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Week 4: Sept.16-20, 2019

We ROCKED our first 5 Day Week!   And, I have to add, it was a very full week — one that required teamwork, patience and focus.

I am sure that you have heard, we are working school wide (actually district wide) to set baseline expectations for behaviors.  Every single teacher and staff member is modeling how to SOAR in the hallway, classroom, lunchroom, playground, bathroom and the bus.  SOAR stands for Be SAFE, Own It, Act Responsibly and Be Respectful.  To help make sure everyone understands, we have been practicing procedures, routines over and over.  Classrooms that do an exceptional job with this (walking down the hallway, helping others, etc.) receive an OUTSTANDING to post in their classroom.  If you have an older students (grades 1-5), you know that this has been a recognition system we have used.

In addition to SOARING, we practiced all of our drills this past week:  FIRE, TORNADO, LOCKDOWN.  For each of these drills, one of our district security officer, Mr. Hoffman, stood by as I walked the school through the procedure (via intercom announcement) and observed 600 students and 50+ staff members safely and quietly practice each drill.  Because drills can trigger some level of anxiety in all of us, I try to call them from classrooms so that students can see what it looks like/sounds like when the drill is called.   Georgetown SOARED through the drill practices!

In addition this, all of our students in grades K-5 are taking assessments to find out what their beginning of year understanding is of math, writing and reading concepts.  These assessments vary between paper/pencil, online standardized  (STAR 360) or 1:1 teacher/student reading level assessments.  The Star 360 is a screener of approximately 38 questions and gives us solid indication of overall understanding of reading/math concepts.   Students in grades 1-5 took the STAR Reading and Star Math tests.  Because logging into the laptop and testing site can be cumbersome at first, our fourth graders helped their first grade buddies by showing them the steps to logging into the laptop, CLEVER (our school software platform) and then Star 360.   It was amazing to watch the fourth graders help out — guiding their first grade buddy as a coach/teacher.

In a similar way, it is very heartwarming each day to watch our fifth graders walk their kindergarten buddies to the bus each day.  They pick them up in their classrooms and walk them out to the bus to make sure they board safely.  Throughout the year, they also get together for special learning projects and friendship activities.  At Georgetown, we love to grow relationships within the grade and across grades so that our building feels like a family.

 

This week, we have our first early release day (Friday).  If you are parent pick up, please be at school no later than 12:15.  Our busses will depart between 12:15-12:20.  The teachers will then eat lunch and head into professional development for the afternoon.  This Friday, we will be looking at student assessment data and determining how to best meet student need academic needs.

OH…and it is our VERY FIRST POPCORN FRIDAY!  Again, thank you to all parents for donating to this fund at our OPEN HOUSES…and to the Mr. Parnacott (and SYSCO) for donating the popcorn kernals!

I hope you have a great weekend!

Mrs. Reagan

PS… REMEMBER to donate to our WALKATHON!  Next week is spirit week…and it ends with our school-wide walkathon on Friday.

SPIRIT WEEK September 23-27:

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Blog Bits 9/13/2019

News From the Office…

We are right back into the swing of things and the kids are doing great! We practiced a few of our emergency drills this week and they did amazing with them as well!

Parents just a reminder that if you have to change how your child is getting home, please send a dated note to the teacher. Remember, we cannot change busses or ride a different bus home with a friend. That is a CRAZY part of the day for teachers and it is super helpful to have that note as a reminder!! Also keeping it as consistent as possible is helpful to not only the teachers , but the kids as well.

If you know your child is not going to be attending school for a day, please let the office know for attendance. You can also leave a voicemail if you call while we are not here. If you prefer email, our email addresses are mjeltem@hpseagles.net and ahoekst2@hpseagles.net. Please let us know the symptoms of an illness as we have to do a report to the health department every week. Thanks for your help with this!! It cuts down on interruptions into the classroom and we greatly appreciate it!

We have been going through paperwork that we may still need for your child.  If any forms come home with your student or you have received an email, please fill them out and return them to school as soon as you can.  Thanks and have a great weekend!!!

Next Early Release…

Just a reminder of the next early release Friday! We will be dismissing at 12:15 on Sept. 20. 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 $2.50.  Free and reduced benefits will also apply.

