Posted on

Georgetown Family Service Project

We are a Georgetown family who feels incredibly blessed during this time of economic stress in West Michigan. For this reason, we have decided to share our resources in an area where there is a great need in our school. We are asking, most humbly, and as you are able, if you will join us in this pursuit. We attend Fair Haven Ministries, and through a special project called the Kingdom Assignment inspired originally by Leesa and Denny Bellesi and then replicated in many other ways through a concept called Pay It Forward (as seen on Oprah in 2006).    We have decided to use our money in a similar way to help families in need at our own school.

The greatest need of Georgetown families at this time is for food. Some families are unable to qualify for free or reduced lunches because of their income, but at the same time, the money they do receive is going to pay mortgages and bills. There are also many children who come to school without snacks, leaving them hungry as they are trying to learn.

Up to this point, there has been a group of very committed teachers and staff who have been pooling their own money to address this concern. We are hoping that we can multiply their generous donations through this blog posting.

Again, if you are able, we would appreciate any donations of gift cards to food stores. Meijer, Family Fare, D & W Fresh Market and WalMart come to mind, but there may be others that you can think of. The gift cards can be dropped off at the Georgetown school office at any time during regular school hours (8:30 to 4:00). Please mark any donations as follows: SPRING SERVICE PROJECT. Please know that you can also purchase gift cards through out PTC scrip program. If you have questions about how to do this, contact Carrie Clark-Berry (csclarkberry@comcast.net).

Thank you so much for your consideration and your support of this Spring Service Project. Know that you will be helping our Georgetown families in this difficult time.

The Shereda Family

Print Friendly
Posted on

Blog Spotlight

I would like to highlight a very special blog this week:  Families that Blog Together, Learn Together.  This site matches Georgetown families with Raey Guang families — the intent of fostering an appreciation and understanding of one anothers family lives.  Our sister school, Raey Guang Elementary, is in Pingtung, Taiwan.

Michele DeWinter, a parent and paraprofessional in our school, is responsible for creating, hosting and managing this blog.  She has matched families and creatively works to overcome the communication barriers (English vs Mandarin).

A Raey Guang teacher, Chia Pin Chen, recently added a class post to our Blogpal site.  The post helps us to learn about their interests–foods, activities, and pets!  Please take time to read the post and leave comments sharing your interests.  In addition, Chia Pin Chen, created a class blog with photos of the children in his class.  This blog is in early stages of development, but very much worth a visit.

We look forward to sharing all that we learn about our friends in Pingtung, Taiwain through our blogs.

Print Friendly
Posted on

Reading Counts Party: March 13

From Angie Roon, our PTC Reading Counts Chairperson:  On Friday, March 13th there will be 297 students who have reached their Reading Counts goal for this marking period and will be attending the Reading Counts “Outer Space” Party!  Congratulations!

These students will enjoy a special “outer space” presentation by the Grand Rapids Public Museum literacy program called, Read and Connect. This special presentation will include having the museum’s historical interpreter dressed in full costume as astronaut, Sally Ride.  Students will even be able to touch a piece of the thermal panel from an actual space shuttle, a tektite and a meteorite. Plus, they will be able to see some personal items of our local astronaut hero, Roger B. Chaffee. Lastly, students will be able to sample food that the astronauts would have when they are in outer space!  (NOTE: A copy of the full ingredients on each packet of the astronaut food that will be tested by the students will be available.) A special thank you to the GR Public Museum for providing this program to schools like ours!

Print Friendly
Posted on

Connect With Kids Website

I would like to make you aware of a helpful website for parents and teachers:  CONNECT WITH KIDS. Each week, different topics are addressed about learning, parenting, nutrition and safety – issues all of us try to stay informed about so we can continue to support the children in our lives.

The topics this week include:

Which Battles Should You Pick?:  Why do some kids take daring risks and choose dangerous games and pranks?  A new study from Temple University suggests that some kids have an unlucky combination in their brain: with thrills and dangers, a part of their brain gets stimulated while, at the same time, the self‑control part of the brain is less active.  The challenge for parents: knowing what risks are acceptable and which ones are not.

