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Toys For Tots: Donate by 12/13/18

Listen to Ainslee and Holiday Cheer Team’s  Toys for Tots Message: 

toysfortotsDo you know about Toys for Tots? It’s a great charity that provides happiness and joy to kids on Christmas morning. They cannot do this without our help.

This year, we have set a school donation goal of 100 toys.  

Bring a new, unwrapped toy to school before December 13.  Toys for Tots will distribute these toys to kids in need throughout our community.

PLEASE SUPPORT THE KIDS IN OUR COMMUNITY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!

Ainslee Tomaszewski, Student Chairperson for Georgetown Toys for Tots Campaign

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Holiday Program 12/13/18

Fair Haven Ministries is located down the road from Georgetown Elementary at the corner of Baldwin Street and 28th Ave.

Why is it held at a church?  Our elementary schools have grown so big that we need a big space to perform!  We are too big for the High School or Freshman Auditoriums.  Fair Haven seats about 1500 and graciously allows Hudsonville schools to rent their auditorium for our performances.

What time do students need to be there?
Students need to report to their assigned classroom 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE PROGRAM.

  • 6:30 – 7:00   K-2nd     (Students report at 6:15)
  • 7:45 – 8:15   3rd-5th   (Students report at 7:30)

It is very important not to be late so teachers have enough time to line students up in their riser orders, pass out props and make sure everyone who has a special part is accounted for. Please do not send your child to the classroom unsupervised or prior to their scheduled time.  Please keep their coats with you.

Where does my child need to go when they get to the church?
There will be signs directing you to your child’s classroom.
Below are the room assignments by grade along with a map of the rooms.

  • K and 5th – Family Life Center 
  • 1st  and 3rd –  100 Wing
  • 2nd  and 4th –  400 Wing

 

How long will the program be?  Each group will perform for about 30 minutes. There will be 45 minutes between the two programs for K-2nd grade students to leave and upper elementary students to arrive for the next program.

What order are the grades singing? The grades are singing in order of age: Kindergarten perform first, then 1st/2nd grade, then 3rd grade and finally 4th/5th grade.

Can we save seats earlier in the day? No. The only reserved seats will be marked off and are for the directors, students and teachers.
Seating is first come first serve when the doors open.

PLEASE be respectful and courteous to other families. Everyone wants a good seat and we will do our best to fit everyone into the auditorium.  Please try to keep young children on your laps and not to take up unnecessary seats in order to leave more space for others.

Is food or drink allowed in the church? Absolutely no food or drink is allowed in the church. This is strictly enforced.

Do the students need to wear anything special? No. Most students love to dress up and will wear special holiday dresses or outfits, but there is no requirement. The exception to this is if your child has a special part. Some parts require special costumes. Many costumes are provided, but some may have to be brought from home. If your child has a special part, they should have brought home a “congratulations” letter that would say if they need to wear or bring anything special. Please note that if your child has a special part that requires a costume, they will NOT have time to change in between songs and will need to wear their costume for the entire performance.

How do students get special parts? For most parts, students audition during the school day. Sometimes simple parts are randomly chosen by pulling a class number from a jar or assigning my ipad to randomly pick a name. I also keep track of every student who has ever had a Christmas program part from Kindergarten through 5th grade. Whenever possible, I try to give parts to students who have not ever had parts or who have not had parts in the past couple years. Typically, I will have about 50-100 students audition for one part! I narrow the students down to about 20 and put those names in a bowl and draw a lucky winner. Although I would love everyone to have a part, having almost 600 students and only a handful of parts each year is very difficult. I discuss this with the students and they realize everyone cannot have a solo part, but that EVERY single person is important to the success of the program. Most songs have special props or motions that involve everyone as well.

How do we order a DVD of the performance? WCET TV records the performance each year.  They sell DVD’s for $15.

Please fill this form out and return to office.  GEORGETOWN HOLIDAY PROGRAM DVD

Who do I contact if I have questions? Please email Mrs. Bretz at abretz@hpseagles.net.  This is usually the fastest way to communicate with me- especially the day or two before the program.   I am often out of my classroom during dress rehearsals so phone messages are not always able to be checked.

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Still in need of Holiday Shop volunteers

The PTC is still in need of volunteers for the Holiday Shop. Please consider helping out!

We’re using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps. Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUps on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/vAJXkgw
2) Review the SignUps listed and choose the one(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually. Thank you!! Erin Fredricks,  chair of Holiday Shop.  My email address is krebille@hotmail.com
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Week 15: Dec 3-7, 2018

We are gearing up for the Holiday Program on December 13.  This will be held at Fair Haven — two programs total.

  • Gr K-2  Drop off at 6:15.  Program at 6:30
  • Gr 3-5  Drop off at 7:30.  Program at 7:45

If you want a DVD of the program, complete this form: GEORGETOWN HOLIDAY PROGRAM DVD

This week the PTC is hosting student HOLIDAY SHOPPING in our Library.  This is an opportunity for your children to shop for family members.  Please check your child’s backpack for details.

Here’s to a fantastic week!

Mrs. Reagan

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Annual Candy Cane Sale Time!

The annual candy cane sale is coming! Our 5th grade classes will be selling candy canes to help raise money for their 5th grade activities. The sale will be from Monday, December 3rd  through Friday, December 14th. The cost for each candy cane is $1.00 and they will be delivered the same day they are ordered. Thank you in advance for your support!

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Blog Bits 12/7/2018

Blog Bits 12/7/2018

News From the Office…

Just a reminder that if your child is not going to be at school, please call them into the office. They are marked unexcused until we hear from a parent to get them excused from their absence.  We have been having a lot of kids not called in which means a lot of interruptions in the classrooms and a lot of phone calls made. We really appreciate your help with this! Also if you are going to be on vacation, you can fill out a form to get them excused for vacation. The form can be picked up in the office or you can print one off from the blog (found under the forms and procedures tab).

