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Week 6: Oct 1-5, 2018

This past Friday, we also had our first POPCORN FRIDAY (thank you for your donations and the parent volunteers who popped and distributed).  The same day, we had the EAGLE SUPER FANS get us fired up for the Homecoming Game.  Some photos of this event are above.

We continue to work on building routines for learning, playing, eating and problem solving together.  This past week, we completed another Lockdown/Evacuation practice.  We had 100 students on different playgrounds and they practice moving to safe locations out of site from the building.  The remainder of us were inside, and we practice moving to internal safe building locations — quickly and quietly — doors locked and everyone calm.  In addition, we practice another fire drill.  On both occasions we had parent volunteers in the building, and they participated in the drills with us.

Looking ahead:  This is one of the most important weeks of the year for our district and our school.  Wednesday, October 3 is COUNT DAY for the public schools in the state of Michigan.  This is one of two days per year that determine how much state money schools receive.   Currently, Hudsonville Public receives $7,631 per student.  Please make sure your child attends school on Wednesday so that our district receives funding for your child this year.

Friday, October 5 is our school WALKATHON.  This is sponsored by the PTC (Parents, Teachers and Children)…and it is our ONLY fundraiser for our school.  The money raised funds learning incentives, online learning programs and parent/child events throughout the year.  Our goal is to raise $30.00 per child to support our extra programs at school. PLEASE donate and join us for our Lovin’ the 80’s Walkathon!

Finally, before we get to the week ahead snap shot, I need to ask all parents to take a peek at the growing LOST items in our Lost  & Found.  It’s getting cooler…and we several sweatshirts that I would love to get back to you and your children!  Look at the Lost Collage Collection under the week ahead snapshot.

Enjoy your weekend…and here’s to another great week with your children!

Mrs. Reagan

 

 

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Blog Bits 9/28/2018

Blog Bits 9/28/2018

News From the Office…

Picture day is done and went very well. If your child was sick and missed picture day, we have make up day on Tuesday, Oct 30.  If your child was absent, simply send in the picture form with your child on retake day.

We had visitors from the high school today and they had a lot of fun with the kids! Tonight is the homecoming game and the high school students put on a little pep rally for Georgetown. Have fun at the game is you are going! Go Eagles and have a great weekend!

Next Early Release…

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

The Walk-A-Thon is coming up on Oct 5 and the PTC is looking for volunteers to help that day! Please click the link to go the the sign up page. http://signup.com/go/MaBXNZR

You can view details about the Walk-A-Thon here.

The third grade time changed from what is on the paper. They will be walking from 9:45-10:30. Here is the schedule:

9:45 – 10:30 Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd will be walking

10:45 – 11:30 4th and 5th will be walking

•Oct. 11 – Jet’s Pizza Night!

•Oct. 26 – Popcorn Friday

PE News…

2018 Turkey Trot coming on October 23!
More information will be coming home next week.
We are currently looking for Turkey Trot sponsors.
Sponsors are asked to pay $150.00 and then your business
name will be put on the back of 1000 race shirts.  If you are
interested or want more information about being a sponsor
please call Taraynn Nienhuis or Shelly VanKoevering at
Georgetown Elementary at  797-9797 ext. 22422
(deadline for sponsorship is Sept. 28)

