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Caring for our Families and our Community: PE CARES FOOD DRIVE

The annual PE CARES FOOD DRIVE will be starting on November 6.  This is a project that is organized by the district’s physical education teachers who partner with Hudsonville’s Love INC.
What do we NEED asking for your help by bringing in non-perishable food items for Love Inc. in Hudsonville.  Food items to consider are canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, rice, baked beans, black beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, tuna fish, etc.
NO RAMEN NOODLES.
The food drive will continue until Nov. 21.  We will be keeping track of how many items each class brings in for the food drive.  The class with the most items at the end of the day on Nov. 21 will win a bowling trip to Hudsonville Lanes and a PE CARES T-SHIRT.
This is a great opportunity for our students to care for their community, thanks for sharing in this service project with us at Georgetown.
Mrs. Nienhuis and Mrs. VanKoevering
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Help With Teacher Conference Dinners

The PTC is looking for help with making a dinner for the teachers.  Fall conferences are a great time to show our teachers some love and appreciation for all they do by providing them a delicious comforting hot meal. This fall we have chosen a “comfort food” theme. We will be offering our fabulous teachers Fried Chicken, Macaroni and Cheese, Chili with Salad and Desserts.  Use this link to sign up to help donate items for this dinner. Please have items to school no later than noon on Monday so we can have everything set up for teachers to begin eating by 3:30 in order for them to be ready for conferences at 4. Thank you so very much for your willingness to help and please feel free to email me with any questions. Erin Fredricks krebille@hotmail.com

 

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Michigan Children’s Protection Agency

Are your children safe while online? Michigan families, especially minors, are becoming inundated with advertisements from alcohol, tobacco, pornography, illegal drug and gambling marketers through different internet and cell phone inboxes. Texting their advertisements is the newest marketing effort that many of these companies are using. Thankfully, the Michigan Secretary of State’s office offers a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching your email address and cell number via text. The Michigan Child Protection Registry is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan’s families.

As a strong supporter of this Registry, I would like to encourage you to sign your entire family up for this program and inform your friends and colleagues about how they can protect their children and families from unwanted adult advertising. To sign up only takes seconds. Just go to www.ProtectMIChild.com and keep your family safe.

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Week 11: Nov 4-8, 2019

Fourth grade readers (Taelyn, Lauren and Camille)  sitting below the newest birthday board.  Many thanks to Mrs. Hersberger and Mrs. Brenner (and their assistants) for honoring our students and their birthday months all year long!

 

Recently, I read a post that said, “Anyone who doubts the commitment of teachers, should imagine being in school on Halloween.”  I would counter that with, “Anyone who doubts the commitment of teachers, should image being in school the day AFTER Halloween.”  It is the most anticipated holiday — lots of high costume expectations, a  school party and a late night,  followed by a day in school with crazy sugar levels and not enough sleep.  Best part of all, we all survived!

I reminded teachers to rest up this weekend because our week also kicks off with the end of Daylight Savings Time…which gives an extra hour of sleep yet disrupts children’s sleep cycles.  It’s a big adjustment for all of us — so we anticipate some big YAWNS as we adjust to fewer hours of daylight.

We are gearing up for Parent Teacher Conferences, November 18 and 20.  We rushed to get our appointments out to all parents in advance of BMS conference scheduling.  We want you to be aware of your elementary times so you could schedule your middle school child’s conferences on the opposite day.

For those of you new to Georgetown, teachers have 15 minutes per parent for each child.  The focus of conferences is to highlight the growth your child has made since the beginning of the year.  You may also hear about an area to grow because as teachers we keep raising the bar higher for learning and social/emotional behaviors.  I want to express my gratitude to all of our blended families who have agreed to sit together for one conference period for your child.  This sends an important message to your child that we are all on the same page. Thank YOU!

LOST and FOUND will be on display for conferences — middle of the rotunda on tables.  Please make sure you check this for your child’s clothing…and also check their locker!

Before I wrap up, a couple to items:

  • I’d like to share a wonderful opportunity for girls who are interested in STEAM STUDIO like learning opportunities.  This event is sponsored by MSU — and Mrs. Totten has heard RAVE reviews.
  • I’ve received questions from parents about the GEORGETOWN MILLIONAIRE’s CLUB.  Here’s a link to a blog post about how to help your child become a millionaire by the end of the year.

Wishing you a relaxing post-Halloween weekend!

Mrs. Reagan

 

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EVERY WORD COUNTS at GEORGETOWN!

REMINDER:   KEEP TRACK OF YOUR BOOKS ALL YEAR!  

