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Blog Bits 6/9/2017

Blog Bits 6/9/2017

News from the Office…

Thank you for the treats and gifts that were brought into the office the past couple days! We appreciate it so much!!

Thank you for sharing your children with us for another amazing year! We hope you all have a safe and very enjoyable summer!! We will see you back for the first day of school on August 29! Yes, we will be starting before Labor Day in the Fall. Have a wonderful break!!

Open House Dates…

August 23 – PK/K Open Houses

August 24 – 1st – 5th grade Open Houses

Community News…

• Family Video – For More than 30 years Family Video, has been providing entertainment to families in your community and 2017 is no exception. It is our pleasure to support you and your efforts. For each “A” earned by students in core subjects, Family Video will give them a FREE MOVIE or GAME RENTAL (limit of 5). Last year we gave away over $1 Million in free rentals to students. The program runs June 15th to July 15th and is open for students from Kindergarten through College at any Family Video location. Way to go students on another job well done!

•Attention, Bridge Card holders: Double Up Food Bucks will be back at your area’s farmers’ markets starting in June. When you use your Bridge Card at a participating farmers’ market, the Double Up Food Bucks program will match you dollar for dollar with bonus funds – up to $20 – that you can use in the market to buy more fresh, Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables. It’s that simple – spend up to $20 on your Bridge Card at the market, and you’ll get up to $20 more, free, to spend on healthy, local foods. Most farmers’ markets and some on-farm produce stands in Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon Counties are participating. Visit or call toll-free 1-866-586-2796 for market locations and more information, or just visit your favorite market starting in June!

•Meet Up and Eat Up
Meet Up and Eat Up is a federally funded program that provides FREE meals and activities to children of all ages. This summer’s program will take place at the Presidential Estates Club House (5075 Presidential Lane, Hudsonville), MondayFriday, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, from June 19 – August 18. The food portion of this program is provided by Jenison/Hudsonville School Food Service through the National School Lunch Program. Various activities will be provided by local volunteers. A meeting will be held on May 18 at 5:00 p.m. just before the food truck. This will be a time for parents to meet the volunteers and learn more about the program and how they can get involved. Feel free to contact Shana DeWent at if you have any questions. This institution (USDA) is an equal opportunity provider.
•Saturday, June 10 – Kids Day 2017!
Kids! Moms!, Dads! – get your summer off to a great start with an affordable, family-friendly event. Come to the 8th annual Kids Day at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds between 10 am and 2 pm (note time change). Enjoy free stage shows,  $.25 games, door prizes, affordable kid-friendly food, and much more. We’ll be there come rain or shine. Kids Day is organized by Jehovah Jireh Ministries, and is supported by several local businesses, churches, and organizations.
•Summer Arts Camp at Evergreen Ministries
Theme: Under Construction
Elementary Arts Camp: July 31-August 39 am-1 pm
Middle School Arts Camp: July 30-August 26 pm – 9 pm
Registration opens on June 1 and is lottery based if the camps get full.  Registration will be at (follow the links on the home page).
Arts Camp Share night is August 3 at 6:30 pm
EverGreen Ministries
4512 – 48th Ave
•Hudsonville Rocket Cheerleading Registration
Is your daughter going into 1st-8th grade next fall and interested in cheering? Hudsonville Rocket Cheerleading will be having their registration dates on Monday, June 19th, andTuesday, August 1st.  Both will be from 5-8pm and take place at the Hudsonville High School cafeteria.  The registration deadline is Tuesday, August 1st (no late registrations will be accepted).  The cost of registration is $75 and includes an end of year banquet and trophy.  1st – 6th-grade girls are required to purchase a shell ($25 new and $15 used) and skirt ($25 new and $15 used).  **See website for info about used uniforms.**  7th and 8th-grade girls are required to pay a $10 uniform rental fee.  The 1st-6th-grade girls will be cheering at the Hudsonville Youth Football games and the 7th & 8th-grade girls will be cheering at the Hudsonville Club Football games. Check out the Hudsonville Rocket Cheer Website for more info (  If you have questions about the program, please contact Coach Britni via e-mail at  We look forward to seeing you at registration!
July 24th-27th 
Courthouse Athletic Center- $90
8 a.m. – Noon
Monday – Thursday
Boys and Girls Ages 8 – 14
Basic Skill Development & Fundamentals Learn From Detroit Pistons D-League Staff
Camp includes:  Drive Academy T-Shirt, Snacks, Sports Drinks., and 4 Drive Tickets for 2017-18 Season

•The Michigan Fire Juniors, the state’s Juniors Program of the MLS Professional Club the Chicago Fire, are a professional youth soccer club offering organized play to 4-19-year-old players. We are based in the Hudsonville/Jenison area, offer many levels of competitive play, and many training programs designed to offer players of all levels exceptional opportunities. Our T.O.T.A.L. Technical Hour has been Nationally recognized as a “Top Ten Best Practice” by the NSCAA two years and is just one example of our deep commitment to Player Development.

