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What’s New at Georgetown?

Within the past week, we have had two new additions to our front area.

In memory of Rhonda Fabbro, one of the most amazing staff members to care for our students, a maple tree was planted on the K/1 playground.  A few staff members and Fabbro family members were present for the planting ceremony (photos above).

The second addition is a “little lending library“.  This can be found at the front of our building.  It is designed for children to take a book to read (free) and for community members to share books they have read and want others to read.  This project was made possible by the Hudsonville High School wood shop (assembly), Parent Club Funds (equipment funding) and three talented custodian’s (painters and artists).  Many thanks to Aubrey Hoekstra, Elaina Nibblelink and Makaih Schuur for their painting talents!

And credit is also due to Mr. Rob, our most FANTASTIC CUSTODIAN, who prepared the playground for the tree (and supervised the planting) and made sure that the lending library was completed and installed.  Georgetown is amazing because of this man — he does more than anyone will ever know (at all hours of the day and night) to keep the building running, grounds beautiful and staff and students cared for.  Mr. Rob is also very humble — and a one of a kind person.  We are very lucky to have him!

 

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EARN MONEY FOR OUR SCHOOL

 

EARN MONEY for OUR SCHOOL

ONE BIG EVENT PER YEAR:  Fall Walkathon

*We are allowed one big money raising event each year.  Walkathon is our BIG EVENT.  This year’s event will be Friday, September 27.

  • THEME:  EAGLE SPIRIT
  • Goal:  $30 per student
  • Each student who raises $30 will receive an EAGLE SPIRIT T-SHIRT.

More details coming the second week of school.

Additional fundraisers that bring in small amounts of money

The money we earned goes toward:  Playground equipment, field trip funds for every student, online reading programs (RAZ KIDS and Scholastic News), updating old equipment (microphone systems, projectors, etc.), classroom library expansions, library books, and more!

Collect BOXTOPs.  Turn them into school as soon as you have a sheet completed. Every completed BOXTOP sheet is worth $5.00.  If every child from Georgetown (approx 580) fills one sheet during the school year,  our school earns $2,750. MAKE SURE YOU CHECK EXPIRATION DATE!

Many thanks to Lori Simpson and all of you who are on her team of BOX TOP counters, trimmers and packers.  This is a great program that pays off because of all of YOU!

Download your form here:  Box Top

COKE CAPS:  Super easy. Save the caps and go online to enter collection!  COKE WEBSITE  (https://us.coca-cola.com/give/)   Select Georgetown Elementary and enter the code on the cap.   Now you can recycle the cap. No need to send it to school.
AMAZON SMILE.  Order everything from AMAZON through our smile link to earn our school MONEY!   Go to this link: smile.amazon.com/ch/20-4701906 to earn credit for the Georgetown Elementary PTC whenever you shop on AMAZON.

JET’s PIZZA NIGHTS:  One Thursday per month (dates below).  These are also on our our school calendar  found on the right of the blog.  When you order, give your child’s teacher name to help his/her class win a pizza party.

Sept 12
October 10
November 14
December 12
January 9
February 13
March 12
April 16
May 14

 

CULVER’s NIGHT:  Two per year:   Fall (Oct 7) and Spring (TBD).  Teachers and Parent Club Board members serve food and earn money for our school.   Example of Culver’s Night 

PAPERGATOR:  

RECYCLE your old paper for our HUNGRY PAPERGATOR.  When it’s full, we get money for our school. Papergator located in front parking lot.

What CAN go into the PAPERGATOR?

  • Newsprint
  • Catalogs/Magazines
  • Junk Mail
  • Phone Books
  • Office/School paper
  • Hard and soft cover books

 

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Phone Scam Alert

I want to make you aware of this phone scam because so many parents use the Ottawa County Health Dept for vaccination updates, hearing and vision screenings and much more.  Please be aware of this scam so that you can protect your confidential information.