School Pictures…

MARK THE DATE ON YOUR CALENDARS!!! SCHOOL PICTURES WILL BE ON SEPTEMBER 26!! Order forms will come home next week!

PTC News…

Our BIG and ONLY school fundraiser is schedule for Friday, 9/27/19.  We will be holding an all school GO EAGLES Walk•A•Thon —  a day for everyone to wear blue & gold — and also the same day as our Homecoming Football Game.

The money raised for our Walk•A•Thon funds all events for the year:  Parent/Child Programs, On Line Learning Platforms (RAZ KIDS), equipment for Art, Music, PE, STEAM Studio, books for classrooms and the library, playground equipment, etc.

Schedule for Friday, September 27 is as follows:

  • 9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: K, 1st, 2nd Graders Walk
  • 1st and 2nd Grade 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: 3rd, 4th, 5th Graders Walk
  • Walkathon ends at 11:30.

What are the prizes?

●  TOP EARNING WINNERS from EACH GRADE: Lunch and dessert with MRS. REAGAN

●  Top WINNING CLASSROOM: Limo Ride AND Lunch at Pizza Ranch.

●  EVERY PARTICIPANT who raises $30 or more will receive a one of kind Eagle Tshirt!

●  EVERY PARTICIPANT will be entered into drawings to win raffle prizes such as an electric Razor scooter, Target gift cards and gift certificates to Hudsonville Lanes, Holland Aquatic Center, Celebration Cinema, Craig’s Cruisers, Rebounderz and Eagle Athletic passes.

Important Dates:

  • September 27th: Georgetown Elementary Walkathon
  • September 30th: Completed donation forms and money due back to school
  • Early October: Results announced and prizes award

Any questions or if you can help the day of the event please contact Audrey Straub at 616-644-5318 or audreystraub@gmail.com.

Every child who raises $30 or more will receive an EAGLE’s T-Shirt.  Please watch your child’s backpack for the Walk•A•Thon paperwork – including the t-shirt order form.  These are also linked below.

•9/19 – First PTC meeting! Mark this on your calendars and come hear what is happening at Georgetown!! It will be held in the library starting at 6:30!! We would love to see all of you there!!

•9/20 – First Popcorn Friday

PE News…

Turkey Trot Time! Note Date Change! It will now be on Oct 29

When school begins, it is time to start thinking about the annual Turkey Trot Race.   The race will be October 29 this year.   We are currently looking for Turkey Trot Sponsors for 2019.  Do you own your business, or work for someone who likes to be involved in the community?  Then become a Turkey Trot Sponsor and help support our Hudsonville Elementary Schools.   To find out more about how to become a sponsor, please email Mrs. Nienhuis and Mrs. VanKoevering.

Community News…

•Free Girls Lacrosse Clinic

The purpose of this clinic is to introduce girls to the exciting sport of lacrosse. At this clinic.lead by our HHS Girls Varsity Lacrosse Coach and players, basic skills will be taught as well as rules of the game. Again the cost is FREE!

Location: Riley Street Middle School

Date/Time: Saturday, September 14 from 1:00-3:00

Please bring a water bottle and a mouthguard. Stick and goggles recommended, but not required as we will have extra if needed.