We hold tryouts each June to form teams and invite any soccer players interested in trying out. For more information about our tryouts, please visit our website for details or to register for tryouts.

•AYSO Soccer Registration for Fall Season

We’re happy to announce that registration is now open for this fall. Please visit to begin the registration and volunteer process.  The early-bird discount is available until Memorial Day so act fast!

If you have questions about the new website, hit the “support” button in the bottom-left corner of the web page for immediate assistance.  They have videos and instructions that are very helpful.

Every year, we keep building on the success of the last.  Over 1,600 children enjoy this program because our entire community recognizes that this is a labor of love.  I encourage all of you to consider joining this winning team in some capacity.

If you have registration questions, email:

Arenda Van Klompenberg 

AYSO 676 Registrar

AYSO – The World’s Biggest Soccer Club

•AYSO United West Michigan Tryouts for Boys/Girls Ages 9-18
AYSO United is AYSO’s new competitive travel club formed here in West Michigan for all players seeking a unique club soccer experience focused on player development. Tryouts will be held in Caledonia, Cedar Springs and, Georgetown (including their surrounding areas). Please visit our website to get all the latest information (including times) you will need to pre-register and come join us!
Georgetown: Port Sheldon Sports Complex
Monday, June 19th: Boys Select Birth Years 2008-2003
Tuesday, June 20th: Girls Select Birth Years 2008-1999
Cedar Springs: Boomer Park
Monday, June 19th: Boys Select Birth Years 2008-2003
Tuesday, June 20th: Girls Select Birth Years 2008-1999
Caledonia: Caledonia High School
Wednesday, June 21st: Boys Select Birth Years 2008-2003
Thursday, June 22nd: Girls Select Birth Years 2008-1999
All AYSO United players will play at least half of every game, have certified coaches that follow AYSO’s coaching philosophies, will practice exemplary good sportsmanship and will have advanced player development opportunities to grow in a challenging environment.
•Saturday Slip N Slide – June 17, 2017, Noon-5pm
Enjoy a Slip N Slide down the hill of the Soccer Bowl after school gets out for the summer.  Bring your family and friends to this community sponsored event and enjoy a kick-off to summer fun!  Activities include: 5K/run/walk, raffle, children’s activities, bounce houses, foam pit, clowns, balloons, and treats for children of all ages.  All proceeds generated from the raffle and the 5K will go directly back into our own community to support KIDS HOPE USA.  More information at
Community Ed…

The summer brochure is full of fun! There are many activities for your kids to get involved in over the summer!! Click here to view the brochure.

You can also register online!!

Please feel free to call if you have any questions.

Rebecca Fabiano
Hudsonville Community Education 669-1740, ext #3

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The final day has arrived and we are filling the morning with emptying lockers, desks, book bins and every nook and cranny of the building with kids precious belongings.  We are also saying farewell to 5th graders and ‘See You Next Year’ to our kids in grades K-4.

Every last day of school, Mr. Rob creates a crazy, fun collection of goodies to put on the display in the rotunda. This year, he chose a campfire theme.  The office team is posed above to say, “PEACE OUT and HAVE AN AWESOME SUMMER EVERYONE!

Mrs. Reagan

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This year we accepted 20 new members into the MILLIONAIRE CLUB.   We achieved a new record, our first ever student to read 9,000,000 words this year:  JULIA OCCHIPINTI.  The students in the photo above read a combined total of ….. words.  AN AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENT!

They received a certificate, Barnes&Noble Gift Card and Millionaire Club T-Shirt.

Total words read for each millionaire listed below:

     1,000,000 WORDS 

  • Tyler Floriana
  • Kaeda Roberts
  • Colton VanderPloeg
  • Zach VanderPloeg
  • Ethan DeHaan
  • Jackson Hammersmith                               
  • Brayden Hilaski
  • Ellie Matzen
  • Jessica Mead
  • Caden Moore
  • Nathan Redder
  • Jacob Voss
  • Ellie Ferreira
  • Anna Yates

2,000,000 WORDS

  • Solomon DeYoung
  • Jack Steele

3,000,000 WORDS

  • Milena Sremba
  • Ryder Roberts

4,000,000 WORDS

  • Nathan Zwier

5,000,000 WORDS

  • Aaron Hunt


  • Julia Occhipinti
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At the end of each school year, Mrs. VandenBerg (our amazing librarian) pours over the student data to look for those who made their reading goal.  These students are entered into a drawing for a  $25 Target gift card with one winner per class selected.  The Grand Prize this year was a Samsung Galaxy Tablet and Case. The GRAND PRIZE WINNER this year:  Milena Sremba from Mr. Gort’s class.

The list of winners is below…and a photo of the winners posted above.  