 

phone scamPhone Scam ALERT

Scammers are using the Ottawa County Department of Public Health’s (OCDPH) phone numbers to make calls. The caller claims to be with OCDPH or from Medicare/Medicaid. In both instances, the caller is asking for personal and confidential information. OCDPH’s phone number shows up on the caller ID, but the call is actually from a scammer, not OCDPH. If you receive a call and the person asks for confidential information, hang up!

NEVER give out confidential information, such as account numbers, social security numbers, mother’s maiden name or passwords to an unsolicited caller!

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Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year!

Our beautiful summer is coming to a close and every staff member at Georgetown is ready to get the year started!  As I have mentioned in parent emails, Mr. Rob and his custodial team have done a phenomenal job cleaning up the building and grounds so that we look at new as we were when the building opened in 2006.  I really can’t say enough about Mr. Rob and his attention to detail along with his huge heart for our school.  It’s because of him that our building looks so beautiful.

Teachers have been incredibly busy these past two weeks. They have been wrapping up graduate studies, attending professional development and preparing their classrooms.  Our building has been like a buzzing with new school year energy night and day.

We are welcoming some new members to our school team.  This past summer, some of our past teachers made changes to their career by either taking a leave of absence or changing grades/positions.  This allowed for new teachers in new positions … and it has been very exciting to build our school family.   All staff members featured in staff slide show above.  Take a peak to see if you can find new and familiar faces.

Our school theme this year is “You can…COUNT ON ME!”   As we focus on our school mission (SOAR to BE NICE, WORK HARD, LEARN WELL),  we will show them that they can count on us to be fair and keep a safe, calm learning environment.  SOAR stands for:  Be Safe, Own It, Act Responsibly and Be Respectful. We want them to show us that we can count on them to own their choices, walk safely in the hallways, play nice on the playground, be respectful in the classroom, on the bus, etc. Throughout the school year, we will share with you the expectations that we introduce for SOAR.

Remember…if your child needs to have medications kept at school, fill out the forms found in this area and drop the meds off at school — once they are signed by the doctor.  If your child has a food allergy, asthma or other major health issue, let us know!  We want to keep all children safe at school.

If you get to school and find out that someone in your child’s classroom has a food allergy, please practice compassion and empathy.  This will require careful attention to the snacks you send to school- and non-food bday treats.

OPEN HOUSE REMINDERS:

  • Kindergarten:  August 20 from 6:30-7:30
  • Grades 1-5: August 21 from 6:30-7:30
Please remember to bring a $1.00 per child donation for popcorn money to the open house. The Parent Club provides popcorn to all students (600+) on the early release Friday each month. Your donations make this possible!
To find out more about Parent Club … visit the tab above!
Enjoy the remainder of your weekend!
Mrs. Reagan….who can’t wait to get this year started!

 

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August Reminder to KEEP LEARNING

Studies have shown that students can lose up to 50% of learning during the summer vacation.   Georgetown is challenging you and your child to “KEEP ON LEARNING” this summer to prevent summer slide.  There are two ways to record your learning time:

Our goals for students over the summer are below. Students who reach or exceed goals will be entered in a drawing for an Amazon Gift Card (1 per grade). This is for their grade next year.

Reading Minutes Mobymax
  • Kindergarten:  50 minutes
  • First Grade: 100 minutes
  • Second Grade: 200 minutes
  • Third Grade: 300 minutes
  • Fourth Grade: 400 minutes
  • Fifth Grade:  400 minutes
  • Kindergarten: Not available for kinders until September.
  • First Grade: 100 pts
  • Second Grade: 200 pts
  • Third Grade: 300 pts
  • Fourth Grade: 400 pts
  • Fifth Grade:  500 pts

Reading:  Log into  this form  to record the number of minutes you read.  You can record each day or enter the total for each week.

MOBYMAX via CLEVER:  https://clever.com/in/hpseaglesLogin will be username@hpsstudents.net

If your child is new to the school and you would like login information, email Mrs. Reagan.  treagan@hpseagles.net

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August Appleseed Newsletter

We hope that you and your family are having a wonderful summer so far!  The start of the school year is a few weeks away, but it will be here before we know it.

Please take a moment to read the Hudsonville Public Schools newsletter The Appleseed.  This issue contains important information regarding back to school open house dates, times, and more.

