL LINK-01.jpg

Please contact Mrs.  Nienhuis or Mrs. VanKoevering if you have any questions.

616-797-9797 ext. 7460

tnienhui@hpseagles.net or mvankoev@hpseagles.net

Kindergarten Registration…

 

There will be an optional informative meeting at Georgetown, Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at 7:00 pm for parents interested in enrolling their child for PreK/Kindergarten next year.

This year, PK/K registration will be online starting January 24, 2020.  An email will go out on January 24 reminding parents to complete the online registration.

IN ADDITION to the ONLINE REGISTRATION, the following paperwork must be brought to school, either M-F 8am-4pm or  to the January 28 meeting.  Your child’s enrollment is not complete until we have the online registration AND the following:

  • Child’s state Issued Birth Certificate *We will make a copy at school.
  • Photo ID (license, passport). *We will make a copy at school.
  • Proof of residency (i.e. utility bill, buy/sell agreement, lease agreement) . *We will make a copy at school.

NOTE:  All current PreK students will move up to us for Kindergarten next year.  We will not need paperwork — nor do you need to complete an online registration.  Also, PK do not need to attend the January 28 mtg.

Also, if you do not have access to online registration, we have paper copies in the school office.

Please call the office at 797-9797 with questions.

Early Childhood Open House…

HPS Early Childhood Programs – Open House Night for the 2020-2021 School Year and 2020 Summer Program

Open House Information Night: Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at the Early Childhood Center from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Early Childhood Center is located at 5535 School Ave. (main entrance off Madison Ave.)

Programs include 3-year-old and 4-year-old Preschool, Before/After School Care, and Summer Care.

*This is a chance to gather information about the programs, meet staff, and visit preschool classrooms.  There will be NO registration this night. Registration will take place online, with the link being active January 22, 2020, at noon.

The link to register for all programs can be found through the Hudsonville Public Schools website, under the Early Childhood Programs tab.  Please note that enrollment fills quickly.

For more information, please call the Early Childhood office at 616-797-0842, ext. 1.

Community Events…

•2020 Hudsonville Boys Youth Lacrosse Registration is Now Open! 

Registration ends on January 31, 2020.

Pre-K through 2nd-grade registration fee is $95.  All Pre-K through 2nd grade receive a free lacrosse stick to keep and will be provided equipment to use throughout the season.

3rd through 8th-grade registration fee is $200.

For additional information, please go to www.hudslax.com or email timmcaleece@gmail.com

•2020 HUDSONVILLE EQUESTRIAN TEAM

The Hudsonville Equestrian Team allows students to ride and show horses through the Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship Association (MIHA). We are a competitive team that competes against other schools in District 16. We have a Middle School team, which is for students grades 5-8 and a High School team, which is for students grades 9-12. To ride for the Equestrian team, you must either own or lease a horse. Horses are not provided. A student who does not have a horse may still participate as a groom. Riders of all experience levels are welcome.

Information meeting:

Monday, February 17, 2020

6:30-8:00 PM

Riley Street Middle School Music Room

Coaches: Linda Luyk (Linda.luyk@gmail.com)

Grace Rosin (rosingrace@gramil.com)

Aaron Luyk (aluyk14@gmail.com)

•Baton Twirling Classes
Dates: Every Wednesday beginning February 5, 2020, and ending May 27, 2020
Times: Ages 4-7, 6:15-7:00 p.m. Ages 8-18, 7:00-7:45 p.m.
Registration: On February 5th at the first class
Location: Georgetown United Methodist Church Gymnasium, 2766 Baldwin Street, Jenison
Cost: $8/week to be paid at each class.  $7 registration fee to be paid at first class.  Batons will be available for purchase at class for $26.  Payment plans are available.
Trophies, medals, and ribbons available to earn!  Students will have an opportunity to show off their skills at a competition in May, and also can march in the Grand Rapids Memorial Day Parade.  Questions?  Call (616) 460-1747, email athleticsens@aol.com, or visit us on our website at www.athleticsensations.com
•Kids Rock the Gym

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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Week 19: Jan 13-17, 2020

Our first week of 2020 was BUSY!   It was great to hear about family/holiday events and reconnect with friends.  This week was also a BIG ADJUSTMENT … learning to get back into the learning routine, behavior expectations and sharing space/materials with peers.   We also has the full wolf moon (which was beautiful if you saw it early Thursday morning), and full moons definitely have an impact on moods — more energy and fuller personalities!  We’re looking forward to the second week to help establish routines and hopefully some better outside play weather.