If you have ever dreamed of being a millionaire, now is your chance.  Every student has the opportunity to become a member of this club if they succeed in reading for 1,000,000 words (or more) this year.

Mrs. VandenBerg, our librarian, keeps the tally of your books read on Reading Counts and Book Blogs.   The word count keep growing as long as you keep turning in your book lists, completing book blogs and/or completing reading counts quizzes. You can also track the books you read at home on this document (just print at home and write down your books).  We celebrate the millionaires at the end of each school year.  Find out about past millionaires by searching our blog with the key word ‘ millionaires ‘.

As a member of the MILLION WORDs club, each member will have their name on the MILLIONAIRE’s BOARD (display case in our rotunda) and receive gift card to BARNES and NOBLE.   How do you log your words?  It’s as easy as this:

  1. READING COUNTS QUIZZES: Each time you complete a  Reading Counts quiz, you get credit for all those words.  Mrs. Vandenberg keeps track of the word count for you.
  2. BOOK SHOUT OUT…If you aren’t a fan of the quizzes, write about your book SHOUT OUT to encourage others to read the book too.
  3. MILLION WORD CLUB BOOK LIST:  If you don’t like READING COUNTS QUIZZES, but you LOVE to read, you can still work on becoming a MILLIONAIRE.  Keep track of ALL the books you read at home (and on vacation) print this form:  Million Word Club History – PDF.

Quick link for word counting here:  WORD COUNT LINK

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Reminder About Bus Changes

The Transportation Office has asked all building principals to remind parents that they are limited to 1 or 2 consistent addresses for drop off and pick up.  These addresses must be consistent (for example, a regular schedule like two days per week one address and three days another address).

Early release Fridays are not a consistent second address.

If you would like to request a change to your child’s drop off or pick up, complete the ONLINE BUS PASS FORM each time a change is needed. This is managed by the Transportation Dept.

We want your children to be SAFE!

Mrs. Bykerk, Transportation Director

Mrs. Reagan, Principal

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Blog Bits 10/25/2019

Blog Bits 10/25/2019

News From the Office…

We have a few things coming up in the next few weeks that will be keeping us busy!  Picture retakes will be on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Halloween parties will be taking place on Thursday, Oct. 31 and each class will be at different times. If you are volunteering at a party you MUST have a background check on file.  You can do this electronically found on the tab at the top of the page. Please do that ASAP so there is time to get those completed. Only parents that are volunteering to run a party will be on the list for check in. We have to limit the number of people coming for parking, space in classrooms, and safety. Thank you for understanding! Email your child’s teacher if you have any questions about the party. Parent teacher conferences will be going on Nov. 18 and Nov. 20. You will be getting an email about when your time is. Last, but not least the book fair is going on Nov. 18 thru Nov. 22. You can shop on Monday and Wednesday from 4:00-8:00 after school during conferences. A huge thank you to Audrey Straub for organizing the book fair and we appreciate all of the volunteers that help in various ways throughout the week!

Thanksgiving break will be here before we know it. We will be off Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday Nov. 27-29 and we will be back at school on Monday, Dec 2.

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Next Early Release…

Our next early release is on Nov 15. We will be dismissing at 12:15 on Nov. 15. 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.

Picture Retakes…

If your child was not here for picture day, retake day is set for Tuesday, Oct. 29.  We have extra picture forms in the office if you need one for retakes. If you didn’t like your child’s picture when they came home and you would like them to have retakes, simply send in the picture packet with your child on the day of retakes.  Your child will bring it to the ladies taking the pictures and they will be all set. Thank you!!

PTC News…

Nov. 14 – Jet’s Pizza Night

Nov. 18 thru 22 – Fall Book Fair! More information will be coming home soon along with a sign up for volunteers!! Stay tuned for more details…

PE News…

Turkey Trot, October 29, 2019.
Race bags went home yesterday, please take a look inside and read the information printed on the bright orange sheet with the map on it.
Also, we are changing things up a little for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.  They need to STAY in the stands until they are called down to the start line.
If you missed the deadline to register, you can go to late registration on Oct. 29 at 4:30.  Shirts are on a first come first serve basis..
Music News…
Save the date!! The Holiday Program will be held on Dec 12. Mark your calendars!

Girls On The Run…

This is a 10 week program that will be held after school on Mondays and Wednesdays for 90 minutes per day in the Spring. Practices will start the first week in March and the program ends with a 5K celebration for all of the coaches and participants in June. The cost of the GOTR program is $150. It is a great program for all levels of ability and a great way to make new friends, be on a team, and learn about healthy habits emotionally, socially, mentally, and physically!

