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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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Holiday Shopping: Thank you VOLUNTEERS!

Our Penguin Patch Holiday Shopping Center is up and running…and today was very busy!  We had a full docket of parent volunteers helping along with fifth graders who helped their kindergarten buddies.  They tried to help their buddies find the just right gift that also fit in their budget.  Some photos are above!

Thank you to everyone for your support!

Erin Fredricks, Holiday Shopping Chair and the PTC Board.

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It’s that time of the year for…. GERMS!

We have had many sick kids these past two weeks …. and the types of illnesses have been:

  1. Common Cold
  2. Fevers of 100-104:  Sign that body is fighting germs
  3. Strep
  4. Influenza – Diagnosed and reported to Health Department
  5. Pneumonia = very sick kids
  6. Walking Pneumonia = presents with no fever and a persistent cough.  These kids have been coughing for weeks and get more and more run down until a doctor discovers the virus is pretty serious.

We have to be a team to keep these kids healthy and limit the spreading of germs.  To do this, please abide by the following:

  1.  DO NOT send your child to school until s/he is fever free for 24 hours.  This means fever free with no motrin/tylenol to mask the fever. If your child has as fever, s/he is fighting a virus and is contagious.
  2. If we call you to tell you that your child has a fever, we need you to pick up your child.  We will not send your child back to the classroom to spread the virus. S/he will be in the health room until someone arrives.  It’s not fun for a child to be in the health room feeling yucky and waiting a long time.  
  3. If your child has thrown up or has had diarrhea, DO NOT send them to school until they are 24 hours free of this.  PLEASE. If they throw up or have diarrhea at school, we will call you and tell you to keep them home until s/he is 24 hours free of the symptoms — without medication to suppress the symptoms.

The school setting is one in which viruses have ample opportunity to spread.  We do our best by cleaning regularly — and removing kids who are sick from the classroom space.  

Please help us to keep your child healthy and all the other children healthy.

Mrs. Reagan

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Week 17: December 16-20, 2019

Pre-Holiday Performance Pose @ Fair Haven, 12/12/2019

I must start with another round of applause of Mrs. Bretz and your children who were AMAZINGLY talented performers for our 2019 Holiday Program.  It was truly one of our best ever — and I am always beyond impressed with the students who are courageous enough to be MC’s, dancers and soloists.  Many thanks to you for your support of this program — and of course for following the house rules of patiently waiting for your kids to be safely dismissed.

We have a busy and fun holiday week.  Each day has a different theme —check the calendar below.  Class parties will also be held this week — and only parents who have are helping with the party and background checked can attend.  I will be checking parents in at the door.  Please do not try to come to the party if you are not on the list that the teacher has provided to me.

Remember…this is the week PTC has set up a holiday shop for your child to purchase gifts for family members.  Also, if your child would like a candy cane (funds go to 5th Grade Camp), this runs Monday – Wednesday of this week.

Wishing you a safe, productive and festive week before holiday break!

Mrs. Reagan

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Early Release Friday

It is early release Friday! We will be dismissing at 12:15 today. If your child is a car rider, please be at school by 12:10 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.

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