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How to Take Better Photos

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If you are interested in learning how to take better photos, you are invited to attend a workshop on Thursday, February 18 at 7pm in the Georgetown Media Center.  Amanda Troyer, one of our parents, will lead this class.  If you are interested, please complete this form:  PHOTO NIGHT RSVP

Amanda is holding this workshop for us for FREE! Ashley VanArkel, one of our 3rd grade teachers,  attend Amanda’s workshop earlier this winter and rave’s about all she learned about framing a subject–as well as getting to know her camera better.  We would love to see you there!

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BLOG BITS from the Office 2/12/10

Good Friday afternoon!

NEWS FROM THE OFFCE

Well it was another busy day here at Georgetown!!  Our ECSE students had a very fun “Circus” day today and enjoyed their activities including having a Clown visit and getting balloons and popcorn!!  Let’s not forget too, that it was Valentine’s party day for all of the other students!!  So hold on tight, that could mean lots of chocolate and sugar!!  Woo-hoo!!

Parents DON’T FORGET that students do not have school this coming Monday, February 15! This is a records day for our staff.  Enjoy your long weekend!!

IMPORTANT PK/K INFORMATION………  District-wide adjustments have been made to the PK•K attendance schedule.   Please mark these dates on your home calendars. I have made the changes to our school calendar (to the right).  The PK•K teachers will also remind you of these changes as the dates draw nearer.

1.  Friday June 4 will be changed to  a M/W day for all  PK•K students.

2. Monday June 7 will be the final day of school for  M/W PK•K students.

3.  Tuesday June 8 will be the final day of school for  T/TH PK•K students.

PLEASE MAKE SURE TO MAKE NOTE OF THIS ON YOUR CALENDARS!!  THANKS!!

YEARBOOKS……. We still have a few left in the office if you are interested.  These are available on a first come/first serve basis.  They may be purchased for $10.  If you will be paying by check, please make it payable to “Georgetown Elementary”.  Thank you!

FAMILY FARE REMINDER………Family Fare has just given us our “Cash for Class” dates.  Please help support our school as you do your grocery shopping during these dates.  The first dates that will be coming up are February 21-27. The second week for this event will be held from April 18-24.This is a great way to help out our school without even having to go out of your way!

COMMUNITY ED NEWS…..  I will attaching three activity forms from Community Ed this week.  One is for Boys Wrestling, one for Swimming Lessons and the third is for Soccer and Flag Football.  You may register for these classes online at www.hudsonvillepublicschools.org or you may stop by the rack outside the office to pick a form up, or you may print and fill out one of the attached forms.  If you have any questions, please contact Community Ed at 669-1740 ext 3.

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COMMUNITY NEWS…….Hudsonville Booster Bash 2010
Sponsored by the  Hudsonville Athletic Boosters
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Sunnybrook Country Club
7-11 PM
Help support your Eagles !   Tickets $25.00 or reserved tables of 8 for $250.00.  For more information contact Steve Herr at  Steveherr121@hotmail.com

“LOVE and LOGIC” Parenting Workshop……..The Hudsonville Community Education Department will be offering a seven-week workshop on becoming an Love and Logic parent starting Thursday, March 18 (skipping the week of Spring Break) from 6:30-8:00 at Park Elementary. The topics covered will include how to: raise responsible kids using the Love and Logic philosophy, respond to kids with empathy, design appropriate consequences, avoid power struggles, share control through choices, and use enforceable statements.  The cost of the workshop is $10 to cover the cost of materials.  Childcare is provided free of charge.  To register, please e-mail Kristi Sherrington at ksherrin@hpseagles.net.

Kids Clothing & Toy Sale – Spring/Summer Items;  Saturday, March 6, 2010  9 am – Noon; Borculo Christian School 6830 – 96th Ave, Zeeland MI


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Snow Day Fun

What did you do on your snow day?  Did you make a snowman?  A snow angel?  Go sledding?   I shoveled a dog run path in the backyard for Cooper — who stands 12 inches tall.  Without a path, he will disappear ten inches of snow.

I received two fun snow day photos from Leah (Mrs. Quigley’s Class) and Lucas (Mrs. Bohl’s Class) …and you can see what they did on their snow day!  This was perfect snow for play.

If you have a photo of your snow day play, send it to me and I will share it on the blog!

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Important Changes in PK•K Schedule

agendablogDistrict-wide adjustments have been made to the PK•K attendance schedule.   Please mark these dates on your home calendars. I have made the changes to our school calendar (to the right).  The PK•K teachers will also remind you of these changes as the dates draw nearer.

1.  Friday June 4 will be changed to  a M/W day for all  PK•K students.

2. Monday June 7 will be the final day of school for  M/W PK•K students.

3.  Tuesday June 8 will be the final day of school for  T/TH PK•K students.

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Bustin’ Thru Books Update

We completed our first week of Bustin’ Thru Books Boot Camp. This reading camp is run with the help of a volunteer corp of dads who READ while kids in grades 1-5 READ! The goal of the camp is to provide time to READ with a focus on building stamina and endurance for reading.