The Appleseed can also be viewed as a PDF.

Rebecca Fabiano,
Community Education Director

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July Reminder to KEEP LEARNING!

Studies have shown that students can lose up to 50% of learning during the summer vacation.  Georgetown is challenging you and your child to “KEEP ON LEARNING” this summer to prevent summer slide.  There are two ways to record your learning time:

Our goals for students over the summer are below. Students who reach or exceed goals will be entered in a drawing for an Amazon Gift Card (1 per grade). This is for their grade next year.

Reading Minutes Mobymax
  • Kindergarten:  50 minutes
  • First Grade: 100 minutes
  • Second Grade: 200 minutes
  • Third Grade: 300 minutes
  • Fourth Grade: 400 minutes
  • Fifth Grade:  400 minutes
  • Kindergarten:  Not available for our kinders.
  • First Grade: 100 pts
  • Second Grade: 200 pts
  • Third Grade: 300 pts
  • Fourth Grade: 400 pts
  • Fifth Grade:  500 pts

Reading:  Log into  this form  to record the number of minutes you read.  You can record each day or enter the total for each week.

MOBYMAX via CLEVER:  https://clever.com/in/hpseaglesLogin will be username@hpsstudents.net

If your child is new to the school and you would like login information, email Mrs. Reagan.  treagan@hpseagles.net

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Free Food for the Summer

Hunger does not take a break over the summer!  This summer, free meals for any child from age 0 to 18 will be available at these locations:

  • Hudsonville @ Presidential Estates from June 17 through August 1. Lunch is served from 12:00-1:00pm, Monday through Friday.  (Closed July 3 and 4)
  • Jenison @ Bursley Elementary School, from June 17 through August 1. Lunch is served from 12:30-1:30pm, Monday through Friday.  (Closed July 3 and 4)

No paperwork is required and free activities will also be available!  Come for fun and FREE food!

You can text ‘FOOD’ to 877-877 or call 1-866-3-HUNGRY for assistance locating free and nutritious summer meals.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Thank you,

Mary Darnton, Food Service Director

Summer 2019 Free Meals.pdf

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Keep On Learning With Reading & Mobymax

Studies have shown that students can lose up to 50% of learning during the summer vacation.   Georgetown is challenging you and your child to “KEEP ON LEARNING” this summer to prevent summer slide.  There are two ways to record your learning time:

Our goals for students over the summer are below. Students who reach or exceed goals will be entered in a drawing for an Amazon Gift Card (1 per grade). This is for their grade next year.

Reading Minutes

Mobymax

  • First Grade: 100 minutes
  • Second Grade: 200 minutes
  • Third Grade: 300 minutes
  • Fourth Grade: 400 minutes
  • Fifth Grade:  400 minutes
  • First Grade: 100 pts
  • Second Grade: 200 pts
  • Third Grade: 300 pts
  • Fourth Grade: 400 pts
  • Fifth Grade:  500 pts

Reading:  Log into  this form  to record the number of minutes you read.  You can record each day or enter the total for each week.

MOBYMAX via CLEVER:  https://clever.com/in/hpseaglesLogin will be username@hpsstudents.net   

If your child is new to the school and you would like login information, email Mrs. Reagan.  treagan@hpseagles.net

Have a great summer…and keep on learning with READING and MOBYMAX!

 

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Happy Summer!


On Friday, we had LOTS of friendship time outdoors — the weather was beautiful.  If you visit the teacher’s blogs you’ll see gorgeous slide shows that highlight events from the final few days of school.

I captures a few photos and videos and these can be viewed above.  My favorites are the chalk drawings and the bus departure.  When the kids leave, our bus drivers make two rounds of the bus loop, honking theirs horns, while we wave the kids off with pool noodles.  It’s been a tradition we’ve had since Georgetown opened in 2006.

SPECIAL NOTE:  If your child forgot to return a library book, you can put it in the drop box on the wall in the front walkway of our building.  This prevents you from having to keep track of it all summer long.

Have a wonderful summer!

Mrs. Reagan

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