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Reminder: Flu Symptoms

Dear Parents,

We have been advised by the Ottawa County Health Department and the Center for Disease Control that if your child has one or more of the following symptoms, you must keep them home from school AND:

1.  Contact your physician

2.  Contact the school and report the symptoms.  SYMPTOMS:  fever of over 100 degrees, cough, sore throat, body aches, chills and fatigue.

3.   Even if your child is ill with non-flu like symptoms, please inform the office of your child’s illness (for example:  stomach virus, cold, strep, allergies).

Schools are required to report the total number of absences with flu like symptoms to the health department, who in turn reports to the CDC.   To answer additional questions, the health department has a number of resources to our website at You may also access our information hotline, at 616-494-5575.

Thank you for your support!  Mrs. Reagan

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Swine Flu Information

Our Superintendent, Roxanne DeWeerd asked that we share the latest information about swine flu (H1N1 Flu Virus) from the Ottawa County Health Department.  If your child does shows flu like symptoms, please report these to the office when you report their absence.  school-swine-prevention-letter

Also, Department of Education is recommending that schools close if  “there is a confirmed or suspected case epidemiologically linked to a confirmed case.”  A student who doesn’t feel well isn’t enough.  School districts need to know that they a child has a confirmed case or are linked to a confirmed case. For more information regarding this H1N1 virus, visit the Harvard Medical Health Site.

Thank you for your patience while we all sort through the developing details regarding this flu virus.

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TAKE 25: Child Safety Campaign

• Take 25 is a national child safety campaign encouraging parents and guardians to take twenty-five minutes to talk to their children about ways to stay safer.
• A program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) created in commemoration of National Missing Children’s Day
• Take 25 promotes an ongoing dialogue between children, families, and communities
about child safety issues.
• Take 25 is a national grassroots initiative designed to raise awareness of the issues
surrounding missing and exploited children.
• National Missing Children’s Day was first declared a nationwide day of commemoration by former President Ronald Reagan in 1983 and has continued to be annually marked by each Administration.
• Annually honored as May 25th, this day serves as a reminder to the nation to renew efforts to reunite missing children with their families, remember those who are still missing and make child protection a national priority.


• According to a study by the U.S. Department of Justice there were an estimated 800,000 children reported missing in the United States in 1999, amounting to roughly 2,200 per day. Thankfully, the vast majority are located quickly.
• According to that same DOJ study, an estimated 58,200 children were abducted that year by non-family members. About 115 children are the victims of the most serious, long-term abductions that people consider “stereotypical kidnappings.”
• A 2003 study conducted by RoperASW, a leading marketing research firm, surveyed a group of more than 1,000 parents and grandparents. The study’s results indicated the need for increased parental/guardian education as half of the parents and grandparents considered child abduction and sexual exploitation to be a “very big” problem.

For more information, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with the following groups; Michigan Masons, Safe Kids Lakeshore, Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Sam’s Club to promote the TAKE 25 campaign. On Wednesday May 20, 2009 stop in at the Sam’s Club at 2190 North Park Drive in Holland Township located adjacent to US 31 between 4p-8p to learn more on the TAKE 25 campaign. Children will have the opportunity to take part in the Masons MICHIP program. In a matter of minutes, you’ll walk away with a “Child ID kit” that includes everything needed for the Amber Alert system. You can also visit booths sponsored by Safe Kids Lakeshore and learn more about Bike, Boater or Home safety as well as information on child safety seats. Join your community in learning how to keep our children safe on May 20, 2009.

To find out more, view the following:  may-20-flyer and   brochure

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Our 2009 Spring Art Show continues through Thursday, April 30th!

Tonight, April 29th, we celebrate with our artists from Georgetown Elementary and Bauer Elementary.  Stop by Park Elementary this evening, grab a bag of popcorn, and enjoy looking at over 900 pieces of fabulous artwork created by our Hudsonville Students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12!

We have had an incredible attendance so far at our art show – we saw 600 visitors on Monday night, and our clicker-counter stopped at 800 visitors on Tuesday evening!

Ninth Annual Student Art Show

Where:  Park Elementary, 5525 Park Avenue, Hudsonville

When:   5:30 – 7:30 PM

Show continues through Thursday, April 30th.

2009 Student Art Show
News from Mrs. Brouwer

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Pre-Kindergarten is BACK!

From our Superintendent, Roxanne DeWeerd:  Pre-Kindergarten Reinstated

Hudsonville Public Schools will offer the same pre-kindergarten program next school
year as has been offered in the past.  Because of a significant change in the state funding
formula for pre-kindergarten that was to go into effect next school year, the program was
going to be dropped.  However, it now appears that the State will either delay the funding changes for two years or, hopefully, eliminate the changes completely.  Given that potential, pre-kindergarten will be reinstated for next school year.

Your building principal will be contacting all parents who had their children screened for kindergarten this spring.  If your child qualified for pre-kindergarten, you will be given the option to enroll your child in this program.  At Georgetown, Mrs. Giovanna Estefan will be teaching pre-kindergarten on the Monday/Wednesday full day rotation schedule.   Any open spots in this Pre-K class will be then be filled with  children who did not qualify but parents desire to have Pre-K over K.  Please be patient while we contact all parents.  This may take 3-5 school days to sort through.

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MEAP Scores: How We Compare!

The intermediate school districts of Ottawa and Kent have compiled MEAP scores for 31 districts they serve.  As  you look at this ranking, you will see that Hudsonville consistently posts scores in the 90’s.  Our students and teachers continue work exceptionally hard to master the curriculum and show this understanding on district and state assessments.  We are very proud of the results!  If you are interested in finding out more about the MEAP assessments, check the MDE website.  To view our scores, click: MEAP county-scores

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Got Talent?

Got Talent?  If so, consider trying out for the…GEORGETOWN TALENT SHOW!!

Can you juggle?
Play an instrument?
Perform magic tricks?
Do trick jump roping?
Play a song on the recorder?

Then Georgetown wants to see YOU!
We will soon be hosting our 3rd annual Georgetown Talent Show! This year, our show will be on Thursday, May 14 in both the morning and afternoon (specific times will be posted later).

If your child is interested in being a performer or an MC for the talent show, they will need to be aware of the following rules:

1) Performers must be in grades 3rd – 5th.
2) Acts must be 2 minutes or less in length.
3) There will only be 8 spots for “solo” performers, all other performers must be in groups of at least 2.
4) All acts must be appropriate. Acts with suggestive or questionable lyrics, movements or costumes will not be allowed to perform.

There will also be (2) student MC’s for each show chosen. If your child would be interested in MCing, they need to also fill out a Talent Show sign up sheet and prepare one short joke for their audition.

Official Talent Show sign up sheets will be available outside of the music room on Tuesday, April 28. These need to be returned to Mrs. Bretz (an envelope will be outside the music room door to return them) by FRIDAY, MAY 1. Auditions will begin next week and exact audition times will be posted on Monday morning. Acts must be prepared and “performance” ready for the audition. So get practicing!!

Parents: If you would be interested in helping with the talent show, there are many behind the scenes jobs that require volunteers. Please contact the Talent Show Committee (Mrs. Bretz, Mrs. Brouwer, or Mrs. Bouwens) if you would be willing to help. Thanks!

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Pink Week is Here!

Ashley Tiesman, a fourth grader in Mrs. Jurewicz’s class is hosting PINK WEEK. This service project is being done to honor breast cancer survivors and to raise money for research to prevent cancer.  You can support this cause by buying a Susan G. Komen product and wearing PINK on Friday, May 1.  To find out more, visit this link:  PINK

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