We think of learning to read as a skill that can be compared to training for an athletic event. All athletes work with coaches who model the skill (teachers), perfect skills in sport clinics (reading groups) and have required time to practice on a daily basis (quiet, independent read time.) The more time you take to practice as an athlete, the better your performance. The same is true with reading. Our goal is to help every child attain 90 minutes of reading at their level each day. The parents who are volunteering to come in daily are allowing us to build in extra critical minutes for readers to just READ.

If you would like to volunteer, we would love to include you in the program. The only requirement is that you bring material to read! If you are interested, complete this survey and Jeff Wressell will contact you with time/date options.

bean bagWE ARE IN NEED OF VINYL BEAN BAGS for our reading time. If you would like to contribute $1 or any amount of money toward these, we would be so grateful.  When boot camp is completed this spring, the bean bags will be used in classrooms.   Thank you for any help you can provide!

Enjoy this video collection of photos from our first week of bustin’ thru our books!

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Allowing Our Children to Be

I follow the DAILY OM site that provides helpful strategies for physical and mental health, as well as tips for daily omparenting.  I received an update yesterday that is a helpful reminder to me, on the parenting end of my life, to work at not CONTROLLING all that my children do and think.  As someone who manages an elementary building of many staff and hundreds of wonderful children, I have a tendency to manage my family, too.   I share this link knowing that parenting is a work in progress for all of us!

To read the post from Daily OM, read on:
“Truly loving our children requires us to set them free and practice non-attachment.  Trust and allow.

Parenting asks us to rise to some of the most difficult challenges this world has to offer, and one of its greatest paradoxes arises around the issue of attachment. On the one hand, successful parenting requires that we love our children, and most of us love in a very attached way. On the other hand, it also requires that we let go of our children at the appropriate times, which means we must practice some level of nonattachment. Many parents find this difficult because we love our children fiercely, more than we will ever love anyone, and this can cause us to overstep our bounds with them as their independence grows. Yet truly loving them requires that we set them free.

Attachment to outcome is perhaps the greatest obstacle on the parenting path, and the one that teaches us the most about the importance of practicing nonattachment. We commonly perceive our children to be extensions of ourselves, imagining that we know what’s best for them, but our children are people in their own right with their own paths to follow in this world. They may be called to move in directions we fear, don’t respect, or don’t understand, yet we must let them go. This letting go happens gradually throughout our lives with our children until we finally honor them as fully grown adults who no longer require our guidance. At this point, it is important that we treat them as peers who may or may not seek our input into their lives. This allows them, and us, to fully realize the greatest gift parents can offer their offspring —independence.

Letting go in any area of life requires a deep trust in the universe, in the overall meaning and purpose of existence. Remembering that there is more to us and our children than meets the eye can help us practice non-attachment, even when we feel overwhelmed by concern and the desire to interfere. We are all souls making our way in the world and making our way, ultimately, back to the same source. This can be our mantra as we let our children go in peace and confidence.”
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BLOG BITS from the OFFICE 2/4/10

STUDENT PICK-UP…….. Please parents as a friendly reminder from the office….  if you are doing student pick-up after school please be aware that school is dismissed at 3:40pm and the students should be picked up no later than 3:45pm.  Just remember to take into consideration when the weather is inclimate to allow for extra travel time.  Thank you!

YEARBOOKS.….  Extra, Extra, read all about it.  Yearbooks came in last week and should have already gone home with the students that had purchased them.  We do a have a FEW EXTRA in the office that are available for purchase.  These will be sold on a first come/first serve basis and will be $10.

DONUT SALE SUCCESS!!! A big thank you to Georgetown for making our donut sale a huge success!  We sold 225 donuts and are now able to pay for our gymnastics!  Thank you for being such a wonderful and supportive school!   Mrs. Kok and students.

CLASSROOM BASKET RAFFLE…..  You should be receiving a note from your child’s classroom with their selected a basket theme.  Donations for these baskets can be sent to their classroom up until Thursday, Feb 25th.  Each classroom will have a box to drop off basket donations.  If you’d rather make a cash donation, send cash or check (made out to Georgetown PTC) to your child’s teacher.

These baskets will be on display in the main hallway outside the library March 1-3th, during the school day AND during conferences. You or your child can purchase tickets during lunch time or conferences where the baskets are on display.  Cost for a ticket is $1 The Raffle Drawing will take place on Thursday, March 4th.  Proceeds from this raffle will be going back to your child’s classroom.  Please come and try your luck on winning a basket!