We have some upcoming district events for you to keep in mind.  On January 21 at 6pm (Freshman High School Auditorium), the district is hosting SCREENAGERS: The Next Chapter Documentary.

The topic is very relevant:  SCREEN TIME and CHILDREN.  If you are interested in learning about how to talk to your child about the safety and dangers and risks of apps on devices, this is the meeting for you to attend.  This is especially relevant for parents of fourth and fifth graders — and if your child already has access to a hand held device.

Another important event:  PK/K Registration.  This will be held January 28 at 7 pm in the Georgetown Lunchroom/Multi-Purpose Room.  If you have a current PK’er at Alward are the ECC, you do not need to attend this meeting.  You also do not need to register your child.  All the paperwork transfers over for kindergarten.  If you have a NEW PK/K, you will need to register your child.  The district is using an online system this year and this will be live soon.  You will still need to drop off paperwork at school:  Child’s Birth Certificate, Parent Photo ID, Utility Bill or some proof of residence.  You can drop this off anytime between 8am-4pm M-F.   We will send an email out to all parents when the online registration is ready to go.

I hope your are safe and cozy this weekend. Here’s to next week!

Mrs. Reagan

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PK/K Registration for 2020/2021

PREKINDERGARTEN/KINDERGARTEN ROUND UP FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR
There will be an optional informative meeting at Georgetown, Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at 7:00 pm for parents interested in enrolling their child for PreK/Kindergarten next year.

This year, PK/K registration will be online starting January 24, 2020.  An email will go out on January 24 reminding parents to complete the online registration.

IN ADDITION to the ONLINE REGISTRATION, the following paperwork must be brought to school, either M-F 8am-4pm or  to the January 28 meeting.  Your child’s enrollment is not complete until we have the online registration AND the following:

  • Child’s state Issued Birth Certificate *We will make a copy at school.
  • Photo ID (license, passport). *We will make a copy at school.
  • Proof of residency (i.e. utility bill, buy/sell agreement, lease agreement) . *We will make a copy at school.

NOTE:  All current PreK students will move up to us for Kindergarten next year.  We will not need paperwork — nor do you need to complete an online registration.  Also, PK do not need to attend the January 28 mtg.

Also, if you do not have access to online registration, we have paper copies in the school office.

Please call the office at 797-9797 with questions.

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Happy New Year….2020 has Arrived!

I hope that your holiday time was just right for your family.  Now that the holidays are behind us, I am anxious to get

back into the school routine.  Be prepared for your child to be excited to come back and after a few days, be reluctant to return to school.  Your child is leaving a time of holiday fun with family/friends — a time with presents, later sleep ins, later tuck ins, etc.  Returning to school means your child’s brain will be busy with learning and social/emotional demands for seven hours straight.  For some kids, this is a time of homesickness — especially for our youngest learners in kindergarten-second grade.

Some tips to help your child return to school:  SNACKS (two healthy snacks per day), water bottle, scheduled bed time to help get the school schedule back in place.  Again, as a parent, stay on top of home/school communication by checking this blog and the classroom blog for updates.  If your child is struggling with the return, connect with your child’s teacher to let him/her know.  It is helpful to work as a team to help with re-entry to school after the holidays.

County Health Update:  The Ottawa County Health Department has reported that influenza cases in our county are on the rise.  Please remember to keep your child home if s/he presents with a fever, diarrhea for 24 hours after the last symptom.  Mr. Rob (our amazing custodian) and the entire staff do our best to prevent the spread of infections by wiping down surfaces and door knobs as frequently as possible.  Your support by keeping sick kids home helps prevent the spread of illnesses as well.

 PK/K REGISTRATION for 2020:  As soon as the calendar turns to the new year, our district begins working on enrollment paperwork for our pre-kindergarteners and kindergarteners next year.  If you have a child that will be entering PK/K, next year please download this paperwork ( K : PK Registration Paperwork 2020 ), complete it and drop it off at the school office.  We are anticipating higher than normal enrollment again next year.   