Community News…

•The Heritage Christian School Fall Children’s Clothing and Toy Sale will be held on Saturday, October 6 from 9 am – 12:00 pm. Items for sale include infant to teen clothing, winter gear, snow boots outdoor/indoor toys, books, games, shoes, baby equipment, maternity, and more. Delicious baked goods are also for sale! Located in the large gym at Heritage Christian at 6340 Autumn Dr., Hudsonville. Hope to see you there!
•HOLY CROSS KIDS FALL CONSIGNMENT SALE
*Fri, Sept 28 9am-3pm
*Sat, Sept 29 9am-1pm (half price sale!)
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
616.457.2420
•Georgetown Township Fire Department
Fire Prevention Open House
Thursday, Oct 4
6:00-8:00
Fire Station #1 (corner of 14th and 44th) park across the street
Come show your support and see some amazing demonstrations!
Check out this flyer for more information!Open House Invitation_2018 (2)-2age43j
•Attention 3rd, 4th, and 5th students from Alward, Bauer, Georgetown, and Park Elementary Schools: you have the opportunity to audition for a role as a chorus member in the Baldwin Street Middle School production of Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.. Auditions are scheduled for September 29, 2018 in the Baldwin Street Middle School Choir Room.
Students interested in auditioning for a place in the chorus should prepare a short song to sing and be ready to learn some simple choreography at the audition. Students are asked to wear clothing that allows them to move freely and tennis shoes.
Visit https://bit.ly/2DeJoBo to sign your child up for an audition slot for Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled audition time. Parents will be asked to wait outside in the cafeteria during the auditions.
Contact Sarah Maurice (smauric@hpseagles.net) if you have additional questions. Please include the following information in your subject line: “Elementary Chorus – Child’s First and Last Names”.
See this flyer for dates and more information. LMElementaryChorusInfo-2hbfxkl

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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Picture Day!

Just a reminder it is picture day tomorrow!!

For online orders, tell your child to let the ladies know a parent ordered online and still send in the packet with your child if you have it as it has your child’s info on it.

See you tomorrow with a smile on!

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Lovin’ the 80’s WALK•A•THON

This is the ONLY PTC (Parent•Teacher •Child) Fundraiser for this year.  The funds raised from this event allow us to provide many opportunities for learning and events at Georgetown.  The slideshow above explains the purpose of the event as well as how the WALKATHON operates on October 5.  The slideshow also explains WALKATHON prizes.

Parents…you are invited to come and walk with us!  Strollers are welcome!

Schedule:

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

Please turn your donations in by 10/8/18  Make checks payable to GEORGETOWN PTC.

Walk•a•thon DONATION FORM: Walkathon Paper Copy

Again…YOUR donations make a HUGE DIFFERENCE and this video highlights how your money supports our school and your kid’s learning.  Click on the graphic to launch the video.

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Week 5: Sept 24-28, 2018

We have a fun and busy week ahead!   The calendar snap shot below highlights the most important events:  Picture Day, Popcorn Day, Eagle’s Spirit Day.

Picture Day:  Photos will be taken in the library…and the children will get their photos taken throughout the day.

Popcorn Day happens on the final Friday of the month.  This is made possible by YOU – your donations at Open House funded the purchase of the popcorn/oil.  Parent volunteers come in each Friday to pop the popcorn and deliver it to classrooms.

EAGLE’S Spirit Day is a district wide homecoming football game event.  Everyone is encouraged to wear blue and gold to support the team on game day.  If you’d like to purchaseEagle’s Spirit clothing, you can shop online or visit the Eagle’s Landing in person.  Location: Hudsonville High School by the Main Gym, 5037 – 32nd Ave

Enjoy the beautiful day today!  The bright sunshine, blue sky, mild temps are rare and wonderful…and meant to be enjoyed.

Mrs. Reagan

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Constitution Day

the-constitutionConstitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave people on September 17, 1787.

Today, on Constitution Day, each classroom will discuss the significance of this document for our great nation.

Feel free to visit the links below to learn more about the Constitution — the foundation of our free, united country.

 

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Week 4: September 17-21, 2018

Can you believe we are starting our fourth week of school?  This will also be our first FULL week with 5 school days.   We’re ready!

We had a gorgeous week of weather last week.  We took advantage with outdoor movement breaks and recess. It was also the perfect week for us to complete our first set of practice drills:  Tornado (9/12), Fire (9/13) and Lockdown (9/14).

We know that these practices can raise anxiety for our students — so we practice with intention and with care.  Each teacher explained the drill type before each practice.  Over the school loud speaker, I explain the expectations for behavior and then we run each drill.    During the school year, we will practice for fire 8 times, tornado 2 times and lockdown three times.