Please see the attachment for the list of teachers and their basket theme.     Classroom Baskets Blog Letter 2010

5th GRADE UPDATES…….. We have tentative dates for this year’s 5th grade music testing, fitting, and parent meetings.
5th grade orientation at each Middle School (meet with counselors, tour of building, music testing, music concert with 6th graders)

  • Wednesday, March 17th Baldwin Street MS
  • Thursday, March 18th Riley Street MS
Instrument Fittings at each elementary (the 5th graders get to try different instruments)
  • April 13 –Georgetown April 21, 22  Rental Nights: Parent meetings to find out about how to get an instrument (band and orchestra only)

BOX TOP COMPETITIONS…..  Just a reminder about the LAST box top competition.  This started on January 4 and will continue through March 19.  There are two levels of the competition… the first is the top classroom from each wing EC, 1st/ 2nd, 3rd/4th, and 5th; and the second is the top boy and girl from each wing.  Please help support Georgetown by participating in this great program.  There are three ways in which to participate: 1.) CLIP box top coupons from your favorite products.   2.) SHOP at your favorite online stores through the Box Tops MarketplaceSM (www.btfe.com/marketplace) and up to 8% of your qualifying purchase will be automatically donated to your school.   3.) PURCHASE BOOKS through the Box Tops Reading RoomSM at Barnes & Noble.
FAMILY FARE REMINDER………Family Fare has just given us our “Cash for Class” dates.  Please help support our school as you do your grocery shopping during these dates.  The first dates that will be coming up are FEBRUARY 21-27. The second week for this event will be held from APRIL 18-24. This is a great way to help out our school without even having to go out of your way!
COMMUNITY ED NEWS…..Posted below:
One is for Babysitting Classes, one for Tae Kwon Do and the last is for Girls Softball clinics.  If you have further questions please call Community Ed at 669-1740 ext 3 and you may also register online at www.hudsonvillepublicschools.org.

COMMUNITY NEWS…….
The Hudsonville Community Education Department will be offering a seven-week workshop on becoming an Love and Logic parent starting Thursday, March 18 (skipping the week of Spring Break) from 6:30-8:00 at Park Elementary. The topics covered will include how to: raise responsible kids using the Love and Logic philosophy, respond to kids with empathy, design appropriate consequences, avoid power struggles, share control through choices, and use enforceable statements.  The cost of the workshop is $10 to cover the cost of materials.  Childcare is provided free of charge.  To register, please e-mail Kristi Sherrington at ksherrin@hpseagles.net.



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BLOG BITS from the Office 1/29/10

Good Friday Afternoon!

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE

I know I have said this before, but GEORGETOWN ELEMENTARY ROCKS!! Georgetown families showed tremendous support for our building community service project, “Takin Down Cancer-Community for a Cure.” It took four trips into the bank on Friday to deposit the coins and cash raised. Our school raised over $1,000 on Friday alone. WOW!  For the week Georgetown brought in $2,784.85 by collecting coins, cash donations and having a couple of class coin wars. If you add in the the monies acquired through t-shirt sales bought by staff and a few students we raised well over $3,000.00.  The organizers of the event are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support by our Georgetown family and are extremely appreciative.   As a teenager involved in the event said, “Your school is the BOSS!,” and ” You are my hero’s.” Well, I think that sums it up! 🙂   Thanks again for yet another successful building community service project!

HEADS UP

Hopefully some of you have already read the blog update from yesterday, but here is the info regarding the head lice at Georgetown.

FAMILY FARE

Family Fare has just given us our “Cash for Class” dates.  Please help support our school as you do your grocery shopping during these dates.  The first dates that will be coming up are FEBRUARY 21-27. The second week for this event will be held from APRIL 18-24. This is a great way to help out our school without even having to go out of your way!

MOTHER/DAUGHTER AFTERNOON

Just a reminder, the “Make a Memory with Mom” event is Saturday, February 6.  This event is CLOSED to more registrations, so this is just a reminder to those that have already signed up.  It will be in the Multi-Purpose Room from 1p-4p.

COMMUNITY ED NEWS

Please see/read the attached form in regards to some upcoming Baseball clinics.  There are three different clinics listed on one form.  One is a Father/Son clinic for grades 1-8, one is for Defense Skills for grades 2-5 and the last one is for Offense Skills for grades 2-5.   If you have any further questions concerning these events please you may contact Dave VanNoord at 662-0648 or dvannoo1@hpseagles.net.  You may also register online by visiting www.hudsonvillepublicschools.org.

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COMMUNITY NEWS…….    SALAD CITY CLASSIC……  Students, Parents, and fans: “Salad City Classic” annual event will be held this year at Unity Christian High School on Saturday, January 30, with games throughout the day. Admission is free, so come to one game, or all of them. Salad City Classic Shirts will be on sale next week at the high school to raise money for the Haiti Relief Fund.  Be sure to wear your Salad City Classic shirt or your yellow shirt and bring your EAGLE SPIRIT!
The schedule for January 30 is:
9th Girls Basketball – 10:30 AM
9th Boys Basketball – 12:00 noon
JV Girls Basketball – 1:30 PM
JV Boys Basketball – 3:00 PM
Var. Girls Basketball – 5:00 PM
Var. Boys Basketball – 7:00 PM

Hope everyone enjoys their wintery weekend!!  I have also attached the calendar for February.

Happy Friday!

Mrs. Nurenberg  : )

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