For more information, email HudsonGirlsYouthLAX@gmail.com or text 616-890-7976

•Feeding America West Michigan
Mobile Food Distribution
Hager Park Church
Saturday, October 12, 2019
10:00 am to Noon
Hager Park Church is partnering with Feeding America West Michigan to provide a Mobile Food
Distribution. The food distribution will take place at Hager Park Church’s parking lot, located at 2635 Bauer Road in Jenison. Sign-in is required, although the food is FREE to anyone that needs it. There will be a large assortment of food, consisting of fresh seasonal produce and other high-quality grocery items.
•Baton Twirling Classes
Dates: Every Wednesday beginning September 25, 2019 and ending December 18, 2019
Times: Ages 4-7, 6:15-7:00 p.m. Ages 8-18, 7:00-7:45 p.m.
Registration: On September 25th 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 available.
Trophies, medals, and ribbons available to earn!  Students will have an opportunity to show off their skills at a competition in December, and also can march in the Grand Rapids Santa Parade, which is on TV.  Questions?  Call (616) 460-1747, email athleticsens@aol.com, or visit us on our website at www.athleticsensations.com
Nurtured Heart Approach Parenting Workshop
Transforming the Intense Child & Building Inner Wealth
September 24-October 29
Tuesday evenings from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
South Elementary 4900 40th Ave
$75 includes a book
•Septemberfest Craft Show
Mark your calendars because Septemberfest is right around the corner. Come out and support Hudsonville Christian School at the annual arts and crafts show on September 21st from 9 am to 3 pm at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds. This will be your one-stop-shop! Come and get your doughnuts in the morning in one of the barns, from Post Family Farms, and shop our 170+ vendors in all five barns along with Farmer’s market items outside, and get lunch at the Hudsonville Christian booth and/or HC Concessions. Tickets are $2 with kids 12 and under FREE. Strollers are welcome. Parking is FREE. Please help us spread the word by finding us on Facebook, liking it, and sharing us with your friends. Search Septemberfest Arts and Craft Show on Facebook. We can not wait to see you all there!
•Heritage Christian School Children’s Clothing and Toy Sale is Saturday, September 28 from 9:00 AM-Noon! We will be selling infant to teen fall/winter clothes, athletic wear, winter coats, snow pants, sports equipment, toys, books, games, puzzles, baby equipment, maternity clothes, shoes, snow boots and more!! We will again be selling delicious home-made baked goods! 6340 Autumn Dr. Hudsonville. Hope to see you there! We will be accepting cash, check, and credit card.

Community Ed…

There are many new activities for your child to check out!

 You can click here to go to the community education page on the Hudsonville Public School website.

Upcoming Events

 

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Walk•A•Thon September 27, 2019

Our BIG and ONLY school fundraiser is schedule for Friday, 9/27/19.  We will be holding an all school GO EAGLES Walk•A•Thon —  a day for everyone to wear blue & gold — and also the same day as our Homecoming Football Game.

The money raised for our Walk•A•Thon funds all events for the year:  Parent/Child Programs, On Line Learning Platforms (RAZ KIDS), equipment for Art, Music, PE, STEAM Studio, books for classrooms and the library, playground equipment, etc.

Schedule for Friday, September 27 is as follows:

  • 9:45 – 10:30   K, 1,2,3
  • 10:45 – 11:30   4th, 5th
  • These times are updated —and different from the flyer sent home.
  • Walkathon ends at 11:30.

What are the prizes?

●  TOP EARNING WINNERS from EACH GRADE: Lunch and dessert with MRS. REAGAN

●  Top WINNING CLASSROOM: Limo Ride AND Lunch at Pizza Ranch.

●  EVERY PARTICIPANT who raises $30 or more will receive a one of kind Eagle Tshirt!

●  EVERY PARTICIPANT will be entered into drawings to win raffle prizes such as an electric Razor scooter, Target gift cards and gift certificates to Hudsonville Lanes, Holland Aquatic Center, Celebration Cinema, Craig’s Cruisers and Rebounderz.

Important Dates:

  • September 27th: Georgetown Elementary Walkathon
  • September 30th: Completed donation forms and money due back to school
  • Early October: Results announced and prizes award

Any questions or if you can help the day of the event please contact Audrey Straub at 616-644-5318 or audreystraub@gmail.com.

Every child who raises $30 or more will receive an EAGLE’s T-Shirt.  Please watch your child’s backpack for the Walk•A•Thon paperwork – including the t-shirt order form.  These are also linked below.

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Week 3: September 9-13, 2019

We are excited to have our first FIVE DAY school week.   Each week, we get closer and closer to building our routines and expectations for learning, playing and growing together as a school family.

This past week, much of our focus was on quiet hallway walking (eyes forward, hands by side and quiet mouth) in addition to SOAR:  be SAFE, OWN it; ACT Responsibly and be RESPECTFUL.  On Friday, we took these same SOAR practices/expectations out to the bus loop and on the busses for some guided lessons.   This required having our busses and drivers stay at school for some additional time in the morning on Friday.