If you didn’t get a paper home, let us know and we can send one to you. If you have any questions about the program, our coach will be Aubrey VanSlyke. Her email is aubreyvanslyke83@gmail.com

Aubrey is also looking for some moms to help out! If you would be willing to help, please email her to let her know!!

Vote…

Looking to the future of Hudsonville Public Schools, the Board of Education is asking the community to vote on a school bond proposal Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

If approved by voters, NO TAX RATE INCREASE is expected for Hudsonville Public Schools property owners. The bond proposal would provide district-wide improvements and focuses on GROWING, INVESTING, and CONNECTING Hudsonville Public Schools. To learn more about the bond proposal please visit the District website at www.hudsonvillepublicschools.org

Community News…

•Fall Fest
Jamestown Harbor Church will be hosting a Fall Fest for the community on Saturday, October 26, from 1-3 pm at Jamestown Lower Elementary School.  The event will include carnival games, face painting, costume contest, cake walk, family photo booth, snacks and drinks, and of course lots of candy!  We’d invite you to join us for this free family event!
•Candy Land Halloween Event at Jenison Bible Church.
October 31 from 6-8 pm. 
This is an indoor and completely free event for our community.  Come follow the Candy Land trail and collect candy.  When finished, you will end at a carnival with lots of games, prizes, bounce houses, face painting, craft, photo booth, door prizes, cake walk, and Magic Shows at 6:30 & 7:15.  Come get out of the cold and (maybe) rain or snow and enjoy some warm, indoor fun for your family!
•Hudsonville Eagles Aquatics Team to Host Free Swim Night!
The Hudsonville Eagles Aquatic Teams (HEAT) will be hosting a FREE swim night for your child to come and learn more about joining this competitive swim team. 
All elementary and middle school kids are welcome to join us on Friday, November 8, from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Hudsonville Competition Pool, 3370 Allen St.
Students must have a parent/guardian present during the free swim event.
For more information, please visit hudsonvllepublicschools.org or contact
Aquatics Director, Ian Koes at ikobes@hpseagles.net
or HEAT Head Coach Michaela Rookus at mrookus@hpseagles.net

Community Ed…

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

Upcoming Events

 

 

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Girls On The Run Sign Ups

Papers went home with girls in 3rd thru 5th grade about the Girls On The Run Program. Registration opens on Nov 1 and closes on Nov 30. To register, go to www.GOTROAC.ORG

You can register online or at an Open House. Check out the website for times and locations for open houses.

This is a 10 week program that will be held after school on Mondays and Wednesdays for 90 minutes per day in the Spring. Practices will start the first week in March and the program ends with a 5K celebration for all of the coaches and participants in June. The cost of the GOTR program is $150. It is a great program for all levels of ability and a great way to make new friends, be on a team, and learn about healthy habits emotionally, socially, mentally, and physically!

If you didn’t get a paper home, let us know and we can send one to you. If you have any questions about the program, our coach will be Aubrey VanSlyke. Her email is aubreyvanslyke83@gmail.com

Aubrey is also looking for some moms to help out! If you would be willing to help, please email her to let her know!!

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Week 9: October 21-25, 2019

What a beautiful fall weekend!  I hope you were able to get outside and enjoy some of the sunshine and perfect fall temperatures.

This week’s weather looks it will be in the 50º ‘s which means our LOST and FOUND will continue to grow!  If your child can’t find his/her fleece jacket, HUDSONVILLE EAGLE’s sweatshirt, etc., s/he needs to head down to check out our school collection.  If you’re a parent volunteer, check it out –it’s located between the library and the rotunda.

BIG BIG THANKS to our POPCORN POPPERS.  A crew of parent volunteers descend on our building the morning of EarlyRelease Fridays.  They pop 600+ bags of popcorn and deliver these to classrooms — along with a bag for each staff member.  It’s a highlight of each month and an event that is possible because of parent volunteers and donations.

The beautiful photo above is a collection of all our kindergarteners ….and their teachers.  Each of these photos is on our COUNT ON YOUR board by the library.  Joining the kindergarteners this week, 5th graders!  They’ll be able to find their bus buddy…which is always fun to watch!

A reminder to everyone to save TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 to vote for our SCHOOL BOND PROPOSAL.  If approved by voters, NO TAX RATE INCREASE is expected for Hudsonville Public Schools property owners. The bond proposal would provide district-wide improvements and focuses on GROWING, INVESTING, and CONNECTING Hudsonville Public Schools.  If you are unable to vote due to your schedule, consider filing an ABSENTEE BALLOT.

Here’s to a great week!  REMEMBER to check your child’s blog…and if you have not visited specialists blogs, make a visit!  Links are on the right.

Mrs. Reagan

 

 

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