  • 2nd Greenland – Kacey Schaller
  • 2nd Kuieck – Kendall Peters
  • 2nd Ray – Naomi Malinowski
  • 2nd VanKoevering – Caleb DeHaan
  • 3rd Flory – Isaiah Daniel
  • 3rd McDonald – Kieran Rookus
  • 3rd VanArkel – Mikaela Meyers
  • 3rd VanderStel – Maria Hindeleh
  • 4th Bowen – Dylan Pfeffer
  • 4th Huizenga – Cole Molloseau
  • 4th Kooiker – Finley Jeltema
  • 4th Quigley – Jeyda Bohannon
  • 5th Ball – Gavin Weitzmann
  • 5th Burdis – Nora Klein
  • 5th Gort – Taylor Parkins

Finally, thank you to our PARENT CLUB for sponsoring this event by purchasing the prizes.  Remember, every single parent makes these prizes possible by donating to our annual WALK•A•THON.  These donations fund all the events we hold throughout the school year.

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LEARN THIS SUMMER!  Devote just 15 minutes a day to reading and 15 to MOBYMAX so you are on top of learning at the beginning of the year.  Remember…we are using a new sign in system called clever.  Here are the steps for using it.

And…here is how to learn over the summer:

  • 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 Math and Reading:  We recommend that each child consistently use MobyMax each week in the core areas of reading and mathematics. If interesting, you can also choose to work on other learning modules.  Spending just a few minutes each day on Mobymax will help to reduce  “summer slide” and keep your child’s learning skills fresh over the summer.

Our goals for students over the summer are below.  Students who reach or exceed goals are entered into a drawing for an AMAZON GIFT CARD — 1 per grade.  Point goals below are for the student grade in 2017-18.

Reading Minutes Link

Mobymax Link

  • 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

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

Mrs. Reagan and the ALL the Georgetown Teachers

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Week 38: Wrapping Up the School Year

              Our 2016-17 Fifth Grade Class

We have sent the past year (39 weeks total), growing together as learners, friends, team members and problem solvers.  Georgetown is a school made up of 560 students (K-5) and 48 staff members — 600+ people ages 5-60 working closely to establish routines for walking in the hall, recess play, lunchroom respect, sharing, learning and negotiating anything and everything imaginable.

And, this is all done with the demands of a tight schedule.  Everything in the school in dictated by the clock — bus pick up, bus departure, specials, lunch, recess, snack breaks, reading, math, science, social studies, spelling, writing, assessments, state testing — down to the minute.  This is only possible with a committed and flexible staff, highly trained teachers, supportive Parent Club and parents and the best  children on the planet!

I want to wrap this year up by honoring all the amazing, beautiful, one-of-a-kind individuals that make our school a wonderful family.  Please take some time to look at all the gorgeous faces that make up on school in the video above.  I take these photos throughout the year and place them on the Joyful Learners board — and we watch it grow all year-long.  Each photo represents a beautiful human being — one with a heart, soul and special personality… and each one an equally important part of our school family.

We say goodbye to 90 phenomenal 5th graders this week (photo of the group at the top) and we’ll miss them greatly.   We don’t want to let them go…but it’s time.  They are ready for middle school.

The schedule for our week is below.  Remember…half day on Friday.  Dismissal at 12:15.  Before I wrap up, I want to remind you to check out the GOT TALENT performers in the two prior posts.  Links here:

Have a wonderful weekend…and here’s to a fantastic final week of school!  As always, thank you for sharing your beautiful children with us this past year.

Mrs. Reagan

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Got Talent 2017 – AFTERNOON Show

The afternoon GOT TALENT SHOW was a repeat of the morning show…OUTSTANDING ENTERTAINMENT!  Our MC’s, Peyton and Aiden, were impressive for their maturity and polished speaking skills. I think they both have a future in public performance!

Show above is a collection of photos from both the morning and afternoon shows.  A shout out to my video/photo team:  Gavin, Bryce, and Caleb.  You were KEY to the historical recording of both events — and appreciated by me and family members of the GOT TALENT performers.

List below are links to videos of the afternoon performances.  If you cannot find your child’s video it is because you did not complete the permission to share video that sent to your email this past week.

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Got Talent 2017 – Morning Show

The morning GOT TALENT SHOW was OUTSTANDING!  The performers….TOP NOTCH!  Prior to the morning show, some of your featured performers appeared on a VIDEO TAPED production, which is the featured video above.  Shown above:  Bucket Drumming, Comedy SKIT, Joke Skit, TAE KWONDO, Soccer Comedy, PUPPET SHOW, Bucket Drumming and Basketball.

Our MC’s, Mallory and Eric, were funny, poised and professional.  They made the show run smoothly and as a result, audience participation was the most respectful, supportive and enthusiastic ever.

List below are links to videos of the morning performances.  If you cannot find your child’s video it is because you did not complete the permission to share video that sent to your email this past week.

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2017 Talent Show on June 2!

Our students in grades 3-5 will showcase their talents on Friday, June 2.  There will be two shows and a series of video taped performances released early.

I know that many of you are unable to leave work to watch the performances.  With parent permission, I will video tape the shows for you and release them on youtube — no name used to identify the performers.  If your child is in the show and you would like me to video tape the performance complete this form.

The performance times are listed below or via this link (easier to read).


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