Many thanks to our bus drivers for spending an additional hour at our school so we could complete these lessons on the bus — and to Mrs. Stauffer (our district behavior coach) who created the lesson.  We want all of our students to SOAR as bus riders.  Safety is #1, Owning it #2, Acting Responsibly #3 and Be Respectful #4.

See the video at the top of this post for some photos that highlight our bus lesson.

Here’s to a fantastic WEEK 3!

Mrs. Reagan

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Cub Scouts Info!

Come join the Cub Scouts! Pack 3149 welcomes all kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade to join us!
We meet every 1st through 3rd Thursday of the month (starting September 5th) at Jenison Christian Church for pack and den meetings.
The Cub Scouts march in holiday parades, compete in the Pinewood Derby and Rain gutter Regatta, participate nature activities, hikes, and campouts, and lead service projects like “Rake and Run” and “Scouting for Food”.
We’d love to have you join us this school year! Send any questions to cubscoutpack3149@gmail.com.
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Week 2: September 3-6, 2019

Our first week of the school year was filled with many smiles, hugs and time to get acquainted with new friends and familiar friends.  We were also busy building routines for walking in the hallway, sharing space and materials in the classroom and safe, respectful, responsible behavior in the bathrooms, lunchroom and playground.

We continue with these routines and expectations into the second week … and third … and fourth — and revisit them frequently through-out the school year.

The district has adopted a K-12 behavior matrix that is familiar to Georgetown.  The district model, SOAR, blends beautifully with our school mission of BE NICE, WORK HARD, LEARN WELL.  We want our kids to SOAR wherever they are at Georgetown — and many of our existing expectations have meshed well with BE SAFE, OWN IT, ACT RESPONSIBLY and BE RESPECTFUL.  This week our SOAR focus is the BUS.  We’ll talk about appropriate behavior on the bus in a classroom lesson followed by a whole school lesson.  You’ll hear more about this on your child’s class blog and the update next week.

I hope your LABOR DAY weekend was just perfect for relaxation and fun!  Here’s to a great 2nd week of school at Georgetown!

Mrs. Reagan

 

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Blog Bits 8/29/2019

Blog Bits 8/29/2019

News From the Office…

Welcome back to school! It has been a great first week! The kids are doing amazing and it has been a smooth start! We just want to remind you that there is no school Friday or Monday. We will be back on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Enjoy your long holiday weekend with family and friends!

Early Release Friday…

Just a reminder, it’s early release Friday! We will be dismissing at 12:15 on Sept. 20. 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 $2.50.  Free and reduced benefits will also apply.

SCHOOL PICTURES…

MARK THE DATE ON YOUR CALENDARS!!! SCHOOL PICTURES WILL BE ON SEPTEMBER 26!! More information will be coming home with the order form soon!

PTC News…

•9/12 – First Jet’s Pizza Night! Order a delicious easy dinner and help out Georgetown! Tell Jet’s who your child’s teacher is when you order and the teacher that gets the most orders wins a pizza party for their class! Also Jet’s generously donates a portion of the proceeds back to school to help with many things at Georgetown!

•9/19 – First PTC meeting! Mark this on your calendars and come hear what is happening at Georgetown!! It will be held in the library starting at 6:30!! We would love to see all of you there!!

•9/20 – First Popcorn Friday

PE News…

Turkey Trot Time!

When school begins, it is time to start thinking about the annual Turkey Trot Race.   The race will be October 22 this year.   We are currently looking for Turkey Trot Sponsors for 2019.  Do you own your business, or work for someone who likes to be involved in the community?  Then become a Turkey Trot Sponsor and help support our Hudsonville Elementary Schools.   To find out more about how to become a sponsor, please email Mrs. Nienhuis and Mrs. VanKoevering.

Community News…

•Free Girls Lacrosse Clinic

The purpose of this clinic is to introduce girls to the exciting sport of lacrosse. At this clinic.lead by our HHS Girls Varsity Lacrosse Coach and players, basic skills will be taught as well as rules of the game. Again the cost is FREE!

Location: Riley Street Middle School

Date/Time: Saturday, September 14 from 1:00-3:00

Please bring a water bottle and a mouthguard. Stick and goggles recommended, but not required as we will have extra if needed.