Below is a snapshot of our week ahead.  Monday is Constitution Day — and each teacher will honor this day with a lesson.  We have our first PTC meeting on Thursday, September 20 at 6:30 pm in our school library.  Main topic for our PTC Meeting: Preparations for our big school fundraiser which is the Oct. 5 80’s Themed Walkathon!  More details coming soon.

Enjoy the remainder of your weekend!

Mrs. Reagan

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Blog Bits 9/14/2018

Blog Bits 9/14/2018

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. Thanks for your help with this!! 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, please sign them 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 Oct. 12. 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 27!! More information will be coming home with the order form soon!

PTC News…

•9/20 – 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!! Come and hear about everything being planned and how you can volunteer to help out in any way!

•9/28 – First Popcorn Friday

•10/5 – Walk-A-Thon. This is the one major fundraiser each year where the PTC raises about 90% of the budget. Donation forms will come home soon. Some of the major expenditures the PTC uses this money for include teacher stipends for classroom supplies, reading programs, field trips, specials supplies, and helping staff and students in times of need.

The PTC is also looking for some people to help with the Girl’s Winter Dance and the Conference Dinner Committee. If you are interested in helping with this, please contact Audrey Straub at audreystraub@gmail.com

PE News…

2018 Turkey Trot coming on October 23!
More information will be coming home next week.
We are currently looking for Turkey Trot sponsors.
Sponsors are asked to pay $150.00 and then your business
name will be put on the back of 1000 race shirts.  If you are
interested or want more information about being a sponsor
please call Taraynn Nienhuis or Shelly VanKoevering at
Georgetown Elementary at  797-9797 ext. 22422
(deadline for sponsorship is Sept. 28)

Community News…

•MOBILE FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Hager Park Church
Saturday, September 22, 2018
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.
•Septemberfest Arts and Crafts Show will be held again this year on Saturday, September 15 from 9am – 3pm at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds.  Admission is $2 for adults and kids 12 and under are free.  Come shop over 150 vendors and plan to stay for lunch.  All proceeds benefit Hudsonville Christian School. Please visit Facebook for more information on vendors or to RSVP to the event.  Hope to see you there!
•The Heritage Christian School Fall Children’s Clothing and Toy Sale will be held on Saturday, October 6 from 9 am – 12:00 pm. Items for sale include infant to teen clothing, winter gear, snow boots outdoor/indoor toys, books, games, shoes, baby equipment, maternity, and more. Delicious baked goods are also for sale! Located in the large gym at Heritage Christian at 6340 Autumn Dr., Hudsonville. Hope to see you there!
•HOLY CROSS KIDS FALL CONSIGNMENT SALE
*Fri, Sept 28 9am-3pm
*Sat, Sept 29 9am-1pm (half price sale!)
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
616.457.2420

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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Early Release Tomorrow

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

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Week 3: Sept 10-14, 2018

We are gradually working our way up to a five day week.  We started with three days, then four days.  This week we get to try out four and a half days!  It’s a beautiful way to ease our bodies and minds into the work of school.  I have appreciated it because every year I am amazed at how fun and exhausting it can be to start the school year.

We continue to work on our school routines and as the teachers build relationships, they are also beginning to assess each child in reading, writing and math skills.  We use this information to build instruction that meets each child’s needs.  We want to start with what each child knows and build on that knowledge.

You may have also heard from your child that we are building in frequent breaks (outside when weather permits) and throughout the day in the classroom.  Many of our teachers use movement and stretches that incorporate balance and breathing.  As teachers and as learners, we know that our brains need movement, hydration and air to improve learning.

On Friday of this week, I welcomed our new students in grades 1-5:  Twenty Five Students in Total.  I gave each a donut and time to meet/greet one another.  I also took their photos for the ONLY ONE YOU BOARD — found across from the library.  During the year, every student will appear on this board!  Photos of our 25 new students are at the top of this post!

Remember Friday is our first early release day!  School will dismiss between 12:05-12:10. If you drive your child to school, please pick up between 12:05-12:15.    Busses will depart school at 12:15.

Snap shot of the school events below.

Enjoy your weekend!

Mrs. Reagan

 

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