We will be holding a registration meeting on January 28 at 7 pm in the school cafeteria.   If you attended the meeting recently (2017-2019), feel free to skip the meeting and turn your paperwork into the office before the meeting on 1/28/2020.

Enjoy these snow free driving days for as long as they last.   I have a feeling winter will be returning soon!  Highlights of the week ahead are below.

Mrs. Reagan

 

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Blog Bits 12/20/2019

Blog Bits 12/20/2019

News From The Office…

This is the last post for 2019!  Please remember that as we are getting into cold and flu season, we ask that kids are fever free, vomit free, symptom free for 24 hours without meds before returning to school. We will all be together with family and friends having fun, but we also see sickness start to amp up after the holidays as well. Thank you for your help as we try our best to not spread illnesses!

The Holiday Program took place last week and the kids did an amazing job! If you wanted a DVD of the program you can still get one. You just need to contact WCET TV directly at 616-669-3332. You will pick it up at their office (at the High School) and the cost is $15.

Winter Break will be here before we know it and we want you to have the date down on your calendar. We will be off for Winter break on Feb. 3 and 4.

Lastly, we want to say a big thank you to the PTC and all who volunteered to put on the Staff Christmas Breakfast this morning! It was delicious and we appreciate it!

We hope you all have an amazing Holiday break with family and friends and we will see you back on Jan. 6!!

Thank You From the Office!

The office staff would like to thank so many of you that brought in treats and gifts to make our week at school so special!! We appreciate it so much and are fortunate to work with such amazing families!! We are looking forward to spending some time with our friends and families and look forward to the New Year!

Next Early Release…

Our next early release is on Jan 31. We will be dismissing at 12:15 on Jan 31. 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…

Jan. 9 – Jet’s Pizza Night

Jan 23 – PTC Meeting in the library at 6:30

Jan 31 – Popcorn Friday

Kindergarten/Pre K Registration Night for 2020/2021 School Year…

Do you have a preschooler or future kindergartener? Do you know of someone who does?

A registration meeting regarding fall 2020/2021 PK and K programs will be held on January 28 @ 7 pm at Georgetown Elementary.  This is for PARENTS ONLY.  The meeting will be 30 minutes in length. We do not have the paperwork in the office yet, but check back with us after break! More information will be coming home soon!!

Early Childhood Open House and Registration Night For 2020/2021…

HPS Early Childhood Programs – Open House Night for the 2020-2021 School Year and 2020 Summer Program

Open House Information Night: Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at the Early Childhood Center from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Early Childhood Center is located at 5535 School Ave. (main entrance off Madison Ave.)

Programs include 3-year-old and 4-year-old Preschool, Before/After School Care, and Summer Care.

*This is a chance to gather information about the programs, meet staff, and visit preschool classrooms.  There will be NO registration this night. Registration will take place online, with the link being active January 22, 2020, at noon.

The link to register for all programs can be found through the Hudsonville Public Schools website, under the Early Childhood Programs tab.  Please note that enrollment fills quickly.

For more information, please call the Early Childhood office at 616-797-0842, ext. 1.

Community News…

•2020 Hudsonville Boys Youth Lacrosse Registration is Now Open! 

Registration ends on January 31, 2020.

Pre-K through 2nd-grade registration fee is $95.  All Pre-K through 2nd grade receive a free lacrosse stick to keep and will be provided equipment to use throughout the season.

3rd through 8th-grade registration fee is $200.

For additional information, please go to www.hudslax.com or email timmcaleece@gmail.com

•International Experience USA (iE-USA) is a non-profit high school student exchange organization approved by the US Department of State and we are seeking host families in the Hudsonville area for the upcoming school year. We have a number of amazing kids coming to study in America in the fall, and we’d love the opportunity to help find the perfect fit for your family. 
 
To learn more about our students and the application process, contact Sarah Boucher at s.boucher@international-experience.net or visit us on the web at www.iE-USA.org  
•Hudsonville Little League 2020 Registrations Are Now Open
Initial Deadline is January 11
Visit HudsonvilleLittleLeague.com for more information

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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Found Glasses

We have a couple pair of glasses that were turned into the office. They were left in the gym and music rooms this week. If they belong to your child, we have them in the office! Just let us know!

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