Teen Depression: Research from Columbia University finds that nearly half of all 19 to 25 year olds suffer from some type of psychiatric disorder: depression, anxiety, phobias, or addiction. Some of the disorders are mild and some are not. Why are so many kids suffering and what can parents do to help.

Too Much Multitasking: Researchers at UCLA analyzed more than 50 studies on learning and technology.  Among their many findings was one about multitasking‑ how much do students learn when they’re doing homework if they’re also texting, blogging, checking emails, and listening to their iPod? Their conclusion: not a whole lot.

The Junk Food Trap: Researchers at UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research report that a parent’s diet has a powerful influence on their kids’ diet. For example, when parents eat fruits and vegetables, their kids are sixteen times more likely to do the same, compared to kids whose parents seldom eat fruits and veggies. It seems you are what you eat … and so are your kids!

Foreign Body in Nose (ER):  Green peas, small toys, pieces of crayon, erasers, beads, wads of paper‑ little children can pick up any of these and in a fraction of a second, swallow it or stick it in their nose. And then a few hours later the child ends up in the ER.

Print Friendly
Posted on

Symphony Trip: 5th Grade

The 5th grade students have a wonderful opportunity coming up to attend the Grand Rapids Symphony orchestra. The GR Symphony offers a special educational concert open only to 5th grade students. Since we have been studying orchestras and the families of instruments in class, this provides an exciting, hands-on culmination of our studies.

This year, our concert will take place on Tuesday, March 10. It will be held at Central Wesleyan in Holland at 11:10 am.  The concert is 50 minutes long.  If you would be interested in attending as a chaperone, contact your child’s teacher.  There are a few chaperone spots open.  This concert is only open to 5th grade students.  Younger siblings will be not be allowed to attend.

We look forward in sharing this musical experience with the students. Since this is a special symphony orchestra performance, we do encourage the students to dress nicely that day if possible. For more information, please check out the music blog. If you have any questions, please contact me!

Mrs. Bretz, abretz@hudsonville.k12.mi.us; 797-9797 x 22411

Print Friendly
Posted on

2009 Art Show

Mark your calendars for our Ninth Annual Elementary Student Art Show!  This will be held in the  Park Elementary Community Room  Monday, April 27 through Thursday, April 30th.  The show is open daily from 9 AM – 3 PM.

Mrs. Brouwer, our incredible and wonderful art teacher, will host a special reception for our Georgetown Elementary artists on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM.

Print Friendly
Posted on

Superintendent Search

NEWS FROM THE ADMINISTRATION OFFICE

The Hudsonville Public Schools Board of Education recently selected the Michigan Association of School Boards to conduct their search for the district’s new superintendent.

Residents of the district are encouraged to participate in the process by attending an open forum conducted by a MASB representative on Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 p.m., at Park Elementary, 5525 Park Avenue, Hudsonville, MI 49426.

The MASB representative will provide an overview of the search process and receive input from community members regarding the criteria to be used in evaluating candidates.

If you are unable to attend, a letter or card listing ideas and viewpoints about characteristics and competencies of a superintendent may be sent to Superintendent Search Services, Michigan Association of School Boards, 1001 Centennial Way, Suite 400, Lansing, MI  48917 by March 10, 2009.

Print Friendly
Posted on

We have something to say…

JUST WRITE!

During the week of May 4, we will be celebrating ALL Georgetown writers…grades PK-5.  Since our opening in September 2006, we have been focused on creating a community of readers and writers.  Throughout the school year, we hold mini-celebrations of our work in reading (Reading Counts sponsored by the PTC) and classroom writing celebration (small moments to honor the hard work and successes throughout the year).

Our “We have something to say, JUST WRITE!” celebration brings together all that we have learned about reading and writing as a partnership in learning.  Each student will have a favorite piece of writing posted in the hallway, and in addition, we will be publishing our work online through lulu.com.  Many other special events will be held, including a visit by Shirley Neitzel, the author of many books, including THE JACKET I WEAR IN THE SNOW.

To help you learn more about the author and the books she has written, we have devoted a page to her, found in the tabs at the top of our blog.

Mark your calendars for the week of May 4-8!  Details will be coming!

Print Friendly