We want to give a big thank you to Erin Fredricks and ALL of the volunteers that helped out with the Holiday Shop!! It takes many people to pull this off and the kids have a lot of fun!

Holiday break is coming up and we want to get the dates out to you. Our last day is on Friday, Dec. 21 and our first day back will be Monday, Jan 7.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Next Early Release…

Our next early release is on Dec. 14. We will be dismissing at 12:15 on Dec. 14. 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…

12/13 – Jet’s Pizza Night which yes is also the Holiday Program Night. Hopefully it can help make a crazy night a little less crazy.

12/21 – Popcorn Friday

•••••If you would still like to order Eagle apparel online you have 2 more days to do so. Might be good for any last minute Christmas shopping/stocking stuffer?? Check this link out and happy shopping!•••••

Candy Cane Sale…

The annual candy cane sale is going on yet next week! Our 5th grade classes will be selling candy canes to help raise money for their 5th grade activities. The sale is done on Friday, December 14th. The cost for each candy cane is $1.00 and they will be delivered the same day they are ordered. Thank you in advance for your support!

Toys for Tots…

If you would like to donate to the Toys For Tots, please bring your new, unwrapped toy to school by Dec. 13. There is a box by the office you can drop them in.

Music News…

SAVE THE DATE!! Mark it on your calendar that the Holiday Program is on Dec. 13 at Fair Haven Church.

Kindergarten – 2nd grade will perform at 6:30 with drop off time being at 6:15

3rd grade – 5th grade will perform at 7:45 with drop off time being at 7:30

Room assignments:

K – Family Life Center

1st – 100 Wing

2nd – 400 Middle

3rd – 100 Wing

4th – 400 Middle

5th – Family Life Center

If you would like to order a DVD of the program, please use the order form and send it in with a check. GEORGETOWN HOLIDAY PROGRAM DVD-2i2jixs

Community News…

•Could you or someone you know use some support this Christmas? 
Call us at Love In the Name of Christ 616.662.3300 and ask for the Call Center.
We would love to hear from you!
•Hudsonville Ski and Board Club
We are pleased to offer this online registration process. Click the link below to view the flyer.

https://2018skiboardclub.itemorder.com

Here’s how to sign up:

Step 1:  Fill out the required online information on this website

Step 2:  Make checks payable to Hudsonville Public Schools and deliver payment to the Elementary, Middle School, or High School office of your choice.  Please label envelope Hudsonville Ski and Board Club.

Ski and Board Club merchandise is also available online. Check out some of the great gift ideas for the upcoming Holidays!

3 Signup Deadlines:

1) Friday, December 14 – Cards delivered before Christmas Vacation

2) Thursday, January 3 – Cards delivered Monday, January 7

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!

 

Sign up to receive texts from HPS
  • 1. Confirm that your cell phone  is on file at your school
  • 2. Text “YES” to 68453 from each phone or device from which they wish to receive texts.

 

Upcoming Events

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Snow Day Winners 11/26/18

 

Over 100 students participated in some at least 30 minutes of learning during our snow day.

One winner for each grade was selected (random drawing) to win a Barnes and Noble Gift Card.  The winners are pictured above and they are as follows:

Eline Dujardin (K), Evelyn Stadt (1), Ollie Woodring (2), Lucah Jackson (3), Tessa Pierce (4) and Audrey Peck (5).

CONGRATULATIONS!

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Holiday Shop Help

The PTC is planning for the Holiday Shop and they are in need of volunteers. The dates are Dec. 3 – 7. If you are able/willing to help out at this fun event, please see the link below.

Please use this link to learn more about the event and to sign up to help. Thanks for all you do and for making a difference!

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Winter Storm Bruce = Snow Day 11/26/18

Thanks to Winter Storm Bruce, our  roads are horrible…which means no school today.

A snow day is a perfect day to do at least 30 minutes of learning (see below) so that you have a chance to win a $10 Barnes and Noble Gift Card (one per grade).

Options for learning:

  1. Read a book or two or three.  ONLINE Learning record for reading minutes.
  2. Learning on MOBYMAX or RAZ-KIDS through Clever.com:
  • Log into https://clever.com/in/hpseaglessnow-day-300x192
  • Select log into other google account.
  • Type in district username followed by @hpsstudents.net
  • Type in password – if your child doesn’t remember the password, choose TIME TO READ instead!
  • Select Elementary Apps
  • Find MOBYMAX OR RAZ KIDS….get started!

Students have until 5 pm tonight to participate.

Most importantly, stay warm…practice your holiday program songs…and have fun!

Mrs. Reagan

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Week 14: Nov 26-30, 2018

I hope everyone is settled back home…relaxed and recovered from your long Thanksgiving holiday break!

The week ahead (on the surface) looks calm with no major events scheduled.  Behind the scenes, Mrs. Bretz and every grade will be practicing for the holiday program (Dec 13) and the Parent Club volunteers will be preparing for the Holiday Gift Shoppe — an opportunity for all children to purchase gifts for family members at school (Dec 2-6 – next week).  Look for information about the Holiday Shoppe in your child’s backpack this week.  If you’d like to help students shop at this event, use this link to volunteer.

Finally, Friday is POPCORN DAY!  WE LOVE POPCORN FRIDAY’s!  Thank you PTC for organizing volunteers for this — and for all the parents who donated money at our August Open House so popcorn can be provided to every child!

Here’s to a great week!

Mrs. Reagan

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