For more information, email HudsonGirlsYouthLAX@gmail.com or text 616-890-7976

•Feeding America West Michigan
Mobile Food Distribution
Hager Park Church
Saturday, October 12, 2019
10:00 am to Noon
Hager Park Church is partnering with Feeding America West Michigan to provide a Mobile Food
Distribution. The food distribution will take place at Hager Park Church’s parking lot, located at 2635 Bauer Road in Jenison. Sign-in is required, although the food is FREE to anyone that needs it. There will be a large assortment of food, consisting of fresh seasonal produce and other high-quality grocery items.
•Baton Twirling Classes
Dates: Every Wednesday beginning September 25, 2019 and ending December 18, 2019
Times: Ages 4-7, 6:15-7:00 p.m. Ages 8-18, 7:00-7:45 p.m.
Registration: On September 25th 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 available.
Trophies, medals, and ribbons available to earn!  Students will have an opportunity to show off their skills at a competition in December, and also can march in the Grand Rapids Santa Parade, which is on TV.  Questions?  Call (616) 460-1747, email athleticsens@aol.com, or visit us on our website at www.athleticsensations.com
Interested in CUB SCOUTS….check out this group.  Kids all ages, all grades welcome.  First meeting is this Thursday, 9/5/19.  Contact: cubscoutpack3149@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

Community Ed…

Community Ed Papers came home this week! There are many things new activities for your child to check out!

 You can click here to go to the community education page on the Hudsonville Public School website.

Upcoming Events

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Celebrating Summer Learning!

This summer, we had 176 students participate in summer learning.  They spent over 100,000 minutes learning by reading or on the MOBYMAX learning platform.

Each student who participated in summer learning will receive a SUMMER LEARNING CERTIFICATE.  Also, the students have also earned an OUTSTANDING for their classroom — the first for many to come.

Classrooms earn outstanding’s when they work together to Be Safe, Be Nice,  Own their choices, Act Responsibly, Be Respectful, Work Hard as a team and Learn Well as a team.    This is a BIG DEAL.  We work together as a school and as class families to earn these awards.  They are evidence of our collective team work.

Out of the 176 summer learners, a student was randomly selected from each grade to receive an AMAZON GIFT CARD.  The winning students are in the photo above:  Isaiah, Nolan, Elena, Taylor, Abrielle and Judah.  Certificates and gift cards should be in your child’s backpack today.

Mrs. Reagan

 

 

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WELCOME BACK to Week 1: August 26-29, 2019

Many thanks to all of you for attending the 2019-20 Kindergarten and Gr 1-5 Open Houses!  We had record attendance and MANY SMILING faces.  The photos in the video above highlight some of the smiling kindergarteners as well as staff who are excited to  support your children this year.

I want to give a shout out to Mike Parnacott, a parent and Sysco employee, who on behalf of his company donated 100 pounds of popcorn to our school.  This donation, along with your open house donations, will allow us to provide popcorn to all children every early release Friday throughout the year.

Our first day is Monday, August 26.  We will have supervision on all playgrounds beginning at 8:30.  The first bell rings at 8:45 and the second at 8:50.  Our goal is to have all children inside by 8:55.  Teachers will carry signs with their names and we’ll have extra staff outside to help all children find their teachers and line up spots.

The first day of school at Georgetown is yALL HANDS on DECK approach to helping all the kids find their new line up spots. This continues for two weeks as we work to help everyone feel good about putting their backpacks in line, playing and then when the whistle blows, go to their backpacks and walk into school as a classes.

We are prepared for a few tears (from both parents and children) and also have our hearts ready to support the transition to school.  We understand how hard it is to leave your child with us for seven hours each weekday — so we work hard to make sure you know that we are focused on making sure we care for each child just as we would want a team to care for our children.

We will be doing many activities to build routines and get to know one another through this week and next.  The transition from summer to school is exhausting — so be prepared to have a snack, some liquids and a hug ready for their arrival home at the end of the day.

Enjoy this beautiful weekend of August sunshine.  Here’s to a great start to the year!

Mrs. Reagan

 

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